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Meet our Board President and Director


COMING SOON! Jascenna Haislet

 Linda Jacknowitz, President

Jascenna Haislet, Director

Welcome to OLLI!

I have just given myself a tour of the much improved OLLI web site. I hope you'll agree with me that it is a great improvement and much easier to read and navigate. If you do have any comments, please share them with Sonja Kelley or Jascenna Haislet.

It's about to be winter, so, as I did in the up-coming winter catalog, I'll wish you all a bon hiver (bone eevair)--good winter. When you read that new catalog, you'll know that I really love winter. It's not hot, it's not humid, we can have wood fires every night, we can make soups and hot drinks and get together with friends for dinner and conversation, go to concerts and films, and read great books. What's not to love? For those of you that have not escaped to some warmer clime, you can take an OLLI class in Morgantown or Charleston that will expand your horizons, peak your interests, and keep you engaged in your community. OK, we'll get tired of bundling up in heavy coats, gloves, hats and scarves, and we'll really hate shoveling the driveway one more time, but isn't it ultimately worth the effort? When Bonnie and I moved from the west coast 36 year ago, the first thing we grew to love here was the fact of having FOUR seasons, not just two. Since I began teaching OLLI classes in 2006, we have both loved getting to know a diverse group of new friends with such a wide range of interests. I hope each of you will find ways to hare your love of OLLI, by giving a membership or encouraging some friends to give us a try by taking a class or three and having as much fun as the rest of us.

Love one another and be all that you can be in every season!

- Jim Held, President

I am honored to be a part of the vibrant community that is OLLI at WVU.

Learning has always been a passion of mine. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t exploring museums, parks, and historical sites, attending arts events, or didn’t have my face buried in a book whenever possible.

Thus, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share this passion with the members of OLLI. I’m not only the director, but also a member, taking classes as time permits, including OLLI Goes to the Museum, OLLI Goes to the Theatre, the New Horizons Band, Campus Read – Just Mercy, and the Old Malden History Tour in Charleston.

I invite you to explore our website, follow us on social media, and stop by for a visit. If you haven’t previously been a member of our program, you are invited to pick up a guest pass at the OLLI office to attend a single class at no charge. Or you can purchase a trial membership for only $25.00 and attend as many classes as you wish for one term. For more information, call the OLLI office at 304-293-1793. I’m sure you’ll be hooked!

As a member organization, OLLI depends on and appreciates the participation of our community, whether it’s by teaching a class or leading a special interest group; volunteering for the board of directors, a committee, as a class host, in the office or at special events; or simply by taking a class and providing feedback. We strive to provide the highest quality experiences possible to our members and value your involvement.

Looking to the future as we live in the present, I’m open to new ideas, no matter how large or small. My door is always open so please feel free to stop by. Or email me at jascenna.haislet@hsc.wvu.edu.

I hope you find as much satisfaction with OLLI at WVU as I do.

- Jascenna Haislet, Director