Osher Life Long Learning will offer six brown bag brain buzz programs during April and May on the Verde Campus in Clarkdale. Admission is free. The programs run from 12:30 to 1:30 and will be held in Room G-106 on the Clarkdale Campus. The complete schedule is set out below. See you there.
OLLI Sedona/Verde Valley is presenting a series of three talks by Fenfen Ni, a teacher from China who is spending a semester at Mingus Union High School. The first presentation, Chinese Festivals and Celebrations, will be held on Monday, February 29 at 2:00 in Room M-137 on the Verde Campus, and on Friday, March 4 at 2:00 pm in Room 34 on the Sedona Campus. These presentations are free and open to the public.
Using 2012 data, the City of Sedona reports (9/25/2015) that the Sedona Taxing District annually forks out over $7 million dollars to Yavapai College. Of that amount, $6,589,567 is paid through primary taxes and $754,622 goes to pay off General Obligation bonds.
With total primary tax-based revenue in 2012 flowing to the College from Yavapai County property taxpayers of $43,701,144.00, this means the Sedona Taxing District alone contributed at least 15 percent of the revenue toward operating the College.
In the past two years the College has threatened to close and sell the Sedona Campus and shut down the well respected film program. Because of a wave of outrage at the potential closing, the District Governing Board backed off selling the property by settling a dispute with an adjacent landowner that had festered for a decade. However, the administration followed through on its threat to shut down the Sedona Film School. In fact, the College administration stripped the Sedona Center of all but one or two College credit courses taught by adjuncts. After two years, it has done little to return Yavapai College credit courses to the facility.
There are Osher Lifelong Learning courses offered by the independent nonprofit Osher Foundation. The Foundation is not a part of the College, rather it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that pays Sedona Osher employees from a $2 million fund it set up for them. The College provides in-kind support by allowing Osher to use its facility.
The full story carried in the Redrock News online can be read by clicking here.
Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia.
The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join McNamee in exploring these many delicious traditions, and sample some Southwestern foods after his presentation.
The Blog occasionally receives questions about the OLLI program and how it is financed. We asked OLLI officials and they responded as follows:
“OLLI is self-sufficient [and] takes no funds from the College general fund. About one third of [OLLI] funding comes from the endowment (given to the college). [The funds from the endowment are] disbursed annually – the exact amount depends on how the investment has performed the previous year. Two thirds of [OLLI’s] budget comes from [its] membership/class fees.”
[The] “budget pays for 4 part-time staff (less than 20 hours/week) and one full-time staff.”
The college “provides [OLLI] with space to offer classes, and with some degree of administrative support in the sense of handling our money (although [OLLI does its] own financial budget management) and [pays its] staff (using [the OLLI] budget) – all of [OLLI’s} registration (membership) money goes into [OLLI’s] budget held at the college.”
We hope this answers those questions about how OLLI is financed.
The Yavapai College Verde Art Gallery has partnered with the Verde Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to present the work of OLLI member photographers at the Verde Art Gallery. The exhibit will run from January 20 to February 5, 2015. The opening reception will be held Thursday, January 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Verde Campus Art Gallery.
This exhibition is held in conjunction with the OLLI Arizona Humanities program: “Silver Images on Glass Plates: Early Photography in Arizona 1865-1930” to be held on the Verde Campus in January. For more information, call (928) 649-5479 or visit the Gallery on the web at www.yc.edu/artgallery.
Lori Hines, paranormal mystery author and “Under the Surface” radio host, will discuss The Ancient Ones series, a fiction series inspired by experiences as a paranormal investigator and archaeology enthusiast on Friday, October 24th at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College – Verde Campus in Clarkdale. The discussion will be held in Room M-137 on from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. this Friday. It is free and open to the general public. Read More→