E-News #36-12 of September 21, 2012
From the executive director
I KNOW MANY OF YOU share my fondness for the “back-to-school” excitement
of September. Regardless of our stage in life, there is still magic in
the air when we start new classes in the crisp air of a September
With this in mind, I pulled out my copy of the
book September University, by Charles D. Hayes (2010). In his
preface, Hayes says that the book’s title is a “metaphor for
intellectual maturity and represents an ambitious quest on behalf of
future generations…a passionate argument that a bright future depends
upon the experiential wisdom of aging citizens.” How appropriate for
The author observes that “when the hair on our
heads turns gray, chances are that the fruits of our brains are as ripe
as they will ever get. The saying ‘use it or lose it’ becomes
exceptionally pertinent now to addressing our serious problems.” He
strongly suggests that older adults who have strong opinions
actually do some research: “look it up, think it through, and
Whether it be in local politics, charity work,
or recreational intellectual pursuits (such as OLLI), this statement is
particularly relevant: “We need people willing to confront the Stone
Age mindsets and cultural contradictions that served us well in simpler
times but today threaten our very existence. We need a fresh
perspective about learning.” Wisdom is using your experience and
knowledge to inform your actions in new and creative ways. I hope OLLI
members will continue to demonstrate such wisdom – the world needs it!
THIS SUMMER A NEW MEMBER
signing up for OLLI told me how impressed he was with our organization.
His wonderment came not simply because of the exciting array of courses
in our catalog, but in his words because “OLLI is a true community” in
which members work together to shape a stimulating and supportive
environment. He is absolutely right. OLLI is not just another school
where you pay your dues, attend classes, and go home.
If you joined OLLI because of the classes, you
won’t be disappointed. The classes are terrific and each semester
offers something new. After awhile, you may think, “Gee I wish OLLI
would offer a course on the geothermal properties of politics” or
something not on the current agenda. Don’t keep this thought to
yourself. Every course offered represents the culmination of
significant hours of work by members on our resource planning groups.
They need your ideas and support.
You will also, perhaps subconsciously, become
aware of how smoothly our classes are run with the quiet assistance of
classroom liaisons and up-to-date audiovisual equipment—the work of
member volunteers. Observe what OLLI offers outside the classroom:
Members design and maintain our fantastic website, plan and implement
clubs and social events, landscape and maintain the gardens at
Tallwood, work in the office, and provide support to the staff on our
Yes, classes are the beginning, but the real
rewards of OLLI come when you participate. Enjoy being part of the OLLI
community; meet and work with those friendly, stimulating people who
sit next to you in classes. Volunteer! Whatever bit you contribute will
help shape the kind of community you want OLLI to be. Oh, by the way,
thanks from your fellow volunteers!
By Betty Smith, OLLI
"I NEVER EXPECTED to be elected, but I wanted to serve the organization
to which I owe so much" said Beth Lambert, one of OLLI's new members of
its Board of Directors. OLLI is lucky her expectation was wrong.
Beth's 24 years at Gettysburg College make her
an especially valuable asset on the Board as OLLI grows and space
becomes a priority on all campuses. A teacher of English who ended her
career holding the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for
Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities, she also has experience with
solving growth problems. During her tenure as chair, Gettysburg's
English Department was relocated to the chemistry building. Beth found
herself learning all about the physical aspects of a space as well as
the difficulties of change felt by various communities on campus who
were impacted by the move. After all that, helping to deal with OLLI's
growing pains should be a breeze for her.
Another asset: Beth's experience in academia
will be extremely valuable as OLLI starts working with a new George
Mason administration. She's a Mason alumna, too, having received her
master's degree there. (Her PhD is from the University of Maryland.)
Beth is also interested in exploring the
advantages and pitfalls of distance learning, something OLLI is
considering as it looks for ways to keep serving its members
effectively while expanding its reach. One of her concerns: "How can we
keep the warm, friendly feeling as OLLI grows?"
Beth's field is the 18th century, and you may
have seen her at the podiums of OLLI's classrooms teaching us all about
it. This term she is teaching Fanny Burney's Evelina and
The English Civil War.
