Special events

Fall 2019 Semester

Brown Bag Seminar Series [7 Sessions]

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Moss A
Fridays: Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 25; Nov. 1

Brown Bag Seminar Series does not meet on Oct. 18. Please join us for the Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar. 

Brown Bag seminars are open to all Osher Premium and Basic members throughout the academic year. Semester members may attend for the semester in which they enroll. Feel free to bring some food to this “lunch & learn.”  

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye 

Sept. 13: Keep Your Keys 

The objective for the Keep Your Keys program is to keep seniors on the road as long and as safely as possible. The instructor will discuss: medications and how they may impact or impair driving; the need to have a retirement plan, as many driving retirements can happen without any warning (broken leg, hip, etc); how pre-planning can diminish feelings of isolation and depression that are typical with driving retirement; general rules of the road, with a focus on new car technologies and road updates (J turns and roundabouts); information from trauma surgeons/ geriatric doctors that provides information on the aging body; tips on how to stay healthy; what to do in case of a crash; safe-driving checklists to assess your own driving skills; and more. Participants will receive a Keep Your Keys Booklet and a goody bag with fun items, a Transportation Planning sheet, a File of Life medication keeper, and more. 

Instructors: Kassie Campbell received her B.S. in nursing from Central Methodist University in 2010. She has worked for MU in the Burn and Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She is currently a nurse clinician and injury prevention coordinator for the trauma service. When she is not working as a nurse clinician for the trauma team, Kassie focuses her injury-prevention efforts in the areas of teen and older-driver safety. 

Beth Koster graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in elementary education. She taught for 30 years in the public school system in Iowa and Missouri. She joined the MU Trauma Injury Prevention Outreach Team in February 2018. 

Sept. 20: Missouri Native Trees and Shrubs & Stephens Lake Park Arboretum 

This presentation will cover Missouri native trees and shrubs beyond what are commercially available or commonly known to gardeners and plant collectors. We will discuss these uncommon and rare Missouri beauties, where to find them and how to grow them. We will also learn about the newly accredited Stephens Lake Park Arboretum and its long term plans. The Arboretum is home to several collections, a few of which are not found anywhere else in the state. 

Instructor: Ryan Russell is the horticulturist for the City of Columbia and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Ryan is heavily involved in the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the International Oak Society and is the North American registrar for all new oak cultivars. He worked to achieve accreditation for Stephens Lake Park as a Level 2 Arboretum and continues to build collections for the Arboretum as well as help educate others in all things botanic. 

Sept. 27: Be Smart 

Each year in the U.S., nearly 260 children aged 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 600 more die by suicide with a gun each year. The Be Smart framework is designed to help parents and adults navigate tough conversations and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. This Brown Bag session will give attendees the training and resources to have that delicate conversation about proper storage and handling of guns. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an apolitical national organization founded by MU graduate Shannon Watts, provided training for the speaker and will distribute complimentary materials. 

Instructor: Kathleen Darchuk, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Board Certified clinical health psychologist with clinical and research interests in suicide prevention. She received her Ph.D. at Ohio University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in medical psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is a volunteer and lead Be SMART trainer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. 

Oct. 4: Experience Energy Medicine Through Dance! 

Eat your lunch early so you can come and dance during this Brown Bag seminar. After some gentle stretching and a warm-up exercise, we will get moving. If you are less mobile, you may follow along while sitting, or imagine the movements and energy as if you were actually dancing. The easy song and dance you will learn engages your “radiant circuits of joy” while incorporating simple Eden Energy Medicine exercises. You don’t need to be a student of Eden Energy Medicine to participate and receive the energy-balancing benefits of this easy-to-learn song and dance. 

Instructor: Karen R. Onofrio, M.D., EEM-CP, artist and retired pathologist, continues to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the body/mind/ spirit connection. She is an Eden Energy Medicine certified practitioner, Usui Reiki master, Free Soul instructor, Level 1 practitioner of the Art of Raising Frequency and Healing Touch level 1 student. She takes Wisdom Healing Qigong classes from Master Mingtong Gu. 

Oct. 11: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Actions to Address the Opioid Epidemic and the Latest from Medicare 

This session explains the actions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking to address the opioid epidemic in detail as it relates to current data and coverage through Medicare, Medicaid and the Marketplace. During the presentation, facts about the opioid epidemic will be reviewed, CMS’ actions to address the epidemic will be discussed and opioid resources will be provided. The session will include a basic overview of the Medicare program, as well as any new resources, updates, improvements and enhancements to the Medicare program for pre-retirees, retirees and caregivers; this is particularly important when considering the millions of beneficiaries enrolled in the Medicare program. Nearly every U.S. household has one or more family members receiving their healthcare coverage from one of the programs administered by CMS. 

Instructors: Julie Brookhart has worked for CMS for 24 years in various capacities. Julie is the leader of the Regional External Affairs Team, charged with outreach and education so that organizations, associations, employers, congressional offices, media and constituents who come into contact with the programs’ beneficiaries, and their caregivers, will understand CMS programs to make the right choices. She holds a B.A. in education from the University of Kansas, with courses in journalism. 

John Montalto has worked for CMS for five years as a health insurance specialist. John received his M.S.W. from Fordham University and is a licensed clinical social worker in New York State. John has held leadership positions for the New York State Office of Mental Health, as well as the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. John served in Iraqi Operation Enduring Freedom as a combat stress control officer for the U.S. Army. 

