Martha Bills, Captain - OLLI at Northwestern University
Heyward H. Macdonald, Former 1LT - OLLI at University of Virginia
Integrative Medicine: Treating the Whole Person - Osher Institute at University of Richmond
A Visit to the Largest Producer of Bowling Balls - Osher Institute at University of Utah
"Poetry for Pleasure" Reflects Generations of Leadership - OLLI at California State University Chico
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Greetings from the NRC    Nov 2017 15
As some of us come down from Halloween candy sugar highs (leftovers or treats gifted from the little goblins in our lives) we approach two November holidays that hold deep meaning for Osher members: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
For this newsletter, we asked two valued OLLI members and Veterans to reflect on significant expressions of gratitude they have received post-service and what those have meant to them personally. Their contributions appear below and are eloquent and profound. We are honored to know and learn alongside these two individuals, understanding that they are representative of hundreds, perhaps thousands of other members in Osher Institutes throughout the USA. We hope their words prompt you to offer gratitude to the Veterans who surround you this November 11th.
Gratitude is what November 23rd is all about - beyond a few caloric and sporting diversions. And so we offer you thanks from the Osher NRC for the many acts of service and camaraderie you provide to your own Osher Institutes, and in turn, to our national network of lifelong learners. Please remember your local OLLI colleagues, instructors, and leaders in your own expressions of thanks this season, as we sincerely thank you.
Best wishes throughout the heartwarming month of November,
Steve Thaxton, Executive Director

OLLI at Northwestern University
Martha Bills, Captain (06), United States Navy 1973 to 2003
In the Deep South, where I grew up, military service was, generation after generation, looked upon as an honorable profession, one to be entered into with as much familial pride as becoming a doctor or a lawyer engendered.  That sense of honor was tarnished by the Vietnam War which in some areas literally tore the heart out of our communities.  Veterans from that war didn't come home to parades and offers of their old jobs back, they came home to what grew into resentment and lack of care and concern for those veterans who had done their duty.  It was during that period when I determined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the career for me, an agent, working alongside men who fought crime every day.
But, that door wasn't open to women in the late 1960's, so I opted for the next best thing:  after college, I joined the United States Navy. It was partly as a way to find my own path in the world, but mostly to prove that I could do the same job as any man. With that resolve came experiences that completely shaped the person I am today, these many years later.  While still on active duty, I had the opportunity to touch the lives of young enlisted men and women working for me in duty stations all over America.  As one of the few women in a commanding officer position, I was often invited to speak at the local Veterans Day event.  Or, I was often asked to come down to the local VFW chapter and talk about how women could actually serve on Navy ships or fill a combat role. During those years when no one was thanking the Vietnam veterans, I had countless numbers of parents, especially mothers, say to me that they appreciated what I had done to help their daughter with career advice or by simply serving as a role model.  It was always gratifying to know that people had begun to sincerely respect the military, not just for the opportunities available to young people who couldn't afford to go to college, but for the service those young people were doing for their country.  I always felt that the pride those parents had in their sons and daughters was part of what made our country special, a country that had come to recognize that a "veteran" was someone to respect, someone who made a difference each and every day. 
Even though what we celebrate as "Veterans Day" began as "Armistice Day" to honor the men and women who served during World War I, in our hearts and minds, it truly is a day to show our support for veterans of all wars.  And when the TSA agent at the airport thanks me for my service when I show my military ID card, I can't help but feel a sense of pride.
Submitted by: Martha Bills, volunteer leader, OLLI at Northwestern University

OLLI at University of Virginia
Heyward H. Macdonald, Former 1LT and Platoon Leader in Vietnam, 1966-67
I do notice responses to me as a veteran of the Vietnam War, and I am thankful for the healing that has allowed that to take place in recent years; but the responses that have meant the most to me occurred as a result of my teaching a 12 session OLLI course for which the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Documentary on that war is required viewing, along with a willingness to sit around tables in small groups and process our individual memories as well as the stories of the documentary. This course includes people who served, who did not serve, and those who resisted the war.
Here is one of the two e-mails I received just today. It says a lot about the power and potential of the OLLI experience.
"I have attended many OLLI classes over the years, but none as professional or eye-opening or emotional or as educational as this class on Vietnam.  I definitely can say I am personally growing in the process.  Even though each episode gets tougher to watch and discuss, the group is respectful, open, honest, kind, supportive, and educated.  This course has impacted me in ways I did not expect, and I now look forward to attending each week. I am deeply grateful for all you and Bob have done and continue to do each week to lead us, inspire us, and to soothe our war-weary souls."
And, that is enough for me.
Submitted by : Heyward H. Macdonald, volunteer leader, OLLI at University of Virginia

