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Eckerd's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 Million Boost of Confidence

posted on 08/28/2007

The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded Eckerd College a $1 million gift to establish an endowment for Eckerd's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In addition, the Osher Foundation awarded the college $50,000 as a bridge grant to support OLLIís program operations in FY08.

Congratulations to staff members Jim Frasier, Tom Santee, Kay Cole, Helen Freiday, Donna Frasier, the OLLI Advisory Board, OLLI instructors, and the many OLLI volunteers for their outstanding work that resulted in this gift from the Osher Foundation!

Eckerd's OLLI program boasts over 800 members and provides intellectually stimulating, non-credit learning opportunities for adults age 50 and better throughout the Tampa Bay area. OLLI members enjoy a diverse offering of classes, forums, speaker series, special programs, and educational local, regional and international trips. Members may also participate as volunteers - working in the OLLI call center, leading trips, and serving as class assistants and office support persons.

OLLI began as Senior College in 1997. In 2005, the name transitioned to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute after receiving a grant from the Osher Foundation, which supports a network of 115 exemplary lifelong learning programs on college campuses throughout the United States.

Location, Location, Location
OLLI programs are offered at several locations throughout Tampa Bay: in Palm Harbor, Largo, Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Clearwater, and First Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Petersburg. On and around campus, classes take place at Eckerd's Continuing Education Center, Allegro-College Harbor and Maximo Presbyterian Church.

Sign up for classes!
The Autumn 2007 OLLI Catalog is now available in a PDF format on the web at www.eckerd.edu/olli. Call 727-864-7600 or e-mail olli@eckerd.edu to request a printed version. OLLI memberships make great gifts for family and friends!

Learn all about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College at an upcoming Discover OLLI program near you - OLLI?Oktoberfest.

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