January 27, 2017
Jacquie Wollins teaches classes at CollegeFor Seniors and is a host at New Member Welcomes and Socials.
"I love volunteering at OLLI because I know that, while I enrich the lives of the students in my classes, they enrich me by their energy, their willingness to learn and their ability to 'keep me on my toes.'"
Click here to visit the OLLI Volunteering webpage and learn about volunteering opportunities
Name Our Newsletter!
You have only one week left to submit your suggestion for a new name for the OLLI Sunday e-newsletter at email@example.com. Keep those suggestions to one or two words and keep it clean. The winning entry gets $115 in value for CFS classes. Hurry...show us the love! Submit your creative newsletter name at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the drop box on the information table in the upper lobby at the Reuter Center. The contest deadline is Saturday, February 18, midnight. The winning name will be announced during the Town Hall in March. Good luck.
Meditation Special Interest Group Meetings
Monday, February 13 &
Monday, February 27,
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120
Monday, February 13 -- Sally Ekaireb, instructor at College for Seniors, will lead the group and present a RoseLight meditation, The Place of Calm Repose.
Monday, February 27 -- Gail Jolly will lead the group in a Seed Thought Meditation.
All OLLI members are welcome.
Special Interest Group: The Forum
February 17, 2017, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
Topic: "Does Trump's Foreign Policy Bring Us Closer to War?"
The Forum engages participants in a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.
All OLLI members are invited to attend.
SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925,
Friday, February 17, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium
"Death Café" includes storytelling and conversation about a subject that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal expression of fear and loss; a deepening ritual emerges and we build a culture of dying wisely.
Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying facilitated by Thirdmessenger's Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio.
OLLI's Inclusion Committee presents
"The Secret Game"
by Scott Ellsworth
Wednesday, February 22,
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room
The Secret Game is a book about how societies change. It tells the story of a long buried event: an unlawful, clandestine, racially integrated college basketball game that took place in North Carolina in 1944. The game was a barrier-busting athletic and civil rights milestone that took place more than a decade before the onset of the Civil Rights Movement, and three years before Jackie Robinson desegregated major league baseball.
Based on years of research, including extensive oral history interviews conducted over the course of more than two decades,
The Secret Game is a richly detailed, humane, and moving account of the forgotten first minutes of America's civil rights revolution, and the beginnings of our own age.
Free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports
The New York Times described this documentary as "... a marvel of archival research and sophisticated interviewing that traces the history of women's sports in the United States from the days when athletic exertion was deemed too strenuous for delicate ladies to (Billie Jean) King's match in the Astrodome against Bobby Riggs."
This film received a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism, and was cited by Hilary Clinton in her book,
Living History, as leading her to decide to run for office.
This film was shown on Jan. 31 in the winter term CFS course, "Sports History Stories from a Master Documentary Maker," and some class members who saw it felt that other people they know would like to see it.
OLLI member Larry Griswold will introduce the film.
Open to OLLI members.
"After Coal: The Future of Appalachia and Wales"
Saturday, March 4, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
Join Pat Beaver, PhD, and Tom Hansell, filmmaker, of Appalachian State University as they present the story of individuals struggling to build a new future in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and South Wales. The program opens with Hansell's noted 50 minute documentary,
, depicting the stark reality of each region losing over 20,000 jobs in recent years. Following the film, Dr. Beaver explores how both regions are attempting to maintain family traditions and cultures while reinventing their economies in order to survive. Is it possible for these historic communities to remember the past while looking to the future?
General Public: $5 donation requested.
WNCHA members: free.
The Workshop Committee at OLLI is seeking new members to host and market workshops scheduled through the Fall 2017 and to find unique ways to serve as we develop new ways of working together.
"The mission of the OLLI Workshop Committee is to serve as a gateway to OLLI for a diverse cross-section of people by facilitating short-term, hands-on, unique and intensive learning experiences that appeal to members of the center and the greater community."
If you wish to learn more, Laurel Jernigan (staff liaison) and Ian Rudick, (committee co-chair) would love to meet with you!
Dear OLLI Members,
We are excited that our Spring 2017 is now available.
Click here to read an online version
or come by the OLLI office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up a print copy. We have mailed catalogs to our members outside Buncombe County.
Spring 2017 registration for College for Seniors opens Thursday, February 16, 10 a.m. and runs through Thursday, February 23 at noon.
Click here for detailed registration instructions.
Remember that we will have members and staff on hand to help with the process on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, February 20 - 22, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day, and Thursday, February 23, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Registration for Spring Workshops is open. We are excited that we will be offering the first of our Traditional Appalachian Craft Workshops this term. Workshops are a great way to learn something new in an evening or weekend. Remember that you don't have to be an OLLI member to participate in Workshops, so this is an excellent way to introduce friends or family to our organization.
