#29-11 of July 22, 2011
July 22, 2011
|> FALL CATALOG: The pdf version
is available online
now; check it out!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
10:00, Fri, Jul 29, TA-1. All OLLI members invited.
OLLI SAVE MARRIAGES?
From the executive director
IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED
we add a new item
to the list of benefits to membership in OLLI: OLLI saves marriages
. Although this
is usually said with tongue in cheek, there is some truth to the claim.
Let me explain.
Most people who are married have been through
various phases of life during which expectations and routines gradually
shifted. After the honeymoon period when we did everything together,
the demands and responsibilities of careers and families tend to take
over. My wife and I laugh when we recall our conversations through our
car windows on the street in front of our house: one of us was coming
home when the other was just leaving. Our time together often included
transporting kids to and from their activities and then staying to
watch. Our conversations at dinner frequently centered around what
happened at work that day or solving the latest crisis with one or more
of our children. Despite the stress, we enjoyed those times.
In our retirement years, we need to readjust
to the presence and availability of our spouses. We need to rediscover
what we have in common and allow ample space for individual interests.
Because marriage is proof of the adage that "opposites attract," we may
find that in retirement years our increased togetherness can result in
stepping on each other's proverbial toes. Too much togetherness may
cause problems. As one OLLI member reminded me, his wife told him that
she married him "for better or worse," but not necessarily for lunch!
|A sampling of OLLI couples enjoying
OLLI events together. Clockwise from upper left: 1) the Wests, John
2) the McNamaras, Julie & Mike; 3) the Zumbros, Rod & Susanne;
4) the Gerstens, Linda & Shelly. Collage by Rod Zumbro.
OLLI provides the solution. For some couples,
both people join OLLI and take courses in similar areas together. For
other OLLI couples, the husband and wife take courses in completely
different subjects. For some of our members, it has worked best for one
spouse to spend time enjoying OLLI courses and activities while the
other person pursues different activities during the day. Regardless of
the situation, OLLI has helped these retired couples enjoy their time
together, thus OLLI saves marriages!
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anniversary campaign progress as of Wed, Jul 20 – 82%
ASKED WHAT HE LIKES MOST
Board member Bob Zener
Rittenhouse, OLLI E-News
OLLI, newly elected Board member Bob Zener said, "Teaching." Even
though he never
taught before joining OLLI, it seems as though his educational and work
background were preparing him for a natural move into teaching once he
had time for it.
Bob has a law degree and was general counsel
Environmental Protection Agency, so it's logical that the first course
he taught for OLLI was on environmental law. Bob also practiced law in
the Department of Justice—arguing government cases before the federal
courts of appeals—and in the private sector, so the next OLLI course he
taught was on constitutional law. Bob found that arguing cases in the
courts provided him a good background for preparing classes,
communicating main points, and being able to think on his feet. He
really enjoys OLLI students; he thinks they are sophisticated, educated
and ask good questions.
Bob joined OLLI in 2009 and has served on two
resource groups (history/current events and
literature/language/theater), helping them develop classes for their
subject areas. He lives roughly
equidistant from our three campuses, so he can easily contribute
his talents throughout OLLI.
Bob grew up in Chicago and did his
undergraduate work at the University
of Chicago, where he completed the Great Books Program. He says "lights
went on" when he studied English literature there. This fall he'll have
opportunity to turn on those lights for OLLI students
when he co-teaches a class on T. S. Eliot with Kathryn Russell.
Bob's hobby is playing the piano; he is
currently fascinated with piano pieces that involve playing the piano's
internal strings along with piano keys. Bob and his wife Thelma, also
an OLLI member, have two sons and three grandchildren.
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|A NEW JOINT VENTURE
Lecture/seminar at Mason's Prince William
SEVERAL OLLI MEMBERS HAVE INQUIRED about
the possibility of providing OLLI courses on the George Mason campus in
Prince William County near Manassas. I'm happy to announce that we will
be offering a one-time lecture and seminar there on Wednesday, September 21 from 2:00-4:00.
The event's topic will be on Climate
Change, presented by Keith Dixon (photo at right), research
meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
in Princeton, New Jersey.
This event is a joint venture in partnership
with the Lifelong Learning Institute of Manassas, which is affiliated
with Northern Virginia Community College. It will be open to their
members as well as our OLLI members. We have made arrangements for use
of Discovery Hall (click left photo
or here for
a very nice facility with comfortable seating for 97 participants.
Parking will be available at no charge in the lot of the Hylton
Performing Arts Center right next to Discovery Hall.
