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Center for Professional and Continuing Education
800.959.5376 or 209.946.2424
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing Address: 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211
cpce@pacific.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I contact OLLI@Pacific?

Mailing Address: University of Pacific /OLLI l 3601 Pacific Avenue l  Stockton, CA 95211
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane, #332, Stockton, CA 95207
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Judith Janes, Program Director

Elena Marciano, Program Services Assistant

Phone: 209.946.7658
Fax: 209.946.3916
Email: OLLI@Pacific.edu

2. What is OLLI@Pacific?

OLLI@Pacific is one of 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide.  It is supported by the University of Pacific and its Center for Professional and Continuing Education, the Bernard Osher Foundation, and OLLI@Pacific members.  Lifelong Learning programs began as Pacific Experience in 1997 under the direction of former President Dr. Don DeRosa.  In 2007, the university was awarded its first grant establishing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute now known as OLLI@Pacific.  A subsequent gift from the Foundation in 2010 endowed the university thus ensuring OLLI@Pacific's long term viability while recognizing it as a program of national distinction.

OLLI@Pacific offers a rich array of classes and learning opportunities for adults who are 50 or better.  You can explore academic and general interest classes in an atmosphere that is intellectually challenging but without the stress of tests or grades.  Our members are people with a desire to learn and seek intellectual stimulation.  They want to experience new and creative ways of self-expression, explore new ideas with peers, take an active part in shaping the world around us, and build new friendships.

3. Why belong to OLLI@Pacific?

People who are active, engaged in their communities, and who continue learning throughout their lives feel more productive and purposeful, and are healthier and happier.  Members share common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation.  They are self-motivated learners, eager to share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor and mutual respect.  OLLI@Pacific offers opportunities to meet new friends, make contacts, and develop connections. In addition to lectures, members can attend social events, take field trips, and participate in a myriad of other short courses that betters one's quality of life, providing a personal sense of health, engagement, and overall well-being.

4. What are the requirements to join?

Everyone age 50 or better can become a member.  Members from all backgrounds attend; a college education or previous association with the university is not a requirement for membership.  The only prerequisite for joining is a desire to learn. Curiosity never retires!

5. Who are the teachers?

Our instructors are experts in their fields and include distinguished university faculty, both active and retired, as well as community educators and leaders.  We also invite members who wish to share their personal passion for a particular subject.  Instructors tell us they enjoy teaching to an audience with life experience who want to be there. To others, the idea of teaching without having to read papers, correct tests and worst of all give out grades is really appealing.

6. How do I get on the OLLI@Pacific mailing list?

Please call 209.946.7658 or email your name, address, and phone number to: OLLI@Pacific.edu.  We will gladly send mail to you, your family and/or friends if you share their address(es) with us.

7. Where are classes held?

Classes are available at a number of convenient locations, including:

  1.       University of the Pacific campus • 3601 Pacific Avenue • Stockton 95211
  2.       Professional Development Center (PDC) • 1776 W. March Lane, #290 and #330 • Stockton 95207
  3.       O'Connor Woods Retirement Community • 3400 Wagner Heights Road • Stockton 95209
  4.       Hutchins Street Square • 125 S. Hutchins Street • Lodi 95240
  5.       The Haggin Museum • 1201 N. Pershing Avenue • Stockton 95203
  6.       Cheese Central • 11 N. School Street • Lodi 95240

8. What does it cost?

OLLI@Pacific is a membership organization. Every OLLI@Pacific member pays annual dues of $30 which enrolls them with basic membership for the fall through summer academic year.  Semester registration fees vary from $25 to $55 depending on your relationship with the university.  Some programs or events may carry an additional fee due to special materials or costs required.

9. What do the annual dues entitle me to?

Members who pay the annual $30 dues are considered Basic Members and as such are enrolled in OLLI@Pacific for the academic year beginning with the fall semester through summer.  Basic Membership provides access to:

  •          OLLI@Pacific Welcome Receptions
  •          Email advance notification of special University speakers and events
  •          Email issues of our OLLI@Pacific Newsletter

Basic Members are not eligible to attend any other OLLI@Pacific functions, lectures or courses.

