OLLI NOTES         September 26, 2014

 

OLLI’s Antique Fest will be on Friday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Herring Center.  The day will include appraisals of antiques & collectibles, expert presentations, demonstrations, music, food trucks and more!  Make a day of it!  If you’d like to volunteer for OLLI’s Antique Fest:

·         20 volunteers are needed for each shift. Shift 1: 10am-12 noon / Shift 2: 12 noon – 2pm.  If you can help, email Sharon Sickler, Social Committee Chair or call her at 864.963.2818.  

·         There will be a brief meeting for all Antique Fest Volunteers on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:30pm in the Vick Conference Room.

 

Allergies!  Please be considerate of others’ allergy types throughout the building and in classrooms.  Many are sensitive to scents so please be mindful of those around you when you are putting on cologne, perfume and lotions in the morning.

Coffee, anyone?  OLLI members enjoy their coffee!  And tea! And hot chocolate! Please help us go green by bringing your own travel mug or cup, or purchase an OLLI travel mug in the office for just $12.  And, remember the paper cups are recyclable. (Just dump out any leftover liquid first, please!)  If you would like to be part of the Coffee Brigade (OLLI members who volunteer to help keep the coffee area clean and stocked), just check with Heidi Wright in the OLLI Office, and she will give you a quick orientation.  Thanks!

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There’s room for YOU and a friend in the Bonus Event Carolinas Aviation Museum on Friday, October 10.  The $50 cost includes bus transportation, tour of the museum, and lunch.  At the museum, you’ll see the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane, and many other aircraft—commercial, military, civil, and helicopters.  (Visit the museum website to learn more about the exhibits.)  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

Lunch and Learn every Tuesday in HC110.  This week:  “Wine Tasting—Bring Your Own Cheese and Crackers!” presented by Richard deBondt of Northampton Wines.  If you plan to attend, please stop by the office and sign up. Reservations are not required but a head count will help us make sure we have enough wine.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Bonus Lunch and Learn - Wednesday, October 8, 12:30-1:20, HC110: On Tuesday, September 23, a Chinese court sentenced Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment for “separatism.” The international community has condemned this harsh silencing of a moderate and peaceful voice against the ongoing repression of Muslims in China’s far west. Why is violence in Xinjiang on the rise? Will the Chinese government’s heavy handed policies in Xinjiang ease ethnic tensions, or radicalize the Uighurs? Join Furman Political Science professor Kate Kaup for a discussion of this explosive situation.

New!  OLLI will present encore performances of Royal Shakespeare Company productions. The plays are recorded as they are performed on stage at the RSC theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon using Blu-ray technology and presented in HD at Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center. The first play is "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and will be shown at 4pm on Friday, October 17.  Tickets are $16 for OLLI members and will be on sale starting October 2.  **RSC coordinator Dennis Tavernetti will conduct a Bonus Lunch and Learn on Thursday, October 2, 12:30-1:20 pm in HC113 to discuss the play, one of Shakespeare's earliest works. Bring your lunch and invite your friends.  

 

Join OLLI friends in a friendly fun-filled afternoon of Golf at the Furman Golf Course on Thursday October 23. The match will be a 9 hole mixed (men and women) scramble format (everyone hits a tee shot, then you decide which shot was the best and everyone hits from the best spot, you play that way until you complete the hole, count one score per hole).  If you would like to play, sign up in the OLLI office by October 11.  The group will tee off starting at 2:30 pm. Your $18 fee includes a cart. We must have at least 20 people to reserve tee times. This is a fun way to meet other OLLI members and you don't even have to be good golfer.

 

Interested in volunteering to help elementary school children?  Save the date for a special lunch and learn on Thursday, October 16, 12:30-1:20, where you will learn about two programs in local elementary schools from OLLI members involved in making a difference in these schools.  Stay tuned for details!

 

Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)

The OLLI Consort SIG invites those who play the recorder to come enjoy ensemble playing.  They will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:45pm in HC111.  For more information contact Sharon Howell or Judy Brooks.

The Spanish SIG will continue to meet on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. in HC003. Contact Merikay Pirrone or Dorothy Beling if you have any questions. All levels of Spanish skill are welcome.

 

The Pickleball SIG is for those who already play or are interested in learning this newish game which is a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong.   It’s a hit with seniors all over the country.  They will meet Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year, 8:30-10:30 at the lower Tennis Courts (near building J in North Village).  Please contact Janet Aguilar or Chanel Bouvier for more information or to say you are coming.

Last call for SIG Out and About Singles interested in attending New Play Festival at Centre Stage. If interested contact Susan Cooper. The group will see Meet the Parents on Monday, September 29 and The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing on Wednesday, October 1st, meeting at 6:30pm for each performance. Free admission. The group will also attend Oktoberfest in Downtown Greenville on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m.at Noma Square.  German food, beer and entertainment. Contact Carolyn Rice to reserve a spot.

