KristiMillikanDirector's letter

Dear colleagues,
Welcome back for Osher@Mizzou's 2016-17 school year and the Year of the Eclipse! In anticipation of the eclipse heading our way on Aug. 21, 2017, we have made this our theme for the year. Each semester we will have classes and films that explore this spectacular phenomenon.

To kick off Osher@Mizzou's first yearlong theme, we are hosting a welcome back celebration and open house on Aug. 26. We will have on-site registration, fun treats to eat and our first Friday film of the year. On Sept. 9, Dr. Angela Speck, an astrophysicist at MU, will speak with us about the eclipse at one of our Brown Bag lunch sessions. For more information on upcoming programming, see page 29.

Other highlights I want to be sure you know about:

  • Osher@Mizzou's founder, John Parker, has curated a special series for us on Mondays at 10 a.m. Judge Frank Conley starts us off with a discussion of "Murderers I Have Known," and Sara Parker Pauley, director of Missouri's department of natural resources, closes the series with news from the department.
  • We are neck deep into a unique election season. Fortunately, David Leuthold, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri, is here to guide us through the process on Thursday afternoons. After the class, we will host an hour-long open discussion to continue conversation with your classmates. All Osher members are welcome, not just those enrolled in the Leuthold class.
  • Local television host Paul Pepper is our first speaker for the Arts Potpourri class on Friday, Sept. 9.
  • And to indulge the world of imagination and adventure, we have courses on the "Fairy Tales and Folklore" and "The Fun Side of Folklore," as well as another on "Unforgettable World Wonders."

We are offering so many fantastic classes this fall. Thankfully, the City of Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department has finished the additional parking lot, so we will have more places to park.


Kristin Millikan

From Commerce Bank

Commerce Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses for more than 145 years. The Commerce Trust Company has been a leading source of tailored asset management, creative private banking and comprehensive trust services for individuals, families, corporate executives and business owners since 1906. In addition, Commerce Trust serves a variety of nonprofit organizations with customized investment programs. Commerce also invests dollars back into community and charitable programs. Commerce strives to be a good corporate citizen and our commitment to the community is evident in a variety of ways, including corporate social responsibility, community involvement, charitable giving and employee volunteer efforts. Giving back to the community is ingrained in our culture and we are very excited about our new partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MU. Osher provides a wonderful variety of intellectually stimulating courses to what we consider a very special demographic. We are thrilled to be your partner in lifelong learning!
Teresa Maledy
President and CEO
Commerce Bank
Central Missouri Region