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May 19, 2017

OLLI NOTES

 

Summer registration continues!  Register online or in the OLLI office. There is still room for you in Small Wonders 101, Safe Computing, Broadway Show Tunes and offered for the first time – DIY Workshop with Grandkids & Home Depot. Call the office if these are the classes for you!

 

It’s Evaluation Time!  Please take a few minutes to provide helpful feedback on your Spring Term Courses.  Click on one of the following links to take your survey; you will need to take a different survey for each course.

General Course Evaluation: Here

Hobbies, Art and Music Course Evaluation: Here

Exercise and Fitness Course Evaluation: Here

 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate for Council openings to be voted on at the Spring Luncheon on May 23: President-Elect/VP Membership: May Welborn; Members at Large: Cindy Brothers and Marcia Smith. Thank you to Greg Peters, VP/President Elect/Nominating Committee Chair and his committee for their work in putting this slate together, and thanks to those who said “yes” when asked!

 

Learn more about issues facing the senior population:  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.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

The following courses will meet the week of May. 22-26. **For hiking make-up classes, please check your e-mail for notification from your leader.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Intermediate Core – 9 am, HC110 Hebrew Prophets – 10:45 am, HC103 Inter. Bridge – 9 am, HC113 Burning the Midnight Oil – 10:45 am, HC 004 Qi Gong – 9 am, HC110
Bel Canto Operas – 10:45 am, HC113 Jewish Ethics – 1:30 pm, HC103 Intro to Islam – 10:45 am, HC113 Acrylic Painting – 1 pm, HC005 Portraits in Oil – 9:30 am, HC005
Fundamentals of Investing – 2:30 pm, HC111 Manifest Destiny – 10:45 am, HC110 Home Internet Security – 3:15 pm, HC105 Grief & Loss 101 – 10:45 am, HC105
  Memories in a Drawer – 10:45 am, HC004  
    Still Tired of Those Aches and Pains? – 10:45 am, HC111    

 

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. Immerse yourself in Prague, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia. Come to know the Czech Republic in a more intimate way. Walk the same streets as Holy Roman emperors, saints, writers, composers, scientists, and occupying armies. Take time to enjoy some of the best beer in the world on the shores of the Vltava River listening to Smetana’s ode to that very river. Breathe in a millennium of culture, architecture, history, and music. The trip includes exploring the countryside of Southern Bohemia with overnight stay in Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most picturesque towns and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.​ The cost of the trip is $3,814 ($662 single supplement) which includes all ground costs (transportation, hotel accommodations, 12 meals), economy class airfare and travel insurance. Learn more hereIt’s not too late to pay your $400 deposit in the OLLI office.  Limited space still available! Contact Heidi Wright with questions, 294-2998.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Interested in Health, Fitness and Exercise? Want to be part of the team that decides on the Health, Fitness and Exercise curriculum?  If so, contact Janet Aguilar at 864.414.1944 to learn more.

 

Have a favorite soup, salad or sandwich recipe to share with your fellow OLLI members? Whether you are willing to come demonstrate your tricks of the trade or just willing to share your recipe for a potential class next winter, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact Mignon Davis at 864.419.2881.

 

The Bowling SIG will not be bowling in a league format during the summer but a number of us will purchase AMF’s Summer “Season Pass” and bowling at the following times; Mondays 12 noon, beginning May 22, and Tuesdays at 11:00 AM beginning May 30. Contact Michael Halloran with questions. FYI, the season pass is $30 plus tax and allows you to bowl three games every day (with shoes!) from May 22 through September 4.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Poverty Studies Department is hosting a poverty simulation, led by Beth Templeton of Our Eyes Were Opened, Monday, May 20, 2-4 p.m., at Younts Conference Center.  OLLI members are invited to attend and experience this with the students.  Call Nancy Kennedy at the OLLI Office (294-2979) for more information.

 

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, will begin Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. The series opens with Dance Craze performed by the Lakeside Concert Band. Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here.

 

Celebrate Armed Forces Day at the Upcountry History Museum on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A variety of events are scheduled following the Opening Ceremony, including a Veterans Forum, film screenings of Lethal Landscapes: Canvases of the Combat Artist, gallery tours, oral history opportunities, children’s activities and keynote address from retired US Navy Commander, Dr. Chip Beck. Visit the museum website for details.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, South Carolina, will host a Southern Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Watch regional artisans and craftsmen at work demonstrating their skills with a variety of time-honored traditions unique to the Southern Appalachian Region. There is a $5 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  Learn more here.

 

Don’t miss OLLI member Rachel Jeffreys in the Centre Stage production of “DelikateSSen” which runs through May 21. Tickets are $15-$30 and available on the website.

 

The Upstate Winds Concert Band invites you to join them for the indoor concert at Mauldin First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. (dinner provided)  They will also perform on Sunday, May 28, at Furman’s Lakeside Amphitheater at 3:00 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and enjoy the patriotic program. Contact Les Hicken for more information.
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 to attend.  Upcoming speakers are State Senator William Timmons on June 1 and Furman Vice President Mary Lou Merkt on June 15. For more information contact OLLI member and Woodland Rotary Chair Angelo Tartaro.

 

Looking for a language class this summer?  Upstate International is offering courses in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.  Regular and Intensive classes begin the week of June 12.  Visit their website for more information.

May 12, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

Summer registration continues!  Register online or in the OLLI office. The brochure is on the website and in the office. Pick up one for yourself and a few more to share with friends and neighbors.  Summer is a great time to try OLLI for the first time.  Classes are just $35 and there is no membership requirement. It’s a great time to encourage a friend to try out OLLI!

 

It’s Evaluation Time!  Please take a few minutes to provide helpful feedback on your Spring Term Courses.  Click on one of the following links to take your survey; you will need to take a different survey for each course.

General Course Evaluation: Here

Hobbies, Art and Music Course Evaluation: Here

Exercise and Fitness Course Evaluation: Here

 

Sign Up by Wednesday, May 17! Join emcee Linda Kelly to celebrate our homerun year at OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23 at the Younts Center. Doors open at 11:30 for fellowship at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).  Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Arugula and Watermelon Salad, Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette, BBQ Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes, Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Sliders and a sweet treat!  Congratulate the new Volunteer of the Year, elect OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. It so happens that OLLI Council President, Margaret Clark, is OLLI’s number one baseball fan. Dress is casual and all are encouraged to embrace the baseball theme! Sign up in the OLLI office for just $16.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate for Council openings to be voted on at the Spring Luncheon on May 23:  President-Elect/VP Membership: May Welborn; Members at Large: Cindy Brothers and Marcia Smith. Thank you to Greg Peters, VP/President Elect/Nominating Committee Chair and his committee for their work in putting this slate together, and thank you to the nominees who said “yes” when the committee asked!

 

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.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

There is room for you in the Bonus Events on Friday, May 19.  Sign up in the OLLI office!

The Furman Shi Center for Sustainability, 10 a.m.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We are delighted to announce that Furman professor Michael Svec, Dr. Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic this September 4-13, 2017. Immerse yourself in Prague, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This travel program allows you to come to know the Czech Republic in a more intimate way. Walk the same streets as Holy Roman emperors, saints, writers, composers, scientists, and occupying armies. Take time to enjoy some of the best beer in the world on the shores of the Vltava River listening to Smetana’s ode to that very river. Breathe in a millennium of culture, architecture, history, and music. The trip includes exploring the countryside of Southern Bohemia with overnight stay in Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most picturesque towns and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.​

 

 The cost of the trip is $3,814 ($662 single supplement) which includes all ground costs (transportation, hotel accommodations, 12 meals), economy class airfare and travel insurance. Learn more hereThe deadline is May 16 to pay your $400 deposit in the OLLI office.  Limited space available!

