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July 26, 2007

CGS's Osher Institute awarded $1 million

Pitt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) — which offers a wide array of courses to adults 55 and older — has received a $1 million endowment from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation.

The gift will allow OLLI, part of the College of General Studies, to continue to offer noncredit courses to its membership of more than 700 people. OLLI members can audit two Pitt undergraduate courses each term. More than 50 OLLI courses are being offered this fall. Four courses will be offered for the first time at the Monroeville ExpoMart on Business Route 22. A complete catalog is available at

In granting the endowment, the Osher Foundation praised OLLI director Judith Bobenage for making “remarkable progress” since the program’s inception in 2005.

OLLI is hosting an open house 10-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning. Interested parties can learn more about course offerings and hear from current OLLI students about their experiences.

For more information, call 412/624-7308 or visit

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