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Special Interest Groups

An OLLI at LSU Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of OLLI members who share a common interest and like to meet outside the normal OLLI class environment to discuss and enjoy this mutual interest. Each group is different depending on its focus, and all provide interesting lifelong learning opportunities as well as fun social experiences.


OLLI SIGs are independent and self-managed with members deciding when they will meet and planning how the group will function. Initially, members volunteer to be leaders or co-leaders, and leader roles may rotate. Volunteers also handle administrative and communication details. Most SIGs meet once a month although they may meet more or less often if members wish. The Lagniappe Chapter is the only OLLI at LSU chapter that now has a process to develop and approve SIGs. Members in good standing of any chapter may attend SIG meetings.


Interested in starting a SIG? Download the Lagniappe SIG Guidelines and forms here, or contact Lagniappe SIG chair John Kovich for information.

Lagniappe Chapter OLLI SIGs

British History

CALLING BRITISH HISTORY BUFFS!  If you are interested in British history, this SIG is for you. The group meets once per month when OLLI classes are not ongoing and conducts field trips based on the interest of the group. For more information on meeting times and place, contact Janice Wise at 225-766-5265.  

Foreign Affairs SIG

A Foreign Affairs SIG formed out of the Spring 2017 Great Decisions courses. Several members felt there was much going on in the world that we needed to research and discuss throughout the year. We are students of the world, interested in understanding the complex issues facing individual countries and regions, especially as they relate to welfare of the United States. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Contact Jenny Hastings (225-205-2455, for more information.


The Jolly OLLIs

No experience or expertise required. Bring a willing spirit and a willingness to learn music for the pure joy of singing. For more information, contact Dr. Julius R. "Tip" Tipton, 407-970-2545, or Mary Ellyn Hale, 225-202-6487. 

Tai Chi 

The Tai Chi SIG will meet weekly on Thursdays from 10am-11am at the Wesley Foundation (333 E. Chimes St.), beginning April 25, 2019.  Format: 30 minutes of warmup exercises, followed by 30 minutes practicing the short form as taught by John Howe. Participants should have completed John’s class or be familiar with the short form. Contact Charlene Heaton at (225) 803-9194, or email her at for more information. 



Have you ever been on a fabulous trip and wanted to share your story and pictures? Then the Travel SIG is for you! The group meets the first Monday of every month at St. James Place. For more information on meeting times and place, email Sandra Robert at