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September 15, 2017

The first week of class started with a bang thanks to Hurricane Irma.  Thank you for your patience; if you had a class cancelled, your instructor will let you know about any make-ups.

 

Have you seen OLLILife?  If not, check out our new quarterly magazine here.  Thanks to editor, Sue Renault, and her team of contributors for putting together a terrific first issue!

 

Nametags:  We make nametags for all brand-new members.  If you are a returning member, we only make a nametag if you let us know you lost the old one.  Please use your nametag from term to term so that we don’t have to make so many.  ***There are a LOT of nametags that have not been picked up.  Whether you are a new or returning member, please check the nametag boxes to see if yours is in there.  If it’s a duplicate, turn it in to the office so that we can recycle it.***

 

The 2017-18 OLLI parking sticker is WHITE.  If you have not received one, please pick one up in the office this week.  Parking is open in front of the Herring Center.  Remember than in other parts of campus, you must park in the orange-coded areas (visitor parking).  Come by the office if you have any questions.

 

There will be a large event at the Younts Conference Center on the morning of Wednesday, September 20, so the parking lot at the Herring Center may be fuller than usual. You may want to allow a little extra time if you are coming to class that morning.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The following courses will not meet next week.  The instructors will let you know about any make-up classes.

ACM188 Beethoven will not meet Tuesday, September 19

RPH903 The Hebrew Prophets will not meet Thursday, September 21

RPH900 Survey of Jewish History will not meet Thursday, September 21

CEO434 American Identities will not meet Thursday, September 21.

 

There is room for YOU in the following Friday Bonus Events.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

BTE1171 Dementia Conversations, September 22, 10 a.m.

BTE1198 Hush Now, Baby, September 22, 10 a.m.

BTE1142 Generations Group Homes, September 22, Noon

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Have an idea for a new course but need to do a little research? OLLI members can receive grants of up to $2000 to reimburse costs associated with developing a new course or modifying an existing one. To help encourage additional grant requests, the Committee will now accept and review applications in both the fall and the spring. Applications will be accepted twice a year with a Fall deadline of October 1, 2017 and a Spring deadline of March 1, 2018.  Application forms are available here or can be picked up in the OLLI office.

 

Would you be willing to share your cooking skills and ideas with other OLLI members? We need you! Please contact Barbara Wojack to learn more about it.

 

The new Baiden Gallery exhibit features 12 of our talented instructors: Connie DuPre, mosaics; Kent Ellison, wood carving; Ron Gillen, painting; Georgia Harrison, drawing and painting; Ashley Kirby, painting; Jeff Lynch, drawing and painting; Cathyrn Rice, painting and drawing; Ray Roback, photography; Jeff Sarvis, photography; Alice Schlein, textiles; Bruce Schlein, photography; Pam Stevenson, Zentangle. These instructors offer classes during the year so be on the lookout and sign up. Thanks to all who shared their artwork.

 

Calling all OLLI travelers!  It’s time for our first Travel SIG meeting of the new semester, on Friday, Sept. 29, from 4:30 till about 6:00 pm.  Come join us for munchies, soft drinks, and socializing about traveling!  We will meet at The Woodlands, 1500 Trailhead Court, in the Camellia Room (it may also be called the Azalea Room).  That’s a nice large meeting room right opposite the main entrance to the residents’ dining room.  Please park in the back and use the back entrance.  Feel free to bring munchies to share and your favorite soft drinks.  Adult beverages will not be available, however.

Mark your calendars and save the date!  Friday afternoon, October 27, the Social Committee will present an afternoon of Jazz, Wine, and Light Snacks, featuring the Greenville Jazz Collective.  More information and reservations coming soon.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Riley Institute presents Black America since MLK: A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates.  Monday, September 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Younts Conference Center.  Free.  Arrive early as seating is limited.  For more information, visit the Riley Institute website.

 

The Department of Politics and International Affairs and the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection present The Public Responsibility of Scholars on Thursday, September 21, 7 p.m., Watkins Room in Trone Student Center.  Free.  The moderator is Dr. Susan D’Amato, and panelists are Dr. Akan Malici, Dr. Todd May, and Dr. Paul Thomas, all Furman professors.

 

Please join Furman’s Pauper Players in their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, September 21-23 at 7:30 in McAlister Auditorium! The tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster, here, for only $9.00.

 

The Greenville Jazz Collective is presenting a “Big Band Jazz Concert” Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 pm in Daniel Recital Hall.  Cost is $15 for individuals, $10 for OLLI members and seniors, and $5 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at www.GreenvilleJazzCollective.com.

 

Fall for Greenville is coming October 13-15.  Furman is asking for volunteers to help out in the Furman tent.  Volunteers would work a minimum of 2 hours and will receive meal tickets for the festival.  Wear purple!  Time slots are Friday, October 13, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 15, 12-6 p.m.  Interested?  Email Theresa Cureton or call her at 864.294.3464.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Centre Stage presents the comedy Four Old Broads, through September 23.  Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

The Peace Center for Performing Arts invites you to Fall for Poetry, a free adult workshop Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peace Centers Ramsaur Studio. Working with professional poet Glenis Redmond, this adult workshop series will explore the theme of “Poetry as Memoir” as participants use form and process to discover their voice. Register for your ticket here.

 

The World Affairs Council Upstate presents their America and the World series.  The first event features Furman Political Science Professor Dr. Akan Malici, speaking on Challenges for American Foreign Policy on September 20, 8:30-10 a.m., Ogletree Deakins Conference Center.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Upstate International website.

 

The Rotary Club of Greenville has established a satellite club that meets at the Woodlands at Furman at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. OLLI members are invited. The speaker on September 21 is Bryan Goess, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Furman University. Questions? Contact Angelo Tartaro.

 

Foothills Philharmonic in concert Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Greer.  Visit the website for more information.

 

The Guild of the Greenville Symphony presents the 2017 Symphony Tour of Homes, September 29, 30 and October 1, featuring Classics on Crescent and McDaniel. All proceeds benefit the Greenville Symphony. Advance tickets $20, tour day tickets $25. For more information visit the Guild website.

 

Katherine Crosby is a senior biology major premed at Furman.  She started a team, The Stompers, with the American Cancer Society of Greenville, SC, for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at the Peace Center in Downtown Greenville on October 8.  If you would like to join her team, please do so here.

 

 

September 8, 2017

Welcome Back! We can’t wait to see you! Classes begin on Monday, September 11 unless otherwise noted below. Parking stickers will be available at your first class and should be displayed in the lower right hand corner of your back windshield. Please wear your nametag, and let us know if you need a new one.

 

Did you enjoy the Straight Talk summer series, Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era?  Were you not able to attend but wish you had?  Either way, you can view the full sessions on the Riley Institute website.  Sessions 1 and 2 are on the website now, and session 3 will be up soon.

 

In the case of inclement weather, OLLI follows the Furman schedule.  If Furman closes due to weather events, OLLI will close.  We will try to email the membership in such cases, but you can also check local media or call the Furman weather line at 864.294.3766.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please note the following classes begin after the initial week of OLLI classes:

ACM199 Moments That Made the Movies will begin Sept. 19.

HIS631 The Dark Corner – An Elusive to Exclusive Odyssey will begin Sept. 22.

