#34-11 of September 9, 2011
September 9, 2011
|> BOARD MEETING:
10:00 Fri, Sep 16, Tallwood. All OLLI members are invited.
OLLI POET PUBLISHED. Spitball:
Baseball Magazine, recently printed OLLI member Mike McNamara's
autobiographical poem, "Dad's Glasses."
POST PROFILES DR.
LINDA MONSON. Click
here to read Sunday's Post
profile of Mason's Dr.
Linda Monson, a huge OLLI supporter; click here for Sep 18 concert
From the executive director
ETIQUETTE IS DEFINED
the rules and
governing correct or polite behavior in society in general or in a
specific social or professional group or situation
. As you
return to classrooms this fall, you may once again notice the "OLLI
Etiquette" posters in classrooms or hear reference to them from the
class liaisons. From time to time, it's helpful to remind you of their
origin and purpose.
In various discussions during meetings of
resource groups and committees over the years, our volunteers have
indicated that a few people in their classes need reminders about
courtesy towards classmates, their instructors and/or the staff and
volunteers. Class liaisons generally start class sessions with a few
reminders that will ensure the enjoyment of the sessions for everyone.
To streamline the process of doing announcements and reminders, we
summarized the main points as guidelines for appropriate classroom
behavior and posted them in classrooms.
The point that is most frequently discussed is
"Ask Questions Appropriately." Exactly what does that mean? The Q&A
portion of OLLI classes is usually enlightening and stimulating for
everyone. However, when a questioner begins to monopolize class time
with questions that are either too lengthy and/or too personal, it can
be annoying to other class members. On rare occasions, a questioner may
challenge the speaker a little too aggressively, forgetting that our
OLLI speakers and instructors are volunteering their time. It is
important to be considerate and respectful to our classmates as well as
to our instructors and speakers.
The seven points of "OLLI Etiquette” are
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Board member Martha Scanlon
By Carolyn Sanders, OLLI E-News
member Martha Scanlon for several years, but I didn't know that much
about her until writing this profile. An OLLI member since 2003, Martha
has worked many years as an office volunteer and continually seeks
volunteers for the Tallwood front desk, which she schedules. She is one
of the class-liaison chairs, helping select liaisons for classes at
Tallwood. Martha takes courses on all three campuses and has taught one
class (on selected poets – interesting since Martha's degrees and job
experiences are all about math and economics); she looks forward to
having time to teach more.
Since being elected in May to serve on OLLI's
Board of Directors, she has agreed to chair the Member Services
Committee, whose mission, she says, "is anything that will make life
more pleasant for the members outside of the classroom." As you've
probably gathered by now, Martha is a strong advocate of volunteering.
She believes that volunteering is an integral part of the OLLI culture
and experience ... and that working with other members is as rewarding
to the volunteers as the services provided. You've been warned!
Before she retired in 2002, Martha worked at
the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. As a deputy
associate director of the Research Division, she specialized in
research and analysis of financial markets and worked on monetary
policy issues. Her husband, Bill, is a still-employed economist who
graciously taught a course at OLLI last year; we would be fortunate
were Bill to follow Martha by joining OLLI after he retires. Martha and
Bill have a married son, a daughter practicing law in DC, and a large,
lovable Old English Sheepdog.
This lady is not all business. Martha likes
genealogy, Bridge, watercolor painting, poetry, reading, writing,
gardening, golf lessons (she doesn't actually play golf), yoga, travel,
people and single-malt Scotch. Make a point of getting to know her. You
won't be sorry. And, yes, remember to volunteer.
CLOSED FALL COURSES
Many courses are still open
IS THE LIST
fall courses. All other
courses are still available
for you to sign up.
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.
Pending your receipt of confirmation of
requested courses and events, you can find out now which are confirmed.
