Date: September 22, 2005
CONTACT: Jeff Stoughton, jeff.stoughton@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK -- West Texans 55 and older will have more opportunities to expand their knowledge of various topics, including architecture, art, history and current affairs, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation to the Texas Tech University Lifelong Learning Community.

The Bernard Osher Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a businessman and community leader in San Francisco. The foundation offers $100,000 annual grants in three-year grant cycles to lifelong learning programs across the U.S. Upon demonstrated success of these programs, the Osher Foundation considers establishing a $1 million endowment fund to provide for the continued operational support of the programs.

The Texas Tech Lifelong Learning Community will be renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University and join the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.

“We deeply appreciate the generous financial assistance provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation and look forward to expanding our course offerings to lifelong learners on the South Plains,” said Rosslyn Smith, vice provost for Outreach and Extended Studies.

The Lifelong Learning Community is a program of the Division of Outreach and Extended Studies at Texas Tech. It provides opportunities for people who want to expand their knowledge and interests through classes, discussion groups, special events, social activities and more. Although membership is encouraged, it is not required to participate in most events and classes.

For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University, visit http://www.dce.ttu.edu.

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CONTACT: Michele Moskos, marketing director, Texas Tech University Division of Outreach and Extended Studies, (806) 742-7200, ext. 276, or michele.moskos@ttu.edu; or Jo Moore, (806) 742-7200, ext. 251, or jo.moore@ttu.edu.