HFE525 Beginning Golf will begin Sept. 26.

HIS692 Lincoln in Truth and Legend will begin Oct. 18

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Have an idea for a new course but need to do a little research? OLLI members can receive grants of up to $2000 to reimburse costs associated with developing a new course or modifying an existing one. To help encourage additional grant requests, the Committee will now accept and review applications in both the fall and the spring. Applications will be accepted twice a year with a Fall deadline of October 1, 2017 and a Spring deadline of March 1, 2018.  Application forms are available here or can be picked up in the OLLI office.

 

Would you be willing to share your cooking skills and ideas with other OLLI members? We need you! Please contact Barbara Wojack to learn more about it.

 

The new Baiden Gallery exhibit features 12 of our talented instructors: Connie DuPre, mosaics; Kent Ellison, wood carving; Ron Gillen, painting; Georgia Harrison, drawing and painting; Ashley Kirby, painting; Jeff Lynch, drawing and painting; Cathyrn Rice, painting and drawing; Ray Roback, photography; Jeff Sarvis, photography; Alice Schlein, textiles; Bruce Schlein, photography; Pam Stevenson, Zentangle. These instructors offer classes during the year so be on the lookout and sign up. Thanks to all who shared their artwork.

 

Mark your calendars and save the date!  Friday afternoon, October 27, the Social Committee will present an afternoon of Jazz, Wine, and Light Snacks, featuring the Greenville Jazz Collective.  More information and reservations coming soon.

 

“OLLI@Furman Fall Photography Showcase – “Black and White and Monotone.” Call for Photos! We hope you are enjoying the Photography Showcase in the Crabtree Room.  The next exhibition is a juried exhibit and will go up in October.  OLLI members or staff who wish to participate in this exhibit should follow the application guidelines posted here, pick up in OLLI office, or email your request.  Then e-mail your name, title of artwork, email address, and a digital copy (medium sized JPEG – 2048 pixels on the long side) to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com. or drop off submissions to be juried at the OLLI Office.   This is a black and white and monotone exhibition only.  Submissions due Sept. 15. Only one submission per artist please.

 

On Thursday, September 14 at 1 p.m., there will be an organizational meeting in HC102 for the Jam on Pickers SIG. If you’re tired of playing alone in your living room, grab your guitar and come check it out. We’ll talk awhile, share ideas, do a little picking and see if we can make it happen. Questions? Contact Don Koza.

 

The French SIG will meet Tuesdays, 12:20-1:20 p.m., HC103.  All levels are welcome to join in the conversation.  Questions? Contact Betty Kuhnert.

 

OLLI knitters (or other hand work) are invited to join the Swamp Rabbit Knitters SIG by the fireplace, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.  Questions? Contact Gail Kirby.  All levels welcome; bring your project and a smile!

 

The OLLI Onstage SIG will not meet during the Fall term due to health concerns of some members, but will reconvene in January.  Look for our first meeting then!

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Department of Music presents the Joel Frahm Trio Fri., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. $15. Learn more here.

 

The Riley Institute presents Black America since MLK: A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates.  Monday, September 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Younts Conference Center.  Free.  Arrive early as seating is limited.  For more information, visit the Riley Institute website.

 

Join Furman University Volleyball on October 6 for the 3rd Annual FUVB Golf Tournament! They will start at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start, scramble format. $100 entry fee includes tee gift, prizes and lunch following play. Reserve your spot here or call 864.294.3059 for more information.

 

Join the Furman Alumni Association and Dr. Jason Hansen, Associate History Professor, on a special 11-day trip to Vietnam in March 2018. Learn more on the website or contact Lynn Hayes at 864.336.2147.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The Rotary Club of Greenville has established a satellite club that meets at the Woodlands at Furman at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. OLLI members are invited. The speaker on September 21 is Bryan Goess, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Furman University. Questions? Contact Angelo Tartaro.

 

Interested in learning a new language? Upstate International offers classes in Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and more. For more information, visit the UI website.

 

The Peace Center for Performing Arts invites you to Fall for Poetry, a free adult workshop series Tuesdays, September 12 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peace Centers Ramsaur Studio. Working with professional poet Glenis Redmond, this adult workshop series will explore the theme of “Poetry as Memoir” as participants use form and process to discover their voice. Register for your ticket here.

 

Centre Stage presents the comedy Four Old Broads, September 12-23.  Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

The Greenville County Library System presents the Southern Author Festival, September 12-16.  Join the library for sweet tea, barbecue, and a nice long visit.  Explore folklife and foodways of the South.  And meet authors Alice Randall and Ashley English.  For more information a full event listing, visit the library website.

 

The South Carolina Botanical Garden invites you to Curious about Catesby, a presentation on renowned English naturalist, Mark Catesby on Friday, September 15 at the Clemson University Madren Center. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 in the lobby and the presentations begin promptly at 6:00. As a BONUS, your ticket to this event will also enable you to view the film The Curious Mr. Catesby at the Hayden Conference Center, located within the S.C. Botanical Garden, at 10:00, 12:00 or 2:00 on the afternoon of the event! Learn more and purchase tickets on the website.

 

You love the arts; you love live entertainment; and you definitely love coming to the Peace Center! The Peace Center invites you to do all the things you love by becoming a Peace Center volunteer! The next training session is Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Questions? Email pcvolunteer@peacecenter.com.

 

The World Affairs Council Upstate presents their America and the World series.  The first event features Furman Political Science Professor Dr. Akan Malici, speaking on Challenges for American Foreign Policy on September 20, 8:30-10 a.m., Ogletree Deakins Conference Center.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Upstate International website.

 

September 1, 2017

The OLLI Office will be closed Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day holiday.  We hope you enjoy the last weekend of summer.  Our regular office hours are 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  The office number is 864-294-2998.

 

Join us for Back to OLLI on Thursday, Sept. 7, 3-4:30 in Manly Lobby at the Herring Center.  New member Orientation begins at 2:30 p.m.   You may purchase lanyards and OLLI mugs, pick up your name tag and parking sticker, meet and reunite with your OLLI friends, and enjoy refreshments. Don’t miss the fun!

 

Fall Registration continues! Please refer to your confirmation e-mail and note the “class status” for the courses for which you registered (registered, registered not paid, waitlist). If you have questions regarding your confirmation, we invite you to call the OLLI office at 294-2998.

 

**All OLLI members will receive parking passes at Back to OLLI or your first class along with nametags for new members.  There is no need to make a special trip to the office for your nametag or parking sticker.  Returning OLLI members, please use the nametag you already have.**

 

Ever wonder how the Herring Center stays so clean with all of the OLLI members in and out throughout the year! Well, her name is Sandy Dill and we are thrilled to have her here with us. Please be sure to stop and introduce yourself to Sandy and thank her for taking such great care of us.  You might even get to share the joys of being grandparents with her!

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Furman Dining Services would like to welcome you back! OLLI members are invited to enjoy a 20% off discount at The Paddock September 5-9 with your OLLI nametag or Paladin Pass.  Hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday:  11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight.

 

Attention all OLLI members! Please consider becoming a class liaison. No experience is required and it’s a wonderful way to assist our wonderful instructors and get to know other OLLI members. A training session will be offered on Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m., HC111.  Please contact Pam Roberson to let her know that you are willing.