 

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. May 16, GPATS:  the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study and Long-Range Transportation Planning with Keith Brockington, Greenville County Transportation Manager.

 

Have an interest in Health, Fitness and Exercise? Want to be part of the team that decides on the Health, Fitness and Exercise curriculum?  If so, you are invited to contact Janet Aguilar at 864.414.1944 to learn more about this opportunity.

 

What are you doing this summer? The Community Volunteer SIG offers OLLI members more than 40 opportunities to engage within the Greenville community. Join us on Thursday, May 11, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m. in HC004 when we will feature Triune Mercy Center and a new Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club program. Contact Tom Nowlin with questions.

 

You may have heard that there’s a total solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21, and it will pass right over Greenville!  Furman University and OLLI are planning some educational and fun events for that day.  Watch your inbox for more information as the date approaches.

 

Do you enjoy using social media to stay connected to people, events and information important to your world?  Help the OLLI program expand its own social connectiveness by following OLLI on Facebook.  Login to your Facebook page, search @Ollifurman, and click “Follow” to get the news and information. And while you are at it, comment to us and let us know what YOU would like to see posted to the OLLI Facebook page!

 

Have a favorite soup, salad or sandwich recipe to share with your fellow OLLI members? Whether you are willing to come demonstrate your tricks of the trade or just willing to share your recipe for a potential class next winter, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact Mignon Davis at 864.419.2881.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

The Dining Hall will operate with the following schedule through May 31: Breakfast-7:30-9 a.m.; Lunch-11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Paladen and Tupelo Honey Café will not be open during the summer.  To see summer hours and daily menus, click here.

 

The Furman Paladin Baseball Team will take on VMI in a home series at Latham Baseball Stadium this weekend! May 12 (6 p.m.), May 13 (4 p.m. and May 14 (1 p.m.).  Single game tickets are $5. Come cheer on the Paladins!

 

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with the Upcountry History Museum on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. A variety of events are scheduled following the Opening Ceremony, including a Veterans Forum, film screenings of Lethal Landscapes: Canvases of the Combat Artist, gallery tours, oral history opportunities, children’s activities and keynote address from retired US Navy Commander, Dr. Chip Beck. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org for more details.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

The Upstate Winds Concert Band invites you to join them for the indoor concert at Mauldin First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. (dinner provided)  They will also perform on Sunday, May 28, at Furman’s Lakeside Amphitheater at 3:00 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and enjoy the patriotic program. Contact Les Hicken for more information.
Don’t miss OLLI member Rachel Jeffreys in the Centre Stage production of “DelikateSSen” which runs through May 21. Tickets are $15-$30 and available on the website.

 

Furman grad Brenda McClain, who grew up on a farm in Anderson County, will discuss her critically acclaimed first novel (starred Booklist, Okra pick) One Good Mama Bone at Fiction Addiction at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. It’s about a woman trying to be a good mother to her husband’s son by allowing him to raise a steer in a competition — not knowing he will have to send the animal he loves to auction. The program is free.

May 5, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

Summer registration continues!  Register online or in the OLLI office. The brochure is on the website and in the office. Pick up one for yourself and a few more to share with friends and neighbors.  Summer is a great time to try OLLI for the first time.  Classes are just $35 and there is no membership requirement. It’s a great time to encourage a friend to try out OLLI!

 

Sign up Now! Join emcee Linda Kelly to celebrate our homerun year at OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23 at the Younts Center. Doors open at 11:30 for fellowship at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).  Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Arugula and Watermelon Salad, Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette, BBQ Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes, Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Sliders and a sweet treat!  Congratulate the new Volunteer of the Year, elect OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. It so happens that OLLI Council President, Margaret Clark, is OLLI’s number one baseball fan. Dress is casual and all are encouraged to embrace the baseball theme! Sign up in the OLLI office for just $16.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

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.

 

The Dining Hall is closed May 6-9. It will reopen Mon., May 10 and will operate with the following schedule through May 31: Breakfast-7:30-9 a.m.; Lunch-11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Paladen and Tupelo Honey Café will not be open after May 5.  To see summer hours and daily menus, click here.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

PAH866 Cooking with Amino Acids will have a make-up class on Monday, May 8 at 3:15 p.m.

CPT330 The iPhone will meet in HC111 on Monday, May 8.

ACM101 Acrylic Painting will not meet on Thursday, May 11.

 

There is room for you in the Bonus Events on Friday, May 12.  Sign up in the OLLI office!

The Camino – Is it the Way for Me?, 9:30 a.m., HC004

Greenville Textile History, 10 a.m., NVJ100

Design Elements of Japanese Gardens, 10 a.m., HC113

Centre Stage-DeliKatessen, 10 a.m.

Watt Family Innovation Center, 10 a.m.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We are delighted to announce that Furman professor Michael Svec, Dr. Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic this September 4-13, 2017. Immerse yourself in Prague, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This travel program allows you to come to know the Czech Republic in a more intimate way. Walk the same streets as Holy Roman emperors, saints, writers, composers, scientists, and occupying armies. Take time to enjoy some of the best beer in the world on the shores of the Vltava River listening to Smetana’s ode to that very river. Breathe in a millennium of culture, architecture, history, and music. The trip includes exploring the countryside of Southern Bohemia with overnight stay in Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most picturesque towns and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.​

 

 The cost of the trip is $3,814 ($662 single supplement) which includes all ground costs (transportation, hotel accommodations, 12 meals), economy class airfare and travel insurance. Learn more here.  A $400 deposit due in the OLLI office by May 16.  Limited space available!

 

 

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Party time! Join the Food SIG for pot luck with a twist, food with spirit.  Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m., HC105. All OLLI Foodies are invited to join in the fun. Questions? Contact Barbara Wojack.

 

Come hear about the exciting things planned for the OLLI on Stage SIG, this Monday, May 6, 12:20 PM, HC103. Help your inner theatre emerge and have a great time. All are welcome. Contact dianeteare@aol.com with questions.

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. May 9, GPATS:  the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study and Long-Range Transportation Planning with Keith Brockington, Greenville County Transportation Manager.

 

Boys and Girls – Moms and Dads. On Wednesday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. there will be an organizational meeting in HC111 to assess the interest in developing an OLLI SIG Drum Circle. So, if you found your groove at last February’s “Rhythm Interactive Drumming Circle” Bonus Event and you don’t want to lose it or have always wanted a way to release your inner drummer and become that child of the 60’s again, then join us and let’s see if we can make it happen. Contact Bill Cowan with questions.

 

Would you like to have more fun in your life while making new friends and improving your mental agility? Join us for an initial meeting to discuss creating a new OLLI SIG, “IMPROVing with Age SIG” where we’ll play improvisation games.  Wednesday, May 10, 12:20 p.m., HC113. Contact Diana.miel6@gmail.com with questions or if you are interested, but unable to make the meeting.

 

What are you doing this summer? The Community Volunteer SIG offers OLLI members more than 40 opportunities to engage within the Greenville community. Join us on Thursday, May 11, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m.in HC004 when we will feature Triune Mercy Center and a new Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club program. Contact Tom Nowlin with questions.

 

You may have heard that there’s a total solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21, and it will pass right over Greenville!  Furman University and OLLI are planning some educational and fun events for that day.  Watch your inbox for more information as the date approaches.

 

Do you enjoy using social media to stay connected to people, events and information important to your world?  Help the OLLI program expand its own social connectiveness by following OLLI on Facebook.  Login to your Facebook page, search @Ollifurman, and click “Follow” to get the news and information. And while you are at it, comment to us and let us know what YOU would like to see posted to the OLLI Facebook page!

