Osher at Mizzou from left to right: Sarah Ginter-Novinger, administrative assistant; Till Rosenberger, administrative assistant; Sonya Carney, assistant director.
Letters to you
From the assistant director
The fall semester provided my first opportunity to get to know many of you, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Our brave director, Lucille Salerno, entrusted her new assistant director with the task of creating the winter intersession catalog. Through this planning process, I have witnessed how fortunate we are to have supportive advisory council members, MU Extension administrators, instructors, and participants. We couldn’t do this without you!
The fall semester was such a success. From courses offered by tried-and-true instructors to new offerings, like America’s Music, we were inspired by your enthusiasm. And here we are with the fall semester behind us and winter upon us! To ward off the cold temperatures that will come our way, we present these courses to warm your spirit and mind.
Osher winter course offerings
We start the week on Monday mornings with the Potpourri of Critical Issues — a class to keep you engaged in current events. The winter course will include discussions on legislative issues by Rep. Chris Kelly and Rep. Caleb Rowden. The Monday morning course also will include Paul Wallace, who will provide an overview of the upcoming elections in Afghanistan and the effects within the Afghan-Pakistan-India triangle. Columbia Transit will round out our discussions of critical issues with a presentation about CoMo Connect and transportation planning.
Monday afternoons will bring a new course on Missouri’s aquatic life. Biologists from the Missouri Conservation Department will talk about the variety of fish, birds, and other animals that inhabit the bodies of water around our state and also offer hands-on demonstrations.
Till Rosenberger is back on Tuesday mornings with his next course for users of iPads and iPhones. Our literature students will enjoy Tom Dillingham’s course, Opera and the Sacred, which will focus on performances of biblical stories on Tuesday afternoons.
Wednesday mornings offer Let’s Talk Antiques with Nancy Russell, while new instructor Bill Carney will share a Study of Abraham Lincoln on Wednesday afternoons.
Bob Hibbs continues his next session of Tablets and Smartphones for Android devices on Thursday mornings. Thursday afternoons offer a new course to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the book All the President’s Men: Sandra Davidson of the MU School of Journalism will provide two class periods discussing Watergate and the National Security Agency (NSA). We will round out the course with a screening and discussion of the film. Judy Elliott also is back for the winter semester with a new installment of Travel Spanish to accompany her next exciting group trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. The trip is open to Osher at Mizzou students. Details are provided in the course description.
The Potpourri of the Arts is back on Friday mornings with Christine Doerr sharing her thoughts on engaging reality through art, Diane Peterson offering a fine tea tasting, David Wilson sharing his insights about the upcoming True/False Film Festival, and James Zynda of the Mid-Missouri Bonsai Society sharing his techniques in the art of bonsai.
We are pleased to welcome three new instructors for the Brown Bag Seminars. Ryan Lovill of Commerce Trust will discuss finance, estate planning, and cyber safety; Lamby Hedges of Stephens College Performing Arts will preview the upcoming Playhouse Theatre Company’s performance of Uncle Vanya; and Michael Chippendale will share his expertise on honeybees and beekeeping.
In December, Osher at Mizzou will move with Columbia Parks and Recreation to our new location at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area just off Old Highway 63 south of the Stadium Drive intersection. This scenic property once housed the Hillcrest Dairy. You will find our staff in the Moss Building located at 1405 Hillcrest Drive.
Many Osher at Mizzou courses will take place in the Moss Building, where we will have two daytime classrooms. Other courses, especially for technology, may be held in the main Hillcrest Community Center next to the Moss Building at 1407 Hillcrest Drive, where the computer lab is located. Both buildings have plenty of convenient parking nearby.
The new annual membership proved to be even more successful than we imagined! About 100 students became Osher @ Mizzou annual members during the fall semester.
For a fee of $240, annual members may enroll in as many Osher at Mizzou courses as they wish throughout the academic year. Annual members pay only $10 per semester for re-enrollment processing. Our membership year coincides with our academic year, beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer intersession.
