Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Providing enjoyable and stimulating non-credit learning and cultural opportunities for our members.

Operating as usual


Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!


OLLI offices are closed today in observance of Memorial Day.


👀Quilt Exhibit Tour With Curator Marian Ann Montgomery🧵
Thursday, June 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | In-person (Lubbock)
https://www.depts.ttu.edu/olli/catalog/2024S2/2024SummerClasses.php -06

Tour the new quilt acquisition at the Museum of Texas Tech with Textile Curator Marian Ann Montgomery, Ph.D.

Registration is OPEN for all summer courses!


Out now! The Summer edition of Senior Link Magazine, featuring all 5 of the programs under Texas Tech University Outreach and Engagement. Learn a little more about who we are and what we do, not just here at OLLI, but also at Museum of Texas Tech University, , National Ranching Heritage Center, and .

https://lubbockseniorlink.com/magazine/2024-02/index.html =1


From all of us here at OLLI, we would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

(Yes, cat moms and dog moms also count!)


The Lubbock OLLI will be temporarily relocated for a portion of the summer due to renovation in the Tech Plaza building! Our temporary office location is 3712 20th Street, behind Hayashi and Jazz Kitchen. The building does remain locked, so if you need to come by the office, please call or email beforehand. (Email will be the best form of communication during this time.)

This will begin Monday, May 13th and go through July 1st. (We hope!)


🤩 Coming this month... check out our awesome group of programs under Texas Tech University Outreach and Engagement in the Summer edition of Senior Link magazine.

The Summer edition has gone to print. Look for it on the stands Mid May! And the online version coming soon.....


Mark your calendars! OLLI's Fall 2024 Kickoff event for Lubbock is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This event will take place at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center on Tech campus.

Keep an eye on our social media for more information coming soon and look for your invitation in the mail in July!


Happy Earth Day from OLLI!

Did You Know: Earth Day started in the U.S. in 1970 to "bring awareness to the environmental degradation they were witnessing across the country." It is now recognized/observed in more than 190 countries!
Source: https://time.com/6968732/earth-day-surprising-facts/

What are you doing to help the earth? Comment below!


Women Who Shaped Texas Tech
Wednesday, April 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

Join Lynn Whitfield and Christine Self, Ph.D., for a discussion about the unique history of women at Texas Tech University. Attendees will learn about the women who shaped Texas Tech, student organizations and traditions that Texas Tech women created and participated in, and how women students' experiences were different than those of their male counterparts in Texas Tech's early history.

Photo: Masked Rider Anne Lynch (Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library)


🎬The Making of the Last Picture Show🎥
Thursday, April 18 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

In late 1970, Peter Bogdanovich directed the filming of “The Last Picture Show” in Archer City, Texas, hometown of Larry McMurtry, the author of the book and co-writer of the screenplay. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, it's considered the ultimate coming of age movie. But its filming in Archer City brought with it some controversy. Cindy Martin, who grew up in Archer City and was in town during filming, will tell the story of the making of the movie.


The Texas Association of Museums (TAM) is hosting its annual conference in Lubbock, Texas this year! From April 14 - 17, Museum professionals from around the state will be visiting all the wonderful cultural entities in Lubbock as well as attending workshops, networking events, and more.

The Museum is thrilled to be hosting several of the conference activities. Due to all of this activity, the Museum will be CLOSED to the public all day on Tuesday, April 16. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will reopen on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m.


🖊Creative Writing: How to Get Started📖
Wednesday, April 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

One of the hardest steps for both new and experienced writers alike is getting started! This session will look at how to start creative writing projects like plays and short stories in the right place. Together, we'll practice building compelling outlines, characters and first scenes.

Instructor Benjamin Stanford is an MFA playwright candidate and a graduate instructor at Texas Tech's School of Theatre and Dance. His plays have been performed around the country.


From all of us at OLLI, wishing you a Happy Easter!


👩‍🦰Mollie Abernathy: Lubbock's First Businesswoman✊
Wednesday, April 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

Mollie Abernathy, one of Lubbock's early settlers, was a pioneer in every sense of the word. She was a homesteader, rancher, railroad promoter and far-sighted businesswoman. Though suffering devastating hardships, she persevered to considerable success. Mollie was a mentor for young women interested in business and was active in organizations fighting for the rights of women.


🤔Who Is My Man Godfrey?🍸
Tuesday, March 26 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Lubbock - In Person

Join author and pop-culture librarian, Rob Weiner M.S., M.A., for dinner and a movie. Take a comedic ride into the 1936 “My Man Godfrey.” Mayhem and hilarity ensue when a wealthy New York family hires a destitute “forgotten” man as their butler during the Depression. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, featured William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Gail Patrick, and was directed by Gregory La Cava. The film is in the National Film Registry and Online Film and Television Association Hall of Fame.


