OLLI E-News #36-12 of September 21, 2012
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About OLLI E-News
> SEPTEMBER THOUGHTS. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> LEADERSHIP PROFILE. New Board member Beth Lambert. By Betty Smith

> YOU ARE OLLI. Welcome to Fall 2012. By Martha Scanlon
> FALL CHILI COOKOFF AT OLLI-RESTON. Mark your calenders for October 19. By Carol Henderson
> DID YOU KNOW THAT?. Resource Groups - a forum for brainstorming. By Sandy Rittenhouse
> PROGRAM CORNER. By Kathryn Russell
> FLU SHOT CLINIC. By Beth Baroody
> THE POTOMAC POETS SERIES. Click here for information.
> PHOTO OF THE MONTH. Selected by the OLLI Photography Club.

> POET'S CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON-FAIRFAX ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

From the executive director
By Thom Clement, 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 morning. 
    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 OLLI!
    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 speak out".
    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!

Welcome to Fall 2012

By Martha Scanlon, Member Services Committee Chair

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 three campuses.
     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!

Beth Lambert
Beth Lambert
New Board member Beth Lambert
By Betty Smith, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
"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.


Carol HendersonBy Carol Henderson, OLLI-Reston Coordinator

OLLI MEMBERS ARE INVITED to 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.

Where:  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 debbyhalv@aol.com 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 carolchenderson@mac.com or 703-318-4892.

"Resource Groups - a forum for brainstorming"
By Sandy Rittenhouse, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
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 catalog.



By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

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 OLLI.
    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

By Kathryn Russell, 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 “sticky note”: 

  • Title or description of a new course you'd like
  • OR the name of a course you'd like repeated
  • OR the name of a course that you or someone you know would like to teach
  • OR the title of a discussion or seminar that you or someone you know would be willing to facilitate
  • Add an email address or phone number to contact for further information
    At 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 Group.
   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.
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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 the Committee.
    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 daveryan1@cox.net or call him at u703-593-1008.

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Fri, Oct 5, 1:00 - 3:30; sign-up required

THE 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.

Submitted by Beth Baroody, OLLI Administrator

Selected by the OLLI Photography Club
"Cabinetmaker" 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 mice
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 space
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.

Helen Harvey
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Performances, Sep 21–30
 By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 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 George Gershwin.
Admission: $55, $45, $25
Students age 6-18 $5 with an adult, available 6:00-7:30 night of concert
Concert Hall
Come at 7:00 for a free pre-performance lecture on Grand Tier III.

Faculty Artist Series
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.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
deLaski Bldg. Room 3001

Faculty Artist Series
Sun, Sep 23, 7:00

Professor John 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

Keyboard Conversations®
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.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall

Admission: $70, $55, $40
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free pre-performance discussion on Grand Tier III.

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Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

> Vision 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.
> Fall 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.
>Lecture: Dr. 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.

Manassas performances, Sep 21–30
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing 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 purchase page.

Manassas Art Guild
Continues through Sat, Oct 13
     Art 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.
Admission: Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
The Capitol Steps
Sat, Sep 22, 8:00
The 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
Merchant Hall

Vpstart Crow
Arsenic and Old Lace
Preview Thu, Sep 27, 8:00
    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

  Resident Arts Partner Vpstart Crow presents the classic comedy of odd behavior and homicidal activities of the Brewster family.
The United States Navy Band
Works for Chorus, Winds and Percussion
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, “Omnes Gentes.”
Admission:  Free
Merchant Hall

Admission:  $20, $15,
Students and Seniors; the preview performance is pay what you can
Gregory Family Theater

Ballet Folklórico de México
Sun, Sep 30, 7:00
    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 choreography.

A pre-performance discussion led by a member of the company begins at 6:00.

Admission: $28, $36, $44
Merchant Hall

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 Notes (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.

Fri Sep 21   10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Kick-off Coffee - TA-1
     11:00am   Board of Directors Meeting - TA-3
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex 
Tue Sep 25   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Sep 26   1:15pm   Craft & Conversation Forum - Cottage
     1:45pm    Bridge Club - TA-3
Fri Sep 28   9:30a   Travel Club - Cottage
     10:00am   Classic Fiction Book Club - Loudoun, Room 205
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex 
     11:30am   Cooking Club Luncheon - Cottage
Tue Oct 2    10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Oct 3   1:45pm   Special Events Resource Group Meeting - Annex
     1:15pm   Craft & Conversation Forum - Cottage
     1:45pm    Bridge Club - TA-3
     1:45pm    Mahjong Club - TA-2
     2:00pm   History Club - TA-2
Fri Oct 5   10:00am   Program Committee Meeting - TA-3
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex  
     1:30pm   Flu Shot Clinic - Tallwood

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About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Editor for this issue of Sep 21

Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
> About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
> Submissions. Members are encouraged to submit OLLI-related news items, articles and photos for this newsletter. Deadline – 7:00 pm Wednesday for that week's issue (7:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor for which an OLLI response is appropriate); submissions earlier in the week are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words. Submit material to Editor Rod Zumbro (email rzumbro@gmu.edu).
> Read the latest issue early. The new weekly issue of OLLI E-News is posted to the OLLI website Thursday evening. Read it by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews, where you will find a list of the last 12 issues by date.
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Updated: September 20, 2012

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