OLLI E-News #28-13 of July 12, 2013
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> BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: 10:00 on Fri, Jul 19, TA-1. All OLLI members are invited to attend.
> FALL CATALOG: Should be posted online sometime next week, no earlier than Monday evening. You can click here or visit the What's New page to check for its availability during the week. Fall registration is from Thu, Aug 1 through Fri, Aug 23.
> SOCKS STILL NEEDED: For Grand Camp participants to make "Happy Socks" for homeless cats; see this E-News article for details.
About OLLI E-News
> HELP WANTED: E-NEWS EDITOR. For a future OLLI newsletter. By Gordon Canyock
> ONE OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS. Newly elected director Russell Stone. By Roxanne Cramer
> LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MEMBERS. These six of your colleagues are published authors. By Carol Henderson

> TEN YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING. What a ride! By Debbie Halverson
> COMPUTER CLUB. Sat, Jul 20 – Genealogy and the Internet: Problems and Possibilities. By Paul Howard
> OBITUARY: Longtime OLLI member Bill Nicoson.
> POET'S CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

For a future OLLI newsletter
By Gordon Canyock, Communications Committee Chair
AS SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD, after eight years on the job Rod Zumbro is finally retiring as OLLI E-News editor. Rod created E-News for us in July 2005 and has remained as editor ever since, doing an outstanding job of keeping the membership informed about what is happening in OLLI. His last issue will be next Friday’s, July 19.
     Since I have never been able to find anyone willing to understudy him, in the interim I shall assume the function of editor, but don’t expect to see another issue after next week for at least a month, probably longer. And I can promise you that it will not be in the same format. I don’t speak HTML.
     I have solicited volunteers within the Communications Committee to form a team to share the workload since no one is likely to be willing to put in the hours every week that Rod has over the years. But if any of you has experience publishing electronic newsletters, I sure could use your advice and/or assistance.
     If I can’t find enough volunteers, our choices are to do without a newsletter, reduce its frequency and scope, or hire someone to do it for us – but the latter course might lead to a dues increase, which I would rather avoid. I intend to raise this issue for discussion at the Board meeting on Friday, July 19.
     Readers are encouraged to provide feedback (or volunteer to help)
directly to me or to attend the meeting.
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Russell Stone
Photo by Stan Schretter
Newly elected director Russell Stone

By Roxanne Cramer, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
IT'S A GOOD BET that there is only one OLLI member who hails from Medicine Hat, Alberta! New Board of Directors member Russell Stone was born there, but left as soon as he graduated from high school. Russell joined our Institute just two years ago after a career in the academic world. He heard about us through OLLI member Harriet Kaplan, a friend and colleague of his wife, Rala—also now an OLLI member.
     Russell met his future wife the first day of registration at McGill University in Montreal, and they married three years later. He graduated from McGill with a combined degree in Economics and Sociology, and later earned his PhD at Princeton in Sociology and Near-East Studies.
     At the University at Buffalo (largest campus in the State University of New York system), Russell taught sociology and international development studies for 20 years, becoming full professor and department chair. Escaping the snows of the north, the Stones came to Washington in 1991, where Russell was associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University. He helped establish the Center for Israel Studies at AU and concentrated his efforts on the center for five years until his retirement.
     The Stones have two children, both professors in their respective fields, and six grandchildren.
     Like many OLLI members, Russell particularly enjoys the opportunities to study subjects he never had time for before. For example, he dabbled in dramatics in high school, and now has picked it up again in Readers' Theater. He ran for the Board because he wanted to be able to contribute his university administrative experience, which he feels may be helpful in OLLI/University relations.
     Russell feels that the growth of OLLI, while basically a good thing, presents challenges, particularly with regard to classroom space. He envisions being able to take advantage of the fact that Mason needs classrooms in the evening hours, so might be willing to provide a larger facility at Tallwood for OLLI's daytime use and Mason's use in the evening. The Tallwood property would be ideal for this because additional on-site parking could be included as part of the enhanced facilities.
     “Managing growth effectively” is the challenge that Russell sees ahead for OLLI. For Mason, supporting OLLI enhances the University’s reputation as a leader in education services to an aging community.
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These six of your colleagues are published authors
By Carol Henderson, Literary Roundtable Co-moderator

Claire Hasselbeck

Ed Janusz

Martha Powers

Wini Scheffler

Beth Ticknor

Don Wallace

Above, the authors, shown alphabetically by last name, and their books.
THAT OLLI MEMBER SITTING NEARBY in your next class may be a published author! Among the many accomplishments of our colleagues is an impressive collection of published work. A request this past spring to hear from recently published OLLI authors turned up amazing responses from Claire Hasselbeck, Ed Janusz, Martha Powers, Wini Scheffler, Beth Ticknor and Don Wallace. Among them, this group of talented authors has published poetry, history, novels, short stories and memoirs. Click on this link to see the fascinating details about their works and to find out how you can obtain copies.

