Lifelong Learning Month Certificate – Academy of Lifelong Learning, NY
Talking Book Program Aids Seniors
Summer Term, 2007 – LINEC Program, NH
Later-life Learning Around the World – the United Kingdom
Curriculum Resources IX - EIN
Guidelines for the SUPERSOARER AWARD – SOAR Program, NY

Summary of New England/East Regional LLI Conference
Conference Program – Midwest Regional LLI Conference

LLI News
LLI News for July

LLI Celebrations & Congratulations for July

Our thanks again to the SOAR program at SUNY Potsdam in New York for hosting the New England/East Regional LLI Conference last month. Attendees had an excellent time sharing ideas, exchanging information, and taking part in several different LLI Sampler Courses. “Early Instruments and Intimate Voices,” was a particular favorite of this attendee. A general session on Monday morning enabled all the attendees to learn about programs in rural areas, the big city and smaller towns, along with having the opportunity to share details and specifics about their individual programs. What made this conference truly unique was the pre-conference program that took full advantage of SUNY Potsdam’s excellent school of music and concert facilities. There is seed money available for the next New England/East regional conference in two years, and we’re hoping a program will come forward to volunteer as host. Drop EIN a note if your program is interested.

Be sure to check out the finalized Conference Program for the Midwest Regional LLI Conference being held August 19-21, 2007 at the Institute for Continued Learning, Roosevelt University, Schaumberg, Illinois. For more information be sure to visit their website at

The Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York has changed its name to the Academy for Lifelong Learning to reflect the changing atmosphere of retirement.

Just a reminder to make sure you’ve got a link on your program web site to the Elderhostel Institute Network. Our web site URL is That’s all you need.

Thanks to the efforts of Jo-Ellen Unger, director of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, the New York State Legislature has declared September – Lifelong Learning Month! So all the programs in New York state might want to think about capitalizing on this with special programs, etc. If you’d like more details on what A.L.L. is doing to celebrate, feel free to contact Jo-Ellen at Be sure to check out the Lifelong Learning Month Certificate we’ve posted on the EIN web site under MANAGING YOUR LLI.

EIN is posting this on behalf of Paula Panchuck, Dean of the ILR at Lasell College.
Lasell College, an innovator in education for over 150 years, today is a comprehensive coeducational college offering professionally oriented bachelor's and master's degree programs. Our 50-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts within eight miles of downtown Boston at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor.
ASSISTANT DEAN for Lasell Village at Lasell College
Lasell Village is an internationally acclaimed campus-affiliated retirement community managed by Lasell College in Newton, MA. A focus on living and learning is the defining characteristic of Lasell Village and one that makes it unique among retirement communities. Although it is one of a growing number of college-affiliated retirement communities in the country, it is the first to feature a required continuing education program for its residents.
Reports to Executive Director/Dean for Lasell Village and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Lasell College. A 10 month, full-time position - Aug. 15th thru June 15th
Serves as liaison between Lasell Village and Lasell College campus constituents. Plans and implement courses, lectures and intergenerational programs for Lasell Village residents on a trimester schedule. Oversees resident requirements for lifelong learning program at Lasell Village
Teaches six credits per semester at Lasell College.
PhD in gerontology or related field; experience in program planning for retirement age adults and college teaching experience required.
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, philosophy of older adult education and the names of three (3) references to: Employment - Lasell College - 1844 Commonwealth Avenue - Newton, MA 02466 - fax 617 243-2105 - posted 6/4/07

The Third Age-The “Bonus Years:” A Forum for Boomers was a special four- part program held last month at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Participants explored aspects of the third age (50+ and active”) “bonus years” and gained new perspectives and practical wisdom as they moved forward. The objective was to help them seek purpose and fulfillment within a well-balanced and flexible lifestyle. Monday explored Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years, with this writer as the introductory speaker. The second half of the program was devoted to the concept of adult development and the tasks of the second half of life. Tuesday’s program looked at Aging: What are We Afraid Of? Wednesday’s program was devoted to Caring for Others, Caring for Self, and the wrap-up on Thursday was all about Reaching Out, Reaching In. After the final session, attendees and presenters mingled at a social hour. The OLLI program is hoping to hold this type of program on a regular basis at the beginning of each semester. Not only does it help educate the community about opportunities after age 50, it is also great publicity for the program.

