New Web Postings For December
MANAGING YOUR LLI
Honoring Group Leaders
Nature Courses at their Best
Curriculum Resources VI
Good Laugh Course
LLI Long Range Planning Compilation

LLI News
LLI News for December

Under LLI CELEBRATIONS
LLI Celebrations for December

WELCOME NEW AFFILIATES
We are delighted to welcome the following programs to the Elderhostel Institute Network.
Note that we now have our first programs in Alaska and Wyoming.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, San Diego State University, California
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Brattleboro
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Rutland
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Springfield
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Montpelier
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, St. Johnsbury
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Newport/Derby
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, St. Albans
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Lamolle County
Learning in Fun Environments (LIFE), Laramie Country Community College, WY
Academy for Lifelong Learning, Northwest Houston Community College, TX
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, California State University Channel Islands, CA

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

The prefect gift this holiday season is learning and adventure! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give and receive something really meaningful for the holidays? The gift of Elderhostel is an experience that can change and enrich a life. Perhaps you have relatives or friends who would love to try an Elderhostel adventure, or who are already avid Elderhostel participants. Give the gift of a learning adventure with an Elderhostel gift certificate. Available in any denomination of $50 and more, the voucher may be applied toward any Elderhostel program. The attractive certificate is sent with a personalized letter from Elderhostel that you can present to the recipient yourself, or if you wish, we can send the certificate and letter directly to the beneficiary. An Elderhostel gift certificate is certain to be a much appreciated gift. Sound like the perfect gift for you? Tell your friends, children or grandchildren that it’s what you’d like to receive this holiday season. Elderhostel gift certificates can be purchased by calling 1-877-426-8056, Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

CURRICLUM RESOURCES
Every six months, ein compiles all the new scholarly books and web sites from each monthly newsletter into a single document for your convenience. This month marks the sixth time we have done this, so we now have quite an extensive collection for use by your Curriculum Committees. All six compilations can be found under the MANAGING YOUR LLI section of the ein web site. Why not print them out, put them in a binder and give the binder to the committee? The material there is sure to spark some ideas about new courses for your program.

SNOWBIRD REMINDER

Just a reminder that the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida is extending a warm welcome to any LLI members who find themselves in the area. For more information give Ed Aqua, the ILR Director, a call at 954-262-8472 or by email aqua@nova.edu.

MONEY MAGAZINE’S BEST COLLEGE TOWNS
It is no coincidence that the five towns Money Magazine has picked as the best towns to live in after retirement all have lifelong learning institutes located in them. The five towns are Ashland, Oregon – Athens, Georgia - Brunswick, Maine - Iowa City, Iowa – La Cruces, New Mexico. Congratulations to the LLIs located here. Being noticed by Money Magazine means you are doing an outstanding job.

CALL FOR PAPERS
The OLLI program at the University of S. Maine is now accepting submissions for a publication on older learners. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2006. For more information on the Call for Papers, contact jridge@us.maine.edu or visit the website at www.usm.maine.edu/olli/national.

A BANNER YEAR
The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio had a near record year in 2004/2005. More than 300 members enjoyed ILR activities and this fall their course lineup includes such programs as a Luncheon Lecture Series; Roaming Through Ancient Greece; Wine-Tasting; International Environmental Policy; A Walk in the Woods; Citizens Police Academy; Inside the Manhattan Project; Themes and Patterns in Shakespeare; Memorable Military Moments; Intrepid Ladies: Mystery and Mayhem in Exotic Cities; International Sundown Cinema and much more.

IRP TO TAKE CHARTER ELDERHOSTEL
Explore the Riches of Richmond is the title of a special Elderhostel charter program being developed for the Institute for Retired Professionals in New York City. The program will take place during Spring Break -- Sunday, March 19th to Friday, March 24th. Richmond, Virginia, is where members will discover five centuries of homes, history and culture. They will also learn about art, architecture, great historical events and enterprising residents. From colonial aristocracy to an imported Tudor estate, Victorian elegance on Monument Avenue to revolutionary acts of rebellion, Richmond is a unique city of mansions, monuments and masterpieces. The trip is limited to 35 people.

SAIL CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Seniors Active in Retirement (SAIL) at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. They were recently written up in the Plano Courier, the local newspaper, with an article entitled “These Seniors Don’t Slump.” The article gave readers an in-depth look at the SAIL program.

ICL SIGNS NEW LETTER OF AGREEMENT
The Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia has signed a new Letter of Agreement with their host. Their last one was signed in 2000. There were only a few minor changes and new signatures, of course. The College has a faculty representative on the Executive Board of ICL and the relationship between the College and ICL is excellent.

HURRICANE PREPARATION
The Academy for Senior Professionals (ASPEC) in St. Petersburg, Florida has given each of its members a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to keep handy in case of impending storms.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The Lifelong Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale has begun a new outreach program. Members are asked to bring one or more items of non-perishable food to their monthly forums, then each month LLI members will deliver the food to a different organization. In September 64 pounds of food was collected for the United Community Ministries. What a great beginning!

NEWS FROM OMNILORE
Omnilore at California State University Dominguez has developed an Interest Survey. This simple survey is being used to uncover specific interests, skills and abilities of their membership. They have also created a new volunteer position, Membership Care Secretary. Part of the Membership Committee, the Membership Care Secretary is responsible for sending cards to members who are ill or who have a major event in their lives such as a new marriage or even an impressive wedding anniversary. They have also redesigned their Omnilore Participation Form. Each year members are asked to complete the form indicating the ways they are willing to participate in the running of Omnilore. To ensure that everyone gets a copy, the form is personally handed out to members during class.

