Institute Recognizes Grant with Name Change

Posted: August 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

At a special meeting last week, the membership of the Learning in Retirement Institute (LRI) voted to change the organization’s name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at George Mason University. Board members had voted and approved the name change at an earlier meeting. The change will go into effect immediately.

The name change is in recognition of a $100,000 grant given by the Bernard Osher Foundation in California, a foundation with the philanthropic goal of supporting educational and cultural institutions. In 2001, the Osher Foundation began supporting university-based lifelong learning institutions, offering grants to institutions in California and more recently, nationwide. George Mason University has become one of 48 institutes in the Osher LLI network.

The institute will not implement any significant changes in its current program, but will use the grant money for special needs such as the construction of additional rest rooms, the purchase of additional equipment for the classrooms and office, and a promotional campaign to increase membership.

“This grant will be very meaningful to LRI,” wrote its president, Charles Duggan, in a recent newsletter. “We will receive $100,000 immediately and, if we spend the funds wisely, will be eligible for a second and third $100,000 grant next year and the year thereafter. In the fourth year, we will be eligible for an endowment of at least $1 million.”

The Osher LLI at George Mason University provides opportunities for mature adults to explore intellectual and cultural subjects, as well as share their experiences and talents. Members seek to enrich their lives through continued learning. The institute offers daytime academic courses, special events, and cultural activities in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The courses are not offered for college credit or degree programs but for personal enrichment. George Mason faculty members volunteer to teach many of the courses. For more information, call 703-503-3384 or visit the web site.

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