June 2019
In this Issue: Registration is Opening Soon | Registration Tips | News from the Director | Happy Summer! | New Special Event Added | Thank You, May Volunteers | Packet Pick-Up Day | SIGs over the Summer | Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study | Mandela Washington Fellowship Community Engagement Opportunities
Registration is Opening Soon
8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18
Online and paper registration opens

8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19
Phone registration opens

Register Online! This is the preferred method of registration . Visit osher.boisestate.edu and click the "Log In / Join" link on our home page. If you are a new member, you will need to create an account before purchasing a membership.

If you are unable to register online, you may register by paper or phone.

  • Paper Registration Paper forms are processed in the order they are received but will not be processed until online registration opens on June 18. Since we may receive a large amount of paper forms prior to registration day, we recommend that you mail in or drop off your form as soon as you can. Mail to: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706.

  • Phone Registration — Due to the high volume of phone calls we receive from members requesting technical support on registration day, phone registration is not available until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19. You may phone-in your registration by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
Registration Tips
If you already have an Osher account, you do not need to create a new one. Please log on with your existing email and password. If you have forgotten your password, select "forgot password" and you will receive an email to reset your password.
To become familiar with the Osher Registration Website, we recommend purchasing your membership in advance of registration day. This gives you the opportunity to log in to your account, verify that you have the correct password, and practice using the website.
We highly recommend registering on your desktop or laptop computer. Avoid using your smartphone or tablet to register as the registration website may become distorted. This may make it difficult to see the list of offerings and access the payment portal.
Registering online? Make sure to have your credit card on hand. Master Card, Discover, and Visa credit cards are accepted. The online payment portal is time-sensitive and will time out if it is inactive for too long.
Need technical support? Call Customer Services at (208) 426-1709. You may be put in a queue, but stay on the line! Hanging up and re-dialing will put you at the end of the queue, further delaying your access to support.
News from the Director
Hello Osher Institute members! We will soon wrap up the spring semester with our final course concluding on Monday, June 17. The next day, June 18, fall registration opens!

My next casual Coffee & Cookies event will be held on Monday, June 10, from 12-1:00 p.m. in the Yanke Building small classroom. My guest will be Mark Wheeler, Dean of Extended Studies. Dean Wheeler provides tremendous support for the Osher Institute and has oversight of a number of other departments—many of which are housed here in the Yanke Building. Come meet Dean Wheeler and bring any questions, comments, or suggestions for the Institute. We look forward to a great discussion.

Just a reminder that the new Tuesday Social Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet for the first time on Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. at the Grove Plaza downtown. SIG Leader Mark Eubank will host this group and Holly, Jamie, and I will also be there with doughnuts and coffee for the masses! I hope you will join us; please email osher@boisestate.edu to add your name to the mailing list.

And finally, there are a few planned projects happening this summer. The grassy berm in our parking lot will be reduced, creating a new drive-through and drop-off area in front of the Yanke Building. A much-needed handrail will also be installed along the ramp leading to the Yanke Building entrance. We may also add a splash of color to our classroom and office this summer, so look for a few changes when you return for the fall semester.

It’s been my deepest pleasure to spend the spring semester with you. As always, please feel free to stop in and say hello when you are nearby.

Dana Thorp Patterson, Director
Happy Summer!
Although classes are winding down for the semester, the Osher office will remain open throughout the summer. If you need anything, feel free to stop by during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or give us a call at (208) 426-6554. We would love to see you!
New Special Event Added
Meditation with Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati

Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati is an American Swami with a long and varied career in teaching yoga and meditation. Highly sought after as a speaker across the country, she will be in Boise for a brief visit and has agreed to present to members of the Osher Institute. Swami Nirmalananda will share her experiences as a monk in the Saraswati order and explain the basics of meditation and how to make them applicable to your everyday life. If you have an interest in meditation and inner energy, this unique opportunity is for you. 

Date and time: Fri. June 14, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Included with membership

Visit the  Osher Registration Website to register online. You can also register by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
Thank You, May Volunteers
Thank you to the following members who volunteered during the month of May:

Michael Bixby, David and Peggy Currie, Chuck and Dianne Robertson, Rick Ogle, Ed Bracht, Walt and Mary Thode, Sheila Robbins, Jim Strite for serving as greeters at the start of our courses and lectures.