Osher Institute at University of Richmond
Integrative Medicine: Treating the Whole Person
On Thursday, October 12, Dr. Linda Manning of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University spoke at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond on the topic Integrative Medicine: Treating the Whole Person. This lecture explored the burgeoning world of Integrative Medicine. Mounting scientific evidence confirms that effective medical treatment is not limited to "pills and procedures." By using evidence-based approaches from both Western and Eastern traditions, Integrative Medicine supports healing for body, mind, and spirit.
This lecture proved especially popular, drawing a crowd of more than 135 Osher members and community guests. Dr. Manning fielded many questions, and the University of Richmond Osher office has received many compliments and comments on this event. Following the lecture, several physicians have contacted the Osher Institute and are interested in teaching for them in the future!
Dr. Manning is a Health Psychologist and Interim Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Human Development Counseling.
Osher Institute at University of Richmond director, Peggy Watson stated, "We are grateful to our "Osher cousins" in the Osher Integrative Medicine Centers and to their resource center for helping connect UR's Osher Institute with Dr. Manning, who just happened to grow up here in Richmond.  Our world did get pleasantly smaller thanks to the Osher Foundation!"
Submitted by : Peggy Watson, director, Osher Institute at University of Richmond

Osher Institute at University of Utah
A Visit to the Largest Producer of Bowling Balls
Storm Bowling, the world's largest producer of bowling balls, recently welcomed 20 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members from the University of Utah for a tour of its facility. Storm Bowling forges about 6,000 balls a week which are sold to bowlers throughout the world.

Highly customized designs, materials and manufacturing processes are developed by in-house physicists and chemists. Osher members toured the factory to watch the entire process beginning with the raw materials that form the inner core and weight block.  The raw ball is dipped into a liquid resin, then rolled around while two or more colors are added ensuring no two bowling balls look alike. They also do custom colors and designs. If you think bowling balls are still black, you would be wrong! The next step is hand finishing, including an etched signature of the person who certified the ball. Finally, it is sent through a polisher before being individually packed for distribution. The whole process takes about three days beginning to end. When a bowling ball is purchased a professional technician will drill the holes to give the owner a custom fit.  

The tour ended with guide, Zach Trevino, demonstrating how a real bowler does it at the in-house two lane bowling alley. Did you know that a pro bowler will take between 10 and 20 different balls to tournament play? After a period of declining popularity, bowling is seeing a resurgence and Asia has become a major market for Storm products. Next time you go bowling, look to see if the Storm logo is on your ball. 
Submitted by : Connie Reed, special event volunteer, Osher Institute at University of Utah 

  OLLI at California State University, Chico 
"Poetry for Pleasure" Reflects Generations of Leadership
The Poetry for Pleasure class has been in the OLLI class schedule for two decades. Started originally by Virginia Peterson in 1997, it  was then one of only a dozen classes on the Prime Timers' schedule. For those newer to OLLI, the Prime Timers' Learning-in-Retirement program was founded on the CSU, Chico campus nearly 30 years ago and evolved into an Osher institute with the first endowment award in 2007. The Prime Timers' legacy remains influential, largely through OLLI's continued focus on volunteerism and member-driven classes.
In 2003, Jim Kirks joined Prime Timers, eventually enrolled in the class and then began teaching the class. As head of the North State Library for 27 years prior to his retirement, Jim had a deep appreciation for literature, but never imagined himself leading a class on poetry.  "There was a time in my life when I wrote poetry inspired by a woman I was then courting." Jim explained. One of these poems even became the inspiration for an elementary school mural.  "That was a long time ago," Jim continued. "Until George's class, I'd totally stopped writing or reading poetry."
The longevity of the class is owed to its motto: poetry for pleasure , according to Virginia Peterson. "I started the class 20 years ago with some guiding principles," she explained. "No poems by amateurs, no showboats, and always take turns."
In the six years since Jim took over, more than 100 OLLI members have enrolled in the class, bringing a new poem to each class meeting to share with the group. Many participants, including Ramona Peters, weren't huge fans of poetry before attending the class. "My appreciation for poetry grew as I was exposed to such a wide range of poems," she shared. Her sister, Lucille Schell echoed the enthusiasm. "Reading the poems aloud was especially satisfying," Lucille said. "I liked poetry as a girl, but the class helped us all connect in a way we wouldn't have otherwise."
Current Peer Leader Jim Kirks said he especially loves the diversity of writings he's encountered as a result of the class. "The spirit of this class encourages research and exploration," Jim explained. "In all the time I've led the class, only one poem has ever been repeated." It is this novelty-throughout all of the years the class has been offered by different leaders-that keeps Poetry for Pleasure relevant and fresh.
Submitted by: Ann Nikolai, program director, OLLI at California State University Chico 

Osher NRC 2017-18 Webinar Series

Online Video Conference Meetings for Osher Institute Coordinators/Assistant Directors
The Osher NRC, and October's webinar presenters, will  host two video conference meetings on November 8th for Osher Institute program coordinators/assistant directors who would like to use the online meetings as an opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Space is limited to twenty participants in each meeting on a first come, first serve, basis. The use of a webcam is highly encouraged. You can register for one meeting of your choice using the links below.

