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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  

2014 Southern Regional Lifelong Learning Meeting

OLLI logo with tagline Our southern regional meetings have become a way for volunteers and staff to share learning and fellowship, to discuss best practices, and to explore issues ranging from how to plan a membership social to how to raise funds.  They also give us a chance to explore one another’s communities and to come away with new perspectives. Come to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, July 30-August 1, 2014, to continue and grow this tradition of regional meetings to connect and improve all of our programs.  Click here to view/download meeting schedule.


The registration fee is $200.00 per person, credit cards accepted or check made payable to OLLI and mailed to OLLI at UNC Asheville, One University Hts, CPO 500, Asheville, NC  28804.  Email: with questions or for more information.  Click here for a registration form.

Learn productively

Our hope is to use the sessions during the meeting to convene conversations that help us all face changing economics and changing needs of our participants.

Call for Proposals

We hope to fill meeting sessions with a combination of presentations and panel discussions that acknowledge our diversity as organizations and allow us all to learn from one another. We encourage volunteers and staff to submit proposals at the following link-click here to download the Proposal form. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2014.  We welcome all subjects and hope the following list   will prompt your thinking.  We welcome those who want to present individually and those who want to be parts of panels to pursue certain themes and subjects.  it is our hope to encourage connections.  Completed Proposal forms may be scanned and emailed to or mailed to OLLI SRLLM, One University Heights, CPO #5000, Asheville, NC  28804.

Ideas for workshops:

  • Building a balanced and robust curriculumMan looking to the side
  • Supporting faculty
  • Faculty perspectives—The joys and challenges of teaching older adults
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Strengthening alliances with one’s host institution
  • Fund-raising and financial analysis to create sustainable organizations
  • Strategic planning to make the most of volunteer resources
  • Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment
  • Special Interest Groups that build community
  • Building partnerships with community organizations
  • Membership socials and hospitality
  • Communicating with members
  • Marketing your programs
  • Healthy, active, graceful, successful aging: Where does the discussion of age fit in lifelong learning?
  • Civic Engagement programming: finding purpose in life’s second half
  • Baby Boomers: How will they change lifelong learning?
  • Technology in the office, in the classroom, in the hands of members
  • Registration issues: Online, in line, lotteries, and wait lists
  • Member-driven and member-led: relationships between volunteers and staff
  • Managing difficult people and difficult conversations
  • Managing growth: finding time and space to meet members’ needs
  • Managing change: How to preserve the best of the past and meet the needs of the future
  • Trips and travel

Connect openly

While meetings provide the opportunity to learn best practices and Members chattingexplore new ideas, they also provide opportunities to meet people who share the special challenges and joys of lifelong learning.  We will build into the meeting opportunities to pursue ideas introduced in individual sessions and also to connect with your peers from across the south. Whether you are part of a brand new program or you are planning a 40th anniversary celebration, we can all learn from one another. Because lifelong learning communities are built on volunteer effort, they encourage open sharing and the understanding that improvements in our programs benefit all of us. And there are always more interesting people per square foot in a lifelong learning meeting than you will find almost anywhere else.

Rest comfortably

Activities for the meeting will be held at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.  Reuter CenterThere is on-campus housing available, on a limited basis, first-come, first-registered, $250/person, 3-night stay.  Click here to take a tour of the residence hall.  You may reserve on-campus housing on your registration form, as available.  And there is also a block of rooms made available by the Biltmore Farms Hotels, most located within an easy 10-15 minute drive of the Center.   Click here to visit the Biltmore Farms Hotel website;  ask for the 'Osher Lifelong Learning' room rate. Click here to download a listing of the individual Biltmore Farms Hotels with specifics.

Explore curiously

We want you to focus on lifelong learning while you are here, but we also want to encourage you to build an extra day or two before or after the meeting to explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of western North Carolina.  Whether you want to hike to enjoy gorgeous views, meet fine craftspeople practicing traditional or contemporary arts, experience the life of the Vanderbilts or experience the landscape of Thomas Wolfe’s Altamont, enjoy a wide range of music and theatre, or eat and drink your way through our Foodtopian society and Beer City USA, you can find something to suit your tastes right in Asheville.  Man facing camera We will give you a taste of our community throughout the program, but we also encourage you to plan to explore on your own.  

Our university is situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the Southeast. With a population of 83,000 in the city and 391,000 in nearby metro areas, Asheville offers an inviting downtown, exciting outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community and an array of eclectic dining opportunities.  There's always plenty to do in Asheville.

Find out more about the endless possibilities by visiting the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce or the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Conference Partners

Click on the links below to visit conference partners and learn more about their programming

Duke University OLLI logo
OLLI at Duke University  

NC State University OLLI logo  NC State                                                     
OLLI at NC State University

OLLI at UNC Asheville logo
OLLI at UNC Asheville

  UNC Wilmington OLLI logo                                                          
OLLI at UNC Wilmington

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