OSU Offering College Courses Geared Towards Senior Citizens

Oklahoma State University’s “Senior College” officially kicked off the spring semester on Feb. 5. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OSU will present a slate of six academic courses for area seniors, age 50 and up. Tuesday classes include “The Balanced Life for Seniors,” whose topics include: Mind Matters; Brain Boosters; Therapeutic Recreation; Elder Law; Legislative Issues Facing Seniors; Area Services for Seniors; and Seniors and Sexuality.

The OLLI at OSU Tuesday morning schedule also includes a course titled “Globalization and China” taught by Bin Liang, Ph.D, OSU-Tulsa. George Schnetzer, M.D., will teach a Tuesday course called “Vietnam Revisited.” Dr. Schnetzer is a retired oncologist who began his life-long love of history at Princeton University. Dr. Schnetzer was stationed in Vietnam in the mid-sixties, serving as an Army Doctor in the Central Highlands.

Tuesday courses will be offered at Central Center in Centennial Park (Sixth Street and Peoria).

On Wednesday, OLLI at OSU will host a class at University Village, 8555 S. Lewis, called “Writing Your Life Story.” Students will be using a workbook to help guide them through the writing process. The course will be taught by Sallie Godwin.

Thursday afternoon class will be offered at Woodland Terrace, 9524 E 71st Street. John Everitt, former Arts and Humanities Chair, will host a course called “Behind the Stage Curtain: An Insider’s Look at the Arts in Tulsa” from 2-4 p.m.

“The Grapes of Wrath” will be taught by Lilli Land on Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Burgundy Place, 8887 S. Lewis, beginning Feb. 8.

OLLI at OSU is open to anyone age 50 and up. Members pay an annual membership fee to support the program. The program is offered through support from the Osher Lifelong Learning Foundation and the OSU College of Education.

Director RuthAnn McCarthy Sirbaugh encourages all seniors to consider returning to the classroom.

“We have such a great community of learners in OLLI,” says Sirbaugh. “Our instructors are passionate about teaching and our students are truly interested in their courses. We’ve taken the best parts of learning and put it together for our seniors.”

Enrollment information is available online at www.okstate.edu/olli or by calling the OLLI at OSU office at (405) 744-5868.

Updated 02-18-2008

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