OLLI NOTES         October 3, 2014

 

We hope we never have a medical emergency during an OLLI class, but if we do, the proper procedure is to call 911.  Your second phone call (or just come find us) is to let the OLLI Office know.  The local fire departments that respond to calls at Furman are familiar with the buildings on campus and also will alert Furman Police that a call has come in from campus so that they can respond as well.

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There’s room for YOU and a friend in the Bonus Event Carolinas Aviation Museum on Friday, October 10.  The $50 cost includes bus transportation, tour of the museum, and lunch.  At the museum, you’ll see the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane, and many other aircraft—commercial, military, civil, and helicopters.  (Visit the museum website to learn more about the exhibits.)  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Bonus Lunch and Learn - Wednesday, October 8, 12:30-1:20, HC110: On Tuesday, September 23, a Chinese court sentenced Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for “separatism.” The international community has condemned this harsh silencing of a moderate and peaceful voice against the ongoing repression of Muslims in China’s far west. Why is violence in Xinjiang on the rise? Will the Chinese government’s heavy handed policies in Xinjiang ease ethnic tensions, or radicalize the Uighurs? Join Furman Political Science professor Kate Kaup for a discussion of this explosive situation.

Learn about Two Successful Programs in Our Elementary Schools on Thursday, October 16 in HC113, 12:30-1:30 (bring your lunch). Hear about a successful reading program supported by Cliffs Residents Outreach (CRO) in the Tigerville and Heritage Elementary Schools in Travelers Rest. This program is an extension of a partnership with Public Education Partners that promotes the Greenville County Schools’ reading initiative for early grades.  You will also learn about the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program that mentors children with incarcerated parents.  Come learn how OLLI members are making a difference in children’s lives. 

 

New!  OLLI will present encore performances of Royal Shakespeare Company productions. The plays are recorded as they are performed on stage at the RSC theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon using Blu-ray technology and presented in HD at Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center. The first play is "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and will be shown at 4pm on Friday, October 17.  Tickets are $16 for OLLI members and can be purchased in the OLLI Office. 

 

Join OLLI friends in a friendly fun-filled afternoon of Golf at the Furman Golf Course on Thursday October 23. The match will be a 9 hole mixed (men and women) scramble format (everyone hits a tee shot, then you decide which shot was the best and everyone hits from the best spot, you play that way until you complete the hole, count one score per hole).  If you would like to play, sign up in the OLLI office by October 11.  The group will tee off starting at 2:30 pm. Your $18 fee includes a cart. We must have at least 20 people to reserve tee times. This is a fun way to meet other OLLI members and you don't even have to be good golfer.

Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)

The OLLI Consort SIG invites those who play the recorder to come enjoy ensemble playing.  They will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:45pm in HC111.  For more information contact Sharon Howell or Judy Brooks.

The Spanish SIG will continue to meet on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. in HC003. Contact Merikay Pirrone or Dorothy Beling if you have any questions. All levels of Spanish skill are welcome.

 

The Pickleball SIG is for those who already play or are interested in learning this newish game which is a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong.   It’s a hit with seniors all over the country.  They will meet Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year, 8:30-10:30 at the lower Tennis Courts (near building J in North Village).  Please contact Janet Aguilar or Chanel Bouvier for more information or to say you are coming.

SIG Out and About Singles will be going to the play Steel Magnolias on November 14 at 8pm at the Greenville Little Theatre. Cost is $25. For further information, contact Sue Miller.  Please contact her soon so she can decide about the tickets.

Former students of Tai Chi for Seniors and/or T’ai Chi Chik are invited to a Tai Chi SIG on Wednesdays in HC105, 12:30-1pm. Please email Judith Ziemer if you would like to participate on a drop in basis.

The French Conversation SIG meets on Mondays in Rm. HC 103, from 12:15 to 1:15.    All French proficiency levels are welcome.   If you plan to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Ann Briskey. 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Furman Theatre presents Book of Days, a play by Lanford Wilson, October 3 and 4, 8 p.m. at the Furman Playhouse.  Tickets for OLLI members are just $8.  You must identify yourself as an OLLI member when ordering your tickets.  Call 294-2125 for more information.

Furman University’s High Noon lecture series runs on Wednesdays through Nov. 12.  All talks are free and take place in the Resource Room on the second floor of the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  Wednesday, October 8:  “If the Financial Markets Could Speak, What Would They Be Saying?” presented by Tom Smythe, Furman University Professor of Business. 

The Political Science Department presents the Tocqueville Lecture on Thursday, October 9 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101. “Like the Leaves of Sybil:  Burke and Tocqueville on Tradition in the Democratic Age,” presented by Yuval Levin, Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  Free and open to the public.