She joined OLLI in 2008 right after retiring
and takes a variety of courses. She also is active in the OLLI History
Club. "I've always loved school," she said. That goes for teaching,
too. From the age of four, when she accompanied her teacher-grandmother
to class, she never wanted to be anything else.
FALL SOCIAL: CHILI
COOKOFF AT OLLI-RESTON OCTOBER 19
By Carol Henderson, OLLI-Reston Coordinator
OLLI MEMBERS ARE
enjoy a variety of chili during this relaxing social event. Will you
contribute a crock pot of your favorite chili? We're also looking for
people to bring cornbread, salad, or dessert to share.
United Christian Parish church, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston
(site of future OLLI classes in Reston)
When: Friday October 19
10:00, OLLI Board meets
12:30, lunch with chili, cornbread, salad, dessert
1:30, tour of the UCP facility
Email Debbie Halverson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday
October 5 if you can make chili or bring another food item.
To attend: Sign up at any OLLI
site, contact the OLLI office or OLLI-Reston Coordinator, Carol
Henderson, at email@example.com
DID YOU KNOW THAT?
"Resource Groups - a forum for
By Sandy Rittenhouse, OLLI E-News Staff
THE IDEAS WERE FLYING at the special events resource group I attended.
Resource groups are subject area groups that meet so OLLI members can
brainstorm ideas for classes and instructors. They work from the
general to the specific – from an idea to a specific class,
performance, lecture or trip and who will coordinate them.
The meeting began with Beth Davis giving the
numbers of people who signed up for the special events classes offered
in the fall term – almost all were filled up. Florence Adler, the chair
of the resource group, threw out ideas that she had gotten from OLLI
members and the group members chimed in with their own. All the members
are well versed in opportunities in the geographic area. A walking tour
of Annapolis was discussed along with going to see Hello Dolly,
a speaker from Wegman’s floral department, and visiting Longwood
Gardens. The discussion was lively with everyone contributing.
Beth Davis attends these meetings to document
the ideas. Thom Clement provides ideas and coordinates contacts with
Mason faculty.The special events resource group is one of ten resource
groups which meet for members to generate ideas for classes – without
them there would be no classes. If you want to contribute ideas, you
are welcome to join or drop in on a resource group. Resource groups can
be found on the OLLI website or on the organization page of the OLLI
WATCH FOR DEBUT OF FACULTY
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News
THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
has formed a
working group to establish and maintain an online database for faculty
biographies. A key driver of this effort is a need to keep the
bios published in the course catalogs rather minimal due to space
constraints, especially in the printed version. Faculty who are OLLI
members and who have taught multiple classes are currently being asked
to contribute profiles or information that the working group will use
to write profiles. Future online catalogs will provide links to these
profiles to assist members in making course selections.
For our instructors, who invest considerable
time and effort in creating class content, the longer profiles will
allow for the addition of some flavor of the presenter's style and
interests as well as his or her credentials. The database is also
intended to be a means of recognizing their valuable contributions to
This database will be available on the public
portion of our website. Thus, visitors to our website will be able to
view detailed descriptions of our volunteer faculty, and the database
will also serve to advertise the expertise available at OLLI.
"Idea Week" is Coming
Program Committee Chair
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SITTING IN CLASS and suddenly had an idea for a fabulous course you’d
like to see in the catalog? Well, now is your chance to share that
thought with OLLI program planners. Next week is “Idea Week,” when
you’ll be invited to submit your ideas for future courses. At the
beginning of each class next week, you’ll be given a “sticky note” to
write down your suggestions and information about the course or courses
you propose. At the end of class, look for the decorative poster in the
classroom on which to place your note. Loudoun will have two posters in
the break room, and Reston will have one. At the end of the day we’ll
collect all the suggestions to place into the hands of program planners
in OLLI’s Resource Groups.
Include this information on the
or description of a new course you'd like
the name of a course you'd like repeated
the name of a course that you or someone you know would like to teach
the title of a discussion or seminar that you or someone you know would
be willing to facilitate
an email address or phone number to contact for further information
Tallwood you’ll also have the opportunity, if you desire, to place your
note directly on the Program Board located just outside the social
room. After all, you may have an “ah-ha!” moment while chatting over a
cup of coffee. Next to the Program Board you’ll find pens and notes,
and you can place the note on color-coded sheets, one for each Resource
We hope you’ll submit lots of ideas! OLLI’s
outstanding program can be sustained only if we have input from our
members. This is a wonderful opportunity to make your voice heard and
to have a direct impact on future planning.
CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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By Dave Ryan, Outreach Committee Director
AS OLLI'S REPUTATION GROWS, the
Outreach Committee is getting more and more invitations to address
outside organizations on what we have to offer. We're also solicited
more frequently to staff booths and tables for various conferences and
expos. Believing that speaking person-to-person is the best form of
advertising, and speaking one person to many persons is almost as good,
the Outreach Committee is issuing a call for volunteers to spread the
word about our great institution throughout the region.
We envision an informal stable of voluntary
speakers and conference volunteers we can draw on, when the need
arises, to utilize these great opportunities to advance OLLI's growth.
It's especially important to have a large number of volunteers because,
in our experience, presentations to outside groups work best with more
than one OLLI presenter.
The Outreach Committee will do everything it
can to help volunteers put on a good show. Display materials are
available, including our new retractable banner, as well as a
PowerPoint slide presentation, which can be customized, pre-prepared by
We want to emphasize, however, that a general
agreement to volunteer for this program does not commit any OLLI member
to respond whenever we call - if you can't make it, no problem, no hard
feelings, we just go to the next person on the list. This initiative is
strictly voluntary at all times.
If you're interested in volunteering, or have
any ideas on the best way to make this outreach vision come to pass,
please email Outreach Director, Dave Ryan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
him at u703-593-1008.
FLU SHOT CLINIC
Oct 5, 1:00 - 3:30; sign-up required
OLLI FLU SHOT CLINIC will
be held Friday, October 5, from 1:00
to 3:30 at Tallwood. Sign up in
the OLLI office for a 15-minute time slot (or you may sign up by
calling 703-503-3384 or sending an email). More details follow.
- The cost is
$30 – cash or check only on October 5 (credit cards are NOT accepted).
Members who plan to use Medicare Part B must have their cards with
them, not just the number.
- Check-in at TA-1 first;
the shot will be given in the social room annex.
- Here is a link to the
CDC website with information about the flu and the 2012-2013 vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
by Beth Baroody, OLLI Administrator
PHOTO OF THE
Selected by the OLLI Photography Club
by Ed Parker
THE SEPTEMBER PHOTO OF THE
MONTH theme was Shallow Focus. Ed
Parker's photo (the object is an old rabbet plane) may be viewed in
various sizes at this page.
The OLLI Photography Club
has a new exhibit (photo by Dan Feighery) of photographs with a wide
variety of subjects and techniques on display in the Social Room at
Tallwood. Contributors include Tom Hady, George Addison, Jack
Underhill, Dan Feighery, Ed Parker, Rita Leake, Jean Feighery, Don
Allen, Tom Simpson, Susan Van Hemel, and Stan Schretter. To view
additional photos by members of the OLLI Photography Club, please visit
the Club's website.
Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop
Thoughts, like small grey
with slender tails,
traverse the pathways of my brain.
Quivering whiskers awaken fragile memories
in obscure corridors
where precious history is stored.
Before, there was no time or
for mice to roam there. My head was sealed
against those skittering feet.
I was all business then...
refused to hear the silent squeaks
the thoughts that now consume me.
Today, with quiet joy,
I sort these treasured memories...
discard old demons, and lovingly remember
when days were filled with children's laughter
and nights were filled with love.
Performances, Sep 21–30
Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff
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.
|Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Sat, Sep 22, 8:00
Kicking off an exploration titled, “Mischief
in Music: Wit, Insolence and Insurrection,”the Orchestra will offer
music from contemporary American composers: The Chairman Dances:
Foxtrot for Orchestra, by John Adams; Shadows for Piano and Orchestra
(a Virginia premiere), by Ellen Zwilich; Three Dance Episodes from “On
the Town,”by Leonard Bernstein; and Piano Concerto in F Major, by
Admission: $55, $45, $25
Students age 6-18 $5 with an adult, available 6:00-7:30 night of concert
Come at 7:00 for a free pre-performance lecture on Grand Tier III.