Editor's note: Martha Powers is presenting Class F905, Losing Marmee: A Mother, A Daughter, and Six Years in Assisted Living, at Tallwood on Thursday, July 25, 11:50–1:15.
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What a ride!
By Debbie Halverson, OLLI Volunteer
EXACTLY 10 YEARS AGO IN 2003, I walked down the veranda at Tallwood and began the adventure of finding my life as an OLLI member and also began giving to the organization that would bring me blessings over and over. Now, I look back to subsequent roles that included being a liaison, to teaching, to chairing committees, to initiating the cooking curriculum, to being OLLI president. How I have grown! I’ve learned so much about myself, and I have been able to translate that knowledge into many ways outside of my OLLI life. And, of course, the courses I’ve taken and taught have completed the mission that brought me to OLLI in the first place.
     A day in the life of an OLLI member includes countless encounters with the work of volunteers. A new member probably spoke to the office volunteer about details related to the organization. At the beginning of the term, the new member may have attended a kick-off party with assembled food fit for the most demanding palate, prepared by hospitality volunteers, and listened to brief talks by OLLI leadership and club/activity coordinators, all volunteers.
     Members walking to class at Tallwood inhale the fragrance of the magnificent OLLI gardens, the work of our volunteer gardeners. In class, a volunteer liaison introduces the teacher and stands ready to help should help be needed during the course of instruction often taught by another OLLI volunteer.
     We are approaching 1,100 members; that large a membership needs an ever-larger group of helpers to carry on the ongoing tasks that are needed to keep the three campuses running smoothly – and provide new ideas for classes and solutions to problems. True: we do have paid staff to do what volunteers aren’t equipped to do. But the rest must fall to me and those other members who pitch in wherever they see they are needed. Without us, the place would just fold, or, to make up the difference, we’d hire more staff and raise everyone’s dues … a lot. I value so much the work of my co-volunteers, am inspired to continue with this work of love, and keep hoping that the example we offer will draw more members into this amazing opportunity for fellowship and personal growth.

Sat, Jul 20 – Genealogy and the Internet: Problems and Possibilities
Plus "Learn 30": Overcoming the Physical Stresses of Computer Use
By Paul Howard, Computer Club Coordinator

Left, a family tree; right, stretching while at a computer.
THE COMPUTER CLUB (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, July 20 at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for soft drinks and socializing in the social room. Presentations will begin at 1:00. This month's offerings will include the following:
     "Genealogy and the Internet: Problems and Possibilities" by professional genealogist Ken Maniha, a Reston resident who has taught OLLI classes there.
     His genealogical presentation will explore the growing use of the Internet as a platform for genealogical research – and will cover "the good, the bad and the ugly." After distinguishing between genealogy and family history, Ken will discuss the next-generation processes for doing Internet-based genealogy. He will explain how the Internet is uniquely suited to handle certain types of genealogical techniques for discovering authentic ancestors who otherwise might remain mysteriously hidden from us.
     "Learn 30: Overcoming the Physical Stresses of Computer Use" by wellness/fitness instructor Rolston James, a former Army Master Fitness Trainer and certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.
     The computer has a significant impact on our lives, with numerous benefits, but our frequent use of computers – sitting at a desk in a crouched-over position for extended periods of time – has potential health issues (e.g., lower and upper back problems, muscle spasms, overly tight neck and shoulder muscles, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). Rolston will show how some of these problems can be avoided or relieved by periodically performing various stretching movements throughout the day.
     See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website.
     Note: OPCUG dues collections for 2013 continue with this meeting ($5 per calendar year).
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Longtime OLLI member Bill Nicoson
BILL NICOSON, age 81, of Reston, Virginia, died peacefully at his home in Reston on Sunday, July 7, 2013 after a long illness. Bill (photo at right by Patricia Nicoson) had been an OLLI member since 1999 and was active in the Reston community.
     A memorial service is planned for the fall.
     An extensive obituary was published in the online Reston Patch on July 7; click here to read the obituary.
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Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop


"The 400"
Streamliners soaring past Evanston on their way from Chicago to Milwaukee
And one to Minneapolis, christened the 400, the distance between the two cities.
Streaking by Lincoln Street, where I, a young boy, stood transfixed.

