• large group of OLLI travelers in front of Abraham Lincoln statue

    OLLI at WMU travelers took a 4 day, 3 night trip to Springfield, Illinois to learn more about Abraham Lincoln.

  • OLLI travelers seated at Sarkozy's Bakery

    Sarkozy’s Bakery hosted an OLLI at WMU Course.

  • OLLI travelers gathered around a basket of Alpaca yarn

    OLLI at WMU course participants learned how to make coasters with Alpaca yarn.

  • group of OLLI students watching Gordon Bolar present about radio

    OLLI at WMU welcomed Gordon Bolar, former general manager of WMUK, to teach a course on WMUK and radio.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU Appoints New Director
Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes brings more than 30 years of experience in leading various student-focused programs at WMU into her new role with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

On Nov. 17, 2015, WMU President John M. Dunn announced that The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University a $1 million gift to set up an endowment in support of the community wide effort that offers courses and trips to hundreds of residents annually.

WMU has been the home of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and part of the foundation's famed national network since April 2014. The Bernard Osher Foundation noted at the time it would consider providing a permanent support gift of $1 million once OLLI at WMU demonstrated success and the potential for sustainability.  The full press release is available here.

Watch our video to learn more about OLLI at WMU.

Founded in 2011, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU offers high quality non-credit programs for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community. This volunteer organization, with support from WMU’s Extended University Programs, works with WMU emeriti, faculty and staff to offer courses and trips year-round. 

OLLI at WMU is proud to have created a community of lifelong learners in Kalamazoo and looks forward to continued growth as it creates more and more diverse learning experiences for its members.

Catalog and courses

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