Simply go to your My Schedule page
(log-in required), and the courses you selected are shown as either Confirmed
|CLOSED FALL COURSES AND EVENTS
F103 Music Sampler
F104 Navigating the Digital Darkroom
F107 Sketching/Drawing Workshop
F110 Watercolor Painting
F201 Federal Deficits and Debt
F203 The Tom Crooker Investment Forum
F204 An Economics Potpourri
F301 The United States from 1974 to 2000
F302 More Tales of the Silk Road
F303 Walking Through Time
F306 Military Aspects of the American Revolution II
F403 Readers' Theater
F409 Memoir Writing
F410 T. S. Eliot: From The Waste Land to Cats
F501 Beginning Italian
F503 Spanish Conversational Forum
F603 Jesus, Paul and the Law
F652 The Year 1610, Part II
F701 What's in the Daily News?
F702 America and the World
F705 Foreign Policy Roundtable
F904 Beginning Bridge
R112 The Great Romantic Composers
R312 The U.S. Constitution
R413 Literary Roundtable
R706 The Supreme Court: Current Cases
R906 Bridge Refresher
R907 Learn to Play Mah Jongg
L115 Digital Photography for the Point-and-Shoot Crowd
L605 Seven Voices, Seven Faiths
L812 Beginning Tai Chi
956 AARP Driver
957 The Battle of Ball's Bluff
959 The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
964 A Proper British Tea
974 Traveling the Underground Railroad
975 Virginia Winery Tours and Tastings
978 George Mason Campus Tour
979 "We Clashed with a Shock" – Antietam 1862
981 Tour of McConnell Operations Center
982 Guided Tour of Dodona Manor
984 TWA 800 & NTSB's Conduct of Accident Investigation
985 Lunch at Kazan Turkish Restaurant
|CHANGES TO COURSES/EVENTS
> Tallwood – F805/University
Technology Transfer; F901/Men Cooking for Men; F308/Private Military Companies, Then and
Loudoun – L419/Creativity:
A Journey from Within; L709/The Correct Way to Conduct
Events – 967/Steam
Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers
to add or
withdraw from courses using the online registration system at the Member
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:
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.
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 refer
to 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
Important info about an important job
HEARTY THANKS TO 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 classes where no offer has been made, we are
currently calling members of those classes to ask them to serve as
If you are called, we
hope you will consider this most important job as an opportunity to
join the dedicated core of OLLI volunteers. Liaisons ensure that
classes start on time, that the course instructor is properly
introduced and has the information he/she needs, and that our members
are kept up-to-date about news and upcoming events at OLLI.
Liaisons selected for the fall classes will
receive all relevant materials next week by email. Please read carefully the list of
responsibilities, some of which need to be taken care of before
classes start. Class lists will not be sent by email but will be
available in the classrooms.
will be two liaison orientation meetings on Thursday, September 15 –
11:00 at Loudoun and 1:00 at Tallwood; come to whichever one
you prefer. We encourage new liaisons to attend as well as seasoned
liaisons who may have insights they wish to share. If you cannot attend
but have 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), Janet Cochran (Reston) and Martha Scanlon (Fairfax).
OLLI BOOK CLUB
Wed, Sep 14 – The Bonesetter's Daughter
THE OLLI BOOK CLUB will
meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, September 14 at Tallwood. The book for
is The Bonesetter's Daughter
Ms. Tan is this year's winner of the Fairfax
Prize, an award by the Fairfax Library Association for "writing and
publishing literary works that contribute significantly to American and
international culture." The award presentation is at 7:30 on Tuesday,
September 20 at Mason's Center for the Arts Concert Hall as part of the
Fall for the Book Festival. Click
here for details about the author, her books and this award.
-- By Ceda
Club Coordinator. For a summary and reviews of the book, click
TOM SWIFT SQUAD
Interested in technology? Learn with us.
AUDIOVISUAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE
The Tom Swift Squad) is looking for additional volunteers to help
ensure the smooth employment of OLLI's audiovisual resources. Our
mission is to help instructors, liaisons and staff with any audiovisual
that might arise during the classes we attend.
meeting at 1:45 on
Wednesday, September 14 – location will be noted on the Tallwood class
We'll be training on OLLI's classroom audiovisual
equipment, exploring the PowerPoint 'presenter view,' reviewing
docucam/laptop computer interfaces and planning future committee
activities, including classes for instructors starting in the fall.
me know if you're planning to
or would like to become a "Swiftie" even if you can't
this meeting. Contact me by email
(preferred) or phone (703-860-9246).