 

Have a favorite soup, salad or sandwich recipe to share with your fellow OLLI members? Whether you are willing to come demonstrate your tricks of the trade or just willing to share your recipe for a potential class next winter, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact Mignon Davis at 864.419.2881.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Artisphere Volunteers are needed to staff the Furman tent, May 12-14.  Wear purple and welcome people as they come to the Furman tent! Shifts are 2 hours on Fri., May 12 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.); Sat., May 13 (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Sun., May 14 (11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).  Contact Mariel Calhoun or Mike Wilson at 864.294.3464 if you can help.  Learn more about Artisphere on the website.

 

The Furman Paladin Baseball Team will take on VMI in a home series at Latham Baseball Stadium on May 12 (6 p.m.), May 13 (4 p.m. and May 14 (1 p.m.).  Single game tickets are $5. Come cheer on the Paladins!

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities School Choir and the Cantus Chamber Choir will present their spring choral concert at Furman University’s Daniel Chapel on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Furman’s Daniel Chapel. Free, but please call 864.282.3737 to make a reservation.

 

The American Chamber Players present Jewels from the City of Light, May 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Peace Center website.

April 28, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

Summer registration begins Tuesday, May 2 at 8 a.m. for everyone. The summer flyer is available on the website. No papers copies were mailed, but they are available in the office. Pick one up, and a few more to share with friends and neighbors. Make sure you go online to try out your USER NAME AND PASSWORD so that login will be smooth when you are ready to register. In preparation, if you need registration help, stop by the Computer Lab (HC104) on Monday, May 1 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Summer is a great time for people to try OLLI for the first time. Classes are just $35 (unless noted) and there is no membership requirement. A great time to encourage a friend to try out OLLI!

 

It’s been a homerun year at OLLI and now it’s time to celebrate OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23 at the Younts Center. Doors open at 11:30 for fellowship at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).  Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Arugula and Watermelon Salad, Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette, BBQ Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes, Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Sliders and a sweet treat!  Congratulate the new Volunteer of the Year, elect OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. It so happens that OLLI Council President, Margaret Clark, is OLLI’s number one baseball fan. Dress is casual and all are encouraged to embrace the baseball theme! Sign up in the OLLI office for just $16.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

Now is the time to apply 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.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

There is room for you in the following Bonus Events on Friday, May 5.  Sign up in the OLLI office!

 

Coffee, Migration and Faith (10:45 a.m., HC004)

City Scape Winery and Vineyard Tour (2 p.m.)

Farm Tour–Possum Kingdom Kreamery (11 a.m.)

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

 

In the Heart of Europe: The Czech Republic  We are delighted to announce that Furman professor Michael Svec, Dr. Svec is offering an opportunity for OLLI members to travel to the Czech Republic this September 4-13, 2017. Immerse yourself in Prague, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This travel program allows you to come to know the Czech Republic in a more intimate way. Walk the same streets as Holy Roman emperors, saints, writers, composers, scientists, and occupying armies. Take time to enjoy some of the best beer in the world on the shores of the Vltava River listening to Smetana’s ode to that very river. Breathe in a millennium of culture, architecture, history, and music. The trip includes exploring the countryside of Southern Bohemia with overnight stay in Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most picturesque towns and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.​

The cost of the trip is $3814 ($662 single supplement) which includes all ground costs (transportation, hotel accommodations, 12 meals), economy class airfare and travel insurance. Learn more here.  A $400 deposit due in the OLLI office by May 16.  Limited space available!

 

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. May 2, Affordable Housing in Greenville with Ginny Stroud, Greenville City Community Development & Jil Littlejohn, Mayor Pro Tem, Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Party time! Join the Food SIG for pot luck with a twist, food with spirit.  Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m., HC105. All OLLI Foodies are invited to join in the fun. Questions? Contact Barbara Wojack.

 

The Community Volunteer SIG offers OLLI members more than 40 opportunities to engage within the Greenville community. Join us on Thursday, May 4, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m., HC004 for a focus on Greenville Free Medical Clinic and Paris Mountain State Park Friends. Also, on May 11, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m., HC004 we will feature a new Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club program. Contact Tom Nowlin with questions.

 

Boys and Girls – Moms and Dads. On Wednesday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. there will be an organizational meeting in HC111 to assess the interest in developing an OLLI SIG Drum Circle. So, if you found your groove at last February’s “Rhythm Interactive Drumming Circle” Bonus Event and you don’t want to lose it or have always wanted a way to release your inner drummer and become that child of the 60’s again, then join us and let’s see if we can make it happen. Contact Bill Cowan with questions.

 

Would you like to have more fun in your life while making new friends and improving your mental agility? Join us for an initial meeting to discuss creating a new OLLI SIG, “IMPROVing with Age SIG” where we’ll play improvisation games.  Wednesday, May 10, 12:20 p.m., HC113. Contact Diana.miel6@gmail.com with questions or if you are interested, but unable to make the meeting.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

Furman will hold its graduation exercises on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Paladin Stadium. Among the graduates will be OLLI student worker, Laken Weaver.  Stop by the OLLI office and help us congratulate Laken on her distinguished achievement. Fortunately, we will have Laken through the summer term!

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m.—1 p.m. at Jeff Lynch Appliance & TV Center (17 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville.) Rain or Shine! Arriving early is recommended.

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by OLLI instructor Bing Vick, presents a concert of great American secular music, Slice of American Pie, on Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. at Taylors First Baptist Church. Beautiful folksongs, stirring hymn-tunes, spirituals, gospel music, Barbershop harmony, and selections from the “Great American Songbook” (20’s, 30’s, 40’s). OLLI members get 20% discount ($30 ticket for $24) on tickets in the OLLI Office.

 

Music on Sunday at the Temple of Israel, April 30, 3 p.m.:  The Swannanoa Festival Trio will perform, featuring Inessa Zaretsky, with a complimentary wine and cheese reception to follow. Visit their website for more information.

 

Join Chautauqua Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. to experience the life and words of Cesar Chavez with Vera Gomez, performance poet, Emrys president and author of “Barrio Voices.” Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

April 21, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we scheduled and rescheduled classes to accommodate the hosting of the Special Olympics by Furman.  They are here today enjoying the beautiful day!

 

Summer registration begins Tuesday, May 2 at 8 a.m. for everyone. The summer flyer is available on the website. No papers copies will be mailed, but they are available in the office. Pick one up, and a few more to share with friends and neighbors. Make sure you go online to try out your USER NAME AND PASSWORD so that login will be smooth when you are ready to register. Summer is a great time for people to try OLLI for the first time. Classes are just $35 (unless noted) and there is no membership requirement. A great time to encourage a friend to try out OLLI!

 

It’s been a homerun year at OLLI and now it’s time to celebrate OLLI at our annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23 at the Younts Center. Doors open at 11:30 for fellowship at the pavilion next door (cash bar available).  Enjoy a buffet lunch at noon including Arugula and Watermelon Salad, Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette, BBQ Baked Beans, Cheesy Potatoes, Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Sliders and a sweet treat!  Congratulate the new Volunteer of the Year, elect OLLI Council members, and visit with OLLI friends old and new. It so happens that OLLI Council President, Margaret Clark, is OLLI’s number one baseball fan. Dress is casual and all are encouraged to embrace the baseball theme! Sign up in the OLLI office for just $16.  Please see Heidi Wright with dietary restrictions.

 

Tuesday, April 25 is DINS DAY at Furman (short for Paladins).  If you going to be at OLLI that day, wear your Furman purple and join in sharing the Furman spirit!

 

Now is the time to apply 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.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

PAH820 Intro. to Duplicate Bridge will not meet on Monday, April 24.

