Classes Held in Spring & Fall

Mission Square is pleased to host Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes offered by The University of Kansas Department of Continuing Education!

Tuesdays, Sept. 12, 19 & 26 from 2-4 pm

You’ll Wanna Know This about Your Aging Brain

Research in the past decade has brought about a remarkable paradigm shift from aging as a problem to aging as a time of promise and potential. You already know the downfalls a normal aging brain may experience: slower speed of recall, “senior moments” and the “why-did-I-come-in-this-room?” perplexity. You know the downfalls; now learn about the marvelous gifts your aging brain wants to deliver. Understanding the positive power of a normal aging brain positions you to take full advantage of rewards and capacities which were unavailable to the younger you.


Sandra Lyke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with master’s degrees in social work and counseling. Retired after 35 years as a psychiatric social worker, she has additional experience as a hospice worker, hospital chaplain and adjunct instructor at Park University.

Tuesdays, October 10, 17 & 24 from 2-4 pm

The Geography of Kansas: What Dorothy Didn’t Know About a Place Called Home

Geography is much more than place locations and this course will prove it! It will be taught in two parts. We begin part 1 with the Kansas natural environment, specifically climate and the land, ranging from the Ozark Plateau in the southeast corner to the High Plains in the far west. Historical economic geography of Kansas regions, involving resource extraction in the form of oil and natural gas production; and agriculture, particularly the role of irrigation and its impact on water—today the state’s most important resource—will follow.


Tom Schmiedeler, Ph.D., is Retired Professor of Geography at Washburn University. He teaches a variety of environmental and regional geography courses including “Kansas Geography.” His research interests are primarily in historical geography.

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