Carnegie Mellon University

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Bridge for Fun

Bridge SIG members are contract bridge enthusiasts who participate in  "coached", friendly sessions where they can play without feeling pressured. Participants improve their skills at the game of bridge, enjoy playing the game recreationally, and become friends with other bridge enthusiasts. Regular attendance is not required; you can enjoy and learn whether you attend every week or only as your busy schedule permits. Participants are added from the waiting list. Join the Wednesday or Saturday Group.
Requirements: basic knowledge of the game of bridge and tolerance of fellow players of all skill levels.

Patron of the Arts

Calling all Osher members who are passionate patrons of the arts, artists, musicians! We are creating a special interest group just for you! We are looking to create opportunities for small events where we gather together and dialogue with one another about music, dance, art, and all types of creative expression in a stimulating environment. Come share your passion and expertise with like-minded artists and patrons! Sign up now and watch for upcoming events! To sign up, please send your name, phone number, email address, and area of interest/expertise to Marilyn Maiello.

Characteristics of Osher at CMU Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • SIGs are forums where members socialize with others who share common interests.
  • The settings for SIGs are less formal than for regular Osher courses.
  • SIGs complement the Osher at CMU curriculum without competing with regular courses.
  • Osher at CMU members who share interests establish, manage, and run SIGs.
  • All Osher at CMU members and prospects can participate in SIGs; non-members may not. Prospects will need to pay an $85.00 fee per term to participate.
  • Non-member guests are permitted only with prior authorization by Osher and the coordinator.
  • Commercial/professional promotion/advertising are prohibited at Osher at CMU SIG events.

Role of Osher at CMU Administration:

  • Osher at CMU provides no financial support for SIGs.
  • Administrative support for SIGs is limited to the following:
    1. The Osher at CMU office posts information about SIGs on its website.
    2. Coordinators can submit announcements to appear in the WE newsletter.
    3. Each SIG is entered in Augusoft as a "course" with the SIG coordinator as study leader.

Process for Establishing a New Osher at CMU SIG

  1. A member who wishes to establish a new SIG completes and submits the SIG proposal form.
  2. The Executive Committee reviews and acts on the proposal.
  3. Actions are approval, rejection for cause, or return for revision or additional information.
  4. Upon approval of a proposal, the applicant convenes an organizational meeting.

Goals of SIG Organizational Meeting

  1. Identify a coordinator who manages the group’s activities, including list of participants.
  2. Determine how tasks will be distributed among the participants.
  3. Establish minimum requirements for participation in the group.
  4. Confirm that there are at least 15 Osher members who are willing participants.
  5. Determine if there are upper limits to the number of participants.
  6. Agree upon a meeting schedule, format, and any other relevant characteristics.

Joining SIGs

  • A member who wishes to join a SIG contacts the coordinator for detailed information.
  • The coordinator informs the Osher office to add new members to the course roster.

Record Keeping and Communication 

  • The Augusoft system is the official list of current SIG members.
  • Coordinators communicate with SIG members through the "e-mail students" function.
  • Coordinators must submit current lists of their members to the office in April and October.
  • Coordinators notify the office when a SIG is at capacity.
  • Contact lists can be provided to SIG participants only with unanimous permission.
  • SIG member lists are to be used only for communication about SIG activities.
  • The Executive Committee may discontinue any SIG that does not meet the guidelines.