-- By Paul
, Audiovisual Support Committee Chair. For more
information on the Audiovisual Support Committee, see its Web
|A BOOK CLUB WITH A
|Homer, etc. seeks new members, new ideas
COME JOIN US AND HELP US CHOOSE our
next book! We're finishing Madame
Bovary within a few weeks ... and we are looking for new
members and new ideas.
We meet at Tallwood every Friday morning at
11:00 to read aloud—to each other—traditional classics and
contemporary ones as well; a recent choice was Grapes of Wrath.
For more information, please email Jan Bohall.
Submitted by Jan Bohall, Homer, etc. Coordinator
Sat, Sep 17 – PowerPoint Tips and Tricks
Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet on Saturday,
17. Join us at 12:30 for drinks and socializing in the Tallwood social
room. Presentations will begin at 1:00 in TA-1. This month's offerings
will include the following.
Tips and Tricks
Webinar presentation by Kathy Jacobs, president of the Association of
Personal Computer User Groups (photo
. Kathy will share some of her best tips and tricks for
creating and presenting presentations using PowerPoint 2010. As a
PowerPoint expert, she guarantees that if you use PowerPoint, you will
learn from this presentation.
Smarts: Getting What You
Want, Before and After the Sale
– A "Learn 30" session by Gabe
Goldberg, who will explain the art of creative complaining when
wrestling with Internet service providers, cable companies and customer
See full details on this meeting by clicking here
For information on the OLLI Computer Club, see the OPCUG Web site
Click image or here to shop
shirts, caps and tote bags with the OLLI/Mason logo
at any time directly from the vendor for delivery to your home. At the
store, click "OLLI-GMU Store" to see the pictures, then click on each
to see details. Note: The
pictures do not show our logo but it
will be embroidered on items that you order.
|OLLI FACEBOOK GROUP
icon or here to
encouraged to join the OLLI Facebook group as
of enhancing intra-OLLI communications. Recent articles: how to join
how to post
. (The icon is also under the Quick
on our Home page and What's New page.) Note: Once you join the OLLI group,
you can access the group from your personal Facebook page by clicking
on "Groups" or "More" in the left-side navigation area.
Selected by the OLLI Poetry
down on Moscow's winter face
And whitens the aging grey of a bundled city
Young women scurrying to their jobs in high spiked heels
Navigating rough sidewalks and cobblestones in a frigid storm.
All glistens and looks new with this blizzard
Covering the sins of this nation's capital
Its residents take cold for always granted
And refuse to let flakes ruin the start of a new day
As the cars and chimneys belch their filth into the air
The city's shabby coat of dirty white lowers no esprit
The young still seek out one another with keenness
And ignore the earth's signs of a city turning dark.
MASON ARTS AND
Upcoming Fairfax performances, Sep 9 - 18
By Jan Bohall, OLLI
1-888-945-2468 or buy online
(phone and online orders are handled by
tickets.com; a service charge applies) or visit the Center for the Arts
Box Office, Tue-Sat,
10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page
|Faculty Artist Series
Guessford, an assistant professor in Mason's School of Music, focuses
on musical composition using computer technology and has been a guest
lecturer in OLLI's Music Sampler. The
is a story in one act, presented by MMT (Music Movement Technology) in
Concert. The story is based on the Sumerian myth carved on a stone
tablet of Inanna, queen of heaven and earth. Click
for more info.
|Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Sat, Sep 17, 8:00
Admission: $55, $45, $25 Students ages 6-18, $5
season opens with a program of romantic works by a contemporary
American composer, John Corigliano, and three French composers,
Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and Ernest Chausson, the latter revered for
his introspective romantic music. Click
for more info.
