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OLLI at UVA Online: Fall 2020
Dear OLLI at UVA community.

Since the cancellation of OLLI at UVA in-person programming on March 16, we've been laying the groundwork for the possibility of an online Fall 2020 semester with Zoom trainings for members, the member Coffee Chat, pilot courses on Zoom, and weekly instructor check-ins. While we would love to see all of you in-person for the fall, the OLLI at UVA Board has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to hold all Fall 2020 programs online, using the Zoom platform .

The health and safety of staff, students and instructors drives this decision. However, we will continue to monitor public health conditions and advice. If it becomes safe to conduct in-person programming we will transition to select in-person offerings with social distancing guidelines in place. We know that face to face contact and social interaction is a vital part of lifelong learning and intellectual engagement and our goal is to return to this format when it is safe to do so.

While it will be different, and sometimes challenging, we are determined and ready to offer a stimulating, smooth and exciting online learning experience for our members. We will continue to offer additional online programming for Spring 2020 members through July 14 at no additional charge . You may still join as a Spring 2020 member at anytime. On July 15, Fall 2020 membership will be available for pre-purchase and includes the ability to sign up for any fall courses starting July 28, and access to any other online OLLI programming, such as Special Presentations.

We are working with the History Club of Charlottesville and other potential partners to add ongoing member exclusive content as instructors become ready to move online. In fact, we just scheduled a new cooking class by popular Eat Like a Greek instructor, Claudia Hanna – Grill Like a Greek ! See below to register.

We are committed to working with any member who would like additional help getting comfortable with the Zoom platform. Look for more Zoom trainings in July and August, or send an email to olliuva@virginia.edu for individual help .

We also strongly encourage members to register for Fall 2020 online at olliuva.org . Not only are you more likely to get the courses you want, logistically it will be much smoother since OLLI at UVA staff are working remotely. Online registration training is scheduled for July 23 and will cover password reset, searching course information, and registration and payment .

A paper registration form will be included in the Fall 2020 catalog which is expected to be printed and mailed the week of June 22. We expect scheduling details and program offerings to continue to evolve after the physical catalog is printed. Please refer to olliuva.org for up to date information on courses and programs .

Thank you for joining us on this adventure! You can get a glimpse of what's on tap for fall at our Virtual Taste of OLLI on July 21 . More details on the Taste and all things fall will be regularly communicated by email. We may not be in a classroom, but the learning continues. See you online! Reach out anytime at 434.923.3600 or olliuva@virginia.edu .

– OLLI at UVA Board of Directors and Staff
Fall 2020 Key Dates

Check olliuva.org for updates and course times. All programming offered via the online Zoom platform.

  • July 15      Fall Membership pre-purchase opens online
  • July 21      Virtual Taste of OLLI/Course Preview, 10 a.m. 
  • July 23      Online registration training, 10 a.m.
  • July 28      Fall 2020 Registration Opens, 10 a.m.
  • September 7   Session A Courses Begin
  • October 26   Session B Courses Begin
Social: Member Weekly Coffee Chat
Join us on Zoom every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to socialize with other members and get comfortable on the platform. We will be using the breakout room feature in Zoom so members can meet in groups of four or less to talk about a suggested topic or just chat and enjoy each other's company.

We've been having a great time seeing smiling OLLI faces, catching up with each other and talking about a variety of issues, ideas and concerns. We hope you'll join us!

Every Tuesday at 10:30. Register here online to receive the Zoom link the morning of the chat. It really is as easy as clicking on the link in the email! NOTE: Registration limited to current Spring 2020 members.
Grill Like a Greek!

Popular Eat Like a Greek instructor, Claudia Hanna, is embracing not only online teaching, but also the summer grilling season. Join her on Zoom for Grill Like a Greek on June 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for a demo of marinating and grilling Greek style. She will work with lamb and chicken and do a couple side dishes. Come get some culinary inspiration!
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