News and Information for Osher Members

October 13 - 17

This Week...

Monday, October 13th, 9:30 – 11am
One-Session Course
Sudoku A Fun Way to Exercise Your Brain, presented by Bob Vukosic, in Classroom #1

Thursday, October 16th, 12:15 – 1:30pm
Pfaudler Lecture Series
The RocMusic Initiative: Making Music Available to All Children of Rochester, presented by Alexander Pena, faculty at the Eastman Community Music School and director of RocMusic, in Classroom #3/4

Wednesday, October 15th, 12:30 – 1:30pm
"Almost Irish" Performance, in Rivers Run Main Dining Room
This Celtic music group, which includes Osher’s own Ralph Minervino, will perform for us during the lunch hour.

Wednesday, October 15th, 3:15 – 4pm
Osher Governance Orientation Meeting, in Classroom 3/4
This information session continues with a presentation by Ken Buckley, Manager of RIT Endowment Accounting and Cash Management. He will explain the Osher endowment and what it means to us financially. We will also take a brief look at the Osher Council handbook.

Saturday, October 18th, 2 – 3pm
RIT Brick City Homecoming Speaker: Sanjay Gupta, M.D., in the Gordon Field House
Dr. Gupta is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. A practicing neurosurgeon, he plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN documentaries, and anchors the weekend medical affairs program. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguish his reporting on a range of medical and scientific topics including brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, HIV/AIDS, and other areas. Tickets are $8 with your RIT ID card. Visit the RIT Brick City website for details.

Monday, October 20th
Winter Course Proposals Due (Yes, already!)

Nominations for Osher Council
The Osher Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the following Council positions for the term beginning July 1, 2015: Osher Chair of Council, Vice Chair of Participation, and Treasurer. If you know someone who would be qualified for these positions, please put their name in the nominating box under the information screen. Questions? Contact Ellen Kremer or Debbie Huff.


Planning Ahead...

Monday, October 20th, 9:30 – 11am
One-Session Course
Changes in Medicare Advantage Plans for 2015, presented by Jim Sorrentino, a Certified Medicare Counselor at Lifespan, in Classroom #1

Thursday, October 23rd, 12:15 – 1:30pm
Pfaudler Lecture Series
The YMCA of Greater Rochester: 160 Years of Community Service, presented by George M. Rommel, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester, in Classroom #3/4

Monday, October 27th, 9:30 – 11am in Classroom #2
One-Session Course
Changes in Medicare Advantage Plans for 2015, presented by Jim Sorrentino, a Certified Medicare Counselor at Lifespan

Sniffling, Sneezing, Coughing, Aching, Stuffy Head, Fever?!
If you’re sick, please stay home until you are fully recovered to keep from infecting others. And consider getting a flu shot if you haven’t already. Stay healthy everyone!

Did You Know???
There’s a Lost and Found box in the kitchen next to the file cabinet filled with cups, notebooks, binders, glasses, and other lost items. Check it—you may find something that belongs to you!

Always remember to cap your cup and silence your cell phone!!

Ride-share Board
Need a ride to Osher? Can you provide rides for other members? Let staff know and we can post the info on our Ride-share Board, located in the hallway by the copier room.

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 new bins just inside the door of each classroom.

Osher Calendar is Online
All Osher meetings, term dates, one-sessions, Pfaudlers, and more events are always current on our online calendar at

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.

Please silence your cell phones & cover your coffee cups!

At the request of Rivers Run, please do not park in front of their main entrance, and take your lunch break in the Osher-designated area of the dining room (the tables without tablecloths).

Please be considerate and don’t use the chairs reserved for the mobility-impaired members who need them. Thank you!



F04: Current Events

F12: Events that Changed History
F17: Geography Matters in the 21st Century
F19: You Be the Critic: A Film Discussion Group
F23: The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
F24: Poetic Visions (session I)

F26: Magnificent Mathematics
F30: Health Care Policy in Four European Countries and the U.S.
F31: The History of New Netherlands and the Colony of New York
F32: Presidential Leadership: The Modern Era, 1912–1960
F33: Shakespeare’s Macbeth
F37: How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

F39: Great Museums of America: Five Museums Along the East Coast Amtrak Line
F40: Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace, both by J. M. Coetzee (session I)
F42: World War I, "The Great War"
F43: From Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin: Communist Russia, 1917 to the Present

F49: The Skeptic’s Guide to American History: Part I

None! (for now)