Issue No. 99
The MSCN Newsletter
  Welcome to Your July 2018 Newsletter!
Early Summer - William Trost Richards 

Happy July 4th to everyone!

A huge thank you to all the curriculum committee members across the state. As a result of all your hard work, Senior College Fall catalogs are moving closer to completion by the day. A few "Early Bird" Senior Colleges have already posted their Fall classes.

Congratulations to Midcoast Senior College who will be hosting an Open House at their new digs on July 13th! And congratulations also go to York County Senior College on the launch of their new website and excellent recruitment video!

Two Senior Colleges have sent news of upcoming activities. The Gold LEAF Institute are preparing for their art show of members work. And, Acadia Senior College launch this year's "Best of Acadia Series" in collaboration with the College of the Atlantic.

This newsletter includes an invitation to the UMaine System Aging Initiative Summer Workshop. As a member of the MSCN, you may find this event of interest even if your Senior College is not on a UMaine System campus.

I see field trips to the Osher Map Library on the Portland campus of the USM in the not too far off future. The campus recently received a gift of rare maps valued at $100 Million from Dr. Harold Osher.

Anne Cardale.
Program Director. Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
GoldLEAFInstitute The Gold LEAF Institute

Gold LEAF artists set up show

As Solstice was coming round, the Gold LEAF artists were delivering their wide range of artistic objects to the Emery Community Arts Center on the campus of U Maine Farmington. The Center sits adjacent to the Merrill Center on Academy Street. The art will be on exhibit through August 10, so plenty of summer guests will be able to come and walk through to see and appreciate the art on display.

On June 18, over the course of the morning, there was a steady stream of Gold LEAF members arriving with varied objects in hand: hand-made drums, carvings, sketches, mobiles, triptychs, reverse paintings on glass, photography, watercolors and oils, stained glass lamps and kaleidoscopes, digital photos, and more.

The show was hung by staff members Stan and Michael over the course of that third week of June, with an opening reception set for the evening of Friday, June 22. The Flex space gallery, under the direction of Ann Bartges, will host the artwork through the first half of the summer, till August 10. Hours at the gallery are Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon till 5 p.m.

Gold LEAF Senior College Board invites senior college members throughout the state (and their summer guests) to come take a walk through the show, and perhaps enjoy other Farmington treasures ranging from Reny's to a restaurant stop to the town Walk-about Farminton historical walk. We'll be happy to see you, and hope that other senior colleges will consider doing this sort of event for their "artistic members.'

Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, Gold LEAF Institute

 MidcoastSeniorCollegeMidcoast Senior College 

Midcoast Senior College
Take a tour of our new facilities!

July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon

Join us at our new location
29 Burbank Ave., Suite 6
Brunswick ME 04011

Free Raffle Drawing
Classroom Tours
Ribbon Cutting

Submitted by Donna Marshall, Midcoast Senior College

York County Senior College

Congratulations to York County Senior College on your new website and recruitment video! 

At their Annual Membership Meeting on June 6, 2018 York County Senior College (YCSC) unveiled a brand new website developed by Susan Winch. They also showcased an excellent recruitment video created by  YCSC volunteer and videographer Kathleen Porter.

Above: The home page of York County Senior College's new website .

Above: Kathleen Porter's YCSC Video featuring 
members of York County Senior College.

Acadia Senior College Presents:

2018 Best of Acadia Series
July 16 - 20, 2018
College of the Atlantic
Frederic Edwin Church - Schoodic Peninsula from Mount Desert at Sunrise

The fourth annual summer Best of Acadia week co-sponsored by Acadia Senior College and College of the Atlantic focuses on higher education and public policy and features five distinguished educators, all of whom have also served in national or state positions beyond their current institutions.

One of our presenters addresses public policy directly, outlining his research into ways to resolve issues of poverty in America; another approaches indirectly by commenting on why art should matter. We will also hear some radical ideas for re-shaping higher education, an explanation of how an apparently single-focus college prepares graduates for many different careers, and the ways in which a small nearby college prepares its students to address the largest and most complex global issues.

Keynote address - Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. 
Wine reception to follow.

This year's keynote speaker is David Ellwood, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard (and Winter Harbor summer resident).

Speaker Presentations
July 16, 18, 19, and 20 at 9 a.m. 
Beverages and pastries included.

Wednesday, July 18th - William Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy.

Thursday, July 19th - Laurie LaChance, President of Thomas College.

Friday, July 20th - Deborah Dluhy, Board member for Maine College of Art and formerly head of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Coffee and Conversation - Tuesday, July 17 at 9 a.m.

Filmmaker Olympia Stone and Catherine Clinger will show clips from and discuss Stone's latest film about the award-winning American sculptor Elizabeth King. Best of Acadia participants are welcome to attend this regular COA Tuesday morning event.

All talks will be in Gates Auditorium on the COA campus.

The week concludes with a sunset cruise on Frenchman Bay on Friday evening, July 20th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. leaving from the Bar Harbor Pier. Seating is limited for the cruise so sign up early.

Weekly passes for the speaker series are $75 (includes the Friday sunset cruise). 

Please contact Acadia Senior College to reserve tickets - (207) 288-9500 or email

Submitted by Janice Kenyon, Acadia Senior College


"Early Bird" Fall 2018 Catalogs
Butcher Birds, 1893 by Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka


The Fourth Annual University Of Maine System Aging Initiative Summer Workshop

"A Bit of Belfast Scenery, Belfast, ME"

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

80 Belmont Avenue (Route #3)
Belfast, Maine 04915


* Network with fellow faculty, researchers and students from all seven UMS campuses.

* Hear from a wide range of statewide community stakeholders who, like you, want  to advance research that will make lives better for aging citizens and their families in the oldest  state the nation.

* Learn what the most significant aging-related challenges and opportunities are across Maine in  both our cities and rural communities that could benefit from aging-focused R&D.

* Hear about innovative research, cutting-edge technologies, devices, and products, and specialized  curriculum and services that address the older adult population and the aging experience in Maine.

Includes morning refreshments, lunch, participation in the full program including  touring the aging-related research, curriculum, project, and technology exhibits.


Leo Belgicus Map

The donation from Dr. Harold Osher is the largest gift in school history.


Read the June issue of the UMaine Aging Research Emerging Area Update

Presented by the American Council of Learned Societies - Advancing the Humanities
The theme of these prize winning lectures is "A Life of Learning." The lecturer is asked "to reflect on a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder, on the motives, the chance determinations, the satisfactions (and dissatisfactions) of the life of learning, to explore through one's own life the larger, institutional life of scholarship."

The MSCN newsletter is sent to each Senior College board. The boards then forward the newsletter to their membership. However, if you are not a member of a Senior College or perhaps you are, and you simply want the news "hot off the press" subscribe here! 
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