Special Events are unique opportunities for OLLI members. They often include "behind the scenes" looks at fascinating places of cultural interest in San Diego.

Courses

2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
2018 Spring
OF 0007.12 SDSU Love Library Series, Week 2: Dear Doc: From Classrooms to Combat

During World War II, San Diego State College students serving around the world wrote thousands of letters to one professor, Dr. Lauren C. Post. Each month, Dr. Post included excerpts in the “Aztec News Letter,” which he mailed to students and their families. His work kept the campus and the community connected. History feels alive and immediate in these first-person accounts of places such as Normandy, North Africa, Germany, and the Pacific. The determination, fear, raw grief, and wonder of these articulate young men and women are preserved in their timeless letters in the World War II San Diego State College Servicemen’s Correspondence Collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives. Following the presentation, students will view original letters and News Letters from the collection.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion


Course Date(s)
March 22 - March 22
$15
Instructors
Lisa Shapiro
2018 Spring
OF 0007.13 SDSU Love Library Series, Week 3: Leadership Styles in Famous/Infamous Cults: Peoples Temple and Synanon

A survivor of Peoples Temple and decade-long resident of Synanon will share her analysis of both cults. She will compare and contrast the styles of leaders Jim Jones and Charles E. Dederich, both of whom were drawn to California and had their greatest success here. She will also reflect on the members who were drawn to join each group — why did Peoples Temple members mostly join as large extended families, and Synanon members join as individuals? What do the survivors of the groups think now? How do you distinguish quirkiness from insanity in a leader? What are the red flags you need to watch for? What are your expectations of a leader? Following the presentation, students will view the Peoples Temple at Jonestown Special Collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives.

Format: 40% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion, 20% Multimedia


Course Date(s)
March 29 - March 29
OF 0007.21 Welcome Orientation and Tour

New to the OLLI at SDSU? A returning member in need of a refresher? Or just want to see if OLLI at SDSU is for you? We invite you to a short presentation followed by a walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on campus (Wear comfortable shoes!)

  • Meet our dynamic instructors, staff, and fellow learners
  • Enjoy refreshments and an opportunity drawing
  • Learn more about spring course offerings
  • Register for classes
  • This event is free. Space is limited.

You’ll receive an email with event details and instructions for convenient parking. The trolley and bus stops are also nearby. We look forward to meeting you!

Facilitators: OLLI Staff and Volunteers (membership not required)

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OF 0007.22 Conversations Worth Having: Your Brain, Your Mind, and You

As the power of the digital world accelerates, we’ll explore how the brain and mind interact (or don't) and how our present and future lives will be impacted. We’ll watch six to eight TED Talks by leading experts in the fields of brain research, psychology, technology, artificial intelligence, and business. Each will be followed by facilitated discussion.

Format: 5% Lecture (Intro/Announcements), 45% Interactive discussion, 50% Demonstration (TED Talks)


Course Date(s)

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Instructors
Kathi Diamant
OF 0007.23 Top 10 Things Skilled Nursing Facilities Don't Want You to Know

People “voluntarily” accept the end of therapy and discharge from skilled nursing facilities because they don’t know their rights. Philip Lindsley, an expert in health care advocacy and elder law, will show you how to assert your rights under the law, and how to get the care you need with the resources and benefits to pay for it. We’ll look at common scenarios, your options, and reference the underlying legal authority. Part 2: Clinical social worker and Aging Life Care Manager Susan Valoff from Windward Life Care will offer guidance in navigating the long-term care maze: how to choose a facility, your rights, Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage, long-term care insurance, and more. Refreshments will be served.

Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion

Presenters: Philip Lindsley and Susan Valoff

Philip P. Lindsley is a widely recognized elder and disability law attorney. His practice focuses on Medi-Cal and public benefits planning, special needs planning, asset protection, probate and trust administration, and conservatorships and their alternatives. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), accredited by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association; a State Bar of California-certified legal specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law; and an accredited Veterans Administration attorney. He is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble peer review.

Susan Valoff, LCSW, C-ASWCM, has 25 years of experience in healthcare and geriatrics, including in-hospital social work, home-care administration, and Aging Life Care Management. In addition to having served hundreds of clients and families, Valoff has served as an expert witness in cases related to older adults and their care needs. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago.

Course Date(s)

2018 Spring
OF 0007.24 Exploring the Night Sky: Naked Eye and Deep Space Observing

On a clear dark night, we can see perhaps a thousand stars. Among those sparkles of light are hidden gems if you know what to look for: planets, satellites, meteors, and even galaxies. We'll begin our journey in SDSU's Planetarium, discussing these naked-eye objects and what we've learned about the universe without a telescope. Then we'll skip right over binoculars and small telescopes and go for the big guns: the 1-meter telescope at SDSU's Mt. Laguna Observatory (50 miles away at an altitude of 6,100 feet) which can be remote-controlled from campus. Weather permitting, from our classroom we’ll open the dome and use a CCD camera to observe some "deep sky" wonders: globular clusters, nebulae, and galaxies millions of light years away. Note: In the event of inclement weather, we'll discuss the cosmic significance of some of the most beautiful images obtained by Hubble and other telescopes.

