• We are thrilled that the OLLI-on-Campus Program continues to grow as our members find it invigorating to be on a college campus and to reap the benefits the location affords. The OLLI-on-Campus Managers, Joanne and Jackie, have 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.

    Our OLLI on Campus members had such a great experience this fall term engaging in courses focusing on Aviation, Art & Music Appreciation, Genealogy, Writing, Baseball & the Bible, Buddhism, and Russian Music.  Some members also reached outside their comfort level and enjoyed trying their hand at Sketching & Drawing and in painting a story using an art form from the WARLI tribe in western India. Their finished products are amazing and we will be spotlighting them on the walls during our Winter Term Speaker Series!

    Speaking of the Speaker Series - this was a big hit for our inaugural launch this fall.  Our sessions were engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN. “Tuesday Mornings on Campus with Bagels and Coffee Speaker Series” was so popular we are continuing it in both our Winter and Spring terms.  If you have heard a speaker and would like to share their information with Jackie & Joanne, we are always looking for engaging topics.

    Click on the Winter 2020 Registration Tab above to review the catalog and register online or fill out the registration form and mail to the OLLI office!  

  • This registration button will allow you to register for courses at these sites: OLLI-on-Campus, East, and Central

    To view the catalogs for OLLI South, OLLI West/OLLI Boulder please go to their website listed under the Tab below:  Links to other OLLI Sites

  • OLLI-at-DU Locations and Information

  • To learn about classes at OLLI Boulder, OLLI Central, OLLI South, OLLI East and OLLI-On-Campus OLLI West, 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.

  • Weather Closure Announcements

  • Weather Policy:  Updated Information

    Classes Cancelled: All OLLI-on-Campus classes will be cancelled if the Denver Public Schools (DPS) are closed OR if DU closes for the day.

    Late Start: If the school district announces a late start, OLLIonCampus classes will start at the regularly scheduled time.

    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, the greeting at the OLLI office, 303-871-3090, will be changed by 7am to announce whether classes will be held or not.  

  • A Message From the OLLI-at-DU Executive Director, Barbe Ratcliffe

    Dear Friends,

    Welcome to the Winter 2020 term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute aligned with the University of Denver (known to many as OLLI at DU).  OLLI at DU is a thriving organization comprised of over 3,000 lifelong learners all over the age of fifty!  We have six (6) unique Sites.  The catalog you are reviewing is for our On-Campus Site.  On the inside of the back cover, we have a map of the Denver metro area and the locations of our Sites. 

    OLLI at DU is a volunteer organization started nearly twenty-five (25) years ago.  This past year the six (6) Sites of OLLI at DU offered a total of more than 500 courses at eight distinct locations.  These majority of these courses were offered by Facilitators – OLLI members with a love of sharing their passions. Although we do offer some ‘speaker series’ type course, our typical class size is 25 – 30 member attendees.  This allows for quality discussion and participation.  We have found that our Members enjoy asking questions and engaging the topic. 

    OLLI at DU is able to offer these courses at an incredibly reasonable price due to our approach of ‘peer-lead facilitation’.  Any of our three eight-week terms is offered at a price of $130.00 for the term.  This price provides access to all of the courses offered at all of the Sites that term. We do not work on a first come – first serve basis.  Rather, the first two weeks of any term’s registration period is considered open registration request period.  At the end of this open registration, the staff reviews the registrations to determine if any of the courses are beyond the attendee limit set.  If any classes are over-requested, the staff reduces the number of requests using the priority notations made by the Member.  Once we are complete with this process, we then move to a more normal first-come; first-serve process. 

    I hope, as you peruse this catalog, you see several courses of interest.  I also hope you consider the topic(s) you might like to share with the other OLLI at DU members.


