Eclectics I   (Open to the Public)  Colorul collage of varied shapes

Alternate Tuesdays • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Mackey Auditorium

A wide variety of topics of interest to OLLI members and guests are presented by experts recruited and hosted by coordinators.



Project Rebound 

June 13

Speaker: Brady Heiner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Affiliated Faculty of African American Studies, CSUF

Coordinator : Janice Jeng

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country on the planet and more than any nation in history. The U.S. has ve percent of the global population but 25 percent of the world’s imprisoned population and the rate of re-imprisonment for formerly incarcerated individuals in the U.S. (also called the recidivism rate) is around 65 percent. Scholars, policymakers and advocates, and activists refer to this social phenomenon as the problem of U.S. mass incarceration. Dr. Heiner will discuss some of the salient features of this problem. He will also discuss Project Rebound (, a new program at CSU Fullerton, of which he is the Founder and Director, that aims to interrupt the revolving door policy of mass incarceration by supporting the higher education and successful reintegration of the formerly incarcerated.

Click here to see Dr. Heiner's presentationPDF File

Click here to see Senator Webb's drug war statsPDF File

 Latino Communications Initiative—Student Panel

June 27

Speakers : Inez González, CSUF, College of Communications Founding Director, Latino Communications Initiative, and Student Panel

Coordinator: Janice Jeng


When Professor Inez González joined CSUF in 2013 to direct the Latino Communications Initiative, she realized that the Initiative was her calling. Her job is bringing together the talent of students at Cal State Fullerton
with the industry that is looking for them. Cal State Fullerton is a leader in graduating the most Latinos in communications in the nation. And it’s not just the numbers, it’s the quality of the education. Launched in fall 2013, the Latino Communications Initiative aims to develop and maintain an industry-
ready, qualified workforce by offering courses and certificate programs in Latino-oriented communication studies. The panel of students includes those who have participated in Al Dia, the Spanish bi-weekly newscast, and those who are pursuing the Spanish for Hispanic Media certificate who will share their experiences. Professor González will also provide statistics on Latino purchasing power and why employers are interested in hiring millennials who understand this market.

 Private Lucky

July 11

Speaker: Melissa Guzzetta, Author, “Private Lucky”

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

The life story of pilot Hank Gillebaard is most unusual, and so amazing that author Melissa Guzzetta felt compelled to share it with the world. The book “Private Lucky” chronicles in easy-to-read narrative the hardships Hank encountered that thwarted his efforts to reach his dream of becoming a pilot, including having to go into hiding from Nazis in occupied Holland. How he gets to his dream-come-true is a unique and very entertaining story. The 90-minute slideshow and reading of “Private Lucky” includes a PowerPoint presentation. Melissa shares behind-the-scenes stories on the background  of the project and reads selected passages from three parts of the book that intrigue and touch the heart. Hank’s story is of particular interest to people who like true life stories of hardship ending in a dream-come-true, and readers with an interest in WWII stories, particularly if they are aviation enthusiasts. Many seniors can relate to the American portion of the story in the 1950s.

 Strategies to Prevent Medication Non-Adherence

July 25

Speaker: Daniel Tomaszewski, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration, Chapman University

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Nearly all chronic (long-term) health conditions are treated by prescription medications, and the majority of Americans take at least one medication. These medications are often life-saving or life-extending for most individuals, yet nearly half of medication users are not adherent to their medications. Medication adherence is defined as the extent to which a person’s behavior in taking medication corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider. The different causes of non-adherence and strategies being developed to prevent medication non- adherence will be discussed and evaluated.

August 8

No class.