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  • Old Time Radio Shows – Wed. August 15

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Members of OLLI’s Old Time Radio Show class have been rehearsing some comedy and suspense to share on Wednesday, August 15, at 3:00 p.m.  Join us for the laughter inspired by Fibber McGee and Molly and The Quibbles and the thrills and chills of an episode of The Inner Sanctum. All OLLI members and friends are welcome! The performance will be held at the Mountaineer Mall.

  • WVGS 14th Annual Scientific Assembly

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    The 2018 West Virginia Geriatrics Society Scientific Assembly, “Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions” will be held Thursday, September 13, at the University of Charleston. The event is designed to enhance the care of the geriatric population and address pressing issues currently on the forefront of geriatric care.

  • The Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    To celebrate the life, legacy, and enduring impact of Pearl S. Buck, West Virginia Wesleyan College, in partnership with West Virginia University, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, and Davis and Elkins College, will host the second Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference in Buckhannon, West Virginia, from September 13-15, 2018. 

  • A Trip to the Doctor

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    In this week's edition of Ruby's Links, read about what you can do to avoid a misdiagnosis from your physician in a special report from Barbara Brody, on SilverSneakers.com. Dr. de la Mata also suggests At The Crossroads, a guide to help families discuss dementia and driving. As we age, it is a subject of importance and safety to us all, even without the dementia.

  • Did you know you can make charitable gifts with your IRA?

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    If you are at least age 70 ½, you are required to take distributions from your traditional IRA. As a benefit to older Americans, you can make a direct transfer from an IRA to support a charity important to you such as OLLI at WVU. The gift will satisfy a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD), and the amount will not be considered taxable income, as other IRA distributions are, on your federal or West Virginia income tax return.

  • Our Condolences - Anthony "Tony" Winston

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    OLLI would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Anthony “Tony” Winston, who passed away Monday, July 30.

  • OLLI Party Time - August 30

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    The OLLI Open House is a wonderful way to meet some of our board members and instructors, learn more about what OLLI has to offer and how you can help, and make a new friend or two.

  • Charleston Week at a Glance, July 27, 2018

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Deadlines:  Olli at the Ballpark (Reservation):  August 7th

  • Morgantown Week at a Glance

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Saturday, July 28

  • Jims of Wyzdom, July 27, 2018

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Honoring a Great Teacher: Looking through some books at home recently, I came on my small collection of books by Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions. Amazon had also send an email (as they do oh, so frequently) suggesting a new book of Prof. Smith’s essays. It made me wonder if he was still alive. Last I knew he was in a nursing home in Berkeley, CA in his mid-90’s. So I looked him up and found that he had passed away in December, 2016 at age 97. I was sad but not surprised. This great teacher had influenced my thinking at exactly the time I needed some guidance on all things spiritual. We started going to Chautauqua about 30 years ago and for one memorable year, we heard Huston Smith speak at the afternoon interfaith lectures. We had already been introduced to him through a wonderful series hosted by Bill Moyers, “The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith.” He explained his explorations of world religious thought by going to most places in the world that generated these faiths. Out of that, and teaching classes at prestigious universities, he wrote The World’s Religions, still the standard text in religious courses and seminaries.