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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USD brings together curious people who want to learn for the love of it — no grades, no tests, just fun! OLLI aims to engage the mind, stimulate the senses and foster learning through an affordable program of classes, tours, lectures, films and active learning opportunities.

Classes are offered in the spring and fall each year and span a broad range of interests from history and current events to creative arts and other mind-expanding topics. OLLI instructors are a mix of university professors, peer enthusiasts and experts in particular fields. 

How is OLLI funded?

Programming is funded by membership and course fees, donations from OLLI members and community partners and by interest from a Bernard Osher Foundation endowment.

What does OLLI offer?

OLLI at USD offers a wide variety of courses, tours, lectures, film viewings, active learning opportunities and events.

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Membership is required to take courses, attend most events and take advantage of OLLI opportunities. With your membership you may enroll in as many courses as you can attend.

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Who are OLLI members?

OLLI members come from all educational, professional and social backgrounds. All have a desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. OLLI is for anyone who wants to:

  • Connect with peers who share common interests
  • Explore fascinating subjects through classes and courses 
  • Enhance creativity 
  • Attend OLLI educational and social events 
  • Make new friends 
  • Get GREAT VALUE for your money

How is OLLI managed? 

OLLI at USD is managed by a director with assistance from staff and member-volunteers. Member-volunteers are actively involved in committees and help by sharing their expertise and interests, organizing or teaching courses and serving on the OLLI Leadership Council.

Current OLLI Leadership Council Members:

  • John Hollingsworth, chair
  • Mary Enright, past chair
  • Cathy Anderson
  • Linda Brandt
  • Eileen Butcher
  • Jim Fry
  • Mildred Hottman-Roesch
  • Anne Hullinger
  • Ardelle Kleinsasser
  • Jan Nicolay
  • Lynda Oldenkamp
  • Jim Oldham
  • John Schlimgen
  • Betsy Simons
  • June Thormodsgard
  • Nancy Torkelson
  • Ray Townsend

Beyond taking courses, attending events and joining tours and travel, you can volunteer with OLLI through these activities: 

  • Curriculum development 
  • Membership and marketing 
  • Member engagement and community outreach 
  • Fundraising

Where does OLLI offer courses in South Dakota? 

Currently we offer courses at a variety of locations in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion, Chamberlain, Pierre and De Smet. Specific course locations are indicated for each course online and in the course catalog mailed to members each term.

Can I take a class without becoming a member? 

Any non-member who wants to attend a single lecture or event may do so as OLLI's guest, at no charge, on a space available basis for select offerings. Priority is given to members. To inquire, call us or email us for more information.