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    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 million Endowment

    May 25, 2010

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of the Pacific (OLLI@Pacific), which provides continuing education opportunities for adults as part of the Center for Professional and Continuing Education, was awarded a $1 million Endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, California. 

    Pacific was one of 18 institutions to receive an endowment from the Foundation this year. The money will be invested and the interest from those investments will help fund OLLI@Pacific for many decades to come.

    "This award is a significant boost to education in the San Joaquin Valley as it will provide more learning opportunities for senior adults", said Jim Nims, director of OLLI@Pacific. "Learning does not stop when someone gets a degree from a high school or university, but rather should be a life-long process that continually improves our understanding of the world. 
    Additionally, learning does not always need to be tied to or driven by career demands; simply being curious is reason enough to enroll in our program."

    Programs for senior adults in our community have been offered by Pacific since 1997, first under the name Pacific Experience then renamed OLLI@Pacific through a generous grant by the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2006.  OLLI@Pacific is one of 121 Osher institutes in the United States.

    OLLI@Pacific is open to anyone in the community age 50+. Each semester a variety of university-level non-credit and non-graded courses, lectures and events are offered. Past semesters have included classes on art, music, writing, history, yoga, bird watching, world affairs, and local politics.    OLLI@Pacific members also are able to attend performances by Stockton Symphony, and travel with the Haggin Museum and the Pacific Alumni Tiger Treks travel programs.

    OLLI@Pacific programs are offered at University of the Pacific, O'Connor Woods, Central United Methodist Church and Lodi's Hutchins Street Square.  Currently, there are more than 500 members at OLLI@Pacific who attend more than 350 events per year.

    OLLI@Pacific offers programs during fall, spring and summer semesters each year and new courses and lectures are added to the program each semester.  Summer Semester program starts on June 2, 2010.  For more information, to view the Summer Semester brochure or for registration information, please visit www.pacific.edu/cpce, or call 209.946.7658.