Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Why be a part of Osher?
To create a preeminent community for retirees that:
- Is educational
- Creates social opportunities and networking
- Is relevant in the lives and interests of members
- Enhances self-worth
- Enhances physical and mental health
- Develops cognitive skills and life-skills
- Affirms the value of the seniors in our community
We are dedicated to making Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) membership and participation affordable and accessible to Columbia area residents over 50 who wish to be involved. If you would like to request tuition assistance or require disability-related accommodations or special assistance, contact the Osher at Mizzou office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-8189.
If you wish to make a gift to support our programs (including our scholarship fund), go to our donation page at donatetomu.missouri.edu/extension and click the "Statewide endowments" tab, or contact Kristin Millikan at email@example.com.
Join us for the Osher at Mizzou 2015 Fall Session. Course catalogs are anticipated in early August. A listing of fall course titles is avaiable now, upon request.
Osher at Mizzou delivers courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult. This program is brought to you by MU Extension and the Bernard Osher Foundation.
We are dedicated to making OLLI membership and participation affordable and accessible to Columbia area residents who wish to be involved. If you would like to request tuition assistance or require disability-related accommodations or special assistance, contact the Osher at Mizzou office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 573-882-8189.
If you wish to make a gift to support our programs (including our scholarship fund), go to our donation page at donatetomu.missouri.edu/extension and click the "Statewide endowments" tab, or contact Don Nicholson at email@example.com or 573-882-8189.
- Tuesday, Sept. 8
Fall session begins
- Thursday, Oct. 8
Osher Fall Instructor Tribute
- Friday, Oct. 9
- Monday, Jan. 18
Winter session begins
Learn more about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Osher is a national volunteer-based education program designed for people aged fifty years and older who are eager to learn and socialize in a classroom environment. Watch these videos
- "The classes put me in small group learning situations with experts in the field and in instances such as this course targeted to my place in the life cycle."
- "Reconnect with other retirees — excellent topics!"
- "All of us need to continue to learn. It keeps us involved in our community and exercising our brains."
- "Your program is excellent — a real service to the community. Cheers to the staff!"
- "The classes have opened doors to information and ideas that continue to enrich my life. I am so grateful for those instructors who share their deep understanding and knowledge and give us seniors new things to think about."
- "It keeps my mind active and in great shape — it is exercise for the mind."
- "I love the variety of new subjects that one can study and enjoy."
- "A widening of knowledge on all of these subjects enhances the value of everyday living."
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MU library card
As a registered student in our program, you can request a library card for MU Libraries. To request a library card, apply through our office.
Inclement weather policy
If the Columbia Public School System cancels classes due to inclement weather, the Osher Institute classes will NOT meet on that day.
Conduct of staff, advisory council, instructors, members and volunteers
A. Conduct of persons affiliated with Osher at Mizzou is governed by the University of Missouri Standards of Conduct. Specifically, they are spelled out in section 200.010: Standard of Conduct in the Collected Rules and Regulations.
B. Becoming a paid staff person or participating as a member or volunteer with Osher at Mizzou implies acceptance of and compliance with the university’s rules and policies. These rules and policies have been drafted to balance freedom and responsibility and to provide standards for the orderly operation of this educational community. The following principles are expected from all persons associated with Osher at Mizzou:
- Mutual respect
- Personal and intellectual integrity
- Civil discourse
- Responsible decision making
C. Common-sense rules of civil discourse should be observed. These include tolerance and respect for diverse opinions. Instructors should not engage in, nor allow members to engage in, dismissive, hostile or derogatory comments about other viewpoints and speakers.
Photo and participation disclaimers
Osher at Mizzou does not collect individual waivers for use of photographs or for liability.
Osher at Mizzou reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any program and to use them, whether taken by a representative of Osher at Mizzou or by other participants, for promotional purposes. By enrolling in an Osher at Mizzou program, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography. Participants who prefer their images not be used are asked to contact the Osher at Mizzou office at 573-882-8189.
Individuals acknowledge and assume any and all risk associated with participation in Osher at Mizzou activities. The University of Missouri makes no representation regarding the appropriateness of any activity for an individual. Osher at Mizzou disclaims any and all liability for each individual’s participation in said activities.
If you register for a course or event that involves physical activity, you are responsible for wearing the proper attire and using the proper equipment (if applicable). It is highly recommended you consult your physician before participating in any physical activity. OLLI disclaims any and all liability for each individual’s participation in any course that involves physical activity.
Volunteer instructors are responsible for developing their own course content. The information, views and opinions provided by Osher at Mizzou instructors are those of the instructor and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Missouri or the Osher at Mizzou program.