OLLI SIgn The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute was established at the University of Arkansas in 2007; a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation enables the University of Arkansas to provide an affordable educational experience. OLLI at the U of A offers a variety of courses and special events to its members – adults over 50 who come together in a lively learning environment to explore intellectual and cultural topics of interest, share their experiences and talents, and make new friends.

Courses and events cover thought-provoking and wide ranging topics from global events to the arts, from history to health science research, to important local and worldwide issues of the day. There’s no pressure of tests or grades and no papers to write. Classes are held on the University of Arkansas campus, Fayetteville, Rogers, and other sites throughout Northwest Arkansas. Workshops and special events are led by current and retired UA faculty and community experts.

Watch videos on OLLI UA activities, instructors and events available on Youtube! Visit “OLLI in the Ozarks”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwjbf9XunBTOufB-U9lq-Q

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Bernard and Barbro Osher

The Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation is headquartered in San Francisco, California and seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are found on the campuses of 119 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. Each provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. The Foundation also provides support to the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Northwestern University.

More information about The Bernard Osher Foundation is available at http://www.osherfoundation.org/


Office Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Office Phone:  1-479-575-4545


  • Director: Susan Tonymon
  • Assistant Director: Sandra Sawyer
  • Office Assistant: Essie Anderson

Registration Options:

  • Online
  • Visit The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of A
  • Inside the University of Arkansas Global Campus Building
    2 E Center Street
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Phone: 479-575-4545

Payment Options:

  • Cash: In person only (accepted in the office)
  • Check: In person (accepted in the office) or by mail
  • Credit card payments can be accepted online

Registration Confirmation:

Sent via e-mail, so be sure to provide a valid address on your registration form.



  • Individual – $50.00  (Renews Annually)
  • Active Arkansas Alumni Association Members – $40.00 each Annually

Membership Benefits:

  • OLLI UA memberships are tax deductible
  • Advanced notice of OLLI programs, cultural events and socials
  • Updates on UA campus and community activities
  • Discount OLLI program prices (some even free), and discounted tickets to select performances at local partners
  • A one-time discounted Arkansas Alumni Association membership
  • Student ticket prices for UA music events
  • Discounts at the UA bookstore and computer store
  • 40 percent discount at UA Press
  • Group travel opportunities through the UA Alumni Association
  • Massage therapy service discounts through the UA University Recreation/HPER
  • Optional/add-on: A $10 additional one time application fee allow OLLI UA members to receive a personalized University of Arkansas ID. The UA ID provides increased access to selected UA resources and events like the UA Library (material borrowing privileges and use of most electronic resources while in the library building), discounted memberships to the UA Health Physical Education Recreation (HPER) and more.

Parking  Code:

To make parking easier for classes held at the Global Campus in Fayetteville, a parking code will be issued for the Town Center Parking Garage. The garage is located on the corner of East and Rock Streets, on the south side of the square. Your code and directions will be sent to you upon registration of classes (please double check your e-mail).

Missing a Class:

If you miss the first meeting of a class, please call the OLLI office at 479-575-4545 to learn whether the next meeting location or time has been changed. If you register for a class and decide not to attend, please call us to let us know. We have many classes with waiting lists and want to accommodate our members.

OLLI at University of Arkansas Member Leadership

About volunteering on an OLLI UA committee:

Creating a community of learners is an important aspect of all OLLI organizations. A great way to get involved is volunteering within the organization’s various areas. The following are descriptions of OLLI committees at the U of A.

Curriculum Committee

The purpose of this committee is to develop and evaluate course proposals for upcoming semesters; to ensure quality programs are devised for our members; to develop special events and interest groups; to identify and contact possible instructors and presenters; and to gather member interests’ information. This committee meets the first Wednesday of each month for 2 to 3 hours.

2014-15 committee members:  Phil Zimmerman (Chairperson), Barbara Wilson (Co-Chair), Hugh Earnest, Trisha Beland, Carol Wooten, Frances Jones, Rick Hinterthuer, Joyce Richards, Linda Doede, Doug Cummins, Angie Parker, Ross Hooper, Fred Paillet, and Tim Schatzman

Advisory Committee

The OLLI Advisory Committee is made up of Committee Chairs and At-Large Members.  Its purpose is to define, review, and update Committee responsibilities, review the performance of the OLLI program, and report recommendations to OLLI staff.

2014-15 committee members: Matthew Musial, (Chairperson), Tom Paradise (Co-Chair), Denise Garner, Georgena Duncan, Phil Zimmerman, Cathy Case, Mike Adelman, Ross Hooper, and Steve Parker

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee works to engage and strengthen the OLLI member network through focus on recruitment, orientation, and retention; as well as communicating to members and representing member interests to OLLI staff.  They meet approximately once per month.

2014-15 committee members: Cathy Case (Chairperson), Susan Lancaster, Matt Musial, Sarah Thompson, Brooks Garner and Taylor Hurst

Social Committee

Volunteers for the Social Committee work together to create and develop opportunities for OLLI members to interact and get to know each other outside of the classroom. Committee members propose, plan, and coordinate events, outings, and special interest groups. This could involve socializing before and after class meetings and/or joining together to attend cultural events such as concerts, plays, art exhibitions, lecture series, etc. offered by other organizations.

2014-15 committee members: Steve Parker (Chairperson), Joye Gartside, Marvin Singleton, Melinda Nickle, John Rago, Ned Downie, and Hugh Earnest

Nominations Committee

The Nominations committee is responsible for recruiting and vetting OLLI members as  nominees for elected member leaders.

2014-15 committee members: Anne Henry (Chairperson)

Retired Faculty Committee

The Retired Faculty committee is responsible for recruiting emeritus faculty members from the Northwest Arkansas University settings as potential instructors. They are responsible for building and maintaining relationships and networks with the current academic units within the areas’ Universities.

If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, or would like more information, please contact our office at 479.575.4545

The Bernard Osher Foundation – Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Aquinas College
Auburn University
American University
Arizona State University
Berkshire Community College
Boise State University
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Cal Poly – San Luis Obisp
Carnegie Mellon
Casper College
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colorado State University
CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chico
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Long Beach
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU San Bernardino
CSU San Marcos
Dominican University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Furman University
George Mason University
Granite State College
Hampton University
Humboldt State University
Indiana State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Kennesaw State University
Louisiana State University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
The Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saginaw Valley State University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Sierra College
Sonoma State University
Southern Oregon University
Stony Brook State University of New York
Temple University
Texas Tech University
Towson University
Tufts University
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Cruz
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
University of Alaska at Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina Beaufort
University of South Dakota, University Center
University of South Florida
University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Vanderbilt University
West Virginia University
Widener University
Yavapai College

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2 East Center Street
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