• OLLI DU Online REGISTRATION FOR WINTER TERM 2022 BEGINS AT 12:01 am on Monday, November 15, 2021

    OLLI DU Managers and Facilitators are working tirelessly to bring you a wide selection of courses virtually!  We will have approximately 140 course offerings and 24 webinars - which are set to begin in mid-September.  We will once again use the Zoom "enterprise" platform provided by the University of Denver.  Online Catalog and registration will be available at 12:01 am on Monday, November 15 (late Sunday night). 

    NOTE: YOU MUST SET UP A PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT in order to register for OLLI Courses.

    Beginning in Fall Term 2020, OLLI at DU moved to a different registration program and every registrant, no matter how long you have been an OLLI member, MUST SET UP A NEW ACCOUNT.  We highly encourage you to do this prior to registration opening on Monday, November 15, 2021 (at 12:01 am).

    If you joined us for any term since Fall 2020,  you do not need to set up a new account on ProClass; simply login to your OLLI account. If you have forgotten your password, simply click "forgot password."

    SET UP or LOGIN TO A PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT HERE: https://reg134.imperisoft.com/OLLIatDU/search/registration.aspx

    Click here for a WORD DOCUMENT with STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    ProClass Registration Process2021-10-28.docx

    Click here for a VIDEO with STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    2021-10-28 RegistrationVideo.mp4

    Click here for a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION outlining the steps for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    ProClass Training PPT 08 04 v2.pptx

    "Open registration" will close midnight on Monday, November 22, 2021.  We will begin filling courses at this time. To become familiar with Zoom, please go to http://portfolio.du.edu/ollionline 

  • OLLI at DU Locations and Information

  • To learn about classes at OLLI Boulder, OLLI Central, OLLI South, OLLI East, OLLI-On-Campus and OLLI West, as well as our virtual offerings at OLLI Online, visit these sites:








    There are no refunds later than 10 days into the term (some exceptions may be considered).


  • 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 123 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.

  • OLLI On Campus Tuesday Morning Speaker Series continues in Winter 2022

  • Climate and Our Planet: Issues and Impacts

    The Tuesday Mornings "on Campus" Speaker sessions have been extremely popular; both our in-person presentations and our five terms of online webinars.  Our speakers have presented topics which are engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN. Although we can't meet in person yet, the Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Webinars" is so popular we are continuing them virtually during our WINTER 2022 term. 

    All six of this Winter Term On Campus webinars will focus on "CLIMATE AND OUR PLANET:  ISSUES AND IMPACTS."

    The full schedule of webinars is listed below.  Each webinar requires a seperate registration! 

    And, If you have heard a speaker and would like to share their information with the On Campus Site Manager, Jackie Wyant, we are always looking for engaging topics for future terms (jacqueline.wyant@du.edu )

    On Campus Speaker Webinars FINAL v2.pdf 

  • Location of OLLI On Campus (when in-person)

  • Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, DU

    1999 East Evans Avenue

    Denver, CO 80210

  • Map to Ruffatto Hall

  • General Information




     The Mission of OLLI On Campus

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver is a thriving community of intriguing individuals committed to lifelong learning. The launch of the OLLI On Campus site brings to this expanding community of learners a unique offering.   

    Whereas OLLI at DU has traditionally used peer facilitators to deliver courses, the OLLI-o On Campus courses will be presented by university facilty and experienced professionals of the Denver metro community. 


    OLLI at DU has transitioned to NEW Registration Software entitled ProClass. 

    Beginning with the Summer Seminars 2020, we began using this software program. Note: if you have not taken a course with us since Summer of 2020, you are considered a "new member" by this software program. 

    Any person who wishes to register for an OLLI at DU course, Summer or Fall Seminar or special event, will need to set up a ProClass account. 

    The first time you set up a ProClass account, you are considered "NEW" to ProClass (in many cases you are not NEW to OLLI) so you will need to click "NEW MEMBER"

    OLLI staff are highly recommending that you set up a ProClass Account PRIOR TO registration opening for the term.  You can set up this account at any time and be ready to select your courses when registration opens - On November 16, 2021 for Winter Term 2022.

