Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Membership Benefits
OLLI Membership: In order to take a class or join any of the special interest groups (clubs), you must be an OLLI member. The membership fee is $20 in the fall (Sept. - Dec.) and spring (Jan. - Aug.) and entitles the member to a photo ID and a campus parking permit. This fee is required whether you are signing up for a one-day workshop, multiple courses or a special interest group.
Alumni: Members in good standing of the CCU Alumni Association are welcome to participate in OLLI-sponsored clubs and events.
OLLI members are responsible for observing all University regulations and, when parking on the main campus and at the Coastal Science Center, displaying their parking pass.
Photo IDs are available at each location early in the semester and at the Department of Public Safety on campus (Baxley Hall) throughout the semester. The photo ID entitles the holder to the following benefits:
e-Newsletter: Lifelong Learners with email addresses are sent the weekly OLLI e-Newsletter, which keeps them updated on events. Many opportunities arise during each term that are not finalized when the catalog is printed. To receive the weekly updates, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Desk copies are available at each of the academic outreach centers. The newsletter is also posted on the OLLI website home
Free-with-Membership Lectures: The bold entries on the at-a-glance pages indicate these classes are free with OLLI membership. It is still necessary to register for these classes.
Special Interest Groups: Participation in OLLI-sponsored clubs is free with OLLI membership. Registration is required.
Book Clubs (XLITR 512) meet once a month to discuss works selected by the group. Upcoming book selections are listed in the weekly e-Newsletter.
Conway (C01), under the leadership of Susan Galante, the club meets year-round on the second Monday (1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12) each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Litchfield Education Center (L01), under the leadership of Anne Duncan, is a contemporary club that meets year-round on the fourth Monday (except May) (1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/19) each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Also at Litchfield Education Center (L02), the Classic Book Club, led by John Hobson, meets on the first Thursday (except January) (1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/12) each month from 2 to 4 p.m.
Myrtle Beach (M01), under the leadership of John Hobson, the club meets year-round on the first Monday each month (except January) from 10 a.m. to noon (1/13, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5).
Gilles Bridge Society (XSKIL 736 C01) is a progressive rubber bridge group (not a club). Each player is asked to contribute 50 cents at each meeting to provide prize money. The format is unique for social bridge in that the same partner is retained throughout the evening, and penalties for slow play are mitigated. Individuals without partners are welcome. The society has no affiliation with a national organization, and there are no restrictions to any level or type of player or partnership. Under the leadership of Wally Lasher, the society meets every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Reservations must be made by the preceding Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. by calling 843-347-2339 or emailing email@example.com.
Computer Clubs meet monthly to discuss new technology and share discoveries.
iPad Club (XCTEC 200 C01), led by Roy Frost, meets in Conway from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the second Friday (1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9).
iPad Club (XCTEC 200 M01), led by Roy Frost, meets at Myrtle Beach from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the third Friday (1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16).
iPad Club (XCTEC 200 L01), led by Ed Robidoux, meets at Litchfield from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the first Friday (except January) (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2).
Mac Computer Club (XCTEC 200 L02), led by Ed Robidoux, will meet at Litchfield the first Friday each month(except January) from 10 a.m. to noon (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2).
Current Events Club: Middle East (XHIST 415 M01), led by Sam Baalbaki, meets in Myrtle Beach alternate Wednesdays (1/15 -5/7) from 1:15 p.m to 2:45 p.m.
French Conversation Club (XFREN 310), led by Sam Baalbaki, meets in Myrtle Beach alternate Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (M01 - 1/22-4/30). In Litchfield, led by Odile Postic, the club meets the first Wednesday each month (except January) from 5 to 7 p.m. (L01 - 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7) to discuss French current events, art, books, films, travel, cooking, etc.
Academy of Gardening (XGAR 914) are led by master gardeners in Conway and Litchfield.
Gardening I – Introduction to Gardening in Horry County, led byFaye Akers, is a two-semester course designed to introduce novice and“transplanted” gardeners to the unique challenges of gardening in HorryCounty. This basic course will cover all aspects of gardening in the South. Topics include local soil characteristics, plants that will (and will not) grow in this area, pests (insects, diseases, weeds), and dealing with our climate from the plant’s perspective. Meets every Wednesday (C01 - 1/8-5/28) from 9 to 10 a.m.
