President's MessageJoyce Ono

 

Welcome To Lifelong Learning at CSUF.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University Fullerton (OLLI-CSUF) is continuing to offer their programs virtually. Thanks to the heroic efforts of an army of volunteers, who learned to use Zoom and shared their expertise with instructors and coordinators and class participants, OLLI-CSUF successfully transformed more than 85% of our 100+ courses to virtual mode.

While we may be challenged by an expected drop in our membership this academic year, as we follow suit with the rest of the campus in offering virtual programs, OLLI-CSUF will be back!  Our programs will be strengthened by our experiences in offering online, live-streamed classes, many of which were captured for asynchronous viewing at your convenience.  Members have enjoyed the benefits of participating in classes in the comfort of doing so from their own homes, even though we all have missed the face-to-face interactions that are a cornerstone of OLLI-CSUF’s vitality.

We are open to all retired and semi-retired  adults. There are no educational prerequisites, no exams and no grades. Members enjoy learning for self-enlightenment within an environment that fosters friendship and shared learning.  Because of our more than 400 volunteers, our membership fees remain remarkably affordable.  While we are in virtual mode, those living far from the Fullerton campus can enjoy our programs and we welcome you to do so!

We had our origin here at Cal State Fullerton 41 years ago.  Our founding group, the Continuing Learning Experience (CLE), evolved into what our OLLI-CSUF is today with our own identity on campus, a self-directing Board of Trustees, and dedicated classrooms, computer labs and support facilities in our own facility, the Ruby Gerontology Center. 

In 2006, we affiliated with the nationwide network of similar programs administered by the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that is funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. CLE became OLLI-CSUF or OLLI for short. OLLI is a self directed organization, receives no public funding and is entirely self-supporting.

Questions?

I invite you to browse our website and contact us with any questions. When we resume operations on campus, the office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For information, contact us at (657) 278-2446.  OLLI’s general information email is olli-info@fullerton.edu .

Joyce Ono, President