10. What are the semester registration benefits?

Rediscovering the joy of learning is just the beginning for OLLI@Pacific members.  Active Members, who have paid the semester registration fee, are entitled to attend all functions, lectures, and courses offered throughout the semester.  Some courses, clearly identified on the registration forms, may require an additional fee.  In addition to the benefits of Basic Membership, all Active Members enjoy:

  •  Eligibility to serve on the OLLI@Pacific Advisory Board or any of its committees
  •  FREE on-campus parking in "B" lots valued at $100 per year
  •  Early enrollment notification
  •  FREE full library privileges
  •  Eligibility to join the elite Baun Fitness Center for $85 each semester  (Must show current semester badge to join)
  •  International travel with the Pacific Alumni Association.  For more information, contact Office of Alumni Relations at 209.946.2987
  •  FREE admission for you and a friend to the following types of campus events and concerts (just present your membership badge with  current semester sticker at the box office and you will receive two free passes)
    •    University Symphony Orchestra
    •    Pacific Jazz Ensemble
    •    Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    •    University Concert Band
    •    Resident Artist Series
    •    Student Recital
    •    $5 off regular admission to DeMarcus Brown Theatr
    •    $2 off regular admission at all Pacific Athletics events
    •    Reduced rates for travel with the Haggin Museum
    •    $5 student rate at Valley Brew for Take 5 Jazz sessions

11. Where can I park at the University?

With fall and spring semester registrations, OLLI@Pacific members receive a FREE parking pass (valued at $100) for "B" lots on campus. Although parking permits are not required in the summer, members are required to park in the "B" lots only.

12. How do I sign up?

There are four easy ways to register!

  • MAIL: Registrations and payment can be mailed to University of Pacific/OLLI, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211.
  • PHONE: Telephone registration hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Please have your credit card information readily available and call 209.946.7658.
  • IN-PERSON: Register Monday - Thursday, 9:00AM -3:00 PM, at the OLLI@Pacific Office on the third floor, at 1776 W. March Lane,#332.  Please call ahead.  The staff works part time and may be attending to business outside the office.
  • ON-LINE: Register online at go.pacific.edu/OLLI and click the purple button. The front page will give you instructions to follow. Need help? Please call 209.946.7658.

13. How will I know that my registration form was received?

Due to heavy volume, please allow up to two weeks for our office to process mailed registrations.  A registration packet containing your member badge (if you are a new member) or a current semester sticker (if you are a returning member), a "B" lot parking permit (in fall and spring), and class confirmation will be mailed to you.  We encourage you to call us if you have not received your registration packet within two weeks.

14. Can I bring a guest?

Enthusiasm for our program is contagious.  We encourage every active OLLI@Pacific member to bring a guest to the welcome receptions.  You may bring a friend or family member who has never attended any OLLI@Pacific program as a one-time guest to a lecture.

15. Can I apply for a scholarship?

OLLI@Pacific offers a limited number of scholarships each semester. Applicants awarded a scholarship (valued up to $55) will be responsible for paying the OLLI@Pacific annual dues ($30). Sponsor membership form   

16. Can I purchase a membership for someone as a gift?

OLLI@Pacific memberships make meaningful gifts for any occasion, including birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, and holidays.  Your gift can jumpstart new friendships and interests which your recipient will value for a lifetime.  Gifts are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Giving a Gift Membership is easy. To purchase one for that special someone in your life, just use our secure online form. Confirmation and a receipt will be sent to you.  Your recipient will receive a welcome packet announcing your gift along with information about OLLI@Pacific courses.  Please allow 7-10 days for delivery of membership information. If you have more questions about gift memberships, please call our office at 209.946.7658. 

17. Can I pay for just a short course?

OLLI@Pacific is a membership organization.  In order to register for any short course, one must be enrolled in the academic year.  This requires paying the annual dues of $30 plus the semester registration fee.  If there is a fee for the short course, that will be added as well.  Our single session computer classes fill quickly, but there are times that a seat remains available.  In that event, and if you are willing to take a chance, we make those seats available to non-members one day before the class.  Those wanting to take the class must pay the $30 annual dues plus the cost of the class.