Gardening II – Gardening Tips and Techniques, led by Carol Peeples,, is an ongoing group that discusses topics and techniques related to gardening in Horry County. Seminars and hands-on projects are designed to inform and teach both casual and serious gardeners. Occasional field trips and guest speakers will supplement classroom activities. Prerequisite: Gardening I. Meets alternate Wednesdays (C02 - 1/15-5/21) 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Gardening III – Academy of Gardening, led by JoAnn Nitkowski, is an ongoing group that discusses topics and teaches skills for the dedicated and experienced gardener. Organized by group members, the group will include seminars, hands-on projects, field trips and guest speakers. Those enrolling in Academy of Gardening are encouraged to also enroll in Gardening Tips and Techniques. Prerequisite: 3 years of Gardening II. Limited enrollment. Meets alternate Wednesdays (C03 -1/8-5/28) from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
In Litchfield (L01), the club, led by Sue Mushock Myers and Anita Lampley, meets the first Tuesday of each month (except January) from 10 a.m. to noon (1/14, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6).
Mah-Jongg Club (XSKIL 717 L01), led by Carol Meldrom, meets weekly on Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. in Litchfield (1/14-5/20).
Spanish Conversation Club (XSPAN 300 M01), led by Luz Greene, meets in Myrtle Beach alternate Wednesdays (1/15-5/21) from 3 to 5 p.m.
Coastal Carolina Travel Clubs (XPERS 700), led by Bill and Judy Blackburn, aim to bring together fans of world travel who want to learn and share with other travel club members. Second Monday meetings at Waccamaw (W01), 10 a.m. to noon and Myrtle Beach (M01), 2 to 4 p.m. (9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9).
CCU Cultural Events: Admission to most CCU-produced events are discounted for senior citizens (65 and over) and OLLI members. For ticket information, please call Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS(2787).
CCU Library: OLLI members are encouraged to utilize Kimbel Library’s resources on Saturdays when undergrads are scarce, and parking is ample and not monitored for permits. Enjoy on-campus access to computers, interlibrary loans, online databases (including the newspaper databases) and checkout privileges. Members may also request a community borrowers card for year-round checkout privileges. Library services information: 843-349-2400.
Coastal Carolina University Bookstore: Lifelong Learners receive a 10 percent discount on clothing and gift items with their ID; exceptions include textbooks, diploma frames, software/computer-related products/video games, sodas, snacks and candy.
The Hackler Golf Course: A special OLLI rate of $30 plus tax per round (with cart) provides a $12 discount off the public rate ($42). For unlimited golf privileges, Lifelong Learners pay $750/year (compared to $825 for the public). This includes green fees for the year. Cart fees are $17. Discounted practice balls will also be included with this membership. Tee times must be booked seven days in advance. For more information, call 843-349-6600.
Fitness Edge: OLLI members with current ID cards receive a $25 enrollment fee discount, plus 20 percent off the regular price monthly dues at both locations in Murrells Inlet and Carolina Forest. For detailed services, call 843-652-3488 or visit FitnessEdge.net.
HealthPoint Center for Health & Fitness: OLLI members with current ID cards receive 50 percent off the daily walk-in fee ($7.50, instead of $15) which includes classes, equipment, courts, pools, lockers, towel service, everything except Day Spa service and childcare. OLLI members receive a 10 percent discount on advertised massage and custom facial treatments. Call 843-237-2205 or visit GeorgetownHospitalSystem.org.
YMCA: Myrtle Beach (Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA at 62nd Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass) and Georgetown (Georgetown County Family YMCA at 529 Browns Ferry Road, S.C. 51) facilities offer OLLI members with current ID cards 20 percent off the monthly rate and waive the joining fee. Visit CoastalCarolinaYMCA.org to obtain the latest group exercise class schedule, programs and events.
