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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Bernard Osher Foundation award secures future of programs aimed at lifelong learning

SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 -- San Francisco State University has received a one million dollar gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation for an endowment to support the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), part of the University's College of Extended Learning. The Foundation also awarded the Institute a bridge grant of $50,000 to meet current operational needs.

The Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at SF State [] is a self-sustaining institute within SF State's College of Extended Learning. It is one of several SF State programs, such as the Gerontology Program, Sixty Plus and ElderCollege, that focus on older learners. Located at SF State's new Downtown Campus, OLLI offers provocative courses and forums for people over 50 and boasts a growing membership of more than 500 Bay Area members. Last year its 75 courses and annual symposium attracted hundreds of students interested in creative writing, world history, geography and classes that incorporate walking and art, history and writing. Last year's annual symposium on the topic of older American workers featured Bay Area business leaders, career counselors and labor experts from state and federal agencies.

"This wonderful support further solidifies the ties we have built with the Osher Foundation over the years," said Gail Whitaker, associate vice president of academic program development and dean of the College of Extended Learning at SF State. "This funding supports our philosophy that the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SF State not only serves the educational interests of older learners, it also produces valuable information about the older learner."

"The Bernard Osher Foundation is delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University with this endowment gift," said Mary Bitterman, Foundation president. "We are pleased to have the SF State program within the growing national network of Osher Institutes and know that other network participants will learn a great deal from SF State's experiences. Our congratulations are extended to the University and volunteer leadership for this fine program which benefits the seasoned adults of the San Francisco Bay Area."


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