The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting an informational class about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, April 11.

The event, which will be from 2-4 p.m. at Drake Field in Fayetteville, is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred, but not required. Drop-ins are welcome.

The OLLI instructor is Maranta Jenkins, an Oklahoma native who now calls Northwest Arkansas home. She’s a graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in social work. Jenkins was previously at The University of Oklahoma and is currently teaching Introduction to Social Work at the U of A. She’s passionate about working with children and families and believes every child should have a safe and loving home.


Jenkins will give an overview regarding the need for more child advocates within the foster care system. Participants will have a better understanding of CASA, the need for advocates and the growing number of children entering in out of home care within the state of Arkansas — specifically Washington, Benton, Carroll and Madison Counties. 


Any current U of A faculty who join OLLI as a member during Faculty Appreciation week will receive free entry into any 2019 OLLI course of their choice (provided there is space). Contact OLLI at 479-575-4545 or for more information or visit to sign up!

Current and former U of A faculty, staff and graduate students and all OLLI instructors are invited to stop in the OLLI office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, for complimentary refreshments and to learn about OLLI programs and opportunities to teach. Course proposals are currently being accepted for fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Contact OLLI at 479-575-4545 or email for more information.