The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida will host a spring open house at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the historic Centro Asturiano Ballroom, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. in Ybor City. There will be complimentary breakfast snacks, and many faculty members will be there to discuss their classes.
Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, will speak on “New Realities in Life with Diabetes — Research, Quality of Life and Inspiration.” Johnson is the executive director of USF’s “Bringing Science Home,” an innovative project that investigates the relationship between chronic disease, family dynamics and optimistic living.
OLLI-USF will offer more than 75 college-level courses, lectures, trips, and educational programs throughout the Tampa area during the spring term, including computer science and traditional liberal arts classes on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology.
Classes and lectures that will begin in early April include “Bridge for Beginners to Experts” with Jim Young and Foreign Policy Discussion Group 2014 with Gen. John Brickley at the Pebble Creek Community Center.
Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church on Fletcher Avenue will host many computer science classes, including “Be Creative Using Microsoft Word,” with Shirley Deeter; “Computers I with Windows 7: The Very Beginning,” with Cecelia Vance; and “Tuning and Maintaining your Personal Computer,” with Myron Thorner. Several liberal arts courses will be offered there, including: “Studies in Shakespeare,” with Jeanne Hendricks; “Life Story Writing I,” with Morrey Grymes; and “Bill of Rights,” with Mike Pheneger.
The Tampa Bay History Center, with Lee Leavengood moderating, will present two classes: “Egmont Key: An Historic Treasure” and “Tampa and the Spanish American War.” The Canterbury Tower on Bayshore Boulevard will offer “Mysteries of the Romanov Dynasty,” with Vera Lvoff; “1001 Arabian Nights,” with Betsy Hatton Wood; “Judicial Review,” with George Spiero; and two computer classes with Sherry Foecking.
The University Village Retirement Community will feature “Principles and History of U.S. Federal Government,” with Jack Espinosa. The John Knox Village Retirement Community will be the site of computer classes “Crime and Justice in America,” with Dave Agresti; and “Exploring Florida’s Water Resources,” with Jim Griffin.
OLLI courses meet weekly for two hours and last six weeks. They are taught by retired professors, faculty and qualified professionals. There are no grades or homework, but lots of learning with fellow lifelong lovers of education.
The open house is free, and all ages are welcome. To RSVP, leave a message at (813) 974-8036. For information on OLLI at USF programs, call Joseph R. McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or visit www.usfseniors.org