Are you familiar with Zoom?

Whether you are or aren't, OLLI at UAH is providing FREE complimentary Zoom training sessions to help adults age 50+ get comfortable using the software!

Free Zoom Training for adults 50+

Monday 6.29.2020 10:00 am
Monday 7.6.2020 1:00 pm
Monday 7.13.2020 11:30 am

Get comfortable using Zoom, explore new ways of learning and expand your social connections!

Take your Zoom use to the next level — Register for OLLI Online LIVE today!

OLLI Online LIVE virtual format features courses taught by excellent instructors through user-friendly Zoom video conferencing. See below for corse details and registration information.

Summer 2020 offers the chance to experience OLLI Online LIVE!

OLLI Online LIVE - Summer 2020

This summer OLLI at UAH offers you new ways to rediscover the joy of learning while staying safe — OLLI Online LIVE!

Take a wide variety of courses from the comfort of your own home in this virtual format with fellow OLLI friends and any other family and friends who can now participate from anywhere in the world!

OLLI Online LIVE virtual format features courses taught by excellent instructors through the user-friendly Zoom video conferencing software. For those new to this technology OLLI at UAH offers multiple avenues of support and opportunities to prepare you for learning. Register today for OLLI Online LIVE!

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REGISTER EARLY! Enrollment is limited and on a first-come basis.


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OLLI Online LIVE Fees

$20 tuition (one-time charge)
+ $15 per selected 4-session course
+ $20 per selected 5-session course

Membership Required

Membership Options

$25 for 12 months
$50 for 24 months




Smart Devices at Home and on the Go - $15

7/13-7/16 • Mon - Thur • 12:30 - 2:00 pm • Ray Leftridge

Alexa who? Siri who? Find out about the latest home and on the go smart devices and how they can make your life easier and more productive. Join this informative and interactive course to discover how smart devices work and their implementation to everyday life. It seems like everything you own can connect to the internet these days, from fitness trackers, light bulbs, TV’s and even refrigerators. This is all possible thanks to smart devices. (4 Sessions)

How to Become a Social Media Ninja - $15

7/28-7/31 • Tue - Fri • 12:30 - 2:00 pm • Jay Johnson

Dive into the most popular and culturally impactful social media platforms of today such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Explore in detail not only how the various social media platforms work, but the history behind them, their cultural impact, notable careers launched from them, potential dangers, and how to utilize them for business/personal advantage. You can use your smartphone, tablet or computer and learn how to download apps and create an account. If you don't know where to start, or struggle with the applications, this course is for you! (4 Sessions)

The War to End All Wars - $15

8/3-8/6 • Mon - Thur • 9:00 - 10:30 am • Tennent Lee and John Mason

It has now been over 100 years since the end of World War I, yet we still live with the consequences of that conflict. Proclaimed as “The War to End All Wars,” the war and its aftermath proved to be anything but that. It was more like the “Peace to End All Peace”. Discuss and discover the details on how the “Great War” led to an even greater war and how many of the geo-political divisions in the world today stem from that time. (4 Sessions)


Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology - $15

7/6-7/27 • 8:30 - 10:00 am • Lian Bonds

Have you ever thought about how complex the human body is? As a foundation, spend approximately half of each class learning basic human anatomy and physiology through DVD lectures. Then delve into some of the diseases or pathology that can occur in these systems through instructor led discussions. Examples will be illustrated by learning what a pathologist does via interactive lectures. Please note, this course will include pictures of tissue specimens. (4 Sessions)

The Vietnam War, Then and Now - $20

7/6-8/3 • 10:30 - 11:30 am • Cliff Lanham

Look into the early years of the Vietnam War with emphasis on three major battles that marked turning points in the war. The first battle of significance was AP BAC in 1963. The Second campaign was the Ia Drang Battle using the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile, 1965. The third campaign, the TET Offensive, January through August of 1968. Learn and discover the consequences of this war in the United States and in Vietnam though the instructor's experience in 2019. (5 Sessions)

Basking in Biotech - $15

6/22, 6/29, 7/13, 7/20 • 3:00 - 4:30 pm • Jennifer Carden

Revel in the advancements being made in the field of genomics and biotechnology, both right here in Huntsville and beyond with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Explore the content, research in the fields of agriculture and human health as well as applications making a difference in the world today and shaping the world of tomorrow. (4 Sessions)


Blue Zones: Improving Quality and Longevity - $20

6/23-7/21 • 10:30 am - noon • Jennifer Ellinger

Scientists have discovered pockets of the world with fewer diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer and where people live longer than anyone else in the world. Yet, they don’t take pills for it, and they don’t live like we do here in the U.S. Learn from a nurse how to change your life and health by understanding the lifestyle of those in “The Blue Zones”. Live healthier and happier! (5 Sessions)

Military Blunders - $20

6/30-7/28 • 8:30 - 10:00 am • John Mason

Winston Churchill once said "War is mostly a catalog of blunders." Study some of the most egregious blunders in human military history including a Roman massacre at Arausio, a British massacre in Afghanistan (perhaps a lesson still not learned!), and further examples from our Civil War, World War I and World War II. War may be an extension of politics by other means, but that doesn't mean that politicians, and in many cases, the Generals they appoint, are capable of fighting them. Come find out why. (5 Sessions)

