KristiMillikanDirector's letter

Dear colleagues,
We are excited to start 2017 with you! Thank you for all your feedback about the new catalog design and layout of the schedule. We continually aspire to improve Osher@Mizzou for you.

To continue our Year of the Eclipse programming, Kit Salter is offering a class titled, "Writing in the Dark: A Solar Eclipse in Fiction," where students will discuss the novel Missourian Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

Here are a few other classes we want to highlight:

  • Each week in "MU Administration Portrait Series: Leading MU — The Vision for Our Future," a member of the chancellor's team will talk about their area and the priorities of the university. Speakers include our new vice chancellor of extension and engagement, Marshall Stewart; Kevin McDonald, University of Missouri System's chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer and University of Missouri's interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity; Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for student affairs; Rhonda Gibler, vice chancellor of finance.
  • Our new advisory council member but longtime friend of Osher, Valerie Shaw, curated an exciting series, "A Sense of African-American History and Culture." Sheila Plummer will talk to us about storytelling. Professors Endersby and Horner will shed new light on Lloyd Gaines' fight to end segregation. Barbara Horrell, Sehon Williams and Larry Monroe will share memories and insights on Columbia's Sharp End neighborhood, and Clyde Ruffin will explore the history of African-American religious traditions.
  • Clarence Wolfshohl will discuss a borderlands legend that includes a stolen horse, a shootout and a manhunt, along with its socio-cultural significance in "With His Pistol in His Hand: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez."
  • Don Nicholson returns to Osher to reprise his course on "Basic Computer Applications: Word Processors, Spreadsheets and Keeping Your Computer Happy," in which students will learn more about Word, Excel and basic computer maintenance. Welcome back, Don!

We look forward to celebrating the new year with you and kicking it off to a great start!

Kristin Millikan

Advisory council letter

Dear colleagues,
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.

We have had a terrific fall term at Osher@Mizzou, and the winter and spring terms promise to be filled with more wonderful activities and classes. I hope I will see all of the regular members back and more new people joining us for the interesting course offerings and activities planned for the months ahead. For those of you who haven't yet volunteered for a committee, consider this avenue for more Osher involvement in the new year. It is an opportunity to get to know wonderful Osher folks and to work for a cause that benefits us all.

I also want to invite you to add Osher@Mizzou to your list of year-end philanthropies. I know all of you are being deluged with requests for contributions as 2016 comes to an end. You are no doubt asking why Osher@Mizzou needs your money when you paid for your classes. Certainly member fees are our most important revenue source. At present, the income from registrations does not cover the total cost of the operation of Osher@Mizzou. We have to rely on other sources of income. We also want to build a reserve and avoid increasing the enrollment fees. You can help assure a bright future for Osher@Mizzou by making a gift.

Your contributions to Osher are tax-deductible. The procedures for making a gift are outlined in the catalog before the registration form. If you are paying by check, be sure to specify Osher@Mizzou on the memo line. All contributions to Osher@Mizzou go only to the support of Osher@Mizzou.

Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy new year. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards,
Helen Washburn
Chair, Osher@Mizzou Advisory Council

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