August 14, 2015

Fall registration starts this Tuesday, August 18 at 8 a.m. for Course Package Holders and Thursday, August 20 at 8 a.m. for all others.  Make sure you go online this weekend and try out your user name and password in order to ensure that login will be smooth when you are ready to register.

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

Click on “Register Now!” 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.)

In order to ensure that all of our members can enjoy our free Friday bonus events, members may 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.

** 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 stronglyencourage 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.

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The course, Memoir: Write Life will be offered on Thursdays at 1:30.  The day is listed incorrectly on page 4 of the brochure.  We apologize for any confusion this mistake may have caused.

Please note the following classes and bonus events have been cancelled for the Fall 2015 term:

PAH842 Healthy Chinese Cooking (Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.)

PAH869 One Pot Wonders (Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m.)

PAH 838 Quilting By Hand (Wednesdays, 1 p.m.)

BTE1194 How to Use an Abacus (October 30, 10:30 a.m.)

BTE1142 Chinese Dumpling Party (November 6, 10:30 a.m.)

Please note the following bonus events have been changed as noted:

BTE1113a  BMW Manufacturing – Greer, SC (**THURSDAY**, Sept 17, 1:15 p.m., $10 walking tour, limit 20)

BTE1113b  BMW Manufacturing – Greer, SC (Friday in October TBD, **$20 tram tour**, limit 20)

OLLI HAPPENINGS

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

OLLI’s “Uke Can Do Re Mi Band” will be performing at North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian at 4200 Liberty Hwy, Anderson 29621 on Thurs, Aug. 20th at 7:00 PM.  Free and no reservation needed.

The Out and About Singles SIG will meet on Friday, September 11 at 1 p.m. in Room 113 at the Herring Center. This is a time to socialize and plan the calendar for the semester. Please bring a small snack to share. RSVP to Susan Cooper at: scooper7284@charter.net or to Carolyn Rice at: ccr2go@gmail.com.

UPCOMING FALL ART EXHIBIT: The OLLI mascots have joined OLLI members on their worldwide travels and it’s time for everyone to share their visual story with those of us who have stayed closer to home.  We will welcome back members to the Fall Term with an art exhibit celebrating Oliver and his travels.

All qualified entries MUST include Oliver.  All art mediums are eligible including photography, painting, drawing, and 3-D artwork. Entries could include fantasy trips, i.e. Oliver on the moon or at the top of Mount Everest, caricatures of Oliver, woodcarvings, etc.  Artists are limited to two entries in the exhibit but are not limited to both entries being in the same art medium.  Submission Dates:  August 24-September 8, 2015.  Exhibit Dates:  September 14-October 23, 2015.  Submission forms are available in the OLLI Office.  For more information, contact Ruth Pollow, 864-313-0338.

Many OLLI committees and members have been at work this summer planning for the new school year. Please consider how you would like to get involved with OLLI @ Furman this fall. Your unique talents and skills are a great resource that will help make OLLI an even better experience for all. During registration check out you will be given an opportunity to list your interests.

The Tai Chi SIG will not be meeting during the Fall term. There are two course offerings for those interested.

We hope that you have had a chance to enjoy the first OLLI@Furman Photography Showcase that is now in the Crabtree Room of the Herring Center.  We are pleased to announce that the second exhibition will run from October 17 to January 4, 2016.  If you are an OLLI member or staff and wish to participate send your name, the 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.  Submissions are due no later than September 21. A copy of the guidelines can be picked up at the OLLI office or by request to furmanolliphoto@gmail.com

Congratulate OLLI Photographer – GordonMagee! Outdoor Photographer magazine is a well-respected national magazine.  Gordon Magee, an OLLI photographer and instructor for the last 5 years has just won second place in the 6th Annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest with a great image from Yellowstone National Park. Congratulations to Gordon from the entire OLLI photography community!  Please see the September issue and don’t forget to congratulate Gordon.

What’s GOING ON at Furman University?

The Furman Volleyball team invites all OLLI golfers to join them for the Furman Volleyball Golf Tournament on Friday, September 25 at the Furman University Golf Course. Shotgun start at 9:00am and lunch to follow.  Contact Christine Sherman with questions or to register.

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The Greenville Little Theatre presents The Return: A Spectacular Beatles Tribute this weekend.  Fri, Aug 14 at 8 p.m., Sat., Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug 16 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $35.  Questions? Visit the website.

