August 2020 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun
Dear Members and Friends,

This summer may seem a little quieter, but the weather has (mostly) cooperated to encourage outdoor activities and gatherings. I hope you have been able to get out and about.

The fall term begins on August 24th! Response to our fall Zoom classes has been very positive. Instructors are working hard to prepare, and we are all learning and getting comfortable with Zoom.

Our Food for Thought series will return virtually starting in September. Watch for upcoming announcements. The Events Committee is also exploring other kinds of presentations and "events" that might be of interest - see below.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you in class and at other events, and I wish you all a fabulous August.


P.S. - Congratulations to long-time ASC member and volunteer Nancy Howland, the recipient of this year's Friends of Acadia Marianne Edwards Award for outstanding contributions to Acadia National Park!
Fall Classes Begin
The Fall 2020 term begins on August 24th with nine wonderful classes. Class lists were emailed over the weekend - if you are registered for a class and did not receive your email, please let me know.

All classes will be presented via Zoom. Prior to the beginning of the term, you will receive an email with a link to join your online Zoom class(es).

If your class has an assigned text, we will let you know when these will be available for pickup at Sherman's in Bar Harbor.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary
This month we present two articles on the founding of ASC. The first is a newspaper article published February 2000 in the Bar Harbor Times, called Senior College Eyed for MDI, Downeast. Jim Clunan began the process by seeking folks interested in meeting to establish a senior college on MDI.
The second article appeared one year later in the Bangor Daily News on February 20, 2001 called The Freedom to Learn. The article describes how Jim Clunan and a group of other like-minded individuals conceived of and founded our beloved college.

Watch for more articles and photographs in future newsletters.
Have Ideas for Upcoming Presentations?
The Events Committee wants to hear from you

Are you interested in additional virtual presentations or events?

Do you have a topic you'd like to present, or know someone who does?

While we can't meet in person, we can stay connected with online gatherings, talks, presentations, and other creative endeavors. But, we need to know what you want. Send us your thoughts and ideas!

And, don't forget that our monthly Food for Thought series returns virtually in September, and Coffee Clash will resume this Winter.
Help with Zoom
Before classes begin, we will be offering practice sessions for both students and instructors to learn about or become more comfortable with Zoom in a class setting. Watch for announcements to sign up.

The Maine Senior College Network website also has some useful Zoom tip sheets for both students and instructors. Check these out and refer to them anytime you need to review -

If you haven't used Zoom, are not yet confident, or just have some questions, we can help. Please call or email me.
Maine Senior College Network
Looking for more learning opportunities?

As members of Acadia Senior College, you are eligible to register for classes offered by other Senior Colleges in Maine, space permitting, paying only the course fees. Available online classes at other Maine Senior Colleges are listed here. There are also links to previously recorded classes and presentations.

See what's going on around the state - the combined June/July issue of the Maine Senior College Network newsletter is now available here:
Follow ASC on Facebook!