Format: 20% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion, 60% Demonstration

Presenters: William Welsh, Ph.D. and Gur Windmiller

Course Date(s)
February 23 - February 23
2018 Spring
OF 0007.25 OLLI Cafe

OLLI Café is a social hour held twice per semester between classes where students can come together in a specially designated room at CES to relax, regroup, share insights about classes, and catch up. Additionally, instructors will drop in to give a brief overview of their upcoming classes. Coffee, water, and tea will be provided. OLLI Café is open to members and non-members, and registration is not required.

Facilitators: OLLI Staff and Volunteers

Course Date(s)
March 5 - March 5
April 6 - April 6
2018 Spring
OF 0007.26 Campus Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on the SDSU campus. We'll show you the classrooms, staff offices, registration window, places to relax between classes, where to get your (optional) student ID card, and more. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for the walking tour. We look forward to meeting you.

Facilitators: OLLI Volunteers

Course Date(s)
March 8 - March 8
2018 Spring
OF 0007.27 SDSU Love Library Series, Week 1: Discovery Session and Tour

Ever wanted to learn more about all the great resources at the SDSU Library? Enjoy a tour led by library faculty and staff for an overview of the collections (more than 7 million items) and services. Learn how to find and borrow books; what special collections and other selections are on each floor; how to access the 800+ public computers; how to check out DVDs and CDs from the Media Center; how to access the book catalogs (for printed and eBooks), article and journal databases, and digital collections; and how to request materials from other libraries.

Presenter: Gloria Rhodes
Gloria Rhodes is an associate librarian at SDSU, with over 25 years’ experience working in school, public, and academic libraries. As the library liaison to the departments of Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, United States History, and Military Science, she provides library instruction, collection development, and research assistance to students and faculty. She also coordinates the library presence for orientation events, and provides tours for visiting K-12 students. Rhodes is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and North Carolina Central University, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master’s in library science.

Course Date(s)
March 15 - March 15
2018 Spring
OF 0007.30 SDSU Arts Alive Theater Event: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz

Passions and ill-fated love ignite when a charismatic new lector comes to the Ybor City cigar factory to read to the workers. Romances flame and marriages explode when he begins reading the novel Anna Karenina, and the scandalous lives of Tolstoy’s characters become dangerously intertwined with the lives of his listeners. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna in the Tropics is a steamy, lyrical plunge into the whirlpools of imagination and love. OLLI students receive a special price on tickets to the show, which includes a post-show talkback with the director. Students will meet at the College of Extended Studies, then walk together to the Don Powell Theatre on campus.

Course Date(s)
April 22 - April 22
OF 0007.31 Volunteer Classroom-Ambassador Training

Volunteers are crucial to society, and they’re the backbone of OLLI at SDSU. If you’d like to make a difference while having fun and forging friendships, become a classroom ambassador. They ensure that classes run smoothly by welcoming students and introducing instructors, serve as a liaison between the institute and classmates, disseminate information, and motivate peers to get involved. At this one-hour training, you will learn:

  • Effective presentation tips
  • How to use the SMART podium
  • Who to call with AV or facilities issues
  • Processes and procedures for the Classroom Ambassador

Facilitators: OLLI Staff

Course Date(s)

2018 Spring
OF 0007.32 SDSU Audiology Clinic Tour 1

Tour of the SDSU Audiology clinic. Space is limited.

Course Date(s)
March 21 - March 21
2018 Spring
OF 0007.33 SDSU Audiology Clinic Tour 2

Tour of the SDSU Audiology clinic. Space is limited.

Course Date(s)
March 23 - March 23
2018 Spring
OF 0007.34 Hear This! The Inside Story of Hearing

Understand the symptoms and causes of age-related hearing loss and its effects on your overall health. We’ll look at the components of a comprehensive hearing test; amplification options; the ins and outs of hearing aid technology, including best practices for fitting; pricing; and the emerging changes in related laws and technologies. Our goal is to increase access to hearing healthcare for the 75 percent of people with hearing loss who would benefit from hearing aids but do not have them. Please join us as we bust some myths and tell the truth about hearing aids. Optional tour of the SDSU Audiology clinic is available. Register for tour separately. Space is limited.

Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion

Presenters: Christine Kirsch, Au.D. and Carol Branch, Au.D.


Course Date(s)
March 19 - March 19