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2015-01-22

Texas Tech offers Lifelong Learning classes in HC

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Lifelong learners over the age of 50 living in the Hill Country now have access to a variety of non-credit courses, events, and activities, thanks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offered through Texas Tech University (TTU).
The Osher Foundation created Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on university campuses in all 50 states. A self-funded, membership organization, OLLI offers classes in economics, music, art and film series, health and politics.
"We invite adults from the Hill Country and surrounding communities to participate in OLLI," said Emma Carrasco, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University, based in Lubbock. "Our philosophy is to celebrate learning of academic excellence in short sessions and in a relaxed and accepting environment. Our instructors are professionals who enjoy sharing their expertise with others. And there are no tests, no grades, and no papers!"
While participation will require membership starting in the fall, that stipulation has been waived as a way to introduce the spring courses to the communities. Each class will have a nominal fee, and some may have a supply cost.
In Fredericksburg, Hill Country OLLI courses for the Spring 2015 semester will be held at the Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site at Fredericksburg, 2818 East US Highway 290.
Classes include:
• "State of the World - What We Can Expect for 2015"; participants will gain a broader appreciation of the intricacies and interconnectedness of the globe we call home.
• "John O. Meusebach, A Man of Character" - Learn about an individual who played a pivotal role in the early history and success of Fredericksburg.
• "The New Taste of Texas Wines" - Students will be introduced to "Mediterranean varieties" such as Vermentino, Roussanne, and Tempranillo with a tasting of representative Texas wines.
• "Generation Gap - Bridging the Gap Across the Ages" - Learning how age and childhood experiences shape current worldviews will provide a powerful tool to understanding and embracing generational differences.
• "Cyber Criminals are Getting Better at Their Game! Are You?" - This call will cover the most common tactics used by cyber criminals and discuss protective security practices
For more information, to view a catalog or to register for courses, visit www.olli.ttu.edu, email olli@ttu.edu, or call 806-742-6554 (OLLI).