Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Comes to Mason’s Loudoun Facility

Posted: February 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

You’re never too old to learn, especially if you’re a senior in Loudoun County. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Mason’s Loudoun location joins sister sites in Fairfax and Reston.

OLLI is an independent, nonprofit organization, affiliated with Mason and one of a number of lifelong-learning institutes in the United States supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Mason, through its long affiliation with OLLI, has become a national leader in creating a campus experience for seniors who want to learn.

OLLI-Mason provides opportunities for mature adults to explore intellectual and cultural subjects as well as share their experiences and talents. In addition to daytime academic courses, OLLI-Mason also offers special events, trips and performances and special interest discussion groups.

“This program fills a need for people who productively want to fill their retirement years with stimulating, substantive learning,” says OLLI-Mason Executive Director Richard Chobot.

OLLI members come from many of the local communities for those age 55 and older, such as Falcons Landing and Leisure World, as well as homes across Loudoun and western Fairfax.

Ray Beery, former OLLI president and a resident of Leisure World, saw the need for the OLLI program in Loudoun and was a founding member of the Loudoun planning group.

“This program would not be possible without the support of people like Ray and the administration at George Mason University,” says Chobot. “The program has been enthusiastically embraced by Provost Peter Stearns and the administration at the Loudoun campus.”

Classes at Loudoun are eight weeks long and will be held one day a week, Monday through Friday, at either 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Subject areas include art, music, drama, economics, finance, history, music, philosophy, government, current events, international studies, languages, literature, writing, religion, science and technology.

Classes are taught by Mason professors, OLLI member-instructors and a number of local professionals.

The enrollment fee for one course is $35. Unlimited course registration is $100. Participants may extend their membership to cover OLLI classes in Fairfax and Reston. A free activity, open to all whether members or not, is the Investment Forum, currently meeting each Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Individuals interested in finding out more about the OLLI-Mason program at Loudoun should contact the Loudoun facility at 703-993-4350 or the OLLI office in Fairfax at 703-503-3384 or olli@gmu.edu.

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