OLLI E-News #29-12 of July 20, 2012
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About OLLI E-News
> MEETING WITH DR. ÁNGEL CABRERA. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> LEADERSHIP PROFILE. New Development chair Lesley Bubenhofer. By Richard Melanson

> NEW LANGUAGE OFFERING. Is there interest in an introductory Arabic class?
> FREE ONLINE LECTURES. Learning opportunities via your computer.
> LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. A walk down Memory Lane ... and tribute to a founder of OLLI-Reston.
> POET'S CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

From the executive director

Dr. Ángel Cabrera
President, George Mason University
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
LAST WEEK, I RECEIVED AN INVITATION from George Mason University’s new president, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, to a meeting on Tuesday, July 17. His assistant did not provide any details about the purpose of the meeting, but she said it would be fine to invite other representatives from OLLI's leadership. During the next several days, OLLI President John Woods sought input from other Board members and past presidents regarding talking points for the meeting. With the meeting time approaching, Gordon Canyock (current OLLI vice president) took the lead in drafting key points that we would use in presenting OLLI to the new president. We were unsure of the amount of time we would have and what information Dr. Cabrera might already have about OLLI.
     University Liaison Pat Carroll and Program Committee Chair Kathryn Russell joined John and me for the meeting in Dr. Cabrera's office at 9:30 on the 17th. We were prepared with a newly formatted version of the talking points as well as copies of our past four OLLI catalogs and our OLLI brochure. We noticed that Dr. Cabrera was carrying a single piece of paper, neatly folded in half. After brief introductions, he explained that he had invited us to the meeting on short notice because he had received some important news. As you can imagine, we all sat up in our chairs with curiosity and anticipation.
     Dr. Cabrera began to read a letter from Mary Bitterman, president of the Osher Foundation. The first three paragraphs were highly complimentary of OLLI-Mason, and we all experienced a sense of pride in the successful Institute we have built over the last 21 years. Dr. Cabrera paused from reading and commented that he has passed our Tallwood site many times and was interested in getting to know more about us. He said that he had checked out our website and has heard good things about us. Then he continued to read this paragraph:
     "In recognition of your outstanding performance, I am delighted to inform you that the trustees of the Osher Foundation have unanimously approved a second endowment gift of $1 million to help support the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University over the years ahead."
     Fortunately, we did not fall out of our chairs. I'm certain that our smiles lit up the conference room. Dr. Cabrera said that this was the best news he has received in the two weeks since he officially started his tenure as president. On that note, we began to share many of the talking points that we had prepared to answer his questions about how we operate.
     Dr. Cabrera closed the meeting by telling that us that he would be interested in visiting us to speak with OLLI members and learn more about us. We expressed our desire to continue our strong partnership with Mason and to support his efforts to build a strategic vision which includes lifelong-learning opportunities for seasoned adults in Northern Virginia.
     It was a great meeting and a great day for OLLI.
     If you're interested in reading the entire letter from Mary Bitterman, click here. I'll share more information about how the endowment will work in future articles; it is likely to be quite some time before we actually receive any new funds.
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Lesley Bubenhofer
New Development chair Lesley Bubenhofer

