Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at West Virginia University

I have been teaching non-credit adult courses, particularly in conjunction with OLLI at WVU, formerly known as Appalachian Lifelong Learners at WVU, for many years.

Some of my courses taught include:

“PowerPoint® at Maximum Speed" or “PowerPoint De-Mystified” - Spring Term - 2013
This class is a quick overview of how to begin creating PowerPoint® compatible presentations using OpenOffice Impress. Impress is part of OpenOffice, a free software product.

Records to CDs - Spring Term 2012

Missippi River Steamboat Bi-Centennial - Spring Term - 2012

Getting Out of Town: Morgantown's Interstate Connections - Winter Term - 2012

Recently I have taught several courses related to computer use. These have included one called "Digitizing Your Artifacts," as well as sessions on the use of "shareware" and "freeware" software including Ubuntu L:inux, Open Office, and GIMP, and preparing simple web pages.

During the Winter 2007 term I taught "Images of Morgantown," based on our (then) forthcoming picture book titled Around Morgantown.

During October 2007 I led a trip on the River Thames, in England. Details are posted at


In November 2007 I lead a day trip to two Pennsylvania glass factories.

In January-February 2008 I lead an OLLI trip to Pittsburgh to to visit the Pittsburgh Glass Center and to see Chihuly at the Phipps and doing two pre-trip presentations on the trip subjects.

In the spring of 2008 I joined with Emory Kemp to present an OLLI course Crossing the Mountain - Engineering the Allegheny Crossing in which we discussed the trails, roads, canals and railroads between the East Coast and the Monongahela Valley. We followed this with a day-long field trip to Cumberland, MD to see related museums and to ride the Western Maryland steam train.