As part of our mission to support intellectual enrichment and engaged lifelong learning, we invite you to consider opportunities for leadership and volunteer service at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as opportunities to give back to our community.
Four New Osher Institute Leadership & Volunteer Committees
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University leadership and volunteer committees will represent the Osher members to provide input/feedback to assist Osher staff members in making decisions on issues impacting the Osher Institute at SDSU. Leadership and volunteer committee members will also assist with the Institute's daily operations. We invite you to consider participating.
1. Curriculum & Instructor Committee
Deborah Carson, Kay Curriden, Dennis Greene, Marv Pulliam, Steven Seymour, Karen Simons, Judith Wenker, Aileen Yagade
- Seeks out new instructor prospects and provides ideas/feedback to inform Osher staff decisions when hiring new instructors and selecting course offerings.
- Obtains fellow students' and members' feedback on course offerings, class schedules, and related topics.
2. Student Fellowship & Events Committee
Dixon Arnett, Kay Curriden, Dave Fremland, Connie Greene
- Assists Osher staff in selecting, planning, and implementing events to enhance student life such as the semester kick-offs, special events featuring distinguished guests (visionary leaders, authors, artists), and social functions both on and off campus.
- Welcomes new Osher Institute students and members.
3. Marketing & Membership Committee
Dennis Greene, Gretchen Pattengill, Marian Ross, Steven Seymour, Jeraldine Young Oborn
- Provides marketing ideas, feedback, and assistance for informing potential SDSU Osher students and members of our Osher Institute's benefits.
- Collects story ideas for Osher Institute publications and assists with social media communications.
- Shares the benefits of Osher membership at associations or community groups and/or distributes Osher publications.
4. Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities Committee
Nancy Cummins-Slovick, Joanne Joseph, Elizabeth Melendez, Louise Phipps, Marian Ross, Steven Seymour
- Researches and suggests ideas for new and ongoing volunteer leadership opportunities within the Osher Institute (i.e., the committees) in which Osher Institute students and members might wish to engage
- Recommends and organizes volunteer opportunities for Osher members to support our campus and local communities
- Shares the benefits of participating in Osher leadership and volunteer opportunities during Osher events, to support all the committees in reaching their participation goals
How to Participate
- Suggest other potential duties or express interest in serving on any of the committees by taking the Osher Leadership and Volunteer Committees Survey.
- Periodic Leadership & Volunteer information sessions will be announced to potential volunteers who complete the survey.
- Time commitments for committee service will be determined according to each committees' goals; we anticipate meetings will range in frequency from once per semester to once per month.
Contact the Osher program director, Emily Moore at email@example.com for more information.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Conversation Groups with International Students at SDSU's American Language Institute (ALI)
Conversation Groups at the American Language Institute are designed to give international students practice in conversing with native speakers and other English-language learners. Supervised by ALI staff, the sessions are lightly-structured, with topics and questions to guide the small group discussions. Students also have a chance to ask questions and explore topics of interest. Volunteers are selected to work with two to five students each session. On some occasions, games and other activities are integrated. Refreshments are served at each meeting.
When: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, twice a month starting on Jan. 21, or March 11
Where: SDSU Gateway Center and Extended Studies Center
View the Conversation Groups flyer, fill out the ALI volunteer form, or contact the ALI student life coordinator, Alan Schuchman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aztec Mentor Program – Serve as a Mentor for an SDSU Student
As a mentor, participants will spend eight to 12 hours over the course of one semester with a student mentee. The goal is to offer feedback, help him/her make connections between this experience and their academic learning, answer industry-specific questions and provide professional advice on career pathways and other career-related issues drawn from your own experiences.
Mentor benefits include:
- Opportunity to give back to SDSU by mentoring a student
- Exposure to graduates as potential employee
- The chance to develop closer links with SDSU
- Development of coaching, mentoring and professional development skills
“The Aztec Mentor Program is a great opportunity for Osher students to help SDSU undergraduates. One thing we all have in common, if we look back, is how nice it would have been to talk to people in our fields of interest. It's a great opportunity for Osher members to get in touch with a young, vibrant group of people who will be ruling the world in the not too distant future.
Curriculum & Instructor
Committee; Aztec Mentor Program Volunteer
For more information please visit the Aztec Mentor Program.
Become a Host Family – Share the International Experience
- Meet students from all over the world
- Introduce American culture to a foreign student
- Help students to speak Englis h well and communicate effectively
- Flexible terms (short and long)
- Have an experience that lasts a lifetime
Compensation – $ 800 per month
The length of the homestay varies and depends on the student's length of study. For more information contact Michael Castronuovo, Homestay Coordinator. Email email@example.com, call (619) 594-1966, or visit www.ali.sdsu.edu/homestay.