OLLI NOTES              February 27, 2015

 

Thank you for your patience as we navigated the winter weather these past two weeks.  If you missed class while we were closed, your instructor may schedule a make-up class.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Spring 2015 Registration continues. Please pick up copies of the Spring Brochure to share with friends, neighbors and places you frequent around town.  YOU are our best marketing tool!

 

Course evaluation time is here!  You have the opportunity to provide us with feedback on each of your course experiences.  This online evaluation will take 5 minutes and provide great input to your instructors.  (Paper copies are available in the OLLI Office.)  Following are the links to complete your evaluations online:

 

     To complete the general course evaluation, click here.

     For the exercise and fitness course evaluation, click here.

     For the hobbies, art, and music course evaluation, click here.

 

Meet the OLLI Council! Stop by and check out the Council bios next to the bulletin board.

 

DEADLINE MARCH 2! 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 better?  Are you an OLLI member with a lifelong learning passion you’ve always wanted to pursue but cost put it out of reach? Let a 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, etc. 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.  

 

Are you interested in serving as a leader of OLLI?  Do you know someone who would be a great OLLI Council member?  As required by OLLI’s Bylaws, Steve Davis, VP of Membership/ President Elect, chairs the Nominating Committee and has chosen the following committee members: Greg Peters (OLLI Council Member), Judy Brooks (Volunteer), and Bob Howell (Volunteer).  The Nominating Committee requests suggestions from the membership for 4 openings on the 2015-16 Council. You can submit your suggestions through an online survey here.  For those prefer them, paper copies of the form are available in the OLLI office.  The deadline is April 1.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

HFE511 and HFE531 Yoga 101 and Yoga 201 will not meet on Monday, March 2.

 

Make Up class:  HIS687  Interesting Characters in American History will meet on Fri, March 6 from 1:30-3pm, HC 110.

 

A complete list of make-up classes will be included in next week’s OLLI Notes.

 

OLLI COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Wednesday, March 4                        Long-Range Planning Brainstorming Session        10:30-12            HC003

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Have old papers or documents that need shredding?  As part of National Consumer Protection Week the SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will host a Shred Day right here at OLLI on Thursday, March 5 from 11a.m. – 2 p.m.  Limit 5 file boxes.

 

Barry Gilmer, Kathleen Allen, and Carol West (aka The Dixie Chicks) met through OLLI@Furman and enjoy many Road Scholar trips together.  They are finalists in a friends contest through Road Scholar.  You can vote for them by visiting www.RoadScholar.org/friendscontest.  Show your support by voting early and often (or at least once a day!).  You can learn more about their Road Scholar travels at a Lunch and Learn in March (stay tuned for details).

For “armchair travelers” or those planning a trip, save these dates: Monday March 16,10am - 12:30pm, Bird's Eye View of Italy (part 2), HC 110, and Tuesday March 17,10am - 12:30pm, Ireland and Wales. Elaine Brummett will be hosting free video presentations on those dates.

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays, HC110, 12:30-1:15 p.m.  March 3:  “Recent Additions to Our SC Botanical Garden on Clemson Campus” with Dr. Patrick McMillan, Director of the SC Botanical Gardens.

 

Photography Forum Fridays continue, 10–11:30 a.m., HC102. OLLI Photography enthusiasts share their skills and art on a variety of subjects. The March 6th session is “Why I Shoot, and Ask Questions Later!” with Greg Efner. No sign-up required. Questions, contact Gordon Dohm.

 

Announcing the Baiden Gallery Spring Exhibit, Smiling Faces/Beautiful Places in SC. This exhibit will celebrate the beauty of our state: its people, flora and fauna, natural beauty, and notable places.  All forms of artwork are eligible including photography, painting, drawing, woodworking, fabric art, etc. Entries must have been completed in the past 3 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 before March 5 for consideration. Submission forms with guidelines are available in the OLLI office. Questions may be addressed to Ruth Pollow.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Furman?

