New EIN Web Postings For January
MANAGING YOUR LLI
Saratoga Reads - Once Again
New Sarasota Web Site
MSUS Long Range Plan
The Value of History
Special Interest Groups
Afternoons with the Arts
Changing Program Name
Problems, Pitfalls & Perils…

LLI News
LLI News for January

Under LLI CELEBRATIONS
LLI Celebrations for January


IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING YOUR JOBS EASIER
As we start another new year, let’s quickly review EIN’s reason for being. Quite simply, EIN exists to make your job easier. Each month, we take the most interesting tidbits from all the LLI newsletters, course catalogs and announcements that are sent to us, (we read them all) and post them on our web site for your use. You will find all this material spread out in various places – the Monthly EIN Newsletter - the LLI News column – the LLI Congratulations and Celebrations column - and in selected articles from different LLI newsletters. Everything is designed to be easily downloadable for your use and to enable you to glean fresh ideas to make your programs even better. It’s that simple. So develop the habit of reviewing our web site every month. You’ll be glad you did. Oh yes - if EIN isn’t on your mailing list, please add us so we can spotlight the happenings at your program too.

ELDERHOSTEL TAKES YOU BEHIND THE SCENES
Elderhostel takes you where no tour group can: behind the scenes, backstage and on the inside track. More than just seeing places and things, you experience them and gain a deeper understanding of the world’s fascinating cultures, ideas, and natural wonders. Anyone can visit a museum, attend a theater performance or take a public tour of a popular institution. But Elderhostel takes you behind the scenes, with privileged access to people and places that are not part of a conventional tour. Be invited into a Native American community and learn about daily life there. Discover from a theater technician how magic is made on a Broadway stage. Or listen to a lighthouse keeper talk about his way of life as you tour his home. With Elderhostel every journey is rich in a new experiences, knowledge, and adventure off the beaten track.

SNOWBIRDING PAYS OFF
Ed Aqua at the ILR at Nova Southeastern University in Florida tells EIN that they have started quite a mutually helpful relationship with their Canadian colleagues, both in Toronto and in the Montreal areas. Not only will they have snowbirds in the classroom, they will have some snowbird faculty leading their learning. In fact, one of the snowbirds has stated that he will not accept an honorarium, but will have them award the honorarium to his home ILR at McGill! SO, both programs will be be happy!

INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM CLARIFIES NEW DRUG PLANS
Ed also goes on to tell EIN that in November, Nova Southeastern University ILR members got assistance from NSU College of Pharmacy students who learned how to talk to seniors, and to help them unravel the Gordian knot of the Medicare Prescription Plan. In return, the ILR members came closer to making their personal decisions on which plan to choose.

A two part program was conducted by Prof. Tracy Hunter as a part of the “Managed Care” class that is a requirement for the students in the College of Pharmacy. On Wednesday November 16th, from 12:00 to 12:30pm, students “mixed and mingled with the ILR members at lunch to start the discussion of the complexities of Medicare Part D, the RX Drug Plan. The members brought with them on that day a copy of their meds/drugs list to share with the students. The students then returned as a class on Wednesday November 23rd at 12:30pm for a full 90 minute session. That second meeting was structured in two parts; first a workshop / lecture for all of the members at the same time, for approximately 30-40 minutes, followed directly by one-on-one time for students and members, paired for discussion and personal assistance. The members were also asked to have an estimate of their current annual drug costs available for this next step. This is the latest example of the broad benefits of intergenerational learning getting lots of attention at Nova Southeastern University.

HILTON HEAD PROGRAM OFF TO A GREAT START
Carl Gebhart at the new Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island recently told EIN that their fall session was successful beyond their most optimistic hopes. They received a grant from the Heritage Foundation which will be used for special programs where cost is involved, but they remain in the black healthily and remain peer-organized, peer-directed and peer-taught.

