OLLI Around the Nation – UMass Promo Video

One of our sister OLLIs at the University of Massachusetts has created this great promotional video detailing their program and some of the course offerings. They utilize retired University of Massachusetts professors an offer a wide variety of courses ranging from current events to nature and the environment. They even teleserve some of their courses to branch locations for easy access.

Do you think our OLLI should have an introductory video? Please comment below.


OLLI’s Secret Recipes – Deni’s Banana Birthday Cake

This special cake comes from the our lovely OLLI assistant’s past. “Mom loved making my siblings and I our favorite cake each year of childhood. I wanted this same one every year and the taste still brings back those fond memories.”

Banana Cake

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Banana Cake:

  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 1 1/4 C Sugar
  • 2 1/2 t Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1/2 C Soft Shortening
  • 2 Eggs (unbeaten)
  • 4-5 Very Ripe Bananas – Mashed (1 Cup)
  • 1 t Vanilla
  1. Into a large bowl put flour, sugar, baking powder, soda,  and salt. Drop in shortening and eggs and add 1/2 cup of mashed bananas.
  2. Mix the contents at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining bananas and vanilla, and beat the mixture for one minute.
  4. Pour it all into a greased and floured oblong cake pan.
  5. Bake 25 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees until toothpick in center comes out clean. Let it cool on a rack.

Caramel Frosting:

  • 1 Stick (1/2 C) Butter
  • 1 C Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 C Milk
  • 1 3/4 to 2 C Sifted Powdered Sugar
  1. Melt butter in saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar. Boil over low heat stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk. Stir until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat and cool.
  5. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating well with spoon after each addition until thick enough to spread over cooled cake.

– submitted by Deni Harris

If that recipe sparked your interest, and how could it not, then you can call the OLLI office at 928-717-7634 to order a cookbook. For a limited time, you can purchase the cookbooks for only $5. That’s 50% off the original price; what a deal, and remember that all proceeds support the OLLI organization you know and love!

Senior Moment – Veterans Upward Bound

In this edition of the award-winning Senior Moment show, Deborah Pfingston talks about Yavapai College’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program. Deborah is the program specialist for VUB and helps fulfill the mission of providing educational resources to veterans so they can succeed and get their degree. VUB is a TRIO program that provides college prep and/or GED modules at no cost to qualified veterans helping them to transition to the next level.

To learn more about the Veterans Upward Bound program, you can visit their website http://www.yc.edu/content/vub/default.htm. Senior Moment is sponsored by the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College and produced by the lovely Jodie Buehler.

What do you think about this Senior Moment episode? Do you have any suggestions on topics of interest for the future?