Online public comment forum on changing name of MSU Wonderlust to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 1:30pm to 2:00pm
- Online via Webex
Montana State University will host an online forum to collect public comment on the proposal to change the name of Montana State University Wonderlust to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University.
The Montana Board of Regents will consider the proposal at their meeting on September 16-17, which will be held virtually. A full agenda for the two-day meetings will be available online at https://mus.edu/board/meetings/agendas-and-minutes.html.
Montana University System and MSU policies permit programs to be named in honor of an individual, corporation, foundation or organization. The MUS naming policy is posted online at https://mus.edu/borpol/bor1000/1004-1.pdf. MSU’s Commemorative Tributes Policy is at https://www.montana.edu/policy/commemorative_tributes/.
MSU Academic Technology and Outreach received a $100,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation in 2019 to support and enhance MSU Wonderlust, a lifelong learning program that offers a variety of non-credit classes, forums and other activities. The Osher Foundation supports lifelong learning institutes for adults age 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. With the name change, Wonderlust will become a part of the Bernard Osher Foundation network of Institutes for Lifelong Learning. It currently supports 123 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the U.S. and MSU would be the 124th institute.
Wonderlust was established in 2002 by a small group of citizens in Bozeman who wanted to establish a lifelong learning program for the over-50 population in the Gallatin Valley.
MSU was involved in the program from the beginning, offering guidance and operational support, then adopting Wonderlust as a part of MSU Academic Technology and Outreach in 2017. Today, Wonderlust has over 600 members and offers around 40 courses per semester.
The public session will be held online via Webex.
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