Quoting Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a’ changing” as we entered a new year with unforeseen circumstances. With the 2016 passing of our
beloved editor Jack Blecher, the former Assistant Editor of The SUN and Jack’s apprentice, Rick Adams is our new editor. We are sure that under his leadership, The SUN staff will continue doing amazing work. Welcome Rick!
Jack Blecher’s memorial was truly a beautiful celebration of his life. More than 300 people attended, including family and friends who shared remembrances. Friends spoke of his poker playing and his love of football, particularly games between Ohio State and Michigan. Our local congressman Alan Lowenthal recounted his experiences of watching TV football games with Jack.
OLLI’s Founders celebration was a wonderful
experience. It was attended by five of our past presidents; Shirley Collins, Diana Rodriguez, Malcolm Green, Harold Drab, Carl Curtis, and the current president Bill Fitzpatrick. Dr. Monica Lounsbery, our new CHHS dean, also talked of her hopes that in the future OLLI can integrate with the rest of the College of Health and Human Services in a new building. A good time was had by all.
During the winter holiday season, the OLLI chorus and recorder groups performed at a variety of locations in our community from songs at the Bixby Knolls Tower as well as Crofton Manor, to holiday music at the El Dorado, Burnett and Los Altos branches of the public library.
OLLI offers a variety of classes that enhance our fitness and our intelligence. Bowling, Archery, WOW Walkers, bicycling and Harmonica (!) are now part of OLLI opportunities. Adding to our knowledge of how mass media and our legal systems interact, A Layman’s Look at Libel will be taught by an instructor new to OLLI, Lee Brown, PhD.
He is an emeritus professor and former chairman of CSULB’s Journalism and Mass Media Department. He offered to teach because, in retirement, he was missing the experience of interacting with students. OLLI students will enjoy the intellectual stimulation of his class.
OLLI continues its success with a growing membership, which approches 1,300 for the current session. Some 72 classes are offered during each of the four sessions in the academic year. Most students take more than one class each session. (See the survey) Lots of learning is taking place.
Some interesting special events last session included those from local activities. caryn desai, artistic director/producer of the International City Theater, spoke about the play “Shipwreck.” Discount tickets to the play were offered to OLLI members. Ms Schipske, a former Long Beach city council member, revealed her book on the history of Long Beach cemeteries. The LB Water Department gave a talk on water conservation, a serious problem for all of us.
Dr. Michael Gavin, our film noir instructor, has bought an apartment in Greenwich Village to use when visiting his grandchildren. It is nice to know that we have a friend in NYC. Keep your classmates happy! Delicious OLLI chip cookies regularly appear in the back of the room, thanks to Donald Jacobson! Have a healthy and happy new year.
And don’t miss a chance to be involved.
Good things are coming to OLLI! Aside from the wonderful classes OLLI provides,
online registration will be available in 2017. OLLI is in the process of replacing its current
Access database for an easy to use interface that will
allow members to register online. Everyone will need to use an email address in order to Log-In. This will enable members to view classes, check enrollment status and see those classes that have wait lists. It will require that you have your credit card ready to pay and then you are done!
There will be space for people who
prefer walk-in registration (non-computer) on campus at a designated afternoon session. Since the target date for completing the process is February, we will be trying out the new process during the Winter term. We are already grateful for volunteers who are testing and adjusting the new software.
We will still be using the old format to enroll in the Winter January - February OLLI term. Our next Registration start date will be
November 30. The walk-ins will start being taken at 8:30. Mailed in registrations will be accepted after that Wednesday.
Members will be given full details during the Winter session and there will be training on how to register. Some changes may be occurring as the
process continues in order to achieve the best results.
The online registration will include: the classes offered, events, member registration, credit card payments, and online donation capabilities. Imagine avoiding the Saturday morning line-ups and the time it takes to register without this new program, which is called ProClass. More information and details will be available soon.
Membership at OLLI has grown throughout the years, requiring new facilitating procedures.
Enjoy your classes and your future registrations!