Oct. 18: No Brown Bag Session – Please join us for the Silvers Seminar 

Oct. 25: Cooking for One or Two 

Have you ever found yourself eating frozen entrees night after night or making another sandwich for dinner because it isn’t worth the effort to cook for just one? Over half of American households consist of only one or two people. But if you buy into the “It isn’t worth it philosophy,” you might find your healthy diet destroyed. Cooking for one or two might pose some challenges, but the alternative might be poor nutrition habits. In this session , we will discuss tips to help you plan, cook and eat meals for one or two people. 

Instructor: Paula Vandelicht, RD, LD, comes to Hy- Vee as a dietitian focused on your health. She has more than 18 years of experience as a registered dietitian with a B.S. in dietetics from MU. She also is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her past work experiences include hospitals and doctors’ clinics. She offers private nutrition counseling, luncheon presentations, cooking classes, in-store demonstrations and grocery store tours and is available for wellness fairs. 

Nov. 1: Session TBA 

Please visit osher.missouri.edu to see an updated PDF of the catalog — the session details will also be included in Osher’s weekly e-newsletter.

Friday Afternoon Film Festival [Each Friday during the semester]

Films begin at 1:30 p.m., Moss A
Fridays: Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 25; Nov. 1

No film on Oct. 18. 

Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions. Films will be announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher@Mizzou. The Friday Afternoon Film Festival is open to all Osher members and guests of premium members.


Take full advantage of your Osher membership and join a club, open to all current members, including Premium, Semester and Basic.

El Club de Español

Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Hillcrest C  

Habla español? Osher’s Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish. Beginners meet from 2 to 3 p.m., and advanced speakers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call club organizer Judy Elliott at 573-424-4244 if you plan to participate.   

Diversity Book Club

Every third Thursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Hillcrest C 

Nancy Browning, professor emeritus of cultural diversity at Lincoln University, facilitates this monthly book discussion centered on diversity issues. Plan to have read the book in advance and come ready for discussion. Books are decided by the group and will be announced via Osher’s e-newsletter. 

For Sept. 19, read Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. 

For Oct. 17, read Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt. 

Osher Sings Club

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Moss A 

Come and sing along just for the sheer joy of singing — no experience necessary. The group is led and accompanied by Brandon Boyd, MU’s assistant director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education. Michael Porter remains as the group’s founder and head ‘lounge lizard.’ Join in on the fun! 

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Hillcrest D

Travel Club is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. If interested, please email coordinator Sharon Kinden at sharonkinden@yahoo.com. 

Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

Coffee and cakes at 9:30 a.m.; Book Talk 10 a.m.; Hillcrest D
Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks

Join us on the first Saturday of each month. Free for current Osher members; all others, $3 per session or $20 for 10-event punch card. 

September 14  

The New Territory (Quarterly) by Tina Casagrand, Publisher and Editor  

Sponsor: Kit and Cathy Salter  

This is the first time the Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks have allocated a session to a quarterly. The New Territory: Land, People, and Possibilities is a lush magazine, published by Tina Casagrand of Jefferson City. Our focus, Issue 07, “Sanctuaries,” was published in December 2018. It is made up of a blend of several feature articles and a series of one- or two- page pieces by varied authors. All of the work is graced with bold and evocative photographs. The “Sanctuaries” issue has been guest edited and presents to its readers a range of perspectives of writers from a half dozen nearby states. Reportage is keenly focused on people but the photos add great drama, giving the landscapes of the lower Midwest a fine role. Ms. Casagrand will talk about the genesis of the quarterly. 

October 5 

The Girl’s Guide to Missiles (2018) by Karen Piper

Sponsor: Steve Weinberg  

This very unusual chronicle is subtitled: “Growing up in America’s secret desert.” Karen Piper, currently on the English faculty and adjunct Geography member at MU, has lived a life of unusual variety—and Girl’s Guide will take all of us through experiences that we probably have not even imagined in fantasies. The setting is China Lake in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California. Author Piper grew up in a highly ‘classified’ situation because her parents were both employed in this WWII (1943) weapon design, manufacture and testing complex. She lived in a residential world made up nearly totally of weapons professionals—and she efficiently moved to Oregon to explore a totally different world. 

November 2 

Capturing the Magic of Travel (in progress) by Cathy Salter 

[The new Alex George novel, The Paris Hours, has been rescheduled for the second half of 2020.] 

Cathy Salter, a columnist for the Columbia Tribune and the Boone County Journal since the 1990s, has taught Osher classes on travel and on wine and also worked for the National Geographic Society for more than a decade. In her 1200+ columns she has presented a collage of places, peoples and ideas that she is now shaping into a book. On November 2, she will use her writing in an effort to illustrate the magic of travel. 

December 7 

Queries and Ponderings (2017) by Clarence Wolfshohl 

Sponsor: Merilee “Cricket” Dunn & Lyanne Riley   

Poet Clarence Wolfshohl concludes our 2019 series with both poetry and book craftsmanship. In Queries and Wonderments, he has poetry, artwork and book craft skills all bound up in a single creative volume. I offer, for your wonderment, a few stanzas from ‘Consider the Table’s Desire.’ (p. 21) “Consider the table’s desire to sustain our dishes, our utensils the very food of our existence; to keep // vases of flowers from falling to the floor, to be covered by rectangles of lace or oilcloth; to catch// the detritus of our everyday, car keys, change, salt and pepper shakers, toys that click-clack across the surface…[and for those cultures that did NOT create tables] …they can’t lay their cards on//nor belly up to nor name level, high land nor measure out in spoons. Nor open their books on flat, full of desire.” Come see and hear the poet’s skill in teasing meaning from our everyday words.