Here are the official Osher SIG guidelines (as of 14Mar2014):
special interest groups (SIGs) was a recommendation of the 2012
Strategic Plan for Osher at RIT Steering Committee. Members began
organizing SIGs in February 2013 in compliance with Osher bylaws
Article II which states that we are a member-led organization whose
primary focus is academic courses and programs.
SIG is a group organized around a common interest, concern, experience,
hobby or avocation shared by Osher members. The Osher
Executive Committee and member council believe that SIGs provide the
opportunity for Osher members to beneficially connect and collaborate
with like-minded members to gain new knowledge, skills, and
The Osher Executive Committee and the Osher Council encourage the formation
of SIGs for the benefit of members.
All SIG members must be members of Osher.
There is no limit to the number of SIGs that can be formed. The council
reserves the right to review and terminate a SIG whose content is
inconsistent with Osherʼs goals.
SIGs are totally independent of Osher courses and programs. They are
self directed and administered by SIG members. Osher members who form
SIGs must assume full responsibility for directing and running the
SIGs cannot conflict with Osherʼs academic program and schedule and
cannot meet while other Osher events are being held.
The meeting location will be determined by the SIG members and may be
on or off the Osher campus.
There will be a SIG coordinator, designated by the Participation
Chair, who will maintain the SIGs website
<sites.google.com/site/oshersigs>, submit all articles to News
and Events (the monthly newsletter), interact with the individual SIG
contact person(s), and manage all Osher communications. Each SIG will
designate a contact person(s) who will schedule SIG meetings being
held at Osher, interact with the SIG coordinator, and communicate
their SIGs activities to their members.
No Osher staff support will be provided for SIG activities other than
to perform functions that cannot be done by a regular Osher member.
Osher will provide a SIG bulletin board for the display of SIG
information which will be maintained by its members.
All meetings to be held at Osher will be scheduled in advance with
Osher staff by the SIG contact
person to ensure room availability and avoid conflicts.
11. CHANGE: If any
travel is involved, an Osher travel release form is required for each trip.
A SIG will remain active as long as its members deem appropriate.
Additional guidelines and procedures:
a SIG: anyone who wants to create a SIG and is willing to serve as
the SIG contact [at least initially] needs only to email firstname.lastname@example.org (SIG coordinator) with the name of the SIG and a short
description. This will be sufficient to register the SIG. Once that
is done, it can be publicized so that interested members can get in
touch with the SIG contact, who will then be able to set up an
SIGs will have access to the monthly
newsletter, and to the SIG bulletin
board (located in the kitchen on the east wall). Please keep
postings down to a reasonable size; 4x6 or 5.5x8.5 is suggested. Newsletter items will be collected and coordinated by the SIG coordinator (Loretta); the deadline is about a week before the end of each month. There is usually one eBlast per week; the coordinator will consolidate submissions and initiate the eBlast
contacts are encouraged to set up a google or yahoo group mailing
list for the members.
that if a SIG attracts more than around 40 members, room scheduling
may get difficult unless meetings will be offsite. This is where a
mailing list really becomes helpful, because SIG discussions can be
conducted online, and everyone with internet access will be able to
SIG coordinator will provide assistance as needed for SIG
contacts who wish to set up a google group for SIG communications or
submit meeting notices or other items for Osher communications.
you are interested in an existing SIG, get in touch with its contact
who will add you to the list for the SIG announcements.
you want to form a SIG, please contact Loretta Petralis
- email@example.com with a brief description and your contact
Being a SIG
contact does not involve a lot of work. It will involve calling an
initial meeting to agree on how the SIG will operate (meeting
location and frequency; possible use of a google group for the SIG)
and collecting the email addresses of interested members. Brief SIG
meeting announcements can be included in the weekly announcements. The SIG coordinator will maintain an email list of SIG contacts.
We invite your
submissions! Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a particular topic, but
unable to act as a SIG contact, please post a small note on the SIG
bulletin board stating your interest and seeking someone who can act
as the contact; ALSO email the coordinator - email@example.com.