 

“OLLI@Furman Fall Photography Showcase – “Black and White and Monotone.” Call for Photos! We hope you are enjoying the Photography Showcase in the Crabtree Room.  The next exhibition is a juried exhibit and will go up in October.  OLLI members or staff who wish to participate in this exhibit should follow the application guidelines posted here, pick up in OLLI office, or email your request.  Then e-mail your name, title of artwork, email address, and a digital copy (medium sized JPEG – 2048 pixels on the long side) to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com. or drop off submissions to be juried at the OLLI Office.   This is a black and white and monotone exhibition only.  Submissions due Sept. 15. Only one submission per artist please.

 

Be sure to stop by and view the most recent Instructor Showcase along the Baiden Concourse. How fortunate we are to have such talent among us!

 

The French SIG will be meeting on Tuesdays, 12:20-1:20 p.m., HC103.  All levels are welcome to join in the conversation.  Questions? Contact Betty Kuhnert.

 

On Thursday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m., there will be an organizational meeting in HC102 for the Jam on Pickers SIG. If you’re tired of playing alone in your living room, grab your guitar and come check it out. We’ll talk awhile, share ideas, do a little picking and see if we can make it happen. Questions? Contact Don Koza.

 

OLLI knitters (or other hand work) are invited to join the Swamp Rabbit Knitters SIG by the fireplace, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.  Questions? Contact Gail Kirby.  All levels welcome; bring your project and a smile!

 

Interested in cycling with other OLLI members?  If so, the Swamp Rabbit Cycling SIG might be just right for you. Please contact Janet Aguilar at 864.414.1944 to let her know of your interest.  Based on the response, a ride schedule will be developed. An organizational meeting will follow sometime in September.

The OLLI Classic Car SIG will have a meeting for members and anyone interested in Classic Cars on Tue., Sept. 5, HC004 (downstairs), 10a.m.-Noon. This is an informal gathering to share ideas along with two presentations: Al Konopka has information on his history with diesel engines and Scott McCombe will share his experience from Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  Mark your calendars and plan to share car stories of your summer and expectations for the coming year.

 

Have an idea for a new course but need to do a little research? OLLI members can receive grants of up to $2000 to reimburse costs associated with developing a new course or modifying an existing one. To help encourage additional grant requests, the Committee will now accept and review applications in both the fall and the spring. Applications will be accepted twice a year with a Fall deadline of October 1, 2017 and a Spring deadline of March 1, 2018.  Application forms are available here or can be picked up in the OLLI office.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Adulthood and Aging course at Furman is looking for volunteers (aged 60 and over) for students to interview as part of a class assignment. Volunteers will be interviewed 4-6 times (for about an hour each time) over the course of the semester. Students will ask about your personal experience with aging-related topics we are discussing in class (such as your life history, demographics, physical and health changes, cognitive changes, beliefs and attitudes about aging, social relationships, caregiving, and end of life planning). Interviews can take place by phone or in person on the Furman campus or at the Woodlands. If you are interested (or would like to learn more), please e-mail Dr. Erin Morgan or leave a message at (864)-294-2241.

 

Furman University Theatre presents John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Fri. and Sat., Sept. 1-2 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. at The Playhouse on the Furman University campus. Tickets for the student-produced event are $5 (cash or check); admission is free for season ticket holders.

 

Lunchbox Learning at the Upcountry History Museum. Sept. 6–Over Here: Greenville during the Great War (presented by Dr. Courtney Tollison) Noon-1 p.m.  Questions? Visit their website or call 864-467-3100.

 

See comedian Mike Birbiglia on campus Thur., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. “An Evening with Mike Birbiglia” is presented by Furman University Student Activities Board.  Tickets are $15 for the public and are available here.

 

The Department of Music presents the Joel Frahm Trio Fri., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. $15. For more information, call 864-294-2086, or email the music department.

 

Join Furman University Volleyball on October 6 for the 3rd Annual FUVB Golf Tournament! They will start at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start, scramble format. $100 entry fee includes tee gift, prizes and lunch following play. Reserve your spot here or call 864.294.3059 for more information.

 

Join the Furman Alumni Association and Dr. Jason Hansen, Associate History Professor, on a special 11-day trip to Vietnam in March, 2018. Learn more on the website or contact Lynn Hayes at 864.336.2147.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Interested in learning a new language? Upstate International offers classes in Chinese, English, German, and Japanese. For more information, visit the UI website.

 

The Peace Center for Performing Arts invites you to, Fall for Poetry, a free adult workshop series Tuesdays, September 12 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peace Centers Ramsaur Studio. Working with professional poet Glenis Redmond, this adult workshop series will explore the theme of “Poetry as Memoir” as participants use form and process to discover their voice. Register for your ticket here.

 

The South Carolina Botanical Garden invites you to Curious about Catesby, a presentation on renowned English naturalist, Mark Catesby on Friday, September 15 at the Clemson University Madren Center. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 in the lobby and the presentations begin promptly at 6:00. As a BONUS, your ticket to this event will also enable you to view the film The Curious Mr. Catesby at the Hayden Conference Center, located within the S.C. Botanical Garden, at 10:00, 12:00 or 2:00 on the afternoon of the event! Learn more and purchase tickets on the website.

August 18, 2017

OLLI NOTES              August 18, 2017

 

The OLLI Office is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.

 

Fall registration continues! We sincerely hope registration went well for all of those who registered this week. Please refer to your confirmation e-mail and note the “class status” for the courses for which you registered (registered, registered not paid, waitlist). For anyone showing a “registered not paid” status, you are registered for the course.  (You may have been “waitlisted” for a course and we have a check we cannot deposit until you get into the course or you are mailing us payment.)

 

**If you are on a waitlist, please know that we are working on those.  Any time we can let more people into a class, we do.  It all depends on space in the room, instructor preference, the number of drops for that class, and/or whether we can move to a different room.  You will get a call from the office if a space opens up for you.**

 

If you are brand-new member, we will make a nametag for you, which you can pick up at the New Member Orientation OR at your first class.  The same is true for parking passes.  All OLLI members will receive parking passes at Back to OLLI or your first class.  There is no need to make a special trip out to the office for your nametag or parking sticker.  Returning OLLI members, please use the nametag you already have.

 

In order to ensure that all of our members can enjoy our free Friday bonus events, members can only sign up for TWO bonus trips or events during the initial registration period.  Throughout the term, we will publish bonus trip and event openings each week in OLLI Notes; at that point, all members will be eligible to sign up.

 

Stop by the office to pick up OLLI Brochures to share with friends, neighbors and at spots around town. YOU are our best advertisement.

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Travel Committee                  Wednesday, August 23           10 a.m.            HC103

Social Committee                   Thursday, August 24              10:30 a.m.      HC103

OLLI Council                          Friday, August 25                   10 a.m.            HC102

 

COURSE CHANGES

RPH947 Paul:  Who Was He and What Did He Teach has moved to Mondays at 1:30 p.m.  It will NOT be taught on Thursdays at 9, as listed in the brochure.

 

LAN758 Beginning French has moved to 9 a.m. on Thursdays rather than 10:45 a.m.

