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Christine Carlock (Left) of Fairfax County Health Department (with OLLI Member Ute Christoph-Hill and Executive Director Jennifer Disano) Presents County Recognition Award to OLLI, August 17, for Supporting Health of Members by Sponsoring Flu Vaccine Clinic

August 24, 2018

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • Although fall-term priority registration ended yesterday, registration continues on a space-available basis. Fall term begins Monday,
    September 17. The fall-term catalog is available at the OLLI website.
  • If you just joined or renewed at OLLI and your home campus is identified as Fairfax, new name tags will be available at the Tallwood office as early as September 10. If your home campus is Loudoun or Reston, see your site assistant during fall term.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published September 7; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, September 4, at 6:00.

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OLLI President’s Message August 24, 2018: Teaching and Learning
By Bill Taylor, PresidentOne of the best ways to learn about a subject is to teach it. Maybe that’s why so many in our community of lifelong learners have volunteered to teach, often about topics quite different from their educational and professional backgrounds. A radiologist teaching about the Civil War, a retired salesman teaching about writing poetry, and an electrical engineer teaching about paleontology are a few of the examples I noticed in our fall catalog. I’m sure you’ve noticed others as you read through the extensive course offerings in preparation for registration.I hope you’re finding it helpful to have the classes and one-time events listed on consolidated schedules at pages 5962. Priority registration ended yesterday, but you can still register on a first-come, first-served basis for courses that still have openings.I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus in September.

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Teacher Welcome Event
By Jim Dunphy, Chair, Teacher Resource InitiativeWe are starting a new OLLI tradition—as the fall semester looms, OLLI will be sponsoring a Teacher Welcome event on Thursday, September 6, at Tallwood. The event is open to OLLI instructors and OLLI members who are considering becoming instructors.We will start at 11:30 on that Thursday with a social gathering. Pizza will arrive around 11:45 (yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch!) with the formal program to begin at 12:00. This will consist of welcomes from OLLI leadership, an administrative briefing by OLLI staff, and an update on the status of the Teacher Resource Initiative and discussion of where it needs to go in the future.The Teacher Welcome is not in the catalog, so you will not register as you do for classes. However, to make sure we know how much pizza to get for lunch, please contact me at if you are planning to attend.We hope that this Welcome will be an annual event, and that a similar event will take place in the spring in Reston or Loudoun. Hope to see as many instructors as possible at Tallwood on September 6 at 11:30!

Conversation and Food – Join Us Before Classes Start!
By Toni Acton, Member Services Committee ChairAre you looking forward to seeing your friends at OLLI after the summer break? Are you a new member who would like to meet some current members and learn more about OLLI? If so, you’ll have two opportunities in September at the Tallwood campus.On Thursday, September 6, you can attend our informal “Grab ‘n’ Gab Coffee Klatch (BT1201) at 10:00—just stop by the Annex and enjoy some coffee, cookies, and casual conversation. The following week, join us at the Fairfax Fall-Term Kick-Off Coffee (1101) on Friday, September 14, in TA‑1 at 10:00. It’s a wonderful way to renew old friendships, and make new ones, while enjoying coffee and great food. New members will have the opportunity to meet Board members and committee chairs, and ask those all-important questions, (like “Where are the bathrooms?”), before classes start on September 17.Come join us in kicking off the fall term with fun and food before classes start! Sign up on-line or in the OLLI office for these events, or just stop by.

Mason in Loudoun Parking

By Leigh Knox, Loudoun Site Assistant

Everyone who is registered for a class or event at Loudoun will need a new FREE parking permit. The new parking permits will be valid for the entire academic year from September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2018. Permits will be available for pick up on September 10, between 9:00 and 3:00, at the Mason in Loudoun office, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling,  suite 130. You may also arrive early on your first day of class and pick it up then.

Parking is NOT permitted in the spaces in front of the building, even with an OLLI permit. The only exception is for handicap spaces with the proper state-issued handicap permit. You may park temporarily in the East Lot while obtaining your new parking permit. Please display the permit noticeably in your front windshield.

Because George Mason shares the office building with other tenants, it is important that you park in the correct area. Please park in the East Lot (when facing the building, it is the lot on the left side of the building). If there are no spaces available (which is unlikely) you may park in the yellow-striped student parking spaces. You can view a map of the parking lot at, or on the back of your permit. Please be aware that towing is enforced.

If you have a Mason G# but need to have your photo taken for your Mason ID card, you may get that done also at the same location (21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling, in Suite 130). Mason in Loudoun staff are not able to look up your G#; please have that ready when you arrive for your ID. Thank you.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop
An Empty Soccer Field                                                                                      
Still ringing with shouts
Young boys tote images of World Cup play
Some still learning basic footwork
Some more practiced at moving the ball
Downfield, gathering speed
Toward the opponent’s goal
The referee’s whistle cuts through
The gathering dusk
Boys crowd to their coach
Hoping for praise
Dreading correction
They swarm again as the whistle blows
Take their positions
Limbs tangle in a heap of sweaty youth
Parents charge up, down the sideline
Aching to give their team’s ball
A good kick themselves
jan bohall

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, Aug 24 through Sep 10
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
Washington Concert Society: 3 Tenors
Sun, Aug 26, 5:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: $20.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

No performances scheduled.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Sub Rosa
Jul 24 – Sep 8
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00, and two hours before each performance.

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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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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 any time 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 Aug 25 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Aug 27 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Tue Aug 28  9:30am
Annex Art–Annex
Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Group Meeting–TA-1
Wed Aug 29 10:30am Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Aug 31  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Sep 1 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Sep 4  9:30am
Annex Art–Annex
Spanish Club–TA-2
Wed Sep 5 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Special Events Committee–Annex
Fri Sep 7  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–TA-1
Dr. Who Club–TA-3

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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: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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