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OLLI E-News April 10, 2015
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Members of OLLI's Dirty Knee Club take advantage of the good planting weather; their great work improves Tallwood.

April 10, 2015

Editor of the Week: John Nash
Table of Contents

Alerts & Notices

  • Become familiar with the candidates for membership on the Board of Directors (see article by Martha Scanlon below) and be sure to vote in the election May 1 - 15.
  • All members are welcome to attend the meeting of the Board of Directors at Loudoun, at 10:00 on Friday, April 17.
  • All OLLI members are welcome to attend the annual business meeting at 10:00 at Tallwood on Friday, May 1, followed by a potluck picnic lunch. You must register for this event (Event 983) on the OLLI member portal.
  • Mason President Dr. Ángel Cabrera was interviewed Wednesday on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Listen to the interview and hear a wonderful accolade for our OLLI program.

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Hail and Farewell

By Jennifer Disano, Executive Director

We have good news and sad news. First, the sad news. 

It is with sadness that OLLI bids farewell to Kerin Braudaway, our much loved – and very much appreciated – administrator. Kerin will be advancing her career as administrative assistant with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. During her two years at OLLI, Kerin has been a key member of our staff, providing outstanding service to our members in a cheerful and efficient manner. We extend our best wishes to her in her new position.


The good news is that OLLI welcomes two wonderful new staff members. Susan Todenhoft will be OLLI’s new administrator. She has been an off-site audiovisual coordinator for the past year and is well acquainted with OLLI so we will be able to continue the same level of excellent services our members have enjoyed.


We also are pleased to have Nick Rodriguez join our staff as a member of our important audiovisual support team. He is a musician, composer and music producer as well as a knowledgeable AV and computer technician.


Please say hello to Susan and Nick when you see them, and welcome them to our fabulous OLLI family.

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Meet the Board Candidates


By Martha Scanlon, Chairman, Board Nominating Committee

Election time is almost upon us! The biographies and pictures of nine candidates running for the OLLI Board are posted on the OLLI website (click here) and on display boards in the social rooms of the three campuses. 
Please come meet the candidates in person; find out what they think and let them know what you think is important for OLLI

Friday April 17
  • 9:30 Loudoun. The candidates will meet and greet members prior to the 10:00 Board of Directors meeting. All members are invited to the Board meeting in Room 211.
  • 12:30 Reston. Each candidate will give a brief presentation in Reston at the Super Salad Social as members relax and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Friday May 1
  • 10:00 Tallwood. Each candidate will give a brief presentation at the Annual Meeting in TA-1 followed by a potluck picnic outdoors.

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OLLI Latin Class Featured in North American
Cambridge Classics Project Newsletter


By Alana Lukes, OLLI Latin Class Instructor

OLLI’s Latin class, taught since the fall of 2012 by OLLI member Alana Lukes, is for those new to the language or who may have studied it before but have not used it. The class is featured in an article about adult Latin programs in the North American Cambridge Classics Project Newsletter, No. 49, Spring 2015 titled ego sum dominus quod sum senior! OLLI students from the Winter 2015 class and the instructor appear in pictures taken by OLLI member Dan Feighery. The newsletter may be viewed online at

Although the article itself starts on page 1, the section pertaining to the Tallwood OLLI class starts in the middle of page four and ends in the middle of page five. Click on the link to  check out the article and learn more about Latin at OLLI!

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Interested in Technology? Learn with Us! Wednesday, April 15

By Paul Howard, Audiovisual Support Committee Chair

OLLI'S Audiovisual Support Committee (a.k.a. the Tom Swift Squad) seeks additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth employment of OLLI's audiovisual resources. Our primary mission is to help instructors, liaisons, and staff with any audiovisual issues that might arise during the classes we attend. Our team is learning to use the LifeSize videoconferencing systems that offer the ability to share classes and meetings between OLLI locations.

We'll be meeting at 1:45 on Wednesday, April 15 in TA-1. We'll offer hands-on training on our classroom audiovisual equipment, discuss future activities, and improvements to our equipment and operational methods.

Please let me know if you're planning to attend, or would like to become a "Swiftie" even if you can't come to this meeting. Contact me by email: (preferred) or phone (703-860-9246).

For information on the Audiovisual Support Committee, see its web page:

Computer Club

By Paul Howard, Computer Club Coordinator

Third Saturday, April 18 – “What is Computer Forensics?”
Clipboard: The Basics and Beyond
The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS),  Saturday, April 18th at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for soft drinks and socializing in the social room. The program will begin at 1:00.
What is Computer Forensics? Presentation By Bob Osgood
Computer forensics is a field where computer science, computer engineering, law, and ethics are combined with the goal of collecting, analyzing, and reporting on digital evidence such that the evidence can be admitted into a court of law. The briefing will present an overview of computer forensics to include what Mason is doing in this area.
Bob Osgood is the Director of Computer Forensics and Data Analytics at George Mason University and retired after 26 years as an FBI agent with extensive experience in digital forensics.
Learn 30: – Clipboard: The Basics and Beyond! Presentation by Tom Gutnick
Whether you just need help on copy-and-paste or want to know how to use the clipboard “on steroids,” this session has you covered. The information presented will apply equally to Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Tom Gutnick has worked in the computer industry for most of his adult life. Now, through Sunny Banana IT Consulting, Tom helps small businesses and home offices that don't have their own IT departments. He also teaches personal technology at Arlington Adult Education and information technology at Northern Virginia Community College.
See full details on this meeting by clicking here.  For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website.  OPCUG dues of $5 for 2015 will be collected at this meeting.
Can't make the meeting in person? Club members who have paid their dues may attend via Zoom's cloud meeting service, beginning at 12:45. Send a message to if you plan to attend in this way. Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