The Greenville Health System invites you to attend Advances in Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment SeminarTues., Aug. 18 • 12:30 p.m. • GHS Family YMCA or Thurs., Aug. 27 • 12:30 p.m. • Greer Country
Club. 
Find out the latest options to treat prostate cancer and a new, innovative device to detect this cancer. Free; registration required. (Register)

Join Right at Home and Mackey Mortuary for a Book Sale and Social to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Friday, Aug. 28 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive, Greenville.  Contact Doreen DiCarlo.

The Japan American Association of South Carolina invites you to the Bon Dance Festival on Saturday, August 22, 12:30 -4:30 p.m. at McAlister Square (225 Pleasantburg Dr.) Admission is Free. Visit the website for more information.​

August 7, 2015

You should have received your Fall 2015 OLLI Brochure in the mail
this week. You may also view it on our website.

Registration begins August 18 for course package purchases and August 20 for single course purchases.

Pre-registration is going to begin on Monday, August 10 at 8:30 a.m. (www.furman.edu/olli and click on Pre-register Now!) Beginning Monday, test out your user name and password, sign up for your annual membership or purchase a course package. Then on registration day (August 18 if you have a course package and August 20 for single courses) all you will have to do is put your courses in the cart and check out!  Call the OLLI Office with any registration questions.

** 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 stronglyencourage 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.

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The course, Memoir: Write Life will be offered on Thursdays at 1:30. The day is listed incorrectly on page 4 of the brochure. We apologize for any confusion this mistake may have caused.

Please note the following classes and bonus events have been cancelled for the Fall 2015 term:

PAH842 Healthy Chinese Cooking (Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.)

PAH869 One Pot Wonders (Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m.)

PAH 838 Quilting By Hand (Wednesdays, 1 p.m.)

BTE1194 How to Use an Abacus (October 30, 10:30 a.m.)

BTE1142 Chinese Dumpling Party (November 6, 10:30 a.m.)

OLLI HAPPENINGS

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

Straight Talk SC is going well.  If you have not been able to attend these sessions, you can view them on the Riley Institute website.  Seats are still available for the final installment next week, Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-8:30.  For videos, more information, and to register, visit www.furman.edu/summerseries.

UPCOMING FALL ART EXHIBIT: The OLLI mascots have joined OLLI members on their worldwide travels and it’s time for everyone to share their visual story with those of us who have stayed closer to home. We will welcome back members to the Fall Term with an art exhibit celebrating Oliver and his travels.

All qualified entries MUST include Oliver. All art mediums are eligible including photography, painting, drawing, and 3-D artwork. Entries could include fantasy trips, i.e. Oliver on the moon or at the top of Mount Everest, caricatures of Oliver, woodcarvings, etc. Artists are limited to two entries in the exhibit but are not limited to both entries being in the same art medium. Submission Dates: August 24-September 8, 2015. Exhibit Dates: September 14-October 23, 2015. Submission forms are available in the OLLI Office. For more information, contact Ruth Pollow, 864-313-0338.

Many OLLI committees and members have been at work this summer planning for the new school year. Please consider how you would like to get involved with OLLI @ Furman this fall. Your unique talents and skills are a great resource that will help make OLLI an even better experience for all. During registration check out you will be given an opportunity to list your interests.

The Tai Chi SIG will not be meeting during the Fall term. There are two course offerings for those interested.

What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

GREASE will be performed by Mill Town Players on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 7:30pm at the Pelzer Auditorium, 214 Lebby St., Pelzer.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors) and can be ordered online at milltownplayers.org or by calling 864-947-8000.

The Greenville Health System invites you to attend the following seminars:

Hormones and Cancer

Tues., Aug. 11 • 12:15-1:15
p.m. • GHS Life Center®
 

Learn about hormones and cancer from GHS reproductive endocrinologist Paul Miller, MD. Free; registration required. (Register)

Advances in Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

Tues., Aug. 18 • 12:30 p.m. • GHS Family YMCA

Thurs., Aug. 27 • 12:30 p.m. • Greer Country Club

Find out the latest options to treat prostate cancer and a new, innovative device to detect this cancer. Free; registration required. (Register)

Shop for locally grown produce, plants, honey, meats and more at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon through September at the new Market Pavilion, Trailblazer Park, 115 Wilhelm Winter Street. The Market hosts more than 40 local growers, producers
and local artisans. Music, talks on sustainability, gardening and healthy living, cooking demonstrations by local chefs and children’s activities are featured every week. For a listing of vendors and program schedule, check www.travelersrestfarmersmarket.com.

