Letters to you
From the director
We enjoyed one of the few real spring days we have had this season and I am feeling grateful for its beauty, as I look ahead to the changes that flow continuously in our Osher program. Staff is preparing to expend considerable energy, once again, as the Moss building is completed and we again ‘move’ — this time just across the parking lot from the Hillcrest Community Center. Our hope is that a good many of you will increase your involvement in our collective lives and take on important volunteer activities at Osher. Funds are too scarce to pay for all of the help the program requires. Let’s call it “seasons of bonding” now in effect more than ever at Osher. Certainly, the network of newly formed committees presents fertile opportunity for inviting you to take charge of a portion of operations at Osher @ Mizzou. Hear our earnest appeals — please!
Like all summer and winter course catalogs, this one offers few but well-chosen course offerings — which I would like to ‘walk you through’ in this introductory letter. First off, you will note that, as been true for the past four summers, the Critical Issues course does not appear under that title. Instead, the Civil War in Missouri, events of 1864, presents critical issues that are historic in nature. And, once again, our wonderful colleague, Ralph Kreigh, has recruited the best and the brightest of his fellow members of the Mid-Missouri Civil War Roundtable — for which we are most grateful. I will share with you one sentence in his cover letter which was a delight to read. It relates to the readiness of Roundtable members to bring their knowledge and skills to Osher students:
“Everyone volunteered! I didn’t even have to ask let alone twist arms. Osher is very popular.”
No question that fine professionals and hobbyists are volunteering to conduct the course. Join us in expressing gratitude to Mr. Kreigh, Ralph and the Roundtable Rock!Â
Tribune reporter and columnist, Rudi Keller will share his research techniques in uncovering the facts that comprise the daily images his column provides us; Vanette Hamilton who personalizes the War by sharing an exchange of letters between her great great grandparents, Joan Stack, Curator of Art Collections, State of Missouri Historical Society will discuss Bingham’s painting depicting the sad impact on Missouri citizens of Order No. 11; and Harold Meiderhoff relates General Sterling Price’sÂ plan to retake Missouri for the Confederacy. This is a fine, informative course conducted by truly knowledgeable individuals.
What a joy it is to announce that [Bill] Ol’ Clark is once again a member the Osher faculty — rejoice with me and turn out in great numbers. Welcome our beloved folk hero — he’ll convey the tricks of his trade: Writing a newspaper column.
You have taken Tai Chi courses at Osher in the past but did you know that it is “Qigong in motion”? Join us early-Wednesday-mornings as Susanne Norton leads you in gentle exercises that ease muscle tension — even muscles of the eyes — and loosen joints, specially shoulders, hips and knees. And consider the companion course — also conveying methods of empowering you by addressing the impact of time on the human body: Wonderful Diana Baldwin is here on Thursday mornings with an update on “the ingenious devices and creative implements that make your life easy! Those are two self-help courses that get you out of the house relatively early. We also bring you informative and exciting sessions in the early evenings on Thursdays — special experience of glorious celestial ‘visitors’ in June that would also fascinate your grandkids. Yes, announcing the return of our passionate astronomer, Val Germann, to the Osher faculty.
Friday mornings brings you A Taste of the Arts — paraphrasing that wonderful March event brought to you by the eminent dean of Arts and Science — our Potpourri of the Arts; a course that never disappoints. Judith Mabary is here with another chapter of her spellbinding, energetic teaching abilities and her speciality, music of the Czech lands; now featuring Antonin DvoÅ™Ã¡k. Charming Ed Riegler would like to demonstrate the art of composing music with the guitar. Maggie Walter who tantalized us some time ago with her penchant for words, returns now with a ‘new’ focus: Dictionaries! The course concludes with MU’s Queen of Percussion, Julia Gaines. No passive learning in this session: You are going to be on your feet moving with rhythms you create with a variety of the world’s tambourines.
The Brown Bag Seminar series, which always immediatelyÂ follows the arts and this time leads with our fascinating entomologist, Mike Chippendale, alarming us with the current plight of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly. A fresh, new skill topic which we delight in bringing you, is “Doing African American research using the Web.” Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, new to the Osher faculty, shares her abilities in conducting this challenging area of research. Finally, it is almost the end of June but we continue our mission of providing you with cognitive stimulation — this time with hot cognitions emanating from two recent US Supreme Court decisions. Our wonderful US Constitution scholar, Bill Fisch, leads this two-hour discussion that concludes the seminar series.
The second structure, the Moss Building, at our new location, the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, will be fully restored and welcoming as we begin the 2014 Osher Summer Session. Its spacious rooms will host most of Osher @ Mizzou courses from this day forward. While the facilities portion of our new home is now largely complete, construction will continue for a time as Hank Waters’ family homestead is transformed into another of Columbia’s large and beautiful parks — with a shelter, swings and trails. Gratefully, the parking lot in the vicinity of the two venues will have been completed. We wish to express thanks and gratitude to Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department for creating this magnificently beautiful area. As you happen upon Parks and Recs staff, KarenÂ Chandler, Debbie Reschly, Courtney Deters, Cassie Dins, Jill Overton and Gen Meeks, take a moment to express thanks for their providing so fine a home for Osher @ Mizzou.
Finally, in life, change is constant! Meet Don Nicholson. our new interim assistant director. His letter to you follows. And, please join us as we wish talented, Sonya Carney, the very best in life. We are grateful to her for her leadership and accomplishments in our program.
Our Beloved “Boss Lady,” Beverly Coberly, extension associate vice provost, , is dealing with the death of her mother, as I write. Please keep her in your prayers to get her through her loss and the profound aloneness that accompanies it.
Another Plea: Join the action at Osher @ Mizzou: Volunteer!
All the best,
Lucille Salerno, PhD
109G Whitten Hall
Letter from the interim assistant director
I am pleased to be working with Osher @ Mizzou as your interim assistant director.Â I am looking forward to connecting with each of you, and connecting with the wonderful opportunities within the Osher community.
First, a bit about myself; I was raised on a dairy farm along the western edge of Montana.Â I earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in education at Montana State University (MSU) and, after about 10 years with the Cooperative Extension Service in Montana, earned a masterâ€™s degree in Adult and Community Education from MSU.Â I moved with my family to Missouri in 1988, to serve as a Youth Development Specialist in the northeast corner of the state. My primary role as Youth Specialist was 4-H volunteer and program development, plus support for community-wide coalitions among private and public youth serving organizations.Â Â Â Iâ€™ve been a part of various state-level Extension-wide leadership development efforts throughout my time in Missouri; most recently, as MU Extension Team Developer, and beginning full-time about one year ago, as a member of the MU Extension Transition Team.
What is my role with Osher @ Mizzou during the coming few months?Â Primarily, itâ€™s to pitch in and help things move smoothly!Â I will be giving special emphasis to working with the various committees of the advisory council — those already active, and activating those that have been proposed.Â I will also be actively supporting the team that is working diligently to carry Osher programs to locations throughout the state.
As you might expect, I have a steep learning curve ahead of me!Â I will be asking lots of questions, offering very few opinions, and looking for opportunities to support you and the staff — as you learn with Osher, and as you each play a role in helping Osher realize itâ€™s vision.
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