Bold and brazen in shining armor, gold and glistening in the sun.
Once I challenged the mighty warrior to race against me
But it remained unconquered despite my greater youth and vigor.

"The Hiawatha"
Further north and west lay the rails of the Milwaukee line
Where the mighty Hiawatha ran unimpeded from Chicago to Milwaukee
It was also, a warrior, but with a far different character and purpose.

Traveling, not through safe and sedate suburbia like the 400,
But through pale, barren, often deserted farmland
And I could hear its haunting siren call from my room at boarding school.

Quite often in day or twilight I would run through fields to see it pass,
Ominous and foreboding as it thundered by
Where in its wake was a trail of deadly, dark, brown swirling leaves.

Ted Mosser
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Manassas performances, July 12–21
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00 (or visit the box office in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on Mason's Fairfax campus, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00). More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page.

Jeff Gorrell’s Watercolors
Continues through Sun, Jul 21
     Gorrell specializes in watercolor painting but also works in oils. He has previously exhibited at the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, and has paintings in collections globally. Gorrell focuses on landscapes with rocks and flowing water. He has painted multiple views of Great Falls.
Admission:  Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
Mostly Mahler
Tue, Jul 16, 3:00
     This is a pre-performance program featuring guest artists and faculty members of the Castleton Festival.
     Admission to the lecture is free, but RSVP by email to Hylton@gmu.edu.
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
Castleton Festival at the Hylton
Mostly Mahler
Thu, Jul 18, 8:00
     The Castleton Festival Orchestra, directed by Lorin Maazel, presents a program featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5. Soloist for the evening is lyric soprano Jennifer Black.
Admission: $60, $45, $30
Merchant Hall
Prince William Little Theatre
Bye Bye Birdie
Fri, Jul 19, 8:00
Sat, Jul 20, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Jul 21, 2:00
(continues Thu, Jul 25 through Sun, Jul 28)
     Directed by Don Petersen, this ever-popular musical tells the tale of events leading up to rock-and-roll star Conrad Birdie’s last performance on the Ed Sullivan Show before he joins the military.
Admission: adults, $20; seniors and students, $16; children, $10
Gregory Family Theater

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
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).
OLLI-Reston Notes is a news email of particular interest to Reston members, written by Reston Coordinator Carol Henderson. The most recent version is dated April 2013 and can be read at this link (pdf).
     OLLI-Loudoun Notes is a news email of particular interest to Loudoun members, written by Loudoun Coordinator Kathie West. The most recent version is dated March 2013 and can be read at this link (pdf).

Fri Jul 12   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     9:30am   Photography Club - TA-1
     10:00am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
     10:30am   Loudoun Program Planning Group meeting - Loudoun Room 236
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Jul 15
10:00am   Bridge Club - TA-3    
10:00am   Mah Jongg Club - TA-2
Tue Jul 16   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Jul 17   2:00pm   Audiovisual Support Committee meeting - Cottage
Thu Jul 18   10:00am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
Fri Jul 19   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Board of Directors meeting - TA-1
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
Sat Jul 20
1:00pm   Personal Computer User Group meeting - TA-1
Mon Jul 22   10:00am   Bridge Club - TA-3
Tue Jul 23   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Thu Jul 25   10:00am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
Fri Jul 26   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     9:30am   Travel Club - Cottage
     10:00am   Classic Fiction Book Club - Loudoun Room 205
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
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How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY REFERENCE on how to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member Portal).

About OLLI E-News and the member-volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro
Creator and Editor

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
Weekly Contributors:
Poet's Corner: Mike McNamara
Mason-Fairfax Arts and Music: Jan Bohall
Mason Highlights: Helen Ackerman
Hylton Arts and Music:
Sheri Siesseger
> About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
> Submissions. Members are encouraged to submit OLLI-related news items, articles and photos for this newsletter. Deadline – 7:00 pm Wednesday for that week's issue (7:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor for which an OLLI response is appropriate); submissions earlier in the week are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words. Submit material to Editor Rod Zumbro (email rzumbro@gmu.edu).
> Read the latest issue early. The new weekly issue of OLLI E-News is posted to the OLLI website Thursday evening. Read it by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews, where you will find a list of the last 12 issues by date.
> Viewing or searching past issues. You can view past issues of OLLI E-News via either the list of the last 12 issues or the DocStore archive of all past issues by date/issue number. To search the content of issues, use Search Our Site or put your search term in Google followed by "site:olli.gmu.edu/" without the quotes (e.g., searchterm site:olli.gmu.edu/). Back to top

Updated: July 12, 2013

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