HIS690 Modern European History will not meet on Tuesday, April 25.

 

There is room for you in the following Bonus Events on Friday, April 28. Introduction to the Car Collector Hobby, 10 a.m., HC004; What’s All the Buzz About?, 1 p.m., HC004; Bridges to a Brighter Future, 1 p.m., HC110. Sign up in the OLLI office!

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. April 25, Sustainable Furman: The Role of Campus Facilities with Jeff Redderson, AVP Facility and Campus Services, Furman University.

 

The OLLI Travel SIG will meet tonight, Fri., April 21, 4:30 pm at the Evergreen Lounge, Woodlands of Furman. Beer and wine are available (please DON’T bring your own) but you might bring an appetizer to share. Our speaker will give advice about packing for a trip, interesting even for those with lots of experience–there are always new opportunities for efficiency.  There will be time for general discussion, networking for ideas and camaraderie.

 

Interested in volunteering in the community but not sure where to start? Join the Community Volunteer SIG on Thursday, May 4, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m., HC004 to learn more about more than 40 opportunities. This week’s special focus will be on Greenville Free Medical Clinic and Paris Mountain State Park Friends.

 

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

The Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert tonight, Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. The Spring Oratorio, Mozart & Strauss, is a Sound Quality Concert Series event. Tickets are $10 for seniors and may be purchased at the door.

 

Calling all OLLI Sports Fans! Don’t miss the 4th Annual Spring Athletics Festival at Furman on Saturday, April 22. There are a variety of home athletic contests that day, including the men’s and women’s SoCon tennis tournament, men’s lacrosse, softball, and baseball. There will be free kids’ activities, a food truck, and a beer garden on the football practice field from 1-5 p.m. For a full schedule of the day’s events, check out our website.

 

Art by 14 Furman University graduating seniors will be on display through May 4 in Thompson Gallery of Furman’s Roe Art Building. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F.  The exhibition, Passages, is a culmination of the four years the Class of 2017 has studied in the art department. Using a variety of mediums, the artists will show paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, and sculpture.

 

OLLI golfers of every skill level are invited to participate in the Furman Women’s Basketball Golf Tournament, Friday, May 5 at the Furman Golf Club. All tournament proceeds benefit the Furman Women’s Basketball program. Visit the website to register yourself or a team.  Questions? Contact Krista Beechy.

 

An exhibition marking the United States World War I Centennial is now on display at Furman’s James B. Duke Library. The exhibition, Over Here, Over There: Greenville in the Great War, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, on the second floor gallery of James B. Duke Library through May 31.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

The SC Native Plant Society’s Spring Native Plant Sale will take place Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conestee Park (840 Mauldin Road, Greenville.) For more information visit www.scnps.org and look at April 22 on the activities calendar.

 

Carolina Bronze Handbell Ensemble, the auditioned community group, will be ringing at the following locations: Cascades Verdae – April 22, 2 p.m.; Greenville County Museum of Art – April 23, 2 p.m.; Greer First Presbyterian Church – April 25, 7 p.m.; Artisphere – May 14, 12 noon. Visit the website for more information.

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by OLLI instructor Bing Vick, presents a concert of great American secular music, Slice of American Pie, on Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Greenville and Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. at Taylors First Baptist Church. Beautiful folksongs, stirring hymn-tunes, spirituals, gospel music, Barbershop harmony, and selections from the “Great American Songbook” (20’s, 30’s, 40’s). OLLI members get 20% discount ($30 ticket for $24) on tickets in the OLLI Office.

 

The Greenville County Library System invites you to attend an interactive and entertaining storytelling workshop led by OLLI instructor and storyteller Monty Tucker on Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Hughes Main Library, Meeting Room A. Learn how to choose a story, techniques for delivery, and how to evaluate your audience. Email explore@greenvillelibrary.org or call 527-9293 to register.

 

Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m.—1 p.m. at Jeff Lynch Appliance & TV Center (17 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville.) Rain or Shine!

 

Music on Sunday at the Temple of Israel, April 30, 3 p.m.:  The Swannanoa Festival Trio will perform, featuring Inessa Zaretsky, with a complimentary wine and cheese reception to follow. Visit their website for more information.

 

Join Chautauqua Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. to experience the life and words of Cesar Chavez with Vera Gomez, performance poet, Emrys president and author of “Barrio Voices.” Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville. Call 244-1499 or visit greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  Free!

 

April 13, 2017

The OLLI Office will be closed (no classes) on April 14 in observance of Good Friday.

We will be OPEN and holding classes on Monday, April 17.

 

On April 19 Furman will host the Special Olympics. Our parking lot will be full.  We are moving many of the morning OLLI courses to other locations that day (list follows).  If your class is NOT on this list, you will have class in the Herring Center as usual. A limited number of parking spaces will be reserved for OLLI class participants in front of the Herring Center. All others should enter campus through the front gate, as you will not be able to access the main campus from our parking lot that morning. Please call the OLLI office with any questions, If you need to come by to take care of something in the office, April 19 would not be the day to do that.  Thank you for your patience and support as Furman hosts these special athletes!

 

Following are the classes that will meet not meet on Wednesday, April 19:

PAH894 What’s For Breakfast? will not meet on Wednesday, April 19.

PAH827 Intermediate Bridge will not meet on Wednesday, April 19.

PHO1635 19th Century French Photographers will not meet on Wednesday, April 19.

SNM1039 Notable Weather Pioneers and Events will not meet on Wednesday, April 19.

 

Following are the classes that will meet in a different location on Wednesday, April 19:

PHO 1600 Spring Fling will meet. Please check your e-mail for specifics on location.

CEO432 U.S. Health Care System will meet in North Village, Building J, Room 100, 9 a.m.

ACM102 Memories in a Drawer will meet in Arts Room at the Woodlands, 10:45 a.m.

RPH938 Introduction to Islam will meet in the Chapel Meeting Room, 10:45 a.m.

HFE590 Still Tired of Those Aches and Pains? will meet in Rose Room at the Woodlands, 10:45 a.m.

HIS616 Manifest Destiny and Beyond II will meet in North Village, Building J, Room 100, 10:45 a.m.

PPG1350 Masters of Aging will meet in North Village, Building J, Room 300. 10:45 a.m.

HIS685 Interesting Characters will meet in North Village, Building J, Room 100. 1:30 p.m.

 

All Wednesday 1:30 p.m. classes will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 only, with the exception of HIS685 Interesting Characters in American History and Woodcarving 201, which will meet at their regular time.

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

There is room for you in the following Bonus Events on Friday, April 21. Water Gardens of the Solar System and Earth (10 a.m., HC004) and Hopi Indians of Northern Arizona: A Living Ancient Culture (1 p.m., HC1110). Sign up in the OLLI office!

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. April 18, GSP – Working to Support the Future Growth of the Upstate with David N. Edwards, Jr., President/CEO Greenville, Spartanburg Airport District.

 

There will not be an OLLI Computer Help Desk next week. Be on the lookout for another opportunity soon!

 

OLLI Out and About Singles are going to Ram Cat Alley in Seneca, SC on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the Soul and R&B singer, Jaimie Wright, and her band.  For reservations please contact Carolyn Rice.

 

Interested in volunteering in the community but not sure where to start? Join the Community Volunteer SIG on Thurs., April 20, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m., HC004 to learn more about more than 40 opportunities. This week’s special focus will be on Loaves & Fishes and the American Red Cross.

 

The OLLI Travel SIG will meet Fri., April 21, 4:30 pm at the Evergreen Lounge, Woodlands of Furman. Beer and wine are available (please DON’T bring your own) but you might bring an appetizer to share. Our speaker will give advice about packing for a trip, interesting even for those with lots of experience–there are always new opportunities for efficiency.  There will be time for general discussion, networking for ideas and camaraderie.

