While the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a young organization, its roots actually extend wide and deep with the Western Michigan University community. WMU emeriti, faculty, and staff have collaborated for years on educational opportunities for mature adults. Due to the combination of a growing desire on the part of WMU administration to provide support for academic activities for mature adults, and the continued commitment of WMU emeriti to lifelong education, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute was established.
The purpose of the Institute is to:
- Provide intellectual and cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social engagement for adults in an informal, lively, learning atmosphere.
- Enrich and extend the quality of life for participants.
- Create an academy of learners who can share what they have learned and experienced during their lives.
- Experience what so many have learned at over 400 lifelong learning programs at colleges and universities around the world.
Planning for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute began with WMU emeriti, the WMU associate vice president of community outreach, and Extended University Programs. The executive committee was established during the summer of 2010, and the committee has focused on garnering support and participation from community representatives from around the Kalamazoo area.
The Institute is proud of its partnership with WMU's Center for Gerontology, which provides classroom space in the state-of-the-art Health and Human Services Building.
OLLI Class Cancellation Procedure
If Western Michigan University classes are canceled due to weather, OLLI classes are also canceled. If Kalamazoo and/or Portage Public Schools announce closure due to weather even if WMU is open, OLLI classes are also canceled. If a two hour delay of public schools is announced, OLLI classes WILL BE HELD as scheduled.
It is the student’s responsibility to consult WMU and /or OLLI websites and local media regarding weather closures. Websites, radio stations, and TV stations will carry status announcement.
WMU website: wmich.edu
OLLI website: wmich.edu/olli
Radio: WMUK and WIDR
Telephone: 269-387-1001 or 269-387-4200