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Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaims Aug. 1-6 as Lifelong Learning Week in Colorado

August 1, 2011

To celebrate lifelong learning, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes from CSU OnlinePlus and the University of Denver's University College announced that the first week in August has been proclaimed Lifelong Learning Week by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Curiosity never retires

The proclamation recognizes lifelong learning, how it dramatically enhances the life of older people both physically and mentally, and that curiosity never retires. More than 4,000 Coloradans over the age of 50 take educational classes each year.

Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at CSU and DU are part of a network of more than 120 such programs across the United States. The programs meet the needs of older learners who enjoy learning and who gain personal fulfillment from it.

CSU OnlinePlus has had its OLLI program since 2006. Osher members can choose from more than 30 course offerings each fall and spring sessions. 

Learning is ageless

“The Northern Colorado Osher program offers the very best courses, fieldtrips, and discussion groups with no tests, no stress, and no degree requirements,” says Jean Morgenweck, co-director of the Osher program at CSU. “When you join Osher, you join with like-minded individuals who are active, engaged in their community, and excited about learning throughout their lives.”

“The proclamation from the governor’s office is an exciting addition to a successful year for OLLI,” said Vonnie Wheeler, executive director of DU’s OLLI program. “With three different sections in the Denver metro area recording a growing number of members, the weeklong celebration in August will certainly help to make many more Coloradans aware of this program.

“Learning is ageless,” Wheeler adds. “With more active older adults today, there are a growing number who want learning as a continued part of their lives, and OLLI provides an avenue for continued learning.”

Bringing awareness to learning as a lifetime pursuit