OLLI Expressions is a volunteer-produced magazine intended to enhance a sense of community among Southern Miss' OLLI members and the general public by sharing information about OLLI's activities and events. Prior to the fall of 2015, each edition of the magazine was 8 pages including a feature article, communications from the Director-Liaison and the President of the Advisory Board, and articles and pictures about classes, seminars and field trips which occurred during the term. A facilitator was also highlighted.
When the Gulf Park location for OLLI events was added, the team requested an increased budget item in order to add four more pages. One purpose for the increase in pages was to provide space for articles by Gulf Park member's classes, seminars, field trips and special events at that location. Another purpose was to provide space for original literary submissions by OLLI members. The request was granted and the first twelve page edition was published in the fall of 2015.
The OLLI EXPRESSIONS team attempts to include articles about a variety of OLLI activities not only to inform but also to entertain and encourage increased participation by members. The OLLI EXPRESSIONS magazine is also a marketing tool in that it is not only mailed to members but it is distributed by members to various venues throughout the area.
The volunteer Expressions committee and class attendees write the stories and an editing board reviews the articles for clarity and grammar as well as making the word count fit the available space. Making something a person has written fit the space is one of the tougher parts of editing. With some justification we refer to it as "shooting puppies" because of the anguish of cutting out words that have been labored over.
The team is proud to produce a quality product that represents OLLI well in the community.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, better known to its members as OLLI, is a program designed for adults 50 and older with wide-ranging interests.
Whether you're a banker who wants to learn about botany, a teacher who wants to try Tai Chi, or a physician who wants to take on pastels, OLLI has a place for you!
If you have questions, don't hesitate to call or come by one of our locations:
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401 Long Beach, MS, 39560
Southern Miss Campus Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus
Peck House Elizabeth Hall, Rm 104
3601 Pearl St. 730 E. Beach Boulevard
(601) 264.2780 (228) 214.3277
We are available and happy to help.
At OLLI, there are no grades and no tests, just an ever-growing group of active adults who want to learn. All that's required is that you come ready to learn and participate. You don't need to have a previous affiliation with The University of Southern Mississippi to join OLLI. Membership is open to everyone.
Classes are scheduled throughout the week. Retired? Still working part-time? Caring for grandchildren or loved ones? We structure our classes in five-week terms and let you choose how much you want to get involved.
Learning happens everywhere. It takes place on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico as easily as it can in a classroom. Our courses are varied in content and structure so everyone can become a lifelong learner.
A committee selects our curriculum on the basis of member requests, the expertise of facilitators, variety and balance. Facilitators include professors, community professionals and members who lead informal lectures and discussion courses or seminars. Classes meet one or two times a week for five weeks each term. Seminars meet one, sometimes twice in a term for two hours each.
Joining OLLI is easy. Call us. Come see us. We'll be glad to help.