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Bevy of historical, art courses available for seasoned adults

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KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is set to launch a bevy of history courses and a special art course. The programs are part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which provides opportunities for adults ages 50 and older.

“We are excited to offer these new programs as OLLI continues to grow,” said Meg Webber, program manager. “The diversity of these offerings will present something for everyone.”

  • Beginning April 7, Suburban Sketchers ($109) will provide coaching to artists who sketch accurate proportions, understand light and shadows, and regularly use a sketchbook to capture images. The classroom will be a variety of picturesque locations to draw plein air with subjects such as architecture, botany, landscape and more.
  • The European Landscape – A Stage for History ($129) also starts April 7. Students in this course will broaden their horizons by learning how geography provided the stage upon which historical events have played out on the European landscape. A series of visually-rich lectures will discuss population, culture, politics and urbanization using geographical perspectives and historical impact.
  • Women of Valor ($99) begins April 10 and focuses on select females who overcame adversity and set the path for other women to follow.
  • Getting Started in Genealogy ($99), starting April 13, will help students learn how to begin this search using family, governmental, library and electronic resources. Discover how to access the billions of records and tools available in person and online to put the family tree together.
  • Post Civil War America ($99) starts April 16 and will examine the black experience from Reconstruction to Jim Crow.

More information on these classes can be found at ksuolli.com or 470-578-6765.

 

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OLLI’s Feb. 16 Winter Social features Patriotic Theme

KSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides educational and social options for adults 50 and older. The OLLI Presidents' Day social is Feb. 16 from 6-9 at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive. Here, the crowd enjoys music from a previous OLLI social. For mo

KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides educational and social options for adults 50 and older. The OLLI Presidents’ Day social is Feb. 16 from 6-9 at KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive. Here, the crowd enjoys music from a previous OLLI social. For more information, call 470-578-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

 

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will host a Red, White and Blue Presidents’ Day-themed OLLI Winter Social on Monday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9pm. Held at KSU Center, the event is hosted by the College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which offers educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older.

The social will consist of a dinner buffet followed by dancing to the tunes of The Reflections Swing Band. J.C. Campbell leads the 17-piece ensemble known for their distinctive style and strong rhythm.

Additionally, a costume contest will be held for those who dress as their favorite president or patriotic outfit. The event costs $10 and advanced registration is required. Registration can be completed online at http://www.ksuolli.com or by calling 470-578-6765.

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Celebrate the holiday season with Donuts & Notes at OLLI

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Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit better than music and donuts! KSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host “Donuts and Notes” on Dec. 5 from 10 am to noon at KSU Center. This free concert and art show is free and open to the public. Coffee, juice, milk and donuts will be available for all guests.

This fun-filled occasion will feature musical performances by Kennesaw’s Big Shanty Elementary children’s choir, Jeni Michelson from Society Express Band, The Kickers and The Entertainers, an 18-member choir. A gallery of nearly 50 unique art pieces created by OLLI class instructors and students will be on display; many of them for sale.

“We look forward to once again hosting this festive event to ring in the spirit of the season,” said Meg Webber, OLLI program manager. “Additionally, art students and their instructors will proudly exhibit their recent masterpieces. You won’t want to miss it.”

“Watching the children perform is the highlight of the event,” said Dick Harp, OLLI director. “They enjoy being there just as much as we do, and it is always fun to see the twinkle in their eyes when the donuts are served.”

To register or for more information, call 770-423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

 

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Free hearing screening at KSU on September 19

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If your hearing isn’t what it used to be, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KSU is here to help. A free hearing screening is Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw).

The National Institutes of Health says hearing loss can occur suddenly or gradually and is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 experience hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.

“Having trouble hearing can make it difficult to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings and to hear doorbells and alarms,” Michelle Girage, assistant dean, said. “It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.”

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes per person. Otis A. Whitcomb, from Hear-Rite in Marietta, will be administering the procedures. He has a master’s degree in audiology and is a Georgia Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Call 470-578-6765 or register at ksuolli.com.

 

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Experience the power of words through writing with OLLI

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Cultivate the art form of writing with two upcoming OLLI courses. Both classes are designed to help you hone your skills while enhancing your creative awareness techniques.

Upcoming Courses:
• Journaling and Its Influence on All Writing – starts July 23 at 5-7 p.m. – $119
• Creative Writing – starts July 23 at noon-2 p.m. – $119

Beth Hermes instructs both courses and generates a creative, inspiring and fun classroom atmosphere. Students find her generous spirit and love of story contagious. Her classes include instruction, writing prompts and class sharing.

“I recently completed two of OLLI’s writing courses taught by Beth Hermes,” said Chris Beam. “Beth is an incredible instructor and published author. She provides an array of prompts, writing tips, how-to-be-published tips, and is an inspiration to all. I always left her classes with new insights and tools for becoming a stronger writer. These are fun classes and a great way to get to know yourself and others better through the art of writing.”

Writing Platforms Explored:
• Journaling
• Creative
• Memoir
• Letters
• Emails/Blogging
• Fiction/Non-Fiction
• Poetry/Prose

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, these classes will help polish your proficiency in the art of writing.

