#34-10 of September 10, 2010
September 10, 2010
Issue #34-10 of Sep 10, 2010
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LOUDOUN OPEN HOUSE: Mon, Sep 13, 11:00. Refreshments, door
MEETING: Fri, Sep 17,
9:30–11:00 (note time), TA-1; all members invited to attend.
The OLLI Flu Shot Clinic is scheduled for Fri, Oct 8, 1:00–3:00 at
Tallwood. Members can sign up in the office for a time slot beginning
Mon, Sep 20.
|ARTICLES AND NOTICES
CHOICES GALORE! From
director. By Thom
> DIRECTOR PROFILE.
Janet Cochran – new Board member. By Sandy Rittenhouse
CLOSED FALL COURSES. Most courses are still open. By Maria Buczek
EQUIPMENT. Docucams now available at all sites.
Selected by the OLLI Photography Club.
> COMPUTER CLUB MEETING. Sat, Sep 18;
Building a Simple Database in Access 2007. By Paul Howard
Selected by the OLLI Poetry
ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall
HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman
ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.
How to contact OLLI.
From the executive
I F YOU AGREE WITH
that more choices are a good thing,
then you are among those of us who are thrilled with the expanded
for stimulating opportunities available this fall at OLLI. There are
more courses and more total class sessions in both courses and special
events (lectures, performances and trips), and within subject areas,
there is more variety. Whether you attend at Loudoun, Reston, Fairfax,
combination of the three sites, your selection of OLLI offerings is
broader than ever.
That's the good news. Of course, the bad news
is that making choices is difficult. You sometimes would like to be two
places at once. And of course, the most popular courses may be
oversubscribed so you may not get into all that you wanted. These
issues are considered by many as "growing pains;" we attract more
people who realize what a bargain OLLI membership is, but spaces for
seating and parking become more scarce.
Our preliminary registration statistics reveal
a steady increase over the last few years in the number of courses or
events requested by each member, with an average of almost six per
member (ranging from one to 19), and in the proportion of members who
enroll – up to 92% so far this term!
I'm thrilled to say that the program and
membership of OLLI at Mason continues to thrive – with choices galore!
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Janet Cochran – new Board member
By Sandy Rittenhouse, OLLI
LIKE SO MANY OLLI MEMBERS
wanted to ensure
her post-retirement years would be as busy and productive as those when
she worked. OLLI has been a key avenue in providing that for Janet. She
joined in 1999 and soon began volunteering in several capacities: as a
class liaison and working in the Tallwood front office, serving as the
volunteer coordinator for Reston, teaching ("Savvy Internet Searching
for Senior Health," at Loudoun this past spring and at Reston, R811
to the Board of Directors, as
OLLI secretary. Anyone who has been secretary to a professional
organization knows how big a job that is!
Janet began her career in library research
early, working summers in the Detroit Public Library while in high
school and college. She earned a B.A. in French from Denison University
and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan.
Janet worked in the District of Columbia Library and for the Consumer
Product Safety Commission. After becoming interested in researching
medical information, she started working for a firm doing computer
searches of medical literature for nurses, doctors and pharmacists.
Janet enjoyed interacting with the medical personnel and contributing
to solving medical issues, and she became the director of professional
information services at that firm.
Janet fondly remembers her first classes at
OLLI after retiring, and her enthusiasm has only increased.
Executive Director Thom Clement called her the "OLLI poster child"
after she attended classes at all three OLLI sites in one day. Janet's
husband, Garrett, is an OLLI member and shares her love of learning.
When she's not involved in OLLI, Janet is an
avid reader, runner and power walker. She is also a biker and has
ridden in many international bike tours and local events. She uses her
medical literature and librarian background as a volunteer reader for
an organization that records textbooks for blind and dyslexic students
and as a volunteer member of Mason's Library Advisory Committee.
Other than the classes and wonderful
instructors, Janet says she most enjoys getting to know other OLLI
members and working in the office. She says, "I'd be lost without
OLLI." She believes that volunteering for OLLI is the way to ensure its
future and encourages all of us to follow suit.
CLOSED FALL COURSES
THANK all of you who noted in your
registrations that you would be willing to be a liaison in one or more
of your classes. For those classes where no offer has been made, we are
currently calling members of those classes to ask them to serve as
liaisons. If you are called, we hope you will consider this most
important job as an opportunity to serve your fellow OLLI members.
Liaisons are key to ensuring that the classroom experience runs
smoothly, and the liaison job is one of the most important ways we
communicate with the membership about news and upcoming events at OLLI.
Liaisons selected for the fall classes will
receive all relevant materials next week by email. (Do not look for a
packet in your postal mailbox!) The email will include a letter of
that indicates the class for which you have been asked to be the
liaison, a description of the course as shown in the catalog, and a
description of the liaison’s responsibilities. You will probably want
to print out this material. Class lists will not be sent by email but
will be available in the classrooms. Please read carefully the list of
responsibilities, some of which need to be taken care of before classes
start. If you have any questions, please contact one of the liaison
Many thanks to all our
liaisons, past, present
and future, for your contributions to the OLLI program!
