Member Initiatives

Our devoted members are developing fun, accessible, and impactful programs, projects, and events. Join us!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in all Member Initiatives, including in LEG programming and delivery, Transitions Newsletter articles, and any correspondence from members involved in developing, coordinating, and/or managing programs, projects, and/or events are those of the individual member or group of members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU). Agreeing to the terms and conditions of the OLLI at ASU Student Member Code of Conduct is mandatory to become an OLLI at ASU member, and it is highly encouraged by OLLI at ASU staff that all members are familiar with institute policy.

Learning Enrichment Groups (LEGs)

Learning Enrichment Groups (LEGs) are unique, self-managed groups comprised of OLLI at ASU members who volunteer to be facilitators and participants. LEGs do not have a participation fee and are open to current OLLI at ASU members. Click here to visit the LEG website


Transitions is a monthly newsletter for and by the community of OLLI at ASU that provides articles of interest and opportunities to connect with students beyond the classroom and across the Phoenix metropolitan area through shared commonalities, interests, and desires to grow our curiosity and understanding. All current OLLI at ASU members are emailed the newsletter. Click here to visit the Newsletter website.

Continue the Conversation

"Continue the Conversation" is a member-driven campaign that any current OLLI at ASU member can participate in! 

How does it work? At the end of a class, walk up to the front of the room, ask your instructor for permission to make a "Continue the Conversation" announcement, and  then say "Let's Continue the Conversation, and meet at _______."

The goal is to allow for the energy generated in class around a topic to transition into spontaneous and excited conversation with peers (and maybe the instructor). 

If, before stepping foot into the classroom, you think you might want to make the announcement, it is highly suggested that you obtain permission from the instructor before class starts, and that you have a meeting location in mind.

Questions? Email Abby Baker, OLLI at ASU Program Coordinator, at albaker6atasu [d o t] edu.

Finding New Places

Join our Fall 2019 Ad Hoc Finding New Places Committee. We're searching for places and spaces in the community available to OLLI at ASU members and staff.

Our first meeting will be in September, and attendance can be in-person or through video conferencing (free). Email Wendy Hultsman, OLLI at ASU Volunteer Manager, at whultsmaatasu [d o t] edu for more information or to join the committee.

"Filling the Niche": Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a passion for service or volunteering, but want to be creative and use your gifts in unique ways?

Join our Fall 2019 "Filling the Niche" Task Force. We're actively looking for existing groups who could benefit from connecting with OLLI at ASU members, and then encouraging each other to become involved with the unique volunteer niches the groups have. 

Email Wendy Hultsman, OLLI at ASU Volunteer Manager, at whultsmaatasu [d o t] edu for for your Task Force Introduction and duties.

Senior Fellows

ASU Professor Emeriti Dr. Cathy Eden and Dr. Wendy Hultsman are providing leadership for OLLI at ASU’s new Senior Fellows program. The purpose is to engage prestigious retired university faculty in the heart of OLLI at ASU strategic visioning. The first efforts of the Senior Fellows will focus on developing innovative ways for members to engage with each other and the community.

Stay tuned as new details emerge through the Fall 2019 Semester!

Meet Our Volunteer Managers

Wendy Hultsman

OLLI at ASU Volunteer Manager



My name is Wendy Hultsman, and I am recently retired from being an ASU faculty member! For the past 28.5 years, I taught Parks and Recreation Management for the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. In 1990 I started the Special Event Management education program at ASU. My community efforts were recognized in 2005 when the Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (one of my graduate alma maters) awarded me the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service. In 2016 I received the ASU Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

But, after 40 years of teaching, I was ready to move onto the next phase of life, and increasing my involvement with OLLI at ASU was such a logical next step. I LOVE the energy I feel in the classes!!! So, after retiring, I volunteered my expertise and time, and I am pleased to announce my role within OLLI at ASU as the Volunteer Manager.