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President's Corner

As you may have heard or read, I’ve been ailing. I have not been at OLLI since December. I’m now on the mend but not yet ready to start working the halls in HS&D nor exercising at the LifeFit center. This column is my first official OLLI act of 2017. Thanks to all for the get-well cards, emails, flowers, fruit, books, movie recommendations, good wishes, and prayers. Though I have not been able to respond to each of you individually, know that your kindness is much appreciated.
My number one OLLI regret this winter was forgoing my class offering, Irish Cowboys. Starting in 2009, I had led or co-led a class every winter session. I hope to start a new streak in 2018. I also regret missing the inaugural “OLLI Backs the Beach” promotion with the Big West tournament champion women’s basketball team. It was a pleasure working with former 49er Angie Avery and head coach Jody Wynn to get things started. Fortunately, our treasurer Karin Covey made it all successfully come together, as she alwaysdoes.
As for my presidential duties, has anyone even noticed my absence? Governing Council VP Naida Tushnet has provided outstanding leadership. My thanks to her, Executive Director Dr. Barbara White, and the entire Governing Council for their work. The smooth transition is a testament to the strength of our organization, the soundness of our by-laws, and the quality of our volunteers. It also serves as one more reminder of our continuing need to replenish our volunteer ranks. Three employees cannot begin to run a program with 1,700 members. If you value the variety of programs that our OLLI offers, help us prosper by enrolling in classes, attending our special educational and social events, and volunteering your time and talents to the organization..

 

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From the Executive Director

By Dr. Barbara White

This summer will be a milestone in OLLI @CSULB history – the inauguration of the ProClass software program for online registration for classes. The decision to go online was not made lightly by your Governing Council. Our membership has grown to more than 1,700 with 800-1,000 registering for each session.
Processing registrations by hand has put a great burden on Becky, Liz, and our wonderful office volunteers. Each piece of paper must be handled several times, and class rosters and attendance sheets must be created by hand. Staff and volunteers have better ways to spend their time in your service! We will all be learning together. I want to commend two of our members, Ed Dignan and Barbara Norberg for sharing their expertise in software development and education. They have given us months of their expertise to bring us to this point.
             Be assured we will not abandon you to technology, but rather hold your hands through the process. To that end we have hired Lee Sianez as our point person to help with initial experiences. We also have trained volunteers who will be able to assist you on Registration Day if you want to register in person. We hope by now that you have seen our written guidelines. To take full advantage of the online system you will need an email account, a credit card, a list of the classes you want to register for, and the directions in this SUN. You can register at home, or you can come to campus for assistance with registration.
If you don’t have an email account and would like to get one, help is available in the open lab on Fridays. If you are not ready for an email
account yet, we will help you register in person with credit card, cash or check at any time in June. If you mail in your registration, we will accept checks only. Online registration will begin four hours before in-person registration, so registering in the comfort of your own home will give you first access to those classes that fill fast. There will be some seats reserved for walk-ins on registration day. Mail-in registrations and walk-ins after registration day will continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.
We will be here to help you through this new process, and hope you will embrace this adventure and appreciate the efficiency it will eventually bring to our office.