OLLI NOTES              January 30, 2015

 

* Don’t get caught in SNOW and ICE!  In the event of inclement weather, OLLI follows the university schedule. If Furman closes, OLLI classes will also be canceled.  Call Furman’s weather line at 294-3766 or tune into local news for the latest updates.

 

Your opinion matters!  Please take about 10 minutes to complete the OLLI All-Member Survey.  We conduct this survey every 2 years to gather information that helps us as we develop new programs for our growing membership.  Click here to get started.

 

Updated OLLI Directories are available for $3 in the OLLI office. 

 

Please arrive on time for your classes.  Late arrivals are distracting for your classmates and your instructor.

 

OLLI Curriculum Enhancement Grants: As an OLLI instructor, is there something you wish you had, or a workshop you’d like to attend, to make your courses even better?  Are you an OLLI member with a lifelong learning passion you’ve always wanted to pursue but the cost put it out of reach? Let an OLLI Curriculum Enhancement Grant help! Members of OLLI for at least 6 terms may apply for grants for $200-$2,000 to pursue a lifelong learning interest. Within 2 years of receiving funds, grant recipients will share what they learn with the membership in the form of a new course, creation of a new committee, a series of seminars…Deadline is March 2; applications are available in the OLLI Office, on the OLLI bulletin board, or on our website. Awards will be announced at the Spring Luncheon. Questions? Contact Grants Committee chair Judy Lineback.  

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

LNT783 Latin 200 – no regular class on Wednesday, February 4

LNT768 Latin 104 – no regular class on Wednesday, February 4.

 

All are welcome to sign up for more Bonus Events.  Friday, Feb. 13, Enjoy Cline Hose and Hydraulics (10 a.m.)  Come learn how a family company has transformed itself into an expert in the industrial strengths of engineering, manufacturing, sales, and service.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Announcing the Baiden Gallery Spring Exhibit, Smiling Faces/Beautiful Places in South Carolina. This exhibit will celebrate the beauty of the state of South Carolina, its people, flora and fauna, natural beauty, and notable places.  All forms of artwork are eligible for this exhibit including photography, painting, drawing, fabric art, woodworking, etc. Entries must have been completed in the past three years. Artists are limited to two (2) entries in the exhibit but are not limited to both entries being in the same art medium. Entries must be submitted between Feb 23 and March 5 for consideration in the exhibit. Submission forms with guidelines are available now in the OLLI office. Questions may be addressed to Ruth Pollow.

 

Lunch and Learn, every Tuesday in HC110, 12:30-1:15 p.m.  February 3: “Impact of Greenville Drive on Upstate SC” with Craig Brown, President and Co-Owner, Greenville Drive.  ** Note: Due to high attendance, we will not set up tables for lunch and learn.   Please keep this in mind when packing your lunch.

 

The Latin SIG invites all OLLI members to view BBC’s “Meet the Romans” featuring the renowned Mary Beard explaining all aspects of ancient Rome.  The three episodes will be presented in HC102 on Wed., Feb. 4, 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Bring your lunch and a beverage.  Questions, contact Michael Kilgore at 905-3799.

 

Photography Forum Fridays continue, 10–11:30 a.m. in the Vick Conference Room. OLLI Photography enthusiasts will share their skills and art on a variety of subjects. The Feb. 6 session will feature Street Photography Revealed with Bruce Schlein. No sign-up required. Questions, contact Gordon Dohm.

 

Attention Civil War Buffs – On Friday Feb. 6, 1 p.m., HC 110, OLLI members Bob Dwyer and Mary McGee will review Pulitzer Prize winning author James McPherson’s new best-seller, Embattled Rebel – Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.   Following the book review, they will present a synopsis of the lives and careers of Mr. Davis and his most interesting wife, Varina. Please call or stop by the OLLI office to reserve your spot!

 

Bonus Lunch and Learn!  Mon. Feb 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., HC110:  Come learn how Junior Achievement volunteers deliver hands-on programs on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness to K-12 students in the Upstate.  Volunteers may choose school location, grade level and time to teach. Interested, but can’t make the meeting?  Contact Vickie Sims or call (864) 312-6626.

 

All OLLI Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff are invited to meet for lunch on Thur., Feb.12 at 12:15 p.m. in room 102.  Please bring your own lunch.  Questions? Contact Jean Fontaine (Perú 1967-69).

 

The Out and About SIG will be going to the Southeast Travel, Food, and Wine Show on Feb 14 at 11 a.m. Contact Carolyn Rice for more info and to RSVP.

 

The Woodcarving Special Interest Group invites experienced carvers to come and carve together.   Meeting times vary each term, but typically occur on Fridays.  Contact Jay Ludwigsen or Jim Sullivan.

 

Former students of T'ai Chi for Seniors or T'ai Chi Cheh are invited to the T'ai Chi SIG, Mondays, 12:30 p.m., for 30 minutes of practice in HC105. No instruction will be given. Contact Judith Ziemer with questions.