Furman students are looking for volunteers for a class interview project!  Students have created interviews on a range of topics including physical activity, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, social relationships and stress.  Interviews should take between 30-40 minutes to complete and will occur the week of March 2.   If you are interested in volunteering to meet with a student, please contact Dr. Michelle Horhota 864-294-3167 or michelle.horhota@furman.edu

 

Mentorship Opportunity with Furman students! Furman Undergraduate Evening Studies is launching the Furman University Career Advancement Program, FUCAP, to connect students with mentors who have been successful in the business and accounting professions. Read more here and if interested in mentoring, visit furman.edu/FUCAP to register or call 294-2155 for more information.

 

The Furman Lyric Theatre will be presenting “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Medium” this Saturday at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for seniors.

Furman University will host a Chinese Environmental Film Festival and Workshop Feb. 26-28 in Burgiss Theatre.  Admission is free. For more information and the full festival details visit their website.

As part of the World Religions Symposium, OLLI members are invited to Lunch and Dialogue: Hinduism: From India to America with Dr. Diana Eck on March 3 at 12 noon in the Younts Conference Center.   Reservations are required: Email Susan Bennett or call 294.2133.

 

OLLI members are invited to join Furman alumni on a Furman Pilgrimage to Northumberland (England) & the Scottish Borders July 4-13, 2015. The trip includes walking a sacred pathway (St. Cuthbert’s Way to Melrose Abbey), visit Lindisfarne (The Holy Island), and join the Northumbria Community for a special week of reflection.  This is sure to be a rich and meaningful experience for all!  For more information, visit here. The priority deadline in March 1, or until the trip is full.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The Greenville Symphony Masterworks Series presents Fairytales and Legends on Saturday, Feb. 28 at  8pm and Sunday, March 1 at 3pm at the Peace Center Concert Hall.   To purchase tickets contact the Peace Center Box Office at (864) 467-3000 visit their website for additional information.

 

Chautauqua Silent Classic Film & Discussion.  Chase your winter blues away with Buster Keaton’s comic classic “The Cameraman” shown Feb 28 at 2pm Greenville Tech, Bldg 104 UT Aud with Live Music on a big screen comfortable seats. Then follow up with a Tuesday night discussion “When Movies were Silent” discussion led by Scott Henderson of Furman at 7pm Hughes Main Library. Call 862-244-1499 or visit the website. Free!


OLLI NOTES              February 20, 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.

 

This was an interesting week of weather in Greenville! If you missed a class while Furman was closed due to the snow, your instructor may schedule a make-up class.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Spring Registration begins on Tuesday, February 24 (8am) for Course Package Holders and Thursday, February 26 (8am) for all others. Make sure you go online this weekend and try out your user name and password so that login will be smooth when you are ready to register.  Call or come by the office before registration if you need assistance.  Registration is in the OLLI office (NOT the computer lab) if you plan to register in person on Tuesday or Thursday.

 

HINTS for Computer registration starting February 24 (www.furman.edu/olli)

Click on Register Now! and enter your user name and password.  Click on Sign In.  Your shopping cart will be empty and you will begin shopping by clicking on the grey box stating “Return to Course Catalog Page.  User name (unless you changed it) will be your firstname.lastname.

 

The Spring Brochure is HERE! Please take extra copies by the front doors to share around town.

 

Meet the OLLI Council!   Stop by and check out the Council bios next to the bulletin board.

 

DEADLINE MARCH 2!  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 better?  Are you an OLLI member with a lifelong learning passion you’ve always wanted to pursue but cost put it out of reach? Let a 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, etc. 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

The following Spring Term Courses have been cancelled:

ACM193 Writing the Personal Essay

PAH811 Knitting Beaded Necklaces (Watch for this class this summer!)

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Let’s try again to have Breakfast with OLLI!  Join OLLI friends old and new at breakfast in the Furman Dining Hall, Wednesday, February 25, 8-10 a.m.  Just $5 with your OLLI nametag entitles you to all-you-can-eat:  eggs, grits, made-to-order omelets, fruit, breads, coffee, juice, etc.!  Thanks to Linda and Tom Nowlin for hosting.