Come at 7:00 for a pre-performance artistic discussion on Grand Tier III
|A Grand Piano Celebration
Sun, Sep 18, 3:00
This gala event will launch the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment
Fund, which will support student scholarships and programs. Dr. Monson
will include solo works by Ravel and duo piano works by Aram
Khachaturian with her colleague, pianist Anna Balakerskaia; works by
Schubert with tenor John Aler; and collaborative piano with jazz
trombonist Harry Watters in a new work by Dan Bowyer. A piano ensemble
work will be performed by Dr. Monson, Anna Balakerskaia, Kelly
Ker-Hackleman, John Healey, Joanne Haroutounian and Patricia Parker.
Several student recipients of scholarship support will perform works by
Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Lutoslawski.
for details, including info about the separate Elegant Lunch
at 1:00 ($50) and Reception at 5:00 ($30); package for 3 events, $75.
Sun, Sep 18, 7:00
Siegel opens his 19th season at the Center for the Arts with his
"concert with commentary" program honoring Beethoven. We will hear the
composer's lighthearted Sonata Opus 31, No. 3; his fiery Sonata
Pathéthique, Opus 13; and his Sonata, Opus 109, written after he
had become completely deaf.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family Friendly: Youth Grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
Administration and Policy Seminar Series. Dr. Richard A. Cooper,
Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the
University of Pennsylvania, presents "Wealth, Poverty and Health Care
Utilization: A Tale of Two Cities." He will discuss the research that
led him to the conclusion that if the U.S. is to control future
increases in health care spending, it must address the high health care
needs of the poor as well as the underlying social condition of
poverty. Thu, Sep 15, 2:00 to 3:00 in Johnson Center, Room E. Free.
- School of Art Visual Voices Series.
Prof. Henry Matthews, director of Collections and Exhibitions at Grand
State University will discuss "Developing a Vision." During the past 10
years, he has taken the University's collection of
visual arts from about 1,000 pieces to 9,000. The University has an
unusually strong commitment to the arts, and Prof. Matthew's talk
describes many of the works and how he and the University have
developed a mutual vision. Thu, Sep 15, 7:30 in Harris Theatre. Free.
- Fall for the Book. Writers at George
Mason's annual book festival include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Jim Lehrer
and Allegra Goodman among a variety of novelists, poets, historians,
mystery writers and food writers. Sun, Sep 18-Fri, Sep 23. Free. Click here
to view the full schedule of events at a glance.
- Constitution Day Discussion. Join
Mason's Prof. of Legal History Joyce Malcolm and Prof. of Government
and Politics David Ericson for a discussion of the 14th Amendment, a
consequence of the Civil War which sought to clarify who was a citizen
of the United States. Today there is a debate over the clause that
states "all persons born in the United States" are citizens. Should the
14th Amendment be changed because of immigration issues? Lecture
followed by question and answer session. Mon, Sep 19, 1:30-3:00,
Lecture Hall, Room 1. Free.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Upcoming Manassas performances, Sep 9 - 18
E-News Staff Writer
1-888-945-2468 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. More info on tickets is at the ticket
. Note: Two OLLI
members have advised E-News that tickets for events at the Hylton
Arts Center in Manassas are also routinely available at the Center for
the Arts box office on the Fairfax campus, open Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00.
|Asaph Dance Ensemble
Sun, Sep 11, 6:00
Organized by Australian music producer Russell Frager and The Life
Church, this community worship program features contemporary Christian
music and classical ballet by the Asaph Dance Ensemble. The program is
a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Admission: Free, ticketed
|The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Sat, Sep 17, 8:00
This quartet of comedians has been performing since the 1970s,
appearing on Broadway and late-night television. They are not brothers,
or Russian, and do not fly, but are renowned for their juggling skills.
The program is a mix of music, comedy, dance and theater.
Admission: $28, $36, $44
Upcoming non-class events at
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.
For more activities
specifically related to the Loudoun
site, see Roberta Sherman's latest Loudoun
specifically related to the Reston
site, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston
The below list is accurate as of mid-week but for the very latest
information, please see Upcoming
Non-Class Events to view the
real-time OLLI online
calendar maintained by
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