Time Well Spent



Each semester at University of South Carolina Beaufort/ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (USCB/OLLI) begins with members eagerly searching their course guides for new classes with experienced and fascinating instructors. Registration is met with excitement.

More than 1,400 Lowcountry OLLI members attend several hundred classes on topics such as art, history, science, government, health, music and more. OLLI’s tours and trips are also very popular. Why is OLLI so popular? One of the strengths of the program lies in the passion of the many dedicated instructors who teach at campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

Dr. Tom Anderson is one of OLLI’s 250 instructors for this term. He has led courses about the Jasper ocean terminal, the maritime world, the hidden beauty of sand and polar ecosystems. Anderson enjoyed a long career as a Navy Flight Surgeon and practiced family, emergency, aerospace and undersea medicine. He is passionate about teaching and learning.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING2“I enjoy stirring that same passion in students, and watching their excitement as they examine new ideas and subjects and debate about some of the most important and controversial events of our times,” Anderson said.

Scottie Davis, owner of travel company Weekend Get- Aways on a Tank of Gas, also is a popular OLLI instructor. She leads courses about destinations located within a twoto five-hour drive from Beaufort County, and this spring will present about Cumberland Island. Davis summed up OLLI’s appeal in a playful manner: “When I grow up, I want to be a full time OLLI student. It feeds the spirit and mind.”

Whether in the classroom or outdoors, OLLI members learn from local experts who volunteer to share their knowledge through short courses.