 

Out and About SIG, mark your calendars for Thur., May 4 for a day of antiquing in Landrum, SC. Meander through the antique stores and boutiques, lunch at the Hare and Hound and for those interested we can swing by Campbell’s Covered Bridge which is nearby.  We will carpool from Furman leaving at 9:15 am.  Please RSVP to Jan Tallman, 864.423.1187 by April 20 so lunch reservations can be made.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Part 3 of “Our Republic…..For Which It Stands,” a panel discussion presented by Furman University professors, takes place this week.  Wednesday, April 19, Think You Know What You Know?  Understanding Constraints on Human Perception and Reasoning, 7 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall.  April 20, Seeing the Science in Our lIves:  The Value of Basic and Applied Research, Daniel Recital Hall.  Both events are free and open to the public.

 

The Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present a concert Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. The Spring Oratorio, Mozart & Strauss, is a Sound Quality Concert Series event. Tickets are $10 for seniors and may be purchased at the door or ordered through Eventbrite, at the door or through the Furman Music Office, 294-2118.

 

Art by 14 Furman University graduating seniors will be on display through May 4 in Thompson Gallery of Furman’s Roe Art Building. Thompson Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F.  The exhibition, Passages, is a culmination of the four years the Class of 2017 has studied in the art department. Using a variety of mediums, the artists will show paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, and sculpture.

 

OLLI golfers of every skill level are invited to participate in the Furman Women’s Basketball Golf Tournament, Friday, May 5 at the Furman Golf Club. All tournament proceeds benefit the Furman Women’s Basketball program. Visit the website to register yourself or a team.  Questions? Contact Krista Beechy.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

This is the final weekend to see The Warehouse Theatre’s production of All My Sons.  The show runs April 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m.  Tickets available here.

 

Join Chautauqua on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to experience the life and works of Maya Angelou with Glenis Redmond, Peace Center Poet-in-Residence, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and author of “What the Hand Knows. Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville. Call 244-1499 or visit the Chautauqua website. Free!

 

The SC Native Plant Society’s Spring Native Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conestee Park (840 Mauldin Road, Greenville.) For more information visit www.scnps.org and look at April 22 on the activities calendar.

 

If you are an advocate of science but can’t afford the time or expense of traveling to attend the March for Science scheduled for April 22 in Washington, DC, you’re in luck! Greenville will hold a satellite event (one of nearly 400 globally!) on the same day from 12-2 p.m. at One City Plaza. Learn more here.

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by OLLI instructor Bing Vick, presents a concert of great American secular music, “Slice of American Pie,” on Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Greenville and on Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. at Taylors First Baptist Church. Beautiful folksongs, stirring hymn-tunes, spirituals, gospel music, Barbershop harmony, and selections from the “Great American Songbook” (20’s, 30’s, 40’s). OLLI members get 20% discount ($30 ticket for $24) on tickets in the OLLI Office.

 

Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m.—1 p.m. at Jeff Lynch Appliance & TV Center (17 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville.) Rain or Shine!

 

Music on Sunday at the Temple of Israel, April 30, 3 p.m.:  The Swannanoa Festival Trio will perform featuring Inessa Zaretsky with a complimentary wine and cheese reception to follow. Visit their website for more info.

April 7, 2017

The OLLI Office will be closed (no classes) on April 14 in observance of Good Friday.

We will be OPEN and holding classes on Monday, April 17.

 

Term fees are refundable through the end of the second week of classes (except for cooking classes). After the end of the second week (TODAY Friday, April 7), no refunds will be given. An administrative charge of $10 will apply to any course cancellations. There is no fee if you drop a class and add a different one.

 

Ever needed to come into the office and drop a class? Get directions? Register? Make a reservation? Get help with wi-fi? If so, you likely interacted with our student workers and we trust you will agree that we have the crème of the crop in Sam Hayes, Laken Weaver and Sam Kolls.  April 10-14 is Furman Student Worker Appreciation Week. Please help us show our OLLI appreciation by stopping to say thanks, jotting a note or the like sometime when at the Herring Center next week. We couldn’t do it without them!

 

Check out the Spring editions of Gray Matters! Check out our latest edition and learn what’s new at OLLI.  If you didn’t get to read the April Fools Gray Mutters, view it here.  Thank you to Gary Aten and his team!

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

PAH820 Intro to Duplicate Bridge will not meet on Monday, April 10.

RPH903 Hebrew Prophets will not meet on Tuesday, April 11.

LAN755 Destinos will not meet on Tuesday, April 11.

PAH842 Chinese Cooking will not meet on Tuesday, April 11.

HIS622 8 Weeks in China will not meet on Tuesday, April 11

RPH927 Jewish Ethics will not meet on Tuesday, April 11.

RPH938 Intro to Islam will not meet on Wednesday, April 12.

No classes will be held on Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

In the Heart of Europe:  The Czech Republic is an OLLI course offered this spring by Furman professor Michael Svec.  In conjunction, Dr. Svec is offering an opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic this fall.  Join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 12:30-1:15 p.m., HC111.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. April 11, Philanthropy: Giving and Caring in Greenville with Gage Weeks, Hollingsworth Funds, Senior VP, Strategic Initiatives.

 

Fill your plate and enjoy Breakfast with OLLI in the faculty dining room inside the Furman Dining Hall on Wednesday, April 12, 8-10 a.m. Just $5 with your OLLI nametag or Paladin Pass; choices include made to order omelets, fruit, breads, eggs, bacon and more!  Thank you to Linda and Tom Nowlin for hosting.

 

An OLLI Computer Help Desk will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 1 – 4:30 p.m., HC104 (the computer lab). If you are having trouble with your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, other smartphone, or any computer-related question or problem, bring it by and we will look at it for you. Help will be on a “first come, first served” basis. If you have an afternoon class, you can drop off your laptop and we’ll look at it as time permits. Drop by during the afternoon of the 18th and get your computer questions or problems looked at by our experts.

 

The OLLI Onstage SIG meets this Monday, April 10 from 12:20-1:20 in HC 103, President’s Conference Room. Everyone interested is welcome! We want your input.
OLLI Out and About Singles are going to Ram Cat Alley in Seneca, SC on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the Soul and R&B singer, Jaimie Wright, and her band.  For reservations please contact Carolyn Rice.

 

Interested in volunteering in the community but not sure where to start? Join the Community Volunteer SIG on Thurs., April 20, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m., HC004 to learn more about more than 40 opportunities. This week’s special focus will be on Loaves & Fishes and American Red Cross.

The OLLI Travel SIG will meet Fri., April 21, 4:30 pm at the Evergreen Lounge, Woodlands of Furman. Beer and wine are available (please DON’T bring your own) but you might bring an appetizer to share. Our speaker will give advice about packing for a trip, interesting even for those with lots of experience–there are always new opportunities for efficiency.  There will be time for general discussion, networking for ideas and camaraderie.

 

Out and About SIG, mark your calendars for Thur., May 4 for a day of antiquing in Landrum, SC. Meander through the antique stores and boutiques, lunch at the Hare and Hound and for those interested we can swing by Campbell’s Covered Bridge which is nearby.  We will carpool from Furman leaving at 9:15 am.  Please RSVP to Jan Tallman, 864.423.1287 by April 20 so lunch reservations can be made.

