The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington is part of the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies. The mission of Osher Lifelong Learning is to provide opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social interaction for people 50 years of age or older in an academic cooperative administered by its members who volunteer their time and talents. The program is centered on classes developed and led by fellow members.The Osher Council, in which management of the program is vested, consists of fifteen members who serve three-year terms. The Council Chair and Executive Vice Chair are elected annually. The Council Chair appoints the leadership positions of Vice Chair Academics, Vice Chair Membership, and Finance Officer.
The Vice Chairs and the Executive Vice Chair appoint chairs of the standing committees in their areas of responsibilities. All appointments are for one year.
Osher members are solicited at the beginning of each semester to join a committee which will best serve as an outlet for their particular strengths and talents. Membership on a committee lasts for one year, but members may be encouraged to sign up again.
The primary responsibilities of the staff are administrative to facilitate the operation of the program and to connect with other University staff in other divisions.
Major roles include:
There are 34 committees of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington. These committees are composed entirely of volunteers―members who join the leadership―bringing energy, experience, and dimension to this dynamic academic community. Thus everyone is enriched by the cooperative spirit, and the program’s purpose and philosophy is fulfilled. All of the committees are critical to the success of Osher Lifelong Learning.
Each committee is important; the function of one is often dependent upon the performance of another. This makes it important that the committees interact with each other in the spirit of the intellectual cooperative which the Osher program represents.
Each committee makes decisions about work in the committee’s area of responsibility. When a change has implications for another committee, or perhaps for the entire Osher program, the issue must be brought to the Executive Committee, which will review the matter and channel appropriate communications to Council for decisions.
Note: At times, a few other ad hoc committees function at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington with members appointed by Council.
When the Council establishes a committee and appoints a chair for that committee, it is not expected that the chair or co-chair will need to use his or her personal funds in the operation of the committee. Some chairs may choose to make some expenditures themselves rather than request funds from the Council budget, and that is certainly their allowed choice, but this document will outline the way in which they can create a budget and obtain the approved funds. It will also cover certain other budget requirements concerning handling of funds. The information herein is drawn from the Osher Financial Handbook and other sources.
The following general principles apply:
For additional information and clarification, consult the Council Chair or Vice-Chair responsible for your committee.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington differs from many other educational organizations both in its special goals and in its way of functioning.
At Osher, volunteers present subjects they enjoy and are knowledgeable about to students who are enthusiastic about learning. The absence of exams, grades, or attendance requirements helps to keep both learning and teaching enjoyable. In addition, the Osher program offers an opportunity to form new friendships among mature peers and to explore or improve skills for personal use. Finally, many Osher members see a benefit in simply keeping intellectually and socially active. The Osher program offers many opportunities to promote mental and emotional fitness through the stimulation of new experiences.
Since it offers an environment directed toward the needs and enjoyment of people age 50 and older, the Osher program operates in a different way than most other academic institutions. All of the instructors are members and any member may submit a proposal for a course he or she would like to teach. Therefore, an Osher member may be simultaneously an instructor in one class and a student in several other classes.
In person at UD Bookstore on Newark Campus.
The UD Bookstore no longer sells Osher books at Arsht Hall.
Evacuation Drill: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute practices evacuation drills each semester at a time to be determined by university personnel, in keeping with the directives of the University Fire Marshal.
During an evacuation drill, the Ground Floor will be evacuated through the plainly marked Exit doors in lobby, South stairwell, and ground floor classrooms. Ambulatory students will leave first. Some able-bodied students should stay to help any persons who need assistance in reaching the sidewalk and rally point. Do not enter the hallway, but exit directly from lobby, stairwells, or ground floor classrooms.
Second Floor Classrooms: During an evacuation drill, ambulatory students should proceed to the nearest stairway. The elevator will be inoperable. Those who are disabled, or who cannot climb down the stairs, and their companions should congregate on second floor stairwell landings marked, “Areas of Refuge,” where in an actual emergency they would be evacuated by the arriving firefighters. The stair towers are the safest locations in the building and are designed to withstand fires for at least two hours.
Those exiting by the North Stairway (Pennsylvania Avenue side) should exit the building through the first floor door at the foot of the stairwell and proceed to the nearest rally point.