 

BTE1135 Roy Metal Finishing will be on Friday, October 20, 10 a.m., instead of September 29.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Are you ready for the eclipse?

  1. Furman University is hosting a free event in Paladin Stadium, 12-3 p.m. From Noon until 2 p.m., there will be tents with hands-on exhibits, free water stations, and concessions for sale.  At 2 p.m., everyone will take seats in the stadium, where Furman Professor and astronomer David Moffett will narrate what you are seeing.  The Furman band will provide appropriate background music.  Free eclipse glasses to the first 8,000 participants, and free parking.  If you are bringing grandchildren, this is the event for you.   Learn more on the Furman website. 
  2. Those registered for the OLLI eclipse event should have received a separate informational email.
  3. Enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. Greenville is expecting a large number of tourists that day, and officials expect heavy traffic.
  4. If you are inspired by the events, OLLI writing instructor Bill Burns encourages you to put it on paper. Write a poem, and send it in to OLLI.  We’d love to see your work, and may even publish a collection of poems if we have enough submissions.

 

We have enjoyed wonderful response for the upcoming Straight Talk summer lecture series, Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman. You are able to still register for the Thursday, August 31 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) presentation which will include NBC’s Chuck Todd. We are at capacity for series tickets as well as single sessions on Aug. 24 and September 7. We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.  You can learn more and register online (credit card fees apply) here.  You may also register with cash or check in the OLLI office.

 

“OLLI@Furman Fall Photography Showcase – “Black and White and Monotone”.  Call for Photos! We hope you are enjoying the Photography Showcase in the Crabtree Room.  The next exhibition is a juried exhibit and will go up in October.  If you are an OLLI member or staff and wish to participate in this juried exhibit, follow the application guidelines posted here, pick up in OLLI office, or request to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com.  Then e-mail your name, title of your artwork, email address, and a digital copy (medium sized JPEG – 2048 pixels on the long side) of your art to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com.  Or drop off submissions to be juried at the OLLI Office.   This is a black and white and monotone exhibition only.  Submissions due September 15. Only one submission per artist please.

 

The Bowling SIG will resume their bowling league on Monday, September 11. The league will last the length of the OLLI semester, 9 weeks. Teams will be created based upon the number of interested participants. Weekly fees are approximately $10. The league bowls at AMF Star Lanes (740 Pleasantburg Dr. / Cleveland intersection). The league bowls meets from 12:45 p.m. until the completion of three games. There will be an organizational meeting the first Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the bowling alley followed by league play. If interested contact Michael Halloran.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Furman University Theatre Season Ticket Discount for OLLI members – The Furman Theatre is very generous in offering members the opportunity to purchase a season pass at the student rate of $29 (attend all 4 productions and 2 special events) and the faculty/staff rate of $12 for individual productions. Season Ticket Holders will receive their own Season Code that allows online seat selection any time of the year.  Visit the Furman Theatre website to purchase your season pass or individual tickets.  Call 294-2125 with questions.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Furman FanFest presented by Mast General Store and Ingles has been set for Saturday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville. The event follows Furman’s open football practice at Sirrine Stadium from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sirrine Stadium served as Furman’s football home from 1936 through 1980. Discounted $8 tickets can be purchased online for the Furman FanFest event, which includes admission to the Greenville Drive-West Virginia Power baseball game beginning at 7:05 p.m. and features the first pitch by football head coach Clay Hendrix.

 

LifeWise is an outreach program of Bon Secours St. Francis, designed for those 55 and older to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness through many educational opportunities, activities, events and membership benefits.  There is a one-time fee of $20 to join.  Learn more here.

 

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will present a recital Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Furman Department of Music.  Contact the music office with questions at 864.294.2086.

 

The Upper South Carolina Council of the Navy League extends an invitation to OLLI members to attend a dinner at the Poinsett Club on September 7 with Commander Porter Halyburton, USN (retired). Halyburton was shot down and captured deep within North Vietnam in 1965 and held captive in the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps for over 7 years. He has a compelling story of courage and survival under the most difficult of conditions. A social hour will start at 6 p.m. with a “cash” bar, and dinner served at 6:45 p.m. Following dinner Commander Halyburton will present his reflections on captivity. The price is $33 per person and includes tax and gratuity. For further information and to reserve a seat, visit the website or email navyleague.uppersccouncil@yahoo.com Reservations must be received by Sunday, September 3, 2017.

August 11, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.

 

You should have received your copy of the Fall 2017 brochure. Fall registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 15 for those purchasing course packages and 8 a.m. Thursday, August 17 for all others.  Pre-registration runs through Monday, August 14 at 9 a.m. During pre-registration, you can purchase your annual membership and a course package, if desired.  Pre-registration is not required, but it’s a great way to get those purchases out of the way before course registration begins. It’s also a great time to make sure you have your user name and password correct.  If you have trouble with either of these, please call the OLLI Office at 864-294-2998.

 

**Please note that we are not able to take credit card orders through the mail or in the office due to Furman network security compliance issues. All orders made via mail or in person must be paid with a check or cash. We strongly encourage everyone to register online. It really is the fastest, easiest way to register for courses, and you can pay by credit card. Staff and volunteers will be in the office this week and next to help you, so if you are unfamiliar with the online registration system, come on in and we can help you through it.

 

Hints for Computer registration – (www.furman.edu/olli)

Click on “Register Here.” and enter your user name and password.  Your shopping cart will be empty, and you begin shopping by clicking on the grey box stating, “Return to course catalog page.”   If the OLLI office assigned your user name, it will be Firstname.Lastname.  (If you changed it, or assigned it when creating your account, it may be something different.)  Please be reminded that Fall registration requires you to first place the Annual Membership into your cart.  Then proceed by adding your package selection (if applicable on August 15). Next, you will be able to select your classes and bonus events to add them to your cart. If registering for single courses (August 17), you will begin by adding your Annual Membership and then go straight to selecting your classes and bonus events. If you have pre-registered (see above – August 7), you will NOT need to add a membership and/or package when you register for classes.

 

COURSE CHANGES

RPH947 Paul:  Who Was He and What Did He Teach has moved to Mondays at 1:30 p.m.  It will NOT be taught on Thursdays at 9, as listed in the brochure.

 

LAN758 Beginning French has moved to 9 a.m. on Thursdays rather than 10:45 a.m.

 

BTE1135 Roy Metal Finishing will be on Friday, October 20, 10 a.m., instead of September 29.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Are you ready for the eclipse?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Greenville will be “within totality” (we will see the total eclipse).  Here are some ways you can enjoy this historic event.

 

  1. Furman University is hosting a free event in Paladin Stadium, 12-3 p.m. From Noon until 2 p.m., there will be tents with hands-on exhibits, free water stations, and concessions for sale.  At 2 p.m., everyone will take seats in the stadium, where Furman Professor and astronomer David Moffett will narrate what you are seeing.  The Furman band will provide appropriate background music.  Free eclipse glasses to the first 8,000 participants, and free parking.  If you are bringing grandchildren, this is the event for you.    Learn more on the Furman website.