The Southwest Collection
Thursday, March 21 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

The Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University is a vital resource for research. Key collections of regional, national and international significance will be described through interesting stories. Participants will learn about the global reach of the archive and what they can personally preserve and potentially donate to benefit future research.

Instructor Monte L. Monroe, Ph.D., was appointed the official Texas State Historian in 2018, 2020 and 2023. He is archivist of the Southwest Collection and recipient of the David B. Gracy II Award for Distinguished Archival Service by the Texas Historical Records Advisory board.

Photos from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University, Lubbock's post 03/11/2024

What a fantastic class this past Thursday! Our members got to visit Kelle B Jammin'/The Breads & The Bees to learn about honey bees, how to save pollinators, and the ups and downs of beekeeping. We got to try some of Kelle's homemade jams, alongside Todd's homemade breads. It was delightful! Thank you both for all your hard work, and the lovely treats.

Visit their website for more information! https://kellebjammin.com/


🏛Lubbock's Almost Forgotten Courthouse📜
Thursday, March 14 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Lubbock - Hybrid

From 1916 until 1968, Lubbock's second courthouse stood at the center of civic life through the five most turbulent decades of the 20th century. As Lubbock moved from a frontier village to a young city, a new courthouse was needed to replace the original wooden structure. Today, only a few remnants of the ornate ornamentation of the Classical Revival building remain and it has all but faded from our collective memory.

Photos from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University, Lubbock's post 03/08/2024

Our OLLI Members had a great time touring the KCBD-TV News Station last week! We got an in-depth look at how the station operates and learned all about the many facets of reporting the news. There is so much work that goes into it behind the scenes. Thank you, Matt Ernst, for taking time out of your busy day to show us around.


🛠Make and Innovate With the TTU Library Makerspace🥽
Tuesday, March 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Lubbock - In Person

In this workshop and tour, attendees will discover how to create their own designs for 3D printing, laser cutting, sewing and other methods using tools and resources available from the Texas Tech Library. Ryan Cassidy will demonstrate how maker technology has changed industries and provide the building blocks for beginners. A tour of the Makerspace and VR lab will follow to show the machines and possibilities.


🐝A Bee-utiful Garden🌷
Thursday, March 7 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Lubbock - In Person

Meet two local artisan food producers, Kelle Barnard of Kelle B Jammin' and Todd Hassell of The Breads & The Bees. Hear the story of how they became beekeepers, and what you can do to make a haven for pollinators in your backyard. Join us for some homemade nibbles and treats while learning more about our most important pollinator, the honey bee!


🗣Recording Oral Histories📹
Wednesday, March 6 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Elissa Stroman, Ph.D., oral historian for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, will put a spotlight on the oral history collection at Texas Tech University. With over 14,000 recordings in its holdings, the archive has been documenting the voices of everyday West Texans since the 1950s. Are you interested in recording your history? We'll also discuss ways to conduct your own oral history interviews to ensure your family's histories are preserved.


🧯Prepping for the Worst🩹
Thursday, February 29 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of emergency preparedness for different disaster types, obtain tools to ensure yourself and your home are prepared, and share your own tips for maintaining peace in chaos. Attendees will leave with a plan to “Prep for the Worst” based on their household needs.

Instructor Heather Coats is a Lubbock native and master's graduate of Texas Tech University. Heather studied chemistry and adult education, and now is the training and outreach manager in Environmental Health and Safety at Texas Tech.


👨‍💻Drones: Coming to a Sky Near You🕹
Thursday, February 22 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are rapidly expanding in capabilities and applications. This class will explore the fundamental components and provide a demonstration of a UAS.

Instructor Tim Dallas, Ph.D., is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Associate Dean of Texas Tech's Graduate School. He teaches and researches unmanned aircraft systems, solar energy, entrepreneurship and microelectromechanical systems.

Senior Link Magazine Spring 2024 - Online Magazine 02/20/2024

Check this out! Thank you to Senior Link Magazine for letting us write an article for your Spring issue. For those that don't get the magazine, click the link below and go to page 60 to read about OLLI!

Senior Link Magazine Spring 2024 - Online Magazine Senior Link Magazine Spring 2024 - Online Magazine - Erin Agee - Lubbock Senior Link - High School Seniors Honoring Those That Have Invested In Their Lives


🏈Name, Image and Likeness (NIL)⛹️‍♀️
Monday, February 19 | 5:30-7 p.m.

Student athletes are now allowed to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness. Now that financial opportunities are tied significantly with the transfer portal and athletic recruiting, the entire landscape of college sports, especially football and basketball, has changed. This class will explore the pros, cons and future direction of NIL.

Instructor Angela Lumpkin, Ph.D., is a professor and department chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Texas Tech University.

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The TTU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers non-credit education for all adults age 50 or older in Lubbock, Fredericksburg, Junction & Marble Falls, Texas. We are with the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Call 806.742.6554 or visit our website www.olli.ttu.edu

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