Children and teens aren’t the only ones to be able to enjoy special programs this summer.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WVU, Center on Aging (OLLI at WVU) is a membership organization open to anyone age 50 or older, regardless of educational background.

The organization’s goal is to provide intellectually stimulating classes and discussions along with an opportunity for social and recreational activities, such as field trips to environmental and historic sites and for appreciation and study of the arts.

The annual membership dues are $85 for a fiscal year, which runs July 1-June 30. This membership covers classes, office expenses and most teaching materials. Full members have voting privileges, and there is no limit in the number of courses members may take.

A term membership can be purchased for $45, allowing a member to take unlimited courses during the term.

The program operates four six-week semesters (fall, winter, spring and summer), offering 25 to 30 courses each semester. Courses range from liberal arts, social studies, science and technology, through lifestyles. Past courses have included music, literature, history, art, medicine, forestry, gardening, financial planning, philosophy, Appalachian culture and rock music.

In addition to classes, members may take trips to performances in Pittsburgh for an extra fee. Most classes are held in our Mountaineer Mall classrooms. A few are presented at various WVU and community locations. Classes are normally scheduled for two-hour sessions Monday-Friday. The instructors are drawn from active and retired WVU faculty members, state and local specialists in public programs, business and union experts, and religious leaders. The summer semester is July 9-Aug. 3, and includes the following classes: Mahjong “Camelot” and “Cabaret”: Two Great Musicals of the Sixties Out of Africa The Wanamaker Grand Organ Mrs. Gaskell and England’s “Dark Satanic Mills” Decorations on Glass Military Music and Nationalism Photographic Ramblings 101 The Normans Little Known Historic Places in West Virginia More Eat Right, Eat Well: Sources and Resources Building a Yoga Practice Greek Architecture: Its Uses and Abuses Mapping Congress: Redistricting, Elections and Roll-call Voting The History of Saving America’s Historic Sites Rising Electric Rates and Energy Efficiency Stroke: Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Treatment Women in Islam Zoonotic Diseases: Causes, Examples and Prevention Understanding Bullying Biodiversity: Why is it So Important? Creative Problem Solving Heart Disease 2012 Protecting Retirement Income Bluegrass III Transitional Economies of Europe Edible Landscapes Writing “Retreat” Hearing Loss Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe Introduction to Digital Photography