What is Lifelong Learning?

It is an opportunity for older adults to engage in activities that will stimulate the brain, enhance the quality of life and promote overall health and wellness. Research has proven the positive emotional, mental and physical benefits of continued participation in learning.

Lifelong Learning at SUNY Oswego

Our mission is to challenge the mind, fulfill the spirit and engage the body of older adults in our community.  We are offering multiple sessions that include structured academic, artistic, health and social programs on our beautiful and welcoming campus.

When does the program start?

During our favorite time of the year, summer! A week before and after Oswego's Harborfest!

Session 1: July 21 - July 25, 2019
Session 2: July 28 - August 1, 2019

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Topics for this year

Based on recent survey results from the members of our community, we are pleased to offer the most requested topics for the 2019 summer sessions:

Creative Writing

In this four-day class, we will address how to narrow a topic, organize material, revise, and present our memories. We will read brief published memoirs and poetry that will serve as inspiration for our own writing.  We will focus on choosing the gems of our experiences to pass along to others. The games we played. The food we ate. The hurdles we overcame. The joys we savored. The work we did. The losses we endured.

Instructor: Linda Loomis
Of all the things Linda Loomis likes to talk about, writing rises to the top right after grandchildren. She's retiring this spring from teaching Creative Writing in the English department at SUNY Oswego and is happy to be continuing conversations about writing craft by facilitating workshops through the Syracuse Downtown Writers Center and in other settings. Linda has published essays and poetry in literary journals, and she is a contributor who writes about the arts for Syracuse.com and Syracuse Post-Standard.

American Politics

The four-day course will cover American government, national, state, and local politics and will answer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about politics, but were afraid to ask! For example, Is NY still workable as a state? How does Albany affect your daily life? Is all politics really local? How it works or doesn’t?  It will provide an overview of our national government, political party system, and how to change and adapt to change.

Instructor: John T Sullivan Jr.
Mr. Sullivan has had a long and distinguished career in law and politics, higher education, and punditry. John is a SUNY Oswego graduate and a graduate of SU Law, and he became Mayor of his hometown in 1988-1991. He also served as Co-Chair for the NYS Democratic party for three years, and as an Assistant Attorney General for 5 years. John recently moved back to Oswego after residing for several years in Saratoga Springs.

Digital Photography

Spend 4 days learning how to get the most out of the photos you take every day! This class will give you tips and tricks to strengthen your compositions, teach you how to use natural light to the fullest, and inspire you to capture your memories in the best way possible. We will also learn how to use a photo editing program to make your photos look their best!

Instructor: Lorelei Lacey
Lorelei Lacey has been teaching high school art in Central Square for 20 years. She is versatile in a wide selection of media including drawing, painting, photography, digital arts, metal-smithing, and ceramics.  She has two children, age 15 and 11 and lives in Central Square with her family.

Painting & Drawing

Explore a variety of two-dimensional media studying nature and topics of your choice in this four-day course. Try your hand at charcoal, pastels, printmaking, and paint. Learn about color mixing and composition, and leave the week with several pieces of art ready for framing in your home. Whether you are a budding artist or someone with experience- you will find something new in this course!

Instructor: Lorelei Lacey
Lorelei Lacey has been teaching high school art in Central Square for 20 years. She is versatile in a wide selection of media including drawing, painting, photography, digital arts, metal-smithing, and ceramics.  She has two children, age 15 and 11 and lives in Central Square with her family.



Program Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00am-12:00pm Morning Session Morning Session Morning Session Morning Session
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
1:30pm-4:30pm Afternoon Session Afternoon Session Afternoon Session Afternoon Session

If you're staying on campus, you can check in on Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and check out on Thursday either between 7:00 am - 8:30 am or between 4:30 pm-6:00 pm.





Program Fees


Additional material fees may apply on a course basis, please check your registration form.

Spend a fun and memorable time at SUNY Oswego while learning about your favorite topics.

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Pay by mail

Please complete your registration form and return it along with the checks payable to "Oswego College Foundation c/o Lifelong Learning" to the following address

Office of Business and Community Relations,
34 East Bridge Street,
Oswego, NY 13126

Pay online

You may email your completed application to lifelonglearning@oswego.edu and make an online payment at the link below. On the payment page, please enter the total amount next to the Lifelong Learning Program and follow the instructions

Make an online payment



Frequently Asked Questions

We've done our best to cover all the information that you need to participate in this program. Please contact us if there is any specific question you have.

How do I check in for staying on campus?

The check-in for the on-campus accommodation is between 2 pm and 5 pm on July 21st, 2019 for Session 1. Arrive at Sheldon Hall and we will check you in at the front desk.

Do I need to bring anything for the program?

No, any materials for the program will be provided. 

Can I bring a pet?

No, pets are not allowed.

Can I check in early ?

Yes. Let us know at least 48 hours ahead if you plan on checking in at a different time.

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

Please contact the University Police at 315.312.5555

Lifelong learning is important to us and our community

Seniors who have access to lifelong learning activities are many times happier, more productive, and healthier than those who do not. Studies have consistently proven that those seniors who regularly engage in Lifelong Learning activities (formal and informal) gain more than just a “brain boost”.

While Lifelong Learning programs certainly stimulate and increase cognitive abilities, continued learning also plays an important role in a senior’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Seniors who participate in structured and ongoing educational pursuits are often more cognizant of practicing healthier lifestyles. Lifelong Learning programs can also combat isolation, loneliness, and depression often observed in aging seniors, satisfying the socialization aspect.

By implementing a Lifelong Learning Program we can satisfy many different aspects of the community. Healthy seniors will result in reduced healthcare costs, enhanced quality of life and a greater contribution to the community through civic participation such as volunteering. SUNY Oswego’s Lifelong Learning Program will extend beyond the boundaries of the local community, thus boosting the local economy.




SUNY Oswego
Office of Business & Community Relations

34 East Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Mon-Fri : 8 am - 4:30 pm