• OLLI DU Online REGISTRATION FOR SPRING TERM 2021 BEGINS AT 12:01 am on Monday, February 22, 2021

    OLLI DU Managers and Facilitators are working tirelessly to bring you a wide selection of courses virtually!  We will have approximately 150 course offerings and 22 webinars - which are set to begin in late March.  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, February 22 (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, February 22, 2021 (at 12:01 am). If you joined us for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 terms, 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 Process2020-08-10-Ron.docx

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

    Video ProClass Fall2020GetAccountMembershipFillCart.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 Sunday, March 1, 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 - WITH EVERYTHING "GREEK"

  • In Celebration of 200 years of Greek Independence-A Focus on Everything Greek!

    The Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Webinars were a big hit last year during the inaugural season and even more so this year as we were practicing social distancing!  Our webinars were engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN. Although we can't meet in person yet, the Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Webinars" was so popular we are continuing them virtually during our SPRING 2021 term. 

    This spring's On Campus webinars will focus on GREECE!  On March 25, 2021, Greece (and Greeks around the world) will celebrate 200 years of Greek independence.  In commemoration of this event, our entire speaker series will focus on Greece.  Please join us for one or all of these - OPA! 

    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 (jacqueline.wyant@du.edu )



  • SPRING 2021 Tuesday Morning Speaker Webinars - OLLI On Campus
    3/30/21 The Impact of Greece on Modern Civilization Etymology: Exploring the wonderful wealth of Greek words! Alec Tsoucatos, PhD
    4/6/21 From Athena to Zeus: Greek Mythology in Classical Music Betsy Schwarm 
    4/13/21 Exclusion & Embrace: the relationship of Orthodoxy to other religions Fr. Andrew G. C. Kearns, US Navy Chaplian
    4/20/21 In Celebration of Earth Day: The Impact of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the Ecological Movement Fr. Chrysostom Frank
    4/27/21  Not Just Zorba the Greek: Greek-born composers of classical music

    Betsy Schwarm

    5/4/21 The Impact of the Greek Revolution on the Universal Character of Greek Orthodoxy

    Fr. Chrysostom Frank 

    5/11/21 Why We Shout 'OPA!' and Spit at Newborns: The strange and wonderful rituals of Greeks

    Klea Kappos & Elaine Cladis 

    5/18/21 Greek Cinema: At home and in the US

    Dr. James DeMetro & Constantina Konugres (NY Greek film fesival; Hellenic Film Society USA)

    CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE FLYER for all OLLI Events commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Indpendence:

    OLLI Courses and Webinars Greek Indpendence.pdf 


  • Location of OLLI On Campus

  • 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.  Beginning with the Summer Seminars 2020, we began using a software program entitled "PRO-CLASS." 

    Any person who wishes to register for an OLLI at DU course, Summer 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 FEBRUARY 22, 2021 for Spring Term 21.


    URL Link To Set Up a ProClass Account 

  • Important Dates for OLLI at DU

    February 22 - Spring 21 catalog posted to this site and registration opens

    March 1 - OPEN registration ends and courses begin to fill; you may still register after this date but only for courses that haven't reached capacity

    March 23 (6:00-8:00 pm) - FREE SEMINAR - "Greece and the Church: The Preservation of Faith" - His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah and Fr. Lou Christopolous, Denver

    March 24 (9:00-10:30 am) - FREE SEMINAR - "Grexit: Then and Now"  - Mark Sobel and Danae Kyriakopoulou  

    March 25 (6:00-8:00 pm) - FREE SEMINAR - "We are All Greeks" - Dr. Angelo Repousis, Villanova

    March 29 - Spring 21 term begins

    May 21 - Spring 21 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

    Our OLLI on Campus members had such a great experience during this year’s fall and winter terms engaging in our site’s courses focusing on Irish History (great potato famine & resulting emigration),  Irish Genealogy, the Enneagram and Relationships, Aviation, Art & Music Appreciation, Writing, Baseball as a Road to God, and Russian Music.  Some members also reached outside their comfort level and enjoyed trying their hand at sketching & drawing, photography, painting a story using an art form from the WARLI tribe in western India called WARLI, and in creating greeting cards using watercolors . Their finished products are amazing!

    In the Fall of 2019, we launched a Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Series -this was a big hit during our inaugural launch.  Our sessions were engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN.  And, of course, there were bagels, pastries and coffee to make it all the more enjoyable.

    The Spring Term 2020 was a surprisingly and rewarding experience for our OLLI On Campus members as we migrated to a completely online format due the Co-Vid pandemic. Our team of On Campus instructors came through for us and we offered 20 courses via Zoom.  We are looking forward to the Fall Term when we will offer 28 courses and an 8-week Speaker Series online.

    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 almost 30 courses in this fall!  When we resume in person, our members have told us that enjoy the invigorating feeling of being on a college campus and reaping the benefits the location affords. 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 all help in healthy aging.


  • 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: 07-Apr-2021 2:16 PM