 

French SIG: Ce semestre le SIG français deviendra un club du livre. Nous lirons un livre français et l’utiliserons comme point de départ pour notre discussion.  Nous commencerons avec  “Le Rhinocéros, ” un livre de E. Ionesco. Vous pouvez acheter l’édition française en ligne à Amazon. Nous accueillerons les personnes qui ont des notions de français, parlé ou écrit. Le SIG se réunira les mardis  au centre Herring de 12:20 à 13:20, salle 103.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Tonight, April 7, the Furman Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Leslie W. Hicken, will present their annual Spring Concert, “Lift Off” at 8:00 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite (a small processing fee applies), at the door or through the Furman Music Office, 294-2118.

 

Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos in concert Tues., April 11, 8 p.m., Daniel Recital. Tickets $5.

 

The Riley Institute and the Department of Politics and International Affairs present a two-day symposium, Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security, April 10 and 11, 7 – 8:45 p.m., in McAlister Auditorium.  Free and open to the public. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from ten national experts, including Lt. Gen. John Mulholland, who was leader of special operations in Afghanistan immediately after the 9/11 attack and the Pentagon liaison with the CIA, and Admiral Mike McConnell, the former US Director of National Intelligence and former head of the NSA.  Eight additional speakers round out the panels on the two nights.  To see the list of speakers, all of who are Furman graduates, click here.  To see the complete symposium agenda, click here.

 

Jessica Taylor, Lead Political Reporter, National Public Radio, will talk about the political climate in the nation’s capital and what it’s like to be a member on the Fourth Estate during the Trump presidency at the University’s High Noon Lecture Series on Wed., April 12 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, Media in the Age of Trump, will begin at noon and is open to the public. View the schedule here.

 

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil and guest artists will present a concert, “William Preucil & Friends” on Wednesday, April 12 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall.  Free!

 

Furman Steering Committee for BMW Charity Pro-Am needs your help! The Furman Golf Club is one of 3 courses hosting the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville May 18-21. The cost for volunteering is $40, and includes a polo shirt and cap, food and beverages, and one guest pass good at any of the 3 courses. Register to volunteer and learn more about the positions available at the tournament website. $20 of the volunteer fee can be directed to one of 16 charities, including The Furman Advantage. Questions? Contact Heidi Wright.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Join Chautauqua on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to experience the life and works of Maya Angelou with Glenis Redmond, Peace Center Poet-in-Residence, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and author of “What the Hand Knows. Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville. Call 244-1499 or visit the Chautauqua website. Free!

 

Boots and Barbecue to benefit the Greenville Chorale – April 28 Join the fun on Friday evening, April 28, 6:00 p.m. Downtown Airport Hanger, for the Chorale’s major support event. Live band for dancing, Henry’s Bar-BQ, beer/wine, great silent auction items (Wild Dunes vacation, restaurants, golf packages, gift cards, OLLI package, and much more).  Tickets $35 single, $60 couple. Call 235-1101 or see Bing Vick.

 

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by OLLI instructor Bing Vick, presents a concert of great American secular music, “Slice of American Pie”, on Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Greenville and on Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. at Taylors First Baptist Church. Beautiful folksongs, stirring hymn-tunes, spirituals, gospel music, Barbershop harmony, and selections from the “Great American Songbook” (20’s, 30’s, 40’s.) OLLI members get 20% discount ($30 ticket for $24) on tickets in the OLLI Office.

 

 

March 31, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

You won’t want to miss the April edition of Gray Matters which is hot off the press! Check out our online edition to read up on some surprising OLLI happenings.

 

Term fees are refundable through the end of the second week of classes (except for cooking classes). After the end of the second week (end of day Friday, April 7), no refunds will be given. An administrative charge of $10 will apply to any course cancellations. There is no fee if you drop a class and add a different one.

 

Furman Steering Committee for BMW Charity Pro-Am needs your help! As you may know, the Furman Golf Club is one of three courses hosting the BMW Charity Pro-Am that will take place in Greenville May 18-21. Organizers are looking for volunteers to work during the tournament. The cost for volunteering is $40, and includes a polo shirt and cap, food and beverages, and one guest pass good at any of the three courses. Register to volunteer and learn more about the positions available at the tournament website. $20 of the volunteer fee can be directed to one of 16 charities. We ask that you consider directing your gift to The Furman Advantage to support the university’s new strategic vision. Questions? Contact Heidi Wright.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

 

There is room for you in the following Bonus Events! Friday, April 7 you may sign up for Gossett Concrete Pipe Company (10 a.m.), Know the 10 Signs, Early Detection (10 a.m., 004), Preparing Your Spring Garden Activities (10 a.m., NVJ100), Oconee Bells and their History (11-3).  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

 

FREE OLD AND UNUSED DRUG DISPOSAL! Today, March 31 noon-2 p.m., OLLI will host a special one-time-only FREE service to dispose of all old or unused drugs.  Spring clean your medicine cabinet and drop off your pill bottles, tubes, vials, syringes, etc. with the law enforcement official who will be at the Herring Center front door. No need to remove labels.

 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. April 4, Spine Care: Operative and Nonoperative Treatment Options with Dr. Eric Andrew Lenehan, Department of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, Southeast Neurological and Spine Institute, Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.

 

In just a short time, 50 OLLI members have become actively engaged with the Personal and Community Engagement Initiative (PCE).  The first Community Engagement SIG is on April 6, 12:20 – 1:20 p.m. (HC004) Learn about the opportunities and some of the reasons these folks have chosen to participate. Come listen to an informative presentation by Dudley Tower and Tom Nowlin and then decide for yourself.  You may be VERY surprised at some of the hidden benefits of volunteering.

 

Este término, el SIG español se reunirá a las 10:45 los jueves en la Sala de Conferencias del Presidente, Sala 103. Animamos a todos aquellos que estén interesados en mantener su aprendizaje del idioma español para unirse a nosotros. Discutimos temas actuales y pasamos el tiempo conociéndonos. Se anima a los participantes a hablar sólo en español durante estas reuniones. Esperamos que te unas a este grupo divertido. Es una gran manera de mantener nuestro cerebro activo.

 

A Hand Quilting and More SIG is forming for all OLLI members interested in sharing time working on hand quilting projects or any other hand work you are involved in. The SIG will meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., HC003. Contact Donna Rasheed or Judith Woodward with questions.

 

The Food SIG will NOT meet on Friday, April 7.  The SIG will meet on Friday, May 5. All OLLI Foodies are invited to join in the fun. Watch OLLI Notes for details. Questions? Contact Barbara Wojack, 864.349.3828.

 

OLLI Out and About Singles are going to Ram Cat Alley in Seneca, SC on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the Soul and R&B singer, Jaimie Wright, and her band.  For reservations please contact Carolyn Rice.

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

 

The New York Times best-selling author David Shields will talk about the film, I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, which is based on Shields’ same-titled book and is directed by filmmaker actor James Franco. The film talk takes place Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in Burgiss Theater. Free!

 

Brent Nelsen, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Furman University, will open with a brief examination of what has transpired to date, then open the floor to a broad-ranging discussion about the first tumultuous weeks of the Trump presidency at the University’s High Noon Lecture Series on Wed., April 5 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, “The First 76 Days: A Look at the Trump Presidency”, will begin at noon and is open to the public. View the spring schedule here.

 

Furman Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet, March 29-April 1 and 6-8 at 8 p.m., and April 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. OLLI members get the student price.  Call 294-2125 for more information.

 

Indiana University Bloomington Professor of Political Science Aurelian Craiutu will speak on Wednesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101. His talk, “Moderation: A Virtue for Our Times,” is free and open to the public. Craiutu’s lecture is the last of the three-part Tocqueville series, “Tocqueville and the American Republic.”

