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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers Opens Registration for Winter 2013 Classes


New classes in acting, aromatherapy, history and film are on the schedule for the upcoming winter 2013 session of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU), offering lifelong learning opportunities for persons over 50.

Enrollment is in progress until December 21 for OLLI-RU’s winter session from January 9 through February 7. Most classes are offered at two locations: the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 23 S. Second Ave., and the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold. The facilities are handicapped accessible with free on-site parking.

OLLI-RU courses are taught by active and retired educators from high schools, colleges and universities, including Rutgers. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required for any of the noncredit courses or seminars.  Classes meet once a week for five weeks.

The 43 courses offered during the winter session cater to a wide range of interests, including visual arts, music, film, American history, nature, literature, and poetry in both lecture-style and hands-on learning environments. New classes this session include Introduction to Aromatherapy: From Magical to Practical, an Interactive Study; The Genius of Charlie Chaplin, Tap Into Your Inner Actor; and Understanding the Maya.

Registration is required by Dec. 21. The fee for most courses is $35. To register or obtain a complete listing of winter session classes, call 732-932-7233, ext. 4201, or write to OLLI-RU, 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, N.J., 08901, send email to , or go to .

Rutgers is one of 119 schools to receive funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation, established in 1977 to benefit a wide range of educational and cultural activities. Osher, a Maine native and San Francisco resident, is a successful businessman, community leader and patron of the arts and education. His wife, the Honorable Barbro Osher, consul general of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as chair of the foundation.

Founded in 1993, OLLI-RU is a unit of Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies. Since its inception, the program has grown from 80 students and four courses offered in its first semester to nearly 2,000 students and more than 100 courses offered this fall.


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