UA Collaborates to Celebrate OLLI Day Alabama Aug. 20

  • August 17th, 2020
An online OLLI class on a computer screen.
OLLI focuses on lifelong learning and socialization.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is joining the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Auburn University in celebrating OLLI Day Alabama Aug. 20.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, is a member-directed organization that provides mature adults social, educational, travel and leadership opportunities. An inclusive, welcoming and volunteer program, OLLI focuses on lifelong learning and socialization.

To highlight all that OLLI has to offer, Gov. Kay Ivey proclaimed Aug. 20 OLLI Day in the state. A virtual information session will be held that includes samples of OLLI programs, entertainment and opportunities to socialize.

“OLLI Day Alabama will mark the first time any state in the nation has dedicated a day to highlight this wonderful program,” said Francine Marasco, member of UA’s OLLI chapter and co-chair of the OLLI Day Alabama Committee. “The resiliency and leadership of our members and volunteers throughout the state are remarkable, and to have this group honored with this statewide proclamation is well-deserved.”

The virtual information session, which will take place via Zoom, will feature Ivey’s proclamation; introductions from OLLI leaders, including UA OLLI director Jennifer Anderson; and an overview of each university’s OLLI program.

“Our motto this year is ‘You Belong With OLLI,’ and we hope that all adults ages 50 and over across our great state will know that they belong through this celebration and proclamation,” said Marasco. “We want everyone regardless of backgound, geography or university affiliation to take advantage of a program that offers such a robust and diverse curriculum.”

Anyone interested in participating in the OLLI webinar can register on Zoom.


Jennifer Anderson, OLLI director,


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.