 

The Water Color SIG invites all watercolor enthusiasts to paint together.  The group meets on Friday in HC113 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Barbara Ziegler for more information.

 

Êtes-vous Francophone ?  Vous êtes invité à un SIG où on parlera français.  On peut pratiquer la belle langue, et on peut faire la connaissance d’autres qui parle français.  The French Conversation SIG will resume its meetings during the winter term on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00 (*note time change) in the computer lab.  All French proficiency levels are welcome.  Questions? Contact Ann Briskey at twinkbrisk@gmail.com.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Furman University Women’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina; Sat., Jan. 31, 2 p.m. at Timmons Arena.  Tickets are $7 and concessions are included!  (Women’s games only)  Furman University Men’s Basketball Team vs. UTC; Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at Timmons Arena.   Tickets are $12.

 

Come support our very own student worker Laken Weaver in Furman Pauper Players’ production of Shrek the Musical! Performances will be held in McAlister Auditorium Feb. 6 and 7 at 8pm and Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the McAlister box office one hour prior to each performance. 

 

The Riley Institute presents “Women in Public Media” on February 9 and 10, both events at 7 p.m. in the Trone Student Center. Women lead our state’s and the nation’s most prominent public media organizations. Four women at the top tell how their leadership is shaping its future. These events are free and open to the public; registration is not required but is helpful. For more information visit the website.  **There is limited parking in the Trone Center lot. You may also park in the Chapel lot and walk over, and, if the weather is good, parking will be available on the grassy field next to the Trone Lot. Watch for signs.

 

On January 29, 1965, Joseph Allen Vaughn became Furman's first African-American undergraduate student. His enrollment was the culmination of 10 years of work by hundreds of students, staff members, and professors who believed desegregation was "the only policy permissible for a liberal arts institution." Thanks in part to their efforts, Furman became the first private university in the state to pass a non-discriminatory admissions policy.  Visit Furman’s 50 Years Commemorating Desegregation webpage for more information.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

OLLI’s presentation of Bette Davis:  America at the Movies is sold out, but you can still catch this great Chautauqua performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 31 or Sunday, February 1 at Wade Hampton High School.  For more information, call 244-1499 or visit their website.

 

The Greenville Chorale Chamber Ensemble, conducted by OLLI instructor Bing Vick, presents its annual winter concert, “Sacred Music for a Sacred Place,” on Sun., Feb. 22, 3 pm at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The program includes significant choral literature in a variety of styles and settings, from old masters to modern expressions. Discounted tickets for OLLI members are $24, available in the OLLI office.

 



OLLI NOTES              January 23, 2015

 

The drop/add period for Winter Term ends today.  After today, refunds will no longer be given.

 

* Don’t get caught in SNOW and ICE!  In the event of inclement weather, OLLI follows the university schedule. If Furman closes, OLLI classes will also be canceled.  Call Furman’s weather line at 294-3766 or tune into local news for the latest updates.

 

Find the latest edition of Gray Matters on the OLLI Website.  Check out the online edition.

 

Updated OLLI Directories are available for $3 in the OLLI office. 

 

OLLI Curriculum Enhancement Grants:  As an OLLI instructor, is there something you wish you had, or a workshop you’d like to attend, to make your courses even better?  Are you an OLLI member with a lifelong learning passion that you’ve always wanted to pursue but the cost put it out of reach? Let an OLLI Curriculum Enhancement Grant help! Members of OLLI for at least six terms may apply for grants for $200-$2,000 to pursue a lifelong learning passion. Within 2 years of receiving their funds, grant recipients will be asked to share what they learn with the OLLI membership in the form of a new course, creation of a new committee, a series of seminars…The application deadline is March 2; applications are available in the OLLI Office, on the OLLI bulletin board, or on our website. Awards will be announced at the Spring Luncheon. Questions? Contact Grants Committee chair Judy Lineback.  

 

Enjoy lunch (or breakfast or supper) in the Furman Dining Hall for just $5 with your OLLI nametag.  Please find a seat in the main dining room.  Seating in the Faculty Dining Room is reserved for faculty and staff.  Dining Hall Parking: Please park on Dining Hall Lane and not in the parking lot unless you have a handicapped parking permit. We don’t want you to get a ticket!

Council Highlights: At the last Council meeting, Nancy shared that she had an interesting conference call with Road Scholar regarding the opportunity for OLLI to offer an “OLLI @ Furman” trip which is a positive development in our ability to offer group travel options for our members.   Senior Leaders Greenville graduated 27 in November and is forming an Alumni Group.  The next class will begin in September 2015.  Elaine asked that Council members set an example by using their own coffee cup at OLLI.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Now that everyone has registered, all are welcome to sign up for more Bonus Events.  Friday, Jan. 30, Enjoy Comfortable Archaeology – Uncovering the Past with Digital Manuscripts (2 p.m.)  This is presented by Dr. Chris Blackwell, Furman Professor of Classics, and some of his students and will be a great program.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Your opinion matters!  Within the next few weeks we will be sharing a link for our Annual OLLI survey in which we invite members to share input on the direction of OLLI, our classes and other membership opportunities.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

 

Lunch and Learn, every Tuesday in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m.  January 27: “Meet the New President” with Dr. Elizabeth Davis, President of Furman University.  ** Note: Due to expected high attendance, we will not set up tables for this lunch and learn.   Please keep this in mind when packing your lunch.

