So What Exactly Is OLLI (Kennesaw State University)

Many of you have come to our social events and classes and know all about what has to offer – but we are always amazed at how many people do not understand who we are and what we offer.

In 1999, Dean Barbara S. Calhoun recognized an unfulfilled need in the community for a program geared to the needs of adults age 50 and older. She called upon retired banker Dick Harp to volunteer to build such a program. “His business sense, coupled with his passion for seniors, has been the foundation for the growth and success of our program for older adults,” said Dean Calhoun.

Since then, the program has grown rapidly. A grant proposal was submitted to the Bernard Osher Foundation, which endows programs located on college campuses targeted to adults 50+. The Foundation favored KSU with several grants to start the program and later with an endowment to keep the program operating. The program was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Kennesaw State University.

 From a humble beginning with only six classes to a thriving program with more than 60 classes offered each quarter, OLLI now has more than 2,600 participants every year. With no tests and no homework, participants can enjoy a relaxing environment where they improve their minds while enjoying the educational, academic, and social aspects of the program.

So you ask, what is OLLI?
OLLI is learning, passion and living for life after 50.

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