 

  1. In conjunction with the Furman Event, OLLI is hosting a pre-eclipse party on the Club Level of Paladin Stadium. Tickets to the OLLI event are $10 and limited to the first 150 OLLI members to register.  We will enjoy eclipse-themed food (Moon Pies, anyone?), fun with OLLI friends, and air conditioning.  We will also provide eclipse glasses (but if you already have your own, please bring them).  At 2 p.m., OLLI members will exit the Club Room to take seats in the stadium for prime eclipse viewing and to enjoy the events mentioned above.  Come by the OLLI Office to reserve your spot; payment is by check or cash.

 

  1. Enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. Greenville is expecting a large number of tourists that day, and officials expect heavy traffic.  If you are inspired by the events, OLLI writing instructor Bill Burns encourages you to put it on paper.  Write a poem, and send it in to OLLI.  We’d love to see your work, and may even publish a collection of poems if we have enough submissions.

 

Register now for the Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman.  Join us Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.  You can learn more and register online (credit card fees apply) here.  You may also register with cash or check in the OLLI office.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

You may have seen on the news that several bears have been spotted on campus over the summer, including some right here at the Herring Center. Want to learn more about bears?  Come to Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center on Tuesday, August 8, 4-6 p.m. to hear from Tammy Wactor, a biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and an expert on bears in the Upcountry.  She will share safety tips, discuss strategies for managing bears, and answer any questions.  Free, and no registration required.

 

Furman University Theatre Season Ticket Discount for OLLI members – The Furman Theatre is very generous in offering OLLI members the opportunity to purchase a season pass at the student rate of $29 (attend all 4 productions and 2 special events) and the faculty/staff rate of $12 for individual productions. Season Ticket Holders will receive their own Season Code that will allow online seat selection any time of the year.  Visit the Furman Theatre website to purchase your season pass or individual tickets.  Call 294-2125 with questions.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

LifeWise is an outreach program of Bon Secours St. Francis, designed for those 55 and older to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness through many educational opportunities, activities, events and membership benefits.  There is a one-time fee of $20 to join.  Learn more here.

 

Centre Stage presents Million Dollar Quartet through August 19.  This musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Centre Stage website or call 864-233-6733.

 

Monday Matinee Movie! Enjoy a Monday Matinee at the Upcountry History Museum on Monday, August 14 at 2 p.m.  In honor of the exhibition Over the Top, the showing will be the 1941 classic film, Sergeant York, staring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Joan Leslie. Movie admission is free with museum admission.

 

Lunchbox Learning at the Upcountry History Museum.  August 16:  100 Years of the Red Cross in Greenville.  Noon-1 p.m. both days.  For more information, visit their website or call 864-467-3100.

 

The Upper South Carolina Council of the Navy League extends an invitation to OLLI members to attend a dinner at the Poinsett Club on September 7 with Commander Porter Halyburton, USN (retired). Halyburton was shot down and captured deep within North Vietnam in 1965 and held captive in the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps for over 7 years. He has a compelling story of courage and survival under the most difficult of conditions. A social hour will start at 6 p.m. with a “cash” bar, and dinner served at 6:45 p.m. Following dinner Commander Halyburton will present his reflections on captivity. The price is $33 per person and includes tax and gratuity. For further information and to reserve a seat, visit the website or email navyleague.uppersccouncil@yahoo.com Reservations must be received by Sunday, September 3, 2017.

August 4, 2017

OLLI NOTES              August 4, 2017

 

Summer hours: OLLI Office summer hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) continue through Friday, August 11.  Regular Office Hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) will resume on Monday, August 14.

 

You should have received your copy of the Fall 2017 brochure. Fall registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 15 for those purchasing course packages and 8 a.m. Thursday, August 17 for all others.  Pre-registration runs Monday, August 7 at 9 a.m. through Monday, August 14 at 9 a.m. During pre-registration, you can purchase your annual membership and a course package, if desired.  Pre-registration is not required, but it’s a great way to get those purchases out of the way before course registration begins. It’s also a great time to make sure you have your user name and password correct.  If you have trouble with either of these, please call the OLLI Office at 864-294-2998.

 

**Please note that we are not able to take credit card orders through the mail or in the office due to Furman network security compliance issues. All orders made via mail or in person must be paid with a check or cash. We strongly encourage everyone to register online. It really is the fastest, easiest way to register for courses, and you can pay by credit card. Staff and volunteers will be in the office this week and next to help you, so if you are unfamiliar with the online registration system, come on in and we can help you through it.

 

Hints for Computer registration – (www.furman.edu/olli)

Click on “Register Here.” and enter your user name and password.  Your shopping cart will be empty, and you begin shopping by clicking on the grey box stating, “Return to course catalog page.”   If the OLLI office assigned your user name, it will be Firstname.Lastname.  (If you changed it, or assigned it when creating your account, it may be something different.)  Please be reminded that Fall registration requires you to first place the Annual Membership into your cart.  Then proceed by adding your package selection (if applicable on August 16). Next, you will be able to select your classes and bonus events to add them to your cart. If registering for single courses (August 18), you will begin by adding your Annual Membership and then go straight to selecting your classes and bonus events. If you have pre-registered (see above – August 7), you will NOT need to add a membership and/or package when you register for classes.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Are you ready for the eclipse?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, Greenville will be “within totality” (we will see the total eclipse).  Here are some ways you can enjoy this historic event.

 

  1. Furman University is hosting a free event in Paladin Stadium, 12-3 p.m. From Noon until 2 p.m., there will be tents with hands-on exhibits, free water stations, and concessions for sale.  At 2 p.m., everyone will take seats in the stadium, where Furman Professor and astronomer David Moffett will narrate what you are seeing.  The Furman band will provide appropriate background music.  Free eclipse glasses to the first 8,000 participants, and free parking.  If you are bringing grandchildren, this is the event for you.    Learn more on the Furman website.

 

  1. In conjunction with the Furman Event, OLLI is hosting a pre-eclipse party on the Club Level of Paladin Stadium. Tickets to the OLLI event are $10 and limited to the first 150 OLLI members to register.  We will enjoy eclipse-themed food (Moon Pies, anyone?), fun with OLLI friends, and air conditioning.  We will also provide eclipse glasses (but if you already have your own, please bring them).  At 2 p.m., OLLI members will exit the Club Room to take seats in the stadium for prime eclipse viewing and to enjoy the events mentioned above.  Come by the OLLI Office to reserve your spot; payment is by check or cash.

 

  1. Enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. Greenville is expecting a large number of tourists that day, and officials expect heavy traffic.  If you are inspired by the events, OLLI writing instructor Bill Burns encourages you to put it on paper.  Write a poem, and send it in to OLLI.  We’d love to see your work, and may even publish a collection of poems if we have enough submissions.

 

Register now for the Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman.  Join us Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.  You can learn more and register online (credit card fees apply) here.  You may also register with cash or check in the OLLI office.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

You may have seen on the news that several bears have been spotted on campus over the summer, including some right here at the Herring Center. Want to learn more about bears?  Come to Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center on Tuesday, August 8, 4-6 p.m. to hear from Tammy Wactor, a biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and an expert on bears in the Upcountry.  She will share safety tips, discuss strategies for managing bears, and answer any questions.  Free, and no registration required.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Grandchildren in town over the summer? They might enjoy visiting the Upcountry History Museum for a special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious, open through September 24.  Learn more on the Museum’s website.

