Happy New Year!
NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR JANUARY
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
Curriculum Resources, Part VIII
Introducing SOS-Save Our Stories
Spring Courses – Senior Professionals,
Friday Study Groups – IRP, New
ILR at a Retirement Village – Cedar
Crest ILR, NJ
How to Celebrate a 10th Anniversary
– LLI, VA
Brain Gains Through the Years – ALL,
Under UPCOMING CONFERENCES
New Information on the Midwest LLI Regional
LLI News for January
LLI Celebrations for January
SAVE THE DATE/NEW INFORMATION
The Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) on the Robin Campus of Roosevelt
University in Schaumburg, Illinois will be hosting the next Midwest
Regional LLI conference from August 19-21, 2007. The
theme of this conference is “Learning-Leadership-Innovation.”
The conference will serve as a forum for LLI administrators, leaders
and interested members to meet and share ideas, enthusiasm and friendship.
See the EIN web site for updated information including the Announcement
and Invitation Brochures, and the Proposal Instructions and Submission
Form, which must be submitted to ICL by March 15, 2007.
(New Deadline!) The ICL web site at www.roosevelt.edu/icl
will soon have a section on the conference. You can also email the ICL
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
details. Be sure to mark your calendars for this important conference
which is open to all LLIs everywhere. This newsletter will have updates
on a regular basis in the coming months.
UPDATE NE/EAST LLI CONFERENCE
SUNY Potsdam is pleased to host the Northeastern Lifelong Learning Conference
at SUNY Potsdam June 3-5, 2007. the new conference
title is “Soaring: Dreams to Adventures.” Conference materials
will be available shortly on the web at www.potsdam.edu/soar
“Dreams to Adventures” will kick off the conference with
a reception, conference welcome dinner and entertainment on the afternoon
and evening of June 3. Classes will begin on Monday morning and conclude
on Tuesday afternoon with the availability of pre- and post conference
events for those who enjoy coming early and leaving later. The conference
will be held in the Barrington Student Union on the SUNY Potsdam Campus
and Campus housing is available for those who enjoy the Campus atmosphere
as well as accommodations at several areas hotels and beds and breakfasts.
Be sure to visit www.potsdam.edu/soar
for more details. Please call Nancy Hess at 315-267-2168 for more information
or email her at email@example.com.
AARP BULLETIN ARTICLE
The December issue of the AARP Bulletin carried the article,
“School Bonding,” which talks about lifelong learning for
older adults. The box at the top of the article gave contact information
for EIN. Thanks to that article we were swamped with callers, many of
whom were directed to programs in their area. So your programs may be
hearing from potential members seeking more information.
INTRODUCING ‘SAVE OUR STORIES®’
For 20 of their 32 years of marriage and life partnership, journalists
Lew Little, 73, and Mary Ellen Corbett, 65, have been fine-tuning a
writing project they now call Save Our Stories (SOS). They want to see
as much national emphasis placed on the gathering and preservation of
life stories as there is on rehabilitation of historic structures. They
believe the time is right for the 2007 introduction of their Save Our
Stories News Service, an ink-on-paper and online supplemental service
that can be successful only with the blessing and participation of America’s
elders -- the folks the couple identifies as “our nation’s
endangered historians.” The secret to success, Corbett and Little
say, lies in the amazing synergy that grows out of interaction linking
seniors with students and teachers. Their news service hopes to initially
recruit scores of volunteer stringers (part-time correspondents) from
all 50 states and, eventually, from throughout the world.
The couple’s concept is a product of their extensive backgrounds.
Little was instrumental in the 1972 introduction of The Christian Science
Monitor News Service (CSMNS), and he was CSMNS national sales manager
from 2002-04. He began his career in 1952 as a sportswriter and then
as a California newspaper editor who entered the syndication field 10
years later. His best-known “discovery” for major syndicates
is the world’s most widely-distributed comic strip, Cartoonist
Jim Davis’s Garfield, launched in 1978. Corbett had her first
piece published at the ripe old age of 9. She has experience in weekly
and daily newspapers, magazines, and teaching college level journalism.
She and her husband published an award-winning Arizona weekly for five
years in the 1990s. They began their SOS project in 1986.
