Issue No. 112
The MSCN Newsletter

 Welcome to Your September 2019 Newsletter!

Afternoon in September by Frank Weston Benson.

September is a lively month for the Network. The seventeen Senior Colleges are delivering over 374 offerings around the state this Fall. On behalf of all class participants, the MSCN office thanks the work of the Network's dedicated volunteers. Without the planning skills of curriculum committees and dedicated instructors, there would be no classes for those of us who enjoy learning just for the fun of it! 

Take a look at the  Fall Classes, workshops and extra activities taking place in the Maine Senior College Network.
Upcoming Events from Around the State

FallCoursesMSCN Fall Classes - Links to Course Information

Fall Classes
Fall Plowing by Grant Wood

SAGEkickOFFSeniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) at the University of Maine in Presque Isle

SAGE Announces Fall 2019 Kick Off and Course

Tuesday, September 10
SAGE members graduate from the Presque Isle Citizens' Police Academy 

Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) will Kick Off its Fall Session on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 10:00-11:30AM at the UMPI Campus Center. Coffee, tea and muffins will be served beginning at 9:30AM. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a friend to meet members and volunteers and hear from instructors about the courses and classes they will be leading this Fall. SAGE is a Special Program of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where most classes are held.

SAGE Class: Finding Your Ancestors

This Fall, SAGE members can learn about Our Amazing Planets, Contemporary Poets, Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions, the Wealth and Wisdom of our Words or even Can-Am Sled Dog Racing. Returning this Fall are the very popular Presque Isle Citizens' Police Academy and Finding Your Ancestors.

SAGE Class: Veterinarian Medicine 
with Andrea Pesut,DVM

Local history courses will include Jim Cullen: A New England Lynching, History of Maysville, and Keepers of our Knowledge.

Courses for fun will include Let's Go to the Movies, SAGE Night Out and a variety of SAGE tours and groups, including Games, Book, Outing Clubs, and Learn to Play Chess.

Arts and Crafts courses will include Acrylic Painting, Playing with Buttons, Flower Arranging and Knitting. 

Physical fitness and activities will include Senior Water Fitness in the Gentile Pool and the very popular A Matter of Balance. The new Adventures Club will organize activities. SAGE partners with the Caribou Wellness Center for a series of Take it Outdoors trips. 

This is only a sampling! For a complete listing of SAGE Fall 2019 courses visit our page on  The University of Maine in Presque Isle website. Follow us on Facebook at SAGE-UMPI for even more information.

Submitted by Suzanne Sandusky. Photos by Terry Sandusky.  SAGE at UMPI

Western Mountains Senior College Presents:

Bring your lunch and join a lively conversation of the forgotten women of the White Mountains at the next Brown Bag Lunch discussion on Tuesday, September 10 from 12:15-1:30 pm at the Moses Mason House (Broad Street in Bethel). Facilitator Karen Mills will use the book When Women and Mountains Meet as a jumping-off point. The names and feats of these women may have slipped from memory, but they were a fascinating group that helped make the White Mountain Region what it is today.

Four local women hikers with remarkable feats of their own (Lynne Zimmerman, Linda McDonough, Emily Ecker, and Jane Moosbruker) will join Karen Mills to talk about some of the places we can visit right at our back doors. You will want to get out there and hike after you hear what they have to say. Audience participation is encouraged. You are in for a treat!

Brown Bag Lunch discussions are sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College and are open to the public free of charge. 

Posted on the Western Mountains Senior College blog on August 31, 2019.

LASCFood4ThoughtUniversity of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents:

Eric Bellevance  & Ike

Food for Thought Luncheon
Friday,  September 13, at noon

The LA Senior College Food for Thought series will present Eric Bellevance and Ike, on Friday,  September 13, at noon. Eric will speak about his service dog Ike in a very engaging  presentation to start our series off this fall.

The free public program  will be held in room 170 @ USM Lewiston- Auburn College, 51  Westminster St. Lewiston.

Eric Bellevance is a lifetime resident of Lewiston Auburn. He attended the University of  Southern Maine, and work for the Maine Bureau of motor vehicles for 29 years. H e has  volunteered at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine for many years. He recently began volunteering
at Central Maine Medical Center.

Eric has a disability which significantly impaired his mobility. He applied for and was matched  with Ike his service dog in  2015. Mike assists Eric by retrieving dropped objects, opening and  closing doors, manipulating light switches, barking on command
When Eric needs assistance and other tasks.

Eric is regularly approached by people asking questions about service dogs. He wa approached by a coworker a few years ago asking if he would be willing to speak about service dogs at the annual convention of the Maine Fair Association. He developed a presentation that educates people about what makes a service dog different from other dogs; State and federal laws and rules about the dogs; the rights and responsibilities of public access for teams and the places they may visit. Eric does his presentation free of charge for civic groups, businesses or other interested parties. He can be contacted by email.

For those who wish to have lunch, the cost is 8 dollars and a reservation is required before noon  on Wednesday, September 11.  Please call the Food for Thought reservation line, 207- 753 - 6500.  Food can also be pu rchased at the campus café.

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AcadiaDeepSeaAcadia Senior College Present: 

Metals for Our Renewable Future: Should We Mine the Deep Sea?

