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Inclement weather policy

  • If the Columbia Public School System cancels classes due to inclement weather, Osher@Mizzou classes will not meet on that day.

Spring 2017 Osher@Mizzou

Courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult.

 The Year of the Eclipse

The length of time between two total solar eclipses at a specific location on Earth in the Northern Hemisphere is 330 years. Columbia is very near the path of totality in the U.S. for prime viewing of the next eclipse. Please join us for a once in a lifetime experience.

In preparation for the total solar eclipse of 2017, Osher@Mizzou will include classes and sessions throughout the year that involve topics associated with a solar eclipse. We will be working in cooperation with MU Director of Astronomy Angela Speck's efforts to help promote Columbia's involvement in observing the Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse.

The topics may include the scientific aspects of a solar eclipse, the social and psychological impact eclipses have had on people and animals throughout history, and the reflection of this in art, music, storytelling, dance and religion.

  • Spring 2017 semester
    • Photographing the 2017 Eclipse
      Val Germann
  • Summer 2017 semester
    • Friday, June 9
      11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
      Brown Bag Seminar
      Angela Speck
    • Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
      1:12 p.m. CDT
      Finally, the total solar eclipse

Why be a part of Osher

The goal of Osher is to create a community for participants who are 50+, for many benefits:

  • Intellectual health impacts physical health
  • You can have thoughtful interactions about topics of interest to you
  • Taking classes helps nurture your natural intellectual curiosity
  • We create new opportunities for socializing, networking and meeting interesting people
  • Learning is fun

Curiosity never retires. If you have an active mind, love learning and are over 50 years old, join us.

Stay young. Be active. Learn at Osher@Mizzou.

Make charitable contributions from your IRA

For those aged 70-1/2 or older, it is possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities, such as the University of Missouri, free from federal income tax each year.

There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

If you are ready to make a charitable IRA rollover to Osher@Mizzou:

  • Contact your IRA provider as soon as possible to initiate the rollover.
  • Contact the MU Office of Gift Planning and Endowments to alert the university to receive the rollover.
  • Call 1-800-970-9977 or email

Important dates?

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Annual member meeting
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Summer registration begins
  • Monday, June 5, 2017
    Summer semester begins
  • Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
    Solar eclipse
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
    Fall registration begins
  • Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
    Fall welcome back and Friday film
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
    Fall instructor welcome
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
    Fall semester begins
  • Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
    Fall semester begins
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
    Faculty tribute dinner
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
    Silvers Seminar

Osher updates

Each week we email all members and these emails often include information not printed in the course catalog. Details about upcoming Brown Bag Seminar sessions and reviews of the movies to be shown at the Friday Afternoon Film Festival are routinely shared in these emails. In addition, new and exciting events might come up later and will be scheduled as a talk, a formal presentation or seminar. We rely on email to get you this timely information.

You can stay well-informed if you have taken the time to send your email address to Sarah Ginter- Novinger at Do it today! Be sure to check your email for information about spontaneous events that might prove exciting. 

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

Learners' comments


  • "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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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.

Conduct of staff, advisory council, instructors, members and volunteers

A. Conduct of persons affiliated with Osher@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@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@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@Mizzou does not collect individual waivers for use of photographs or for liability.

Osher@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@Mizzou or by other participants, for promotional purposes. By enrolling in an Osher@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@Mizzou office at 573-882-8189.

Individuals acknowledge and assume any and all risk associated with participation in Osher@Mizzou activities. The University of Missouri makes no representation regarding the appropriateness of any activity for an individual. Osher@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@Mizzou instructors are those of the instructor and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Missouri or the Osher@Mizzou program.