By Richard Melanson, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
IT'S A MARVEL that Lesley Bubenhofer has the time and energy to serve as the new chair of the OLLI Development Committee, in light of her heavy involvement in Pilates, daily walking, community projects, a few European walking trips thrown in with much U.S. and international travel, and frequent theater going, but Lesley IS a marvel. She grew up in La Mesa, California, near San Diego, with three younger siblings and received her BA in Sociology from the University of California and an MA in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University in beautiful Malibu.
     Being married to a Marine, Fred Bubenhofer, required lots of moving and tons of flexibility, and Lesley had both in spades. Among other things she worked as a California Juvenile Court probation officer (18 months), substitute teacher, tutor and caseworker ... and volunteered for a myriad of community/church/alumni association tasks. Several years after Fred returned from Vietnam and Okinawa, while he was stationed at Marine Corps Headquarters in 1979, Lesley embarked on a 31-year career as a Virginia probation and parole officer in Fairfax County and City, including the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna. By 1981 she had been promoted to deputy chief probation and parole officer. In 1988 Lesley was selected to be the chief probation and parole officer, a position she held until her retirement in 2010.
     She joined OLLI in September 2010 and became a member of the Development Committee in 2011. Perhaps not surprisingly in light of her background and extensive travel, Lesley's favorite OLLI classes have been in the fields of History and International Studies and Current Events. She and Fred have a son, Kurt, a daughter-in-law, Sharon, and two grandchildren, Christopher and Katie.   
     As Development chair, Lesley is looking forward to enhancing OLLI liaison and partnership activities with federal, state, county and city personnel, local agencies and businesses, and Mason. She is also eager to help launch and operate innovative and fun fundraising campaigns and to explore ways to recruit additional committee members.
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Is there interest in an introductory Arabic class?
IF OFFERED AT TALLWOOD this winter or spring, are there OLLI members who might be interested in an introductory Arabic class? We know of a potential volunteer instructor, but we are requesting some member feedback before we schedule another language course. Send a message indicating interest to dbloch50@hotmail.com, please. Thank you.
-- By the Literature, Language and Theater Resource Group
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Learning opportunities via your computer

AT OLLI WE ARE USED TO hearing great lectures from talented instructors about a wide variety of subjects. But despite our large number of course offerings, OLLI cannot offer courses in every subject. However, interested members can now find free online lectures on almost anything – and they can be enjoyed in the convenience of one's home on one's own schedule. Here is a list of online learning opportunities—
  • YouTube EDU ("Short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world's leading universities, professional development material from fellow educators, and inspiring videos from global thought leaders.")
  • Academic Earth ("Online courses from the world's top scholars.")
  • Khan Academy ("Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.")
  • TED ("Ideas worth spreading. Riveting talks [each 18 minutes or less] by remarkable people, free to the world.")
  • Coursera ("The world's best courses. Online, for free. Learn at your pace with video lectures and assessments.") Note: The University of Virginia joined this online consortium in July 2012 (read Post article).
  • edX ("Harvard and MIT classes online for free. The first set of courses will be announced in the summer and will begin in the fall 2012.")
     Did you know that the above information has been available on the Other Useful Links page of the OLLI website? The page contains other useful information, such as a list of the best websites for health and wellness information. To visit Other Useful Links, on any OLLI web page move to External at the far right, then select Other Useful Links from the dropdown menu (see screen shot above) ... or just click here.
-- By Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor


A forum for members to voice their views on OLLI matters
WE ARE HAPPY TO PUBLISH your brief letters about OLLI and, if a response seems appropriate, we will include an OLLI response from the executive director or the applicable officer or committee chair in the same issue. Submit your letter via email to the editor or submit it as a "letter to the editor" via the online suggestion box or the suggestion box in the Tallwood Social Room. To be published in a given Friday's issue, the editor must receive the letter no later than 7:00 pm on Monday so that any applicable OLLI response can also be published. Letters can be published anonymously, but you must include your name and email address or phone number so we can verify that you are an OLLI member.

A walk down Memory Lane ... and tribute to a founder of OLLI-Reston 
Dear Editor:
Reasons we love the Lake Anne location!...
  1. Finding the location and church where we could set up the second site for the Learning in Retirement Institute.
  2. Appreciation to Michael Styles for all the negotiations in a real hurry. [Click here to read about the late Michael Styles. – Ed.]
  3. Appreciation to Michael Styles for being president and doing curriculum for two locations.
  4. Bathrooms difficult – Oh yes.
  5. No interest in the kitchen use.
  6. Church had no money so mold did get out of control. Fixed now.
  7. Our teachers came and taught and many adjusted.
  8. Now, I appreciate the comfortable walk from parking lot to church.
  9. Eating lunch on Lake Anne and great site assistants at church.
  10. See you all at the new location.
-- By Jan Dewire, OLLI member and former OLLI president (1996-1998)