Sun, Sep 23, 2:00
George Mason School of
Music faculty members Meg Owens, oboe, and Kathleen Malcahy, clarinet,
will perform selections of chamber music, and will be joined by
colleagues Rochelle Oedemann, clarinet, Julianna Nickel, flute, and
Sophie Cook, piano.
deLaski Bldg. Room 3001
Faculty Artist Series
Sun, Sep 23, 7:00
Kilkenny of the George Mason School of Music faculty will perform a
variety of percussion selections. He coordinates percussion studies at
the School Selections will include music by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis,
and Matthew Rosenblum, and a world premier performance of the Solo #1
for Multi percussionists and Electronics by Matthew Clevenger.
Admission, Free, non-ticketed
deLaski Bldg. Room 3001
with Jeffrey Siegel: Spellbinding Bach
Sun, Sep 23, 7:00
Sutton Foster in Concert
Sat, Sep 29, 8:00
| Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey
Siegel will return to honor Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque music
in this “concert with commentary.” He will perform dramatic, poetic
works that Bach wrote to captivate his audiences, the Italian Concerto,
the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, the Taccota in D Major and the lively
G Major Partita. (VIdeo: http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/1082
||Actress, singer and dancer, soprano Sutton Foster will
present an evening of Broadway showstoppers and cabaret-style ballads.
She has been compared to Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand and Julia
Roberts for her Tony-winning roles on Broadway as
evangelist-turned-nightclub singer in Anything Goes and her
performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also
appeared in Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young
Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical.
$38, $30, $19
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
$70, $55, $40
Come at 7:15 for a free pre-performance discussion on Grand Tier III.
Other Mason events, next two
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
E-News Staff Writer
Series. Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor, Public &
International Affairs and columnist for the Washington Post will
present “Economics for Everyman.” Mon, Sep 24, 7:00. Center for
the Arts, Concert Hall. Informal reception with speaker to follow.
for the Book. This literary festival begins on Sep 26 on Mason’s
Fairfax campus and at other venues. For a full schedule of events, click here.
Alison Winter, Professor of History at the University of Chicago,
gives a presentation on the history of memory science entitled “High
Fidelity? The Sciences of Autobiographical Memory in Postwar America.”
Dr. Winter’s area of interest is the study of the mind since the
eighteenth century. Her presentation will focus on claims that human
memories are perfectly recorded in our brains and examine the
challenges that the sciences of autobiographical memory face. Mon, Oct
1 at 4:00. Lecture Room, Krasnow Institute. Free.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Manassas performances, Sep 21–30
Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News
TICKETS, call 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
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
Sat, Oct 13
guild members exhibit a wide array of works, including drawing, oil
painting, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, multimedia printing, graphic
arts, film making, print making, jewelry making, pottery and sculpture.
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
|The Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps have a 30-year history of musical parodies and satire
aimed at both ends of the political spectrum and everyone in between.
The troupe’s return to the Hylton Center coincides with the height of
the current campaign.
A pre-performance discussion led by
members of the company begins at 7:00.
For additional information about The Capitol
Steps, see this website.
||Admission: $28, $36, $44
Preview Thu, Sep
Fri, Sep 28–Sat, Sep 29, 8:00
Sun, Sep 30, 2:00
Fri, Oct 5–Sat, Oct 6, 8:00
Sun, Oct 7, 2:00
Arts Partner Vpstart Crow presents the classic comedy of odd behavior
and homicidal activities of the Brewster family.
|The United States Navy Band
Sat, Sep 29, 7:30
The Navy Band presents a program of works for chorus,
wind instruments and percussion. Selections include John Mackey’s Drum
Music and the world premiere of Brett Abigana’s Symphony No. 1,
Students and Seniors; the preview performance is pay what you can
Gregory Family Theater
|Ballet Folklórico de México
This dance company was founded 60 years ago by Amalia
Hernandez for the purpose of researching and preserving Mexico’s
diverse dance traditions. The program follows the evolution of dance
from that of indigenous peoples to the present. The ensemble is noted
for its technique and spectacular costumes and has won awards for
pre-performance discussion led by a member of the company begins at
Admission: $28, $36, $44
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
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
(pdf). Note: OLLI members are welcome at meetings of the
Board, committees and resource groups.
KEY CONTACT INFORMATION
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
and the member/volunteers who produce it
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