Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Membership Benefits
OLLI Membership: In order to take a class or join any of the special interest groups (clubs), you must be an OLLI member. The membership fee is $20 in the fall (Sept. - Dec.) and spring (Jan. - Aug.) and entitles the member to a photo ID and a campus parking permit. This fee is required whether you are signing up for a one-day workshop, multiple courses or a special interest group.
Alumni: Members in good standing of the CCU Alumni Association are welcome to participate in OLLI-sponsored clubs and events.
OLLI members are responsible for observing all University regulations and, when parking on the main campus and at the Foundation Center, displaying their parking pass.
Photo IDs are available at each location early in the semester and at the Department of Public Safety on campus (Atheneum Hall) throughout the semester. The photo ID entitles the holder to the following benefits:
e-Newsletter: Lifelong Learners with email addresses are sent the weekly OLLI e-Newsletter, which keeps them updated on events. Many opportunities arise during each term that are not finalized when the catalog is printed. To receive the weekly updates, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Desk copies are available at each of the academic outreach centers. The newsletter is also posted on the OLLI website home
Free-with-Membership Lectures: The bold entries on the at-a-glance pages indicate these classes are free with OLLI membership. It is still necessary to register for these classes.
Special Interest Groups: Participation in OLLI-sponsored clubs is free with OLLI membership. Registration is required.
New! Community Band Experience (XMUSC 600 W01) meets year round at Waccamaw on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. New woodwinds, brass and percussion members are welcome!
Coastal Carolina Beading Club (XART 114), under the leadership of Jane Knaub, meets once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. in Myrtle Beach on select Thursdays (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9).
Waccamaw Birding Club (XNAT 907 W01), under the leadership of Richard Moore, will notify members of weather-dependent bird watching opportunities during the semester.
Book Clubs (XLITR 512) meet once a month to discuss works selected by the group. Upcoming book selections are listed in the weekly e-Newsletter.
Conway (C01), under the leadership of Susan Galante, the club meets year-round on the second Monday each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/18, 5/13).
Myrtle Beach (M01), under the leadership of Darlene Eichler, the club meets year-round on the first Monday each month (except January) from 10 a.m. to noon (1/14, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6).
Waccamaw (W01), under the leadership of Anne Duncan, the contemporary club meets year-round on the fourth Monday each month from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, 5/20).
Also at Waccamaw (W02), the Classic Book Club, led by John Hobson, meets on the first Thursday each month from 6 to 8 p.m. (1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2).
Gilles Bridge Society (XSKIL 736 C01) is a progressive rubber bridge group (not a club). There are no dues or officers. However, each player is asked to contribute 50 cents at each meeting to provide prize money. The format is unique for social bridge in that the same partner is retained throughout the evening, and penalties for slow play are mitigated. Individuals without partners are welcome. The society has no affiliation with a national organization, and there are no restrictions to any level or type of player or partnership. Under the leadership of Barbara Cadwallader, the society meets at the Foundation Center on U.S. 501 every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Reservations must be made by the preceding Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. by calling 843-215-8663 or emailing BarbaraC@sc.rr.com.
Computer Clubs meet monthly to discuss new technology and share discoveries.
PC Computer Club (XCTEC 200 W01) at Waccamaw, led by Paul LaFortune, meets year-round on the first Wednesday each month (except January) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (1/16, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1). Session content is determined by the students’
interests and published in the OLLI e-Newsletter.
Mac Computer Club (XCTEC 200 W02), led by Ed Robidoux, will meet at Waccamaw the first Friday each month from 10 a.m. to noon (1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3).
Green Apple Clubs (XCTEC 200), led by Ed Robidoux at Waccamaw (W03) the first Friday each month (except January) from 9 to 10 a.m. (1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3).
iPad Club (XCTEC 200), led by Roy Frost, meets from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the second Friday in Conway (C01 - 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10) and third Friday in Myrtle Beach (M01 - 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17).
Tablet & iPad Club (XCTEC 200 W04), led by Sheila Griffith, will meet at Waccamaw the first Tuesday each month (except January) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (1/8, 2/5, 3/5, x4/2, 5/7):
French Conversation Club (XFREN 310), led by Sam Baalbaki, meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (except January) in Conway (C01 - 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2) and from 3 to 5 p.m. on select Thursdays in Myrtle Beach (M01 - 1/17, 2/21, 3/14, 4/18, 5/9), and led by Odile Postic at Waccamaw the first Wednesday each month (except January) from 5 to 7 p.m. (W01 - 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1) to discuss French current events, art, books, films, travel, cooking, etc.
Academy of Gardening (XGAR 914) meets with master gardeners for discussion of new and exciting topics: soil conditions, seed germination, propagation, container gardening, seasonal planting, composting, growing herbs and spices, etc.
In Conway, two clubs are led by master gardeners Carol Peeples, Faye Akers and JoAnn Nitowski. Every Wednesday year-round beginning Jan. 9, novice gardeners (I) and those new to the Carolinas meet from 9 to 10 a.m. (C02) starting Sept. 5, while experienced gardeners (II) with an in-depth understanding of basic procedures meet from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. (C01).
In Waccamaw (W01), the club, led by master gardeners Sue Mushock Myers, Bob Hearle and Richard Hull, meets at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center the first Tuesday of each month (except January), 10 a.m. to noon. (1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7).
Civics Literacy Club: Issues & Answers (XGOVT 402 W01) meets monthly at Waccamaw on the third Wednesday at 3 to 5p.m. (1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15) under the leadership of Dwight Fee, to respond to questions newcomers and longtime residents have about what's going on in the county, the state and beyond.