 

OLLI presents the next installment in the Royal Shakespeare Company series, Henry IV, Part II at 4 p.m. TODAY and Sat., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center. Enjoy a blue-ray presentation of the play as performed live at Stratford-upon-Avon.  Tickets are available at the door; $16 for OLLI members. 

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays, HC110, 12:30-1:15 p.m.  Feb. 24:  “Recent Additions to Our SC Botanical Garden on Clemson Campus” with Dr. Patrick McMillon, Director of the SC Botanical Gardens.

 

Photography Forum Fridays continue, 10–11:30 a.m., HC102. OLLI Photography enthusiasts share their skills and art on a variety of subjects. The Feb. 27 session is “Traveling with Road Scholar” with Barry Gilmer, Kathleen Allen, and Carol West. No sign-up required. Questions, contact Gordon Dohm.

 

Interested in joining a friendly game of poker? Contact Rich Hammons at 864-520-2014 or 864-860-0397.

Come learn more about a possible OLLI/Road Scholar trip to New England in Oct. 2015 on Friday, Feb. 27 at 11:30am, HC102.  Drawing for $100 Road Scholar Gift Certificate for those in attendance.

 

Barry Gilmer, Kathleen Allen, and Carol West (aka The Dixie Chicks) met through OLLI@Furman and enjoy many Road Scholar trips together.  They are finalists in a friends contest through Road Scholar.  You can vote for them by visiting www.RoadScholar.org/friendscontest.  Show your support by voting early and often (or at least once a day!).  You can learn more about their Road Scholar travels at a Photography Forum on Friday, February 27, 10 a.m. or at a Lunch and Learn in March (stay tuned for details).

 

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.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Furman?

Furman students are looking for volunteers for a class interview project!  Students have created interviews about a range of topics including body image, physical activity, sexuality in adulthood, Alzheimer’s disease, social relationships and ethical dilemmas in caregiving.  Interviews will take 30-40 minutes and will occur the week of February 23 and the week of March 2.   If you are interested in volunteering to meet with a student, please contact Dr. Michelle Horhota 864-294-3167 or michelle.horhota@furman.edu.

 

Furman University will host a Chinese Environmental Film Festival and Workshop from Feb. 26-28 in Burgiss Theatre.  Admission is free. For more information and the schedule of events visit their website.

 

The Office of Chaplains will host various events as part The World Religions Symposium through April.  On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5:30pm in Johns Hall 101, Dr. Lisa Knight will discuss Hinduisms: Debating Tradition and Origins.  Free.

 

As part of the World Religions Symposium, OLLI members are invited to Lunch and Dialogue: Hinduism: From India to America with Dr. Diana Eck on March 3 at 12 noon in the Younts Conference Center.   Reservations are required: Email Susan Bennett or call 294.2133.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

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.

 

The Temple of Israel’s Music on Sunday Concert Series continues on February 22 at 3 p.m. with a vocal performance by Jack Cohan and Friends. Tickets are $20.

 

The Gathering on Appalachian Life in Historic Pickens will be held Sat., Feb. 28, 8:30am-4:30pm. Sessions include over 30 different workshops and tours on topics such as moonshining, quilting, genealogy, Appalachian music, dance, and hearthside cooking. Tickets are $20. For info visit here or call (864) 878-4257.

 

Join the Central Presbyterian Church to experience one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the World.” Internationally acclaimed theologian Barbara Brown Taylor will be giving a lecture on Sunday, February 22 at both 3pm and 7pm. Visit www.astlonline.org for more info.

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Greenville’s own Steel Magnolias.  Genealogical and historical researcher Penny Forrester and OLLI instructor Suzanne Case explore the lives of some of the “Steel Magnolias” who played a role in the history of Greenville County, our state and our country.  Two part series. Preregistration recommended but not mandatory. Free. March 10 7 p.m. & March 14 at 10 a.m. Hughes Main Library, Meeting Room A.  Call 864-527-9261 to register. 



The OLLI Staff

Nancy Kennedy, Director (8:30-5)
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)

OLLI Student Workers
Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver

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