January 2019
In this Issue: Happy New Year | Spring Membership Packets | A Few Housekeeping Items | Travel with Osher and Road Scholar | New Exhibit in the Osher Office | Osher Presenter Gets Published | 2018 Winter Celebration | Thank You, December Volunteers | Presenter Biographies | In the Spotlight | Morrison Center Discount Opportunity: Wicked
Happy New Year
From all of us at the Osher Institute, we wish you a joyful new year!

We are excited to see you in the classroom and hope you take a moment to read the important information in this newsletter.
Spring Membership Packets
If you are a new member or have renewed your fall membership for the spring semester, you will be receiving a membership packet with a new name badge. Packets were mailed on January 2, so keep an eye on your mailbox!

For our returning members, please remember that all parking permits are valid until August 11, 2019. Hang on to your permit! There is a $5 fee to replace a parking permit.
New Member Packet
Renewing Member Packet
Please note: Annual members will not receive any new materials for the spring semester. Hang on to your name badge and parking permit!
A Few Housekeeping Items
We're looking forward to seeing everyone this semester! To make sure the classroom experience is enjoyable for everyone, please note the following reminders and requests.

Many members have sensitive respiratory systems which can be exacerbated by strong odors. Please keep these members in mind and avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne.

Guest Policy
Members may bring one guest to lectures when space is available. Please contact the Osher office at (208) 426-6554 or osher@boisestate.edu prior to the lecture to see if there is room. Accommodations can sometimes be made for short courses, depending on the circumstances. Please contact the Osher office in advance.

Classroom Temperature
Boise State University follows state-mandated temperature settings as set by the Governor's office. The set points are 70° heating and 75° cooling, meaning that if the building temperature drops below 70°, the heat will turn on; if the temperature rises above 75°, the cooling system will turn on. If the temperature is anywhere between 70° and 75°, no changes will be made. In the case of our large classroom, we realize that the sudden influx of 200 members at once can drive the room temperature up. However, the system is not designed for a "quick cool" mode to bring the temperature down in a few minutes. Once the temperature exceeds 75°, the dampers will be opened to introduce more air into the room.

If you find yourself feeling too warm during class, please remember to dress in layers and sit towards the front of the room. Heating vents are located underneath the windows along the back wall.

Coat Rack
As winter progresses, more coats will be making an appearance in the classroom. Please help us keep the aisles and rows clear by using the coat rack, located in the servery on the east side of the large classroom.

Weather Cancellation Policy
If an offering must be cancelled due to weather, we will email members the night before or morning of, no later than 90 minutes before class time. If you do not have email, we will do our best to call you. If you are concerned about the weather, please check your email or call the Osher office at (208) 426-6554 for updates. Please note: If Boise State University closes due to weather, the Osher Institute will also close.
Travel with Osher and Road Scholar
There is still space available in our "Best of Yellowstone" trip with Road Scholar. If you are already registered for this trip, you are welcome to invite a friend! Osher membership is not required to participate.
Yellowstone National Park's past and present volcanic and tectonic activity is the foundation of its unique ecosystem and the ecological connections that make it so alluring. Join a park naturalist for a field study showcasing this UNESCO Heritage Site where landforms, together with climate, elevation, and time, have resulted in a grand diversity of flora and fauna. Interpretive walks and field trips reveal wildlife, geology, forest, wildflowers, and thermal features, as well as the park's human history and current issues.

Dates: May 19-25, 2019

Program Price:
Double Occupancy: $1,849
Single Occupancy: $2,409

Activity Level:
"Keep the Pace." Expect daily, moderate walking up to three miles on established trails, paths, stairs, and boardwalks. Walking is integral to the program content.

Click here to view the "Best of Yellowstone" flyer . Flyers are also available in the Osher office.

Registration is open and available only through Road Scholar. To register, call Road Scholar toll free at (800) 322-5315. Reference program #23358 "Best of Yellowstone," and tell them that you are a member of the Osher Institute at Boise State University.
New Exhibit in the Osher Office
We are pleased to feature the work of James Moorcroft , photographer and Osher member, in our office throughout the spring semester.

James graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in civil engineering and later earned a master’s degree in transportation and urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent over 45 years as a professional consulting engineer while leading program and design teams in large urban centers. That leadership included major infrastructure programs such as the design of a new runway at O’Hare National Airport, all engineering designs for the new Midfield Terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport, a conceptual master plan for the brand new Mexico City Airport, and the design of a $1 billion reconstruction of South Capitol Street in Washington, D.C. done in accordance with the original L’Enfant city master plan of 1791. James retired from his engineering consulting practice four years ago.

Moorcroft’s interest in photography reflects his love of light and color, particularly here in the West, where he is focused on capturing landscapes in all forms—rural and urban. Ever since taking his first family road trips from Pittsburgh to Colorado and California at a young age, James has been particularly interested in western light. He still travels the back roads of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Oregon to experience these amazing spaces and to discover all there is to be seen, felt, and enjoyed. His photography focuses on capturing the western environment in a simple and clear form, and to reflect the energy of the ever-changing West.

