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Event Committee members during the Taste of OLLI Spring 2016 Reception.

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A Message from Our Board President

Have we made it through winter 2016? Perhaps not quite, but with this catalog arriving in your mailbox or on-line, you know it’s coming soon, and with it, another list of classes offered by community and academic experts on a great variety of topics from health to history to the arts and crafts to travel to…well, you get it: LOTS of possibilities for personal growth and enjoyment.

Although it is too late to make it to press with this publication, we will very likely have a replacement for Angela Faulkner-VanDeysen, our dedicated and resourceful Director for the last three and a half years. During this time we have experienced growth, a branch in Charleston, strategic planning and some stability in funding with the help of WVU’s School of Public Health and the Office of the President. In her new capacity, it may just be possible to entice Angela to teach some wealth management classes for OLLI!

I can’t end this little introduction to spring without urging you to get a friend to come to OLLI, join and take classes. It is essential that we maintain at least 500 members in West Virginia or it could result in the dire financial loss of the Osher endowment. Our Board has recognized this goal as our top priority after hiring a new Director. Won’t you help us keep blooming through spring and beyond?

Jim Held,
President OLLI at WVU Board of Directors


Jascenna HaisletWest Virginia welcomed me this week with rain. Although the sky may overcast, the rain is nurturing new growth and nourishing the earth. OLLI does the same for us, feeding our curiosity, imagination, and desire for knowledge.

I come to OLLI at WVU with a passion for learning and a history in the lifelong pursuit. Just two short weeks ago, I was the program manager for the OLLI at the University of Montana, an opportunity made possible by returning to school later in life and changing careers after 30 years in theatre. Although Montana is certainly a beautiful place to live, when the opportunity to move to Morgantown arose, I jumped at it. My affinity for the lush hills and winding roads in the region runs deep, reminding me of my childhood years spent in southern Ohio along the river. It feels right to be so much closer to home.

I am honored to be a part of this vibrant organization and look forward to getting to know each of you. I want to learn the history of OLLI at WVU and hear what you consider the strengths and weaknesses of the program so that we may continue to provide the best possibility experiences for our members to learn together. My office door is usually open so please stop by to say hi!

Jascenna Haislet


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Open Policy

When Monongalia County Schools are closed for inclement weather, there will be no OLLI classes. Two hour delays will not affect OLLI classes. We observe WVU holidays.