“Wow, twenty years of success, what a resounding joy that is. We started with a vision, faced obstacles, but through determination and our commitment to serve older persons remained indelible. We needed funding, space anduniversity approval. All three goals were ultimately met and I wish I had time to name the original working group. I remain so impressed with the work done by the initial founders.
Today, I am totally impressed with the institute (you will have to excuse me, I still refer to it as Senior University); its size, incredible students, faculty, staff, our Director Barb White, curriculum and university/community acceptance. In closing, I will say that in my 19 years as Dean of the College of Health & Human Services, the development of Senior University/OLLI remains as one of the crowning moments of my tenure as Dean.
Congratulations and onward with this phenomenal enterprise.”
Donald Lauda, Dean Emeritus
CHHS Dean Monica Lounsbery
OLLI Presidents 1998 - 2016
The annual volunteer appreciation luncheon was held on Saturday, September 17, at the CSULB Chart Room. Guests were welcomed with a performance by the OLLI ukulele class lead by Pedro Rodriguez and joined in with their sing-a-long.
The program continued with a beautiful duet of Bali Hai sung by Fran Harding’s chorus students,
Steven Crow and Nancy Burke, accompanied on
keyboard by Phyllis Goodwin. Guests were invited to join in the last chorus. Dr Barbara White and Malcolm Green thanked all the volunteers for another year of OLLI support. They stated emphatically that OLLI would not exist without the time, talent, and dedication of all the volunteers.
Following an Asian-themed buffet luncheon, guests were delighted by a performance of authentic hulas by the hui O hula dance troupe. The group, led by JoJo and Kaye and accompanied by their ukulele playing soloist Fortunato, is based in Leisure World. They ended their performance by inviting attendees to the dance floor for a hula lesson. Many grabbed leis from their tables and bravely came forward to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of dancing the hula as well as the movements which show happiness, wind, waves, and going around the island.
The annual luncheon is a wonderful time for the volunteers to enjoy each other’s company and receive well-deserved recognition for their myriad contributions to OLLI. Aloha and Mahalo nui loa to all our volunteers.