Newsletter Summer 2018

OLLI Director's Message

Dear OLLI Supporters,

One thing that I’ve learned in my 6 months here in OLLI at Pitt is that there is never really a dull moment!  There is a constant pattern of actions, interactions, and plans that need to harmonize just perfectly to have this dynamic learning community. This observation is just one learning that I take from my early months here. Read More>

Open House

Bring your friends and join OLLI at Pitt for our open house!  Meet current members and find out more information about the program.  Current OLLI members, please share our Open House information with others!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. (Information sessions at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.)

Each session will be held at the Osher Lounge, College of General Studies, 1400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

● Visit with current members.
● Become a member and register for courses.
● There is no waiting list for membership.

Click here to RSVP for the Open House

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

FREE One-Time Events
Bring a guest but all must register. 

Monday, July 2
Finding a Voice

Monday, July 9
Russia's Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

Monday, July 16
Breast Cancer: An Overview and an Update on What is New

Monday, July 23
African Americans in the Civil War

Day Trip

Monday, August 6
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio with Doug Oster

Meet Our Instructor

Cathy Sendek-Sapp has been an instructor with OLLI at Pitt for many years and has taught over 50 courses for our students!  She teaches a variety of French language courses.  Recently, we sat down with Cathy to chat. Read More>

Pitt Arts - Cheap Seats

Did you know that you can use your Osher ID to purchase discounted tickets for shows offered by The Pittsburgh Cultural District?  Each person can purchase up to four tickets for almost all shows and you can take non-Pitt people! Find out more information>

Committee Member Highlight

Leslie Holmes is the new leader of the Membership Committee here at OLLI at Pitt.  She is an active member in OLLI classes as a student and has gotten very involved with the program! We recently sat down and asked Leslie a few questions to learn a little more about her>

New Medicare card, same old scammers

Medicare is mailing new, more secure Medicare cards with a Medicare Number that’s unique to every person with Medicare. Medicare is getting rid of the old card because the old Medicare Number was based on a person’s Social Security Number. Scammers sometimes use Social Security Numbers to try to steal someone’s identity, open new credit cards or even take out loans in someone else’s name. Read More>

Event of Interest - An Evening With Local Authors

Spend an evening with local authors on July 9th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Monroeville Public Library.  Five authors will do readings from their books, talk about the writing process and getting published, as well as answer questions.  These authors include two of our OLLI members!  Ellen Dehouske will read from and discuss her book, We Feed Each Other and Rich Haverlack with share his book Paths of Heart.  Monroeville Public Library is located at 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd. Monroeville, PA 15146 Click here to learn more:

Healthy Aging Study at Carnegie Mellon University

CMU is offering stress reduction classes to older adults between the ages of 65 and 93 in the Pittsburgh area. The study includes an 8 week class as well as 1-week and 3-month follow up appointments.

This study is a good fit for older adults interested in learning healthy aging skills as well as any older adults looking for more social connection.

The classes offered are a nutrition & exercise class as well as a mindfulness & yoga class. There are 8 weekly classes which will be held in Baker Hall of Carnegie Mellon University from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. during Tuesday evenings.

Participants can earn up to $475 for completing all study activities and most importantly they will have access to a stress reduction class taught by a trained professional!

Please call 1-866-627-1923 or contact us at if interested.

To see a flyer for the study, click this link: Flyer.pdf

What We've Been Up To!

OLLI members have opportunities to travel around town, enjoy special events and explore the world!  This summer members have traveled to Kennywood, The Frick Pittsburgh, Pymatuning Laboratory for Ecology, Italy and many other places.  Read More>

Special Interest Groups – What do YOU think?

Members -  we’ve had some inquiry about Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which many OLLIs have as a member benefit.  An OLLI Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of OLLI members who share a common interest and like to meet outside the normal OLLI class environment to discuss and enjoy this mutual interest. We actually may have several informal SIGs operating already! We would appreciate your time to answer a brief survey about this topic.  Thank you so very much!!

OLLI Fall Term Information

Session 1: August 27 - September 29
(No Osher courses on September 3, 10, and 19.  Monday courses end October 8. Wednesday courses end October 3.)

Session 2: October 15 - November 16
(No Osher courses on October 16.  Tuesday courses end November 20.)

University Closed:
September 3 - Labor Day
November 22-23 - Thanksgiving Recess
December 24-January 1 - Winter Recess

No OLLI Classes:
September 10 - Rosh Hashanah
September 19 - Yom Kippur
October 16 - Fall Break

The fall catalogs will be posted online and sent out in mid-July.

Registration will begin in late July.  A specific date will be announced later in the summer term.