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June 7, 2006
DH 06 RH50
Contact: Russ Hudson,
Media Relations Coordinator
Lunch and Learning Go Together in
University-RPV TV Partnership
Carson, CA— A partnership between Rancho Palos Verdes TV (RPV TV) Channel 33 and California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will bring lunch and learning into living rooms with “Lunch with OLLI,” a series of college-level presentations given in one-hour bites from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays. The TV series will run from June 19 through August 31.
Such topics as “The Law and Criminal Investigation in Film, TV, and Literature”; “American Film, Television, and Culture of the 1950s”; “American History”; “American Education”; and “History of American Film” will be the lunchtime visitors on TV screens. In the university-produced programs, CSUDH professors and professors from several other universities discuss those and other topics, supplementing the discussions with film clips and graphics. The programs are pre-recorded. Originally, they were broadcast live and include call-in questions from viewers adding to the discussion.
CSUDH’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) broadcasts a series of live, college-level programs, but, because the geography blocks the signal, many on the Palos Verdes Peninsula can’t receive the programming. That is what prompted the partnership with RPV TV, so that the programs could be broadcast again on a signal that can be received. It will benefit not only those who couldn’t receive the signal before, but also those who want to further their education, or simply want to continue their intellectual pursuits, but are not able to travel to the university to attend classes.
“Our viewers are always looking for intellectually-stimulating programming, and this fills the bill,” said RPV TV CityTV Broadcast Station Manager Gabriella Holt, who offered the air time for the presentations. “We hope to continue our partnership with the OLLI program in the future.”
Another lifelong learning program from CSUDH is Omnilore, a peer-taught learning-in-retirement group with 250 members, many of whom live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. “Through the potential of the broadcasts, we see an opportunity to expand our community to those who weren’t physically able to attend our meetings,” said Dick Johnson, president of Omnilore.
Jim Bouchard, director of the CSUDH OLLI program, agreed: “We see the Palos Verdes Peninsula as the perfect opportunity to develop a local virtual learning-in-retirement community that is both television and Internet-based, and which will allow participants to discuss topics via the blogs and chats,” he said.
CSUDH’s goal is to develop a virtual learning-in-retirement community. Viewers can support OLLIonline by becoming a member with a $10 annual registration. Members will receive a program schedule for the fall session and another for spring; regular updates about OLLIonline activities; and password access to the learning-community Website available exclusively to OLLI members. That Website offers program archives, dialogs, and other educational material. To register, call (310) 243-3741 and ask to register for OLLIonline.
Bouchard pointed out that if enough join OLLIonline by June 19, then the affiliated Bernard Osher Foundation will match funds, allowing OLLIonline to continue, and perhaps even expand, its activities.
OLLI is a part of the CSUDH College of Extended and International Education. The College offers academic courses, professional development, and lifelong learning opportunities through degree, certificate, and credential programs, as well as noncredit courses.
For more information on Extended Education programs, call (877) GO-HILLS (464-4557), or go to http://www.csudh.edu/exed.
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