Page 5


MON D AY, FEBR UAR Y 20, 2012

professor of film studies at the University of Texas-El Paso, teaches about movies of the past and present. Hilda Enoch, a retired junior high school teacher, searches the course schedule each semester to sign up for classes taught by her favorite instructors. She enjoys the atmosphere the instructors create in the classes. “The people that come are people that ask good questions and are interested in learning. They are all seniors who don’t really want to retire and they want to keep their minds active,” she said. Muff Kelly, a retired computer consultant, and her husband, John, a hospital architect, have been taking classes from the Osher Institute since they moved to Lawrence about five years ago. “The classes looked interesting, so we signed up for some, and we’ve been hooked ever since,” she said. “It’s the beauty of being a student without the stress of being a student.” KU’s Osher Institute is one of 117 Osher lifelong learning institutes in the United States. They were created with funding from The Bernard Osher Foundation, specifically to reach people over 50 with opportunities for education and the arts. KU’s Osher Institute achieved a milestone in 2007 when it reached 500 mem-

bers and received a $1 million grant from foundation for doing so. The fund is administered through KU Endowment and subsidizes the courses and resources. When KU obtains 1,000 members, it will receive an additional $1 million from the Osher Foundation — something Peters is working to achieve. “Continuing Education underwrites the program now, and we want to become self-sufficient. We want to keep costs low and have more public members,” Peters said. Peters hopes to increase KU’s Friends of Osher fundraising to be able to expand the Osher Institute’s programming, both in terms of course choices and locations. For example, he has met with community colleges throughout the state, and they all have expressed interest in offering courses, through closed-circuit television and/or in person. Peters said that he is even reaching out to Kansas State University and hopes to have courses on campus and in a retirement home in Manhattan this fall. And, of course, Peters is always looking for ways to recruit new participants. Muff Kelly said that she had spread the word to her friends, as well. “I think it’s a wonderful resource in Lawrence. It is fun and engaging, and I highly recommend it,” she said.

Now Located in Eudora Medical Building 600 E 20th • 785-542-2533 Debrah Barr, R. Ph. • Dan Moore Pharm. D • Stan Byrne, R. Ph.

Proudly Serving Eudora for Over 40 Years! Your Hometown Pharmacy Locally Owned, Locally Managed

HOURS: HOUR HO UR RS: S 8 0 a.m. a.m. - 7 7: 7:00 00 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:00 ay 8:0 0a a. m. - 4:00 p.m m p Saturday 8:00 a.m. www.b byrnespharmacy.c spharm com

SAVE GAS • SAVE TIME • SHOP LOCAL Why Leave town for your Sleep Apnea Equipment and Supplies? • In-Stock Products • Accredited Staff

• Saturday Service • We Bill Insurance

Tell Your Doctor... I Choose Criticare

1006 W. 6th, Lawrence 785-749-4878 • 800-527-9596 • Locally owned and operated for over 25 years.

Neuvant House of Lawrence Assisted Living Residence

Neuvant House of Lawrence is an assisted living residence purposefully designed for persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to providing a safe and engaging environment, we utilize enriching programs to help individuals live life to the fullest. Neuvant House of Lawrence—personal dignified service, 24-hours a day.

Come visit us and see the difference we can make. Learn how personal friendships are enriching lives at


1216 Biltmore Dr. • Lawrence • 785.856.7900 •

Lawrence Journal-World 02-20-12  
Lawrence Journal-World 02-20-12  

Daily Newspaper