MISSOULA – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana (MOLLI), which offers noncredit academic short courses to individuals who are age 50 and older, has surpassed 1,000 members, an all-time high for the winter term.
More members join and more students register every day. Winter term begins January 22. Five of the upcoming term’s 16 courses are filled to capacity, but there is still limited room in other courses and registration is still open. Two examples of courses that were in high demand this term include The Great War, 1914-1919 taught by Harry Fritz and Introduction to Memoir Writing by Emily Freeman.
MOLLI is one of many Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country. The program is a resource for older adults who enjoy learning, connecting socially with others and having a relationship with UM. MOLLI courses are enjoyed without the added pressure of grades or tests.
“I am so proud of the increased participation,” said MOLLI Council Chair Ann Boone. “It shows that learning for the sake of learning is important to our community. The numbers are the result of hard work and members with open minds.”
MOLLI courses are offered during three, six-week terms: fall, winter and spring. This winter there also are several special member events, including Behind the Scenes at the Symphony: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody with Darko Butorac; and Brought to You by ALEC in partnership with MontanaPBS; and an educational trip to Vienna in partnership with the UM School of Music. The courses are academic in nature and traditionally taught by UM faculty, emeritus faculty and professionals from the community.
MOLLI is a membership organization, and annual memberships cost $20. Each class is $60, with a discount for individuals taking multiple classes within the same term.
“We try to keep it affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Roger Maclean, dean of the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, which facilitates and houses the MOLLI program. “It really is a community program.”
People interested in taking a course or becoming a member can call the MOLLI office at 406-243-2905. For more information call Beth Burman Frazee at 406-243-6721, email