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Press Release for Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bernard Osher Foundation Makes Charitable Donation to UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education received a $100,000 gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation. As a result of this generous donation, the UNF Lifelong Learning Institute has been renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNF. The Bernard Osher Foundation supports the creation of new lifelong learning programs and the strengthening of existing programs at over 100 colleges and universities across the country.

“We are delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the UNF Lifelong Learning Institute with this gift,” said Mary Bitterman, president of The Bernard Osher Foundation. “We are pleased to have the UNF program within the growing national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and know that other network participants will learn a great deal from UNF’s experiences.”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNF provides intellectually stimulating non-credit courses and activities to adults over 50 years of age who are interested in personal enrichment. With the support of a community-based advisory board, the Institute launched its programs in October 2006 with 165 members. Currently, there are 310 members.

“We are excited about the Bernard Osher Foundation gift. This demonstrates that in a very short period of time UNF’s Division of Continuing Education has been able to identify and address the need of active adults over the age of 50. We will continue to grow this exciting program linking the baby boomer-generational needs with the educational opportunities of the University,” said Robert Wood, UNF dean of Continuing Education.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. His wife, the Honorable Barbro Osher, consul general of Sweden in San Francisco, chairs the Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of post-secondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes, integrative medicine programs, as well as arts, cultural, and educational institutions in San Francisco and Alameda counties in California and Maine.

For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Florida, call (904) 620-4260 or go to