August 2019
In this Issue: Welcome! | Packet Pick-Up Day on August 7 | Second Offerings Added | News from the Director | Yanke Building Improvements | New Exhibit in the Osher Office | In the Spotlight: September Offerings | Osher Website Changes | Like us on Facebook | Osher Calendar Online
We hope you are having a wonderful and restful summer. We have missed you and are looking forward to seeing you when classes resume this month!

This issue of Osher News is filled with important information about the upcoming semester. Please take a moment to read it so you will be up-to-date and ready for fall.
Packet Pick-Up Day on August 7
In lieu of the Spring Social, we have expanded Packet Pick-Up Day to become our social event of the summer. Come pick up your fall membership packet, enjoy some light refreshments, and connect with your fellow Osher members.

Date and Time : Wednesday, August 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location : Yanke building, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise

A short program will take place from 10:30-11 a.m. to provide new and returning members a chance to get to know the Osher Institute better.

If you are unable to pick up your membership packet on August 7, no worries! All remaining packets will be mailed the next morning.
Find your 15 minutes of fam e!

Do you love the Osher Institute? Tell us why in our new video project! A video station will be open on Packet Pick-Up Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. just down the hall from our large classroom. No need to prepare a lengthy address—members are encouraged to keep answers short and sweet.
Help Boise State students in need.

 Did you know that over 40% of Boise State students have experienced some form of food insecurity? Make a difference in a student's life by helping us fill the campus food pantry before classes begin.

Members who bring  non-perishable food and hygiene items  to Packet Pick-Up Day will have their names entered into a drawing for some great prizes!   See what items are needed most by visiting the  campus food pantry website .
Second Offerings Added
Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our fall curriculum! We are thrilled to announce the following offeri ngs that will be repeated in the fall:
Signs of the West: Lecture Two
Presenter: Dr. Jacky O'Connor, Director, Public Culture Initiative, Boise State University
Date and time: Fri., Sept. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Included with membership

Our Changing Climate: Lecture Two
Presenter: Dr. Jen Pierce, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Boise State University
Date and time: Fri., Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Included with membership

Redistricting and Gerrymandering Across the States: Lecture Two
Presenter: Dr. Gary Moncrief, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Boise State University
Date and time: Wed., Sept. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Included with membership
Visit the Osher Registration Website to read the lecture descriptions and register online. You can also register by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
We have also been fortunate to add repeats of The Big Band Era with Eric Collett and The Greatest Turning Points in Human History with Ralph Bild. Members on the waitlist for these offerings will be contacted by email if they are eligible to register. Keep an eye on your inbox! 
News from the Director
Osher members,

Hello and welcome back! We’re excited to see you at Packet Pick-Up Day on Wednesday, August 7. You’ll notice a few changes in our facilities when you arrive and we look forward to sharing and updating you on all that has transpired this summer. The Osher Institute is largely responsible for the updates in the parking lot and sidewalks and you’ll also notice some splashes of color throughout our spaces inside the building. 

As you plan to attend Packet Pick-Up Day, consider bringing along a non-perishable pantry item for the campus food pantry. We’ll be supporting the pantry throughout the year to help struggling students at Boise State University. Bring an item (or several) and we’ll enter you into a drawing for some great prizes (coffee, books, and more)! No need to be present to win; we’ll notify winners to come pick up their prize. 

I’m looking forward to resuming Casual Coffee dates each month this fall and hope you will consider stopping by. The coffee and fresh baked treats will always be on hand and I look forward to discussions, questions, and information sharing. The next Casual Coffee is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, from 12-1 p.m. , sandwiched between the morning and afternoon sessions of Dr. Adler’s short course, "The Constitution in a Crucible."
Speaking of Dr. Adler, I wanted to share another opportunity to hear him speak while he is in Boise in late August. Dr. Adler has graciously agreed to speak for the City Club of Boise on Wednesday, August 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. He will be presenting, "Evening Conversation: Presidential Powers and Article II of the Constitution." The event will be held in the Boise State Public Radio Community Room here in the Yanke building. Visit the City Club of Boise website for more information. This is not an Osher Institute presentation.

As always, feel free to call, email or stop by the office any time. I am here to serve you. 

Warm regards,

Dana Thorp Patterson, Director
Yanke Building Improvements
We have been busy this summer making improvements to the Yanke building, with the most significant improvement taking place in our parking lot. The grassy berm in the middle of the lot has been reduced and a drop-off zone has been created in front of the building. When using the drop-off zone, please enter on the east side of the berm so passengers can exit the vehicle near the established walkway.
New drop-off zone
In addition to the drop-off zone, we added a railing on the ramp leading to our front entrance. We hope these changes will make the Yanke building more accessible to all of our visitors.

