Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
at San Diego State University
“OLLI at SDSU invites the gathering of keen educators and people with a broad array of life experience. The program inspires discovery, serves the curious, and is a real San Diego gem!”
— Eddie Baca
Eddie Baca is a retired airline pilot who’s now a partner in The Talon Group.
“Who says you can’t relive your college days, or you just missed the opportunity the first time around! OLLI provides quality courses by professional instructors in a friendly and supportive academic environment on a major university campus. The combination of comfortable classrooms, parking, well-qualified seasoned instructors, interesting topics, and adult learners with diverse backgrounds and life experiences provide for a rich learning environment and interaction. Over the last few years, the variety of classes, instructors, and classmates have provided a very fulfilling enrichment to my life, and created a desire for me to give back to the OLLI program.”
— Ron Barefield
Ron Barefield is retired from a career in real estate development and related activities; and, also regional and local government administration related to housing and community development programs and activities
“I have enjoyed both teaching and taking classes with the OLLI at SDSU now for seven years. It has been both intellectually stimulating and a fun source of social bonding for me. Above all, we are a community of supportive friends who share enthusiasm, ideas, and inspiration in our common thirst for lifelong learning.”
— Denny Braun
Denny Braun is an author and retired professor of sociology and economics.
“As a retired educator, I love the opportunity to continue learning — taking courses on an even broader range of topics than my earlier university experiences! The topnotch instructors and curious classmates create stimulating classes and an enthusiastic learning community. OLLI has been an ideal addition to retirement.”
— Gayle Coonce
Gayle Coonce is a retired special education administrator.
“OLLI has been a great way for me to keep the neurons firing, explore new information across a large array of subjects, update knowledge that may have timed-out, and bounce ideas off a remarkable collection of uniquely aged minds.”
— Peter McQuaid
Peter McQuaid is a retired public school teacher/administrator.
“I love the OLLI classes at SDSU. There is a broad range of topics and subjects. It’s such a treat to be able to take so many classes across so many subject areas. The instructors are informative and stimulating. The classmates are there to learn and engage in thoughtful exchanges. It all adds up to a terrific learning environment.”
— Sharon Popp
Sharon Popp is a retired special education administrator.