News and Information for Osher Members

Welcome back!
Winter Week 5
February 8 - 12

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.

OSHER CLOSINGS – In the event we close Osher due to inclement weather or an emergency, we will announce the closing on the Osher homepage and on the office voicemail at 585-292-8989. We will also send an eblast to the membership. Please note that if RIT closes, Osher automatically closes. 

You may also check the following sources for closing info: 



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This Week

Monday, February 8th  
11:15am – 12:45pm

  • One-Session Course:The Wood Carvings in the Osher Gallery, presented by Jim Nofziger, in Classroom #2

Thursday, February 12th
12:15 – 1:30pm

  • Pfaudler Lecture Series: Homeland Security, presented by MCC Director of Homeland Security Management Institute John J. Perrone, Jr. Colonel (US Army, Retired), in Classroom #3/4


Planning Ahead

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

  • One-Session Course:John Quincy Adams, presented by Kathy Bentley, in Classroom #2

Thursday, February 18th
12:15 – 1:30pm

  • Pfaudler Lecture Series: A World War II B-17 Airman Prisoner of War: Reflections on 70 Years of Unusual Consequences, presented by Retired Cornell University Professor and Director Emeritus of the NY Agricultural Experiment Station, Don Barton, in Classroom #3/4

february 15 - April 8
Calling all members!

  • Do you know someone who belongs at Osher? Participate in our Invite-a-Friend Challenge and win prizes! The rules are simple: Give staff names and contact info of friends you feel should be at Osher (we'll let them know that you've recommended them). There are three different ways you can win a fantastic prize:
    • Give us the most prospects - and WIN!
    • Give us the most names of prospects who end up attending the Osher Course Preview on March 21st - and WIN!
    • Give us the most prospects who ultimately join - and WIN!

Friday, March 4th
12:45 - 1:45pm

  • Osher Arts & Lectures Presents: The Dady Brothers! They will perform traditional Irish and American folk music. Attend and enjoy!

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.


W01M Current Events
W07M The History of Canada
W12T The Lives and Music of George and Ira Gershwin
W15T Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?
W16T The West: Journeys Fabled or Forgotten
W19T The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
W20T Poetic Visions
W21W The Problems of Philosophy
W24W Contemporary Events
W32Th The Ocean Planet
W34Th As I Lay Dying and Go Down Moses by William Faulkner