Welcome to OLLI Connects, created by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida.

We brought it to life last year as part of our celebration of our 25th Anniversary here at USF.  Let me introduce you to a few of the people who are making it happen.


Ara Rogers, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.


Cath Mason, Program Assistant for OLLI-USF and Managing Editor of OLLI Connects.

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Al Carlson, OLLI Connects Editor


Diane White, OLLI Connects Consultant and  Contributor.


Diane Russell, OLLI Connects Contributor and Proof Reader.



The articles here have been written by OLLI members, and we invite you to share your stories with us to help build our OLLI community.   Write up your idea, your thoughts, your OLLI experience, or any meaningful life experience and submit it to us by emailing it to connectsolli25@gmail.com.

The ideal length is 500 to 1500 words, but this isn’t high school, and if the length of your article fits the idea you want to express, then that’s the right length.

You can make your submission much more interesting by including photographs.  They have to be your own photos, though.  OLLI does not want to be sued for publishing someone else’s copyrighted work!  (And if you’re not yet as proud of your photos as you’d like to be, check the OLLI Course Catalog.  There are some great photography classes for digital photographers, whether you use a full-on digital camera or your cell phone.)

If you submit your article as an MS Word document attached to your email with your photos attached as JPEG’s, it will be easy for us to edit.  However, if you’re not an MS Word user and don’t know a JPEG from a TIFF or a PNG, don’t let that get in your way!  We’ll deal with what you send us and get back to you if we need to.


8 Replies to “Welcome”

  1. Sitting at Open House checking out the new Blog. Nicely done. Thanks for the Share feature. I sent the Ybor one out to Twitter to get it going!

  2. Well done!
    Welcome to the 21st century. Remember, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing..” George Bernard Shaw

  3. This is another good way to stay in touch while many of us are in solitary confinement. I look forward to more communication!

  4. Just read Theresa Sokol’s delightful account of getting her coffee just right! She has a lot more patience than I do but home styled barristas will definitely learn something. Blog photos are terrific.

    Great OLLI addition.

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