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Fall for Greenville is coming up and Furman is a sponsor.  We’re looking for volunteers to staff the Furman table.  The festival will be held October 10 – 12. Please consider working a minimum of a two hour shift—more is really appreciatedAll volunteers will be rewarded with a Furman dining hall ticket or Fall for Greenville tickets – please let us know which one you prefer. Interested persons, please email Chandra Dillard, Director Community Relations or call her at 294-2503.

 

Anyone over 60: join the Golden Circle Club! If you personally go to the District Office for Greenville County Schools (off Church St. near Sirrine Stadium, in a building called the Floyd J. Hall Adm. Bldg) with your ID, you can get a FREE pass card to all Greenville County School sports events.  The telephone number is 355-3100.  From football, baseball, basketball, and everything in between, you just need to present that card to get in for free.  It is a lifetime pass!

 

Have a lot of paper that needs to be shredded? Travelers Rest is hosting a Shred Event this Saturday, October 4 at the History Museum of Travelers Rest. Stop by between 9 a.m. and noon! All paper must be bagged or boxed and there is a limit to three bags per person.

 

On Saturday October 11, 10a.m.-noon, Lake Conestee Nature Park will offer a History "Hike" with Dave Hargett and Don Koonce. Ever wanted to get into the octagon-shaped McBee Church or Conestee Mill?  Now is your chance! Dave and Don will talk about the history of both while we get to explore two very cool historic buildings.  For more information, visit their website. 

 

Many activities are planned for the Friends of Lake Robinson Seventh Annual Day of Celebration to be held October 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring presentations from the Fire Department, live music, and activities to promote environmental awareness, this fun-filled day will be the perfect way to celebrate Lake Robinson. The event is free to the public. To learn more about Friends of Lake Robinson and download a membership application, please visit their website at www.lakerobinson.org. 

The Greenville Chorale presents their fall concert, “A Concert of Peace and Hope,” on Saturday, October 18 at the Peace Center. OLLI is proud to support the Chorale’s conductor, Bing Vick. Discounted tickets are available in the OLLI office for only $32. These vouchers must be exchanged at Peace Center Box Office for reserved seat (anywhere in the house). You don’t want to miss this concert!

On Sunday, October 19, the American Chamber Players will be playing a concert at 3pm at the Temple of Israel (400 Spring Forest Road). Tickets are $20 at the door, $5 for students and music teachers. Children with a ticketed adult are free. Call 864 292-1782 for more information. Miles Hoffman, of the American Chamber Players, is scheduled for a seminar here at OLLI in January.



OLLI NOTES         September 26, 2014

 

OLLI’s Antique Fest will be on Friday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Herring Center.  The day will include appraisals of antiques & collectibles, expert presentations, demonstrations, music, food trucks and more!  Make a day of it!  If you’d like to volunteer for OLLI’s Antique Fest:

·         20 volunteers are needed for each shift. Shift 1: 10am-12 noon / Shift 2: 12 noon – 2pm.  If you can help, email Sharon Sickler, Social Committee Chair or call her at 864.963.2818.  

·         There will be a brief meeting for all Antique Fest Volunteers on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:30pm in the Vick Conference Room.

 

Allergies!  Please be considerate of others’ allergy types throughout the building and in classrooms.  Many are sensitive to scents so please be mindful of those around you when you are putting on cologne, perfume and lotions in the morning.

Coffee, anyone?  OLLI members enjoy their coffee!  And tea! And hot chocolate! Please help us go green by bringing your own travel mug or cup, or purchase an OLLI travel mug in the office for just $12.  And, remember the paper cups are recyclable. (Just dump out any leftover liquid first, please!)  If you would like to be part of the Coffee Brigade (OLLI members who volunteer to help keep the coffee area clean and stocked), just check with Heidi Wright in the OLLI Office, and she will give you a quick orientation.  Thanks!

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There’s room for YOU and a friend in the Bonus Event Carolinas Aviation Museum on Friday, October 10.  The $50 cost includes bus transportation, tour of the museum, and lunch.  At the museum, you’ll see the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane, and many other aircraft—commercial, military, civil, and helicopters.  (Visit the museum website to learn more about the exhibits.)  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

Lunch and Learn every Tuesday in HC110.  This week:  “Wine Tasting—Bring Your Own Cheese and Crackers!” presented by Richard deBondt of Northampton Wines.  If you plan to attend, please stop by the office and sign up. Reservations are not required but a head count will help us make sure we have enough wine.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Bonus Lunch and Learn - Wednesday, October 8, 12:30-1:20, HC110: On Tuesday, September 23, a Chinese court sentenced Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for “separatism.” The international community has condemned this harsh silencing of a moderate and peaceful voice against the ongoing repression of Muslims in China’s far west. Why is violence in Xinjiang on the rise? Will the Chinese government’s heavy handed policies in Xinjiang ease ethnic tensions, or radicalize the Uighurs? Join Furman Political Science professor Kate Kaup for a discussion of this explosive situation.

