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Lifelong Learning Program Goes Digital this Fall

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The long-standing Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Dakota will present all classes online this fall due to social distancing concerns.

“Going to an online format with our classes is a great big step for us,” Thea Miller Ryan, director of OLLI at USD, said. “This means not only are all our classes going online this fall, but also people from all over the state can take part.”

The OLLI program has been limited to four South Dakota cities - Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion and Pierre – with live educational programs put on by college professors, experts in industry, scientists and artists.

“The instructors will use Zoom to meet community distancing choices,” Ryan said. “For now, we plan to extend remote instruction only through the fall 2020 semester. In the future, we may switch back to all in-person classes or a combination of both.”

New members are encouraged to join at this one-time semester price of $80, Ryan said. The $80 will cover all classes in the OLLI fall 2020 catalog.

Ryan encourages everyone to try OLLI for a semester. “You’ll get classes like Old Guys and Their Airplanes, Do I Really Need Antibiotics, Stories from the Suffrage Movement in South Dakota, Introduction to Photo Editing, Empowering the Funeral Service Consumer and many more,” said Ryan.

For more information on OLLI Online, send an email to to be added to the mailing list for the fall catalog of courses. Visit the OLLI website at


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Dakota lets you keep learning your whole life. With short-term, non-credit classes, OLLI offers lifelong learning opportunities for members. OLLI programs are designed for people age 50 and over, but classes are open to all ages and education levels. There are no tests and no grades, just fun!


The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was started 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 supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 124 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News