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Are you looking for something interesting to do? Do you want to meet new people while you have fun learning?

For those 50 and better! The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a learning community comprised of 1,000+ members headquartered in Chico, California. Volunteer members work together to help create and deliver educational, cultural, and social opportunities – without exams or grades! Distinguished Chico State faculty members, retired teachers, and members simply passionate about a subject they know well enjoy sharing their expertise with members whose life experience and intelligence enrich the exchange of ideas. With three ways to learn – online, outdoors, and in the classroom – OLLI offers a unique way to explore new topics, discuss current events, make new friends, and take day trips to theaters, gardens, and museums.

Annual Business & Town Hall Meeting

On July 14, 50 people took part in the OLLI 2021 Annual Business Meeting. The meeting was conducted in a “hybrid” format, with 30 members joining the meeting virtually, via Zoom, with the rest safely distanced in the Bradley 2 classroom at The Social Chico. In the hybrid format, audiences can simultaneously participate online and on-ground – another OLLI first! The meeting focused on highlights from the 2020-21 fiscal year and reviewed the 2021-22 budget. Plans for a partial return to the physical classroom were also discussed. Knowing where we’re going, and gaining member input along the way, helps ensure OLLI can deliver the types of programming that make it special.  We invite you to watch a recording of the Business Meeting presentation, as well as the Q&A that followed.

Campus Partnership Enhances Learning Through Improved Hearing & Listening Techniques

OLLI Hearing && Listening Workshop A recent study by OLLI at UC Berkeley showed that the #1 reason OLLI members leave OLLI is because of hearing loss and the frustration and/or embarrassment it causes. In an effort to counter this trend, OLLI is partnering with Dr. Suzanne Miller, director of the Center for Communications Sciences & Disorders (CMSD), to develop teaching/learning opportunities for OLLI peer leaders and CSU, Chico students. Personal consultations, research projects, and classroom visits to assess OLLI’s sound systems in our primary classrooms are all underway this spring. These activities follow two workshops last fall, where Dr. Miller and her students addressed hearing loss and identified ways we can improve the overall classroom experience by becoming aware of the issues and techniques used to address hearing loss. These activities also give CSU, Chico students the opportunity to work with older adults in a classroom setting, which is as much a learning opportunity to help them succeed as it is for OLLI. Stay tuned for more information!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Bernard and Barbro OsherThe Bernard Osher Foundation was established in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a San Francisco businessman and community leader, who perceived that the needs of mature students were not well served by traditional continuing education programs. The Foundation supports the strengthening of existing lifelong learning programs, as well as the creation of new ones, at colleges and universities across the country. The Foundation began its support of such programs in 2001 with grants to Sonoma State University in California and the University of Southern Maine at Portland.

In 2005, CSU, Chico joined the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and our existing learning-in-retirement program became known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Chico. In 2007, the foundation awarded OLLI at CSU, Chico a $1 million endowment gift for programming excellence and for demonstrating potential for longterm success and sustainability, and a second $1 million endowment gift was awarded in December 2014.

Quick Facts

  • Eligibility for membership: 50+ years old or retired.
  • Spouses of members may be of any age.
  • Full Membership (Academic Year): $215
  • Number of current members: 1,200+


About the University

Kendall Hall on the Chico State CampusEstablished in 1887 as a California Normal School for Teachers, CSU, Chico is the second oldest California State University. Chico State serves a twelve county region of 33,000 square miles, equivalent in size to the state of Ohio. As an anchor institution in this rural region, CSU, Chico has a long tradition of reaching out to our varied populace to expand cultural, economic, and educational opportunities. 

The University serves nearly 17,000 students. A residential campus located in a true college town, it attracts students from all parts of California. In its yearly ranking of "America's Best Colleges," U. S. News and World Report ranks Chico number three among master's-level public universities in the Western United States.

Office Hours and Location

Aymer J. Hamilton Building
Room 118B, on the CSU, Chico Campus [ Map ]
(adjacent to the Bidwell Mansion)

Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9am–1pm

Phone: 530-898-6679

Email:olli@csuchico.edu

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