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Experience the joy of learning at OLLI at WVU!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at West Virginia University, known as OLLI at WVU, provides programs and educational opportunities designed for adults 50 and over.

Welcome to OLLI at WVU!

Click the Register Here button on the left to renew your membership or register online for fall term courses. Registration begins September 9th!

Check out our YouTube video that shows you how to log-in, change your password and register for courses online. Click here.

A Message from Our Board President


Autumn approaches…my favorite season with the promise of crisp, cool days, bright sun, changing and falling leaves and the annual advent of adult fare at the local cinema…after the onslaught of chaos, explosions, super-duper heroes and ruthless aliens. And then, beginning in October, the new Met Opera in HD series will open and we’ll be bathed in beauty and wonder.

Our OLLI members and Curriculum Committee have submitted a slate of over 50 new courses to whet your appetite for more lifelong learning. As you peruse this catalog, you’ll notice
possibilities for every taste, from science to health to the arts, to film, to writing, to literature, to fitness, to crafts…you name it, it’s here!

Please join me in celebrating our maturity, our willingness to share our expertise and love of an enormous range of topics. I can only speak for Bonnie and myself, but becoming a part of OLLI has opened a whole new world of friendships, fellowship and learning. Wouldn’t you want to share this wealth with a friend that may just be sitting at home? You might consider giving some trial memberships and offering rides to friends that might be challenged in any way to get here.

Celebrate autumn and join us and register for several classes!

- Jim Held, President



Jascenna Haislet


OLLI at WVU is going large! With a larger type size and more white space, I hope that you will find the new format of the course catalog easy to read. For members interested in a specific topic or field of study, courses are listed in alphabetical order by catagory, beginning on page 12. If you are looking for what’s offered by day of the week, the Schedule at a Glance on pages 10 and 11 offers a listing of courses by day and time. Each course title is prefaced by the page number on which you can find a complete description and followed by the last name of the instructor. The Table of Contents also includes the instructor name and page number of each course description for quick and easy reference. After you read through the catalog, choose a course or two or ten and register, please feel free to share your thoughts on the new lay-out. I’m always looking for ways to better serve our members and keep OLLI moving forward.

Also new this fall, an OLLI member lounge! By moving my work space to the main office, we have created a space for our members to relax between classes, enjoy a cup of coffee, and chat with friends. We are seeking volunteers to staff the lounge, to welcome members and direct people to classrooms or the office. Please let us know if you would be willing to volunteer an hour or two between classes.

- Jascenna Haislet, Director





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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.