LLIs AND LONG RANGE PLANNING
The OLLI program at Yavapai College in Arizona is undertaking a long range planning initiative. To kick off the work they held a Roundtable Forum where the committee was able to discuss ideas from the members to help guide them in their planning.

The PLATO program at the University of Wisconsin Madison held a day-long Strategic Planning & Managing Growth Workshop in October. To prepare for that workshop they distributed a questionnaire to their membership and used the feedback to help in their planning session.

The Explorers LLI at Salem State College in MA is wondering how other LLIs have turned
their long-range plans into action. Explorers completed their planning last year and would love to hear what you do to keep dust from accumulating on it. Email Don Tritschler at tritsch@empire.net if you have any tips for them.

The Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School in New York City is looking ahead. The Council of Community Services of New York State (CCSNYS) has been engaged to assist in the development of a five-year Advancement Plan whose purpose is "to strengthen IRP's mission-based program in light of current and emerging opportunities and challenges." Doug Sauer, Executive Director of CCSNYS, working with an IRP Steering Committee comprised of the Director, four Board members, and four non-Board members, is directing the process. The Advancement Plan process will include a review of existing IRP materials and data, focus groups with members, interviews with key university officials, and a survey of the membership. This survey will solicit member opinions on the IRP's strengths and weaknesses, and what they would like to see the IRP become over the next five years. The timetable is to present the Advancement Plan to the Board in March 2006, and to the membership at a general meeting in April 2006.

The Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale held their annual all-day planning retreat this past summer. They reviewed the current state of LLI in relation to the Strategic Plan, assessed their future well being and considered way to ensure the membership’s continued interest in their programs. Major attention was given to recommendations of the Task Force regarding a potential number limit in membership. Based on the responses to a survey that was distributed to all members, it was agreed that “capping” the membership is not necessarily the consensus at this time. It was agreed that a periodic reevaluation of their progress and activities was necessary. The Board continues to be challenged to find ways in which to encourage more members to become involved in the ongoing operation of the program.

ein has compiled all the material about long range planning from our web site into one concise document. You can find it under MANAGING YOUR LLI, and it’s easy to download for your convenience.

QUEST OFFERS FLU SHOTS
Members of QUEST in New York City were offered the chance to quickly and easily get flu shots. The LLI arranged with the New York City Department of Health to come on site and administer the shots at no charge to their members.

QUEST TO RELOCATE
Still on the subject of Quest…Quest: A Community for Lifelong Learning at the City College of NY/Center for Worker Education is moving. When they returned for the fall semester this year they received the news that they would be moving to new quarters in the Wall Street area by fall of 2006. The old space is being turned into condos. QUEST has been assured that the new facility will be larger than their present one and will include more lounge and study space as well as state-of-the-art equipment. They look forward to continuing their long and enjoyable relations with their hosts in their new location.

LONG TIME DIRECTOR TO LEAVE
Rich Diemer, the executive director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis since 1996 will be retiring at the beginning of the new year. A reception was held last month in his honor. Under Rich’s leadership the LLI has grown to approximately 550 members and offers more than 30 courses per session. An endowed account in his honor has been set up to ensure LLIs continued success and growth.

MEETING OF THE MINDS
Last month, the 5th annual statewide Senior College conference for members, leaders and faculty from throughout Maine was held at the Jordon Grand Resort Hotel at Sunday River in Bethel. The conference had two aims: One, to bring together the regular members of all the Senior Colleges in the state to participate in enriching “senior scholar” classes (held during the conference), and two, to provide a chance for leaders or prospective leaders of Maine’s senor colleges to meet and exchange information during leadership workshops.

NEW BOOKS for LLI COURSES on SCIENCE and RELIGION

Nature, Human Nature and God, by Ian G. Barbour
Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective, by Philip Clayton & Jeffrey Schloss
God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning, by Ronald Cole-Turner & Brent Waters
The Ethics of Nature, by Celia Deane-Drummond
Science & Religion in Search of Cosmic Purpose, by John Haught

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES

THE OFFICIAL SITE OF AMELIA EARHARThttp://www.ameliaearhart.com/
Biography, photographs, achievements, quotes, and other information about this famous aviator, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The site includes news of events in her honor, facts about other records she set, and what is known about her disappearance during her 1937 attempt to fly around the world.

INSIDE SAUDI ARABIA - http://www.sptimes.com/2002/webspecials02/saudiarabia/
A series of stories from a 2002 special report from the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times on culture in Saudi Arabia. Covers topics such as travel, religion, and jobs. Features articles on
anti-Western extremism, foreign workers, and gender segregation at the Kingdom Center shopping mall. Includes a photo gallery.

A VISUAL SOURCEBOOK OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION
http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/
"The goal of this 'visual sourcebook' is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society." Features a timeline with links to
information and images, and essays on topics such as ancient tombs, Buddhism, clothing, and gardens. Includes maps, discussion questions, and bibliographies. From the University of Washington.

THE WORLD WAR I DOCUMENT ARCHIVE
http://www.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/
Primary documents of WWI, most in English, assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). Includes conventions, treaties, official papers, documents by year, personal reminiscences, and a biographical dictionary. From the library at Brigham Young University (BYU).

IN PURSUIT OF LIFELONG LEARNING
Here are three more ways in which you can pursue lifelong learning on a daily basis.
1. Read the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
2. Volunteer eight hours of your time to a nonprofit organization.
3. Spend a day “media free.” No radio, TV, books or magazines – entertain nothing but your own thoughts..


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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