Coastal Carolina Travel Clubs (XPERS 700), led by Bill and Judy Blackburn, aim to bring together fans of world travel who want to learn and share with other travel club members. Second Monday meetings at Waccamaw (W01), 10 a.m. to noon and Myrtle Beach (M01), 2 to 4 p.m. (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13).
CCU Cultural Events: Admission to most CCU-produced events are discounted for senior citizens (65 and over) and OLLI members. For ticket information, please call Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS(2787).
CCU Library: OLLI members are encouraged to utilize Kimbel Library’s resources on Saturdays when undergrads are scarce, and parking is ample and not monitored for permits. Enjoy on-campus access to computers, interlibrary loans, online databases (including the newspaper databases) and checkout privileges. Members may also request a community borrowers card for year-round checkout privileges. Library services information: 843-349-2400.
Coastal Carolina University Bookstore: Lifelong Learners receive a 10 percent discount on clothing and gift items with their ID; exceptions include textbooks, diploma frames, software/computer-related products/video games, sodas, snacks and candy.
The Hackler Golf Course: A special OLLI rate of $30 plus tax per round (with cart) provides a $12 discount off the public rate ($42). For unlimited golf privileges, Lifelong Learners pay $750/year (compared to $825 for the public). This includes green fees for the year. Cart fees are $17. Discounted practice balls will also be included with this membership. Tee times must be booked seven days in advance. For more information, call 843-349-6600.
A.B.L.E.: A Better Lifestyle Experience is a year-round exercise program targeted for those 50 years and older. Classes meet five mornings a week (7:30-8:15 a.m.) during the fall and spring semesters (and three days a week during the summer months) in the Campus Recreation Center, where participants enjoy a variety of fitness activities from “land” and water aerobics to weight training. The fee for OLLI members is $35 per
semester (a $10 discount). To register, call 843-349-2815.
Fitness Edge: OLLI members with current ID cards receive a $25 enrollment fee discount, plus 20 percent off the regular price monthly dues at both locations in Murrells Inlet and Carolina Forest. For detailed services, call 843-652-3488 or visit Fitness-Edge.net.
HealthPoint Center for Health & Fitness: OLLI members with current ID cards receive 50 percent off the daily walk-in fee ($7.50, instead of $15) which includes classes, equipment, courts, pools, lockers, towel service, everything except Day Spa service and childcare. OLLI members receive a 10 percent discount on advertised massage and custom facial treatments. Call 843-237-2205 or visit GeorgetownHospitalSystem.org.
YMCA: Myrtle Beach (Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA at 62nd Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass) and Georgetown (Georgetown County Family YMCA at 529 Browns Ferry Road, S.C. 51) facilities offer OLLI members with current ID cards 20 percent off the monthly rate and waive the joining fee. Visit CoastalCarolinaYMCA.org to obtain the latest group exercise class schedule, programs and events.
Brookgreen Gardens: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $2 off the admission fee at the entrance plaza. Single admission is good for seven days. For season details, visit Brookgreen.org.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum: OLLI members with current ID cards are welcome to attend exhibition opening receptions for half the non-Museum member price ($5, instead of $10) and to participate in Museum-organized road trips at their member price. Details will be listed in the OLLI e-Newsletter, 843-238-2510 or visit MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
Georgetown County Museum: OLLI members with current ID cards enjoy half-price admission ($2, instead of $4) and 10 percent off books. Call 843-545-7020 or visit GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.
Belle W. Baruch Foundation’s Hobcaw Barony: During the semester, specific events and programs, organized by Hobcaw Barony, will be offered to OLLI members with current ID cards at a special rate. Details will be listed in the OLLI e-Newsletter and at HobcawBarony.org.
Atlantic Stage: OLLI members with current ID cards enjoy the published student rate on season or individual tickets. For the season’s schedule and tickets, call 1-877-ATS-TKTS or visit AtlanticStage.com.
Long Bay Symphony: OLLI members with current ID cards receive 10 percent off all Long Bay Symphony performances. For season details, call 843-448-8379 or visit LongBaySymphony.com.
Murrells Inlet Community Theatre: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $2 off performance tickets. For the season’s schedule and tickets, call 843-651-4152 or visit MICTheatre.com.
Theatre of the Republic: OLLI members with current ID cards receive $3 off performance tickets. Special events will be planned for OLLI members during the year and announced in our e-Newsletter. For the season’s schedule and tickets,visit TheatreOfTheRepublic.com or call 843-488-0821.
Travel with OLLI: Partnerships with three well-respected tour companies have produced several exciting and affordable travel opportunities for OLLI members. Group tours planned for 2013-14 include: Ireland (March 16-23, 2013) with AAA/Earth Travel Pals; Sicily (Nov. 2013), Prague/Vienna (Spring 2014) and Barcelona (Fall 2014 with World Cultural Tours.
Discounts Around the World: OLLI members have reported that many cultural organizations around the world grant student discounts to our members (typically better than senior discounts). Travelers to Europe, Asia and large metropolitan U.S. cities have saved on entrance fees to museums, art exhibits, play performances, concerts and films. Wherever you are, try your OLLI card first and bring back your success stories!
Parking Privileges: Parking on campus: OLLI members are responsible for observing all University regulations and, when parking on the main campus and at the Foundation Center, displaying their parking pass. Parking at the Foundation Center: Lifelong Learners (students, instructors and volunteers) attending classes, clubs and events at, or excursions departing from, the Foundation Center in Conway will need to secure a valid parking decal (required Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The decals and expiration stickers are available at all of the outreach centers. Parking at Myrtle Beach Education Center: A parking decal is not required at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. There's plenty of parking on the northeast side of the building, as well as the obvious front parking lot. If the front is full, drive around the building and enter through the back doors. Parking at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center: A parking decal is not requried at the Litchfield Exchange.