 

On Friday evening April 7, the Furman Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Leslie W. Hicken, will present their annual Spring Concert, “Lift Off” at 8:00 pm in McAlister Auditorium.  This concert is part of Furman’s Sound Quality Series. Admission is $10 for seniors and can be purchased through Eventbrite (a small processing fee applies), at the door or through the Furman Music Office, 294-2118.

 

Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs will present a two-day symposium on national security and civil liberties on April 10 & 11, 7 – 8:45 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. The symposium, “Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security,” is free and open to the public. On April 10, Lt. Gen. John Mulholland (U.S. Army, ret.), former commander of special forces and CIA associate director for military affairs will speak on “America’s Current and Future National Security Challenges.” On April 11, Adm. Mike McConnell (U.S. Navy, ret.), former U.S. Director of National Intelligence and former head of the National Security Agency will present the case for government surveillance. Learn more on the website.

 

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

 

The Warehouse Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s All My Sons through April 15. The March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 performances will be at 3 p.m. The April 7 performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $35 for reserved. Visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

Save the Date! If you are an advocate of science but can’t afford the time or expense of traveling to attend the March for Science scheduled for April 22 in Washington, DC, you’re in luck! Greenville will hold a satellite event (one of nearly 400 globally!) on the same day from 12-2 p.m. at One City Plaza. Learn more here.

 

March 24, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing: Welcome back to OLLI’s Spring Term!  Classes begin next week, so consult your brochure to figure out exactly when and where your class meets.  As always, call the OLLI office if you have questions.  New members may pick up nametags and parking passes when you come for your first class.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Room Changes:

PPG1382 Dynamic Aging V and PPG1392 Dynamic Aging VI will now meet in HC005

HIS622 8 Weeks in China will now meet in HC004

CEO404 Great Decisions 2017 will now meet in NVJ100

CPT312 Home Internet Security will now meet in HC105

 

There’s room for YOU in this informative Bonus Event:  Learn why and how Greenville’s seniors are not immune from the national epidemic of prescription drug/opioid use and abuse. At Seniors and Opioids:  Unexpected Origins of a Greenville Epidemic, Fri., March 31, 1 p.m., you’ll hear from a certified addictions counselor and an emergency medicine physician.  Call or come by the office to sign up.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Lunch and Learn, Tuesdays in HC110, 12:30-1:15p.m. March 28, The Wyeth Dynasty:  Three Generations with Ellen Westcamper, Head of Education, Greenville County Museum of Art.

 

Get a sneak peek into the world of Romeo and Juliet Wednesday, March 29 at 12:30, HC 111.  Dr. Kristin Stultz Pressley, a Furman alum and adjunct professor, will discuss how this timeless classic has changed and stayed the same throughout the ages.  Then, buy your tickets for Furman’s production of Romeo and Juliet, March 29-April 1 and 6-8 at 8 p.m., and April 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. OLLI members get the student price.  Call 294-2125 for more information.

 

Enjoy a production of the Royal Shakespeare Company captured live in HC from Stratford-upon-Avon.  The Tempest, Wednesday, March 29, 4 p.m., Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center. This production stars Simon Russell Beale, in what critics are lauding as the best performance of his career and is currently playing to sold out houses in London. Tickets available in the OLLI office and at the door–$16 for OLLI members, $18 for general public.  **Prepare for the presentation at a Tempest Lunch and Learn led by Dennis Tavernetti Monday, March 27, 12:30-1:20, HC111.

 

FREE OLD AND UNUSED DRUG DISPOSAL! On March 31 noon-2 p.m., OLLI will host a special one-time-only FREE service to dispose of all old or unused drugs.  Spring clean your medicine cabinet and drop off your pill bottles, tubes, vials, syringes, etc. with the law enforcement official who will be at the Herring Center front door. No need to remove labels. And, don’t forget to sign up for the special Bonus Event noted above!

 

In just a short time, 50 OLLI members have become actively engaged with the Personal and Community Engagement Initiative (PCE).  Our first PCE SIG meeting on April 6, 12:20-1:20 pm (HC004) will explain some of the reasons these folks have chosen to participate. Come listen to an informative presentation by Dudley Tower and Tom Nowlin and decide for yourself.  You may be VERY surprised by some of the hidden benefits of volunteering

 

A Hand Quilting and More SIG is forming for all OLLI members interested in sharing time working on hand quilting projects or any other hand work you are involved in. The SIG will meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., HC003. Contact Donna Rasheed or Judith Woodward with questions.

 

All OLLI yarn spinning enthusiasts are invited to enjoy spinning and conversation with other spinners through the OLLI Spinning SIG. The first meeting is Fri., April 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Herring Center Lobby. Contact Barry Gilmer if you are interested or with questions.

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

Furman student researchers are in need of participants! Students will be in the Herring Center computer lab at next Tuesday (12:30-4), Wednesday (12:15-1:15) and Thursday (8:30-11; 2:30-4:30) to collect data for three different studies. The topics of the studies range from perceptions of behaviors in the workplace, to help-seeking preferences, to perceptions of end-of-life planning. Each study will take 20 minutes or less.  Please sign up in the OLLI office.

 

Furman University Lyric Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore Sat., March 25 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. General Admission tickets for the event are $15 for seniors and are available through Eventbrite or the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086.

 

Award-winning historian David Shi, who served as Furman’s president from 1994 to 2010, will provide an overview of the vexing and volatile history of race in the American experience: how it has been defined, abused, embraced and overcome at the University’s High Noon Lecture Series on Wed., March 29 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, “A More Perfect Union: Race in American History”, will begin at noon and is open to the public. View the spring schedule here.

 

How is democracy faring in 21st century America? What about the long accepted standards of civil behavior and ethical conduct? A group of Furman professors will address those issues in March and April in the series Our Republic … For Which It Stands. Upcoming presentations include Is “Civil Discourse” Overrated?  Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Deference and Respect for Authority, March 26, 3 p.m. at Greenville First Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) and When Is It OK to Punch a Nazi? A Panel Discussion on Symbolic Violence and Civil Disobedience, March 30, 7:30 p.m. in Furman Hall 214 (McEachern). Free. Learn more on the website.

 

Furman’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs, with support from SC ETV, presents Black American Since MLK:  A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Thursday, March 30, 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the Younts Conference Center.  Free.  Seating is limited, so arrive early.  Visit the Riley Institute website for more information.  Learn more about Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. here, and watch a preview interview with Dr. Gates here.

 

The New York Times best-selling author David Shields will speak at two separate events March 29 and March 31. Shields will read from his book, Other People: Takes and Mistakes, Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Furman Hall 214 (McEachern Lecture Hall). Shields will also talk about the film, I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, which is based on Shields’ same-titled book and is directed by filmmaker actor James Franco. The film talk takes place Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in Burgiss Theater. Free!

 

Furman’s Ancient Greek and Roman Studies welcomes Dr. Benjamin Keim, Professor of Classics at Pomona College, on Thursday, March 30.  Dr. Keim will present two seminars, one at 3 p.m. and one at 4 p.m. on the general topic of the classical Athenians’ concept of honor and how they negotiated it in various avenues of their everyday life, and then looking at a text to draw participants into the topic.  Furman Hall 108.  Free.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Celebrate Upstate International Month with Upstate International through an array of events from a Japanese Tea Ceremony to a St. Patrick’s Day Beer Run.  Visit their calendar and enjoy! If you’re interested in learning languages like Chinese, German, Japanese or Russian, they offer a multitude of language classes. Learn more here. The Greenville Concert Band celebrates International Month with A World of Music Sat., March 25, 3 p.m., Hughes Main Library.

