Committees

OLLI at Illinois is a member-centered community that is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and six standing committees comprised of members representing a wide variety of backgrounds.

Curriculum Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for developing a stimulating, well-balanced schedule of courses for the fall and spring semesters. The committee meets once per month for one hour; during peak review times, some meetings may be longer.

Responsibilities

The committee works in partnership with the OLLI Director to identify instructors and topics that will result in a diverse, intellectually stimulating curriculum; reviews course and instructor evaluations to assess past performance and determine future directions; approves and refines course proposals; and assesses course policies and evaluation procedures. The OLLI Director has sole hiring responsibility for all course instructors, and committee members may not discuss hiring details or terms of employment with any potential or current instructors.

Curriculum Committee Members

  • , Chair
  • Claudia Reich, Board Liaison
  • Cathie Webber, Board Chair
  • Frank Chadwick
  • Linda Coleman
  • Millie Davis
  • Debbie Day
  • Roger Epperson
  • Barbara Ford
  • Paula Kaufman
  • Mary Kuetemeyer
  • Yolanda Mariñas-Keliia’a
  • Howard Robinson
  • Jane Smith
  • Jo Thomas

Development Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Development Committee works with the OLLI Director and Board to plan and implement fundraising activities that help to meet OLLI’s financial goals. The committee meets every other month for one hour.

Responsibilities

In accordance with University policies and procedures, the committee identifies needs and develops fundraising goals; develops active strategies for achieving those goals; and recommends fundraising plans to the OLLI Board. The OLLI Director is the chief development officer of OLLI at Illinois. Committee members may not solicit any individuals or agencies on behalf of OLLI.

Development Committee Members

  • Susan Feuille, Chair
  • Tom Galer-Unti, Board Liaison
  • Cathie Webber, Board Chair
  • Mark Dirksen
  • Steve Dunn
  • Elizabeth Osborn

E-News Committee

Statement of Purpose

The E-News Committee works in consultation with the OLLI Director to plan, assign, write, design, and distribute an electronic newsletter for members and others on the OLLI at Illinois mailing list. The committee will also produce special issues as they deem appropriate.

Responsibilities

The committee meets once per month to generate feature stories, columns, member-feedback sections, and other content; enhances OLLI’s social media presence by posting content on Facebook; and assesses reader responses and user data.

E-News Committee Members

  • Connie Hosier, Chair
  • , Board Liaison
  • Cathie Webber, Board Chair
  • Barbara Meyer, Technical Specialist
  • Casey Sutherland, Technical Specialist
  • Eileen Kohen
  • Frank Modica
  • Jean Paley
  • Cecile Steinberg

Membership Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Membership Committee creates and implements plans for the recruitment, orientation, and retention of OLLI members. The committee meets once per month for one hour.

Responsibilities

The committee is responsible for welcoming new members through personalized letters and new-member orientation sessions held prior to the start of each semester; and reaching out to new and returning members at informal activities designed to engage and sustain OLLI membership. The committee also assists the OLLI staff in arranging and staffing the Annual Meeting and special events throughout the year, and in distributing course catalogs and other marketing materials.

Membership Committee Members

  • Sandra Darby, Chair
  • Judy Bach, Board Liaison
  • Sarah Wisseman, Board Vice-Chair
  • John Bennett
  • Diane Fairchild
  • Judy Fierke
  • Naomi Jakobsson
  • Wynne Korr
  • Kathy Marshak
  • Melissa Merli
  • Marilyn Resch
  • Kathie Spegal
  • Chris Whippo

Study Group Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Study Group Committee develops and approves a schedule of peer-led discussion groups on a wide variety of topics. The committee meets once per month for one hour; during peak review times, some meetings may be longer.

Responsibilities

The committee provides support and guidance to study group facilitators through workshops and training meetings; encourages member participation in the facilitation of groups and suggestion of potential topics; reviews and approves study group proposals; and assesses proposal policies and evaluation procedures.

Study Group Committee Members

     

  • Sharon Williams, Chair
  • Bill Breeding, Board Liaison
  • Cathie Webber, Board Chair
  • Trisha Crowley
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Bev Herzog
  • Norman Klein
  • Tim Smith
  • Paula Watson
  • Martganit Weinberger-Rotman