#29-12 of July 20, 2012
July 20, 2012
MEETING WITH DR.
From the executive director
WEEK, I RECEIVED AN INVITATION
|Dr. Ángel Cabrera
President, George Mason
By Thom Clement
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
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
"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
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
If you're interested in reading the entire
letter from Mary Bitterman, click
. 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.
By Richard Melanson, OLLI E-News
A MARVEL that Lesley
Bubenhofer has the time and energy to serve as the new chair of the
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.
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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
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
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.
Is there interest in an introductory
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
please. Thank you.
-- By the Literature, Language and Theater Resource Group
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Learning opportunities via your
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
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.
- 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
Earth ("Online courses from the world's top scholars.")
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
("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
("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.")
LETTERS TO THE 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
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number so we can verify that you are an OLLI member.
A walk down Memory Lane ... and tribute to
a founder of OLLI-Reston
we love the
Lake Anne location!...
Jan Dewire, OLLI
member and former OLLI president (1996-1998)
- Finding the location and church
where we could set up the second site for the Learning in Retirement
- Appreciation to Michael Styles for
all the negotiations in a real hurry. [Click here to read about the late Michael Styles. –
- Appreciation to Michael Styles for
being president and doing curriculum for two locations.
- Bathrooms difficult – Oh yes.
- No interest in the kitchen use.
- Church had no money so mold did
get out of control. Fixed now.
- Our teachers came and taught and
- Now, I appreciate the comfortable
walk from parking lot
- Eating lunch on Lake Anne and
great site assistants at church.
- See you all
at the new location.
response from the executive director:
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.
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.
provide status updates as information becomes available.
-- By Thom Clement
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.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Manassas performances, July 20 - 29
Siesseger, OLLI E-News
or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar
online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) –
or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton
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
|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.
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
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
(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.
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