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Osher Students Meet the Dean

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Several Osher members had an opportunity recently to meet the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who applauded the Osher students for their hard work raising money for the Osher program.

Osher at Johns Hopkins staff members, advisory board members and fundraising committee members met with Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. They presented her with an Osher at JHU t-shirt, which Wendland slipped over her blue and white dress.

A few months ago, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University received a $1 million grant from its parent foundation, the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation. To be eligible for the grant, Osher had to develop a fundraising plan and meet its first annual goal of $50,000. Osher developed a three-year, $150,000 fundraising plan and raised well more than $50,000 in the first year.

Osher members from Montgomery County and Baltimore worked together to raise the money.

The dean congratulated the members on their generosity and commitment to Osher at JHU, and said the university was proud to have Osher serving communities Baltimore and Montgomery County.

Osher at JHU offers courses, lectures and learning opportunities for semi-retired and retired individuals in Montgomery County, Baltimore and Columbia. The program formally was called the Evergreen Society but changed its name in 2007 when the Bernard Osher Foundation approached Johns Hopkins University with an opportunity to become part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.

The grant will be used to enhance Osher’s programing.

“At Johns Hopkins, we follow the premise that learning is a lifelong activity,” Wendland said when the grant award first was announced. “Osher at JHU allows intellectually curious adults an opportunity to explore big ideas, learn something new about the world around them and engage others who share their desire for scholarly stimulation.”


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