• OLLI Central - Contact Information

  • John Baumgartner, OLLI Central Site Manager


      Carol Lynn Tiegs, OLLI Central Site Program Assistant



  • Central Class Locations

    First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 East Hampden, Denver, CO 80222


    Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Boulevard, Denver, CO 80207

  • Fall Classes You Don’t Want to Miss

    Evaluating Public Policy Solutions: Facilitators Gordon Appell (Diamond) and David Lippman (Senior) put a twist on current events. The class focuses on identifying and evaluating possible public policy solutions to the issues discussed. Online Thursday mornings.

    From the Horse’s Mouth: How Your City Works: Facilitator Lynn Peyton and weekly speakers for every aspect of Denver city operations from water to transportation to trash, I-70 to electricity will give the inside story on their area of operations. Online Thursday mornings

    Building the First Transcontinental Railroad: Master facilitator Stewart Jones compares the political, logistical, technical, financial, demographic, organizational and labor challenges of building the railroad to those of placing a man on the moon. The course explores how those challenges were met and how the project changed America forever. Online Tuesday afternoons.

    Food, Glorious Food – Past, Present and Future and Food Fables and Superstitions: In these two three-week classes, Le Cordon Bleu Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, author, researcher and food historian explores dietary practices all over the world Every taste has a tale, every ingredient a story. Online Monday afternoons.

    DOO WOP Music – the Musical Transition from the 1940s to the 1960s: Find out the difference between fast, slow, funny and vanilla Doo Wop in this five-week exploration of a style that changed the music world with facilitator Steven Spirn.  Online Tuesday afternoons

    Charles Dickens’ Novel Little Dorset: Master facilitator, professor of English and specialist on 19th century and Victorian literature and the English novel calls this “one of the finest and most complex” of Dickens’ later works focusing on the effects of British social conditions. In person Tuesday afternoons at Park Hill United Methodist Church



    Featured Facilitator - Dick Reinish

    From public affairs to politics, documentaries to foreign films, OLLI Platinum facilitator Dick Reinish has excited and educated OLLI members with more than nearly six dozen courses since 2011.

    Dick’s wife, Barbara, who has also facilitated OLLI classes, was the director of OLLI at Northwestern prior to Dick and Barbara moving to Denver in 2011.  The two immediately joined OLLI at DU when they moved to Denver upon Dick’s retirement from an anti-trust law practice. Gordon Appell recruited Dick to facilitate “Is American in a Constant State of War” the next term and then Dick started facilitating Great Decisions classes.

    “My wife said why don’t you do documentary films,” Dick said, “and then I added foreign films. Films are strictly a sharing experience.” (Look for his Fall 2022 online course, Five Foreign Films, on Wednesday afternoons.)

    Nine years ago, Dick and fellow facilitator Sydney Meyer took on facilitating two Current Events courses each term. That means more than 50 courses over those nine years.

    “It’s a form of relaxation for me,” said Dick. “Politics is something that interests and concerns me. And I love sports – baseball, basketball, football … and maybe a few others.”

    Dick is a graduate of University of Michigan and Northwestern University School of Law.

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  • OLLI Central Fall Term Open House

    Join us on August 31 from 9 to 11:30 at First Universalist Church

    4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver 80237

    Connect with OLLI members and hear what's happening at OLLI at DU

    Special guest speaker Jeannette Guerrasio, MD, author of "Embrace Aging: Conquer Your Fears and Enjoy Added Years" TOP 10 Books for Health and Wellness 2022 - National Review Booklist

    BRING YOUR FRIENDS - Drawing for an introductory OLLI membership

    • 9 - 9:45 a.m. Meet & mingle to live music by Gracie & Blue, musicians and OLLI facilitator     https://graciebatt.wexsite.com/website
    • 9:45 - 10 a.m. OLLI and DU: Today and Tomorrow with Jacqueline Wyant, Executive Director, OLLI at DU and Teri Markle, Assistant Dean, Universsity College
    • 10 - 10:45 a.m. Guest Speaker Dr. Jeannette Guerrasio
    • 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Meet fall facilitators, check out and register for fall classses

    RSVP to carollynn.tiegs@du.edu


  • Facilitator Information - Please Join our Team

  • OLLI Central is always looking for new facilitators!

    Facilitators are the very heart of our OLLI program. OLLI is successful because every term we have an intriguing curriculum and a "faculty" of dedicated people volunteering their time to make it happen.

    If you are interested in finding out more about facilitating at OLLI Central, contact one of our Curriculum Committee Members listed below.


  • OLLI Central Curriculum Committee

    Committee Chairperson: Tom Bieging, biegfam@comcast.net

    Subcommittee Chairpersons:

    History: David Lippman, dlippman@outlook.com

    Literature, Writing and Language – John Baumgartner, interim, john.baumgartner@du..edu

    Philosophy, Religion and Psychology – John Baumgartner, interim, john.baumgartner@du.edu

    Public Affairs and Economics: Gene Cole, gene_cole@comcast.net

    STEM: Lynn Peyton, slpeyton@coalcreekresources.com

    Visual and Performing Arts – Tom Bieging, interim, biegfam@comcast.net

  • Weather Closure Announcements

  • First Universalist Church and Park Hill United Methodist Church will be cancelled if the Denver Public Schools (DPS) are closed.  Classes at First Plymouth Church will be cancelled if the Cherry Creek Schools are closed.  Classes at Ruffatto Hall on the DU Campus will be closed if DPS and/or DU are closed.

    Late Start: If the school district announces a late start, classes will be held as usual.

    Inservice Days: If the school district is closed for inservice during a snow day, there would be no announcement on the news.  In that event, check this website.

This portfolio last updated: 29-Sep-2022 1:47 PM