OLLI members will be able to register for this
event via our normal registration process, and more information will be
provided for participants. If you are interested, you may wish to read
one or more of these suggested books on the topic:
-- By Thom Clement,
Upcoming resource group meetings
By Kathryn Russell,
Program Committee Chair
IF YOU'VE RECENTLY BEEN THINKING
OLLI courses you'd like to see offered in the future, now is the time
to share these ideas. Two or three times a year the resource groups,
made up of enthusiastic volunteers, meet to plan for upcoming terms. We
welcome all members to come join in the fun of sharing ideas and
choosing courses to develop. These lively meetings also provide the
perfect opportunity to learn more about how the OLLI program works.
Because we are a member-driven organization,
we need your ongoing support and involvement in the program. Only with
the help of our OLLI members can we continue to offer the exciting
array of courses we've all become accustomed to seeing each time a new
catalog comes out. We hope you'll check out the dates and meeting times
below and plan to get involved in the rewarding process of program
planning. You can also call or email the resource group chairs listed online
near the front of the catalog. We hope to see you at one or more of
- Art and Music: Tallwood, Tuesday,
August 30, 10:30
- Economics and Finance: Tallwood,
Wednesday, August 31, 11:30-1:00
- History and Current Events:
Tallwood, Friday, September 9, 10:00
- Humanities and Social Sciences:
Tallwood, Thursday, September 8, 10:30
- Literature, Language and Theater: Tallwood,
Tuesday, September 6, 10:00
- Religious Studies: Tallwood,
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00
- Science, Technology and Health:
Tallwood, Wednesday, August 24, 11:30
- Special Events: Tallwood, Wednesday,
September 7, 10:00
- Reston Program Planning: Washington
Plaza Baptist Church, Friday, August 26, 10:00
- Loudoun Program Planning: Loudoun
Conference Room, Tuesday, August 16, 10:30
SUNFLOWERS ... AND A SNAKE
OLLI photographers' field trip
FRIDAY, JULY 15
for Special Event 956, OLLI member/instructor
Stan Schretter took OLLI photographers to the sunflower fields at the
McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Potomac to shoot sunflowers.
Stan reports in his blog that "The sunflower field was very crowded
with photographers, making it difficult to shoot without capturing a
photographer in the image. As we were leaving, Joe Ellis found a black
snake, and we had some fun both photographing it and watching Joe
trying to play with it."
Click image or here to shop
shirts, caps and tote bags with the OLLI/Mason logo
at any time directly from the vendor for delivery to your home. At the
store, click "OLLI-GMU Store" to see the pictures, then click on each
to see details. Note: The
pictures do not show our logo but it
will be embroidered on items that you order.
|OLLI FACEBOOK GROUP
icon or here to
encouraged to join the OLLI Facebook group as
of enhancing intra-OLLI communications. Recent articles: how to join
how to post
. (The icon is also under the Quick
on our Home page and What's New page.) Note: Once you join the OLLI group,
you can access the group from your personal Facebook page by clicking
on "Groups" or "More" in the left-side navigation area.
Selected by the OLLI Poetry
Less than clear am I
I am going to die.
It doesn't feel real
that something will steal
my everyday breath away.
(though they say it'll happen;
though it doesn't feel genuine)
I'm content to undercut
the urge to clear the matter up.
ARTS AND MUSIC
Upcoming Manassas performances, Jul 22 - 31
E-News Staff Writer
1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar
online orders are handled by
tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the
lobby of the Hylton
on Mason's Prince William Campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat,
noon to 6:00. More info on tickets is at the ticket
Fri, Jul 22, 8:00
Sat, Jul 23, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Jul 24, 2:00
Resident Arts Partner Vpstart Crow presents Neil Simon's classic about
several affluent couples invited to a 10th anniversary dinner party.
They arrive to discover that much is amiss and strive to cover up the
evening's happenings from the police and the news media.
$10, $15, $20.
Gregory Family Theatre
Fri, Jul 22, 3:00
Sat, Jul 23, 6:00
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, Warner Brothers and
director Ron Maxwell present the movie's world premier.
Friday program is preceded by a panel discussion moderated by Maxwell
with actors from the film. The one-hour panel discussion begins at 3:00
and the film is shown from 5:00 to 10:00.
Saturday's showing will be introduced by opening remarks from director
Proceeds from this event support the Journey Through Hallowed Ground
groups of 20 or more, $50 per person; Saturday, $35.
Upcoming non-class events at
covering the next two weeks
is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with
direct Web links added when available. OLLI members are welcome at all
Board, committee and resource group meetings.
For more activities
specifically related to the Loudoun
site, see Roberta Sherman's latest Loudoun
specifically related to the Reston
site, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston
The below list is accurate as of mid-week but for the very latest
information, please see Upcoming
Non-Class Events to view the
real-time OLLI online
calendar maintained by
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