Basic Spanish for Travelers - $15

7/14-8/4 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm • Dr. Tim Miller

Learn grammar and sentence structure to build your vocabulary in the 2nd most spoken language in the world! Emphasis will be placed on the language needs of travelers by learning commonly used expressions and phrases, improving pronunciation, asking for directions, and more! Some prior knowledge of Spanish is recommended. (4 Sessions)


Artful Connections with the Smithsonian - $15

7/8-7/29 • 9:30 - 11:00 am • Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join this live series directly from the Smithsonian’s Artful Connection. Examine America through the eyes of diverse artists in four discussion-based sessions, each focused on a separate era in American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and political climate during the time in which they work. Explore the question, “What does art reveal about America?” as you examine better- and lesser-known aspects of American history to reframe your perspective including Colonial, Civil War and World War II periods of time, Civil Rights movements and more! (4 Sessions)

Discovering Alabama's Four National Forests - $20

7/8-8/5 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm • Steve Jones

Alabama's four National Forests cover 667,000 acres (1,042 square miles). This course  will introduce members broadly to the origin and history of the US National Forest System, its extent, and some of the associated growing pains. Managers and administrators of Alabama-based USFS will attend classroom sessions to tell the tale, hit the highlights, and offer insight and photos/videos of the four forests. An optional field-trip to either the Bankhead or Talladega National Forests will be offered to members. (5 Sessions)

Introduction to the Wonders of Weather - $15

7/15-8/5 • 3:00 - 4:30 pm • Caitie Carr

Have you ever wondered why the meteorologists on TV seem to always get it wrong? Do you want to have the same knowledge of the weather and atmosphere as James Spann? Discover the intricate world of Earth’s atmosphere. Focus on the structure and composition of the atmosphere, how different weather phenomena occur, and even start to learn the process of making your own winter weather forecast! (4 Sessions)


Killing Me Softly with His Song: Don McLean, an American Troubadour - $15

6/25-7/16 • 10:30 am - noon • Nancy Darnall

In 1971, Lori Lieberman wrote the lyrics with Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox wrote the music. Ms. Lieberman was inspired by a performance of Don McLean in late 1971. American Pie, McLean’s most famous song, is familiar to most people, but some of his lesser known compositions are timeless. Discover more of McLean’s ballads, rejoice in the melodies by investigating the lyrics and back stories, and consider his place in history. (4 Sessions)

Gentle, Mindful Yoga - $20

7/9-8/6 • 3:00 - 4:00 pm • Pam Tejes

Focus on using yoga practices to reduce stress and promote immunity in the body. Postures and gentle movements focused on opening the chest and activating the lymphatic system will be used to release congestion, reduce stress hormones, and support positive nervous system responses. Please wear comfortable clothing and plan a place to practice where you can see and hear the Zoom meeting. Recommended equipment is a yoga mat (or comfortable floor space), strap (you could use a belt from robe or coat), 1-2 firm throw blankets or bath towels, and a sturdy chair that is open (no arms) such as a folding chair. (5 Sessions)


Lost City of the Incas: The Story of Machu Picchu - $15

7/10-7/31 • 8:30 - 10:30 am • Ale Pacheco

Discovered more than 100 years ago by Hiram Bingham III, Machu Picchu remained as a hidden city in the Andes Mountains during the Spanish conquest period and many wondered how the Spaniards missed it. Explore the history, discovery, and architecture of one of the seven wonders of the world located in Peru. Also, learn how the city is being maintained today and how to visit this breathtaking historic masterpiece. (4 Sessions)

Identifying and Selecting Trees from Your Backyard - $15

7/10-7/31 • 10:30 - 11:30 am • Chris Stuhlinger

Trees growing in our yards and communities provide us with many important benefits. Learn some basic concepts of tree physiology, tree selection, planting, and care to help ensure that your trees are safe, attractive, and long-lived. Gain an understanding of some general principles of proper pruning and how to protect trees from stresses. The instructor will discuss some interesting facts and misconceptions about trees and tree care. (4 Sessions)

PLEASE NOTE: Some courses will be piloting Google Classrooms. This Learning Management System provides an online platform accessible from the user's Gmail account. Participate in the Zoom Training to find out more info!


Instructor Bios

Lian Bonds is a retired pathologist, having worked in the medical field for almost 20 years. Having recently discovered OLLI, and inspired by the enthusiasm the students have for learning, she decided to dust off the cobwebs and share some of her knowledge in this area.

Caitie Carr has a BS in Earth Systems Science with a concentration in Atmospheric Science from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is currently a Geospatial Analyst at Optimal GEO which specializes in executing a full range of geospatial services including Photogrammetric Mapping, Orthoimage, Lidar, GIS, and GEOINT.

