As part of our mission to support intellectual enrichment and engaged lifelong learning, we invite you to consider sharing your ideas and time to enhance the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as our university and community.
OLLI Outlook Newsletter – Share Your Ideas at the Osher Institute
Have a great story idea or creative piece from a recent class that you'd like to share with fellow OLLI members? Contribute to the OLLI Outlook Newsletter
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Committees
Want to help select courses, plan special events, reach out to potential new members, or choose future volunteer opportunities? Consider joining one (or more) of the Osher Institute's volunteer leadership committees to represent your fellow OLLI members. Committee members provide input/feedback to assist the OLLI staff in making decisions on issues impacting the Institute and assist with daily operations. Committee meetings are typically held from once per semester to once per month, based on the committees' goals.
Curriculum & Instructor Committee
Deborah Carson, Dennis Greene, Sharon Popp, Marv Pulliam, Karen Simons, Barbara Stroud, Judith Wenker, Aileen Yagade
- Recommends course offerings, class schedules, and course formats based on fellow members' feedback
- Seeks out new instructor prospects and provides ideas/feedback to inform OLLI staff decisions when hiring new instructors
Student Fellowship & Events Committee
Dixon Arnett, Dorita Winn
- Assists OLLI staff in selecting, planning and implementing events to enhance student life such as the semester kickoff events, special events featuring distinguished guests (visionary leaders, authors, artists), and social functions both on and off campus
- Welcomes new Osher Institute students and members
- Distributes SDSU Osher publications
Marketing & Membership Committee
Patricia Robinson Burton, Kathi Diamant, Dick Fitzer, Jeraldine Young Oborn, Gretchen Pattengill, Marian Ross
- Provides marketing ideas, feedback and assistance for informing potential SDSU OLLI students and members of our Osher Institute's benefits
- Collects story ideas and advises on the OLLI Outlook Newsletter and other OLLI publications
Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities Committee
Nancy Cummins-Slovick, Joanne Joseph, Elizabeth Melendez, Louise Phipps, Marian Ross
- Assists all the committees in recruiting new members, to support the committees in reaching or maintaining participation goals
- Recommends and organizes internal volunteer leadership opportunities within the Osher Institute (e.g., the committees), and external leadership and volunteer opportunities for OLLI members to support our campus and local communities
Would you like to give back to your OLLI learning community but aren't sure if you have the time? Ambassadors can help with as little as 15 minutes per semester. Special Events for Olli Members becoming OLLI Ambassadors are offered each term.
Classroom Ambassadors assist the OLLI staff with making sure students and instructors have what they need for their learning enjoyment. Duties may include welcoming and checking-in class participants, making announcements, or distributing course materials and evaluations.
Outreach Ambassadors help share the love of lifelong learning at local organizations or events. If you belong to a fitness club, a professional or volunteer organization, a faith community, or spend time at a favorite coffee shop, learn how you can spread the word about OLLI by giving a short presentation or by dropping off OLLI information. Outreach ambassadors may also enjoy assisting with semester Kickoffs or other outreach events.
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
Where: SDSU Gateway Center and Extended Studies Center
View the Conversation Groups flyer, fill out the ALI volunteer form, or contact Alan Schuchman at email@example.com for more information.
Aztec Mentor Program – Serve as a Mentor for an SDSU Student
We invite you to become a mentor and support an undergraduate student in his or her career development. Mentors will spend eight to 12 hours over the course of one semester to advise and coach a student in developing leadership skills, transitioning from the undergraduate program to the workforce, developing networking skills, setting career goals, and learning about specific industries and organizations as well as other areas.
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 OLLI 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 Institute 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (619) 594-1966, or visit www.ali.sdsu.edu/homestay.
Make a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Future OLLI Students
Please consider giving to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University, to help support the Institute's tradition of excellence.