We hope that you are enjoying our Volunteer Spotlight and that you will look forward to a new series of stories the Marketing Committee calls "Campus Connections." By sharing the insights of our dedicated volunteers, we hope we will inspire more people to use their time and talent to make OLLI a more dynamic organization. If you are interested in finding out more about the work of our committees, our steering council chairs are available on the third Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. (including this Thursday, February 16) to talk to you about their work and to help you find the right spot.
Telling the stories of UNC Asheville staff reminds us that the OLLI community is part of a larger framework of people dedicated to learning and teaching. Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletic director, is truly an exemplary leader; she advocates as passionately for OLLI as she does for her teams and creates an environment that indeed produces "champions in athletics, leaders in life." Anyone who witnessed the breath-taking men's basketball win over Winthrop this past week will also testify that Janet's Bulldogs know how to put on a show!
Click here to check out MaCio Teague's buzzer beating shot to take the game into overtime and led to a 104-101 win for the Bulldogs.
We hope that you will take in a basketball game or enjoy any of the Bulldog contests we list weekly in the newsletter.
Thank you for reminding us daily that old Bulldogs can learn and teach new tricks,
UNC Asheville Athletic Events
Sunday, February 12 3 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Western Carolina University, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Presbyterian, Kimmel Arena
Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Longwood, Kimmel Arena
Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Liberty, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Sunday, February 19, 3 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Radford, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop, Kimmel Arena
Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Liberty, Kimmel Arena
Saturday, February 25, 3 p.m.,Women's Tennis vs. Radford, Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
Janet R. Cone -
A Coach for Life
by Kirk Borland
Currently heading up 16 NCAA Division I sports programs, Janet R. Cone is enjoying her thirteenth season as UNC Asheville Director of Athletics. In 2013, Janet was one of only 28 athletic directors to be named Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. In 2016, for the first time in UNC Asheville history, both the men's and women's basketball teams captured Big South Conference Championship titles and advanced to the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
But, if you ask Janet what gives her the greatest satisfaction, she will tell you it is the caliber and the character of her coaches, student athletes and staff---people who are living examples of the Bulldog commitment to being "Champions in Athletics, Leaders in Life."
This year's flu season is shaping up to be a bad one, and folks should take note when it is time to stay home and recover!
Remember, no one wants to sit next to people coughing or blowing their noses.
Take care of yourself and other OLLI members and stay home when you are sick.
World Affairs Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room
"Conflicts in the South China Seas"
by Dr. Jim Lenburg
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties.
Lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership. For more details about programs, consult the
Fab Friday Lunch and Learn Lecture
Friday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease
by Dr. David Johnson
For many people, longer life means dealing with cognitive impairments that diminish their ability to function independently and require them to rely on their loved ones for support. Dr. David Johnson will speak about symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment plans for those with a cognitive impairment. Dr. Johnson is a staff physician at MemoryCare, a non-profit medical clinic that interacts with older adults with memory loss and their caregivers in a unique way.
Integrating care for the patient along with counseling and training to the caregiver, Memory Care provides focused attention that leads to better care for an individual with memory loss. Dr. Johnson, joined MemoryCare in 2016 and is board certified in geriatric medicine and hospice/palliative care. He has also provided hospice and geriatric outpatient consultation.
Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the
Health Education Series.
Habitat for Humanity has a ReStore project for OLLI volunteers.
College for Seniors Offers
Three Instructor Support Events
The College for Seniors Committee presents an array of opportunities for instructors to perfect their craft between the Winter and Spring CFS terms. Instructors or prospective instructors may choose to attend one, two or all three.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your current skills or learn a new one!
Creating Simple Power Point Presentations
for Your CFS Course
Accelerated "Speak Out, Speak Up" for CFS Instructors
Skill Talks - A day of workshops and networking for prospective, new and experienced instructors
Click Here for more workshop details and how to register.
Special Interest Group Meeting
History Book Lovers
Friday, February 17, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
The book for the February meeting will be
Longitude by Dava Sobel. Our discussion will be led by Larry Bruce.
This book is, for us, a very short one.....but it is long in astounding information and in suspense.
SIGS are open to all OLLI members. For more information about History Book Lovers contact Jane White, 828-274-9534, email@example.com
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
"Assistive Listening Devices and Services Available to North Carolinians
Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Health Services, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.
Marilyn Edwards heads the Asheville office of the State of North Carolina Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is a Hard of Hearing Services Specialist and Telecommunications Specialist.
She will address the devices they offer or advise about (they'll even lend some for people to try), and the services they render.
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
"Preserving a Picturesque America"
has been locating hundreds of beautiful sites in America identified by artists of the 180's and is describing them in stories, art and photographs, attempting to seek ways to preserve them.
. Free and open to the public.
WASA: Wellness Activities for
Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 28- April 27,
UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center
Major Sponsor, Living Stone Construction for their generous support!
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.