 

Photography Forum Fridays will be held during the Winter Term, 10–11:30 a.m. OLLI Photography enthusiasts will share their skills and art on a variety of subjects. Open to all members, the next session is Friday, Jan. 30 in the Vick Conference Room and will feature Me and My Buildings: A Love Story with Jeff Sarvis.  No sign-up required.  Questions, contact Gordon Dohm.

 

OLLI presents the next installment in our Royal Shakespeare Company series.  Henry IV Part I will be presented on TONIGHT at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available in the OLLI Office and are $16 for OLLI members, Furman staff and faculty, and $18 for the general public.  High school and college student tickets are $10. 

 

OLLI and Chautauqua present “Bette Davis: America at the Movies” on Saturday, January 31.  Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 3:30 p.m., presentation at 4:30 p.m.  Reservations are full for the OLLI event.   If you would like to be added to the waiting list, stop by the office.  Note that there is another showing at 2 p.m. the same day at Wade Hampton High School.  It’s free and does not require a reservation.  For more information, call 244-1499 or visit their website.

 

Attention Civil War Buffs – On Friday Feb. 6, 1 p.m., HC 110, OLLI members Bob Dwyer and Mary McGee will review Pulitzer Prize winning author James McPherson’s new best-seller, Embattled Rebel – Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.   Following the book review, they will present a synopsis of the lives and careers of Mr. Davis and his most interesting wife, Varina. Please call or stop by the OLLI office to reserve your spot!

 

Bonus Lunch and Learn!  Mon. Feb 9, 12:30-1:30pm., HC110:  Come learn how Junior Achievement of the Upstate volunteers deliver hands-on programs focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness to K- 12 students in the Upstate.  Volunteers may choose school locations, grade level and time to teach which can be done in one day or an hour/day for several weeks. Interested, but can’t make the meeting?  Contact Vickie Sims or call (864) 312-6626.

 

Êtes-

vous Francophone ?  Vous êtes invité à un SIG où on parlera français.  On peut pratiquer la belle langue, et on peut faire la connaissance d’autres qui parle français.  The French Conversation Special Interest Group (SIG) will resume its meetings during the winter term on Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 in the computer lab.  All French proficiency levels are welcome.  Questions? Contact Ann Briskey at twinkbrisk@gmail.com.

 

OLLI’s favorite ukulele band Uke Can Do Re Mi Band is looking for a person to play rhythm for the band.  If you can keep a beat and like to sing too, this may be your chance to have some fun with us.  Please email UkeCanDoReMi@GMail.com.

 

A group of guitar enthusiasts are looking to gather interested OLLI members for a Guitar Jam Session on Fridays from 12 noon – 2pm.  If you are interested, contact David Grote.

 

The Water Color SIG invites all watercolor enthusiasts to join them to paint together.   The group meets on Friday in HC113 from 11:30 a.m. - 2pm.  Contact Barbara Ziegler at bzknits@bellsouth.net for more information.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Ross

Douthat, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will speak on “The Futures of Christianity in 21st Century America.”  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 5 pm in Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center. Free.

 

Come support our very own student worker Laken Weaver in Furman Pauper Players’ production of Shrek the Musical! Performances will be held in McAlister Auditorium February 6 and 7 at 8pm and February 8 at 3pm. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at the McAllister box office. 

 

The Riley Institute presents “Women in Public Media” on February 9 and 10, both events at 7 p.m. in the Trone Student Center. Women lead our state’s and the nation’s most prominent public media organizations. Four women at the top tell how their leadership is shaping its future.  For more information visit the website.

 

Furman University through Market Place Staffing plans to hire several people for event staffing to assist with traffic and parking control. Typical events are held at Timmons Arena and McAlister Auditorium.  If you’re interested in part-time work please email rogers2001@att.net or tgarb4th@gmail.com.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Help a Clemson student:  The Clemson CVT Leadership Program is looking for volunteers to participate in their state-of-the-art, noninvasive ultrasound scan lab.  They are located at the GHS Patewood campus and perform a variety of scans on the cardiovascular system.  They need volunteers, especially folks older than college-aged.  Email the lab or call 454-2889 to make an appointment.

 



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Susan Rae, Assistant Director, Curriculum Support (8-4)
Pam Roberson, Instructor Support (8:00 - 4:30)
Heidi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager (8:30-1:30)

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Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver

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