OLLI at Southern Miss
"Come be OPEN with us.
Open to learning,
Open to fun and friends,
Open to new experiences."
—OLLI Advisory Board President Dallas Gorbett
Summer course lists are available in the Gulf Park Courses and Hattiesburg Courses pages
of this website. Icons for each are in the left-side menu, and no matter which city
you're in, you may enroll in classes listed for either campus. Courses will be held
both in person and via Zoom.
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are active adults who share a love of learning. Members enjoy innovative and enriching programs in an inclusive environment with others who share their interests. Many members are retired, but it is not a requirement to join, nor do you need to be a graduate or otherwise affiliated with Southern Miss. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds, vocations, and connections to local community.
There are only 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the United States. In Mississippi, OLLI programming is available exclusively at Southern Miss, in Hattiesburg and Long Beach.
The platform Zoom provides us an opportunity to learn and socialize together online when virus conditions preclude gathering in person. It also allows us to participate in courses with peers from both campuses and most anywhere, no driving required.
It is a user-friendly program, and instructions on downloading it are available in the short, straightforward video available here: ZOOM with OLLI! If you need assistance or practice on ZOOM, please call us.
On the coast? Register online, email your class list to Maryann.Herodes@usm.edu, or call 228.214.3277.
In Hattiesburg? Register online, email your class list to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601.266.6554.
Summer 2022 Semester Dates
Term I - Monday, June 6 - Friday, July 1 (Four Weeks)
No classes July 4 - 8
Term II - Monday, July 11 - Friday, August 5 (Four Weeks)
Learning is for Life!
- Friday, August 5, 1:00 p.m.
- Fall Kickoff Social—Gulf Park, Friday, August 19, 11:00 a.m.
- Audiology Public Service Seminar and Social—Hattiesburg, Thursday, September 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m.
- Pie Baking Contest and Fundraiser—Hattiesburg, date to be determined
- Marika Warner Art Reception—Hattiesburg, Friday, October 21, 1:00 p.m.
- Holiday Social—Hattiesburg, Tuesday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.
- Holiday Social—Gulf Park, Thursday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.
- Spring Social—Hattiesburg, Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m.
- Spring Social—Gulf Park, Thursday, May 4, 11:00 a.m.
OLLI offers classes that meet the needs and schedules of active adults. We typically divide the Fall and Spring semesters into two five-week terms and offer a six-week term in the Summer, with no classes the week of July 4th. Fall terms typically begin in September and October. The Spring terms typically begin in February and March. The Summer term typically runs during June and July. During each term we offer three different formats of learning experiences: classes, seminars, and field trips. All Hattiesburg classes and seminars are held at the Peck House or Asbury Annex (unless otherwise indicated). Gulf Park classes are held in Lloyd Hall, unless otherwise indicated.
Our goal at OLLI at Southern Miss is to create environments that maximize the learning experience for all members. Many of our programs offer a forum for the lively and even passionate exchange of views. To that end, our learning community follows principles of courtesy and mutual respect that promote reasoned discourse and intellectual honesty. Opposing viewpoints are honored and appreciated to preserve the dignity of others.
Transgressions may include denigrating others’ views or opinions, threatening behaviors, offensive or abusive language, disruptive classroom conduct, sexual harassment or discrimination, and monopolizing discussions. Personal attacks are especially unwarranted.
OLLI members, instructors, facilitators, staff, or guests who do not or cannot adhere to the principles of courtesy and mutual respect may be removed from class or denied the privilege of future participation.
The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded by Bernard Osher in 1977. Through the foundation, his philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural and other nonprofit organizations across the United States. Currently, the foundation provides support to four distinct programs:
- Osher Scholars and Fellows
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
- Osher Integrative Medicine Program
- A Local Arts and Educational Program
Bernard Osher is a successful businessman and community leader, a patron of the arts and education, whose philanthropy has affected countless organizations over the past quarter-century. His wife, the Honorable Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as chair of the foundation. To learn more about Bernard Osher, his philanthropic interests and investments, please visit the foundation's website: http://www.osherfoundation.org.