OLLI response from the executive director:
     I know that I speak for the OLLI leadership when I express appreciation to Jan Dewire, who has served OLLI as president and has been instrumental in many aspects of the growth of our wonderful Institute. As I mentioned in my June 22 E-News article ("New Venue for OLLI in Reston?"), OLLI members have enjoyed many wonderful courses and activities at the Washington Plaza Baptist Church facilities in Reston since 1999. And there is no doubt that the ambiance of Lake Anne plaza has been charming. However, I have received numerous emails from OLLI members who have expressed support for a new location in Reston. OLLI's Reston Coordinator Carol Henderson and other key member/leaders from Reston have played a vital role in investigating potential sites and weighing the pros and cons of making a move.
     After many years of discussion, the time has come to begin a transition to more comfortable and appealing classrooms for OLLI in Reston. We are still negotiating some details with the United Christian Parish (UCP) church, located about ½ mile from the current site at 11508 North Shore Drive. At this time, we are hoping to begin offering OLLI classes at UCP beginning with our winter 2013 term. We also plan to continue offering some classes at the Reston Community Centers at Lake Anne and Hunters Woods.  
     I will provide status updates as information becomes available.
-- By Thom Clement, Executive Director

Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop


For years and years she made the silver shine
First her own, when I was young, and then she polished mine.
Rusty gray-green tarnish changed to moonlight glow
As she rubbed the paste that made the shining show.
Tiny twinklings leaped around each gleaming piece
When candlelight revealed each gadroon's crease.
But gleam and glow were not all she left behind.
A refutation was not difficult to find
Where at the bottom of the pitcher lies a note:
"Dangerous to use for drinking – verdigris," she wrote.

Elizabeth Smith
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Manassas performances, July 20 - 29
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00 (or visit the box office in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on Mason's Fairfax campus, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00). More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page.

Heritage Hunt Art Exhibit

Through Sat, Jul 28
     The Heritage Hunt Fine Art Group and Heritage Hunt Photography Club of Gainesville present an exhibit with 40 participating artists and photographers. Some works are available for purchase.
Admission: Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery

Seriously? Not So Serious Artwork

Sun, Jul 29 through Sun, Sep 9
     The exhibit features humorous works of art by Elizabeth W. Seaver and Charla Wilkerson. Bright colors and whimsical characters are hallmarks of the paintings. The artists will hold a gallery talk Fri, Aug 3, at 6:30.  
Admission: Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but to check anytime for the latest information, please visit our website (Upcoming Non-Class Events) to view the OLLI calendar. For more activities associated with Loudoun, see Roberta Sherman's latest Loudoun Notes (pdf). For more activities associated with Reston, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston (pdf). Note: OLLI members are welcome at meetings of the Board, committees and resource groups.

Fri Jul 20   10:00am   Board of Directors Meeting - TA-1
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am    Homer, etc. - Annex
Sat Jul 21   1:00pm   Personal Computer User Group (OPCUG) - TA-1
Mon Jul 23   10:00am  
What's in the Daily News? Continued - Annex
Craft & Conversation Group - TA-2
Bridge Club - TA-3
Tue Jul 24   10:00am   
Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Fri Jul 27   Last day of Summer Term
Recorder Consort - TA-2
Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Jul 30   
What's in the Daily News? Continued - Annex
Craft & Conversation Group - TA-2
Bridge Club - TA-3
Tue Jul 31   10:00am   Member Services Committee Meeting - Annex
Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Aug 1   Registration for Fall Term Opens
     10:00am   Special Events Resource Group Meeting - Annex
Fri Aug 3   10:00am   
Recorder Consort - TA-2
Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Aug 6   OLLI CLOSED until Mon, Aug 20; next E-News Fri, Aug 24
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How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY REFERENCE on how to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member Portal).

About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
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Updated: July 20, 2012

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