Fabulous OLLI at ASU community:

Richard C. Knopf

Welcome to another summer of learning! Thank you for joining us as we learn even more about ourselves, others, and the wondrous world about us. Curiosity and wisdom-seeking are the forces that drive us, keep us young, and instill a sense of meaning and purpose within us. We welcome the journey!

Please allow me to emphasize several points of pride emerging this summer:

• We celebrate the wonderful success of our Member Moderator program. Rising to confront the effects of the pandemic, many members rose up this spring to deliver our online classes. We couldn’t have done it without you! Join us as a Member Moderator today by emailing lifelong@asu.edu.

• We are investing in technology that will soon transform OLLI at ASU as we progress towards multi-modal learning with hybrid, in-person, and online options. We will begin implementing these new ways of engaging in Fall 2021 at our Tempe Connections site.

• Your OLLI Corps travel program continues to grow in scope. Virtual travel experiences will be offered Summer and Fall 2021, and on-ground cultural immersion travel experiences will be back with us as soon as it is safe to fly internationally.

• Your donations have guaranteed the very survival of your beloved OLLI at ASU through this pandemic. Our budget requires balancing with an additional $37,000 by June 30! Please be generous, so our community can continue to grow.

• We are proud of the continuation of the twice-weekly Community Care Letters throughout the summer and the way they festively celebrate your stories, your passions, and your growth. Do you have resources you want to share with your peers? Email us!

• In the wake of several cherished staff member retirements, we welcome new OLLI at ASU team members: Tracy Grewe will be managing our financial systems, and Taylor Lee joins us as a program coordinator. And where would we be without the dedicated and caring service of the rest of the OLLI at ASU team?

We have only just begun! Let’s move into summer overjoyed by all that learning has to offer us. Keep Learning. Keep Growing. Keep Serving.

Yours in adventure,

Richard C. Knopf
Richard C. Knopf, PhD, Director, 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU

Summer 2021