Seesholtz (Loudoun), Debbie Halverson (Reston)
NEW CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT
Most courses are still open
SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION
courses in which you have
been enrolled. Most courses are not
full, and it's not too late to sign up ... preferably online (see note
below) or otherwise by filling in a Change of Schedule
Request form in the office or by emailing
office with your request. Loudoun-only members may register for
available courses with the "L" prefix.
Here is the
list of closed
courses and events for the fall term. All other
courses are still available
for you to sign up.
|CLOSED FALL COURSES AND EVENTS
F102 Music Sampler
F103 Symphony Orchestra and its Music
F104 Sketching Workshop
F105 Topics in Digital Photography
F107 Beginning Ballroom Dance
F108 Watercolor Painting
F201 An Economics Potpourri
F204 Tax Planning – Impending Tax Changes
F206 Avoid Being Targeted for Identity Theft
F301 Happiness in Modern Societies
F302 From Jefferson to Jackson
F303 Simple Things that Changed History
F305 "Escape…the Bondage of the Past"
F306 Grant and Lee: Road To Appomattox
F401 Readers’ Theater
F402 Friendships of Men & Women...
F404 Memoir Writing
F405 Poetry Workshop
F408 Let’s Study a Play Together
F501 Reading Latin
F652 Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics
F653 Philosophy: What Is It/Is It Good For?
F701 What's in the Daily News?
F703 Foreign Policy Roundtable
F901 Trip Tales
R411 Literary Roundtable
R505 Conversational Spanish
R902 Bridge Refresher
R903 From Southeast Asia to South Africa
L113 Introduction to the Digital Darkroom
L312 German Highlights
L315 Myanmar/Burma: What, Where, Why
L413 Foreign Film Series
for the Book: Greg
956 George Washington and Women
957 God Knows All Your Names
958 The New Health Care Law
962 Reasons to Kill
970 Governors Island
974 Debate on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
975 AARP Driver Safety Program
978 Germany Series Lunch
979 Whole Foods Guided Tour & Brunch
980 The Supreme Court
Prince of Tyre
985 Virginia Winery Tours and Tastings
986 Explore Reston Art Gallery
987 Lunch at 2941 Restaurant
|CHANGES TO COURSES
|Special Event 983,
Prince of Tyre:
from $8 to $10 for this event. See the updated
registration form. If you register for this event using the form
printed in the paper catalog, be sure to include $10 in the total
to add or
withdraw from courses using the online registration system at the Member
- To ADD a
logging in, click the Courses menu and select Register/Add Course; on
the OLLI Registration Page, select the desired course(s), and click
WITHDRAW from a course:
menu and select Drop a Course; on
the Withdraw page, select the course or special event from which you
want to withdraw, and then click the Withdraw button at the bottom (see
sample image below):
Remember that you
update your personal info such as postal address, phone number, email
address, license tag and opting out of the printed catalog ("No
this online system (click Membership/Edit Personal Info).
first create a user account before attempting
Follow the instructions on the Member Portal or on page
41 of the fall catalog. Please
contact the staff by email
or phone (703-503-3384) if you need assistance in setting up your
Docucams now available at all sites
COMPUTER CLUB MEETING
OF THE MONTH
OLLI HAS ACQUIRED
THREE DOCUMENT CAMERAS ("docucams") for
instructor use in our
Tallwood and Reston classrooms. (Docucams are already part of the
standard GMU classroom equipment in our Loudoun location.) Friends of
OLLI donations funded the purchase of two of the new units, and the
third was purchased from operating funds.
The new docucams can display stored digital images
as slide shows, overhead transparencies and items
such as maps, book pages and objects. A remote control allows the
instructor to move about the classroom. The units feature autofocus and
15X zoom capability for easy use and excellent viewing options. The
docucam can also record and play back what it displays and has a
built-in microphone to record accompanying audio.
Selected by the OLLI Photography Club
Run Mill" by Ed
may be viewed in its original and other sizes at this
To view other photos by
members of the OLLI Photography Club, visit the Club's Web site
Sat, Sep 18; Building a Simple Database in
OLLI'S COMPUTER CLUB (OPCUG)
meeting will feature a presentation by Walter
Fraser on "Building a Simple Database: An Introduction to Access
2007." This brief review of Microsoft Access 2007 will focus on
the initial steps required to design and implement a sensible, flexible
and robust name and address listing in this popular relational database
application found in many versions of the Microsoft Office Suite. Also
during the meeting--
tedium out of formatting your word processing
documents by using the built-in styles feature. Geof Goodrum will use
OpenOffice.org Writer to show how styles can make your documents look
more professional and automate
building table of contents, captioning figures and tables, and creating
numbered section headings. These techniques are also applicable to
Join the gang at 12:30 for drinks and snacks
in the social room.
visit OPCUG's Web site.
Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop
index: One hundred and three.
Air quality: Dangerous for all...
Ozone and particulates.
I am marching to
My car will not leave the garage,
My garden parched beyond recovery.
