Adults in Oklahoma City looking to keep their minds sharp have more options than the daily crossword puzzle this spring.
Classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute begin Monday and will offer myriad lessons on Oklahoma history, film and science.
The nationwide nonprofit organization also known as OLLI aims to help seniors continue their education, and does not focus on tests or grades.
An Oklahoma State University branch has been running in Oklahoma City since 2007.
Branches also are in Stillwater, Tulsa and Bartlesville.
“It really helps people keep their mind active, help their conversation skills, that sort of thing,” said Jana Bright, site coordinator.
Bright said about 150 people have signed up in Oklahoma City, and she hopes to double or triple that number before classes start.
Ken Bell, 83, a former professor at Oklahoma State, has been participating in the Stillwater classes for several years and said he and his wife rarely miss an opportunity to continue learning. The Bells use OLLI as one of their main tools.
“It keeps the mind active, and it brings us in continuing contact with people we've known throughout the years,” Bell said. “It's just a great opportunity.”
Students can pay $150 and attend any or all the classes or pay $50 to become a member of OLLI and pay $25 for each class.
Bright said scholarships are available for those who qualify.
“We don't want cost to prohibit someone from participating,” she said.
To sign up, visit http://education.okstate.edu/olli or call 800-765-8933.
Spring classes offered at institute
• “The Making of Oklahoma”
• “The Chisholm Trail: Its History and Impact”
• “The Way We Were: Understanding America”
• “Oklahoma @ the Movies”
• “Nuances of a Family Crisis: Movies That Connect”
• “Zoo University”
• “Oklahoma Master Gardens Present…”
• “Discovery &Innovation”