Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's May-Mester

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Widener University is pleased to present May-Mester, a week-long virtual open house designed to introduce adults ages 50+ to our learning community.

Whether you are brand new to OLLI or a seasoned member, you will enjoy engaging presentations and get a sneak peek at our summer semester of noncredit courses. No tests. No grades. Just learning for the love of learning.

OLLI will host events on Zoom each day from May 3 to May 7, 2021. Join us for one or all programs. It is free to attend, but registration is required. The deadline to register is April 30.


Program Schedule

The Linvilla Bluebird Trail 
Monday, May 3
10:00am – 11:00am

Wildlife photographer and birding enthusiast Pamela Dimeler will present on the Eastern Bluebird. Since 2015, Pamela and her husband, Scott, have maintained and monitored 30 bluebird nesting boxes located at Linvilla Orchards in PA. The bluebirds had a good year in 2020, as 52 fledglings successfully left the nest, along with several tree swallows and house wrens. Many aspects of the Eastern Bluebird will be discussed, including bluebird conservation, how to maintain a bluebird box, and how to attract bluebirds to your property.

The SPAM™mazing Live Virtual Tour
Tuesday, May 4
10:00am – 11:30am

Join us as we travel to Austin, MN, for a private, virtual tour of the SPAM® Museum. This SPAM™mazing tour gives an inside look into the SPAM® Museum, telling of Hormel Foods and the growth of the SPAM® brand throughout history and the world. You’ll learn how Hormel Foods started 129 years ago, how SPAM® products played a role in WWII, what really makes up SPAM® Classic, and so much more!

Downsizing: Preparing Your Home and Yourself 
Wednesday, May 5
10:00am – 11:00am

Are you an empty nester? Are you struggling to deal with the upkeep of a large home? Is it time to consider downsizing? The decision to downsize is daunting, but it comes with great benefits to your financial situation and your quality of life. Join Vince May and Jessica Mudrick from the Vince May Team of Berkshire Hathaway as they break down the process of preparing your home and yourself for the start of this new chapter. Topics include the costs associated with selling a home, important documents to keep on hand for selling, when and how to begin interviewing realtors, and prioritizing personal belongings to keep and how to easily get rid of the rest. 

Ulysses S. Grant: Myths, Stories, and Realities
Thursday, May 6
11:00am – 12:00pm

Take a virtual road trip to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site in St. Louis, MO, where we’ll hear from Park Ranger Nick Sacco who will share popular tales about the Civil War general and 18th U.S. president. 

The Real Deal: Behind the Scenes of Reality TV
Friday, May 7
1:00pm – 2:00pm 

If you are ready for a strong dose of reality, join Dan Jolly, senior director of Global Talent Management at Discovery, Inc., for a behind-the-scenes look at unscripted television. Dan currently manages several Discovery Channel shows, including the Emmy Award winning Deadliest Catch.This session will examine how producing authentic and compelling characters is key to a successful reality show and break down talent case studies ripped from the headlines. Navigating and developing the careers of on-air celebrity and unscripted talent – from coach to crisis manager – will also be discussed. Whatever you think you know about reality television – prepare to be surprised!

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Contact Info

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Anita Barrett, OLLI Program Manager