YORK, Pa. — "The Search for the Next Mickey Mantle: From Tom Tresh to Bryce Harper," "The Legacy of the Incas in Peru," "Bicycle Preparation for Spring Riding," and "Rubens and Rembrandt: Northern Baroque Masters" are just a few of the 100 courses offered for spring 2022 through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State York. Registration for members started on Monday, Jan. 24, with registration for nonmembers set to begin Feb. 7. OLLI’s spring semester starts March 7.
Of the 100 available courses, 92 will be held in person and eight will be offered via Zoom. Most in-person courses take place on the Penn State York campus in the Conference Center on the lower level of the Main Classroom Building. OLLI follows strict COVID mitigation policies for the in-person courses and all those participating must wear masks.
Annual membership in OLLI is $50 and members pay $8 for a single-session course; $16 for a two-session course, and so on. Nonmembers pay $20 for a single-session course; $40 for a two-session course, etc. Some courses are open to nonmembers and prices vary based on the length of the course.
OLLI at Penn State York boasts more than 500 members who have a desire to stay active and never stop learning. OLLI came to Penn State York in 2007, thanks to the efforts of three women — Olive Padden and the late Charmaine Kissinger and Gussie Petron — and their thirst for knowledge and mental stimulation.
The idea of offering courses of interest during the day for adult learners without the stress of tests, requirements and official textbooks appealed to the trio, and thanks to their leadership, OLLI began offering courses in April 2008. Since that time, OLLI at Penn State York has continued to grow with a variety of daytime courses, bus trips, travel trips, walking tours and other exciting activities.
OLLI is a nonprofit, mostly volunteer-driven organization, established to enrich the lives of mature adults living in York County. OLLI at Penn State York is one of more than 124 lifelong learning institutes across the nation that is supported by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant was made available locally though Penn State, which has OLLI sites at its University Park and York campuses.
For more information about OLLI, call 717-771-4015 or visit the OLLI York website.