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OLLI at CSUEB participating in senior education research


  • December 3, 2009

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, East Bay’s Concord Campus is one of four Osher programs in the nation that will share in the funding of a $75,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation.

In a separate transaction, OLLI at Cal State East Bay announced that it received a gift of $25,000 from Bernard and Barbro Osher of the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Oshers made similar gifts to each of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at 120 educational institutions around the United States.

With the NSF funding, announced by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s National Resource Center, the four separate OLLI programs will help in developing the nationwide Science Education Centers for the Third Age (SECTA). CSUEB’s OLLI program is joined in the research grant by OLLI programs at the University of Missouri, University of South Florida-Tampa, and the University of Southern Maine.

Bette Felton, professor emerita of nursing and health sciences at Cal State East Bay – as well as an OLLI member herself – is the co- principal investigator on this NSF planning grant that will contribute to the plan for the national resource center.   

“The NSF award, as well as the separate gift from Mr. Osher affirms, the dedication of Cal State East Bay’s leaders of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as the interest for continued learning of the program’s mature participants,” said Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president of Cal State East Bay. 

Herbert Eder, chair of Cal State East Bay’s OLLI Advisory Board, said: “We are so proud to receive the gift of $25,000 from the Osher Foundation.  It acknowledges the work we have been doing for the past six years and provides opportunities for future growth and development.”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, East Bay began in 2003 with funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Its objective is to develop love for learning and build vibrant communities of mature learners in the East Bay community.  Today it offers more than 100 lectures, classes, field trips, and other activities annually in the learning of the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.  It is affiliated with the National Resource Center of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, a network of 120 lifelong learning institutes across the United States.

For more information about California State University, East Bay’s OLLI program, visit: or contact program director Kathleen Bryant at (925) 602-6776.

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