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


 Upcoming Events:

 Writing in the Garden

This course is a focused workshop in written expression of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with green nature. Each class period will begin with a brief lesson, followed by a writing period, and finishing with a discussion. Topics include style and structure as they might apply to your own experience as a gardener (even if you don't have a garden or have never had one). Bring a notebook and a writing stick (pencil or pen).
Optional: work a garden plot at the Jardin des Amis, the Eunice Community Garden.

When: Mondays • June 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, and 21, 2014 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: LSUE Community Education Classroom Room 117
Instructor: Patricia Brown, Ph.D
Registration: $39.00 Pay by check or money order.
Registration Form

 

Computers for the NEW User

This is a VERY Basic Computer Course designed for NOVICE or new computer users. It is a hands-on course that will focus on basic computer terminology and general software. We will also cover the use as well as basic computer and internet safety.

When?: Thursday • July 17, 2014 • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Location: LSUE Community Education Classroom Room 117
Instructor: Cinderella Hayes, a retired LSUE Librarian with 20 years of experience working with novice computer users.
Registration: $15.00 for OLLI members ($20.00 for non-OLLI members)

Registration Form

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) 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 C118
No class July 3.

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

Veillon Farm House Visit

 A visit to the restored 19th century Louis Veillon farm house and grounds in rural Evangeline Parish, a historic site restored and maintained now by Mr. J. D. Soileau to show how les habitants du vieux temp (the Cajun farmers of the past) lived and worked on the Cajun prairie in the mid-1800’s.

There is no charge for visiting the Veillon home. 

Travel will be by car pool.  Call Continuing Education or email tlouvier@lsue.edu or dpulling@lsue.edu to RSVP and also to indicate if you will be able to drive a car and transport passengers.

Thursday, May 8, 2014, leaving LSUE campus at 9:00 a.m. for a morning outing.