Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno

About OLLI

Sponsored by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a member-directed organization offering a distinctive array of courses and activities for adults age 50 and over interested in learning for the joy of learning.


One of more than 117 Osher institutes established since 2001 at such colleges and universities as UCLA, Brandeis, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tufts and New York University, OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno fosters intellectual stimulation and personal development through academic pursuits and provides a community in which to gather, get acquainted and socialize.


Who We Are

Directed by and for its members, OLLI is a diverse community of independent thinkers who develop curriculum, teach classes, organize events, administer programs, establish friendships, guide excursions and much more.


Our Philosophy

The OLLI philosophy is to provide, for a modest membership fee, college-level academic experiences for all members, regardless of educational background.

Our OLLI Board of Directors



Ralph Jaeck


Vice President

Lynne Gray



Pat LeVezu



Inez Butterfield


Past President

Warren Ronsheimer



Judy Cole



Diane Ronsheimer



June Kelly



Karen Penner Johnson

LaMerne Kozlowski

















George Butterfield



Alice Yucht



LaMerne Kozlowski


Long Range Planning

Lynne Gray



Pat Zimmerman



Ben Milander



Judi Whiting


UNR Liaison

Shera Alberti-Annunzio



OLLI Giving


You can help OLLI make a difference.


The Bernard Osher Foundation has set a goal for endowed Osher Institutes on campuses throughout the country to continue to develop their programs in a manner that promotes long-term fiscal health and sustainability. In pursuit of this goal, our OLLI is expected to create an effective fundraising plan to ensure sustainability.


As in all our endeavors, we need the support of our members to succeed. Your dedication and the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation have helped make our OLLI what it is today. If you can, please consider helping us continue to grow and succeed as a member-directed organization with a gift in support of our long-term sustainability so that we can enrich lives for years to come. Thank you for all you do for OLLI.


For more information about giving to OLLI, please complete and submit the OLLI Giving donation form (PDF), or visit the University Foundation OLLI Donation Page.


• Learn more about the Friends of OLLI annual fundraising campaign here.

• Learn more OLLI Legacy Planned Giving here.

• Learn more about giving to Lifescapes here.

• Learn more about the OLLI Scholarship Fund here.





Osher Foundation

Based in San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, benefits programs in integrative medicine and supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 118 institutions of higher education, also have a National Resource Center.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Warren Nelson Building • 401 W. Second St., Suite 235 • Reno, NV 89503

Phone: (775) 784-8053 • Email: olli@unr.edu


Sponsored by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno

Copyright © 2014 • Maintained by: olli@unr.edu