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Excerpts from OLLI’s eNewsletter: The Insider

The Virtual OLLI Experience: A Teacher’s Perspective by Charlie Chadwick

What is it like to teach an OLLI class virtually rather than to take a class as a senior student? Like many, Charlie was wary of going on-line to teach this semester. Charlie wants to telegraph his message: it has been a great experience. Read about Charlie’s first-hand experience as a virtual instructor for seniors at OLLI.

OLLI Member Spotlight – Bob Sack

Bob Sack has been a vital member of the OLLI at UVA senior community for almost two decades. Click to read the article about Bob, OLLI Instructor and Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at UVA, Darden School of Business. We humbly thank Bob for his generosity, spirit and commitment to OLLI.

A tribute to our co-Founder, Jim McGrath

Jim was “the” instrumental force in starting OLLI after he came to Virginia for retirement. According to sources, Jim wanted something to keep him busy after retirement, so he decided to champion lifelong learning. We are the lucky ones indeed. The article below recounts the history of OLLI at UVA as a senior community, spearheaded by Jim and his invaluable contributions from various resources. An excerpt from past-President, Joan Kammire states, “Jim was amazing; the way he persevered through and beyond significant health issues, never giving up his stewardship of OLLI.” Read more about Jim and his 20-year history with OLLI.

Coursera Courses begin and thank you to Althea Brooks

Althea Brooks is a member of the Board of Directors and the Curriculum and Diversity Committees at OLLI. A native of South Carolina, Althea began her career at UVA in the procurement office. For the past 14 years, Althea has been the Senior Director of UVA’s Lifetime Learning in the Office of Engagement, where she manages programs to enrich the intellectual life of UVA’s alumni, parents, and friends. Lifetime Learning programs include faculty-led talks, extended learning seminars, travel opportunities, and online resources.

Thanks to Althea, this semester active OLLI members will have full access to three popular UVA-generated online Coursera courses through the regular OLLI registration site at no charge. View the full flyer, learn more about Althea and OLLI’s Lifetime Learning partnership for Coursera courses this fall. These courses are free to all active Members of OLLI at UVA

Welcome New Staff member, Genevieve Baer, Business Manager & Member Services representative.

She will offer high-quality customer service and manage OLLI’s day-to-day business needs. Genevieve most recently worked as a Operations Team Lead and as a Senior Music Therapist for Music Speaks, LLC. Prior to, Genevieve served as a Service Coordinator for the Valley Community Services Board in Staunton, VA. Early in her career, she was an Activities Therapist and Genevieve continues to be a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She graduated from Florida State University in 2011. To learn more about Genevieve.

OLLI Office Moves to IX Park

OLLI at UVA relocated the staff office, effective September 1, 2020, to Studio IX at 969 Second Street SE. OLLI’s staff office will be located in the IX Park business park along with four other nonprofits and seven professional organizations, located off Elliott Avenue near downtown Charlottesville. Our phone, email and web site will remain the same. Please note that OLLI staff will continue to work remotely after the move, and the new office spaces will not yet be open to the public. Learn more about your new space, as seen in this edition of the eNewsletter.

OLLI at UVA Recognizes Audrey Gottlieb

A cherished member of OLLI passed away in 2020, Audrey Gottlieb. She was a cherished volunteer of OLLI at UVA through the years. Staff and leadership acknowledge her invaluable contributions to OLLI, previously called JILL (Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning) when Audrey began her service with the organization. Staff would also like to thank Betty Natoli, another formidable volunteer, for her recount of Audrey’s dedication to OLLI for more than a decade. Read more about Audrey’s invaluable dedication to our organization.

August 21, 2020 eNewsletterZoom Welcome Sessions, upcoming Special Presentation and Pop-up Yoga Classes

July 2020 Taste of OLLI, Catalog Launch & Discussion Groups

Spring/Summer 2020 eNewsletters

OLLI’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity

Welcome new Executive Director, Leslie Pont and Board of Directors Leadership Changes

OLLI at UVA Social Science Courses

New Online Course Offerings this Summer

OLLI at UVA programs move online for Fall 2020