If you have interest in being a presenter or have ideas for other topics, please contact Diane Venzera ( diane.venzera@northwestern.edu ). 

  Scottsdale, AZ - October 2018
conference2018 Osher Institutes National Conference Venue
The 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference will be held October 22-24, 2018 at the well-appointed conference facilities of the  Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, near Phoenix, Arizona.

Two representatives from each OLLI will be invited to attend and the Osher Institutes National Resource Center will make your room reservations, please do not contact the hotel to make your own arrangements. Check-in for your overnight accommodations will be held at the front desk of the Scottsdale Resort hotel in your name and each delegate will have single private accommodations. All attendees are required to present a credit card at check-in for any incidental charges (telephone, spa, gift shop, copying expenses, dry cleaning, etc.) or additional overnight room stays outside of the two conference nights (October 22nd and 23rd). These costs will be posted to your credit card at the conclusion of your stay.

Check in time: 4:00pm
Check out time: 12:00pm

Self-parking at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is complimentary on a first-come, first-served basis.

An Advice Column for Osher Institute Staff and Volunteers
dearolliDear Olli
Dear Olli,
Our Osher Institute has been working with our university marketing department to redesign our logo but I understand that there are some guidelines that should be followed in the design of OLLI logos, what are those?
~Confused Artist
Dear Artist,
It's great that you thought to check in about this, as there are branding guidelines that should be followed for Osher Institutes. Each college or university agreed to follow these guidelines when it accepted support for its lifelong learning program from The Bernard Osher Foundation. The main points of the branding guidelines are: "Specifically, the program must be identified exclusively as the 'Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of XX' (or the 'OLLI') using the Osher Institute logo in combination with the logo of the host institution to represent the program publicly in all marketing materials including website, brochures, catalogs, and the like." If you would like further details about logos and branding for your OLLI, please email the Osher NRC at oshernrc@northwestern.edu and they can provide you with the full reference document created by The Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher NRC can also provide high resolution images of the Osher "O" logo that are often helpful for your graphic designer's use.

Have a question for Olli? Please send it in care of Stacey Hart at the NRC:Stacey.Hart@Northwestern.edu  

Educational Travel Ideas from the OLLI Network
The OLLI Traveler
OLLI at University of North Carolina Wilmington
Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery
Featuring Lighthouses, Iceberg Alley & Gros Morne. Discover a blend of natural beauty, quaint villages, stunning ocean views and friendly people on your exploration through Newfoundland and Labrador. Taste flavors of the region during a traditional Jiggs dinner. Board a cruise of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in search of whales, puffins and other marine life. In Gros Morne National park explore the spectacular Tableland Mountains. Then, set off on an unforgettable cruise on a rare freshwater fjord. Become an honorary Newfoundlander during a "Screech-In" ceremony. Later return and enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Walk in the footsteps of a great explorer at Captain James Cook National Historic Site. Visit Red Bay, Labrador, a UNESCO site. Pause at Long Point lighthouse to take in the sweeping views - you may even spot an iceberg! Offered in partnership with Collette Explorations. Learn more about this trip to Newfoundland.
Dates: August 2 - 13, 2018

OLLI at University of California, Irvine
Music Cities Christmas
Experience America's greatest musical cities -- Branson, Memphis and Nashville. Enjoy two live shows in Branson, visit Elvis' Graceland and experience Beale Street, home of the blues in Memphis. In Nashville, enjoy two nights at the Opryland Resort, and a Grand Ole Opry show. Learn more about this trip to three music cities.  
Dates: December 1 - 6, 2017 

OLLI at Hampton University
Cape Town to Kruger National Park
Bustling cities and safari landscapes collide on Africa's southern tip. Cape Town offers up colorful architecture and a vibrant culture. In Soweto, learn about the country's history and Apartheid struggle. Unbelievable natural scenery and vantage points dot the way from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. Learn more about this trip to South Africa.
Dates: May 21 - June 1, 2018

Quick Tips for Helping Operate an Osher Institute
didyouknowQuick Tip - Use Webinar Recordings in Committee Meetings
Is there a topic or subject that is on the agenda for an upcoming OLLI Committee meeting that has been covered in a past Osher NRC Webinar? Archived webinar recordings can be great resources for idea generation in committee meetings. Even if only used for a few minutes with a short clip of the webinar, they can serve as conversation starters. Presenters in both the 2016 and 2017-18 series include a variety of Osher Institute staff and volunteers who offer their perspectives on topics like fundraising, volunteer management, roles of staff and volunteers, travel programs, and many more.  Webinar archives are linked in the Secure Login section of www.Osher.net and passwords to access them are available through each OLLI's staff leader. 

  Career Openings in the OLLI Network
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Is there a staff opening at your Osher Institute? Please send it to us at  oshernrc@northwestern.edu