G will begin meeting on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in HC105. 

Êtes-vous Francophone ?  Vous êtes invité à un SIG où on parlera français.  On peut pratiquer la belle langue, et on peut faire la connaissance d’autres qui parle français.  The French Conversation SIG will hold its meetings on Mondays in Rm. HC 103, from 12:15 to 1:15.    All French proficiency levels are welcome.   If you plan to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Ann Briskey. 

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he next Serious Photography SIG outing will be on Saturday, Oct. 4, to the Walnut Grove Plantation for an American Revolution reenactment, called "Festifall."  If you are interested, please contact Ray Roback.

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at’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Furman Department of Asian Studies invites you to “Art to Poetry to Music” in the Daniel Memorial Chapel, Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7 pm.  Inspired by the music playing and poetry spoken, Chinese calligrapher Hong Zhao will create a work of art before your eyes.

 

Furman University’s High Noon lecture series has begun and runs for eight weeks, through Nov. 12.  All talks are free and take place in the Resource Room on the second floor of the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  Wednesday, October 1:  “Europe:  The Troubled Continent,” presented by Brent Nelson, Furman University Professor of Political Science. 

Furman’s Upcountry History Museum presents Relive our Revolution: A Revolutionary War Weekend from October 3-7.  Visit rev-war-weekend.com for a complete schedule of events.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Fall for Greenville is coming up and Furman is a sponsor.  We’re looking for volunteers to staff the Furman table.  The festival will be held October 10 – 12. Please consider working a minimum of a two hour shift—more is really appreciated.  All volunteers will be rewarded with a Furman dining hall ticket or Fall for Greenville tickets – please let us know which one you prefer. Interested persons, please email Chandra Dillard, Director Community Relations or call her at 294-2503.

The Greenville Chorale presents their fall concert, “A Concert of Peace and Hope,” on Saturday, October 18 at the Peace Center. OLLI is proud to support the Chorale’s conductor, Bing Vick. Discounted tickets are available in the OLLI office for only $32. These vouchers must be exchanged at Peace Center Box Office for reserved seat (anywhere in the house). You don’t want to miss this concert!

This year, the Guild of the Greenville Symphony will host a tour of the classic and stylish Chanticleer and Hidden Hills neighborhoods during its 36th Annual Tour of Homes from September 26-28.  Tour hours are 10-4 on Friday and Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday.   For more information, visit their website.


OLLI NOTES         September 19, 2014

 

What a great first week.  We are so glad to see everyone—all 1,277 of you!   Because there are so many members, please remember to wear your nametag.  It makes meeting and greeting friends so much easier.  We make nametags for all new members.  If you are a returning member, please wear the nametag you already have.  If you need a new one, just let us know.  **There are a LOT of nametags in the boxes.  Please check the box to see if yours is in there.  If it’s a duplicate, just bring it to the office so we can recycle it.  Thanks!

 

OLLI members may eat in the Furman Dining Hall for just $5 with your OLLI nametag.  The Dining Hall was renovated over the summer and has new menu offerings.  They also have gone “trayless.”  This is part of Furman’s sustainability program and also keeps costs down.  So, you may need to serve your plate, put it at your table, and go back for a drink.  If you choose to purchase your lunch in the Faculty Dining Room, please go into the main dining room to eat.  But, the $5 price in the main dining room really is your best deal. 

 

Next Friday, September 26 is the last day to drop classes and receive a refund. If you drop a class and switch to another, there is no fee.  If you simply drop a class, there is a $10 processing fee.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The following classes will not meet this week:

·         RPH900 Survey of Jewish History – no class Thursday, September 25

·         RPH903 Hebrew Prophets – no class Thursday, September 25

 

Delayed class start date:  HFE525 Beginning Golf begins on Tuesday, September 30.

 

Room Change:  HIS672 Clinton’s Ditch has moved to HC111 (just across the hall from the old room).

 

There are openings in the following bonus events on Fri., September 26.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

·         BTE1102 The Wines of Paso Robles, California, 12 p.m.

·         BTE1115 Erwin-Penland, Inc. Advertising, 3 p.m.

 

BTE1110 Gullah Roots has been rescheduled for Friday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon, HC110.

 

There’s room for YOU and a friend in the Bonus Event Carolinas Aviation Museum on Friday, October 10.  The $50 cost includes bus transportation, tour of the museum, and lunch.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

If you plan to attend the September 30 Lunch & Learn session on Wine Tasting, please stop by the office and sign up. Reservations are not required but a head count will help us make sure we have enough wine.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Let’s celebrate the start of a new school year with Breakfast in the Furman Dining Hall!  Join your OLLI friends for breakfast, 8-10 a.m., on Wednesday, September 24.  Cost is just $5 for all-you-can-eat with your OLLI nametag.  Choices include made-to-order omelets, fruit, breads, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice, and much more.  Fix your plate and then enjoy your meal in the Faculty Dining Room, reserved that morning just for OLLI.  Thanks to Linda and Tom Nowlin for hosting!

