• To report a positive COVID test, send email to OLLIreportingCOVID@du.edu

  • Registration Will Open for OLLI Fall Term Courses July 29, 2022! Term runs from Sept. 12 to Nov. 4!

  • Announcements

  • In-Person Classes & Covid 19

    We are planning to offer both Zoom and In-person classes this fall term, which runs from Sept. 12-Nov. 4. In an effort to keep members and facilitators safe, the following policy has been put in place: OLLI at DU COVID Protocol document.

    Highlights from the Covid-19 policy include:

    • Vaccinations are recommended for OLLI members attending in-person classes.
    • At the current time, it is recommended that all OLLI DU members wear a face covering at all times while indoors at OLLI-sponsored classes and events. It is recommended you wear an N-95/KN-95 mask or 3-ply surgical mask. This may change as the positivity rate drops and our facilities adjust. We will keep you advised.
    • It is recommended that all OLLI DU members who are unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated should maintain social distancing (6-foot distancing from others not in their household) while attending in-person classes and when meeting in common areas wherever feasible.
    • While in the classroom, there can be no food or open beverage containers.
    • If you do not feel well, PLEASE stay home and get tested. If you test POSITIVE, please report this information to OLLIReportCovid@DU.EDU  for contact tracing purposes

    In the event that In-Person classes get cancelled or cut short, some facilitators will switch to Zoom to finish the term. Most will not. Please review our refund policy in the Catalog.

  • Interested in Facilitating (teaching a course)?

    Please send an email to Barbara.Darling@du.edu





  • OLLI Boulder - Contact Information

  • Boulder OLLI Location
    Mountain View United Methodist Church    
    355 Ponca Place
    Boulder, CO 80303
    Barbara Darling
    OLLI Boulder Site Manager
    Sherry Feinbaum
    OLLI Boulder Administrative Assistant
    Jacqueline Wyant
    Executive Director of OLLI at DU

    OLLI's Main Office
    University College at DU
    2211 South Josephine Street
    Denver, CO 80208
  • We Love Volunteers!

  • OLLI members and volunteer facilitators are the heartbeat of the institute and are the reason it will thrive while keeping the fees low.

    Volunteering is a direct way for members to have input into the decisions and direction of OLLI.

    Volunteering is a rewarding and stimulating experience, and another way to meet new people.

    If you are interested in helping out on a committee or just one time at an event, contact Barbara.Darling@du.edu for more information.  We need you!

    OLLI Boulder Seeking Volunteers!

    We Need Facilitators to Teach our Classes!

    Our OLLI Boulder facilitators teach our courses and we would love more of you! While some facilitators have backgrounds in education/academia, many simply have an interest in a subject and want to share views with OLLI members. We offer the opportunity to teach your classes once a week for 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-week periods during one of our terms. The process to explore this opportunitiy is very simple. If you'd like to learn more, please contact Barbara.Darling@du.edu for our proposal form and find out how you can join the terrific OLLI facilitators!

    Curriculum Committee

    OLLI courses are taught by facilitators, who serve as the instructors for our classes. These individuals are selected by our Curriculum Committee, which is composed of volunteers who serve on one of our five subcommittees: Arts, Writing and Literature; History, Economics and Public Affairs; Health and Well-being; Philosophy, Religion and Psychology; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These small teams work to find facilitators in current OLLI classes, in the community and among their friends and acquaintances. We'd love to share more with you if you're interested in sharing your passion with the OLLI community. Please contact Barbara.Darling@du.edu for more information.

    What Is a Class Assistant Volunteer?

    One of the required questions to answer when registering for OLLI at DU ONLINE classes is whether or not you would be a Class Assistant. This position is a volunteer support role to a class Facilitator. and members volunteer to serve as such in a class for which they have enrolled. With OLLI Zoom classes, the Class Assistant role is slightly different than for in-person classes. A class assistant for online courses is typically made a co-host for the class, which gives that person additional privileges and enables the class assistant to move members from the Waiting room to the Classroom once members have opened their Zoom classroom link. The Class Assistant is provided with a class roster of names and checks that attendance list against the names in the Waiting room to verify the person is a bonafide member and then admits the member to the class. This is required at each class meeting. Typically, the Class Assistant and the Facilitator (and the Classroom OLLI Host, if needed) open a class 15 to 20 minutes prior to the start time to allow transfering members from the Waiting room to the Classroom and to allow for members to chat casually prior to the prompt start of the class. Depending upon the needs of the Facilitator, a Class Assistant may also be asked to monitor the Chat or Hands Raised among the member participants and make the Facilitator aware of questions or issues. If there are any announcements from OLLI at DU, the Class Assistant would make those at the beginning of the class. It's really a great way to get to know other members and to truly help our volunteer Facilitators!

    So, give it a try! Check “yes” on the registration form for a class for which you’d like to volunteer to support the Facilitator and OLLI! There is a Zoom training available for new Class Assistants, too! Volunteers will be notified of training dates.


    Everyone Has Something Valuable to Add as a Volunteer!

    Would you consider volunteering for OLLI Boulder? We have a variety of opportunities available, including being a class assistant, joining our marketing committee and being a part of our curriculum committee.

    Members Charlie Erdrich and Susan Labovitz spent several hours handing out information sheets about OLLI at Senior Law Day, answering questions and promoting OLLI for us. The morning event was held at the Jewish Community Center in Boulder.

    Erdrich leads OLLI Boulder’s marketing committee and Susan is part of that group—and she also volunteers as a class assistant. Erdrich is also a co-facilitator for OLLI Boulder’s documentary film courses. They both represent the heart of the OLLI culture, which is built upon a spirit of volunteerism.

    Erdrich enjoys his volunteer experiences. “Volunteering in support of OLLI Boulder has been very rewarding over the past two years. In addition to being on the development committee, I have enjoyed being responsible for marketing. In that regard, we participated in Boulder County Senior Law Day in 2018, before our inaugural term started, and it proved to be beneficial in attracting new OLLI members. We are glad we did it again this year, as we were able to hand out literature and promote OLLI Boulder’s benefits and course offerings to Boulder County seniors.”

    “It is easy to be an OLLI Volunteer because I truly believe in this nonprofit organization,” said Labovitz. “I was wondering how I would occupy myself after I retired last year. OLLI has provided me with a great vehicle for learning, meeting interesting and involved learners, as well as other dedicated and talented volunteers, and becoming part of a community of dedicated educators. I help out as a Classroom Assistant, serve on the Health and Well-being Curriculum Committee, and am part of the Marketing Committee. The curriculum committee allows me to help select topics, find facilitators, and work with facilitators on their course design. The Marketing Committee is a natural fit because I love sharing my enthusiasm for OLLI with the public at festivals and at other events that target seniors.

    “Please volunteer if you can,” she said. “There are lots of ways to become more involved with OLLI. Everyone has something valuable to add. “


  • About the Osher Foundation

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements - just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

    Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.

    Read more: www.osherfoundation.org.

    OLLI needs believers like Bernard Osher. The development and delivery of quality educational programs for 50+ adults is important for sustaining quality of life and healthy minds. If you would like to help fund scholarships, programming or our research, please contact us at our office, 303-871-3090.

  • For general OLLI at DU information, please visit our main websites:






This portfolio last updated: 17-May-2022 10:06 AM