Campus: EAST BAY -- April 6, 2006

Osher Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Cal State East Bay

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to California State University, East Bay by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to support the continuing growth of the "Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU East Bay" program offered to the community by the university's Concord campus.

The latest grant provides a fourth year of funding, as the foundation has contributed $100,000 annually to the program since 2003. That support has enabled Cal State East Bay to develop the program designed for mature learners 50 and older.

It will be eligible for a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation by meeting certain stipulations, including reaching a membership of at least 500 and having a plan in place for maintaining its sustainability.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute includes daytime and evening courses, lectures, discussion groups, special events and field trips. Instructors include emeriti and current university faculty, as well as experts from other institutions and organizations.

Programs are offered at CSUEB's Concord and Hayward campuses as well as at the Concord Senior Center, Walnut Creek Senior Center, and San Ramon Senior Center. They also are offered at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville; Pascal French Oven in Danville; Silliman Center in Newark; and Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, established by Osher in 1977, seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area through programs in the arts and humanities, as well as in K-12, post-secondary, and environmental education. Bernard Osher is a businessman and community leader whose philanthropy has benefited Bay Area organizations and the people they serve for more than two decades.

More information on Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU East Bay/SCHOLAR-OLLI programs and membership is available online at or by contacting Joyce Podevyn, program coordinator, via e-mail at or by telephone at (925) 602-6776.

Upcoming topics for future programs include torture and human rights, Benjamin Franklin at 300, scoundrels and superstars of financial history, the development of American art, Puccini, Shakespeare's early comedies, fascinating figures and institutions of the 20th century, and opera's smash hits. Previous programs have included presentations on happiness, Saturn, healthy aging, California history, and courses on spring wildflowers, Shakespeare and women in classical antiquity.

Contact: Barbara Cella, Dir. of Communications, (925) 602-6772,

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