Thanks, also, to Ben Simko, Virginia Rivers, Sheri Robison, Allie Gooding, Jim Mariman, Arlene Hayward, Susan Gibson, Carol Delaney, and Gail Kirkpatrick for checking members in for our Special Lecture Series.

Special thanks to Caroline Morris, Shannon Reed, Marge Butterfield, Nadine Barth, Carol Delaney, and Ron and Karen Hodge for distributing catalogs across the Treasure Valley. We appreciate you!
Packet Pick-Up Day
Although there is no Spring Social this semester, we are excited to offer a new social opportunity at the end of the summer. Mark your calendars for Packet Pick-Up Day on W ednesday, August 7!

Stop by the Yanke Building to pick up your membership packet, enjoy some refreshments, and connect with other Osher members. A short program will begin at 10:30 a.m. to provide new and current members a chance to get to know the Osher Institute and its staff. Learn how the curriculum is determined, how to get involved with the Institute, and get behind-the-scenes insight into how different processes work—including registration day. Stay afterward to meet other Osher members, get a printed copy of your semester schedule, and even find your 15 seconds of fame in our new video project, “What Makes Osher Special?” We hope to see you there! Please note : This event is free, but registration is required. If you cannot stop by on Packet Pick-Up Day, your packet will be sent in the mail, as usual, on August 8.

Date and time : Wed., Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost : Free, but registration is required

Registration for this event will open on Tuesday, June 18.
SIGs Over the Summer
Although our last class of the semester will end on June 17, many of our Special Interest
Groups (SIGs) will continue through the summer. SIGs are a great way to connect with
other members, and we hope you consider registering for a few as you enjoy the summer

  • (New!) Make Your Family Tree Better (Formerly known as the Genealogy SIG): Join other members to enhance your knowledge of your family tree and discuss best practices for genealogy research. Please email osher@boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-6554 for more information and to add your name to the mailing list.

  • (New!) Tuesday Social SIG: Whether you're biking, walking, or just out and about downtown Boise, consider joining this casual, purely social SIG. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at the Grove Plaza, 827 W. Main St. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by the Osher Institute, and we would love to see you there! Please email osher@boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-6554 to add your name to the mailing list.

In addition to the new SIGs listed above, the following established SIGs will continue to
meet over the summer:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • First Friday Astronomy Lectures at Boise State
  • Memoir Writing
  • Walking the Greenbelt

To register for a SIG, visit the Osher Registration Website or call Customer Services at
(208) 426-1709.
Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study
The Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) at Boise State University is conducting a research study to learn how the musculoskeletal system responds to challenging external conditions (low-friction flooring; load bearing; dual cognitive task) and how this response differs between age groups.

If you are age 65 or older and have sustained at least one accidental fall in the past twelve months, please consider joining this study.

Approved volunteers will participate in one two-hour biomechanics session at COBR (located inside the Yanke Building) and one one-hour session at a nearby medical imaging center. MR images of the participant's knee will be acquired along with full-body video motion capture. Participants will perform activities including gait, stair ascent/descent, and pivot turn.

Participation is voluntary and volunteers will be compensated $50 upon completion of the study. If you are interested or have any questions, please email cobr@boisestate.edu.
Mandela Washington Fellowship Community Engagement Opportunities
Boise State University has been selected as an institute partner for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Boise State will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging public management leaders for a six-week leadership institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African
Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s
Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly
3,700 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan
Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows,
between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished innovators and leaders in their communities and countries.

Boise State is looking for community members to volunteer from June 19-July 27 by hosting home dinners, promoting Fellows' presentations, serving as a mentor, assisting with events, and more. Read the Community Engagement Opportunities PDF to learn more.

For more information, please contact Maya Duratovic at (208) 426-4238 or mayaduratovic@boisestate.edu.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University
Phone: (208) 426-OLLI (6554)
Email: osher@boisestate.edu
Website: osher.boisestate.edu

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 | 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: Makayla Muilenburg
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