MARCH 2018

CE Student Realizes Dream
LSS Green Belt Graduates
OLLI Member Spotlight
Elaine Omann, OLLI and LEARN Jacksonville student, proudly displays her recently published children's book, "Hepaticus: A Secret in the Woods"
Elaine Omann, long-time OLLI at UNF member, instructor and former volunteer, recently achieved a decade long goal to write and publish an illustrated memoir in the form of a children’s book. “Hepaticas: A Secret in the Woods” is based on her childhood, where she traveled through the wooded area around her home in her small community in Minnesota. Walking through the wooded area and seeing the beautiful natural environment and wildflowers that grew there heavily influenced her paintings. These paintings along with original art she created during OLLI studio painting classes appear in her book. Memoir classes through OLLI’s sister program, LEARN Jacksonville, offered her guidance on writing and self-publishing.

Elaine Omann earned her Bachelor of Science in education and taught for 30 years in the public school system. She completed her master's degree and later earned her doctorate. Elaine developed her artistic skills with fellow artists in Colorado at the Art Student League of Denver. Recently, Elaine’s paintings have been influenced by Maureen Kirschhofer, instructor for OLLI, mostly with the focus on color and design.

Elaine is currently a freelance writer and teaches painting courses at UNF Division of Continuing Education. This is Elaine’s first book but she is in the process of creating her second book. You can learn more about Elaine and her upcoming book at .

If you are 50 or better and would like to learn more about the OLLI program, visit .
Congratulations To The Students in the Recent Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course!

Our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate course recently ended with all six students successfully earning their certificates. 

Do you need tools for solving problems and improving processes in your work environment? Register for our upcoming course starting May 7th.

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Testimonial from Student:
"I really learned a lot through John's class. I
loved the homework and reading others' work. I also appreciated all the input I received on my writing."

~ K. Griffin
on: Creating 3-Dimensional Characters in Fiction
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Instructional Systems Design Certificate
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Leadership Development Certificate
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PMP® Certification Preparation Course
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Construction Quality Management For Contractors
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FREE! Certified Financial Planner Info Session
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
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Introduction to Excel 2016
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Wine Essentials - Understanding Quality:
The Ultimate Skill in Wine Tasting
March 26 | More Info...

Grow Your Own Food
March 28 | More Info...

Plot and Story Structure
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The Art of Speed Reading
April 4 | More Info...

The Professor's One-Minute Guide
to Stock Management
April 9 | More Info...
OLLI (for members 50 and better):
Edible Art: Create a Centerpiece
March 15 | More Info...

Large Trees in Your Yard: Benefits and Challenges
March 16 | More Info...

Clay Sculpting for Beginners
March 26 | More Info...
SAT Preparation Course
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GMAT Test Preparation Course
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GRE Preparation Course
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Live well. Learn forever.

Did you know that UNF’s Division of Continuing Education hosts a learning community of 1500 members aged 50 and better? The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is one of 121 learning in retirement programs supported by  The Bernard Osher Foundation and the  National Resource Center for OLLIs at Northwestern University . All are affiliated with colleges and universities.

OLLI at UNF’s members, ranging in age from 50 to 99, pursue social learning for the joy of it. Volunteers create and deliver more than 300 educational and cultural programs annually. Volunteers are members, too, so they know what holds appeal. Topics range from A (astronomy), B (bonsai), C (clay sculpting) to Y (yoga) and Z (zoo). New program proposals are enthusiastically received. Program formats include lecture, peer-facilitated discussion, hands on and field trips among others. We also organize charter learning immersion trips through a partnership with  Road Scholar . New Orleans, Cuba and others are in our rearview mirror. We’re looking forward to New York City’s theater scene and New Mexico in 2018.     

Classrooms at UNF’s Adam W. Herbert University Center vibrate with discussion and laughter. Friendship bonds formed in class continue long after class concludes. It’s not unusual to hear French and Spanish language conversations, Mah Jongg tile clicks, bridge bids or even heated philosophical debates as you roam our halls.

You’re invited to learn more when your daytime schedule allows you to join  OLLI at UNF . OLLI staff and volunteers across the nation celebrate our programs as “the land of happiness, positivity and fun”!

Jeanette M. Toohey
Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
UNF Division of Continuing Education
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