Be sure to check out the example posted on our web site – QUEST PR – that shows how the QUEST program in New York City, spreads the word about their programs. And if you’re going to be in the City this summer, you might want to look into taking a program with them.

Instead of the usual luncheon or dinner to kick off the new academic year, this past September, the Lyceum Program at Binghamton University in New York held a Dessert Party. A wide array of desserts were offered, and members enjoyed partaking of the tempting goodies.

The Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) in New York City has three outings in the city planned for the summer. Organized by the IRP Travel Committee, the first took place on Thursday, June 28th. Attendees, accompanied by a docent, toured the new exhibit on Jewish Resistance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. After the guided tour there was free time at the museum before everyone gathered for lunch at about 1 PM. This month’s tour will take members to view the collection at the New York Historical Society.

Members of the Learning in Retirement Program (LIRIC) at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York received a delightful surprise when they went to a music session on jazz bands. They expected a lecture, with perhaps a few musicians, but instead were greeted by the entire jazz band from New Rochelle High School. Their leader gave the class the history of the different types of jazz music in the U.S and then samples of the music were played. Each musical student then showed his instrument’s variations, and also illustrated how it worked. What a great opportunity for some intergenerational exchange.

Using the TitanCard, members of the LIR at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are entitled to the same benefits as Oshkosh students. Some of these benefits are admittance to campus events at student rates and access to the university library. It also lets them ride the Oshkosh City Transit buses at no charge. Cards cost $6 and do not need to be renewed.

More than a few LLIs offer bookmarks as a way to publicize their program to the general community. Following are two that were seen at the recent New England/East Regional LLI conference:
The ILEAD program at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire has an eye-catching bookmark. On the back is information about the program, cost, a long list of benefits and membership and contact information.
The Adult Learning program at the University of Connecticut also uses a bookmark for publicity. This one gives a brief overview of the program, discusses their connection with the local life care community where some of the classes are held, and an explanation of their seminars, special events and Winterterm sessions, along with complete contact information.

Summer in Athens - Georgia that is – is looking very busy for LIR members. They have quite a few fun activities planned. They are having brunch at the Porterhouse Grill, enjoying ice cream at a local shop, attending the local Town and Gown theater, and enjoying coffee and lunch in several different locations. There’s even a cheesecake break in the schedule.

Members of the Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina University get to be stars after 8 weeks of Starshine Performance Training. This is the ultimate course for anyone wanting to be a Star! Members learn to have confidence, be comfortable and enjoy performing before a group. After the eight weeks of training are over, participants will take part in Starshine's Broadway. The Starshine performers (all Lifelong Learners participating in the training program) are joined by the children and staff of Teach My People, an afterschool program for elementary school kids. Starting off with numbers from the "King and I" and continuing through past and present Broadway musicals, the talent of these people (ages 5 to 80!) is astonishing.

Thanks to Tom Holloway and the June issue of “Signposts for the following…
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been featured here before, but their OpenCourseWare is so good it merits yet another mention. FREE downloadable courses and course materials on an astonishing range of subjects can be found at

Bibliophiles may find that the author of their current or recently-read book has recorded a short video-clip about it. There are many hundreds, possibly thousands, of entries. 'Curiously addictive'
said the Sunday Times -

If you are traveling abroad later this year, you will find the Geographia website useful for cultural and historical backgrounds to many countries. See


The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
The Reagan Diaries, by Ronald Reagan
Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens
Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, by Michael Beschloss

That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed., Elderhostel Institute Network - 617-457-5564

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” …Sandra Carey




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