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100 Innovation Blvd
University Park, PA 16802 United States
814-867-4278

Check the course schedule posted on the “OLLI Lion” in the lobby for your room location.

Directions to the OLLI Office: Enter the building from the parking area and turn right at the first hallway.  Proceed through the door and turn left at the next hallway.  The OLLI office will be on the left in Room 126.

OUTREACH BUILDING PARKING PROCEDURE

A parking permit is required to park in the Outreach Building lot.  Permits will be sent by e-mail to class participants within one week of the first session of the course.

When you attend courses in the Outreach Building:

  • print out the permit email and bring it with you
  • park in a NON-metered spot
  • display the permit face up on the dashboard of your car while you are in class
  • use the same permit for every session of that course

Permits are valid ONLY for the date(s) and times listed on them and include your unique OLLI student number. They are NOT interchangeable between courses/members. If you have a Handicapped Parking placard, you must display BOTH the placard and the parking permit.

If you are unable to print out your permit, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class so you can visit the OLLI office in Room 126 and pick up your permit.  You will have to return to your car to place it on the dashboard.

Upcoming Events

May 2019

OLLI Pinochle Tournament

May 13 @ 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

OLLI Pinochle Tournament Monday, May 13, 2019 12:45 PM Check In * Play Begins Promptly 1:00 to 4:00 PM Room 121 G&H Outreach Building ¨ Single Deck ¨ Partnership—Round Robin with Rotating  Partners ¨ Auction Style Join your fellow OLLI members for fun, snacks, and the chance to win! You must know how to play Pinochle.  Instruction will NOT be included

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OLLI Scavenger Hunt

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Scavenger Hunt on Campus Here’s how it works: We will meet at Innovation Park to form teams of 4, then take the free CATA Red Link bus to the Campus. You will have a list of things to find and take a picture of and a list of questions that you can find answers to on campus.  You will not collect any items to carry with you. We will end up at the Creamery with ice cream for all participants.…

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June 2019

0018SC Tour the Penn State Campus: Walk, Talk, and Laugh

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Steve and Carol on their daily campus walk. They will entertain you with legendary Penn State stories (many of which are of questionable validity), highlights of new and old campus features, and some humor to lighten the physical nature of the walk. Optional activity: join the Gentrys for lunch at a campus café or dorm cafeteria at your own expense. Course dates are June 18 and 25.

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0106SC Rubens and Rembrandt: Northern Baroque Masters

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn were two of the most famous painters of the 17th century. Rubens was a renowned history painter, while Rembrandt was a successful portraitist. There were a number of parallels in their lives, but various differences significantly impacted their artistic output. This will serve as an introduction to the biographies and paintings of these two masters.

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0303SC Explaining Aging with Theories, Examples, and Interventions.

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

James will give an overview of the biology of aging; introducing the current theories that explain this process and offer supporting examples and real life interventions that could extend healthy aging to our lives.

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1501SC Real or Fake? Practical Tools for Finding Trustworthy Web-based Information

June 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Marsha will present practical tools and techniques that participants can use to evaluate web-based information obtained from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and similar applications. The tools and techniques discussed are based on the instructor’s recently published book, Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web, Third edition (CRC Press, November 2018).

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0018SC Tour the Penn State Campus: Walk, Talk, and Laugh

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Steve and Carol on their daily campus walk. They will entertain you with legendary Penn State stories (many of which are of questionable validity), highlights of new and old campus features, and some humor to lighten the physical nature of the walk. Optional activity: join the Gentrys for lunch at a campus café or dorm cafeteria at your own expense. Course dates are June 18 and 25.

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0107SC William Hogarth: The Artist as Social Commentator

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The paintings and prints of William Hogarth reflect the social conditions of 18th-century London. His modern morality plays: A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake's Progress, and Marriage A-La-Mode, demonstrate complex relationships between the classes. His prints such as "Gin Lane" and "Beer Street," deal with contemporary political topics. The works mentioned will be the focus.

