July 26, 2014  

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Founder Pace Honored with Portrait at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Dolly Kirk, left, and Sue Pace, founder of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Miss visit following the unveiling of a portrait that Kirk painted of Pace honoring her service to OLLI. (Photo by David Tisdale)

Sue Pace, founder and former director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored Friday when a portrait of her painted by OLLI member Dolly Kirk, a Southern Miss alumna, was unveiled at the Institute.

Pace founded OLLI in 1991 at Southern Miss when it was known as the Institute for Lifelong Learning. OLLI offers stimulating educational, cultural and recreational opportunities, along with the opportunity for new friendships, for active women and men 50 years of age and older.

Pace has held many administrative positions in higher education, including as administrator of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning for the former Center of International and Continuing Education at Southern Miss. She has also taught at the high school and college level, and represented Mississippi colleges and universities on the Southern Regional Education Board Distance Learning Policy Laboratory.

She served as chair of the Mississippi Partnership for Adult and Continuing Education (PACE), the organization that created the MS e-campus and also worked in the private sector, including as acting administrator of St. Catherine’s Retirement Village in Madison, Miss.

OLLI is coordinated by its members, drawing primarily on their talents and experiences for instruction and facilitation of institute programming. It is located at 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg near the Southern Miss Campus. For more information, online visit http://www.usm.edu/olli/or call 601.264.2780.