Jennifer Carden is a member of HudsonAlpha's outstanding educational outreach team. With her background in education and molecular biology, Jennifer has played an important role in the institute's efforts to inspire and cultivate tomorrow's scientists in Huntsville and across the state.

Nancy Darnall has a BS and an MBA. She has been an OLLI member for over six years, former BOD members, and an instructor for four years. She enjoys researching various topics for OLLI classes.

Jennifer Ellinger, RN, is a graduate of UAH with a BS in Nursing. She has worked as an RN in both hospital ICU and office settings, giving her a unique perspective on health and disease prevention. The recipient of the 2018 National MS Society's 2018 Volunteer of the Year, she passionately lives on a quest to find joy in every situation she experiences--even when faced with her own health challenges.

Jay Johnson is an Admissions Counselor and Social Media Coordinator at the UAH Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He is a UAH Alumni and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing as well as a master’s degree in Professional Communications. He has served in many social media roles with the UAH Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Battle of the Buffalo and maintains a personal social media following of over forty-three thousand users.

Dr. Steve Jones is a forester (BS,1973, PhD 1987), author, retired educator (former president of four universities), and Earth steward dedicating his life to leaving this world a better place. His approach to OLLI education is passion-fueled, purpose-driven, and nature-driven.

Clifford Lanham has a BS from Jacksonville State University and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. His experience spans 28 years in the US Army, owning his own business, and teaching chemistry and physics in the Virginia Beach Public School System.

Tennent Lee is retired after practicing law in Huntsville for 43 years. He holds B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Alabama. Since his retirement Tennent has become an avowed "history junkie," especially military and political history.

Ray Leftridge is a Computer Technology teacher at Oakwood Adventist Academy and enjoys sharing technology skills with the OLLI community. His teaching background is in Google and Microsoft Applications, Mobile devices and Computer Literacy.

John Mason was, for most of his adult life, a contracting specialist with the US Government. Now happily retired, he spends his time in Huntsville, Alabama studying the American Civil War, particularly as it relates to the state of Alabama. An author, he has written Heroes Afloat, and is working on other manuscripts.

Dr. Tim Miller was a NASA atmospheric researcher for 30 years before retiring a few years ago. As a NASA scientist, he taught atmospheric science courses at UAH. Tim has studied French, Italian, and German, but is most proficient in Spanish. He often sings in one or more of those languages, as well as in Latin, with the Huntsville Master Chorale.

Ale Pacheco is a proud UAH Alumna (BSBA - Human Resource Management and MBA). She is originally from Lima, Peru and came to UAH 11 years ago. She is the OLLI Program Manager and previously, she has worked in the UAH Housing Department and Office of Admissions. One of her favorite things to do is travel. She and her husband love visiting new countries and cities around the world.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has long offered interactive distance learning. Since 2000, the Museum has connected with learners of all ages, focusing especially on lifelong learning sites during summers since 2013.

Chris Stuhlinger is a recently retired forester and ISA Certified Arborist. His work experience over almost 40 years included forest management, research, extension, and urban forestry/arboriculture. Chris was employed as a Research Assistant/Associate in Louisiana (LSU), a County/Urban Forester in Maryland, and as University Forester in University of Arkansas. He currently assists with tree-related activities at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Pam Tejes is a certified yoga teacher with over 200 hours of training compliant with Yoga Alliance guidelines. She is a graduate of Loyola University with a BS in Biology, is certified in CPR/AED/First Aid, and is experienced in teaching yoga for all ages.

OLLI Online LIVE Member Benefits — Join OLLI!

During this time of social distancing, OLLI at UAH membership offers many resources and benefits online. OLLI “rolling” memberships are valid for 12 months beginning the month your membership is processed.

Online Membership Benefits:

  • Register for online courses taught by excellent instructors through the user-friendly Zoom video conferencing software. Check out Get Ready: A Guide to Learning Zoom.
  • Discover new online resources such as online tours of museums, gardens, parks, the Metropolitan Opera and more through the weekly OLLI eNews.
  • Meet new friends while catching up with the OLLI at UAH Program Manager and Coordinator during virtual coffee chats in between terms.
  • Receive weekly OLLI eNews and monthly issues of The OLLI Insider electronically (excludes June & July).
  • Volunteer to teach, coordinate a course, or serve on a committee.
  • And much more!

Please note:

  • OLLI Online LIVE $20 tuition will automatically be added to the cart the first time you register online.
  • When selecting courses: $15 will be added to the cart per 4 session course or $20 will be added to the cart per 5 session course.
  • You are able to add courses online by logging into your client portal.
    To drop courses contact CPS Registration office, 256.824.6010, 9:00 am - noon (CST), M-F
  • You will be notified at least four working days in advance if a course is canceled due to low enrollment.
  • OLLI at UAH is not responsible for any damage or personal injury sustained when a member is participating in any OLLI sponsored activities.
  • Membership implies permission to use your photo for OLLI publicity. If you do not want your photo used, please notify the instructor/photographer in advance. 
  • Courses listed in this guide are offered in the spirit of academic freedom. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and The University of Alabama in Huntsville do not endorse any creed, concept, service, or product that might be presented by the instructors.