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 provides the 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!

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 here
  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 Spring...

 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!). Novice and learning musicians welcome. No charge.

 

 

Nutrition Education Works Series (NEWS) on Healthy Living Series with the LSU Ag Center Nutritionists Jennifer Duhon

Heart Health NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal.

February 26, 9-11 a.m. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members.

Weight Management NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal.

March 19, 9-11 a.m. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members.

Osteoporosis Prevention NEWS for Healthy Living: Presentation with cooking demo and meal.

April 23, 9-11 a.m. Registration fee to cover cost of lunch prepared on site: $5 OLLI members, $10 non-OLLI members. 

Click Here to Register

 

Horticulture and Gardening Coffee/Lecture with horticulturalist Jeremy Hebert

Spring Vegetable Gardening and Pesticide Management: Informative lecture will include important best management practices. March 12, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  RSVP by calling Cont. Ed, but no charge. 337-550-1390

 

 Aquatic Exercise

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 can use a noodle and flat boards for your workout.
Instructor: Lisa Ardoin Health and Physical Education (PE) Building Room (Natatorium)

 

Mondays and Wednesdays; May 25 - July 29th, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

*No class the week of June 22nd

Click Here to Register 

 

Cajun Fiddle with Instructor Henry Hample: Tuesdays, February 24 - May 12 (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." 
6:00 p.m -7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, February 24 - May 12
Room C117. 
Registration fee $100. (see registration below)

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." 
7:00 p.m -8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, February 24 - May 12
Room C117. 
Registration fee $100. (see registration below)

Click Here to Register

 

Cajun Healing and the Power of Consciousness

The is a one-hour session will focus on healing that happens in the ways of the Cajun traiteur and traiteuse.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., February 13.
Room C117
Instructor: Dr. Burk Veillon, Ret. Mental Health Services Admin.
No charge
This is a special pre-Mardi Gras session fo the weekly Le Cafe Cajun. Part of the presentation will be done in the Louisiana French language traditionally spoke on the Cajun Prairie.

 

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. 
February 12th, 10:00 a.m. - noon.
Registration fee $10 for OLLI members, $20 for non-OLLI members.
Room C201
(see registration below)

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.
March 17th & 19th, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Registration fee $20 for OLLI members, $25 for non-OLLI members.
Room C201

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Yoga

A gentle, effective method of strengthening the body through movement and maintaining poses. 
Instructor: Physical Therapist Lauren Rozas
Weekly, Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Classes begin December 8, 2014, onward.
Community Education Building C118
Registration fees: 5 sessions - $50.00; 10 sessions - $80.00; 15 sessions - $110

Click Here to Register