 

You are invited to the March meeting of Science on Tap, a forum where people come to learn about and discuss recent discoveries in science and technology while having fun! The Greenville gathering takes place on the last Tuesday of each month (March 28), 6:30 -7:45 p.m. at Coffee Underground in downtown Greenville.  This month Dr. Sourav Saha, from the Dept. of Chemistry at Clemson, will discuss some really amazing chemicals that respond to the environment and act as sensors! Learn more on the website.

The Peace Center presents the Mike Wiley performance of Dar He—The Story of Emmett Till, March 29-30.  Tickets are $10 and available for both the 10 am and noon performances each day. Learn more on the website.

March 17, 2017

The OLLI Office is open 8:30-5 Monday-Thursday, and 8:30-4 on Fridays.  Our number is 864-294-2998.

 

Kick off the Spring Term at OLLI by attending the Back to OLLI event on Thursday, March 23, 3-4:30 in Manly Lobby (Herring Center).  Enjoy a sweet treat and cool (or warm if we need it) drink and visit with OLLI friends old and new.  The New Member Orientation is the same day at 2:30 p.m. in HC110.  Come get the answers to all of your OLLI questions, and then stay for the Back to OLLI reception immediately following.

 

Deadline Monday, March 20!  Course evaluation time is here.  You have the opportunity to provide us with feedback on each of your course experiences.  This online evaluation will take 5 minutes and provide great input to your instructors.   Following are the links to complete your evaluations online:

To complete the general course evaluation, click here.

For the exercise and fitness course evaluation, click here.

For the hobbies, art and music course evaluation, click link.

 

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS  

Stretch & Tone will have a make-up class on Monday, March 20 at 10 a.m., HC110.

 

There’s room for YOU in an upcoming Bonus Event:  Learn why and how Greenville’s seniors are not immune from the national epidemic of prescription drug/opioid use and abuse. At Seniors and Opioids:  Unexpected Origins of a Greenville Epidemic, Fri., March 31, 1 p.m., you’ll hear from a certified addictions counselor and an emergency medicine physician.  Call or come by the office to register.

 

OLLI HAPPENINGS

Enjoy a production of the Royal Shakespeare Company captured live in HC from Stratford-upon-Avon.  The Tempest, Wednesday, March 29, 4 p.m., Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center.  Tickets available in the OLLI office and at the door–$16 for OLLI members, $18 for general public.  Prepare for the presentation at a Tempest Lunch and Learn led by Dennis Tavernetti Monday, March 27, 12:30-1:20, HC111.

 

Do you want to downsize or remodel so that you can safely age in place? Do you want to live near Furman with other OLLI members nearby? If so, join members of the Living in Community SIG Thur., March 23, 1:30-3 p.m., HC004.  A realtor/contractor will discuss his ideas for a small subdivision based on our input and answer questions related to home features for aging in place.
The Bowling SIG starts its eight-week league Mon., March 27, 1 p.m. Contact Mike Halloran if interested.

 

FREE OLD AND UNUSED DRUG DISPOSAL! On March 31 noon-2 p.m., OLLI will host a special one-time-only FREE service to dispose of all old or unused drugs.  Spring clean your medicine cabinet and drop off your pill bottles, tubes, vials, syringes, etc. with the law enforcement official who will be at the Herring Center front door. No need to remove labels. And, don’t forget to sign up for the special Bonus Event noted above!

 

All OLLI spinning enthusiasts are invited to enjoy spinning and conversation with other spinners through the  OLLI Spinning SIG. The first meeting is Fri., April 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Herring Center Lobby. Contact Barry Gilmer if you are interested or with questions.

 

TRAVEL WITH OLLI

There is Room for You! Day Trip to Social Circle, the Blue Willow Inn & Madison Georgia – Friday, April 7 – Journey south to two of the most charming small towns in the U.S. Travel by motorcoach to Social Circle and Madison, the town General Sherman refused to burn. Your leader and historian Scott Withrow will share his knowledge of this historic district. Visit Social Circle for an early southern-style lunch at the antebellum Blue Willow Inn before a brief ride to Madison. There, a local guide will accompany the group. Visit Heritage Hall, an 1811 Greek Revival mansion for a guided tour. Then tour the Plantation Plain-style Rogers House and Rose Cottage, home of former slave Adeline Rose. Enjoy time on your own to shop the treasures of Main Street, explore other historic attractions or enjoy an old-fashioned milk shake. $100 includes transportation, admission fees, lunch and guides. Call the OLLI office to sign up!

 

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The English Department is hosting a Writer’s Symposium Thur., March 23 and Fri., March 24. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Crabtree-Stewart Lectureship. Learn more here.

Georgetown University Professor of Political Theory Joshua Mitchell will speak on “Why the State Grows Ever-Stronger” Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101. The lecture is the second in the three-part Tocqueville series, “Tocqueville and the American Republic,” and is free.

 

Furman University Lyric Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore Thur., March 23 and Sat., March 25 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. General Admission tickets for the event are $15 for seniors and are available through Eventbrite or the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086.

 

How is democracy faring in 21st century America? What about the long accepted standards of civil behavior and ethical conduct? A group of Furman professors will address those issues in March and April in the series Our Republic … For Which It Stands. Upcoming presentations include Is “Civil Discourse” Overrated?  Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Deference and Respect for Authority, March 26, 3 p.m. at Greenville First Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) and When Is It OK to Punch a Nazi? A Panel Discussion on Symbolic Violence and Civil Disobedience, March 30, 7:30 p.m. in Furman Hall 214 (McEachern). Free. Learn more on the website.

 

Furman Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet March 29-April 1 and 6-8 at 8 p.m., and April 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. Single tickets go on sale March 20 and OLLI members get the student price.  Call 294-2125 for more information.  **In preparation, attend a pre-show talk on Wed., March 29, 12:30-1:15 with theater historian Dr. Kristen Stultz Pressley in HC111.

 

Furman’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs, with support from SC ETV, presents Black American Since MLK:  A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Thursday, March 30, 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the Younts Conference Center.  Free.  Seating is limited, so arrive early.  Visit the Riley Institute website for more information.  Learn more about Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. here, and watch a preview interview with Dr. Gates here.

 

Furman’s Ancient Greek and Roman Studies welcomes Dr. Benjamin Keim, Professor of Classics at Pomona College, on Thursday, March 30.  Dr. Keim will present two seminars, one at 3 p.m. and one at 4 p.m. on the general topic of the classical Athenians’ concept of honor and how they negotiated it in various avenues of their everyday life, and then looking at a text to draw participants into the topic.  Furman Hall 108.  Free.

 

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

Celebrate Upstate International Month with Upstate International through an array of events from a Japanese Tea Ceremony to a St. Patrick’s Day Beer Run.  Visit their calendar and enjoy! If you’re interested in learning languages like Chinese, German, Japanese or Russian, they offer a multitude of language classes. Learn more here. The Greenville Concert Band celebrates International Month with A World of Music Fri., March 17 at 7:30 p.m. the Greenville Tech Auditorium and Sat., March 25, 3 p.m., Hughes Main Library.

 

The High Noon lecture series is back, Wednesdays at Noon in the Resource Room on the second floor of the Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  March 22, “Doing Our Bit:  Greenville in the Great War (WWI)” with Dr. Courtney Tollison, Assistant Professor of History, Furman University. Free.

Join Chautauqua Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm or Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss Walter Cronkite & International journalism led by Larry Bounds, who will perform as Walter Cronkite in the June Festival. Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville. Call 244-1499 or visit the website.  Free.

 

The Peace Center presents the Mike Wiley performance of Dar He—The Story of Emmett Till, March 29-30.  Tickets are $10 and available for both the 10 am and noon performances each day. Learn more on the 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 Thursday of the month. OLLI members are invited to attend a meeting to learn more.  For information contact OLLI member and Woodland Rotary Chair, Angelo Tartaro.