Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy

Most recent update: April 10

Credible Sources of Public Health Information

How to Cope in the Days of Coronavirus

We are extremely grateful to Dr. Craig Neumann, Distinguished Research Professor in the UNT Department of Psychology, who put together this video lecture for our members on how to use mindfulness to be more resilient, especially in the days of coronavirus. This 30-minute educational video discusses both the psychological and neurobiological benefits of mindfulness. You can see more of Professor Neumann's work on his website: https://craigsneumann.weebly.com.

Disclaimer: This video should not be viewed as telehealth or any other form of professional therapy. All views expressed are based on Dr. Neumann's personal reading of the scientific literature. For more information on coronavirus, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

POLICY UPDATE: Friday, April 10, 2020

Due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, OLLI at UNT will have a remote summer semester. We are currently working with our amazing OLLI faculty to create online video content designed just for members during these trying times. Although our preference would be to offer our courses in-person as we normally do, we are having to adapt and make the best out of the current situation.  While we have been emailing and posting educational content to compensate for our abbreviated spring semester, the summer semester will be more of a typical OLLI semester, with members registering for courses. The difference will be that instead of meeting in a classroom, members will be able to watch prerecorded lectures on their computers or mobile devices from the safety of home.  We will share more details on how the summer will run within the next few weeks.

POLICY UPDATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

To comply with new measures being implemented by UNT, our staff will begin working remotely on Wednesday, March 18. Until further notice, our Member Lounge/Library, classroom, and offices at 1716 Scripture Street in Denton will be closed to visitors.  For the time being, we will be sending mass communications to members of both OLLI at UNT and the UNT Retiree Association (UNTRA) through our olli@unt.edu email address.

We will still be able to listen to voicemails from our main number, 940-369-7293, but our communication with members and the public will now take place exclusively via email. Members of UNTRA are welcome to send communications to our olli@unt.edu email address. If you have an UNTRA-related comment or question, simply let us know by clarifying that in your email.

POLICY UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hello, OLLI Family!

Because we know COVID-19 has significantly worse outcomes in older adults, we feel it is prudent to cancel all OLLI at UNT classes and events for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  There will be no OLLI at UNT classes or events from March 16th through April 24th. 

Because OLLI at UNT has members from 53 different towns in the north Texas region (some of which have confirmed cases of COVID-19) and our members travel amongst satellite locations, we will not be offering classes at any of our satellite locations which include the following:

  1. UNT Denton (1716 Scripture St. Denton, TX 76201)
  2. Robson Ranch (9400 Ed Robson Blvd. Denton, TX 76207)
  3. Good Samaritan Lake Forest (3901 Montecito Dr. Denton, TX 76210)
  4. The Grove at Frisco Commons (8300 McKinney Rd. Frisco, TX 75034)
  5. Flower Mound Senior Center (2701 W. Windsor Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028)

Special Interest Groups (Denton Yoga Group, all three book clubs, OLLI at UNT Theatre Group, and Day Trippers) will not be meeting through April 24th. 

Advisory Council meetings and committee meetings will be cancelled through April 24th.

In addition to all classes, trips and special events will be cancelled through April 24th. This includes the following:

  • OLLI After 5:00 classes
  • Lunch and Learn Lectures
  • UNT Sky Theater: Distant Worlds - Alien Life?
  • PUSH/OLLI Potluck Dinner
  • French Fruit Tarts Baking Lab
  • 2021 Trip Reveal Event
  • Denton Record-Chronicle Presentation
  • Bus Trip to Holocaust Museum
  • Humor in Newsprint Event
  • Denton Arts and Jazz Fest Volunteer opportunity

If you paid an additional fee to attend a trip or special event, you will receive a credit to your OLLI account for the amount paid.  This OLLI credit can be used towards future trips, special events or even towards your membership renewal. In order to claim your credit, please contact olli@unt.edu or 940-369-7293 before registering and paying for an event or membership renewal.

Because you are going to lose 6 weeks of OLLI classes, we will be extending everyone’s OLLI at UNT membership for an additional semester. 

For example,

  • if your membership expires at the end of this Spring semester, we will extend your membership through this summer.
  • if your membership expires in the summer, we will extend your membership through the fall.
  • if your membership expires in the fall, we will extend your membership through next spring. 

This will compensate you for the classes we will not be holding this spring.

For your information, here is a link that helps illustrates how cancelling events can help save lives: https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation

Because we believe you should never stop learning, we will email you links to educational videos, as available, to help you stay intellectually stimulated. Follow this link: https://media.csuchico.edu/media/0_r326m51m/  to view an interactive presentation by Dr. Scott Perry who explains what we knew before and after the monumental moon landing on July 201969.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Dr. Perry demonstrates the mysteries of our solar system and describes the Apollo 11 landing in great detail.  Enjoy!  We thank OLLI at Chico State University for sharing this great video. 

While this is not how we planned to spend the rest of our spring semester, we hope you understand that we are trying to do our part to help contain this virus and protect our communities.  Should you have any questions or find that you are feeling socially isolated due to the lack of OLLI at UNT programming, please email us at olli@unt.edu.

We value each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you after the spring semester! 

 

Stay well,

Stephanie Reinke, Ed.D.

Director, Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
University of North Texas
Stephanie.reinke@unt.edu