Meet Linda Turner, Osher Institute member.

Turner works full time for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) as a customer service representative at the SPCS front desk in the Special Programs Building and as coordinator for the Liberal Arts degree program. She’s living proof that you don’t have to be “retired” to be an Osher member. “I am fortunate to be working at SPCS,” she shares, “which allows me the flexibility to participate in many of the classes.”

Turner points to a variety of qualities about the Osher Institute that she enjoys: the number and variety of programs offered, the opportunity to explore new interests, the chance to engage in stimulating discussions, and the privilege of meeting and engaging with other interesting members.

Turner is deeply involved in the Osher Institute as the leader of the Osher Theatre Lovers Group, among the most active of several Osher-affiliated Interest Groups available to members. Interest groups provide members opportunities to interact socially and actively outside the formal setting of a class, lecture, program, or tour. “I particularly enjoy collaborating with the Osher Theatre Lovers Group,” she remarks, “and attending cultural performances with other Osher members. My active involvement has resulted in new friendships.”

Why does she choose Osher?

“Participating in Osher enriches my life, introducing me to new topics or deepening my knowledge on other subjects and developing new relationships,” Turner shares. “It is a wonderful opportunity to pursue your interests while being part of a community of lifelong learners. I have found that participating in Osher is stimulating, creative, fulfilling, and fun!”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a member-based program of the University of Richmond School Professional and Continuing Studies. It’s a welcoming learning community for those aged 50 and better. The Institute is endowed by a gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation and joins a number of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on college campuses around the country.