Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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Eugene/Springfield Announcements

Eugene/Springfield program announcements will be published on this page each month. Please read to the bottom of the page for all announcements.


Save the Date of April 23: Announcing the 25th Anniversary Gala!

Save the date of Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to celebrate OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield's silver anniversary! We will be hosting a very special Gala—a luncheon event from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the UO Ford Alumni Center Ballroom! You will receive an invitation card with details of the already-committed keynote speaker; entertainment; and RSVP instructions via "snail mail" in early March.

We look forward to seeing you at the Gala, a great way to celebrate 25 years of lifelong learning in our community!

February 14, 2019


President's Note

Twelve individuals serve on the OLLI-UO in Eugene-Springfield (ES) Governing Council–but why should they have all the fun?! This is not meant to be, as one member jokingly observed at a New Member Orientation session, a "power elite". On the contrary, this group actively seeks member input and puts in a lot of extra time and effort to enhance your member experience with exciting programs of speakers and discussion topics proposed by a wide range of also active members. Upcoming attractions discussed at the previous Council meeting include the following.

Training classes for maximizing member use of the new online Information Hub will soon be offered by our super-busy ES Program Manager, Todd Gauthier. He is part of a CPE team that has built a new “member portal” on the Hub to make available a password-protected way to check and update your member profile and renew your annual membership, with new features being planned for the future—we'll keep you posted! Also, a front office assistant will soon be trained to handle OLLI-specific issues, expediting information processing.

On the glamourous side, mark your calendar for the 25th Anniversary Gala to be held at Ford Alumni Center (UO campus) at noon on April 23rd. Guest speaker and special guests are already arranged–stay tuned for developments, and a delicious upscale buffet. A half-day "Taste of OLLI" in the early Fall will take the place of the annual Day of Discovery as outreach to the wider community, but members can invite guests to attend our functions a few times, and offer a month "Share the Love" pass to sample our program offerings (except those requiring advance limited enrollment). An example of ideas coming from members: a proposal for OLLI to offer a "Sports and Wellness" themed series of presentations by UO speakers, field trips to facilities, and other activities looking forward to the 2020 national track and field events in Eugene. Want to join in this planning? Have an idea to market OLLI better? An acquaintance to invite? Go for it!

Susan Walcott, Eugene/Springfield Council President

February 14, 2019


WiFi Update and Parking Reminders

UO Guest WiFi Service

I am pleased to announce that the login process for the UO Guest WiFi service has been streamlined. Registration is no longer required to access the network. Now, a user that reads-scrolls through the acceptable use policy and clicks/taps the accept button is granted immediate access to the network. To access WiFi while at the Baker Downtown Center (or from any campus location), select "UO Guest" from the list of available networks on your device and open an Internet browser. The network will then prompt you to accept the use policy.

Parking Policies

A word about parking in the south portion of Lot 1D, a.k.a. the "CPE Lot", accessible from 10th Ave. The yellow OLLI-UO hangtags are only valid in this south section and are not valid for the north end of the lot. The two ends of the lot are separated by orange bollards and a speed bump. The north section is designated for UO faculty/staff and is not available to OLLI-UO students. The parking spaces in the alley behind the Baker Downtown Center are also faculty/staff only.

To avoid a parking ticket from UO Transportation Services, please ensure that your vehicle is displaying the yellow hangtag from your rearview mirror, parked "head-in", and is within the lines of the parking space.

Diamond Parking Lot

On days with a busy OLLI-UO schedule, the 37-space "CPE Lot" may fill to capacity. As a courtesy for its students, OLLI-UO purchases a number of 3-hour permits for the section of the Diamond Parking lot located at 10th Ave and High Street. These permits may be requested from the CPE Office in Room 110 of the Baker Downtown Center. They may not be requested in advance, and they may not be used on days with no OLLI-UO programming. The yellow hangtag permits for the CPE Lot are not valid in the Diamond Lot.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to call 541-346-0697 or email osher@uoregon.edu.

February 4, 2019


President’s Note

“Sounds like a great program–I would have come if I knew about it!” Why does this happen? Your Eugene/Springfield Program Committee, Governing Council and volunteer presenters work hard to arrange outstanding learning opportunities that you joined OLLI-UO to participate in, and we want to see rooms full of interested faces. Here are some ways that you can always be in the know:

Reading this “President’s Note” shows that you are already aware of the major access point for information that you can tell more mystified members about: the Eugene/Springfield Information Hub has loads of tabs for information about course and activity descriptions, activity calendar, shared interest groups, locations and directions, inclement weather, how to suggest a program or course, and donate your time, money, and/or talents to OLLI-UO.

Every member with an email address also receives the regular Friday “OLLI-UO Eugene/Springfield Weekly Reminder” listing upcoming programs and prompts to register for special series or events occurring in the near future.

Paper copies of the monthly calendar are also available in the main office and on the name tag table, if you want basic dates in that tangible format.

A list of the week’s events is also posted on the south side entry of the Baker Downtown Center.

A “New Year’s Resolution” suggestion: be an informed ‘citizen’ of OLLI and participate more in 2019, the second half of our Silver Anniversary year!

Susan Walcott, Eugene/Springfield Council President

January 25, 2019


An archive of previous announcements is available.

2018 announcements archive