Be sure to read their introductory story about SOS on the EIN web site
under the MANAGING YOUR LLI section, and check out their new, under-construction
website, www.saveourstories.com. This project would make an excellent
course for all types of LLI writing courses, especially those that deal
with life stories, memoirs, etc., so be sure to visit their web site
soon to learn how your program can participate.
A NEW SOURCE OF ENDOWMENT FUNDS FOR LLIS
Thanks to Lifelong Learning at Coastal Carolina University for supplying
the following information. For those who are 70 1/2 or older a new provision
of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows individuals to transfer
funds as a rollover from their IRA (up to $100,000/year) to a public
charity without paying tax on it. The transfer has to be completed before
December 31, 2007. This is especially beneficial to those who don't
itemize their tax deductions. It can also be of benefit for those wishing
to make gifts larger than 50% of their adjusted gross income. What a
great way to obtain endowment funds for your LLI.
ALR ESTABLISHES ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
The Executive Council of the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire
State College in New York decided to undertake an annual fund drive,
as many organizations do, to support the Academy. The drive will commence
each fall and options will be provided to contribute to the Endowment
Fund, the Scholarship Fund or the General Fund. The Endowment Fund is
to expand the capacity and financial stability of ALR. The Scholarship
Fund is to provide for tuition support for members with a financial
need. The General Fund supports the annual operating budget of ALR.
A NEW SOURCE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
Around the Jewish Table, one of the spring 2006 seminars of Five College
Learning in Retirement in Massachusetts, has produced a 30-page collection
of recipes. The seminar of ten women (six Jewish, four not) gathered
around the dining table of leader Serene Rubin of Amherst, MA, for ten
two-hour sessions. At each session, one member brought dishes to share
with the other members, along with recipes, research, and reminiscences.
Although most recipes came from the Eastern European (Ashkenazi) tradition,
the Mediterranean (Sephardic) tradition was also represented by presentations
of Spanish and Italian Jewish cuisine. At the end of the seminar, Serene
and several members brought all the recipes together and arranged for
them to be printed. Now in a second printing, the proceeds from the
sale of the cookbook are being given to the Five College Learning in
Retirement Membership Assistance Fund.
ICL INCREASES COURSE FEES
The Executive Board of the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young
Harris College in Georgia raised course fees for the first time in the
15-year history of the ICL. The extra funds will provide improved flexibility
for the Curriculum Committee to continue offering a wide variety of
classes. The eight-week course fee will be increased from $15 to $20
with a proportionate increase in fees for shorter courses.
GOLDEN EAGLES FITNESS PROGRAM
Members of the Center for Learning in Retirement at Rock Valley College
in Rockford, Illinois are taking part in a three-month fitness program
beginning this month. Designed specifically for CLIR members, the Golden
Eagles Fitness Program is a joint collaboration between the Center for
Learning in Retirement and the Division of Fitness, Wellness and Sport
at Rock Valley College. The program provides CLR members the opportunity
to exercise independently on a regular basis, under the supervision
of expert staff from the fitness and sport medicine fields. Sessions
are 90 minutes in duration between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.,
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Participants will have full use
of all the equipment and facilities in the Physical Education Center
at Rock Valley College.
The Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School in New York
City joined with The New School to collect gently used coats through
Friday, Dec. 15 at donation boxes in various building lobbies. Coats
will be distributed to New Yorkers in need by New York Cares. The drive
is sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement
in the Office of Student Development and Activities.
WHAT A BOOK CAN DO
The Spring Colloquia at ENCORE: Center for Lifelong Enrichment in Raleigh,
North Carolina will focus on the profound impact of the book Blood
Done Sign My Name, by Tim Tyson. In this presentation/discussion
Dr. Rupert Nacoste will give evidence of the book’s impact on
students in his course “Interpersonal Relationships and Race.”
To begin to develop an understanding of how this book touches readers,
participants will explore the psychological structure of the memoir,
its storytelling aspects and its use of and clarification of history.
