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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, received a $25,000 grant to help expand its capacity to offer learning experiences to adults 50 and older. The grant was awarded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, the organization that fostered lifelong learning at institutions across the country. Members of the grant committee are Linda Shook, Mary Burkhart, Patty Disque, Gwen Reid, Jim Barber, Don Baker, Frenchy Fortin, Sue Mason, Gail McCullers, Felton Mitchell, Judy Jones and Barbara Daron.

Founded 26 years ago as the Auburn University Academy of Lifelong Learners, the program affiliated with the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2007. Today, OLLI at Auburn offers courses at Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery and the Chambers County Library in Valley. More than 900 members participate in academic courses, health and exercise activities and other learning opportunities on an organized basis.

The grant will help OLLI at Auburn build on that momentum, including its commitment to increase diversity on campus and within its community outreach efforts. The long-range plan calls not only for increasing membership, but also for increasing giving to the program.

In an effort to reach older adults nearing retirement, OLLI at Auburn will offer two evening courses during the winter and fall 2017 terms.

There are 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia with more than 154,000 members.

For more information about OLLI at Auburn, contact Linda Shook, OLLI director, at 844-3501 or visit the website.