Pre-Conference Program - An Afternoon in the Helen Hosmer
The Crane School was founded in 1886 by Julia Crane (1855-1923) as the
Crane Institute of Music and was one of the first institutions in the
country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching
music in the public schools. Throughout Crane's history, as well as its
present and its future, the school's primary mission has been to educate
music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance. At Crane,
learning to be a teacher does not exclude or limit music performance,
but uses excellence in performance as the foundation on which teaching
is based. Crane is proud to have many of the finest music educators, scholars
and performers in the United States as members of the faculty, all working
hard to make Crane a vital, innovative and exciting place.
The Crane School of Music strives to combine a long tradition of excellence
in teaching and performing with the vitality of daily learning and music
making, to provide its students with everything they need to be successful
in their careers in music and teaching and in life. Keeping with the
vision and legacy of celebrated music professor Dr. Helen Hosmer, SUNY
Potsdam has officially become an All-Steinway School with the purchase
of 141 Steinway pianos, the largest single acquisition of new Steinway
pianos in Steinway & Sons’ 154-year history.
History of the Crane School of Music and Helen Hosmer
An Introduction to the Hosmer Organ – Laura Toland,
Organist and Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam,
Accompanist of the Potsdam Community Chorus, and graduate of the Crane
School of Music.
Onstage Insights: The Piano – Dr. Paul Wyse,
Pianist, has appeared in concert throughout North America, Central America,
Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His bio describes his performances
as “captivating in his interpretations of Debussy, Beethoven,
Bach or Ives, Paul Wyse thrills audiences with his stunning virtuosity,
artistic vision, and poetic style”
Presenter: Dr. Paul Wyse, Crane School of Music Faculty
Movement and Music: Interactive Tai Chi – Pam
March, Dance/Drama Instructor at SUNY Potsdam, and Tai Chi Instructor
for SOAR. Pam March is a certified Tai Chi instructor from the Boston
Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi. NOTE: casual comfortable
clothing and flat shoes are a must for this part of the program).
KEY NOTE ADDRESS
LEARNING LATER, LIVING GREATER: A Global Leit Motif
Join Nancy Merz Nordstrom, Director of the Elderhostel Institute Network
and author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making
the Most of Your After-50 Years, in an exploration of later-life
learning around the world. From the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Australia
and New Zealand, she will discuss the latest concepts, innovations and
recurring themes - information that will enlighten everyone who is interested
in making their After 50 years the very best possible. All aboard for
a whirlwind round-the-world tour.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS PROGRAM
"Design, Implementation and Management of an LLI"
Here's your opportunity to learn how other LLI’s are set up and
run. Join Nancy Merz Nordstrom, director of the Elderhostel Institute
Network in a roundtable discussion of the design, implementation and
management of LLIs. Swap information and come away with exciting new
Moderator: Nancy Merz Nordstrom - Director of Elderhostel Learning
Promoting and Serving Your LLI via Your Web Page"
A web page for your LLI can be a good tool, not only for communicating
information needed in the present, but for preserving your past history
and attracting your future membership. It also is a good medium for
taking the educational elements of your courses beyond the classroom.
This talk will reveal the thought and planning behind this model, examine
some of the challenges for the web master, as well as demonstrate the
technology involved in building such a web site.
Presenter: Ruth Kreuzer, SUNY Potsdam - SOAR
“A Marketing/PR Bag of Tricks to Build and Retain Membership”
Are you beginning your program and want to get the word out? Do you
want to build your membership base? Do you want to keep the members
you have? Although new to the Lifelong Learning Institute program, Ginger
Parker has experience building membership at a major museum and cultural
center and launching and watching other programs grow and flourish.
Presenter: Ginger Parker - Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning
“Beyond Bingo: Senior Centers as Lifelong Learning Classrooms”
The Erie County Lifelong Learning Program provides stimulating academic
courses and lectures held at local senior centers in Western New York.
Senior centers are seeking to stay current are looking for new ways
to attract boomers and younger seniors and this learning collaborative
effort between the Erie County Retired and Senior Volunteer , local
senior centers and SUNY at Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College.
Presenter: Patricia Dowling - Erie County Lifelong Learning
“Creating Positive Relations with [Your University/Host]
Building a long and lasting relationship with your host college or university
is important to the stability of your ILR. Nancy Hess is the liaison
between SOAR and SUNY Potsdam. She will share with the conference attendees
how to work with both entities to ensure smooth sailing for all.
Presenter: Nancy Hess - SUNY Potsdam
Round Table Sharing
“LIR in Oshkosh, Wisconsin” – Mid-Size City
[city population: ~32,000; Winnebago County population: ~ 157,000; total
Attendees will learn everything about how the Learning in Retirement
(LIR) Organization runs in Oshkosh and we want to learn about how their
LIR or LLI runs in their community. We will especially share how the
LIR program in Oshkosh runs as a program integrated between the Curriculum,
Membership, and Administrative categories as well as discuss the demographics
of our 330 members and describe our schedule of 75 (or so) events each
Presenters: Barry & Noreen Johnson, University of Wisconsin
"From Potential Courses to Actual Classes" –
[St. Lawrence County population: ~112,000; total area 2, 821sq.mi. Villages:
Potsdam - ~9,500; Canton - ~6,000; Massena – ~11,200; Governeur
- ~ 4,300]
Attendees will learn how a small LLI operates in a rural setting. We
will discuss how we make the most of our at hand resources (our networking
with area colleges, universities, senior centers, and other public places
and programs; how we take advantage of our natural environment and setting,
how we our draw and use our members and volunteers, etc.). We will also
look behind the scenes at the organization’s structure and identify
some of the key elements needed to keep our organization running and
Panel, SUNY Potsdam - SOAR
ODDS AND ENDS: COURSE SAMPLERS
“Journal Writing: Opening Lines” This workshop sampler will
focus on journal writing techniques as well as on how this type of learning
keeps our brains active and engaged. Viki Levitt is a Certified Poetry
Therapist and Certified Instructor for Journal to the Self with several
years experience teaching and writing in the Department of English and
Communication at SUNY Potsdam.
Presenter: Dr. Victoria Levitt, Assistant Professor of English,
“Intimate Voices: The Value of Keeping Music in Our
Continuing the musical theme of the pre-conference program, Clive and
Company will illustrate the musical dimension [component] of lifelong
Presenter: Clive Henery, SUNY Potsdam - SOAR.
“Origins of Paper-Making in China: Increasing One’s
Knowledge of the World” – Ina Brockriede.
Paper is something that we use everyday and often without thought. But,
did you know papermaking has been an art for centuries beginning with
Chinese Civilization. Join us on the paper train as we broaden our knowledge
on the origin of paper and printing, how the West learned of paper and
the impact that paper has and has had on world cultures and world civilizations.
Presenter: Ina Brockriede, – SUNY Potsdam - SOAR