OLLI Spring Classes

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 Mar. 17, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
New Spring Classes for Adults 50+
Offered at Cal State L.A.’s
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State L.A. offers Friday classes targeted to adults 50+ this Spring Quarter, ranging from the history and modern influence in China to meditation, politics and more. A comedy show for “baby boomers” and computer classes plus an exercise and fitness series are also scheduled as part of the spring program.

The Golden Eagle building, room 219, on the Cal State L.A. campus. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure II, at the north end of campus. Cost is $.50 per hour for parking. Visit www.calstatela.edu for campus map and location of permit parking lots.

FRIDAY MORNINGS (9-11:30 a.m.)
April 22 — “The Active Mind”: Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, dean, USC Andrus School of Gerontology; “Meditation”: Ben Otaki, Marshal Arts and Meditation teacher.

April 29 — “Exercise and Fitness” (Part I): Dr. Tamar Semerjian, CSULA Department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science; “The Politics of Social Security and Medicare”: Dr. Ted Anagnoson, CSULA Department of Political Science.

May 6 — “Exercise and Fitness” (Part II): Dr. Tamar Semerjian, CSULA Department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science; “China: History and Modern Influence”: Frances Ng, South Pasadena Tai Chi Club president.

May 13 — “Grandparents as Mentors”: Journalist Connie Goldman, formerly on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington, DC, is an award-winning radio producer and reporter. She devotes herself to providing information and insights to enrich the lives of persons in mid-life and the years beyond. In March 2001, The American Society on Aging named her “Senior of the Year” for improving the lives of older persons. “Exercise and Fitness” (Part III): Dr. Tamar Semerjian, CSULA Department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science.

May 20 — Distinguished Emeriti and Faculty Series (Part I) – “Antony and Cleopatra”: CSULA Professor Emeritus Peter Brier.

June 3 — Distinguished Emeriti and Faculty Series (Part II) – “Encore of Master Faculty.”

Fridays: April 8-June 2 — “Tai Chi”: Frances Ng, South Pasadena Tai Chi Club president.

April 29 — “Medicare Benefits Update”: Marisela Person, Medicare education and training specialist, National Heritage Insurance Company.

May 6 — “Baby Boomers Plus” Comedy Troupe: The Baby Boomer team, led by UCLA Professor Emeritus Jack Rothman, delivers hip comedy that is well-aged and tailored to community organizations and service groups. The group has performed at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, The Pasadena Ice House, The Santa Monica Comedy Underground, and other clubs, pubs and coffee houses in Southern California.

May 13 — “Lunch with Connie Goldman: THE AGELESS SPIRIT”: Connie Goldman, formerly on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington, DC, and an award-winning radio producer and reporter, signs her latest book, The Ageless Spirit. (Roybal Conference Room, Salazar Hall C103)

THREE-DAY WORKSHOP (1:30-3 p.m.)
April 19, 21 & 22 — “Computers and the Internet”: Sidney Soclof, emeritus professor, who taught for more than 40 years in Cal State L.A.’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He authored several textbooks and has lectured at Elderhostel, Senior Summer School and on cruise ships.

The cost of individual classes is $15 for non-members; members can attend classes for a discounted fee. The OLLI annual individual membership fee is $45 (Family, organizational and “Friends of OLLI” plans are also available).

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is funded by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has provided charitable financing for 61 lifelong learning programs throughout the country. OLLI’s Web site: /sites/default/files/exed/profdeve/osher/

To register for classes and/or to become a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, contact Marivic Erskine at (323) 343-4695 or e-mail [email protected].

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu

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