 

LifeWise is an outreach program of Bon Secours St. Francis, designed for those 55 and older to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness through many educational opportunities, activities, events and membership benefits.  There is a one-time fee of $20 to join.  Learn more here.

 

Centre Stage presents Million Dollar Quartet through August 19.  This musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Centre Stage website or call 864-233-6733.

 

Lunchbox Learning at the Upcountry History Museum.  August 16:  100 Years of the Red Cross in Greenville.  Noon-1 p.m. both days.  For more information, visit their website or call 864-467-3100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2017

OLLI NOTES              June 30, 2017

 

This is the last OLLI Notes until early August.  Read on for things to keep you occupied while OLLI is on break.

 

Summer hours: The OLLI office is open by appointment only during the month of July.  Please call to make sure someone is here before coming by.  The office will be closed July 3-4 in observance of the July 4 holiday.

 

Plan Ahead:  The Fall 2017 brochure will be posted on our website July 21, and mailed July 28.  Fall registration begins Tuesday, August 15 for those purchasing course packages and Thursday, August 17 for all others.  We will have pre-registration the week prior (watch your email for details) so that you can purchase your membership and package ahead of time if you want.

 

Don’t toss your OLLI nametag!  If you have a nametag, please save it for next year.  We are happy to make new nametags in case of loss or damage, but it saves time and money if you use yours year after year.

 

You should have received an email yesterday about changes in the Furman dining hall.  The discounted price for staff, faculty, and OLLI members is now $6.  OLLI members will receive the discount during months we are in session.  There will be no OLLI discount at the dining hall in July, August, or December, or on any weekend.  OLLI members are still welcome to enjoy the dining hall during the “off” months and on the weekends, but will be asked to pay full price.  Email Nancy Kennedy with questions.

 

Parking on campus:  Remember that if you park on any part of campus besides in front of the Herring Center that you need to pay attention to the color-coding.  OLLI members may park in the ORANGE coded sections, which are for visitors and commuting students.  The purple sections are reserved for faculty and staff.  If you are going to a class at the Physical Activities Center (PAC), you may park in the back two rows of the PAC parking lot, which are for PAC visitors.  The front two rows are reserved for PAC faculty and staff.  If you have any questions, please call the OLLI office.

 

We’ve been presented with an idea for a course on “Big Food,” which will look at how big farms and big companies provide much of our nation’s food supply.  If you are interested in helping teach this course in winter 2018, please contact Nancy Kennedy at nancy.kennedy2767@furman.edu or 864-294-2979.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

 

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We’re thrilled that Furman professor Dr. Michael Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic September 4-13, 2017. Learn more hereIt’s not too late! Contact Nancy Kennedy with questions, 294-2998.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Get ready for the eclipse!  On August 21, 2017, Greenville will be “within totality” (we will see the total eclipse).  Furman is planning a big event, and there will be something special just for OLLI members.  Stay tuned for more information in early August.

 

Save the date!  This year’s Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman, will take place Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.  You can learn more and register online (credit card fees apply) here.  You may also register with cash or check in the OLLI office.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, continues Thursday evenings through August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival presents its 23rd season, featuring Titus Andronicus (July 13-30).  Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Falls Park.  Free and open to the public.  Picnics welcome; take a blanket or chair.  (Alcoholic beverages must be served in clear plastic cups.)  For more information, visit the website.

 

Grandchildren in town over the summer? They might enjoy visiting the Upcountry History Museum for a special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious, open through September 24.  Learn more on the Museum’s website.

 

Bursting Boundaries…From the Back Yard to the Beyond—Three Nights of Nature, July 18, 19, 20, 7 p.m., North Anderson Community Church, www.NorthAndersonCommunityChurch.org.

 

LifeWise is an outreach program of Bon Secours St. Francis, designed for those 55 and older to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness through many educational opportunities, activities, events and membership benefits.  There is a one-time fee of $20 to join.  Learn more here.

 

SAVE THE DATE for the annual community health and wellness event Be Wise 2017, on Thursday, July 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The event and parking are free. This year’s event, in conjunction with Be Well Walkers, will have interactive activities, door prizes, free water and popcorn, and opportunities to learn about many health and wellness services for adults in our community. You can learn Hands-Only CPR and all about the AED (Automated External Defibrillator), have a hearing test, tour the Mobile Mammography bus and much more. Register at www.bonsecours.com/LifeWise or call the LifeWise office at 675 4303. The first 200 attendees will take home a signature BE Wise 2017 tote.

 

Centre Stage presents Million Dollar Quartet July 20-August 12.  This musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Centre Stage website or call 864-233-6733.

 

Lunchbox Learning at the Upcountry History Museum.  July 19, WWI:  Americans Fighting Over There.  August 16:  100 Years of the Red Cross in Greenville.  Noon-1 p.m. both days.  For more information, visit their website or call 864-467-3100.

 

Running July 13-30 at The Greenville Fine Arts Center, Glow Lyric Theatre’s 9th Annual Summer Festival features Robert Ward’s eerie and powerful operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the witty and hilariously irreverent political satire of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and the rock musical hippie protest classic, HAIR! This year, Glow is tackling the theme “Question Authority,” and utilizes these three productions to explore the cultural pitfalls of partisan politics and the dangerous nature of political witch hunts. Visit the website or call 864-558-4569 for more information.  OLLI members can get a $5 discount on up to 4 tickets to the weekday matinee performances of The Gondoliers and The Crucible by using the code OLLI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 23, 2017

OLLI NOTES              June 23, 2017

 

Summer hours: The OLLI office will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer.

 

It’s not too late to apply:  Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the community?  Become more aware of issues facing seniors in our community:  apply now for Class 4 of Senior Leaders Greenville, a program of OLLI@Furman that builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become active players seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond.  Learn more on the website, and click here to apply.  Brochures and paper applications are available in the OLLI office.  Call Nancy Kennedy with questions at 864-294-2979.

 

Don’t toss your OLLI nametag!  If you have a nametag, please save it for next year.  We are happy to make new nametags in case of loss or damage, but it saves time and money if you use yours year after year.

 

Parking on campus:  Remember that if you park on any part of campus besides in front of the Herring Center that you need to pay attention to the color-coding.  OLLI members may park in the ORANGE coded sections, which are for visitors and commuting students.  The purple sections are reserved for faculty and staff.  If you are going to a class at the Physical Activities Center (PAC), you may park in the back two rows of the PAC parking lot, which are for PAC visitors.  The front two rows are reserved for PAC faculty and staff.  If you have any questions, please call the OLLI office.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

There is room for YOU in the following Friday Bonus Events.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

BTE1185 Tour of Great Cities in Europe and Austria, June 30, 1 p.m.

 

**If you need to cancel your participation in a Friday Bonus Event, remember to do so by the Monday prior.  Otherwise, there is a $25 cancelation fee.

 

We’ve been presented with an idea for a course on “Big Food,” which will look at how big farms and big companies provide much of our nation’s food supply.  If you are interested in helping teach this course in winter 2018, please contact Nancy Kennedy at nancy.kennedy2767@furman.edu or 864-294-2979.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We thrilled that Furman professor Dr. Michael Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic September 4-13, 2017. Learn more hereIt’s not too late! Contact Heidi Wright with questions, 294-2998.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Get ready for the eclipse!  On August 21, 2017, Greenville will be “within totality” (we will see the total eclipse).  Furman is planning a big event, and there will be something special just for OLLI members.  Stay tuned for more information in early August.

