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Meet our Board President and Director

Linda Jacknowitz

Welcome to the opening of another OLLI show.  No tests, no grades just the opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics in a welcoming, stress-free learning environment.  The Fall curriculum includes several ongoing favorites like The New Yorker Discussion Group, New Horizons Band, Basic Watercolors, Tai Chi, Yoga, and the Film Forum. It also includes many first time offerings.  Among them are The Outside of a Horse, our first equine studies offering; The Grandparent’s Guide to LEGOs; Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: October 1517; Henry Darcy and the Fountains of Dijon; and the Pharmacology of Opioid Drugs.  Choose other classes from a wide variety of subject areas such as forensics, history, literature, wine, music, safety, healthy cooking, anatomy, religion, West Virginia, social media and technology, travel, healthy aging, poetry, geology, and music. Don’t forget to consider joining the Yarn Arts or Writer’s Retreat interest groups.

OLLI is also about strengthening personal relationships, deepening long-term friendships and making new ones. So many of my strongest OLLI experiences come from getting to know many of you as we experience learning together. I look forward to continuing the journey with you.

 - Linda Jacknowitz, Board President


Jascenna Haislet

I am honored to be a part of the vibrant community that is OLLI at WVU.

Learning has always been a passion of mine. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t exploring museums, parks, and historical sites, attending arts events, or didn’t have my face buried in a book whenever possible.

Thus, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share this passion with the members of OLLI. I’m not only the director, but also a member, taking classes as time permits, including OLLI Goes to the Museum, OLLI Goes to the Theatre, the New Horizons Band, Campus Read – Just Mercy, and the Old Malden History Tour in Charleston.

I invite you to explore our website, follow us on social media, and stop by for a visit. For more information, call the OLLI office at 304-293-1793. I’m sure you’ll be hooked!

As a member organization, OLLI depends on and appreciates the participation of our community, whether it’s by teaching a class or leading a special interest group; volunteering for the board of directors, a committee, as a class host, in the office or at special events; or simply by taking a class and providing feedback. We strive to provide the highest quality experiences possible to our members and value your involvement.

Looking to the future as we live in the present, I’m open to new ideas, no matter how large or small. My door is always open so please feel free to stop by. Or email me at jascenna.haislet@hsc.wvu.edu.

I hope you find as much satisfaction with OLLI at WVU as I do.      

- Jascenna Haislet, Director