All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Thursday courses

Summer 2018 Semester

Changing Organizations and Public Policy for Change [4 SESSIONS]

9:00–10:30 a.m., Moss A
Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28

With all of the changes happening in our world in the areas of technology, economics and climate, what will our future look like? How will individuals, organizations and governments adapt – will they build resiliency and evolve or simply “go with the flow?” Do we even know what Standard Operating Procedure is any more? Instructor Michael Connelly will discuss methods and perspectives to overcome, negotiate or work around the major societal changes that are likely coming our way. He’ll also relate examples from his own experience as a school board member and director of state sentencing commissions, and participants will be able to brainstorm how to address change in their own lives. Dr. Connelly will speak for part of each class period on related topics, and the last part will be devoted to class discussion.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Connelly holds a Ph.D. in political science from MU and was an associate professor of public policy and administration at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He experienced organizational and policy change during his years teaching on the subject and through his work as a director of state sentencing commissions in Wisconsin and Maryland. He also served two consecutive five-year terms on his local school board in Oklahoma during a period of educational reform and worked on arts policy locally and statewide there.

What You Need to Know About Safety [4 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss B
Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28

Members of Osher’s Program Committee contacted local agencies to arrange for this potpourri of topics focused on safety issues here in mid-Missouri. Learn and prepare!

June 7: Multi-Agency Active Assailant Campus Exercise

This class will cover the evolution of first responders’ responses to mass-causalities attacks and how local first responders recently prepared for such an attack. On February 28, 2018, the Columbia Police Department, Stephens College, the Columbia Fire Department and the University of Missouri Ambulance Service partnered in coordinating a full-scale active assailant exercise on the campus of Stephens College. This was the first time in mid-Missouri that first responders from multiple agencies were able to train together for an active shooter situation. What made this training exercise more unique was that the training was held on a college campus that was in session and involved Stephens theatre students and staff who participated as victims. The overall objectives of the exercise were to evaluate local responding agencies’ ability to establish initial command and coordinate on-site incident management, evaluate responding agencies’ ability to establish multi-agency communications, evaluate first responders’ ability to effectively triage, treat and transport multiple injured victims and evaluate first responders’ ability to develop and deliver coordinated information to the whole community.

Instructor: Ken Hammond is a 1987 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections. He joined the Columbia Police Department in 1988, where he served as patrol officer, crisis negotiator, narcotics detective, lieutenant, Mid Missouri Major Case investigator and patrol and major crimes unit sergeant, among other roles. Currently, Ken is the director of safety and security for Stephens College.

June 14: School Safety

Join us for a presentation from Columbia Public Schools’ leadership on how the district strives to keep our PreK-12 students safe so that they may focus on learning. Instructors: Michelle Baumstark has been director of community relations for Columbia Public Schools since 2005. Her role is to manage the district’s communications, public relations and community engagement strategies for the district. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and is active in many civic organizations, including Rotary, the Boone County Historical Society Board of Trustees, Columbia Public Schools Foundation, Junior Achievement, Central Missouri Food Bank, Rainbow House and many others. 

John White has been the safety and security director for Columbia Public Schools since 2011. Prior to joining Columbia Public Schools, he worked in law enforcement with the Columbia Police Department for 22 years, retiring as a lieutenant. During his time with the Columbia Police Department, White served as a school resource officer, a detective and was a member of the SWAT team. White is a certified ALICE active intruder training instructor and provides training for all of Columbia Public Schools employees. June 21: Personal Safety in the 21st Century Turn on the news on any given day and you will likely see reports that make you question your safety in your community and beyond. Meanwhile, your Facebook and Twitter feeds warn of scams, active shooters, burglaries, rumors of gang initiations and worse. All this information is bound to make you wonder, “Am I safe? “ or “What could I do to make myself, my family and friends safer?” In this course we will talk about crime in our community from a data-driven perspective and what types of crimes the average citizen is most at risk of becoming a victim of, as well as practical prevention strategies that work. We also will look at ways to increase your safety when traveling, internet safety tips, local scams, workplace safety and, in the unfortunate event you do become a victim, what to do (and not do).