Those proceeding down the South Stairway should exit on the first floor and then through Rooms 108-109. They should then proceed to the nearest rally point.
Evacuation Rally Points: The fair weather rally points are the parking lot, 200 feet from the building for those exiting the South and West sides of the building, and the Garden area for those exiting the North and East ends of the building. In cold or inclement weather move to Goodstay Center.
Do not remain on the sidewalks near exits or in the street in front of the building. University regulations require moving 200 feet away from the building. As soon as the emergency or evacuation drill is over, our campus police officer will signal a return to the building.
The Class Bulletin Board in the Lobby between the front entrance and the entrance to the Osher office displays Class Schedules, Extracurricular Activities, and Special Notices regarding classes. A bulletin board on the second floor across from the elevator lists classes and room locations.
The Events Bulletin Board located in the hallway off the Lobby, beyond the Osher office displays Osher general information To have items posted on the Events Bulletin Board, place your request/materials in the mailbox labeled “Bulletin Boards inside the Reception Office (114), on the left.
An additional Bulletin Board near the Reading Room posts Travel information and Calendar Postings.
The Lifelong Learning News is published six times per year. To determine the article submission deadline and issue date consult the previous Newsletter.
A weekly bulletin, Osher Lifelong Learning This Week, is available each Monday morning with the week’s schedule. These will be placed in the Lobby and posted on the Bulletin Board. E-mail distribution occurs on Friday of the previous week.
Osher Lifelong Learning This Week has deadlines to ensure that it is distributed in a timely manner. Information should be e-mailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the day on Wednesday or a note put in the “Weekly Activities” mailbox behind the Reception desk by Wednesday noon. The person submitting the information must include a name and contact information if questions arise.
Weekly Timelines for Osher Lifelong Learning This Week
Wednesday: All information received
Wednesday evening: First draft prepared and distributed by e-mail to the reviewers. Note: Reviewers include the Editor of the Newsletter (Bob Ehrlich), Official reviewer(s) (Karen Foster), appropriate Office Staff (Carol Bernard, Joni Bero, Jenna Ford), appropriate Committee Chairs, and member(s) submitting information. The Council Chair, Executive Vice Chair, and appropriate computer advisor (Saul Reine) are reviewers.
Thursday: Comments received and corrections made. If necessary, reviewers contacted for clarification. A final draft is prepared on Thursday evening.
Friday noon: Electronic and/or hardcopy draft submitted to Joni for electronic and hard copy distribution.
Preparation of This Week
To ensure that the text of Osher Lifelong Learning This Week remains in a reasonable file size for electronic distribution, information received may be edited for conciseness, grammar/spelling, and appearance. Focus in on communicating the name and purpose of the activity, date/time, and location. Graphics are selected based on minimum size.
Osher members using University computer facilities, web sites and computer programs must comply with University policies applicable to student use of such facilities.
The Friday afternoon Programs present a diverse and interesting combination of speakers and events for the edification of Osher Lifelong Learning members and the general public. Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.; questions and answers continue until 2:30 p.m. This weekly series is held during the spring semester only. This series is free and open to the public; so please invite your friends.
Lunch is a great opportunity to get to know one another. Room 105 is open every day from 11:30 to 1:00 (Wednesdays till 1:30). Purchase hot or cold food in the Garden Café Mondays through Thursdays; or bring your lunch any day if you prefer. Vending machines are also available in the area for drinks and light snacks. On Fridays, members may bring lunch or use vending machines and eat in Room 105 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.
Council Members and Committee Chairs have mail slots on the back wall. U.S. Mail and inter-University mail is delivered to the main Osher office. Checks or other valuable items should be left in the main office, not placed in mailboxes.
Reception Volunteers, located at the Reception Counter to the right of the main entrance, provide services which include greeting people, answering phones, and providing information.
CALL FOR HELP
For serious life-threatening medical emergencies, call 911 from a personal cell phone or call 9-911 from the nearest University phone. Someone should also be sent immediately to the Lifelong Learning Office (Room 115) or call the University’s Lifelong Learning staff at 302-573-4486, who will contact UD Public Safety. The University’s Public Safety staff assigned to the Wilmington Campus are trained as first responders and equipped with medical equipment.