 

Save the date!  This year’s Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman, will take place Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Help a Furman student! The Social Cognition and Aging Lab at Furman University is seeking participants for two different studies. Participation in either study involves completing an online survey about interpersonal interaction and aging. One takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, the other takes about an hour. You will be compensated for your time. The only requirement is that you are 65 years of age or older. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, email psychologyresearch@furman.edu. Sessions will also be conducted in the Herring Center Computer Lab (HC104) at the following times:  Tuesday, June 27, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, June 28, 12:30 & 3 p.m.; and Thursday, June 29, 9 & 11:30 a.m.  No need to RSVP.

 

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, runs Thursday evenings through August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. On June 29, enjoy Let Freedom Ring:  A Patriotic Celebration with the Greenville Chorale (conducted by retired Furman professor and OLLI instructor Bing Vick), along with the Lakeside Concert Band, conducted by Les Hicken. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Centre Stage presents the mainstage show Intimate Apparel through July 1. Tickets are $25 and $30. The latest installment in their Fringe Series is Death and the Maiden, playing Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15.  Visit the Centre Stage website for more information, or call 864-233-6733.

 

Chautauqua History Alive presents Walter Cronkite, Abe Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Cesar Chavez & Rachel Carson | June 16-25. Listen in as Abe Lincoln redefines democracy. Rise up and sing with Maya Angelou. Protest and march with Cesar Chavez. Step inside Silent Spring, with Rachel Carson. And “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite. Enjoy the shows and your evenings outdoors or see them indoors during the day. And they’re all free!  Outdoor shows at 7:30p at Greenville Tech: Fri 6/16 Cronkite – Sat 6/17 Carson – Sun 6/18 & Fri 6/23 Chavez – Sat 6/24 Angelou – Sun 6/25 Lincoln. And in Falls Park Tue 6/20 at 7:30p Cronkite. In Trailblazer Park TR Wed 6/21 at 8pm Carson. Indoor shows: Mon-Thu at 11:30am and Sat & Sun both weekends at 2pm. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

The Greenville County Library System presents Building an Empire:  The Textile Crescent at Hughes Main Library on Tuesday, July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Local historian Don Koonce will share information about the Textile Crescent, including intriguing stories of the men who built and worked in the mills.  You’ll learn about our area’s mill heritage as well as the current state of the 13 remaining mills.  Call 864-527-9212 to register.  Free.

 

Science on Tap, Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., at Coffee Underground (1 East Coffee Street, Greenville, 29601).  This week’s topic:  Science During Crisis:  The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Hurricane Sandy, and Preparing for the Future, presented by Gary Machlis, Professor in Clemson’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department.  Free.

 

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival presents its 23rd season, featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream (through June 25) and Titus Andronicus (July 13-30).  Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Falls Park.  Free and open to the public.  Picnics welcome; take a blanket or chair.  (Alcoholic beverages must be served in clear plastic cups.)  For more information, visit the website.

 

The Peace Center presents the documentary film, Homeless in the South, Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m., in Gunter Theater.  The film serves as a social experiment and in-depth view into the lives of Greenville’s most disadvantaged citizens, but also observes vagrancy across our region, spotlighting efforts in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  Purchase tickets and learn more at the Peace Center website.

 

Grandchildren in town over the summer? They might enjoy visiting the Upcountry History Museum for a special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious, open through September 24.  Learn more on the Museum’s website.

 

June 16, 2017

OLLI NOTES              June 16, 2017

 

Summer hours: The OLLI office will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer.

 

It’s not too late to apply:  Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the community?  Become more aware of issues facing seniors in our community:  apply now for Class 4 of Senior Leaders Greenville, a program of OLLI@Furman that builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become active players seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond.  Learn more on the website, and click here to apply.  Brochures and paper applications are available in the OLLI office.  Call Nancy Kennedy with questions at 864-294-2979.

 

Don’t toss your OLLI nametag!  If you have a nametag, please save it for next year.  We are happy to make new nametags in case of loss or damage, but it saves the office lots of time and OLLI lots of money if you use yours year after year.  Thank you!

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

There is room for YOU in the following Friday Bonus Events.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

BTE1106 Peace Center Preview of 2017-18 Broadway Season, June 23, 10 a.m.

BTE1185 Tour of Great Cities in Europe and Austria, June 30, 1 p.m.

 

**If you need to cancel your participation in a Friday Bonus Event, remember that you have to do so by the Monday prior.  Otherwise, there is a $25 cancelation fee.

 

We’ve been presented with an idea for a course on “Big Food,” which will look at how big farms and big companies provide much of our nation’s food supply.  If you are interested in helping teach this course in winter 2018, please contact Nancy Kennedy at nancy.kennedy2767@furman.edu or 864-294-2979.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

 

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We thrilled that Furman professor Dr. Michael Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic September 4-13, 2017. Learn more hereIt’s not too late! Contact Heidi Wright with questions, 294-2998.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Get ready for the eclipse!  On August 21, 2017, Greenville will be “within totality” (we will see the total eclipse).  Furman is planning a big event, and there will be something special just for OLLI members.  Stay tuned for more information in early August.

 

Save the date!  This year’s Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman, will take place Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

Help a Furman student! The Social Cognition and Aging Lab at Furman University is seeking participants for two different studies. Participation in either study involves completing an online survey about interpersonal interaction and aging. One survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, the other takes approximately one hour. You will be compensated for your time. The only requirement is that you are 65 years of age or older. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, email psychologyresearch@furman.edu. Sessions will also be conducted in the Herring Center Computer Lab (HC104) at the following times:  Tuesday, June 27, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, June 28, 12:30 & 3 p.m.; and Thursday, June 29, 9 & 11:30 a.m.  No need to RSVP.

 

Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program for high school students whose potential outdistances their circumstances, will hold their Career Expo on June 20, 7-9 p.m., on Furman’s campus.  Organizers are looking for volunteers willing to talk to students about their own careers.  If you are interested in participating, please sign up on this Google Doc.  For more information, contact Dean Bailey, Bridges Assistant Director.

 

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, runs Thursday evenings through August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. On June 22, enjoy Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist and Furman professor Derek Parsons, along with the Lakeside Concert Band. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

Centre Stage presents Intimate Apparel June 15-July 1. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

 

Learn more about Greenville’s bus system and associated challenges by taking a ride on a Greenlink bus!  The Piedmont Health Foundation needs your help as they work to increase awareness about Greenlink.  This two-hour event will take place on Wednesday, June 28.  You’ll meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Augusta Road at 8:50 a.m., take a bus downtown, participate in a focus group (refreshments provided!), and then take the bus back to the church, arriving by 10:40 a.m.  They are particularly interested in people who have never ridden the bus before.  Interested?  Contact Sean Rusnak, a Furman senior working with the Piedmont Health Foundation, to sign up.  Free!