 

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Hone your Life Energy: OLLI’s Qigong/Tai Chi classes provide numerous benefits

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Medical research has found evidence that Tai Chi is helpful for improving balance and psychological health, and that it is associated with general health benefits in older people. The ancient Chinese martial art of form is performed without high impact and uses minimal strenuous activity. Coupled with Qigong, OLLI is excited to offer two unique classes with the goal of improving students’ well-being.

Qigong is the practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine and philosophy, it’s traditionally viewed as a method to cultivate and balance what has been translated as “life energy.”

Upcoming Courses:
• Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I – starts July 14 – 10-11 a.m. – $119
• Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II – starts July 16 – 10-11 a.m. – $119

“I like it when my students leave feeling a little stronger and smarter from having come to the class,” said Phil Robinson, instructor of both courses. “If they leave feeling aglow, then I’ve done my job.”

Techniques Taught:
• Stronger posture
• Improved balance
• Strengthened and toned muscles
• Enhanced concentration
• Proper breathing

Students also benefit from learning new ways to improve health, reduce stress and defend themselves.

 

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Learn about OLLI Class Offerings

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 31! That’s when you’ll have the unique opportunity to attend a free Career Training Expo hosted by Ken.

The Expo also spotlights more than 50 professional certificate programs and offers a free career coaching session that will provide you invaluable tips on personal branding, resume and cover letter writing along with interviewing and LinkedIn tips.

Additional Incentives:

  • Register to win an iPad mini
  • Get a 5% discount on future classes
  • Meet OLLI instructors and students
  • Learn about scholarships

By taking advantage of this free event you will leave with a greater understanding of all the tremendous resources and benefits OLLI has for you. Registration is required to attend and can be completed online at ksuexpo.com, by calling 770-423-6765, or in person at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw).

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. Like us on Facebook and enter to win prizes at facebook.com/KSUOLLI. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Be in the know with OLLI’s Newsletter.

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OLLI’s official newsletter is hot off the press! Be the first to know about all the exciting resources and events we have to offer by subscribing to our free quarterly newsletter. There you will find exclusive information about all of the following:

  • OLLI Club Room Membership
  • Quarterly Socials
  • Year round class offerings
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Free Retirement and Social Security sessions
  • Free Career Training Expos
  • Free Quarterly WellStar Good Life Club lectures/sessions

Every student that enrolls in our program becomes one of our OLLI members and will begin to receive our newsletters. Members become a part of our unique family where learning is a continuous part of our culture and many close friendships have been developed.

 

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Honoring Our Graduates: Are you an OLLI Scholar?

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Did you graduate from a certificate program prior to June 19? If so, OLLI would like to invite you, along with your family and friends, to a graduation ceremony celebrating your success. The event will be held
at KSU Center on Thursday, June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Seating is limited, and the registration deadline is June 10.

Contact Registration at 770-423-6765 or ccpe.kennesaw.edu.

Are you aware that more than 200 students have been crowned an OLLI Scholar? Why not you? Do you find it difficult to complete a day without using a computer? If so, OLLI’s program of five foundation courses is designed to help you become more computer proficient. Each course builds upon what the previous course has taught. Completion of all five courses within one year will earn your certificate. If you are a computer novice, we suggest taking Let’s Begin With Computers before beginning the OLLI Scholar Computer Certificate.

Upcoming Courses:
• Introduction to PCs – July 7 & 8 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
• Internet and Email Savvy – June 10 & 11 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
• Windows 7 – June 17 & 18 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Microsoft Word – August 25 & 26 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer – August 28 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

All courses are instructed by Lynne Mock and by completing these five courses you will earn “OLLI Scholar” status and receive your graduation certificate. Designed for students age 50+, OLLI courses allow you to  join your peers and learn at your own pace in a friendly and comfortable environment. The OLLI computer lab is limited to 12 students, making it easy to have instructor access for support. You may not have grown up during the computer age, but it’s never too late to get started!
 

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Don’t Fear the “R” Word OLLI class brings relief to retirement

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Has the “R” word become a routine discussion of yours? You probably know what you are retiring from, but do you know what you are retiring to? Don’t become dismayed by this natural stage of life. Properly prepare yourself by taking OLLI’s free Retirement and Social Security class and gain practical knowledge from an expert in the field by implementing easy to use strategies.

Upcoming Session @ KSU Center is Wednesday, June 11 – 9 a.m. to noon (free, 3-hour course)

Highlights:

  • Real-world expert knowledge from a professional
  • Determine the proper timing of retirement
  • Learn what benefits you may be eligible for prior to retirement
  • Find out who’s covered for specific benefits

“Things happen; things change. You must be prepared for anything,” said Ted Sanders, certified estate planner and class instructor. For the past 14 years, Sanders has been providing invaluable financial wisdom to OLLI students to help them expect the unexpected.

“My role is to be a good listener, understand their needs and wants, and to help them develop a strategy that allows them an opportunity to make the most of their retirement without having to worry about the day-to-day minutiae,”
Sanders said.

To attend the free event, you must register at ksuolli.com or call 770-423-6765.

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