News and Information for Osher Members

Fall Term
October 5 - 9

Please… welcome the new members in your classes, remember to wear your name tag, and “keep moving” in the hallways so we don’t have bottlenecks. Thank you!

Take advantage of our full lunch service each week Monday – Thursday in the Riverside Café (through the double doors near the reception desk). Preorder your lunch between 8:30 and 11:30am - put your lunch order form in the basket on our kitchen counter (near the coffee and tea stations). Pick up and pay for your lunch in the Riverside Cafe after your class.

This Week

Monday, October 5th
11:15am – 12:45pm

  • Up Yours - Medical Scopes & Where They Go by Victor Poleshuck in Classroom #3/4

Thursday, October 8th
12:15 – 1:30pm

  • Pfaudler Lecture Series: My Experiences as a Tuskegee Airman in WWII by Charles Price, one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen’s group and a retired City of Rochester police captain, in Classroom #3/4


Planning Ahead

Monday, October 12th
11:15am – 12:45pm

  • No One-Session course this week.

Thursday, October 15th
12:15 – 1:30pm

  • Pfaudler Lecture Series: Creating Low-Cost Prostheses for Amputees with 3D Printers by RIT professor John Schull, Ph.D., in Classroom #3/4

Friday, October 30th
1:30 pm

  • Halloween Social: Come and enjoy refreshments, spooktacular entertainment, and the company of your fellow Osherites! Costumes are optional but encouraged! Sign-up sheets are in the lounge by the Halloween poster. Cost for members and their guests is $5 per person (cash or check to “Osher at RIT”). Please deposit sign-ups and money in the drop-box safe on the wall near the men’s restroom.

Want to Help Out?

  • The Arts and Lectures (A&L) Committee is seeking 4-6 additional members to assist in identifying programs to be presented to our membership this academic year. Please contact members Nancy Castro, Maxine Morse, or Paul Rapoza with questions or suggestions for future programs and/or to volunteer on the committee (email The A&L program is fully funded by our Osher Foundation endowment and free to members. Past programs have included performances by Ying Quartet, and PUSH Physical Theatre, and lectures and book signings by Ann Serling (daughter of The Twilight Zone’s creator Rod), financial writer William Cohan, and renowned sculptor Albert Paley.
  • It’s 2016!? Well…it’s not, but your Nominating Committee is looking for the names of a few good people to take over Osher council positions for the next two-year term beginning in the summer of 2016. Names may be deposited in the Nominating Committee box, found on the one-session sign-up table, under the TV monitor. Available positions are Vice Chair Marketing, Vice Chair Program, and Secretary. A description of position responsibilities is available from the staff.
    The deadline for member nominations will be Friday, November 6th.


Important to Know:

  • Obey the Speed Limit: When driving around the Osher campus and Greenwood Cove area please keep in mind that the speed limit is 15 MPH. There have been reports lately of drivers speeding – this endangers both other drivers and the people who walk in the area. Please respect this limit for the benefit of your friends and classmates!
  • Classroom Safety: Safety is the number one responsibility of each Osher member whether or not we use canes, walkers, wheelchairs, or any other mobility assisting devices. Please be sure all of your devices or other personal belongings are not blocking doorways or aisles. If you move your chair into an aisle, please move it back.
  • Reserved Seating: Please reserve the seats marked with handicapped signs in each classroom for the members who need them. Please do not add chairs to the open space marked with “X”s in the back of Classrooms 3 & 4 as they are reserved for members with wheelchairs. Thank you.
  • Cap Your Cup!: While you’re in our facility, please keep a cap on your coffee cups, soda bottles, etc. This helps prevent spills that stain our carpets! If you do happen to spill, please notify staff immediately so they can treat the stain.
  • Speaking of Coffee Cups: Did you know that you can fit tall coffee mugs from home under the brew dispenser of our coffee machines? The small metal shelf that the paper cups normally sit on can flip up and out of the way to accommodate large mugs. Please flip it back down when you are done or else the machine won’t dispense coffee to the next paper cup!
  • Add / Drop Forms: Members can add or drop a class at any time during the term by filling out an Add/Drop form, found on the table in the lobby by the bulletin boards near the women’s restroom, and also in the black bins just inside the door of each classroom.
  • Osher is on Facebook!: Did you know we have a Facebook page? Go to  to “Like” our page and stay up to date with the latest Osher happenings!
  • In Case of Emergency: Please note that Emergency Action instruction signs are posted throughout the building, including in each classroom. If needed, an AED is located in the kitchen near the closet doors.


F01M Current Events
F05M The Athenaeum Book Club
Novels of Hawthorne
F11M Traditional Genealogy and Family History for Beginners
F12T Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals
F14T Neurons, Ant Colonies, Darwin, Computers, and The Game of Life
F17T World Geography: A Regional Approach
F20T The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
F26W Understanding the Human Brain
F28W Contemporary Events
F30W Two Plays by Shakespeare
F34W The Skeptic’s Guide to American History
F36Th From Protestant Nation to Catholic Republic
F38Th The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (session I)
F39Th Spanish Composition and Conversation 2
F40Th You Be the Critic: A Film Discussion Group
F43Th The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (session II)
F46F Classic TV Shows