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0206SC Mental Gymnastics – Beyond Sudoku

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you don't use it, you lose it! So put your brain in gear with these "mental gymnastics." If you are into Sudoku and want something more, or if you've never done Sudoku but like a challenge, come and try these number puzzles that do not require great math skills - just basic arithmetic and logical thinking.

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July 2019

1402SC Seeing in the Dark – the Wonders of Astronomy

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the wonders of stargazing by viewing the PBS video, Seeing in the Dark, by Timothy Ferris. Afterward, we'll discuss the wide range of activities pursued by amateur astronomers from simple skywatching to coordination with professionals in ongoing research.

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1011SC Introduction to Nature Photography

July 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Mark will cover the basics of nature photography that could be useful for anyone with any kind of a camera or cell phone. We will focus on light (how to deal with difficult light situations), how to get close to your object in nature, and how to take advantage of what nature gives you versus what you're seeking to achieve on a given day.

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0105SC Irish Traditional Music: Listen and Learn

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The people of Ireland were from a hard-working rural tradition of fishing and farming, and their music is a reflection of their kind, social nature. Music was their entertainment; to this day, it is played in homes, gatherings, celebrations, and pubs. Some history of Ireland will be included. The class will hear live music by Callanish band members Holly and Patty, listen to some recordings, see pictures of Ireland, and have opportunities to ask questions.

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1503SC PowerPoint Basics (section 1)

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you thinking about teaching a class for OLLI? Creating a slide show from your digital photos for your next family gathering? Making a presentation to your local club? PowerPoint is the computer program professionals use to make their point. You will learn how to create projectable slides that will enhance your presentation with text, photos, maps, drawings, and other graphics.

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1504SC PowerPoint Basics (section 2)

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you thinking about teaching a class for OLLI? Creating a slide show from your digital photos for your next family gathering? Making a presentation to your local club? PowerPoint is the computer program professionals use to make their point. You will learn how to create projectable slides that will enhance your presentation with text, photos, maps, drawings, and other graphics.

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2001SC Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy VDC

July 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Examine the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film showcases the work of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Interviews with songwriters and stage directors include: Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, and Charles Strouse.

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1012SC Backyard Beekeeping

July 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dee and Kathryn will introduce you to the art and science of beekeeping as a hobby. Basic information will be shared on how to get started in beekeeping, what equipment is needed, how to obtain bees, and what to expect in the first year. In addition, for those who are just interested but don't want to be actual beekeepers, they will discuss what anyone can do to support local beekeepers and pollinators. Honey tasting will be included.

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0108SC Mary Cassatt and Henry Ossawa Tanner: Two American Artists in Paris

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Two painters from Pennsylvania, Mary Cassatt and Henry Ossawa Tanner, pursued different career paths to success in 19th-century Paris. Cassatt was associated with the Impressionists and painted domestic scenes, while Tanner followed the academic path as a genre and religious painter. We will examine the social and cultural contexts of some of their most famous paintings.

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1403SC Light and Telescopes

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Our knowledge of the universe relies almost entirely on the light from distant stars and galaxies that is collected by telescopes. We will discuss the basic physics of light and the information that it carries, and we will review the functions and capabilities of current and upcoming telescopes, both on Earth and in space. This course is scheduled for Thursdays, July 18 and 25.

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0102SC Dot and Line Geometric Abstract Design

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Using basic drawing supplies, such as a ruler, a compass, markers, and colored pencils, participants will complete an abstract piece of modern art. A brief overview of abstract art and artists as well as color technique will be presented. This is a simple and fun project. Drawing experience is not necessary.

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1403SC Light and Telescopes

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Our knowledge of the universe relies almost entirely on the light from distant stars and galaxies that is collected by telescopes. We will discuss the basic physics of light and the information that it carries, and we will review the functions and capabilities of current and upcoming telescopes, both on Earth and in space. This course is scheduled for Thursdays, July 18 and 25.

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