GIVING BACK THROUGH TEACHING
Members of the Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina in South
Carolina, who were teaching professionals have three opportunities to
give back within their community. Three Early First Reading Coach Positions
are being offered through the Georgetown County United Way. They are:
(1) Early Literacy Coach for Early Reading First Program
- Guide teachers' professional development, early literacy instructional
practices & support student assessment. Minimum Bachelor's degree
in early childhood-Master's preferred; Ability to model scientifically
based early literacy best practices and coach and mentor instructional
staff; Experience in train-the-trainer approach to professional development
strongly preferred.(2)Early Intervention Specialist for Early
Reading First Program -Work to diagnose special needs students
within the ERF Program, develop individual education plans for students
and provide mentoring, modeling and coaching for our instructional staff
on how to work with special needs populations. Need Master's degree
in early childhood with at least 5 years experience working with special
(3) Bilingual Early Childhood Paraprofessional for Early Reading
First Program -Assist Billingual Early Childhood Teacher. Associates
Degree professional with at least 5 years experience working with early
childhood programs. What a great opportunity for qualified LLI members
to give back and really contribute to their community.
LITERACY FOR GLOBALISTS PROJECT
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University in Washington,
DC has made available an eight-week study group, complete with a web
site and study guide. The Literacy for GlobalistsTM (LFG) Project is
a citizen self-education program in a multi-media, E-Learning format,
created to promote understanding of global issues within the U.S. population.
LFG seeks to empower Globalists to engage, broaden, and enrich a national
discussion of U.S. foreign policy, supplementing the input of national
media and policy makers by including the voices of families, neighbors,
colleagues, spiritual communities, and other civic groups. For more
information visit http://nw08.american.edu/~jfran/.
My thanks to Kali Lightfoot, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning
Network for this information.
THE PERFECT PRESENT!
The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod offered members a special
stocking stuffer last month. For $15, members were able to buy a “beefcake”
calendar with photos of daring male, A.L.L. members. The calendars were
a hilarious presentation designed to make members smile (or laugh out
loud). Proceeds from the calendar went to fund the A.L. L. Founders’
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the Lifelong Learning Book Club at Coastal Carolina University
in South Carolina for this suggestion.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. This book is a
brilliantly written family drama that explores every mother's silent
fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without
you? On a stormy night in 1964, DR David Henry is forced by a blizzard
to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy.
When his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome.
To protect his wife Norah, he makes a split second decision that will
alter all of their lives forever. He asks his Nurse to take the baby
away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline,
the nurse, cannot leave the Infant. Instead, she disappears into another
city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story
that unfolds over quarter of a century in which these families, ignorant
of each other, are yet bound by David Henry's fateful decision that
log-ago winter night.
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
GEORGE ORWELL MATERIALS AT BROWN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY –
This site presents information about "one of the largest and most
important gatherings of ... material in private hands" relating
to author George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair). The site features commentary
about and images from texts by Orwell, including "Down and Out
in Paris and London," "Animal Farm," and "Nineteen
Eighty-Four." From Special Collections at Brown University Library.
GEORGE ORWELL'S FIRST CENTURY 1903-2003 -
This site is a companion to a 2003 exhibit commemorating the centennial
of author George Orwell's birth. The site includes brief biographical
information and annotated images of works by and related to Orwell (such
as "Homage to Catalonia," "Animal Farm," and "Nineteen
Eight-Four"). From the Hoover Institution Library and Archives
at Stanford University.
BIOTECH ADVENTURE - http://biotech-adventure.okstate.edu
This site is designed to present the factual information regarding biotechnology
in a way that will entertain both students and adults. The site features
video clips on topics such as
cloning and forensics, and introductory information about cells, cell
reproduction, genetics, DNA replication, proteins, and related topics.
Includes illustrations. From Oklahoma State
BOOKPAGE - http://www.bookpage.com/
This online version of the monthly publication features brief reviews
of new general interest nonfiction, fiction, science fiction, mysteries,
romance, children's books, and audio books.
Also includes author interviews, book club recommendations, and special
interest lists (such as Black History Month and holidays). Aimed at
librarians, booksellers, and consumers, it is archived and searchable
back to January 1996.
CRAFTING FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICANS, 1800-1870 -
This site's goal is to serve as a guide on how to research lesser-known
black Americans, the slave and free, to get a broader understanding
of African American living and working
environment between 1800 and 1870. Includes materials and links to sources
on topics such as historical analysis, bibliography, photographs, and
primary sources (such as vital records and insurance maps). Includes
sample presentations. Part of the Thomas Day Education Project.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
“It is not enough to have a good mind.
The main thing is to use it well.”