September 13, 2019
11:30 a.m.
Birch Bay Village Inn

The Aesop Prawn 
(Plate VI) The aquarium - an unveiling of the wonders of the deep sea

Climate change, the overarching challenge of our times, is already affecting every aspect of life on earth and will do so with accelerating intensity for decades to come. Its main cause is CO2 and other heat-trapping gases released from burning coal, oil and gas to generate electricity, heat buildings and power cars, trucks, ships and aircraft.

Just as a blanket keeps us snug in bed by keeping our body heat from radiating to the rest of the house, these gases form a blanket that keeps earth from radiating heat into space. As the atmosphere and ocean warm, we experience more frequent and intense heat events, erratic weather patterns, more intense storms, flooding and drought, sea level rise, crop failures, food shortages, climate refugees and many other ecological, social and economic dislocations.

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that if we cannot bring emissions under control within 10 years, we will have no chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°-2°C (2.7°-3.6°F).

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires a complete overhaul of human power generation, industry, agriculture and economics, as well as significant changes in human behavior.  Failure to achieve those changes will lead to widespread misery, and indeed already has.

Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the US.  Electrifying the automotive fleet is a major goal of creating a renewable economy. Electric vehicle batteries require large amounts of copper, manganese, cobalt and nickel. Nodules on the deep-sea floor of the Pacific Ocean contain more of those metals than all known terrestrial supplies. A number of companies, including DeepGreen Metals, Inc. hopes to meet metal needs by collecting those nodules. This talk will compare the social and environmental costs and benefits of obtaining the metals from land mines vs. deep-sea nodules, a decision that will have profound implications for people and natural habitats.

Steve Katona  received his BA and PhD from Harvard University, including a Fulbright Scholarship year at the Department of Oceanography, University of Southampton, UK. He was a founding faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (1972), where he taught ecology in the School of Design, and also at College of the Atlantic, where from 1972-1993 he taught courses in ecology, marine biology, invertebrate zoology, marine mammals and biology of mammals and co-founded Allied Whale, COA's marine mammal research group. From 1993-2006 he served as COA president and was recently named President Emeritus.

Acadia Senior College Present: 

Treasures from the Farnsworth at the Gilley: A Closer Look

September 27, 2019
11:30 a.m.
Birch Bay Village Inn

In this talk Carl Little will focus on some of the artwork in the exhibition "Treasures from the Farnsworth" currently at the Wendell Gilley Museum. Featured artists include Fitz Henry Lane, Robert  Henri, Fairfield Porter, Louise Nevelson, Edwin Gamble, Bernard Langlais, Emily Muir and Jamie Wyeth.

A native New Yorker, Carl Little has lived in Somesville since 1989. He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Middlebury and Columbia. He is the author of many art books, most recently, Paintings of Portland, co-authored with his brother David, and Philip Frey: Here and Now, co-authored with Daniel Kany.

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

LASC Online Class 
Avocado Toast And Other Health Claims  

Still Life with Avocado, painting by Lizza Littlewort

The Internet is filled with a variety of health claims. What to believe is the big question. This class looks at just how to judge the validity of health information for those not in the medical profession. 

Instructor Martin Gagnon is a former journalist and current Head of Adult Services at the Auburn Public Library. 

Date and Time: 
Avocado Toast And Other Health Claims 
Class Begins: Sept. 26, 2019 and runs for 4 Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Course Limit: 25. This course is  online only using ZOOM. The Online Course Fee for MSCN members is $25. 

Registration is Open

How to Register
Registration for USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Members
LASC members  visit your LASC website:  You can access registration from the homepage or from Courses, Registration and Scholarships on the left. Follow the instructions. Credit or debit cards are the only form of payment accepted for online registration. Once you pay for your courses, you will receive an email confirmation and another with online instructions.

Registration for MSCN Members 
Those who are not members of LASC

1. Make sure your own Senior College membership is up-to-date! 
2. Call USM Conference Services at 780-5960 
3. State that you are a member of (provide the name) of your Senior College. 
4. Then ask to register (using a credit or debit card) for a Lewiston Auburn online course. 
5.  After registration, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the class online.

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Present:

The Online Book Club
Books With A Maine Connection 
Books for the lending library

This online only book club will meet monthly, the first time on Thursday,September 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Regular meetings will be the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 AM.(No class in December.) We will focus on books that have something to do with Maine, both fiction and nonfiction, titles may be new or vintage, by authors living in Maine or those who just like to write about it.
The Book Club is Free to Current MSCN Members

Sign Up!
To sign up (email preferred), contact either: Mary Jane Beardsley or Nancy Roe

Email:  Mary Jane Beardsley 
Phone: 207-777-1838 
Email:  Nancy Ro
Phone: 207-768-7271 

Please join us and make new Senior College friends across this great state of Maine.

We meet online via Zoom. 

OLLICostaRicaOLLI at USM International Trip Invitation
For more information visit OLLI Trips and Travel 

The tour is organized by AAA South Portland and Trafalgar tours. Registration for the trip begins on September 17, 2019.

For more information, please contact Donna Anderson, director of OLLI. We hope you can join us!

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