In January-February they are offering a lecture series of six sessions dealing with energy issues - - presentations by experts in the field from retired senior executive of ExxonMobil, a climatologist from USC speaking about global warming and climate change, and alternative energy by the director of The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. It should be a crowd pleaser.

HANDYMAN LIST
The Lifelong Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale publishes a list of member-recommended handymen in their newsletter. One of the hardest things about keeping a well-maintained home is finding good help. With this list, LLI members can talk with others who have used the workers and get good recommendations before hiring them.

SPECIAL NEWSPAPER RATES
The Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School in New York City teamed up with the New York Times to offer its members big savings on subscription rates. IRP members, along with New School students, faculty and staff, are being offered a 60% discount on New York Times subscriptions ($.35 Monday-Saturday; $1.70 Sunday). This special education rate can be set up by semester or in a combination that best reflects members’ schedule for both delivery and billing. They can have a subscription Monday-Friday, Sunday only, weekends only, or any combination.

DEAN DUNNE AFFIRMS CLOSE TIES WITH THE IRP
On Thursday, November 10th, Interim Dean Linda Dunne of The New School for General Studies hosted a breakfast for IRP members who are remembering the IRP in their wills. Dean Dunne once again confirmed the importance of the IRP in The New School's current and future planning. Space continues to be a problem, but new facilities are opening up, and the situation will improve over time.

U3A SHARED LEARNING PROJECT GOES NATIONWIDE
The British Film Institute and U3A are undertaking a joint research project. This project will culminate in a study day at the National Film Theatre in London during Adult Learners Week next May. The theme is about what opportunities there have been and are available to older women in film and the extent to which suitable parts are created for them. The objective of this research and the study day is to produce a joint document which the parties involved hope will influence film makers, encourage further research by students of film and help provide wider opportunities on such themes and for mature actresses.

AN OLLI YEAR
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of S. Maine in Portland had a wonderful year. A newsletter article, written by Susan Morrow, says that between July 2004 and June 2005 they offered 77 classes, 18 SAGE lectures, 4 day trips, a theater trip, a trip to Ireland, monthly outdoor club walks, a concert, 2 Senior Player presentations, a book signing event, a half-day-long One Book/One Community event, a puppet opera and an art show. Over 3,300 people participated in these events. Additionally, they published a literary magazine, held a 3-day New England Regional Lifelong Learning Conference and participated in the ASA Conference in Philadelphia. Wow!

A.L.L. FORMS NEW PARTNERSHIP
The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod in Massachusetts has formed a partnership with Computers For Seniors (CFS). CFS began ten years ago and has taught over 4,000 classes at Cape Cod Community College since then. Serving people over age 50 on the Cape, and a dedication to the fact that learning and enjoying new knowledge helps keep people younger and more vital by what they learn, are common goals of both organizations. Together they will be able to offer more classes and seminars.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY
Members of the Seniors Education Centre at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan celebrated International Volunteer Day last month with storytelling, entertainment and international snacks.

ASPEC EXTRAS
Members of the Academy for Senior Professionals (ASPEC) at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida have really taken to Tai Chi. They have learned and are able to execute 108 different moves. The average number of moves most people accomplish in Act 4 is 20.

ASPEC members are colleting donations to be given to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The clinic has great need for clothing in good condition and personal hygiene items.

CHRISTMAS AT MT. VERNON
Members of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale took a delightful field trip to Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington. Decorated for the holidays in the minimalist style of Martha Washington, members got to tour the home, including the rarely seen third floor. They also enjoyed lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn and browsed through the Mt. Vernon gift shops.

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
The OLLI program at California State University, Chico reminded members in their recent newsletter that there are several excellent reasons for taking a children’s literature class.
1. You can get reintroduced to some of your old friends, the books from your childhood and see them through new eyes.
2. You can discover some of the gems you missed when you were reading to your children.
3. You can find the perfect book to give as a gift to that grandchild or other young friend.
4. You can learn about the authors from someone who has known many of them personally.
5. You can read some delightful poems and stories.