Instructor: Jill Schlude is the deputy chief of police with the Columbia Police Department. She has served as public information officer, public relations unit sergeant and assistant chief of police. In 2009, Jill received the Molly Thomas-Bowden Officer of the Year Award, and in 2010 the Outstanding Police Officer Award from the Columbia South Rotary Club. Jill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College and a Master’s Degree in strategic leadership from Stephens College.

June 28: Fire Safety

In this session, Assistant Fire Marshal Jim Pasley will cover various fire-safety topics. He will share preventative measures as well as the safest way to react to any fire emergency, including cooking safety, candle safety, planning your escape from a fire as well as fall-prevention techniques.

Instructors: Jim Pasley serves as assistant fire marshal for the City of Columbia Fire Department. He is a certified arson detection canine handler for the four-legged arson investigator, “Izzo.” Pasley’s roles include inspections, instruction and investigations, and he is responsible for the plan reviews conducted on new or remodeled buildings to ensure public safety and code compliance.

Health Care Information Series [4 SESSIONS]

12:30–2:00 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28

Members of Osher’s Program Committee contacted local healthcare providers and agencies to arrange for this potpourri of topics focused on the healthcare system in the U.S. and ways you can strive for wellness and well being.

June 7: Fixit – A Film about the Health Care System

In the U.S. we spend at least twice as much per person on healthcare than any other country, but we get worse results. This film provides a critique of this system and makes a case for a single-payer system that provides universal healthcare of higher quality and with more efficiency than the current dysfunctional system.

Instructors: Dr. Robert Blake, emeritus professor of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri, is a long-time participant in Osher educational activities. He has given presentations and written about the American healthcare system. Dr. Jan Swaney is a retired internal medicine physician who has cared for patients across a variety of settings, led the clinical operations of a non-profit Medicaid HMO and conducted NIH-funded research on how to use technology to provide better primary and preventive healthcare.

June 14: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by episodes of pauses in breathing or shallow breathing in sleep due to partial or total occlusion of the upper airway. It is a common sleep disorder affecting 10-30% of Americans. OSA is a risk factor for several medical conditions, workplace accidents and drowsy driving. The instructor will present on clinical features, diagnosis and implications of OSA, as well as treatment options and management.

Instructor: Munish Goyal, M.D, M.Ch., is a board-certified physician and associate professor of neurology and sleep medicine at University Hospital. Dr. Goyal treats patients with sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and parasomnias. He belongs to several professional societies, serves as director-at-large for the Missouri State Sleep Society and has written book chapters and published articles in several peer-reviewed journals.

June 21: Treatment of Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. In contrast to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to help maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for. Dr. Pfitzinger will discuss the pros and cons of oral appliance use in treating sleep apnea. These devices are not for every case of sleep apnea. He brings to the discussion illustrations of what types of appliances are available and which devices are used in given situations. He also will explain why it is necessary to work closely with local sleep physicians to first establish a correct diagnosis and for follow up evaluation on the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy.

Instructor: Dr. Walt Pfitzinger completed his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri Columbia, and dental school at St. Louis University. He finished his residency in pediatric dentistry at Marquette University and Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. Although he spent most of his professional career treating children, for the past five years he has practiced dental sleep medicine exclusively. Dr. Pfitzinger is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

June 28: Maintaining Balance for Fall Prevention

Sarah Traub will share practical strategies to develop your balance and increase activity levels, with an eye toward preventing falls. Participants will take part in very light exercises during the session.

Instructor: Sarah Traub has been Human Development & Family Science Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension for 11 years. Sarah has been teaching the class, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls since 2011. She lives with her husband and two children in Boonville.

Designing Small & Tiny Houses [4 SESSIONS]

2:30–4:00 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28

The 21st century has seen enormous change in need for and cost of housing. One response has been the design and construction of small, and even tiny, houses. This course addresses the design of small dwellings – both tiny houses up to 400 square feet (on wheels), and small houses (on foundations) smaller than 800 square feet.  A tiny house can be a dwelling, home office, art studio, shop or exercise space. The course will cover programming, design, construction and regulations. Small and tiny houses are usually light frame buildings. The course will also focus on green building: renewable energy, water conservation, healthy interiors, recycled materials and accessibility concerns.

Instructor: Nick Peckham is an architect with 40 years of experience in Columbia.  His firm, Peckham Architecture, focuses on deep green architecture and sustainability. He has taught 
“Tiny Houses” at Mizzou.