|What is Osher?
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership organization that offers courses, social activities, and special interest groups for adults age 50 and over. Member volunteers and UWM staff plan and manage the organization through a committee structure.
How did Osher evolve at UWM?
UWM's Osher chapter was formerly known as The Guild for Lifelong Learning, which was founded in 1982. In 2007, the Guild was awarded a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation and became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Osher Foundation supports a national network of lifelong learning institutes on university campuses from Maine to Hawaii.
How do I become a member or renew my membership?
It's easy to join or renew. Simply follow the applicable link below for online registration or complete the membership form and mail it along with the fee.
How much is membership?
Annual membership is $45 per person. For couples or individuals living at the same address and requesting only one copy of mailed information, membership is $80. (A couple constitutes as two people living in the same household, whether married, siblings or partners.)
Annual membership lasts September 1 to August 31 of the following year, though you can join anytime during the year. As a new member, your membership fee is prorated based on the month that you join and is in effect until the following August 31. Your membership then joins the continuing member fee schedule.
Do I have to be a member to take a class?
Yes. Membership in Osher is required.
Do I have to be an alumnus of UW-Milwaukee to join?
No. You do not need to be a UWM graduate or otherwise associated with the University. Osher is for people of all educational backgrounds.
What are the benefits to becoming a member?
Osher members enjoy an array of benefits including a library card to UWM's Golda Meir library.
Is there a fee for courses or to join a special interest group?
There are additional fees for courses that vary based on the program. To attend a special interest group, you must pay $15 per year, per member. Once you have paid the annual fee, you may attend as many special interest groups as you desire.
Are classes "for credit"?
No. Osher classes are not "for credit" and participants do not receive grades. Classes are for members who have a thirst for knowledge and enjoy learning.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held at various convenient locations throughout metro Milwaukee. See specific programs for details and directions.
Do members have to register for classes?
Yes. Although there is no registration deadline, please register as early as possible for every course you wish to take. This ensures that you have a spot in the class and that you will receive all available materials for the class.
When are Osher programs held?
Most programs are held during daytime hours. Courses, special interest groups, and social events are usually scheduled for 1 to 2 hours.
What about parking downtown at the School of Continuing Education?
Parking is free of charge for Osher members during Osher-related activities. There is a parking garage attached to the School of Continuing Education where members may park.
Once I'm a member, are there additional ways to get more involved in Osher?
Yes. Serving on a committee is a good way to get more involved in Osher. Committee members are volunteers who welcome others to share in the leadership of the organization.
What kinds of committees can members be a part of?
There are a variety of committees on which members can serve. These include leadership and development, membership, public relations, newsletter, finance and development, program, and social activities.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
You can reach the Osher office at 414-227-3321 Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. We would be happy to answer any further questions!