U3A SURVEY NEWS
The Autumn 2005 issue of U3A News published the results of the first comprehensive national survey of U3As. It showed that of all the study and activity groups, the most popular is walking and rambling, with music appreciation a close second. Nine out of ten U3As have a walking group. There are 570 U3As in Britain with 152, 997 members and 13,500 study and activity groups, an average of 25 groups in each U3A. Almost half of all U3As have between 101 and 300 members with more than half in southern England. Getting group leaders is one of the pre-occupations of most U3As and the survey found that, though three quarters of U3A members are women, three quarters of the group leaders are men.
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NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES

Inside the Kingdom, by Carmen Bin Laden. This book relates the author’s experiences as she marries into the Bin Laden family (in 1974) and moves to Saudi Arabia. Half-Swiss, the author describes her increasingly restrictive life, the power struggles, the dubious business dealings and her ultimate flight with her children to freedom.

Lipstick Jihad, by Azedeh Moaveni. This book delves deeply into all aspects of life in today’s Iran. The author records her experiences of living in Tehran, the underground network, the politically-deadlocked system, the demonstrations, the upper crust’s drug and alcohol-satuurated parties and most of all she describes a “young woman of the diaspora searching for a homeland.”

A Poem A Day, edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery. 366 poems old and new
represented here and worth learning by heart. They are short enough to learn in a day and good enough to stand with great poetry.

Thanks to the OMNILORE program at California State University, Dominguez Hills for these recommendations which appeared in their November 2005 newsletter.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES

ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE, 1893-1933 - http://www.wpl.lib.oh.us/AntiSaloon/
"The Anti-Saloon League from 1893 to 1933 was a major force in American politics. Influencing the United States through the printed word and lobbying, they turned a moral crusade into a Constitutional amendment." This digital archive offers a background of the temperance movement, information about the leaders, and images of printed material such as cartoons, song lyrics, short stories, and encyclopedia entries. Also includes ideas for classroom activities. From the Westerville, Ohio, Public Library.

THIS SHALL BE THE LAND FOR WOMEN: THE STRUGGLE FOR WESTERN WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE, 1860-1922
http://www.autry-museum.org/explore/exhibits/suffrage/
This exhibit from the Women of the West Museum offers a chronology and introduction to the principal women involved in the women's suffrage movement in 10 Western states. Browse the exhibit through an interactive map or the list of biographies of the women. A
bibliography, timeline, and activities supplement the exhibit information.

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE)
http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Vice_President.htm
Constitutional origins of and structural changes in the office, its duties, and biographies of all vice presidents. A note in Gerald Ford's entry explains "the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution in 1967, allowing for the appointment and confirmation of a new vice president" if a vacancy should occur.

JULY 1942: UNITED WE STAND - http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/1942/
Explores the "patriotic conspiracy" of July 1942, when nearly five hundred "magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers." Includes background information on the campaign and the slogan "united we stand"; searchable and browsable images of
covers; a timeline; related information on the Treasury Department, war bonds, and war savings stamps; an annotated gallery of other objects that featured the flag; and suggested
reading. From the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

NARA: PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES - http://www.archives.gov/presidential_libraries/
The Presidential Library system is made up of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The site includes a history of the system, a description of holdings, and provides links to the sites for the libraries of George Herbert Walker Bush, Jimmy Carter, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, and for Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton materials.

IN PURSUIT OF LIFELONG LEARNING
Here are three more ways in which you can pursue lifelong learning on a daily basis.
1. Peruse introductory books to philosophy with the goal of discovering your favorite philosopher.
2. Sign up for music lessons.
3. Learn enough of a computer programming language to write a simple program.


That’s all for this month.

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, EIN Program Manager
Nancym@elderhostel.org
www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp
(617) 457-5564

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning.
The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.”
…Eugene S. Wilson





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