Welcome to the

Cajun Prairie Chapter of

OLLI at LSU 

 

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 renewing its charter membership.

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 or print it and fill it out by hand.
  3. Email the form back to OLLI@outreach.lsu.edu or mail it to

1225 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA  70803

***Please make check payable to LSU Foundation***

An OLLI account will be created, and you will be registered for the Cajun Prairie Charter Membership.

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 Patton Griffith at 337-550-1390 or email lgriffit@lsue.edu


Here's an overview of what's on tap this Fall ...

 

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

Every Friday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Le Café Cajun-- Du Café et du discutation, tout en francais! (Coffee and casual conversational in Cajun French.  Novice Cajun/French speakers welcome.  No charge.

 

First Fridays of each month, 10:00-11:00 a.m.:  Le Café Cajun Jam Session.  Amenes ton instrument, et allons jam! (The Cajun Coffee continues with music.  Bring your instrument and let's jam!) Cost: Voluntary donation to the coffee kitty.  Novice and learning musicians welcome.

 

 

Nutrition Education Works Series (NEWS) on Healthy Living Series with LSU AgCenter nutritionist Jennifer Duhon        

Cancer NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal. September 25, 9-11 a.m. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on-site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members.

Diabetes NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal.  October 23, 9-11. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members.

Hypertension NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal.   November 20, 9-11 a.m. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members.

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Horticulture and Gardening Coffee/Lecture with horticulturalist Jeremy Hebert

Best Management Practices for Lawns of Louisiana: Informative lecture will include important best management practices to keep a healthy lawn all year long.  Best management practices are practices used to control the delivery of properly management techniques within our lawn and turf grasses by making sure homeowners are maximizing their lawn resources with the most effective means possible.  Included will be insect management, disease management, fertilization, varieties, mowing techniques, and much more.  October 30, 9:00-11:00 a.m.  RSVP by calling Cont. Ed, but no charge.

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Leisure Learning Classes (In Alphabetical Order)

 

 Aquatic Exercise

Come enjoy an hour with friends while you improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, stamina, and flexibility. Exercise in the water also helps increase joint movement and reduce stress. You will use a noodle and flat boards for your workout. Instructor Lisa Ardoin. Health and Physical Education Building Room 105 (Natatorium). Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 August 13 - November 19. Registration fees-- 10 Classes: $50; 15 Classes: $70; 25 Classes: $90

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Cajun Fiddle with Instructor Henry Hample: Tuesdays, Sept. 23 thru Dec.9 (12 lessons)

Beginners Level: 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."  6-7 p.m., Sept. 23-Dec. 9, Room C117.  Registration fee $100.

Intermediate Level: 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."  Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 23-Dec. 9, Room C117.  Registration Fee: $100. 

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  Cajun Healing and the Power of Consciousness

The 4-session course will focus on healing that happens in the ways of the Cajun traiteur and traiteuse.  The instructor will refer to Power Is Force by Dr. Daniel Hawkins as well as the "Map of Consciousness,"  which is a measuring tool to introduce scientific evidence that supports and brings understanding to the Cajun folk traiteur traditions.  Consciousness and the power of belief will be explored as critical factors in human living as well as in folk healing traditions. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept. 24 - October 15.  Instructor: Dr. Burk Veillon, Ret. Mental Health Services Admin.  Registration fee: $20 OLLI members, $30 for non-OLLI members.

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Computers: Practical Skills Short-Courses (Instructor: Retired LSUE Librarian Cindi Hayes)

From Web Surfing to Web Sailing: Get the most out of the Internet! This single-session course will teach users to use Google and information databases as well as social media such as FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  October 24.  10::00 till noon.  Registration fee $10 for OLLI members, $20 for non-OLLI members.

Intermediate Computer User Course: 3 sessions for learning how to use a personal computer to create, save,  print and/or e-mail documents such as flyers and greeting cards.  Also learn how to create slide shows using your own digital photographs and how to share your creations.  Nov. 11 and 13,  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration fee $20 for OLLI members, $25 for non-OLLI members.

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Storing Acorns: Writing with Grammar and Style:  Improve your communication skills and enjoy writing in this six-week class.

Topics will be chosen from the students' expressed interests, which may include sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing, and more.  Instructor: Dr. Patricia Brown, LSU Eunice Reference Librarian.  6  Mondays meeting in C117, 6-7 pm: Sept. 29, Oct 6 and 20, Nov 3 and 17, Dec. 1.  Fee: $35 for OLLI members, $40 for non-OLLI members. (Students should bring pencil/pen and paper to class).

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Yoga

A gentle, effective method of strengthening the body through movement and maintaining poses.  Weekly, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., C118.  Instructor: Physical Therapist Lauren Rozas.  Registration fees: 5 sessions - $50 / 10 sessions - $80 / 15 sessions - $110.