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Osher Showing No Signs of Slowing

Feb. 4, 2014

At the first 2014 open meeting of Cal State Fullerton's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, nearly 300 people, more than half of them looking to become members, got a preview of the institute's spring semester plans.

More than 143 classes are offered through OLLI this semester, including in the arts, languages, humanities and social sciences, science and technology and healthy living, as well as social programs and classes aiding transition into retirement.

OLLI, which offers classes at Ruby Gerontology Center on campus, is a member-based learning institute that offers a mix of ongoing free courses and programs for its members, who are usually people of retirement age.

Staff members at the school, which started its spring semester Jan. 21, said they look forward to new challenges and teaching a larger membership group.

OLLI-CSUF President Mike Stover said the institute has nearly 1,400 members and expects to add an additional 100 by the end of this semester. Most members are from north Orange County cities such as Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Brea and Placentia, he said.

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