September 2019
In this Issue: Labor Day Holiday | Our N ew Website is Live! | Second Offerings Added | Bronco Giving Day | News from the Director | Campus Food Pantry | Piano Players SIG | Check Your Schedule Online | In the Spotlight: September Offerings | Bus Passes Available | Accommodations in the Classroom | Free Opportunity on Campus | Thank You to Our Community Sponsors
Labor Day Holiday
Because our office was closed on Labor Day, this newsletter is being sent a few days late.

We hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend, and we're looking forward to seeing many of you this month as classes begin!
Our New Website is Live!
The brand-new Osher Institute website is live!

This redesigned site will allow us to provide real-time updates for weather cancellations, registration information, newly added offerings, and more.

We hope you will take a few moments to browse the updated content.
Second Offerings Added
Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our fall curriculum! We are thrilled to announce the following offerings that will be repeated in the fall:

The Big Band Era: Lecture Two
Presenter: Eric Collett, owner and principal, A Mind for All Seasons, LLC
Date and time: Fri., Oct. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Included with membership

The Greatest Turning Points in Human History: Course Two
Presenter: Ralph Bild, retired CIA Intelligence Analyst and high school economics and history teacher
Dates and times: Thu. and Fri., Dec. 5, 6, 12, and 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $45

Visit the Osher Registration Website to read the offering descriptions and register online.
You can also register by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709. Members on the waitlist for these offerings were contacted by email prior to the newsletter being published.
There is still space available to register for our other repeat offerings! Visit the Osher Registration Website to register for the following lectures:

Signs of the West: Lecture Two
Presenter: Dr. Jacky O'Connor, Director, Public Culture Initiative, Boise State
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
Bronco Giving Day
Bronco Giving Day is a university-wide effort to inspire alumni, parents, and friends to show their Bronco pride by making a gift to select areas of campus.

This 36-hour online campaign, launching on September 12, will give you the opportunity to support the Osher Institute Excellence Fund and help us continue to offer programming by talented faculty and community experts in well-appointed classrooms.

Click here to visit the Bronco Giving Day website. The campaign opens at midnight on Thursday, September 12 and closes at noon on Friday, September 13. All gifts up to $1,000 will be matched. Don't miss this great opportunity!
News From the Director
Osher members,

Packet Pickup Day was a great success on August 7. More than 250 of you came by and joined us for snacks and a short program while picking up your membership packets. During the day, Osher members donated an incredible number of items to support Boise State University’s campus food pantry. We will continue to support the campus pantry, so we hope you will consider bringing an item to donate when you come for classes. The campus pantry is thrilled to have this generous support.  

We had the opportunity to share the Osher Institute with our colleagues in the Division of Extended Studies during a “Featured Area of the Month” presentation. Holly, Jamie, and I gave an overview of the Osher Institute, how we function, demographics of our membership, and what a day in the life of the program looks like. Our thanks to the Advisory Board for attending and participating! We’re considering hosting a repeat of this presentation for our membership. Let us know if you would be interested in attending.

Beginning this semester, you have more opportunities to evaluate presentations and give feedback for every offering you attend. We will share your comments with presenters who are always eager to get feedback. Please share what you loved about the program, as well as any suggestions for future presentations. 

I hope you will join me for my Casual Coffee on Tuesday, September 17, from 12-1 p.m. Our conversation will focus on registration and some upcoming changes that will soon be implemented. Enjoy a fresh baked treat and ask me anything you want to know.

Happy September!

Dana Thorp Patterson, Director
Campus Food Pantry: September Theme
Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the campus food pantry! We had a great turnout on Packet Pick-Up Day in August and were able to get the pantry well-stocked for the start of the school year.

This month's theme is "Build a Better Breakfast." We encourage you to bring any non-perishable breakfast items to share with students. Not sure what to get? Here are a few ideas:

Boxed cereal | Instant oatmeal | Shelf-stable non-dairy milk | Granola bars | Protein bars Fruit cups | Mixed nuts | Peanut butter | Fruit leather | Syrup | Pancake mix | Coffee
Piano Players SIG
Do you enjoy playing piano and sharing music with others? Osher member Bill Donovan is considering a new Piano Players Special Interest Group (SIG) for those who would like to practice performing piano in front of others. All are welcome; beginners and advanced players alike. This casual group would meet once a month to play piano and share what they've been practicing.

A planning meeting to assess interest and decide how this group could best function will take place on Wednesday, September 25, from 9-10 a.m. at the Yanke building. If you are interested in attending the meeting or would like to add your name to the mailing list, contact the Osher office at   or (208) 426-6554.
Check Your Schedule Online
Did you know that you can check your schedule online? Simply   log in to your account and follow these steps:

  • Click "My Account" at the top of the page (pictured to the right);
  • Click the grey "My History" button;
  • Click the "Current Registrations" button.

Under "Current Registrations," you will find a list of everything you are enrolled in and on the waitlist for.
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 three 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.
Idaho Wine Tour: Events One and Two
Presenter: Kathy Johnson , owner, Winery Seekers Wine Tours
Date and time:
Event #1: Wed., Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Event #2: Wed., Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Begin and end at the Yanke Building, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise
Cost: $120 ( Cancellations made within 21 days of this event will not receive a refund.)
With a Song in My Heart
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
Visit the  Osher Registration Website to read the offering description and register online. You can also register by calling Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.
Bus Passes Available
Do you use the Valley Regional Transit buses to get around town? Boise State University's Transportation and Parking Services provided the Osher Institute with a limited number of bus stickers to give away to our members on a first-come-first-served basis. Bring your current name badge to the Osher office to get your sticker!

Please note: A valid Osher name badge with a bus sticker must be shown to the bus driver to receive a free bus ride. Stickers must be placed on the bottom left corner of your name badge.
Accommodations in the Classroom
Do you need some extra assistance in the classroom? Perhaps you are now using a walker, having difficulty hearing the presenter, or having trouble seeing the presentation screens. We are committed to making sure you have a great classroom experience and are able to accommodate a variety of needs.

If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Osher office at
(208) 426-6554 or so we can discuss the best option for your situation.
Free Opportunity on Campus
Edge and Mirror: Landscape in the Anthropocene

Join the School of the Arts for an exhibition in the brand-new Center for the Visual Arts building.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: 1110 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
Parking: Available for an hourly fee in the Brady Garage
Admission: Free to all community members

Edge and Mirror features artists creating images and objects that document and interpret the human impact on the earth and its ecological systems. This exhibition will be on display until September 23, 2019.
Thank You to Our Community Sponsors
The Osher Institute gratefully acknowledges our community partners for their support of our mission of lifelong learning:
Saint Alphonsus Health System
St. Luke's Health System
CapED Credit Union
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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