OLLI E-News #34-10 of September 10, 2010
Issue #34-10 of Sep 10, 2010
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> LOUDOUN OPEN HOUSE: Mon, Sep 13, 11:00. Refreshments, door prize. Details (pdf).
> BOARD MEETING: Fri, Sep 17, 9:30–11:00 (note time), TA-1; all members invited to attend.
> FLU SHOT CLINIC. 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. 
CONTENTS FOR FRI, SEP 10, 2010 About OLLI E-News
> CHOICES GALORE! From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> DIRECTOR PROFILE. Janet Cochran – new Board member. By Sandy Rittenhouse
> CLASS LIAISONS. Important announcement.
> CLOSED FALL COURSES. Most courses are still open. By Maria Buczek
> NEW CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT. Docucams now available at all sites.

> PHOTO OF THE MONTH. Selected by the OLLI Photography Club.

> COMPUTER CLUB MEETING. Sat, Sep 18; Building a Simple Database in Access 2007. By Paul Howard
> POET'S CORNER. Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.


From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
I F YOU AGREE WITH THE NOTION that more choices are a good thing, then you are among those of us who are thrilled with the expanded opportunities 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, or any 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 E-News staff writer 

Janet Cochran
LIKE SO MANY OLLI MEMBERS who had active and successful work lives, Janet Cochran 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, this fall) and, since her election in May 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.
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Important announcement
THE LIAISON COMMITTEES WISH TO 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 thanks 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 chairs.
     Many thanks to all our liaisons, past, present and future, for your contributions to the OLLI program!

Contributed by liaison chairs Kathy Breen and Mary Ann Seesholtz (Loudoun), Debbie Halverson (Reston) and Martha Scanlon (Fairfax).

Most courses are still open
By Maria Buczek, OLLI Registrar
YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION showing the 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 the 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.

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

Special Events
954    Fall for the Book: Greg Mortenson
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
983    Pericles, Prince of Tyre
985    Virginia Winery Tours and Tastings
986    Explore Reston Art Gallery
987    Lunch at 2941 Restaurant
Special Event 983, Pericles, Prince of Tyre: There is a price increase 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 amount.

Note about adding and withdrawing. We encourage you to add or withdraw from courses using the online registration system at the Member Portal.
  • To ADD a course: after logging in, click the Courses menu and select Register/Add Course; on the OLLI Registration Page, select the desired course(s), and click Submit.
  • To WITHDRAW from a course: after logging in, click the Courses 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 may also update your personal info such as postal address, phone number, email address, license tag and opting out of the printed catalog ("No Catalog") through this online system (click Membership/Edit Personal Info).
     You must first create a user account before attempting changes. 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 user account.
Docucams now available at all sites

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.

Contributed by Carol Rosenhock, Audiovisual Support Committee member.
Selected by the OLLI Photography Club

"Colvin Run Mill" by Ed Parker
THIS MONTH'S PHOTO may be viewed in its original and other sizes at this page. 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 Access 2007
By Paul Howard, OPCUG Coordinator
OLLI'S COMPUTER CLUB (OPCUG) will meet on Saturday, September 18, at Tallwood. The 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--
     "Learn 30" – Discover how to take the 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 Microsoft Word.
     Join the gang at 12:30 for drinks and snacks in the social room.

Click here to visit OPCUG's Web site.


Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop

Marching To Sousa

Heat index: One hundred and three.
Air quality: Dangerous for all...
Ozone and particulates.
I am marching to Sousa.                   

My car will not leave the garage,
My garden parched beyond recovery.
Stunted figlets cling and wait.
I am marching to Sousa.           

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.

Helen F. Harvey

Upcoming performances, Sep 10 – 19

By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 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

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
featuring Phillippe Bianconi, piano
Sat, Sep 11, 8:00
     The 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.
Admission: $25–$55
Concert Hall
Come at 7:00 for a pre-performance discussion on Grand Tier III of the Concert Hall.
All-Steinway School Celebration
and Piano Scholarship Concert
Sun, Sep 19, 3:00
     This celebration features outstanding George 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, Reminiscences. 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 include

Carol Farn, the recipient of a 2010 OLLI scholarship, and Yoonji Kim, Michelle Laurent, Jihae Lim, Ina Mirtcheva, Ji Yoon Park and Raymond Rinaldo.
Admission: $10 seniors, $15 other adults. A limited number of free tickets are available for students of all ages.
Concert Hall
A reception will immediately follow the recital on the Grand Tier III.

Keyboard Conversations®
with Jeffrey Siegel
Three 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.
Concert Hall

Other Mason events
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
> Astronomy 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 228.
> Graduate Political 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 Theater. Free.
> 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. Registration 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 (pdf) or visit the What's New page for updates when classes are in session.
     See Upcoming Non-Class Events to view the complete, real-time OLLI online calendar used by the office.

Fri Sep 10   9:30am   Photography Club - TA-1
     10am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11am   Homer Group - Annex
Reston Program Resource Group Meeting - Jasmine's, Lake Anne Plaza
Mon Sep 13   11am   Loudoun Open House (details pdf) - Loudoun
Tue Sep 14
   10:30am   Knitting and Needlework Club - 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 Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
Mon Sep 20   Fall Term Begins

Tue Sep 21
  11am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Church
Fri Sep 24   10am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10am   Travel Club
     10:30am   Loudoun Classic Fiction Book Club - Cascades Library
     11am   Homer Group - Annex
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John West
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