Campus: EAST BAY -- November 17, 2006

Osher Foundation Awards $1 Million Endowment to Cal State East Bay for Its Lifelong Learning Institute

A $1 million endowment to continue the growth of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, East Bay has been awarded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco.

The endowment follows four consecutive years in which the Osher Foundation has supported Cal State East Bay with $100,000 annually.

Designed for mature learners 50 years of age and older, OLLI has been offered to older adults since 2000.

OLLI at Cal State East Bay features short courses, lectures, discussions, book groups, and travel and study programs. It has offered 35 courses and 28 lectures through the summer of 2006. Courses and lecture topics have ranged from "Benjamin Franklin at 300" to an online course called "Designing the Smart House."

"The university has shown its commitment to lifelong learning and the roles that older adults play in our changing society since the beginning," said Bette Felton, co-principal investigator for the endowment and the former dean of the university's Concord Campus, where the institute is headquartered. "We greatly appreciate the financial and program support provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation and look forward to a long congenial relationship."

Since the Osher Foundation first began supporting the program at Cal State East Bay in 2002, the institute has grown from 33 to 700 members throughout the East Bay.

More information on educational programs of and membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay is available online at or by calling (925) 602-6776.

Among its priorities, 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 principally in higher education and the arts. Bernard Osher is a businessman and community leader whose philanthropy has benefited Bay Area organizations and the people they serve for three decades.

Contact: Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884

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