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OLLI E-News January 16, 2015
Print a condensed .pdf copy of this newsletter, two web pages per sheet of paper.
OLLI Photo Club Hangs Winter 2015 Exhibit, Tallwood Social Room Annex, January 7, 2015

January 16, 2015

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere
Table of Contents

Alerts & Notices

Classes start next week on Tuesday, January 20. Check out the closing policy for winter weather at

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Fulbright Scholar Presentations and Conversations

The OLLI Mason Program Committee in collaboration with the Mason Office of Global Strategy has designed the first in a series of Fulbright Scholar Presentations and Conversations with OLLI members. The first special event is planned for January 26 in Reston. The speaker, Fulbright Scholar Daniela Constantin, will give a brief presentation on her research of Bucharest, Romania, land development and Washington, DC, metropolitan area comparisons, followed by a panel discussion featuring several OLLI members, including Reston founder Bob Simon. Details are below:
Reston Community Center at the Rose Gallery at Lake Anne, Reston
January 26, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
Sign up on the special events form at

Presentation by Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Daniela Constantin
Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Bucharest City and Its Metropolitan Area
in the Context of Global Competition.
Lessons From the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area

The presentation will focus on the responses to global trends that affect East-European regions, offering a case study in Romania, namely that of the Bucharest metropolitan area, conventionally incorporating Bucharest city and the surrounding county of Ilfov. This region is an example of a relative winner in the regional competition at the global scale, with Bucharest—the capital of Romania—as one of the most attractive cities for foreign investors in Central and Eastern Europe. With this aim in view, the presentation will address the economy of the region, its functional specialization, the global trends that affect it, the specific responses to global trends, including policy aspects, and will highlight the factors supporting the benefits of globalization as well as those that are impeding the capture of these benefits. A special discussion will be devoted to the contribution of the Bucharest metropolitan area to the regeneration of its external hinterland, considering the big development gap that exists between them. The analysis is based on both statistical data and qualitative research undertaken at the international and national scales. In the final part, some lessons from the Washington metropolitan area will be brought into discussion, especially in relation to the economic development strategy, its integration with land use planning, and the choices regarding the use of the city-owned real properties in order to increase local revenues, deliver quality public services, and stimulate overall economic development of the region.
Discussion Panel
Mr. Bob Simon, Reston Founder
Mr. Jim Scheeler, Architect
Mr. Ralph Youngren, Architect
Dr. Daniela Constantin, Fulbright Scholar

Moderated by
Dr. Roger Stough, George Mason School of Policy, Government and International Affairs

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2015 Leading to Well-Being Conference


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OLLI Ink Seeks Submissions

By Betty Smith, Editor, OLLI Ink

OLLI Ink, OLLI's annual literary journal, is looking for submissions for the 2015 issue. The deadline is Feb 15, 2015.

We hope to have an online issue for those pieces we don’t have room for in the hard-copy journal.  So submit as many pieces as you like. Prose—fiction, personal essays, and memoirs—should be no longer than 2,500 words, and poetry no longer than 30 lines if you want to be considered for the hard copy edition. If your work is too long for the hard-copy journal or if you submit more than one piece, we’ll try to publish you online.

Please note that all rights stay with the authors.

Email your entries to me ( by Feb 15, and let me know if you have any questions.

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A memorial service for Terry Robinson will be held at the Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street, Herndon, on Friday, January 23, at 6 p.m. For additional information, click here