- An Osher at Mizzou membership card: a non-transferable photo ID that secures your access to member benefits.
- ID card options:
- Summary of courses you have taken over the last five years.
- Cumulative years as an annual member.
- Advance registration for courses with limited enrollment one week before the general registration period (e.g., technology courses, such as Tablets and Smart Phones).
- Auditing any courses not already maxed out at no additional cost.
- Receipt on request of an annual University of Missouri Library Card.
- Yearlong access to the Brown Bag Seminar Series.
- Yearlong access and priority seating for the Friday Film Festival.
We understand that annual membership may not appeal to every student. With that in mind, we continue to offer our usual course fees per semester. Students who wish to enroll on a per-semester basis will pay just $60 per course for the winter and summer intersessions and $80 per course for the fall and spring semesters. Our two potpourri courses of Critical Issues and the Arts are available to per-semester participants for a fee of $25.
We are certain you will find courses of interest this winter that will keep you active and engaged. We look forward to seeing you in January.
Best wishes for 2014!
Sonya Carney, MAHS
Osher at Mizzou
109 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-8189 (Moss building)
573-882-8326 (Whitten Hall office)
Commerce Bank supports Osher at Mizzou!
At Commerce Bank, we strive to be a good corporate citizen. In addition to meeting the financial service needs of individuals, families, corporate executives and business owners, we have a commitment to the community that includes corporate social responsibility, community involvement, charitable giving, and employee volunteer efforts. As giving back to the community is ingrained in our culture, we are pleased to be a supporter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MU Extension. Osher provides a wonderful variety of intellectually stimulating courses to what we consider a very special demographic. We are thrilled to support your endeavors in lifelong learning!
President and CEO
Commerce Bank-Central Missouri Region
From the director
During this past semester, I hope that you have noticed and enjoyed the competence and youthful energy that has enveloped Osher @ Mizzou. A delightful ‘trio of 40-somethings’ are leading us into the future. All three are characterized by high intelligence and have attained master’s degrees in wonderfully divergent specialties.
- Sonya Carney, assistant director, joined our staff in August and has, in this short period, honed her skills sufficiently to produce the document you are now reading, the Osher 2014 Winter Intersession Course Catalog. Join me in thanking and congratulating Sonya. Ms Carney has begun to lead staff and Advisory Council members in exercises that elicit visions of the program’s growth potential, introducing an exciting new era at Osher.
- Till Rosenberger, Osher staff, rolls out a new talent every day to our amazement and delight. Clearly, program management is in his future. Rosenberger has rapidly become our go-to person for all things technological and he has graphics skills that know no limits.
- Sarah Ginter-Novinger, Osher staff, is the quiet one who monitors Osher operations keeping us all on track and effecting timely operations. She has taken on the task of attending to the needs of the Osher faculty with her fine interpersonal skills. Indeed, Osher students, too, will attest to her responsiveness as well. She is an artist, linguist and one who transforms special occasions with baked goods that are clearly works of art.
- The Osher Advisory Council, led by Gary Smith and staffed by the leadership of the Missouri University Retirees Association — our beloved MURA — along with many professional and community movers and shakers, they constitute the behind-the-scenes force in the Osher present and future.
- MU Extension executive leadership Michael Ouart, vice provost for Extension, Bev Coberly, associate vice provost for Extension — and our Beloved Boss Lady, and Joy Millard, assistant vice provost for Extension — the Continuing Education Division in Extension’s super-force!
- Anne Deaton who, today, steps away from her role as the MU First Lady, has played a brilliant and forthcoming leadership role on the Osher Council. Gratefully, she continues is a new leadership role on our campus. Thus, we anticipate her continuance on our Council — influencing that which we do with wisdom and impressive instrumentality. All the Best Always to the Deatons — Brady and Anne — with sincere gratitude for the era of progress and harmony that marked their tenure as Chancellor and Source of Inspiration.
Lucille Salerno, PhD
109 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211