    Any challenges, please contact OLLI On Campus Site Manager, Jacqueline Wyant (jacqueline.wyant@du.edu)


    URL Link To Set Up a ProClass Account 

  • Important OLLI at DU Dates for 2021-2022

    November 8 - Fall Term 2021 concludes 

    November 15 - Winter Term 2022 Catalog Posted on OLLI at DU website: https://portfolio.du.edu/ollionline

    November 15 - Winter Term 2022 Registration Opens on ProClass Site: https://reg134.imperisoft.com/OLLIatDU 

    November 15-November 22:  "Open Request" Period - during the first seven days of registration, members request enrollment in courses.  At the end of seven days, courses which reach a maximum are closed.  If courses are oversubcribed, OLLI staff will use a lottery to determine actual class enrollment.  After seven days, registration continues as first come, first serve for remaining seats.

    December 13:  Confirmation emails sent to members

    January 10:  Winter Term Begins

    January 17:  Observance of Martin Luther King Day - no OLLI classes

    March 6:  Last Day of Winter Term courses

    SPRING 2022

    February 21:  Spring Term 2022 Catalog Posted on OLLI at DU website: https://portfolio.du.edu/ollionline 

    February 28 - Winter Term 2022 Registration Opens on ProClass Site: https://reg134.imperisoft.com/OLLIatDU 

    March 28:  Spring Term begins

    May 20:  Spring Term ends


  • Testimonials from Our Members

  • What our Members Said About our Spring Term 2020 Online Courses by On Campus Instructors

    Get Your Kicks on Rte 66 with Dr. Mark Payler:

    Mark couldn't possibly have made this class more fun or informative for us. His photography and personal vignettes along The Route were incredible. He has made many resources available to us and offered helpful recommendations for planning a trip on our own. I enjoyed each and every one of our guest speakers and I am grateful that he arranged for them (on very short notice, I imagine) to speak to us. Mark handled Zoom easily and was able to regroup quickly on the one brief occasion when we had audio difficulties. Thank you so much, Mark! I definitely got my kicks on Route 66!

    The Early Irish in Colorado with Dr. James Walsh

    “Dr. Walsh's enthusiasm for the topic is palpable and infectious. He focused on information that was understandable, accessible and fueled people's interest. Very interesting class. Made Irish history come to life.”

    Classical Music Insights with Betsy Schwarm

    “This was a truly wonderful class with great music and a simple overview of classical music. Betsy is open, enthusiastic, and has a huge bank of information to share. She clearly has the ability to answer questions and elaborate on most things. By far, this Zoom class fulfilled my expectations since it is a more traditional lecture/discussion format.”

    Tracing Your Family History with Carol Cooke Darrow

    “Carol's course takes into account a vast amount of material and as she will admit, is far too much to absorb in a few hours. What we have accomplished through her guidance is to get at least a taste of the work and some initial steps toward the goal of researching our family's history. The materials she sends to us contains hundreds of methods for this research and an orderly approach to the work ahead.
    Carol is so passionate AND knowledgeable about genealogy.  She is a great teacher. And, best, she has offered to help us when stuck on-going! Even after class ends. On-line worked great!”

    Virtual Poetry Café with Linda Keller

    “This was so great. Linda was flexible enough to change her plan a little, letting us comment after each poem, which made it even better. GREAT JOB!!”

    German Conversation and Culture with Linda Susak

    “Well-paced class, with instructor highly skilled in balancing new learners and more experienced language learners together. Participation was encouraged.”

    “We had some absolute beginners and some who had studied German before, but Linda called on everyone according to their ability.”

    Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation with Kara Traikoff

    “Excellent! I now have a much better understanding of mindfulness and hope to be able to improve my practice going forward.”

    “Facilitator was very good in the online environment - knew the software, used effectively, had a nice presence. Kara has a lovely voice and peaceful manner which are valuable for this class.”


  • OLLI On Campus - Contact Information

  • Your OLLI On Campus Site Manager

    Jacqueline Kearns Wyant
             610-248-7962 (mobile)


  • Letter from the On Campus Site Manager, Jacqueline Wyant

    Welcome to Winter Term 2022 and OLLI at DU's continued offering of OLLI Online courses via Zoom.  23 of the 137 OLLI at DU course offerings this fall are being led by our team of OLLI On Campus instructors.  This term's courses and webinars being offered by On Campus instructors is quite rich and I know you will find something of interest. 

    Want to try your hand at art or learn about art? 

