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September 2018
OLLI e-Newsletter

Message from the OLLI Board Chair

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In spring 2017, the Board of Trustees created the Stephen Appel Award to recognize moderators who have displayed excellence and originality in teaching and an untiring commitment to students and the mission and goals of OLLI. The first award was presented last year to Dean Moore.

When this year’s call for nominations when out, the response was heartening: more than 50 nominations for 24 moderators. What a statement from our members of how highly you regard your moderators! Please continue to nominate those you believe are qualified for this award as well as for the Aaron Levine (see story in this e-newsletter) and Unsung Hero awards, which are presented later in the academic year.

From among the nominees, the Board selected three outstanding moderators to receive this year’s Stephen Appel Award at the Back-to-School Party: Roger Geisel, Keith Marriott, and Rollin Workman.

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During his acceptance remarks, Rollin Workman (seen above) stated, “This award is not presented to me, but through me to all moderators in recognition of their selfless contribution to OLLI.” With those words he succinctly captured the spirit of the award and why it was created. Thank you to all the volunteers who teach for OLLI!

Marv Heller

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News for OLLI members and friends

Aaron Levine Award Nominations

Levine Award
The OLLI Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the Aaron Levine Award, which recognizes individuals who have given an extraordinary degree of support to OLLI through time, talent, or resources. Past recipients are Stephen Appel, Jeanne Crandell, Ken Schoenberg, Tom Carroll, Joe Hirschhorn, Nancy Schpatz, Janet Banks, and Sally Moore (seen here). To nominate someone for this award, please contact Nancy Herbert at Deadline is Oct. 23.


Monday and Tuesday Classes Begin at Adath Israel on October 8 and 9

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Looking to add to your schedule? Haven’t signed up at all this term? Monday and Tuesday classes at Adath Israel begin October 8 and 9. And, yes, there will be a Welcome Table both days for those of you who are just starting your OLLI classes this fall and for all of you who need the classroom assignments.

Of the 50 program offerings, more than 30 still have space available. Whether you are looking to brush up your financial skills, get fit, dive into the literary world, explore the universe, take on current events, or get started on the great American novel, OLLI has a class for it—and much more.

Best way to register or add to your schedule is online
Otherwise, give the office a call at 513-556-9186.


Go Inside the Foreign Service with OLLI

Foreign Service
April 7–11, 2019, travel with OLLI on an exclusive learning adventure to Washington DC for “Inside American Diplomacy with the Foreign Service—South of the Border: US Policy in the Western Hemisphere.” OLLI members will go behind the scenes with active and retired officers and ambassadors. Find out what US diplomats in the Foreign Service do. Examine pressing US foreign policy issues in action—enhanced by Q&A sessions—to better understand what tomorrow may bring on the world stage.

Find details and information about signing up here


Spirit of the Lake Erie Islands: The Drama, the Beauty, the Science

September 15-20, 2019, make your way to the islands in the western basin of Lake Erie to learn about their fascinating human and natural history. Narrated nature walks, boat excursions, programs with scientists, talks on history, charming accommodations, and the camaraderie of like-minded lifelong learners are just a few of the highlights of this educational travel adventure organized by Road Scholar for OLLI at UC.

Find details and information about signing up here


Thank You Volunteers!

Thank Volunteers
Thank you to all the smiling folks who helped get OLLI started during the first week of classes!

Dozens of you worked shifts at the Welcome Tables at Adath Israel, Victory Parkway Campus, UC Clermont, and Ohio Living Llanfair. Special thanks to Barb Luker, Elisa Victor, Nancy Herbert, Barbara Burke, and Ruth Schwallie for organizing.

Many others baked cookies and helped out at the Cookie Table at VPC. Supply and distribution kept up with consumption! Special thanks to Janet Banks, Kathy Womer, and Shannon Womer for organizing.

OLLI runs on volunteer power—and cookies!


Special Offer from Linton Chamber Music

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Linton Chamber Music is offering a discount to OLLI members and friends to the upcoming Oct. 14 and 15 season-opening program, Masterworks for Strings. Artistic Directors Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo join Cathy Meng Robinson, Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory, and Keith Robinson to perform Schoenberg’s expansively romantic “Transfigured Night” and Schubert’s sublime String Quintet.

To receive $5 off single tickets, enter "OLLI" as a discount code in your purchase order online or call 513-381-6868 to purchase over the phone. Get tickets here


We Remember

It is with sadness that we mark the recent passing of two longtime OLLI moderators.

Rufe Smith
Dr. Wiley “Rufe” Smith passed away on July 31. A child psychiatrist, Rufe was an avid student of comparative religion and mythology, teaching courses that covered Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the mythologies of many cultures.

Fouad Ezra
Also an active volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo, Fouad Ezra passed away on September 24. From multi-week courses to one-time talks, Fouad shared his knowledge of what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Zoo as well as his personal story of growing up Jewish in Iran.


Dear OWLI,

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I heard about a fire alarm happening at Victory Parkway Campus during the first week of classes. What are we supposed to do if an alarm goes off while we’re in class at any location?

Worried William

Dear Worried:

Luckily the alarm last week was a drill, but we all need to be ready for fire, weather, or other emergencies. There are evacuation maps posted in the lobbies on each floor at VPC and in each classroom at ADI. But the instructions are basically the same no matter where you are. 

For a fire, make your way to the nearest exit and assemble as a group away from the building. Do not use the elevators. Those who are unable to use the stairs should stay in a classroom, and those who evacuate should let emergency personnel know where to find them. For a weather emergency, assemble on a lower floor or interior hallway away from windows. People with impaired mobility may use elevators; all others should use the stairs.


Do you have a question about OLLI? Send it to with the subject line “Ask OWLI.”


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