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Teleconferencing Exploited: Mason Professor Daniel Rothbart on Trends in Global Violence,
Tallwood Presentation Broadcast to Loudoun, July 19, 2016

August 5, 2016

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger

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Alerts & Notices

Registration for the fall term begins Tuesday, August 16 and ends at noon Thursday, August 25. Registrations must be online or mailed. The fall catalog is now online and will soon be in your mailbox.

Please refer to the Meetings and Clubs calendar at the end of this issue or the OLLI website for locations of club meetings in the next few weeks.

Reminder: The Tallwood office is closed for summer break through August 14. The staff will return to work on August 15 but will be working remotely due to the parking lot construction. You may contact them via email or leave a message at the main Tallwood phone number 703-503-3384. Messages will be checked daily.

The next E-News issue will be published August 19.

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Computer Club to Meet Virtually

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair

Saturday, August 20
Join Us for a Virtual Technology Conference

The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will participate in the 2016 Summer Virtual Technology Conference sponsored by the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) on Saturday, August 20, at 1:00. Because OLLI-Tallwood is closed for parking lot reconstruction, members can participate from their homes, or anywhere Internet service is available, from PCs, Macs, iDevices or Android smartphones or tablets.

Join us at the APCUG Virtual Technology Conference. Click on this link to sign up for these sessions:

Click on the registration link, and sign up via the EventBrite registration process. Enter “OLLI PC User Group” when requested, along with your personal information.

Topics Include:

  • Facebook: Friend or Foe
  • Controlling Windows 10 Default Privacy and Performance Issues
  • How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music
  • Your Laptop’s Midlife Crisis—Help It Cope
  • Digital Scrapbooking
  • Favorite Utilities

Our next meeting at Tallwood is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, featuring speaker Pam Holland discussing “Social Media for the Non-Tweeter.”

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Recognizing Our OLLI Volunteers

By Sheri Siesseger, E-News Associate Editor

E-News is planning a series meant to introduce some of our volunteer leaders whose names may not be familiar to you. On page iv of every course catalog, you will find the names of members who contribute considerable time, talent and energy to making OLLI Mason work. Their efforts should be acknowledged and appreciated by all of us.

We routinely publish profiles of newly elected members of the Board of Directors. Some committee chairpersons have held their positions for several years. You likely know them. However, we have new committee chairs as well as program planning group chairs and co-chairs who have not been profiled in this newsletter. If you are one of these people, we want to recognize your work and introduce you to the members. If you receive a request from E-News to submit a profile of yourself and what you do to make OLLI Mason a better place, please consider it seriously.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

How To Be Happy

I wish I could be happier, I often overhear.
I close my eyes and clamp my tongue, and swiftly close my ear.
Be careful what you wish for, be sure of what you mean;
So many wish they could un-wish the folly of their dream.

“I wish I could be famous” said the paparazzi-dodgers
As they turn up collars, don dark shades and sidle like old codgers.
“I wish I’d never won!” declare the Powerball-cursed winners,
Aware they never will again distinguish saints from sinners.

Be happy with your simple lot. A little is enough.
Excess is overblown–give me a name, it’s not too tough
To name the price he had to pay. And I would bet they would
Rescind it all without regret if only they just could.

A chaise, the whisper of a breeze, the comfort of the dark
I’d park
For all eternity with you just at my side.
It’s paradise.

Manuel Pablo

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor tickets for either Center for the Arts (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

EMOJI! Summer Concert
Sat, Aug 6, 7:30
Harris Theatre
Admission: $15.

Festival de Niños presented by Comite Pro Bolivia
Sun, Aug 7, 5:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $15.American Choral Directors Association Concert
Sat, Aug 13, 1:30
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.Korean Independence Day Event
Mon, Aug 15, 6:15
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(See for additional student recitals)

No performances scheduled

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At the Hylton Center

Courtney Shelton Solo Exhibition, Best in Show, 2015 Hylton Center 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit
Continues through Aug 28
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.

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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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).

Fri Aug 12 10:00am Craft and Conversation–Fairfax City branch, Fairfax County Public Library
Mon Aug 15 10:00am What’s in the Daily News cont’d–Lord of Life Clifton Fellowship Hall
Tue Aug 16 9:30am Annex Art–Lord of Life Fairfax Fellowship Hall
Wed Aug 17 10:00am
Bridge Club–Lord of Life Fairfax Fellowship Hall
Mah Jongg Club–Lord of Life Fairfax Conference Rm
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–Lord of Life Sanctuary
Fri Aug 19 9:00am 9:30am


Recorder Consort–Lord of Life Fairfax Sanctuary
Craft and Conversation–Lord of Life Fairfax Conference Rm
Homer, etc–Lord of Life Fairfax Parlor

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor: Paul Van Hemel
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editorial Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Lorna Moran, Marilyn O’Brien, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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