Issue No. 100
The MSCN Newsletter
  Welcome to Your August 2018 Newsletter!
Two Acadia Senior College members transform themselves at the Penobscot Maritime Museum (see article below)

Happy August! I had the opportunity to go to the Midcoast SC's Open House on Friday, July 13th. It was exciting to see the new location and witness the buzz of excitement as members put the finishing touches to their new location. They have three classrooms all equipped with TV monitors connected to Chrome notebooks ready to deliver digital content to their students. Plus, they have a Volunteers Project Room and an office with a window for Donna Marshall,  their invaluable staff person!

In this issue:
Senior College News:

Brand New Blog For PVSC!

Acadia SC Trip to Penobscot Marine Museum

Supreme Court Decisions Captivate PVSC Learners 

Upcoming Events of Interest to Senior College Members:

Anne Cardale.
Program Director. Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
CoastalSCCoastal Senior College

Coastal Senior College's Challenge of Change Discussion Group Presents:

Protest novelist, nonviolence and social justice advocate Rivera Sun.

Friday, August 10, at 2 pm 
Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center, Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta

Rivera grew up in Maine and is the author of "The Dandelion Insurrection," its new sequel, "The Roots of Resistance," and other novels. She is the cohost of Occupy Radio, and the cofounder of the Love-In-Action Network. Her essays and writings are syndicated by Peace Voice. Free and open to all. FMI call Jon at 207.549.7787

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Submitted by Coastal Senior College

USMLeadershipThe University of Southern Maine 

Leadership Summit with Mark Crowley on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Lead from the Heart" by Mark C. Crowley
The University of Southern Maine and Mainebiz are pleased to bring Mark C. Crowley, thought leader and best-selling author, to the Portland Campus.

Join leaders from around the state as Mark shares his journey from being a senior leader in one of our nation's largest financial institutions to speaker and consultant for organizations seeking to achieve greatness through people. Hear how his book "Lead From The Heart" is being used in Universities including PhD programs.

Registration includes presentation, networking breakfast and copy of Mark's book. 

$39 General Admission

Location: Hannaford Hall in Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine

General Session: Tuesday, August 28th. 
7:30 am - 10:30 am

10:30 - 11:30 am. Meet and Greet Fellow Senior College Network Members.
We will have a gathering of Senior College members in the Wishcamper Center after the Leadership Summit. 

PVSCBlogPenobscot Valley Senior College

Brand New Blog For PVSC!

Penobscot Valley Senior College has gone 21st Century. It's adding a blog to its website and Facebook presences.
In addition to updates about PVSC activities, the blog's authors want to feature members' work and suggestions, as well as news of interest to local seniors. They invite members to contribute.

Links to Penobscot Valley Senior College:

Blog created by Anita Kurth. Penobscot Valley Senior College

Acadia Senior College

Penobscot Marine Museum by Ann Caswell

Penobscot Marine Museum's "Search Our Collections" web page.

Twenty eight ASC members gathered at the Penobscot Marine Museum on June 10th to spend the morning perusing the fascinating exhibits housed in twelve historic buildings.  Docents greeted us at three of the main buildings, including a sea captain's house, and shared some history of the area as well as orienting us to the exhibits. 

We were able to see historic maps, scrimshaw, marine paintings, and 19th century Chinese pottery.  Some went on to the library, which houses a historic collection of over 200,000 photographs. Others looked at the boat sheds, one of which holds a Rusticators' Collection of hand-build canoes and rowing dinghys. 

Several of those attending commented that they had passed the Searsport Museum dozens of times, always thinking that they'd make time to stop "someday."  Others had visited before and appreciated the opportunity to explore in more depth. Gail Rieber was keeping an eye out for objects she had donated to the Museum, items belonging to her grandfather, who was a 19th century sea captain based in Seal Cove. 

Acadia SC members visiting Young's Lobster Pound

It was a beautiful spring day, and most of the group proceeded down the road for lunch at Young's Lobster Pound.  We sat out on the pier eating lobster rolls, watching the boats in Belfast Harbor, and discussing the Museum. 

Written by Ann Caswell. This article was originally published on the Acadia Senior College News page.

PVSCsupremeCourtPenobscot Valley Senior College

Supreme Court Decisions Captivate PVSC Learners this Summer
Sol Goldman focuses on three critical Supreme Court Decisions in this One-Day Event at PVSC

Is there anything more timely and important to learn about than the U.S. Supreme Court? Penobscot Valley Senior College has long been ahead of the news. For years, one of its most popular courses has been "The Current Supreme Court Term," taught by lawyer Sol Goldman. But the course tends to end before the Supreme Court session does, so learners could be left wondering about the whys and wherefores of the eventual decisions. So this summer, Sol offered a special follow-up session, explaining the court's rulings on several vital decisions. The wrap-up, one of PVSC's popular One-Day Event series, focused on three critical decisions: Trump v. Hawaii (one of the "anti-Muslim" travel bans), Masterpiece Cakes v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (the "gay wedding cake" case), and Janus v. ASCME (right to work). Participants were keenly aware of the implications of these decisions, and a lively discussion ensued.

Submitted by Anita Kurth, Penobscot Valley Senior College


Fall 2018 Catalogs
More coming soon!


The Fourth Annual University Of Maine System Aging Initiative Summer Workshop

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.


The Wisdom Summit: 
Charting the Path Forward

September 12, 2018
Augusta Civic Center: Main Auditorium
9:00AM - 3:30PM

"Maine's changing demographic presents our newest opportunity for thoughtful problem-solving leading to systemic change. The 5th annual Wisdom Summit will explore these challenges and identify pathways to maximizing public resources and private investments and transforming our systems and communities to make sure we can all live healthy, active, engaged lives no mater the type of support we might need. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available."

University of Southern Maine Aging Initiative

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