New!  OLLI will present encore performances of Royal Shakespeare Company productions. The plays are recorded as they are performed on stage at the RSC theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon using Blu-ray technology and presented in HD at Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center. The first play is "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and will be shown at 4pm on Friday, October 17.  Tickets are $16 for OLLI members and will be on sale starting October 2.  **RSC coordinator Dennis Tavernetti will conduct a Bonus Lunch and Learn on Thursday, October 2, 12:30-1:20 pm in HC113 to discuss the play, one of Shakespeare's earliest works. Bring your lunch and invite your friends.  

 

Join OLLI friends in a friendly fun-filled afternoon of Golf at the Furman Golf Course on Thursday October 23. The match will be a 9 hole mixed (men and women) scramble format (everyone hits a tee shot, then you decide which shot was the best and everyone hits from the best spot, you play that way until you complete the hole, count one score per hole).  If you would like to play, sign up in the OLLI office by October 11.  The group will tee off starting at 2:30 pm. Your $18 fee includes a cart. We must have at least 20 people to reserve tee times. This is a fun way to meet other OLLI members and you don't even have to be good golfer.

 

Interested in volunteering to help elementary school children?  Save the date for a special lunch and learn on Thursday, October 16, 12:30-1:20, where you will learn about two programs in local elementary schools from OLLI members involved in making a difference in these schools.  Stay tuned for details!

 

Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)

The OLLI Consort SIG invites those who play the recorder to come enjoy ensemble playing.  They will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:45pm in HC111.  For more information contact Sharon Howell or Judy Brooks.

The Spanish SIG will continue to meet on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. in HC003. Contact Merikay Pirrone or Dorothy Beling if you have any questions. All levels of Spanish skill are welcome.

 

The Pickleball SIG is for those who already play or are interested in learning this newish game which is a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong.   It’s a hit with seniors all over the country.  They will meet Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year, 8:30-10:30 at the lower Tennis Courts (near building J in North Village).  Please contact Janet Aguilar or Chanel Bouvier for more information or to say you are coming.

Last call for SIG Out and About Singles interested in attending New Play Festival at Centre Stage. If interested contact Susan Cooper. The group will see Meet the Parents on Monday, September 29 and The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing on Wednesday, October 1st, meeting at 6:30pm for each performance. Free admission. The group will also attend Oktoberfest in Downtown Greenville on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m.at Noma Square.  German food, beer and entertainment. Contact Carolyn Rice to reserve a spot.

G will begin meeting on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in HC105. 

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 hold its meetings on Mondays in Rm. HC 103, from 12:15 to 1:15.    All French proficiency levels are welcome.   If you plan to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Ann Briskey. 

The next Serious Photography SIG outing will be on Saturday, Oct. 4, to the Walnut Grove Plantation for an American Revolution reenactment, called "Festifall."  If you are interested, please contact Ray Roback.

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Furman Department of Asian Studies invites you to “Art to Poetry to Music” in the Daniel Memorial Chapel, Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7 pm.  Inspired by the music playing and poetry spoken, Chinese calligrapher Hong Zhao will create a work of art before your eyes.

 

Furman University’s High Noon lecture series has begun and runs for eight weeks, through Nov. 12.  All talks are free and take place in the Resource Room on the second floor of the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  Wednesday, October 1:  “Europe:  The Troubled Continent,” presented by Brent Nelson, Furman University Professor of Political Science. 

Furman’s Upcountry History Museum presents Relive our Revolution: A Revolutionary War Weekend from October 3-7.  Visit rev-war-weekend.com for a complete schedule of events.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Fall for Greenville is coming up and Furman is a sponsor.  We’re looking for volunteers to staff the Furman table.  The festival will be held October 10 – 12. Please consider working a minimum of a two hour shift—more is really appreciated.  All volunteers will be rewarded with a Furman dining hall ticket or Fall for Greenville tickets – please let us know which one you prefer. Interested persons, please email Chandra Dillard, Director Community Relations or call her at 294-2503.


The Greenville Chorale presents their fall concert, “A Concert of Peace and Hope,” on Saturday, October 18 at the Peace Center. OLLI is proud to support the Chorale’s conductor, Bing Vick. Discounted tickets are available in the OLLI office for only $32. These vouchers must be exchanged at Peace Center Box Office for reserved seat (anywhere in the house). You don’t want to miss this concert!

This year, the Guild of the Greenville Symphony will host a tour of the classic and stylish Chanticleer and Hidden Hills neighborhoods during its 36th Annual Tour of Homes from September 26-28.  Tour hours are 10-4 on Friday and Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.   For more information, visit their website.

 

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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