    Barbe J Ratcliffe

    Executive Director – OLLI at DU

  • OLLI-on-Campus Tuesday Mornings on Campus with Bagels and Coffee Speaker Session to Continue

  • The Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Series was a big hit this fall in its inaugural season!  Our sessions were engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN. “Tuesday Mornings on Campus with Bagels and Coffee Speaker Series” was so popular we are continuing it in both our Winter and Spring terms.  If you have heard a speaker and would like to share their information with Jackie & Joanne, we are always looking for engaging topics. Here is the schedule of sessions.  Remember, you sign up for either Session 1 (first four weeks) or Session 2 (second four weeks).  You can also just join us for a session and pay $10 at the door.


  • Tuesday Mornings on Campus with Bagels and Coffee

    SESSION ONE:  Held in Room 202, Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, University of Denver

    1/14/20 Myanmar: Land of Golden Temples Barbara Bauer, Founder, Myanmar Women's Entrepreneurship Conference
    1/21/20 Friendship Bridge: Empowering Guatemalan Women to Build Better Lifes Nicole Eubanks, Associate Development Director; Global Communications and Parnterships Team, Friendship Bridge
    1/28/20 The Playful, Potent, and Unpredictable PEN! Donna DeNomme, Master Success Coach & Author of "As You Feel, So You Heal: A Write of Passage"
    2/4/20 Getting Under the Hood of Your LIfe: Exploring Your Mind through Writing Dr. Kent Rautenstraus, Music Director Emeritus, Mile Hi Church, Author 
  • OLLI on Campus Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Series: SESSION TWO
    2/11/20 From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Old (based on the book by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence , University of Denver
    2/18/20 Great Libraries of the World

    Suzanne Walters, Retired Director of Marketing & Development, Denver Public Library & Author of "Library Marketing that Works!"

    2/25/20 The Art and Culture of India: Unity in DIversity Mitra Verma, Artist & Craft Designer, Native of India
    3/3/20 Stories Your Roses Could Tell You! Peggy Williams, Master Rosarian, American Rose Society, Instructor at Hudson Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens




  • 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-on-Campus courses will be presented by university facilty and experienced professionals of the Denver metro community. 

  • OLLI-on-Campus - Contact Information

  • Your OLLI-on-Campus Co-Site Manager


            Joanne Ihrig 

        303-748-8682 (mobile)
       Jacqueline Kearns Wyant
             610-248-7962 (mobile)


  • 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

  • OLLI at DU 2020 Travel Opportunities through our World View Program
    OLLI at DU 2020 Travel Opportunities through our World View Program

    OLLI at DU is offering our members two travel opportunities in June 2020:  Shades of Ireland/N. Ireland from June 1-13 and Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast from June 17-25.

    We are excited to announce that theWinter 2020 and Spring 2020 terms at Our OLLI-On-Campus Program will be spotlighting courses focusing on “everything Irish” in order to both provide information about Irish-Americans and to give some background knowledge for the OLLI members joining us on our June 2020 trip to Ireland/N. Ireland.  Our courses aren’t limited to those traveling with us, however, and we think you will find some great topics. There are six “Irish” courses being offered for the Winter 2020 Term.  Courses offered are:

              an Gorta Mor: The Irish Potato Famine - 1st four weeks

              The Irish Diaspora (Great Migration) - 2nd four weeks

              Book Club- Leaving Ireland: A Historical Fiction Story of One Women’s Journey (Historical Fiction)- 1st four weeks

             Book Club- From Famine to Flour Mill: An Irish Immigrant’s Path of Success (Biography of an Irish-American Colorado Flour Mill Owner & Philanthropist (J. K. Mullen)- 2nd four weeks

             Tracing your Irish Roots (Genealogy)- 2nd four weeks

             Roots of Irish Identity: From Celts to Monks, A Documentary Film Course - 2nd four weeks

    During Spring 2020 term, OLLi-on-Campus will be offering six “Irish” courses and a complete eight weeks of Speaker Series sessions dedicated to Irish music, dance, culture, ancient Celtic symbols, the Irish Rebellion, and geology (Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway).

This portfolio last updated: 17-Nov-2019 11:07 PM