Help Create Great Programs | Meet New People | Share Your Knowledge & Skills | And More!

OLLI at BCC is volunteer-powered. Over 200 members volunteer to recruit instructors and plan classes and talks, organize special events and trips, provide technology support, and much more. Volunteering with OLLI is a great way to meet interesting new friends and help create the kind of learning opportunities you would most enjoy attending!

Check out the list below of OLLI committees; they welcome new members. Just click on the committee chair's name and send them a note indicating your interest in learning more. 

Learn more about:

Teaching at OLLI - all of our instructors are volunteers!

Starting a Shared Interest Group

Mentoring BCC students in the Mentoring for Success Program

Help Create Classes & Events

Science Curriculum Committee

Develop science classes & recruit science instructors.

Committee Chairs: Mary Jane Incorvia Mattina and Shirin Nash

Social Science Curriculum Committee

Recruit instructors and develop classes in the social sciences, including history, politics, psychology and more.

Committee Chair: Tom Hodgson

Literature Curriculum Committee

Recruit instructors and develop classes in the literary arts.

Committee Chair: Richard Matturro

Arts Curriculum Committee

Recruit instructors and develop classes in the performing and visual arts.

Committee Chairs: Chelly Sterman and Chris Guidette

Summer II Semester Committee

Recruit instructors and develop courses for the second summer semester.

Committee Chairs: Leonard Tabs

Distinguished Speakers Series Committee

Recruits speakers and develops annual speaker series.

Committee Chair: Hope Hagler

Special Events Committee

Develops and staffs special events, both online and in-person, including daytrips, tours and more.

Chair: Arline Breskin

Performing Arts Initiative

Develops partnerships and programs with Berkshire performing arts organizations.

Co-Chairs: Naomi Spatz, Barbara Waldinger and Jeannie Woods

University Day Committee

Develop and organize periodic University Days – one day learning experiences featuring a variety of speakers.

Chair: Katherine Kidd

OLLI Art Exhibition Committee

Help organize OLLI's annual member art show. In 2021 it was held online for the first time. In June 2022, we'll be in the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

Chair: Barbara Kalish

Help Get the Word Out About OLLI's Great Programs

Newsletter Committee

Writes and edits thrice-yearly OLLI newsletter.

Chair: TBD

Development Committee

Raises funds to support OLLI’s educational programs.

Chair: Jeff Mann

Member Services Committee

Develops and staffs new member outreach events and programs.

Chairs: Ellen Croibier and Collen Rossi

Help Out Behind the Scenes

    Technology Committee

    Provides audio/visual support for OLLI events and classes.  Conducts IT data analysis, surveys and demographic studies in support of the Membership and Curriculum Committees.

    Chair: Bob Desrosiers

    Mentoring Committee

    Organizes Mentoring for Success program, pairing OLLI members with Berkshire Community College students in mentor-mentee relationships.

    Chair: Nina Keneally and Erin McNamara

    Diversity Committee
    Ensures our programs, members, leaders, instructors and speakers represent and celebrate the full diversity of our communities.
    Chair: Leyn Burrows and Julie Jones

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    Partners in education with Williams College, Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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