July 2019 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun
Summer Lecture Series Continues
Democracy: The Constitution, The Courts and The People

Upcoming Talks:

Tuesday, July 16 th , 7 p.m

“Law and Legitimacy in the Supreme Court”

Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Professor of Law,
Harvard Law School

Tuesday, August 6 th , 7 p.m

"Saving America Once Again - Comparing
the Tea Party and the anti-Trump Resistance"

Theda Skocpol, Professor of Government and
Sociology, Harvard

The series is sponsored by Acadia Senior College,
Jesup Memorial Library, and the League of Women Voters

All lectures will be at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor.

Fall Course Registration Coming Soon
Fall brochures will be
mailed in early July

Registration Opens
July 24th at 10:00 a.m.

View class descriptions and register here:


To register online you must be a current member and have an active online account.
Please take a moment to log in to the website
before registration starts to be sure you will be able to register on July 24th!
If you need help, please call or email: 
(207) 288-9500
"Sonic Sea" Documentary

Save the Date
for this Important Film

Wednesday, August 7 th
Criterion Theater, Bar Harbor
7:00 p.m.

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.

But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. "Sonic Sea" is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.
A panel discussion, moderated by Steven Katona, will follow the 60-minute documentary. Acadia Senior College is sponsoring this event and offering the film to the community free of charge - all are invited!

Welcome New Board Members and Officers!
The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 5th at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. Nat Fenton recognized and thanked outgoing board members Dan Poteet and Charles Stanhope. Nat also recognized retiring Curriculum Committee editor Larry Martin, and thanked him for his dedication as a committee member, former board member and long-time instructor.

Andy Cline reported on ASC's finances and was happy to convey that the college is fiscally sound. Jim Clunan presented the board candidates and nominations for officers. Members present elected four new board members and the slate of officers. The evening concluded with a potluck supper.

2019 - 2020 Officers

Linda Dunn, President
Michael Hastings, Vice President

Andy Cline, Treasurer

Ann Caswell, Secretary
New Board Members

Candy Emlen was Director of Marketing & Sales for a small commuter airline in Pennsylvania before moving to Mount Desert Island in 1983. She and her husband Jay operated Mount Desert Travel for three years. In 1989 Candy began working for the Southwest Harbor Public Library as the Children's Librarian, and in 2002 she was promoted to Director. She retired in 2018, but continues to volunteer for the Library.

Michael Hastings graduated from Bowdoin College. He was a Congressional staff member for Representative and later Senator Bill Cohen and Senator George Mitchell through 1984, when he took a position to manage activities for Catholic Relief Services in Africa until 1991. Returning to Maine, he served as the director of an organization that promotes research on sustainable aquaculture, and was Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of Maine where he was also adjunct faculty in the Maine Business School. [Mike was previously appointed to finish out a vacant term, and formally elected to his first full term at the meeting.]

Sheila Kirby was a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit think tank, for over 30 years. She served as a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago from 2012 to 2017. Her two primary research fields were education and defense, publishing extensively in both of those areas. Sheila held a joint appointment as an adjunct professor of economics and public policy at the George Washington University where she taught at the graduate level for 25 years. She volunteers with the League of Women Voters and Friends in Action and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, music, plays and telling stories to her grandchildren.

Jane Reynolds attended the University of Massachusetts where she received a BS in Nursing. She worked in many areas of health care before finally focusing on surgical nursing and later obtained an RN First Assistant Certification. Jane retired after 40 years of practice and moved to MDI with her husband, Jim, in 2001.
Rockland Field Trip Recap
Thirty-two ASC members enjoyed a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. It was a gorgeous spring day, sunny and quite warm on the mid-coast, perfect for visiting museums and exploring this artsy little city... Read the article and see more photos here.
Photos (clockwise from upper left): Nat Fenton, Donna Reis, Ann Caswell, Linda Dunn
Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who donated during our spring appeal, ensuring a strong finish to our fiscal year!

We work hard to keep our programming affordable to all, but you may not know that approximately one-third of our budget depends on gifts from donors like you. The remaining income is from membership and course fees.
Looking for Volunteers
Volunteers are the backbone of Acadia Senior College! All of our instructors, committee members, directors and lecturers are volunteers. But did you know there are lots of other opportunities to get involved?

We need people to help with mailings (brochures and letters), event planning and setup, brochure distribution, and more. Please contact us if you are interested in helping out. Call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org
MSCN Newsletter
The July 2019 newsletter from the Maine Senior College Network is available now. Find out what's happening at other senior colleges around the state. Click here.
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