May 25, 2019  

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OLLI Offers Summer Fun at Both Southern Miss Campuses

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi is springing into summer with a host of activities sure to please anyone in search of some much-needed fun in the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast areas.

Currently, OLLI is offering prospective members the chance to enjoy one free class at both its Hattiesburg and Gulf Park locations. Classes consist of activities centering on art, music, literature, health and fitness, and much more. There are even social events, special interest groups and field trips held throughout the year.

OLLI is an open and inclusive community of active adults who share a love of learning. Led by members of the institute, OLLI strives to create an atmosphere of exploration and a stimulating community for its participants.

“Retirement isn’t what it used to be. A lot of people start taking on projects or pursuing passions they’ve had for years but never had the time to spare,” said Brett Harris, director of OLLI. “OLLI provides a space for pursuing those passions and for building new relationships whether you’ve been in the area your whole life or are brand new.”

Offered on both Southern Miss campuses, OLLI is headquartered at the Peck House on the Hattiesburg campus and the Fleming Education Center on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Because of its prime locations, community professionals and University members are regularly invited to the institute to lead members in discussions, courses and seminars.

 “Our mission is to offer enriching and fulfilling learning and social opportunities targeted toward adults age 50 and above. OLLI strives to be a key resource and a welcoming environment for adults age 50 and above across south Mississippi,” said Maryann Herodes, Gulf Park OLLI program assistant and representative.

Although geared toward individuals ages 50 and up, Herodes says that OLLI activities are sure to please and entertain people of all ages, backgrounds and vocations. Members can partake in activities like Tai Chi, baseball games, museum visits or gardening.

“I have really enjoyed the many different classes I have taken at OLLI,” said Caryln Von Lubbe, a retired pre-school teacher. “Being new to the Gulf Coast, Olli has offered me the opportunity to not only learn, but to meet many interesting people.”

To meet the needs of active adults, courses at OLLI are offered in two 5-week terms during the fall and spring semester and one 5-week term during the summer, which ends July 1. Course fees range from $8 to $25 per class.

For more information about OLLI, membership or the summer schedule, visit or call 601.264.2780 (Hattiesburg) or 484.816.6554 (Gulf Park).