For less serious medical problems that do not require an immediate call to 911, notify the Office staff immediately, and the University’s Public Safety officer will be contacted.
It is essential to get a trained person to the scene as soon as possible. Do not move an injured or incapacitated person. The assistance you provide should not be given to treat the illness or injury, but to expedite securing professional assistance and treatment as soon as possible.
STABILIZE THE SCENE
Cover the person with a blanket to prevent chilling while waiting for help to arrive. A blanket is available in the Lifelong Learning Office. Again, do not move an injured person unless they are in danger of further injury.
Assist by removing bystanders. If the incident occurs in a classroom, the other members of the class may be dismissed to the lobby. A person who feels ill or faint should lie down on the floor. If a person has fallen and cannot get up by him/herself, do not assist them in rising to a sitting or standing position until trained personnel arrive and assess the situation.
A medical emergency can be frightening and embarrassing. The first response of the victim is often to deny that anything is wrong. Holding a hand, keeping fellow members from swarming around the scene and making sure personal belongings are safe can often provide comfort.
Please remind your students and fellow members that PREVENTION IS THE BEST POLICY. Trips and falls are the most preventable incident at Osher Lifelong Learning. Keeping all bags and belongings out of the aisles and areas where a member could trip will help to prevent accidents and injuries.
New members receive name tags and lanyards. They are available in the lobby during the first two weeks of the semester and afterwards at the Reception Desk. To promote fellowship, all members, new and continuing, are urged to wear their nametags at Osher. Replacements can be obtained at Reception.
Osher parking hangtags are available without charge. Hang them on the rear view mirror while parked. Returning members receive update stickers while new members should bring their car license number to the Reception Desk and complete the appropriate form to obtain a hangtag. Watch signs for traffic patterns. Please drive SLOWLY. Posted speed limit for the Wilmington campus is 10 m.p.h.
When offering opinions or perspectives for publication on any subject, Osher members are to acknowledge that they are expressing personal opinions and perspectives and not the opinions or positions of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or of the University of Delaware.
This form is located in a slot near the “completed” Equipment form slot in the Reception Office, located to the right of the main entrance. Place the completed form in the “Request for AV Equipment” mail slot, located to the left of the entrance to the Reception Office. Please allow one week advance notice so the AV Technicians can respond to your equipment set-up needs.
This form is available in the mailroom to the left of the entrance in the Reception Office, located to the right of the main entrance. Place your duplication request form in the “Duplicating” mail slot located to the left of the entrance to the Reception Office. Allow one week between submission and needed dates. Please follow the directions on the “Request for Duplicating” form when filling out a duplication request.
One of the things we especially enjoy at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is having a place to call our own. Arsht Hall is one of the finest educational facilities in the country devoted to learning in retirement and we are grateful for that.
However, it is important to recognize that although we may think of Arsht Hall as exclusively ours, Arsht Hall is a University of Delaware building and is shared with other University organizations.
Osher has first priority on space during the weekday hours for the fall and spring semesters and for upstairs rooms during the summer session.
Credit courses meet here on weekday evenings. UD Conference Services rents out space for special events such as meetings or weddings during the weekends, summers, and throughout the week when rooms are available. These other uses are important because they help to pay the operating costs of the facility.
If you need a room for a meeting, schedule with Pam in the Osher office. If audio-visual equipment or a special set up is needed, use the “Request for Equipment Form” (located in the Reception Office) at least a week in advance and include a floor plan or other special instructions.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program of the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies of the University of Delaware. Osher members must therefore comply with policies and procedures of the University. Thus, except for designated Osher activities, sales or solicitations on campus are not permitted.
This weekly program showcases our in-house talents as well as speakers/artists of interest from outside of Osher. Coordinated by the Special Events Committee, these events are held on Wednesdays from 12:40 to 1:45 in the lunchroom.
If you plan to ask a faculty member from the University to be a guest speaker, first contact the Manager, Carol Bernard. This is important so that any one particular speaker is not overused by Osher and is appropriately recognized.
A database of guest speakers is maintained by the Curriculum Committee and instructors planning their guest speakers should consult this to assure no conflicts exist. Selected guest speakers not in the database should be added with the dates used.