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Welcome New Members

A special welcome to our new members! Look for RED DOTS on name tags and welcome these new members (listed alphabetically by last name).
Harold (Bud) Andress, Vienna Sue Larue, Ashburn
Walter (Walt) Atchley, Burke Mi Young (Michelle) Lee, Centreville
Kathy Barnard, Springfield Kimxuan (Kim) Nguyen, Fairfax
Virginia (Ginny) Boncy, Fairfax Evelyn Polidoro, Arlington
Richard Bopp, Fairfax John Post, Annandale
Ellen Boyter, Springfield Susanne (Sue) Price, Falls Church
Linda Britt, Reston Pamela (Pam) Robinson, Oakton
Marge Buzzelli, Leesburg Louis (Lou) Rosato, Fairfax Station
Sinchau (Steve) Chang, Springfield Sharon Ruibal, Springfield
Dorothy (Dottie) Chiarantona, Chantilly Eli Sasaran, Fairfax
Carol Collier, Clifton Charlotte Savoca, Fairfax
Alyce  Coppage, Oakton Bruce Shauer, Alexandria
Valli Cowan, Woodbridge Rita Smith, Springfield
Ron Fauquet, Fairfax Station Jae Hoon (Jason) Song, Centreville
Roberta Feldman, Fairfax Gary Stack, Burke
Michael Galdun, Herndon Judy Stack, Burke
Cynthia Gillespie, Arlington Matilda Sunnygard, Fairfax
Margaret Goldberger, Fairfax Station David (Dave) Talaber, Woodbridge
Claire Guan, Falls Church James (Jim) Tombros, Ashburn
Richard (Rick) Heer, Fairfax Barbara Tombros, Ashburn
Diane Howard, Alexandria Lowell Tonnessen, Annandale
Georgia Koliopoulos, Springfield Aloys Turck, Lorton
Laura Kramer, Woodbridge Mary Wharton, Fairfax Station
Letitia (Leti) Labell, Fairfax Joan Wiley, Fairfax
David Labell, Fairfax Marilyn Wippl, Falls Church


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Photo of the Month

THE JANUARY PHOTO of the Month theme was open (i.e., unspecified). We selected Susan Roose's photo "Jumping for Fun," which may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club's photo website.

By Dan Feighery, Photography Club Coordinator

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next two weeks

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

Aquila Theatre: The Tempest
Fri, Jan 23, 8:00
Pre-Performance Discussion: Rick Davis; Exec. Dir. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.
Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio: Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Sat, Jan 24, 8:00
Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

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

Faculty Artist Series - Woodwind Area
Sat, Jan 24, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center

Altered Terrain Today
Rosemary Luckett, artist
Through Feb 1
The 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. For more information about the current exhibit, visit For reception RSVP to
Admission: Free
Pied Piper Theatre: Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Presented by Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory
Sat, Jan 17, 2:00 and 7:00
Sun, Jan 18, 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $15; children (under 12) $12.
Stand-up Comedy with Jim Tews
Sat, Jan 17, 8:30
Gregory Family Theater
Performance includes adult content and adult language.  Parental discretion is advised.
Admission: $20.

Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland
Sat, Jan 24, 10:00 to 6:00
Spend the day celebrating the rich culture and history of Scotland with performances, exhibits, and interactive experiences for all ages.
For full schedule:
Admission to Festival: Adults, $20; children, $5; family 4-pack (2 adult and 2 children) $40
Full Tea (11:00 or 2:00): $45 (includes festival ticket)
Scotch Whisky Master Class (11:30 or 2:00): $50 (includes festival ticket)
Burns Supper Evening (6:30): $99.

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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

Book Panel: Russ Roberts, author of How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, joins Mason economics professors Peter Boettke and Daniel Klein and Marquette University political science professor Ryan Hanley to discuss his latest book. Roberts contends that Adam Smith’s insights into human nature are just as relevant today as they were 300 years ago. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place? When Roberts finally picked up Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, he realized he’d stumbled upon what might be the greatest self-help book that almost no one has read.

Thu, Jan 22, from 2:00 to 3:30. Johnson Center Cinema. Free. Registration required online at or contact Samantha Hopta at or (703) 993-4967.

White House Health Care Forum. Representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with Mason healthcare practitioners, will hold a forum to provide an overview of the Health Care reform law and explain the various options available. There will be an opportunity for questions and individual consultations.

Mon, Jan 26, 10:00 to 11:30. Merten Hall, Room 1201. Free.

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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 Jan 17 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Tue Jan 20 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Jan 21  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club-TA-3
Loudoun Bridge Club
Thu Jan 22  2:00pm Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Group–Annex
Fri Jan 23  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Travel Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation Club–Cottage
Classic Fiction Book Club–Cascades Library, Loudoun
Homer, etc–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Photography Club–TA-3
Sat Jan 24 10:30am Tai Chi Club­­–TA-3
Tue Jan 27 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club­­–Panera, Herndon
Wed Jan 28  1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Bridge Club Loudoun
Fri Jan 30  9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Club–Cottage
Religious Studies Program Planning Group
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer,etc –Annex

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