Stunted figlets cling and wait.
I am marching to
We exercise, my cat and I,
March up the hall and through the den,
Across the hall and around again.
We are marching to Sousa.
He rides in my arms,
An Oriental potentate
Transported through tropics.
We are marching to Sousa.
The air conditioner labors,
Thermostat on 80 degrees.
It cannot rest because
We are marching to Sousa.
MASON ARTS AND
Upcoming performances, Sep 10 – 19
By Jan Bohall, OLLI
1-888-945-2408 (phone orders are handled by
tickets.com) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat,
10:00-5:00. More info on tickets at the CFA tickets page
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
featuring Phillippe Bianconi, piano
Sat, Sep 11, 8:00
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's The Tempest Fantasy-Overture,
Schumann's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3. French
pianist Phillippe Bianconi is a past silver medalist at the Van Cliburn
international piano competition.
Come at 7:00 for a pre-performance discussion on Grand Tier III of the
|All-Steinway School Celebration
Sun, Sep 19, 3:00
Mason faculty performers
and their students; all proceeds from the concert will benefit the Jean
Carrington Cook Piano Scholarship Fund. Dr. Linda Apple Monson will
perform a world premier composition by faculty composer Mark Camphouse,
Jennifer Lapple, flutist, will perform with Dr. Monson a memorial
tribute to the late Judith Lapple, professor of flute at George Mason.
Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, pianist, will perform the Beethoven Trio with
the Ensemble Da Camera of Washington. Seven outstanding graduate and
undergraduate student performers, music majors studying piano, will
Admission: $10 seniors, $15 other
adults. A limited
number of free tickets are available for students of all ages.
recipient of a 2010 OLLI scholarship, and Yoonji Kim, Michelle
Laurent, Jihae Lim, Ina Mirtcheva, Ji Yoon Park and Raymond Rinaldo.
A reception will immediately follow the recital on the Grand Tier III.
Great "Bs"− Bach, Beethoven and Barber
Sun, Sep 19, 7:00
Noted pianist Jeffrey Siegel begins his 18th season of his "concerts
with commentary" with this look into the lives and works of these most
prolific composers. The program includes Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,
Beethoven's "Appassionata Sonata" and several works by Samuel Barber,
in celebration of his 100th birthday.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult.
Other Mason events
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
Observing Session. Check out the skies as we approach fall.
Observing session will be canceled due to inclement weather one hour
before the session is scheduled to begin. Mon, Sep 13, at 8:30.
Observatory, Research 1.
Program Board Film: Shutter Island. U.S. Marshal
Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped
from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding
on the remote Shutter Island. Thu, Sep 16, 9:00, Fri, Sep 17, 9:00,
Sat, Sep 18, 6:00 and 9:00, Sun, Sep 19, 6:00. Johnson Center, Room
Science Society Lecture: "Is There An Obama Doctrine?" Peter
Beinart, Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the
City University of New York, discusses why America periodically goes
berserk and fights unwinnable wars in places like Vietnam and Iraq.
Prof. Beinart is also senior political writer at The Daily Beast, a contributor to Time, and has recently published a
provocative new book, The Icarus
Syndrome. Thu, Sep 16, 3:00. Johnson Center, Cinema. Free.
Fall for the Book
Festival. A variety of eminent and interesting poets and fiction
and non-fiction writers will give readings and lectures. See schedule
for details. Sun, Sep 19, to Fri, Sep 24. Free.
Fall For The Book:
Anne Patchett Presentation and Book Signing. Renowned author of Bel Canto and Run, Patchett receives the Fairfax
Prize for Literary Excellence at this event. Mon, Sep 20, 7:30. Harris
School of Management
Lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will discusses
"The Political Argument Today." George Will comments on politics, the
economy, and American society. Mon, Sep 27, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Mason Inn.
includes lunch (tickets, $75).
Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST
covering the next two weeks
is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with
direct Web links added when available. OLLI members are welcome at all
Board, committee and resource group meetings. Note
: For more activities
specifically related to the Loudoun site, see Roberta Sherman's Loudoun Notes
update of Sep 9
the What's New page
for updates when classes are in session.
to view the complete, real-time OLLI online
calendar used by
10 9:30am Photography
Club - TA-1
10am Recorder Consort - TA-2
11am Homer Group - Annex
12pm Reston Program Resource Group Meeting
Jasmine's, Lake Anne Plaza
Mon Sep 13 11am
Loudoun Open House (details pdf)
Tue Sep 14
- Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Sep 15 10am Bridge Club - TA-3
10am Investment Forum - TA-1
Thu Sep 16 10am Art Club - Loudoun
Fri Sep 17 9:30am Board of Directors
Meeting - TA-1
10am Recorder Consort - TA-2
11am Homer Group - Annex
Sat Sep 18 12:30pm OLLI
Group - TA-1
Mon Sep 20 Fall Term Begins
Fri Sep 24
Consort - TA-2
10am Travel Club
10:30am Loudoun Classic Fiction
Book Club - Cascades Library
11am Homer Group - Annex
How to contact OLLI
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