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About Us

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego is a membership program for adults over the age of 50 who want to be part of a learning community with peers. This program is committed to providing its members with intellectually stimulating learning opportunities throughout the year. Each quarter, Osher at UC San Diego features an expansive variety of lectures and seminars. Class topics include Medicine, Science, Law and Society, Art and Literature, International Relations, Politics, Current Events, and Social Sciences. We strive to maintain the quality and diversity of our curriculum so that each member of Osher at UCSD can pursue subjects that will satisfy his or her individual
intellectual needs.

For a one-time annual registration fee, members of Osher can attend classes throughout
the entire academic year according to their own schedule; you can attend them
all or pick and choose those that sound most interesting to you. Osher at UC San Diego
features lectures and seminars by the outstanding faculty and researchers of the entire
San Diego academic community, as well as local leaders, artists, and musicians.

• Convenient daytime classes
• No prerequisites, grades, or tests
• Benefit of auditing most UC San Diego classes
• Free use of the UC San Diego libraries
• Activities, trips, and social opportunities

Osher at UCSD is a volunteer-run organization under the administrative auspices of UCSD Extension. Our approximately 800 members elect a set of volunteer Executive officers and a Council to establish organizational policy and to oversee a variety of volunteer committees focused on: curriculum, finances, membership, activities, fundraising, and more.

The Bernard Osher Foundation has given the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego $375,000 in grants and a $1,000,000 endowment. These monies help maintain and improve the program and keep the cost of membership fees as low as possible.

Click here to view the 2014 Osher Membership Survey Results

Officers, Council and Committees

President: Jim Wyrtzen

Vice President, Administration: Bob Morgan

Vice President, Planning: Steve Clarey

Secretary: Carol Roberts

Treasurer: Neil Perl

 

Council Members:

Term Ending June 2017

Gerald Kent, Al Korobkin, Peter Levine, Pete Rodman, Judy Russell

Term Ending June 2018

Blythe Doane, John Kroon, Ira Nelson, Paul Page, Marlese Pinney

Term Ending June 2019

Stella Bolog, Ed Coblens, Paul Markowitz, Mike McDade, Roger Sanders

Ex-Officio Member:
James Forcier, Managing Director of UC San Diego Extension

Program Manager:
Amy Patterson

Committees:

Curriculum Committee:
Chair: Steve Clarey

Vice Chair: Reed Sullivan
Eileen Coblens, Dick Dahlberg, Joel Dimsdale, Mark Evans, Pat Ford, Candace Gietzen, Steven Jenner, Lyle Kalish, Jerry Kent, Marsha Korobkin, John Kroon, Judi Miller, Ira Nelson, Linda Shirer, Joy Urich, Douglas Webb, Jim Wyrtzen, Steve Wyte

Fundraising:
Co-Chairs: Marlese Pinney and Amy Patterson
Dick Dahlberg, Alan Haubenstock, John Kroon, James McCall, Jim Wyrtzen

Newsletter:
Howard Aksen, Editor
Jim Wyrtzen, Layout

Kim Davies, Copy Editor
Linda Shirer, Copy Editor

Marketing and Communications:
Steve Clarey, Pat Fleming, Mike McDade, Carol Roberts

Activities:
Chair: Carol Roberts
Potluck Lunch: Natalie Holtzman

Finance Committee:
Bob Morgan, Neil Perl, Jim Wyrtzen

Membership:

Chair: Ilene Hubbs

Open House Committee:
Chair: Joan Jacobs

TLC Committee:

Judi Miller

 

Osher Committees

Members are invited to volunteer to serve on the following committees each year:

  • Activities
  • Audio/Visual
  • Curriculum
  • Fundraising
  • New Membership Meetings
  • Hospitality
  • Membership
  • Membership Outreach and Marketing
  • Social Events
  • TLC