July 2021
In This Issue: A Message From the Director | Fall 2021 Catalog and Registration | 2021-2022 Membership | Special Interest Groups | NEW! Special Interest Series | Osher-Sponsored Event | Auditing Boise State Courses | Happy 4th of July!
A Message From the Director
Dear Osher Members,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year! We are delighted to embrace another year of lifelong learning programs to expand your horizons, and we are MOST excited to welcome you back to the Yanke Family Research Parkin person!

Most of our programs will have seating available in the Osher classroom; however, because of the locations of presenters, or other factors, some presentations will be offered only by livestream (with a recording). When you register online, look for the notation of "Livestream/Recording Only" to identify those presentations. This will be our first time ever delivering seated programs while broadcasting via livestream and recording all at once! We ask for your patience as we begin this new experience.

Membership purchase or renewal for 2021-2022 is available beginning July 1 by logging into your Osher account. Registration for the fall semester begins on July 6. As with the last three semesters, whenever you wake up that morning, simply log in to your account and register for the programs that interest you. There's no need to rush; every registered member will automatically receive the link to the Zoom livestream, as well the recorded program following the event. One week prior to the program, you will receive a confirmation email with the livestream link, as well as an indication of seats available in the classroom. If we have more members registered than the classroom's seating capacity, we will use a lottery system to seat members. (If you have already decided to engage only via livestream/recordings this year, feel free to drop us a note at osher@boisestate.edu. That may free up a seat for another Osher member who would appreciate it!)

Our partnership with The Great Courses Plus/Wondrium continues this year. For only $45, Osher members receive a subscription valid August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022, with access to thousands of lectures and courses. Consider augmenting your lifelong learning needs with this unique opportunity. Select this option on the registration page.

Join us at our next Virtual Social Hour on Wednesday, July 7, at 12 p.m. MST to ask all your questions. Watch your email for the link to the Social Hour the day prior to the event.

Follow the Osher Institute on Facebook at facebook.com/osherboisestate for updates and special information about presentations, speakers, and events. Check out Osher on Demand for access to scores of curated programs, articles, Ted Talks, and more.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces very soon.


Dana Thorp Patterson, Director
Fall 2021 Catalog and Registration
The Fall 2021 catalog will begin arriving
in mailboxes on Tuesday, July 6.

You can register for the Fall programs of your choice as soon as you receive your catalog.

Starting this semester, we will be delivering most of our programs in a hybrid approachthis means that programs will be held in person while being simultaneously livestreamed and recorded. However, some programs will only be livestreamed remotely; these programs will be denoted on the registration site.

If you have registered for a program but cannot attend in person, no worries! You will automatically receive a confirmation email with the livestream link for all programs. Registered members also will receive an email with the recording link for each program.
2021-2022 Membership
For the upcoming academic year, membership fees will remain at $70.

Your membership includes:
  • Membership for one year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022).
  • Access to register for seated and livestream/recorded programs—many at no additional cost.
  • Link to recorded presentations for which you are registeredview these at your leisure throughout the year.
  • Subscription to the monthly e-newsletter, Osher News.
  • Access to archived recordings of Osher programs.
  • Significantly discounted access to The Great Courses Plus/Wondrium for one year.
  • Access to Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at no additional charge.
  • One guest pass each semester good for one livestreamed or recorded lecture or course session.

As a member, you will also be invited to all Osher Institute events and the monthly Social Hours. Renew your membership beginning July 1 on the Osher Registration page.
Special Interest Groups
Along with a return to in-person programs, we will resume several Osher Special Interest Groups (SIGs)! These are a wonderful way to take a deeper dive into specific topics and connect with other Osher members.

Here are the SIGs that will be meeting in Fall 2021:

  • Drawing With Friends
  • Hiking in the Foothills
  • Make Your Family Tree Better
  • (Mostly) Foreign Films at The Flicks
  • Reading Writers Paired
  • Walking the Greenbelt

You can sign up for a SIG when you register for your Fall semester programs. Information on meeting dates, times, and locations will be confirmed with registrants via email.
NEW! Special Interest Series
We are excited to announce the Osher Institute's new Special Interest Series (SIS), a blend of a traditional SIG and a workshop-type presentation. This SIS features a five-part series of writing sessions, each facilitated by a professional presenter who will focus on a specific genre.

Seating is limited, and each session will be held in person to encourage interaction and participation. The $35 fee for the series includes one session each in the following: Personal Essay, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Fantasy, and the Novel.

Please note: This Special Interest Series will NOT be recorded. Guest passes are not available for this series.

You can register for this SIS when you sign up for your Fall semester programs.
Osher-Sponsored Event
First Friday Astronomy Lecture

Dr. Steve Swanson, retired NASA astronaut and Distinguished Educator in Residence, Boise State University

Friday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m.

To join the online lecture: http://boi.st/astrobroncoslive
Auditing Boise State Courses
Did you know you can audit courses at Boise State University for no charge? Seniors age 65 and over qualify for the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver. For more information, visit the Senior Waiver FAQs website, or contact Student Financial Services at (208) 426-1212 or sfinfo@boisestate.edu.

Dr. Mac Test and Dr. Matthew Hansen have extended an invitation to Osher members to audit their Boise State course, THEA 360: Advanced Studies in Theatre History. It will be held on Wednesdays, August 22 through December 10, at 4:30-7:15 p.m. Please email Dr. Hansen at matthewhansen@boisestate.edu for more information about the course.
Happy 4th of July!
The Osher office will be closed in observance of the
4th of July holiday on Monday, July 5.

We wish everyone a happy holiday weekend and hope your summer is full of joy, relaxation, and celebration.

Looking forward to seeing you in the fall!
Our thanks for the continued support from our Community Sponsors and Partners:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University
Phone: (208) 426-OLLI (6554)
Email: osher@boisestate.edu
Website: boisestate.edu/osher

The Osher Lifelong Learning 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 programs for intellectually curious adults age 50 and over.

Osher Institute Advisory Board
Chair: Merilee Marsh | Cindy Anson | Ralph Bild | Michael Bixby
Chuck Folkner | Dennis Hall | Rod McLean | Celeste Miller
Sharon Moses | Rainey Pieters | Virginia Rivers | Chuck Robertson
Osher Institute Staff
Director: Dana Thorp Patterson | Program Coordinator: Laura Mehlhaff
Communications Specialist: Jill Chmelko | Administrative Assistant: Jeremy Trent
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