18. How Can I Make a Donation to OLLI@Pacific?

There are many interested people in our community whose household budgets will not allow them to participate in our lifelong learning program.  We have been able to sponsor several people each semester with gifts underwritten by people like you.

There are many other ways to support OLLI@Pacific with a tax-deductible donation.  You might consider underwriting our receptions, publications, or lecture series; adding to our endowment fund; making tribute gifts; bequeathing us in your trust or will; and supporting our fundraising initiatives to enhance and grow the program.  Please call Georgette Hunefeld 209.946.7375 if you would like help in establishing the appropriate philanthropic path for you.

19. Can I offer suggestions for lectures and courses?

We encourage our members to offer recommendations for future lectures.  All suggestions are provided to the OLLI@Pacific Advisory Board's Curriculum Committee for review.  If you have a suggestion for a lecture or short course and have the name of an instructor, please advise the office, inform an Advisory Board member and/or add this information to class evaluation forms.

20. Does OLLI@PACIFIC have volunteer opportunities?

It takes behind the scenes work by our Advisory Board, various committees, the newsletter contributors, and office volunteers to make a program like ours succeed.  Members respond to requests to assemble envelopes at the beginning of each semester, and others greet members at the Welcome Receptions or at class sign-in tables.  

Perhaps you'd like to become more involved.  Budding and expert photographers can help document OLLI@Pacific history at events and courses.  Would you like to introduce our lecturers or lead a study group?  Have you thought about sharing an interest of yours with fellow lifelong learners?

Consider taking a more active role in your lifelong learning odyssey.  Call us at 209.946.7658 and we can help you take the first step in the development of your idea.  Committees are forming to work with curriculum, marketing, membership, social opportunities, fundraising and volunteering.  Volunteers who give their time, experience, and creativity make OLLI@ Pacific exceptional.  Your help will enrich our program, and you will get back much more than you give through appreciation, new friendships, and a feeling of accomplishment.  

DOWNLOAND VOLUNTEER FORM AND DESCRIPTIONS HERE

21. Does the schedule ever change?

Courses are scheduled months in advance.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, class dates, instructors, times and locations are sometimes subject to change.  OLLI@Pacific will make every effort possible to notify you, in advance, about schedule or instructor changes.Be sure we have a current email address.

22. How are cancellations handled?

Although we make every effort to avoid course cancellations, administrative emergencies or low enrollments do occur.  Please provide us with the best daytime phone number and e-mail address so that we may reach you in a timely manner.  If a course is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen faculty emergencies, you will receive a full refund for that course if there is one.

23. What is OLLI@Pacific's refund policy?

Fully-paid current OLLI@Pacific members may withdraw from the program or short courses by notifying the OLLI@Pacific office of their intent. (Gift memberships are non-refundable.) Withdrawal refunds apply as follows:

  • Annual dues are non-refundable.
  • Semester registration refunds are based on when the refund was requested. OLLI@Pacific membership badge and parking pass  must be surrendered prior to refund.
  • Refunds for short courses meeting multiple days are based on when the refund was requested.  (See below.)  No refunds will be granted after week 1.  There is a $10 processing fee for withdrawing from any short course.
  • 1-day short courses are not refundable, but are transferable to another member.  If you cannot attend and give your seat to another member, please notify the office at 209.946.7658.
  • Excursion Refund Policy - Tickets to theatre or events involving transportation are transferable but not refundable.  If you cannot attend and give your ticket to another person, please notify the office at 209.946.7658.

Fall or Spring Semester Refund Schedule

WEEK #

SEMESTER FEES

SHORT COURSE

0

100% refund

100%*

1

80%

80%*

2

70%

no refund

3

60%

4

50%

5

no refund

* less $10 processing fee

Summer Semester Refund Schedule

WEEK #

SEMESTER FEES

SHORT COURSE

0

100% refund

100%*

1

80%

80%*

2

70%

no refund

3

60%

4

no refund

* less $10 processing fee