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Press Release for Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Osher Institute at UNF Adds Fleet Landing as New Partner

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Florida recently added Fleet Landing, a five-star retirement community in Atlantic Beach, as its newest partner to the program.

As an OLLI partner, Fleet Landing’s 400 residents will each be able to attend one of more than 100 courses offered each year by the Institute as well as participate in travel and social opportunities.

“Fleet Landing recognizes the wonderful benefits of pursuing knowledge,” said Deb Goin, Fleet Landing wellness director. “Offering a lifelong learning program to our residents will help them keep their minds sharp while improving their memory and increasing their self-confidence. It’s a vital part of our wellness program.”

OLLI has also partnered with other retirement communities on the First Coast such as Glenmoor, Vicar’s Landing and Westminster Woods on Julington Creek.

The Institute at UNF provides intellectually stimulating non-credit courses and activities to adults over 50 years of age who are interested in personal enrichment. Courses range in topics from history, current events, language for travelers and even digital photography and Photoshop. Courses can be as long as 10 weeks or as short as one day, depending on the subject.

OLLI recently exceeded its 1,000 membership goal, qualifying the Institute to apply for a $1 million endowment from their namesake, the Bernard Osher Foundation. There are approximately 123 OLLI programs nationwide and only a dozen have reached this membership milestone.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977. It supports the creation of new lifelong learning programs and the strengthening of existing programs at over 100 colleges and universities across the country.

The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of post-secondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes, integrative medicine programs, as well as arts, culture and educational institutions in San Francisco and Alameda counties in California and Maine.

For more information and a full catalog about OLLI, visit or call (904) 620-4200.