:: UT LAMP FAQs

Just what is UT LAMP™?
Who arranges the speakers for all the lectures?
Is there a way to know who will be giving the lectures on certain days?
What if I can’t attend all lectures? Will I miss something important?
Are the speakers paid?
Can you tell me about the Q&A after lectures?
The lecture room must be quite large; is it difficult to hear or see the lecture?
Is there a list of prior speakers and what they have spoken on?
Sometimes I have company; may I bring a guest to the LAMP lectures?
What is the format of the Monday Morning Discussion Group?
What is LAMPmail?
Can you tell me more about Cyberlamp?
What are the Dinners by LAMPlight?
Are all of the UT OLLI groups the same? If not, how do they differ?
I know there are other UT OLLI groups. May I join more than one?
Once I apply to LAMP, how long will it be before I am eligible to join?

Just what is UT LAMP™?

LAMP, started in 1989, is the acronym for “Learning Activities for Mature People” and is the founding organization in the UT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. LAMP seeks members who desire to pursue lifelong learning and who have an interest in being kept up-to-date on a variety of issues. LAMP is managed by volunteers throughout the organization who form a cohesive community of shared interests.

Who arranges the speakers for all the lectures?

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for the LAMP curriculum. The Committee is made up of the Curriculum Chair, the Curriculum Chair-Elect and sub-committee chairs for each of the six subject areas. Each subcommittee has several members in addition to the sub-chair. All are volunteers, and members are encouraged to join. The committee members actively seek speakers and encourage recommendations from the general LAMP membership.

Is there a way to know who will be giving the lectures on certain days?

The complete Curriculum Schedule for the upcoming six-week term is made available to LAMP members in advance of each term. The name of the speaker and title of the presentation is listed for each time slot. The Curriculum Schedule is also available on the LAMP website where expanded speaker information is often available.

What if I can’t attend all lectures? Will I miss something important?

From the beginning, LAMP’s philosophy has been to present a variety of independent lectures, thus allowing participants flexibility in attendance. Because of the quality of the lectures, many in LAMP choose to attend most lectures. Others “pick and choose” those that are of the most interest to them or that can be integrated into their other scheduling commitments. All members may attend all lectures but can comfortably attend sporadically without “getting behind”.

Are the speakers paid?

No. All speakers give their time and talents without remuneration. Many speakers return after a year or two and often comment that they enjoy speaking to our attentive and interested group.

Can you tell me about the Q&A after lectures?

The morning lectures (9:30 - 10:45 and 11:00 - 12:15) consist of a one-hour, uninterrupted presentation followed by a 15-minute period for questions and answers. The Q&A session is moderated, e.g., those indicating they would like to ask a question are recognized in turn by LAMP members who manage two hand-held microphones, one on each side of the lecture room.

The lecture room must be quite large; is it difficult to hear or see the lecture?

No. LAMP provides a wireless microphone to the lecturer(s) which enables them to move around the room and still be heard clearly. LAMP has a complete sound system with several speakers around the room. There is also a “smart cart” that has built in electronics, which controls two projectors - each with its own screen so that presentations can be easily seen.

Is there a list of prior speakers and what they have spoken on?

LAMP has maintained a complete list of all presentation titles since its beginning in 1989. All presentation titles are available in search-able form on the LAMP website for members.

Sometimes I have company; may I bring a guest to the LAMP lectures?

LAMP members and LAMP speakers may invite guests to LAMP programs on a space-available basis. Guests will be requested to wear name-tags provided by LAMP. LAMP members may want to invite a local friend who might be interested in joining LAMP as a way of introducing them to the program.

What is the format of the Monday Morning Discussion Group?

Any interested LAMP member may attend this discussion of current events on Monday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30. The group meets in Room 2.108 at the Thompson Conference Center (across from the LAMP office) every Monday morning throughout the year except on UT holidays when the building is closed. Members in attendance suggest topics for discussion and are recognized by the moderator (a LAMP member) to introduce the subject at hand.

What is LAMPmail?

LAMPmail is an email address that all members can use to communicate with the LAMP IT Committee. It is also used by LAMP officers to announce special events, and to notify all members of changes of broad interest.

Can you tell me more about Cyberlamp?

Cyberlamp is a Yahoo e-group that is moderated by a LAMP member. While Cyberlamp is not an official LAMP function, it provides an easy way for members to communicate with each other (email goes to all in the group) on items of interest. It is also used to alert the subscribers to last-minute changes in the curriculum and serves as a mechanism for reminders about upcoming events. Any LAMP member may join Cyberlamp.

What are the Dinners by LAMPlight?

Optional dinners at various restaurants are arranged periodically for those members who wish to join others for an evening out for dinner and conversation in a comfortable setting at a reasonable cost.

Are all of the UT OLLI groups the same? If not, how do they differ?

Each of the five groups - LAMP, SAGE, QUEST, FORUM and NOVA- offers continuing education in a variety of ways to their members. The format of lectures and/or lectures and seminars varies as do the meeting times and days, membership fees and number of members. For a comparison of the programs, please see the UT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Comparison Chart HERE.

I know there are other UT OLLI groups. May I join more than one?

No. Interested persons may apply to any or all of the groups. However, upon receiving invitation(s) to join, a person may join only one group. This provides opportunity for more individuals in Austin and the surrounding communities to enjoy the UT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Once I apply to LAMP, how long will it be before I am eligible to join?

If you apply to LAMP, you can expect to be invited to join by the next fall term unless the program is full. If the program is full, you are put on the LAMP Prospective Member List for the following program year. There is no fee for application to LAMP.


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