The AV / Technology Support Committee serves as an adjunct to OLLI’s staff, in assisting instructors with classroom audiovisual and computer equipment. Membership is open to any OLLI member, at all our locations, who has an interest in helping our teachers and staff with classroom technology. You don’t need to be a tech guru to be a member of the committee. Like everything at OLLI, your commitment to lifelong learning is paramount – we’ll teach you what you need to know! The committee’s goal is “A Swiftie in every classroom, supporting OLLI staff in providing AV excellence for all our members.”
April 9, 2010 – Equipment setup for OLLI Recorder Consort. Photo by Dan Feighery
The committee chair is appointed by OLLI’s President, and reports to the Executive Director. Reports of committee activities are provided to the OLLI Board on a regular basis, and are published in the document section of the OLLI Member Portal.
Committee chair: Paul Howard
Link to: Equipment Reference Web Page
Committee Members (as of July, 2019): John Acton, Tom Appich, Kathy Barnard, George Bradshaw, Larry Cereghino, Garrett Cochran, Debbie Engleson, Terri Feldmayer, Mel Goldfarb, Bob Heyer, Paul Howard, Dave Lynch, Pat McGinty, Ernestine Meyer, Mel Mikosinski, Michael Nephew, Dave Osterman, Dave Selove, Brenda Soares, Russell Stone, Dave Talaber, Bill Walsh, Nick Wenri
Accomplishments of the Committee: Since its conception in the summer of 2007, OLLI’s AV / Technology Support Committee, also known as “The Tom Swift Squad,” has assumed a primary mission of having comparable AV and computer resources available in every OLLI classroom. Our efforts have resulted in the following major improvements to OLLI’s instructional resources:
The support of OLLI’s Board of Directors, Finance Committee, generous member financial contributions to the “Friends of OLLI”, and the foresight of Executive Directors, Dick Chobot and Thom Clement, have been vital to these efforts.
History of “The Tom Swift Squad” During the summer of 2007, Paul Howard proposed that a group of volunteers be assembled to assist the OLLI staff with AV problems the staff was wrestling with during classes. At that time, these primarily centered around audio quality for enhancing the instructor’s voice. Paul declared, “There are two kinds of sound at OLLI – ‘feedback’ and ‘none’ !” Dick Chobot, OLLI’s Executive Director, was finding some of the member grousing about AV issues a tad frustrating. A military history buff, Dick suggested that the new group should perhaps be called “The Forlorn Hope” – after the cannon-fodder assemblage of misfits and criminals, thrown at seemingly-impregnable strongpoints, and led by a junior officer without money or influence to gain a higher rank, since success yielded promotion. Paul thought that perhaps the sound issues weren’t quite as bleak as that, and suggested “Tom Swift Squad” as an appropriate name for the group, after the series of boy’s fiction books highlighting technology and invention, dating to 1910. OLLI’s Tallwood Administrator and Registrar, Ann Hartmann, took to calling the volunteers “the Swifties” and so the name continues.
Link to the OLLI Board Handbook: Audiovisual Support Committee
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