The OLLI Staff

Nancy Kennedy, Director (8:30a.m.-5p.m.)

Susan Rae, Assistant Director, Curriculum Support (8a.m.-4p.m.)

Pam Roberson, Instructor Support (8a.m. – 4:30p.m.)

Heidi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager (8:30a.m.-1:30p.m.)

OLLI Student Workers

Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver

May 26, 2015

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

Summer Classes start Tuesday! If you have not taken an OLLI class this year, stop by the office to pick up a parking sticker. If you are brand-new (never taken an OLLI class), make sure to pick up your nametag.

***Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-4, there will be high school graduations held at Timmons Arena. There will be a lot of traffic and little to no parking near the Herring Center (See below for class location changes those days). These are not good days to drop by the office.***

Find the latest edition of Gray Matters on the OLLI Website.  Check out the online edition.

May 15, 2015

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

Summer Classes start Tuesday! If you have not taken an OLLI class this year, stop by the office to pick up a parking sticker. If you are brand-new (never taken an OLLI class), make sure to pick up your nametag.

***Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-4, there will be high school
graduations held at Timmons Arena. There will be a lot of traffic and little to
no parking near the Herring Center (See below for class location changes those
days). These are not good days to drop by the office.***

Find the latest
edition of Gray Matters on the OLLI
Website.  Check out the online edition.

Missing a jacket, glasses, cup or even pants?  Be sure to stop by and check the Lost and Found at the Herring Center.  We have
MANY items looking for their owners!

Applications are now being accepted for the second class of Senior Leaders Greenville. Senior Leaders Greenville (SLG) 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. The program begins with an Orientation in August, concludes
with a graduation luncheon in May, and includes eight day-long sessions with speakers, group activities, and exercises that will help you become informed on topics that are particularly relevant to seniors. As you identify the opportunities and challenges faced by the senior population, you will be
encouraged to bring your unique talents, wisdom, and skills to generate ideas for advocacy, collaboration, and creative solutions. The cost is $350 and scholarships are available. Applications (due July 1) and more information are available on the OLLI Website and in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Nancy Kennedy in the OLLI Office. Senior Leaders Greenville is a program designed and facilitated by OLLI@Furman.

Road tripping with OLLI’s “Dixie Chicks”

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They’ve photographed the lush greenery and cascading waterfalls of Table Rock State Park and the mile-high peaks of Pisgah National Forest. They’ve explored beneath the soaring sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park and the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park.

For three members of Furman University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), trips through beautiful landscapes have been part of a beautiful friendship for Kathleen Allen, Barry Gilmer, and Carol West.

Their story of friendship has been selected from more than 100 entries to be part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the Road Scholar Program as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

Road Scholar, founded in 1975 by friends Marty Knowlton and David Bianco in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover, and travel. It currently offers educational trips in all 50 states and in 150 countries around the world.

Her Canon Rebel camera still fresh out of the box, Allen first met Gilmer and West about four years ago in OLLI’s nature and landscape photography class. As they trekked through Upstate parks taking pictures on Thursdays, Gilmer shared her expertise with Allen and West and the trio continued to learn from each other.

“They are so creative and gifted in photography,” said Allen. “I learn from them all the time.”

It didn’t take long before the trio began hitting the road regularly, driving to different locations with the photography club to take pictures and arranging trips through the Road Scholar program to photograph scenic locations across the country.

“I think we did click right off the bat,” said Gilmer. “We love reading. We’re curious. We all have quirky senses of humor.”

Despite their 20 year age difference and busy schedules, the trio, now known by the nickname, “Dixie Chicks,” has continued to grow closer.

Allen teaches part-time with the Education Department at Furman and stays busy with family and hobbies. Gilmer rides her bicycle, makes baskets and spends time with her 18 grandchildren.

“They’re so busy with their own lives, but they’re so supportive and giving with their time,” said West. “They always have time to be there for you. Their friendship is priceless.”

The trio is tentatively planning a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine as part of a joint adventure through Furman OLLI and Road Scholar.

Voting for the Friendship Contest is open through July 31. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 Road Scholar gift certificate. View Kathleen, Barry and Carol’s story at www.roadscholar.org/friendscontest