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Osher Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 years

Osher celebrated its 30th anniversary in style.

Music from Daryl Davis and his band filled the Homewood Campus Glass Pavilion, one of the most beautiful event facilities at Johns Hopkins University. Osher members danced to his jazz tunes.

The food was elaborate and delectable. Members enjoyed a buffet of quiche, baked brie, salads, seafood, meat, French pastries and more.

There was a Champagne toast and, of course, anniversary cake. (photo gallery)

Approximately 180 people attended the anniversary party, dubbed: “Osher at JHU: Celebrating 30 Years of Learning and Excellence.” Attendees had a chance to catch up with longtime friends and make new friends.

They heard from Kathleen Burke, associate dean for graduate and professional programs for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, of which Osher is a part. They also heard from Stanley Gabor, former dean of the JHU School of Continuing Studies; Kathy Porsella, founding director of Osher; and Osher Director Mary Kay Shartle Galotto.

The program now known as Osher launched in Baltimore in 1986 as the Evergreen Society. In 1995, Evergreen expanded to the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville. In 2007, Osher became part of the JHU Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The following year, the Evergreen Society received a $1 million grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation to be used to engage additional faculty, provide scholarships and enhance outreach to prospective students. In recognition of the grant, Evergreen changed its name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Today, 119 universities throughout the country have Osher programs. (more about Osher history)

Osher offers non-credit, daytime classes to retired and semi-retired adults. The program fosters a stimulating learning environment, with courses taught by faculty drawn from JHU, the region and through the connections of members.  Osher students sign up for yearly memberships, enabling them to take classes and granting them access to JHU resources, such as the library and Peabody events. There are no entrance requirements, no tests and no grades. As Osher members like to say, the program is “learning for the sake of learning.” Students take courses in topics including politics, religion, literature, music, history and philosophy.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a vital part of the Montgomery County Campus, with more than 700 retirees partaking in classes on this campus alone.  This is more than half of the total enrollment of Osher @ JHU which also offers classes in Baltimore and Columbia.  (more than 1,200 students are enrolled overall).



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