Osher Foundation announces $100,000 award to Towson University

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Learning—in—retirement program renamed Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University

TOWSON, Md. — The Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports a national network of lifelong learning institutes on 93 university campuses from Maine to Hawaii, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Auburn Society, Towson University’s learning—in—retirement program. The Auburn Society will now be known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Towson University. OLLI is an important component of Towson University’s Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO).

The Auburn Society was founded in 1999 to promote learning as a life-long process that can be enhanced in a congenial atmosphere with like-minded people. The name originates from the Society’s first home in the historic Auburn House on the Towson University campus. A college education or degree is not a prerequisite for participation in Auburn Society programs.

Although there is considerable variation among the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, each hosts a program developed specifically for seasoned adults; each benefits from strong university connection and support; many engage emeritus faculty along with active faculty and peer leaders; and all offer a diverse repertoire of intellectually stimulating courses.

Jacqueline Gratz, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, says she’s pleased with the opportunity the funding presents. “It’s a very positive tribute and compliment to our program that we received this grant. The Osher Foundation’s support will allow our lifelong learning program to expand the number of courses it offers and expand on our community outreach.” Gratz is also looking into sponsoring a lecture series of well-known speakers on campus and holding all-day symposia at least once a year, as services to the community.

“Over the past seven years we’ve worked hard to make the Auburn Society an attractive program,” adds Gratz.

“With support from the Osher Foundation, Towson University’s lifelong learning program begins an exciting new chapter.”

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