Welcome to the

Cajun Prairie Chapter of

OLLI at LSU 

 


(Scroll down for upcoming events.)

Designed for energetic, curious adults 50 years and above, the mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU is to “offer the mature adult a feast of peer-learning opportunities in a membership-based Community.” 

As a member of the Cajun Prairie Chapter of OLLI at LSU, you will become a full-fledged member of all chapters of OLLI at LSU, including the Cajun Prairie Chapter at LSU Eunice.  You will be eligible to attend our many free stimulating “coffee” presentations/discussions with fascinating guest speakers as well as nominally-priced leisure learning courses and field trips.

By the Community, For the Community

Although LSUE will provide facilities in the Classroom and Community Education Building and help facilitate the activities, the Cajun Prairie Chapter of OLLI at LSU is community-driven. Members of OLLI decide what they would like to learn and do, with volunteers organizing and implementing the coffees, classes, and field trips each semester.

Try It Out!

The Cajun Prairie Chapter of OLLI is offering a free charter membership for its first year.

To sign up online, do the following:

  1. Print or download the following form: OLLI Membership Form
  2. Open the form and fill it out in Word or print it and fill it out by hand.
  3. Email the form back to kelliott@lsue.edu or mail it to

LSUE
Office of Continuing Education
ATTN: Dr. Kenneth Elliott
PO Box 1129
Eunice, LA 70535

If you cannot open the Word version of the membership form, open this PDF version: OLLI Membership Form (PDF) 

An OLLI account will be created, and you will be registered for the free Cajun Prairie Charter Membershipt for 2012-2013.

Once you have been registered for OLLI, you can then register for classes and coffees online

To register for a class or a coffee, please do the following:

  1. Point your web browser to outreach.lsu.edu/olli
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. You may register online, by phone, or in person.

If you have any questions, please call Kenneth Elliott at 337-550-1390 or email kelliott@lsue.edu.


 Upcoming Events:

Le Preservation de Notre Langue et Culture (Preservation of Cajun Language and Culture) -

Le Café Cajun


Du Café et du discutation, tout en français! (Coffee and casual conversational Cajun French - No English Allowed!) Novice Cajun/French speakers welcome.
Time: Fridays • Ongoing • 9:00 - 10:00 AM
         (No meeting on August 23)
Location: Community Education Building Room 117
Registration: FREE to OLLI members. Just show up.

Le Café Cajun continue avac la musique!

Amenes ton instrument, et allons jam! (The Cajun coffee continues with music. Bring your instrument and let's jam!)
Time: First Friday of each month  • Ongoing • 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Community Education Building Room 117
Registration: FREE to OLLI members. Just show up.

Introduction to Yoga

Yoga is a gentle, effective method of strengthening the body through movement and maintaining yoga poses.  Yoga also improves balance, coordination, posture, and breath.  This class focuses on awareness and strength of the whole body, as well as where and how the body works against gravity to improve posture throughout daily activities.  Instructor Lauren Rozas has practiced yoga for 20 years and is a licensed physical therapist.

Instructor: Lauren Rozas
Registration: 5 sessions - $50 / 10 sessions - $80 / 15 sessions - $100

Section 2
Time: Thursdays • May 1 - August 14 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Community Education Building Room 118

Registration Form

Beginning Cajun Fiddle

Cajun fiddle is easy, if you begin at the beginning. This course assumes no prior musical knowledge of any kind, and slowly walks you through getting your fiddle and bow ready to be played, how to hold the fiddle and bow correctly, and which fingers to put on which strings. By the end of the course, students will be able to play four simplified Cajun two-steps and waltzes. All songs are taught “by ear,” so that reading music isn’t required, but written tablature diagrams will be handed out. Bringing a recording device to classes is also recommended.

Students are required to bring their own fiddle (violin), bow, and rosin. Recommended accessories include a violin shoulder rest, electronic tuning device, and a recording device (anything from a cassette recorder to a smart phone) to assist with learning “by ear.”

Time: Tuesdays • July 1 - August 26 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Classroom Community Education Building Room 117
Instructor: Mr. Henry Hample
Registration: $75

Registration Form

Intermediate Cajun Fiddle

This is a solid course for students who already know a few fiddle tunes, or haven’t played in a long time and want to take it up again. Students will build a repertoire of well-known Cajun waltzes and two-steps, focusing on the underlying fiddling techniques (including scales, chords, slides, slurs, “seconding,” and “licks”) that can eventually lead to the desirable skill of improvising your way through an unfamiliar tune. All songs are taught “by ear,” so that reading music isn’t required, but written tablature diagrams will be handed out. Bringing a recording device to classes is also recommended.

Students are required to bring their own fiddle (violin), bow, and rosin. Recommended accessories include a violin shoulder rest, electronic tuning device, and a recording device (anything from a cassette recorder to a smart phone) to assist with learning “by ear.”

Time: Tuesdays • July 1 – August 26 • 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: LSUE Classroom Community Education Building Room 117
Instructor: Mr. Henry Hample
Registration: $75

Registration Form