OLLI at CSUB offers summer school without the homework

OLLI summerLifelong learning never takes a break – not even for summer. This month, CSUB's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is heading into full session, offering courses to the community for summer fun.

From foreign languages to crocheting and spiritualism, the variety of classes is sure to interest anyone. This summer, the multi-talented Nick Belardes, a CSUB alum, is returning to teach classes on photography, poetry and drawing.

"Nick has taught for us before and was well received. I feel very lucky for him to be teaching three classes. It shows his depth as well as his joy for giving back and sharing his creative side with OLLI and community members," said Program Coordinator Jennifer Patino.

Instructors also include CSUB students, emeriti faculty, and community members. Communications student Phillip Barnett, who blogs about the NBA for ESPN, is teaching a course on the history of basketball. Business graduate Wendy Cruz, a native of Mexico, is teaching a course on "Basic Spanish for Tourists."

"Having students teach an OLLI class is a great way for the generations to interact and learn from each other," Patino said. "But any community member may be an instructor for OLLI, no teaching experience required – just a love for sharing what they know."

OLLI is funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports higher education and the arts for people who are aged 50 and better. CSUB's program is one of more than 100 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country. The membership-based program counts more than 300 members at CSUB. When it reaches 500 members, CSUB's OLLI becomes eligible for a $1 million grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation to offer even more classes to the public.

Community members don't have to be over age 50 to participate – they just have to be interested in learning something new, Patino said. Classes range from one-day workshops to weekly sessions. There will also be a one-day field trip on July 28 to the Getty Villa in Malibu.

Annual membership to OLLI is $35 and includes a large discount on classes (most classes are $5 for members and $25 for nonmembers) as well as access to the Walter Stiern Library, eligibility to purchase a pass to the Student Recreation Center, and more.

For the complete OLLI summer schedule and to register, visit www.csub.edu/olli or call 661-654-2441.

OLLI Summer Classes

Explore CSUB's Wildlife

Tour of CSUB's Facility for Animal Care and Treatment. Instructor: Marlene Benton, FACT Coordinator
Thursday, June 23, 9 to 11 a.m.

Photo Journey: Taking Photos that Matter

How to use your camera as an extension of your experience. Instructor: Nick Belardes, author and artist
Saturdays, June 25-July 30, 9 to 11 a.m.

Illuminated Lines: Exploring Your Inner Poet

Discuss contemporary poetry and write your own poems. Instructor: Nick Belardes
Saturdays, June 25-July 30, 4 to 6 p.m.

History of Basketball Through the Ages

A fun historical analysis of how basketball has developed. Instructor: Phillip Barnett, ESPN blogger
Thursdays, June 30-Aug. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Basic Spanish for Tourists

Learn basic words to enjoy your trip; field trip to local restaurant. Instructor: Wendy Cruz, Mexico native and certified translator
Thursdays, June 30-Aug. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Talk Like an Egyptian

Learn to speak the Arabic dialect of Egypt to enjoy your tourist visit. Instructor: Mohamed Younes
Wednesdays, July 6 and 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Crocheting for Fun

Learn a new skill and relaxing hobby; materials provided. Instructor: Linda Phillips
Fridays, July 8-29, 10 a.m. to noon

Ancient Techniques to Fuel the Fires of Transformation

Learn various Shamanic techniques to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem solving. Instructor: Dr. Jane Granskog, CSUB professor emeritus of anthropology
Saturdays, July 9 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon

Drawing and Doodling

Learn basic drawing skills, how to imagine, and how to "properly" doodle. Instructor: Nick Belardes
Saturdays, Aug. 6, 13 and 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Read One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern

Get a jump on this year's community read of "The Other West Moore" and participate in a book discussion. Facilitator: Jennifer Patino, OLLI Coordinator
Thursdays, Aug. 11 and 18, 4:30 to 6 p.m., (free of charge)

Fieldtrip to The Getty Villa, Malibu

Thursday, July 28: Board the Orange Belt Bus at 7 a.m. in Parking Lot E at CSUB. Explore the Villa at your own pace; private tour at 3:15 p.m. Return time is 6 p.m.

For More Information

Contact CSUB Public Affairs
(661) 654-2136