Brookgreen Gardens: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $2 off the admission fee at the entrance plaza. Single admission is good for seven days. For season details, visit Brookgreen.org.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum: OLLI members with current ID cards are welcome to attend exhibition opening receptions for half the non-Museum member price ($5, instead of $10) and to participate in Museum-organized road trips at their member price. Details will be listed in the OLLI e-Newsletter, 843-238-2510 or visit MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
Georgetown County Museum: OLLI members with current ID cards enjoy half-price admission ($2, instead of $4) and 10 percent off books. Call 843-545-7020 or visit GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.
Belle W. Baruch Foundation’s Hobcaw Barony: During the semester, specific events and programs, organized by Hobcaw Barony, will be offered to OLLI members with current ID cards at a special rate. Details will be listed in the OLLI e-Newsletter and at HobcawBarony.org.
Horry County Museum: During the semester, specifc events and programs organized by the museum will be offered to OLLI members. Details will be listed in the OLLI e-Newsletter and at HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Atlantic Stage: OLLI members with current ID cards enjoy the published student rate on season or individual tickets. For the season’s schedule and tickets, call 1-877-ATS-TKTS or visit AtlanticStage.com.
Long Bay Symphony: OLLI members with current ID cards receive 10 percent off all Long Bay Symphony performances. For season details, call 843-448-8379 or visit LongBaySymphony.com.
Murrells Inlet Community Theatre: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $2 off performance tickets. For the season’s schedule and tickets, call 843-651-4152 or visit MICTheatre.com.
Theatre of the Republic: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $3 off performance tickets. Special events will be planned for OLLI members during the year and announced in our e-Newsletter. For the season’s schedule and tickets,visit TheatreOfTheRepublic.com or call 843-488-0821.
Travel with OLLI:
Tours: Partnerships with two well-respected tour companies have produced several exciting and affordable travel opportunities for OLLI members. Group tours planned for 2014 include: Costa Rica (March 2014), Scandinavia & Russia (April 2014) and New England & Canada (Fall 2014) with AAA/Earth Travel Pals; and Paris/Normandy (April/May 2014) and Barcelona (Nov. 2014) with World Cultural Tours. Information available at each of the outreach centers.
Discounts Around the World: OLLI Members have reported that many cultural organizations around the world grant student discounts to our members (typically better than senior discounts). Travelers to Europe, Asia and large metropolitan U.S. cities have saved on entrance fees to museums, art exhibits, play performances, concerts and films. Wherever you are, try your OLLI card first and bring back your success stories!
Parking Privileges: Parking on campus: OLLI members are responsible for observing all University regulations and, when parking on the main campus and at the Foundation Center, displaying their parking pass. Parking at the Coastal Science Center: Lifelong Learners (students, instructors and volunteers) attending classes, clubs and events at, or excursions departing from, the Coastal Science Center in Conway will need to secure a valid parking decal (required Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The decals and expiration stickers are available at all of the outreach centers. Parking at Myrtle Beach Education Center: A parking decal is not required at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. There's plenty of parking on the northeast side of the building, as well as the obvious front parking lot. If the front is full, drive around the building and enter through the back doors. Parking at the Litchfield Education Center: A parking decal is not requried at the Litchfield Exchange.
INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE WITH OLLI AT CCU
The Coastal Educational Foundation - OLLI is an endowment fund whose principal grows over time with contributions and whose annual earnings may be transferred into the OLLI operating budget for special purchases (e.g., computer upgrades) or expenditures (e.g., special projects or events that benefit the membership). Donations from lifelong learning members over the past seven years have generated $90,000. The Bernard Osher Foundation’s donation of $1 million was added to this endowment fund in 2013.
Donations to this account may be in the form of cash, stock or other financial gifts. A line on the registration form indicates your interest in making such a donation, i.e.,:
I would like to donate to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Check (payable to Coastal Educational Foundation-OLLI)
Credit card (separate charge to the credit card used to register for membership and course fees)
Contributions may be made anytime or at a special time in honor of a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. An announcement will be sent to the honoree and an acknowledgment will be sent to the donor. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
If you would like to discuss a bequest in your will, charitable trust or other planned giving options, please contact the Office for Philanthropy, 843-349-2007 or visit the website at www.coastal.edu/philanthropy .