LLI Spotlight: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Fathia Hardy, Associate Director, College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS)

By Peter Spiers

OLLI at The University of Alabama in Huntsville was founded in 1993 as the Academy for Lifelong Learning at UAH to serve a populace retired from institutions including the University, NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, or Redstone Arsenal and other area businesses, schools and organizations. In 2005, the Academy received an Osher Foundation endowment grant and became an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Now OLLI at UAH serves a diverse membership base that includes retired teachers, military, business people, scientists and university faculty and staff to name a few. Huntsville’s low cost of living, reputation as a “small town with a big city feel,” Broadway Theater League and other recreational resources have made it a desirable retirement destination, fueling the institute’s continued growth. OLLI at UAH now boasts 1,100 members who pay an annual membership fee of $25 and a $99 fee per term for up to three classes (and $15 for each additional class). The Institute is under the general direction of UAH’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies, and supervised by Fathia Hardy, the College’s Associate Director.