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Special Interest Group (SIGs)

SIGs are another way for OLLI@SCU members to continue lifelong learning beyond the classroom. Meeting regularly, SIGS not only provide new and enriching opportunities to form friendships with other members, they also provide continuity with the OLLI@SCU program over the summer break in the class schedule. A SIG is formed by a nucleus of people with a special interest in the same subject, and who are willing to participate as active, rather than as passive, learners. Special Interest Groups are independent and self-directed, with members deciding where and when they will meet and how the group will function.

1. SIGs are one of the benefits of your OLLI@SCU membership. Make sure your membership is up to date.
2. Go to the individual SIG home page to find the contact information for the group's facilitator and ask to be put on the email distribution. It's that simple.

Check with the SIG facilitator or Len Schreibstein at lendebsch@aol.com if you have any questions.

Download and fill out the SIG Proposal Form, and send it to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053. If you propose a SIG you are not committed to being the facilitator, but you must be willing to organize and preside over the organizational meeting. We will post the proposed SIG on the OLLI@SCU home page and in the monthly Newsletter.When 6 or more people have expressed an interest in the proposed topic, the SIG coordinator will put you in touch with one another. Once a SIG has formed we will post an announcement on the program's Home Page with the name and contact information of the Group's facilitator.

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    The Aging Gracefully SIG has been engaging members every month with the latest research findings on aging, discussing areas of concern and interest.  Read more.

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    Appassionati Italiani is a group of fans of all things Italian. We discuss travels, food, culture, and try to speak in Italian. All levels of fluency are represented, including beginners. Click here to read more.

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    You are invited to join an OLLI special interest group (SIG) named Be the Change. Our name is based on a statement by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Read more.

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    Cultural Cornucopia is an Osher member –led Special Interest Group (SIG). The focus is on all things cultural – books, museum tours, trips, dining – while exploring a wide range of topics. Read more.

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    The Current Events Discussion SIG meets approximately once a month for a stimulating two hour discussion on a timely topic of interest to all group members. Read more.

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    The Osher Genealogy SIG provides a supportive atmosphere to those wishing to search for family roots and relationships. Our members have all levels of genealogical participation, from those just getting started to seasoned veterans who want to share their knowledge and experience. Read more.

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    The Bridge SIG meets on the second Friday of each month on the Santa Clara University campus. The group can accommodate five full tables of players for each meeting, first come, first served. Sign-up is required. Read more.

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    The OLLI Museum Adventure Group will periodically visit local museums. Museums visited will usually be art museums, historical museums and natural history museums. Read more.

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    The Osher Music Group welcomes instrumentalists and singers at all levels of proficiency who are interested in sharing their craft with a sympathetic audience.  We welcome beginners as well as more accomplished musicians.  Read more.

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    The Mystery Book Club meets once a month, except December to discuss mystery books or crime fiction, a genre that fictionalizes crimes, their detection and their motives. Read more.

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    We are going to the movies. The OLLIWOOD SIG goes to the movies on the 3rd Monday of the month in the early afternoon. We watch the movie at a local theater and meet for a discussion and coffee at a nearby location immediately after. Read more.

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    The Photography SIG goes on an expedition once a month, and then meets later in the month to review pictures and talk about various techniques and tools for digital cameras. Read more.

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    Time of Our Lives SIG (Memoir Writing Group) Our group is growing and having fun expanding as writers.  We have discovered that focusing on a simple moment whether long-treasured or just an everyday occurrence, leads to many personal discoveries and enjoyment. Read more.

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    If you are a seasoned traveler or an armchair traveler or anywhere in-between, you are very welcome to join Travel Talks. At each meeting we have an interactive presentation/discussion of travel related topics. All are welcome to attend! Read more.