Olson represented the United States as an administrator at the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria (1989); Sapporo, Japan (1991); Zakopane, Poland (1993); and Jaca, Spain (1995). In 1984, he was one of only five U.S. educators invited to the International Olympic Academy in Greece.
Since retirement, Olson has founded and led the PLU Retirees organization for 18 years. Originally started as a phased retirement project, the PLU Retirees Organization has continued to exist under the volunteer direction of Olson. This group includes all retired faculty and staff members. The purpose is to keep retirees connected to Pacific Lutheran University long after retirement by programming an on-campus lunch and speaker session three or four times per year. In addition, Olson and his wife, Arvis, have invited the group to a potluck luncheon at their home on Lake Lawrence.