A special thanks to you, our members, for helping make these improvements possible by giving to the Osher Excellence Fund. In addition to helping the Institute attract and retain top-notch faculty and presenters, the Osher Excellence Fund helps us provide well-appointed classroom space and make improvements to our building.
New Exhibit in the Osher Office
We are pleased to feature Virginia Rivers , photographer and Osher Advisory Board member, as our Osher artist for the fall semester.

Virginia Rivers has been doing nature photography since 1985. In the mid-1990’s, while doing field work on butterflies as part of an EPSCoR grant award, she became interested in photographing them as well as other insects and tiny subjects. Her current interest and challenge during the winter months is to achieve perfect images of individual snowflakes. During the summer, she continues to chase butterflies in Idaho’s amazing wild places.

Her work has been published in the Audubon Butterfly Calendar, the Audubon Engagement Calendar, Sierra Magazine, EOS Magazine, Reno Gazette Journal, Reno Magazine, as well as numerous land management agency publications and websites. Her recent work is posted on Flickr and Shutterstock as digital images.

Make sure to stop by the Osher office this semester to see Virginia’s photography . Thank you, Virginia, for sharing your work with us!
In the Spotlight: September Offerings
Every month, Osher News highlights offerings that still have space available for members to enroll. The following offerings take place during the month of September. 

Please note: These are only two of the fourteen offerings in September that still have space available! Visit the Osher Registration Website to check the status of our remaining fall semester offerings.
With a Song in My Heart
Embodied in both popular and classical music, vocal music has existed since the beginning of time. Throughout the centuries, some of the best-known vocal music has been transcribed for the piano—perhaps because of its “singing” quality. This course will focus on composers of diverse nationalities and represent numerous genres. Countries represented will include Russia, Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, and America, and genres will range from classical art song and opera to film scores and Broadway show tunes. After discussing and demonstrating memorable melodies, Dr. Parkinson will perform representative lyrical piano selections emanating from various regions through the ages.
Presenter: Dr. Del Parkinson , Professor of Music, Boise State University
Date and time: Fri., Sept. 13 and 20, 2-4 p.m.
Location: Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise State Department of Music, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise
Cost: $30
Language Throughout the Lifespan 
This course will walk members through the journey of language acquisition, usage, and decay through the lifespan. The main themes of this course include how children acquire their first language(s) and how the acquisition of a subsequent language is similar or different in children and adults. The course will also cover bilingualism, language disorders, language impairments, and the mechanisms of the brain responsible for language.
Presenter: Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez , Associate Professor of Linguistics, Boise State University
Date and time: Mon., Sept. 23 and 30, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25
Visit the Osher Registration Website to register online. You can also register by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
Osher Website Changes
Mark your calendars! Our new website will go live on Thursday, August 15. The redesigned website will allow us to provide real-time updates for weather cancellations, newly added offerings, registration information, and more.

In addition to these updates, our URL will change from to If you have trouble accessing bookmarks or saved pages on your computer after the 15th, you may need to re-save them with the new website URL.

We hope you will take a few moments to browse the updated content when the website goes live on August 15.
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Stay connected! Our Facebook page is a great resource to stay updated about what's happening at the Osher Institute and in the Boise State community.

Osher Calendar Online
Did you know that a calendar of offerings is posted on the Osher website? If you've lost your catalog or need help managing your personal calendar, use this tool to see when our offerings take place and which offerings overlap. Scroll to the bottom of the Osher homepage to view the calendar.

Please note: Adding events to your calendar does not mean you are registered for them. Visit the Osher Registration Website to register for offerings. Please double check your registration receipts and online account to verify which offerings you have successfully been enrolled in.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University
Phone: (208) 426-OLLI (6554)

The Osher Institute at Boise State University operates within the Division of Extended Studies. It is a membership-based lifelong learning program offering non-credit, college-level offerings for intellectually curious adults over age 50.

Osher Institute Advisory Board
Chair: Ben Simko | Cindy Anson | Ralph Bild | Russ Centanni | Carol Delaney | Bae Emilson
Chuck Folkner | Susan Gibson | Dennis Hall | Merilee Marsh | Mike Merz
Celeste Miller | Virginia Rivers | Nancy Roehrkasse
Osher Institute Staff
Director: Dana Thorp Patterson | Program Coordinator: Jamie Lundergreen
Assistant Program Coordinator: Holly Goldgrabe Student Office Assistant: Makayla Muilenburg
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