Make sure to stop by the Osher office this semester to see James' photography. Thank you, James, for sharing your work with us!
Osher Presenter Gets Published
We are excited to announce that Osher member and presenter Vince Hannity has published the book From Savagery to Civilization: The Power of Greek Mythology . This book is based on Vince's research for his spring 2018 Osher course, "Classical Mythology in Ancient Greece and Rome."

2018 Winter Celebration
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Winter Celebration on December 13. We enjoyed the company of over 300 members, great jazz music by Chuck Smith and Friends, and a slideshow of photos taken by members of the Photography SIG. We also officially welcomed our new director, Dana Thorp Patterson during a short program. We hope you'll join us for next year's celebration!
Thank You, December Volunteers
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us finish another great semester:

Michael and Sharon Bixby , Jacquie Ausmus , Zoe Strite , Judy Thompson , and Allie Gooding for serving as greeters. Thanks, also, to Bae Emilson , Ellie McKinnon , Candy Miller , Vince and Janet Matthews , Mark and Cindy Eubank for greeting at our Winter Celebration. We appreciate you!
Presenter Biographies
Learn more about our spring semester presenters by visiting the Presenter Biographies page on the Osher website. Biographies are listed alphabetically and arranged by offering type.
In the Spotlight
Every month, Osher News highlights offerings that still have space available for members to enroll. The following offerings take place during the month of January.
Network Science: How the World is Connected

Network Science is a new discipline explaining the world's most complex systems through a surprisingly universal set of network properties. Applications include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, biology, and sociology. This class explores phenomena common to systems as diverse as social sites Facebook and Twitter, the World Wide Web, neural networks in our brains, and metabolic pathways. While Network Science is a new field, it is stunningly fundamental and approachable to non-practitioners. We won't shy away from discussing the math behind the models, but will focus at a conceptual level appropriate for rusty students and all but those with the strongest of math allergies.

Presenter: Josh Johnston , Manager of AI Science, Kount, Inc.
Dates and times: Wed., Jan. 9, 16, and 23, 10 a.m.-noon 
Cost: $35
2018 Idaho Elections in Review

Join Dr. Jaclyn Kettler and Dr. Jeffrey Lyons, both of the School of Public Service at Boise State University, as they provide analytical commentary and lead a discussion focused on the results of the 2018 election. Special focus will be given to the gubernatorial race, other statewide races, ballot measures, and the Idaho political landscape. They will also discuss historic similarities and what the future likely holds.

Presenters: Dr. Jaclyn Kettler , Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boise State University, and Dr. Jeffrey Lyons , Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boise State University
Date and time: Wed., Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Included with membership
Visit the Osher Registration Website to register online. You can also register by phone by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
Morrison Center Discount Opportunity: Wicked
The Morrison Center is offering a 10% discount to Osher members for the Broadway sensation, Wicked. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.00.

Wicked will run from March 6-17, 2019 and is recommended for ages 8+. Children under age 4 will not be admitted.

To take advantage of this discount, please use the following instructions:
  • Visit the Morrison Center Corporate Group website
  • Select the event name and click "Find Tickets"
  • A promotional code box will pop up. Enter code "OSHER"
  • Use the map to select your seats
  • Log in to your account, using your email address as your login

If this is your first time accessing "My Account," or if you have forgotten your password, click on the "Forgot Your Password?" link to have a password emailed to you. Tickets will be available for print-at-home delivery only via your account.

About the show: So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz—but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships— until the world decides to call one "good" and the other "wicked."
This discount offer is available for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening performances only. Price Level 1 tickets are not eligible for the discount. Offer valid until Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 p.m. Ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. The Morrison Center Corporate Group website does not work on Internet Explorer browsers. If you are having technical difficulties, please contact Debbie Eidson at (208) 426-4103.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University
Phone: (208) 426-OLLI (6554)
Email: osher@boisestate.edu
Website: osher.boisestate.edu

Boise State's Osher Institute operates within the Division of Extended Studies. It is a membership-based lifelong learning program offering non-credit, college-level short courses, lectures, and unique learning opportunities for intellectually curious adults over age 50.

Osher Institute Advisory Board
Chair: Ben Simko | Ralph Bild | Russ Centanni | Carol Delaney | Bae Emilson
Chuck Folkner | Susan Gibson | Dennis Hall | Merilee Marsh | Mike Merz
Virginia Rivers | Gary Robb | Sheri Robison | Nancy Roehrkasse

Osher Institute Staff
Director: Dana Thorp Patterson | Program Coordinator: Jamie Lundergreen
Assistant Program Coordinator: Holly Goldgrabe Student Office Assistant: Mitchell Crocker
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