The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury has announced its upcoming non-credit course offerings with over 60 courses offered for fall session – September to November, 2012. Along with courses, there will be day and overnight trip offerings for members, along with University research lectures, special guest speakers, and creative events.

The fall session of courses and events will be offered at the Waterbury campus and other downtown locations. Program booklets will be mailed to current and potential members in early August and a list of courses and a membership registration form will be available online (to coincide with the mailing). To learn more, visit Sign up for courses now and come learn for the joy of it!

 In its sixth year, this innovative and fast-growing, community-based program is responding to the needs of older adults, usually age 50 and over, who want to engage socially and intellectually with their peers as teachers and learners. Classes are held at the Waterbury campus and other downtown locations and course offerings include topics such as Computers, Current Events, Health & Wellness, History, Literature & Writing, Science, Performing & Visual Arts and Personal Development, to name a few. Dr. Brian Chapman, Director of OLLI at UConn, comments, “OLLI is focused on enhancing the quality of life of older adults; the response has been overwhelming.”

OLLI at UConn is the only program of its type in Connecticut funded by philanthropist Bernard Osher; and is one of 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States. The hugely successful program continues to grow and offer more courses and special events with each session.

 Dr. William Pizzuto, Waterbury campus Director comments, “Our University has been delivering academic degree programs to the community for over 60 years. The Osher Institute at UConn has become a great way for citizens of the Waterbury region and surrounding counties to take a step into college life for the first time, to reconnect with higher education, or to come back to UConn.” Dr. Brian Chapman comments, “We are pleased to be reaching out to the community and engaging course leaders and new participants-it is great to see them reach back with enthusiasm and a zest for learning!”

 The annual membership cost is $60, allowing participants to sign up for courses (from $20 – $50 each), to participate in OLLI Café presentations and other lunchtime happenings, university research lectures, receive discounts to OLLI partnership events, attend special OLLI events, obtain an OLLI membership card, a UConn Library card, and a UConn Waterbury parking pass for OLLI at UConn events only. Membership is “first come, first served” and courses fill up quickly.

 For additional information or to receive a brochure, please call 203-236-9924, 203-236-9925 or e-mail To view a list of courses and programs please go to the UConn OLLI Website at