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Ask Uncle Olli

By Uncle Olli, Driver Safety Consultant 

Uncle Olli has lived in Northern Virginia most of his lifetime, and has encountered every traffic problem. But sometimes the little problems seem so trivial you are embarrassed to admit them. Easy. Ask Uncle Olli at He is embarrassed by nothing!

Virginia is just being careful. Starting January this year, drivers over 75 can renew their license for five years at a time, instead of eight. And they can no longer do it online. It must be done in person at a VDOT office. And that means an eye test at the same time. Ok, a trifle inconvenient. But worth it if it gets Crazy Cousin Ida to rethink driving, while 89-year old Jessica Fletcher passes with flying colors. Eight years at our age means much more change than eight years at age forty!
Poet's Corner
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Just Another Aubade
                   For Julia, nee Reilley
I heard the sudden lift
Of your eyelids
In the still morning.
The easy rub of your shoulders
In the air above the cooling sheets.
The rustle of your lips
Against the white of your smile.
The quiet quickening of your breath,
While that silent thief of the nighttime dark,
The rising sun, stole
Over the almost silent city,
Where few on any early Sunday
Are aware of his criminal,
Gentle, and welcome reveille.
Later, the best time of any week,
Waking again into the unaccustomed quiet,
Then oranges, eggs, bagels,
Coffee, and the papers:
Those morning weekend
Complements to silence, sleep and you.

Mike Mc Namara

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either CFA or Hylton, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue's box office. For more information see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.
At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Sat, Apr 11, 8:00
Luke Frazier, guest conductor
National Broadway Chorus presents A Civil War Portrait.
Concert Hall
Admission: $55, $45, $27.
Todd Ellison and Friends: Classic Broadway
Sun, Apr 12, 4:00
Pre-performance Discussion: member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $46, $39, $28.
Russian National Ballet Theatre: Cinderella
Sat, Apr 18, 8:00
Pre-performance Discussion: member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $56, $48, $34.
Russian National Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
Sun, Apr 19, 4:00
Pre-performance Discussion: member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $56, $48, $34.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)

Jazz Workshop Concert
Wed, Apr 15, 8:00
de Laski 3001
Admission: Free.
International Week Dance Competition
Thu, Apr 16, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Free with Mason ID; others, $10.
Chamber Music Concert
Thu, Apr 16, 8:00
de Laski 3001
Admission: Free.
Mason Dance Company Spring: New Dances
Thu, Apr 16 - Sat, Apr 18, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.
University Chorale: Broadway Showcase
Fri, Apr 17, and Sat, Apr 18, 8:00 
Sat, Apr 18, 3:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $5.
At the Hylton Center

Mason School of Art Selected Faculty Exhibit
Apr 10 - Apr 20
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 - 6:00, Thu, 10:00 - 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.
The U.S. Army Concert Band and Army Voices: Musical Masterpieces
Fri, Apr 10, 7:30
Free tickets are available while supplies last online at
Tickets are for seating in the 1st and 2nd balconies and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. House opens for seating at 7:00. Patrons without tickets are welcome to fill any empty seats at 7:15.
Merchant Hall
Admission: Free
Peter Yarrow
Sun, Apr 12, 2:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $5.
Asaph Dance: Civil War Letters
Fri, Apr 17, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors, $20.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Popular Piano Classics
Sun, Apr 19, 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $40, $34, $24.

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For further details on any of the above events, please see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar.

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Mason Highlights

Other Mason events, next two weeks

By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

Plant Sale. 
Kick off Earth Week at Mason with the GMU Organic Gardening Association's annual seedling sale. The baby vegetables and herbs will include organic tomatoes, hot/bell peppers, sunflowers, pumpkins, watermelons, and an array of herbs. All proceeds go to purchasing seeds and supplies for the campus vegetable garden. Plants cost $3 each or two for $5.
Mon, April 20, 11:00 to 3:00
Johnson Center, South Plaza
Mason Campus

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Meetings & Clubs

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 view the latest forecast of upcoming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, Kickoff Coffees, etc. (bolded below).
Sat Apr 11 10:30am Tai Chi Club­­–TA-3
Tue Apr 14 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club­­–Panera, Herndon
Wed Apr 15   1:30pm
Mah Jongg–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
A/V Committee–Cottage
Fri Apr 17   9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Board of Directors Meeting–Loudoun Rm 211
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer etc–Annex
Sat Apr18 10:30am
Tai Chi Club­­–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1
Tue Apr 21 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Apr 22  1:45pm Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Apr 24  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Travel Club–Cottage
Classic Fiction Book Club–Cascades Library
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer etc–Annex
Cooking Club–Cottage
Photography Club–TA-1

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