 

Learn how to evaluate your own photos and those of others. An ability to honestly critique photographs is essential to improving your photographic skills.  This Photo Evaluation Workshop, led by OLLI photographers, will highlight some of the commonly accepted ways of assessing and articulating key elements of photographic images – technical, elements of design, compositional and emotional.  No photographic skills are needed to join this discussion. Join us Friday, September 26, 9 a.m. in HC111.

 

SIG Out and About Singles will attend some of the New Play Festival at Centre Stage at the end of September. If interested contact Susan Cooper at: scooper7284@charter.net.  They will also be attending the Oktoberfest in Downtown Greenville on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m.at Noma Square. Contact Carolyn Rice at: ccr2go@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

OLLI’s Antique Fest will be on Friday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Herring Center.  The day will include appraisals of antiques & collectibles, expert presentations, demonstrations, music, food trucks and more!  Make a day of it!  If you’d like to volunteer for OLLI’s Antique Fest:

·         20 volunteers are needed for each shift. Shift 1: 10am-12 noon / Shift 2: 12 noon – 2pm.  If you can help, please contact Sharon Sickler, Social Committee Chair, at puppymax@live.com or 864.963.2818.  

 

Join other OLLI members in a friendly fun-filled afternoon of Golf at the Furman Golf Course on Thursday October 23. The match will be a 9 hole mixed (men and women) scramble format (everyone hits a tee shot, then you decide which shot was the best and everyone hits from the best spot, you play that way until you complete the hole, count one score per hole).  If you are interested in playing, please contact the OLLI office 864-294-2998 by October 11.  The group will tee off starting at 2:30 pm. Your $18 fee includes a cart. We must have at least 20 people to reserve tee times. This is a fun way to meet other OLLI members and you don't even have to be good golfer to participate.

 

The OLLI Consort SIG invites those who play the recorder to come enjoy ensemble playing.  They will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:45pm in HC111.  For more information contact Sharon Howell at JasminRC@icloud.com or Judy Brooks at hykrz@bellsouth.net.


What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Riley Institute presents its annual National Conference, “China’s Environmental Crisis:  Is There a Way Out?” September 22-23 at the Younts Conference Center.  There are several events during the two-day conference, and all are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the Riley Institute Website.

 

Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band will be performing this Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. The performance will be held on campus in the Daniel Recital Hall. Free!

 

Furman University’s High Noon lecture series begins Wednesday, Sept. 24 and runs for eight weeks, through Nov. 12.  All talks are free and take place in the Resource Room on the second floor of the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  Wednesday, September 24:  “If the Financial Markets Could Speak, What Would They Be Saying?,” presented by Tom Smythe, Professor of Business, Furman University. 

 

The Furman Department of Asian Studies invites you to “Art to Poetry to Music” in the Daniel Memorial Chapel, Monday, September 29 at 7 pm.  Inspired by the music playing and poetry spoken, Chinese calligrapher Hong Zhao will create a work of art before your eyes.  Free.

 

Furman’s Upcountry History Museum presents Relive our Revolution: A Revolutionary War Weekend from October 3-7.  Visit rev-war-weekend.com for a complete schedule of events.

 

Do you have any experience with or memories of the Red Scare, Civil Rights Movement, Student Movement, Women's Movement, Anti-War Movement, Environmental Movement, Gay Rights Movement, Native American Movement, Anti-Poverty Campaign, or the Farm Workers' Movement?  If so, Furman Professor Sean O'Rourke is interested in hearing from you!   He teaches a course in "Rhetoric in the Age of Protest, 1948-73" and would love to hear from people who have any activist experience in (with or against) the powerful social movements of the period 1948-1973.  Email him at sean.orourke@furman.edu or call 864.908.9946.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Check out the Fall Craft Bazaar at John Knox Presbyterian Church with numerous exhibitors, including OLLI’s own Phyllis Gropp, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. A portion of each vendor’s proceeds will benefit the mission programs of John Knox & the John Knox Kindergarten.

 

Fall for Greenville is coming up and Furman is a sponsor.  We’re looking for volunteers to staff the Furman table.  The festival will be held October 10 – 12. Please consider working a minimum of a two hour shift—more is really appreciated.  All volunteers will be rewarded with a Furman dining hall ticket or Fall for Greenville tickets – please let us know which one you prefer. Interested persons, please contact Chandra Dillard, Director Community Relations atChandra.dillard@furman.edu or 294-2503.

 

 

The OLLI
Staff

Nancy Kennedy, Director (8:30-5)
Susan Rae, Assistant Director, Curriculum Support (8-4)
Pam Roberson, Instructor Support (8:00 - 4:30)
Heidi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager (8:30-1:30)

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Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver

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