KristiMillikanDirector's letter

Dear colleagues,

To celebrate springtime, we have a whole host of classes to help you enjoy the new blooms. For Osher’s Year of the Eclipse programming, we have two courses planned. Val Germann helps us to document the momentous phenomenon with “Viewing and Photographing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse,” and Anna Martin guides us in figuring out what our ancestors were doing during previous eclipses through newspapers, books, land records, maps and gazetteers and family letters in “Where Were Your Ancestors During Previous Solar Eclipses?”

Here are a few other classes we want to highlight:

  • “Women Who Changed the 20th Century” — Wayne Anderson looks at the lives of several women in the last century who helped move women closer to equal status with men through suffrage, reproductive rights and challenging sexist cultural norms.
  • “Going Green” — City of Columbia Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe shares ideas about how we can adopt sustainable living practices in our everyday world.
  • “Myths and Misconceptions: Wealth Strategy Based on Facts and Logic” ­­­— Financial planner Jason Ingram returns to Osher this spring to help us make smart decisions when it comes to taxes, fees and market risk.
  • “Writing in the ‘Fourth Quarter’: An Exploration of Senior Options” — Kit Salter leads us through a unique examination of autobiographical writing with four local authors who will share their own journeys of creativity.
  • “The First 100 Days of Donald Trump’s Presidency and Eric Greitens’ Governorship” — David Leuthold helps us make sense of the first few months of this new era in politics. This class will examine policy decisions on the national, state and local levels.
  • And John Parker returns this spring with a full series of selected topics that span Missouri’s conservation challenges, correctional system and agricultural innovations, as well as identity theft, the neuropsychology of virtue and more.

We hope you are not planning anything else for the next couple of months, because your schedule is going to be full with Osher classes. We will save a seat for you!

Kristin Millikan

P.S. The annual volunteer appreciation lunch and member meeting will be on Thursday, May 18. Please save the date on your calendar.

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

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