    • There two courses offered by Mitra Verma, Asian Indian Artist which sound exciting:  Colored Pencil Drawing and Still Life Drawing with Pencil for Beginners
    • Linda Susak, favorite OLLI and Enrichment Program instructor is back and is offering "Albrecht Durer and the Northern Renaissance"

    Want to enjoy some great music?  We have all kinds of choices from our On Campus team of instructors:

    • Join Robert Joyce for "The Birth of the Blues" and/or "Jazz: The Swing Era" 
    • Join Betsy Schwarm for "Bella Italia: Classical Music of Italy" and/or "Classical Music for Stage and Screen"
    • Join our Gordon Williams as he streams from Australia for "The Operas of Wagner" and/or "How Music Reflects Culture"

    Want to be engaged in deep discussions with yourself or others? 

    • Join CU-D Professor James Walsh for a in-depth look at "Social Movements in American History"
    • Engage with Bruce Caughey in the course: "Choose Proximity: Strategies to positively impact your life"
    • Meditate with DU's Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski in "Meditation with Sinai: Meditation, Mindfulness and Spirituality"
    • "Practice Joy" with DU Wellness' Kara Traikoff
    • Learn to journal with Carolyn Varvel in "Mindful Self-Care Journaling: The art of reconnecting with yourself through compassionate self-care journaling"

    Want to learn more about Climate Change and what you can do?

    • Join Rumya Sundaram, a PhD candidate at the University of Miami's School of Marine and Atmospheric Studies for an 8-week course on "Understanding the Basic Drivers of Climate Change: the man-made and the natural"
    • Attend one of six Tuesday morning webinars focused on the theme of "Climate and Our Planet: Issues and Impacts" to learn about the effect of the alcohol industry on climate, the shifting population and social inequities being equated to climate, the new "eco-anxiety" affecting many people, and MORE!   
    • Join the Thursday afternoon book club with Lin Williams focusing on three widely acclaimed books about "Eco-literature"

    Want to find out more about healthy aging?

    • Tune in to dementia researcher and chair of Dementia Friendly Denver's JJ Jordan's 4-week course on "Dementia 101: Reducing Your Risk"
    • Learn about the aging process from Dr. Jeannette Guerrasio in "Understanding and Anticipating the Aging Process" 

    Want to begin to travel again or find out about your immigrant ancestors?

    • Bruce Caughey, a favorite OLLI instructor will enlighten us about the joy of "slow travel." How to get off the beaten path of tourist-filled journeys and rediscover travel in this changing world
    • Carol Cooke Darrow who has worked with hundreds of OLLI members to discover their roots is offering a 4-week course on "Researching the Family History of Immigrants to the US"
    • Join Ellen Shindelman Kowitt for an 8-week course entitled "Introduction to Jewish Genealogy" 
    • Learn about the great Irish tragedy and how it impacted the migration of vast numbers of Irish people in "An Morta Gor-the great hunger in Irish History" with CU-Denver's professor Dr. James Walsh

    Our literature and writing buffs will enjoy

    • Carolyn Varvel's course on writing short stories: "The Short Stuff"

    We are thrilled that the On Campus Program for OLLI at DU continues to grow! We have increased from five courses in Winter Term 2019 to our current offerings and we have engaged so many instructors from Metro Denver and beyond!  When we resume in person, our OLLI On Campus members have told us that they enjoy the invigorating feeling of being on a college campus and reaping the benefits the location affords. We are moving toward a return to in-person learning for the Spring 2022 term; however, we still intend to offer a number of courses online and even launch a hybrid program to continue to meet the needs of our members and to engage out-of-town instructors.

    Our On Campus Manager, Jackie Wyant, has worked hard to provide courses for our members that stimulate all parts of the mind and body. Research on the aging brain indicates that learning a new skill, working with your hands to strengthen eye-hand coordination and processing speed, and stimulating your mind with new ideas and rich discussion all help in healthy aging.  Painting in particular has been shown to be of particular benefit in aging.

    So, look through our lineup of courses and discover an area you wish to explore!

    Have a great Winter term and please reach out to me at jacqueline.wyant@du.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for courses or instructors!  Happy learning!

  • OLLI DU Office at the University College

  • OLLI Office is located at:

    The University College at DU

    2211 South Josephine Street 

    Denver, CO 80208 

    Office Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Monday through Thursday


    Map to OLLI Office

  • Events and Opportunities

This portfolio last updated: 27-Dec-2021 10:54 PM