 

Chautauqua History Alive presents Walter Cronkite, Abe Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Cesar Chavez & Rachel Carson | June 16-25. Listen in as Abe Lincoln redefines democracy. Rise up and sing with Maya Angelou. Protest and march with Cesar Chavez. Step inside Silent Spring, with Rachel Carson. And “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite. Enjoy the shows and your evenings outdoors or see them indoors during the day. And they’re all free!  Outdoor shows at 7:30p at Greenville Tech: Fri 6/16 Cronkite – Sat 6/17 Carson – Sun 6/18 & Fri 6/23 Chavez – Sat 6/24 Angelou – Sun 6/25 Lincoln. And in Falls Park Tue 6/20 at 7:30p Cronkite. In Trailblazer Park TR Wed 6/21 at 8pm Carson. Indoor shows: Mon-Thu at 11:30am and Sat & Sun both weekends at 2pm. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

Greenville Health System invites you to a Men’s Health Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, June 20 at Noon at Caine Halter YMCA. Join Allison Tucker, PA, of GHS Regional Urology for an informal discussion of men’s health issues, including BPH, sexual dysfunction and recommended screenings. Lunch will be provided. Free, but registration is required. Register here.

 

Grandchildren in town over the summer? They might enjoy visiting the Upcountry History Museum for a special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious, open through September 24.  Learn more on the Museum’s website.

 

June 9, 2017

Summer hours: The OLLI office will be open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer.

 

It’s not too late to apply:  Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the community?  Become more aware of issues facing seniors in our community:  apply now for Class 4 of Senior Leaders Greenville, a program of OLLI@Furman that builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become active players seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond.  Learn more on the website, and click here to apply.  Brochures and paper applications are available in the OLLI office.  Call Nancy Kennedy with questions at 864-294-2979.

 

Copies of the latest edition of Gray Matters are available in the OLLI office and on the OLLI Website.  Check it out here.  Many thanks to Gary Aten for his service as the Gray Matters editor for more than nine years! Enjoy his final issue as editor and be sure to thank him for his contribution when you see him at the OLLI.

 

OLLI Council Update:  When May Welborn accepted the position as Membership VP/President Elect, she left an unexpired term as a Member-at-Large on OLLI Council.  Council President Greg Peters has appointed Diana Miel to fill the remaining two years of that term.  Thanks, Diana!

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

There is room for YOU in the following Friday Bonus Events.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

BTE1141 Pickens County Museum of Art and History, June 16, 10 a.m.

BTE1106 Peace Center Preview of 2017-18 Broadway Season, June 23, 10 a.m.

BTE1185 Tour of Great Cities in Europe and Austria, June 30, 1 p.m.

 

**If you need to cancel your participation in a Friday Bonus Event, remember that you have to take care of it by the Monday prior.  Otherwise there is a $25 cancelation fee.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

 

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We thrilled that Furman professor Dr. Michael Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic September 4-13, 2017. Learn more hereIt’s not too late! Contact Heidi Wright with questions, 294-2998.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Save the date!  This year’s Straight Talk summer lecture series, presented by OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman, will take place Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.), August 24, 31, and September 7.  This year’s title is Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era.  We will be learning about fake news:  where it comes from, why we believe it, how to guard against it, and what is being done to slow its spread.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

Help a Furman student!  The Social Cognition and Aging Lab at Furman University is seeking participants for a short study. Participation involves completing a 30-minute online survey about interpersonal interaction and aging. Participants will be compensated with $3 at the end of the study. The only requirement is that you are 65 years of age or older. The study will be conducted in the Herring Center Computer Lab (HC104) at the following times. No need to RSVP.

 

Tuesday (6/13) 3-4 p.m.

Wednesday (6/14) 12:30-1:30 p.m. & 3-4 p.m.

Thursday (6/15) 9-10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

 

Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program for high school students whose potential outdistances their circumstances, will hold their Career Expo on June 20, 7-9 p.m., on Furman’s campus.  Organizers are looking for volunteers willing to talk to students about their own careers.  If you are interested in participating, please sign up on this Google Doc.  For more information, contact Dean Bailey, Bridges Assistant Director.

 

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, runs Thursday evenings through August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. On June 15, enjoy Contemporary Jazz: The Steve Watson Band. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

Visit the 2017 Landrum Quilt Show, Friday, June 9, 10-5, and Saturday, June 10, 10-4.  You’ll see the work of many talented quilters, including OLLI’s own Ruth Pollow.  Admission is $5 and it takes place at Landrum Middle School, 104 Redland Road, Landrum, SC.

 

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites you to bring your fellow art lovers and join them to learn more about the intersection of social media and contemporary art with exhibiting artists Kiah Bellows, Dorothy Shain, and Glory Day Loflin on Tuesday, June 13 from 6 – 7 p.m.  No RSVP required.  Just come ready to learn and support local artists!

 

Centre Stage presents Intimate Apparel June 15-July 1. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

 

Learn more about Greenville’s bus system and associated challenges by taking a ride on a Greenlink bus!  The Piedmont Health Foundation needs your help as they work to increase awareness about Greenlink.  This two-hour event will take place on Wednesday, June 28.  You’ll meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Augusta Road at 8:50 a.m., take a bus downtown, participate in a focus group (refreshments provided!), and then take the bus back to the church, arriving by 10:40 a.m.  They are particularly interested in people who have never ridden the bus before.  Interested?  Contact Sean Rusnak, a Furman senior working with the Piedmont Health Foundation, to sign up.  Free!

 

Chautauqua History Alive presents Walter Cronkite, Abe Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Cesar Chavez & Rachel Carson | June 16-25. Listen in as Abe Lincoln redefines democracy. Rise up and sing with Maya Angelou. Protest and march with Cesar Chavez. Step inside Silent Spring, with Rachel Carson. And “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite. Enjoy the shows and your evenings outdoors or see them indoors during the day. And they’re all free!  Outdoor shows at 7:30p at Greenville Tech: Fri 6/16 Cronkite – Sat 6/17 Carson – Sun 6/18 & Fri 6/23 Chavez – Sat 6/24 Angelou – Sun 6/25 Lincoln. And in Falls Park Tue 6/20 at 7:30p Cronkite. In Trailblazer Park TR Wed 6/21 at 8pm Carson. Indoor shows: Mon-Thu at 11:30am and Sat & Sun both weekends at 2pm. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

Greenville Health System invites you to a Men’s Health Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, June 20 at Noon at Caine Halter YMCA. Join Allison Tucker, PA, of GHS Regional Urology for an informal discussion of men’s health issues, including BPH, sexual dysfunction and recommended screenings. Lunch will be provided. Free, but registration is required. Register here.

 

Elvis Presley meets Chautauqua’s Walter Cronkite – and “You Are There.” Break out your bobby socks, poodle skirts and hula hoops and get ready to flashback to the 50’s. Elvis will perform. Walter Cronkite will interview. 1950’s vintage cars, motorcycles and even a vintage M39Aa Willy’s Jeep like the one Private Elvis drove. 1950’s music and kids’ games for the whole family. Pin up your ponytail and polish your saddle shoes for a 1950’s Costume Contest. Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. – noon. Runway Café, Downtown Airport. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

Grandchildren in town over the summer? They might enjoy visiting the Upcountry History Museum for a special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious, open June 3 through September 24.  Learn more on the Museum’s website.