Emeriti Connection
Issue No.14 - Winter 2021
Letter from Our Executive Director
With this, my last letter as Executive Director of UC's Emeriti Center, I reflect on partnerships made and bridges built during the past two and a half years that have marked my tenure in the position.
With EmeriTALKS, the Emeriti Center partnered with UC colleges to present an interview series that brought emeriti together with administrators, faculty, and students from across campus, as well as VIPs from greater Cincinnati, to have thoughtful discussions, which were documented in videos, currently archived on the Emeriti Center's official YouTube channel. With the AARP content alliance, we published in our newsletter articles about issues that resonated with emeriti -- articles researched and written by professional authors affiliated with the American Association of Retired Persons, "the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering older Americans." With Be the Change, we created a joint venture with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the largest charitable organizations in the country, and provided a long list of volunteer opportunities to emeriti. 
I am pleased that the Emeriti Center's important work with campus and community partners continues, with two new initiatives announced in this issue of Emeriti Connection: 1) Emeriti at OLLI, a collaboration with UC's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which gives emeriti the opportunity to propose and teach new courses at OLLI; and, 2) the Health Information Collaborative, a project that will inform emeriti about health topics. The first partner in the Health Information Collaborative is the Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati. I believe that UC's emeriti have benefited a great deal from the working relationships we have created with our local and national partners. These are the kinds of efforts with which all of us should be seriously concerned.
Personally... I chose to return to my full-time professorship, because ahead there is a fork in the road, a future full of opportunities and possibilities. And, I decided to follow the advice of the famous New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Peter DePietro
Provost Fellow/Executive Director of the Emeriti Center           
Professor of New Media, CCM
University of Cincinnati
Letter from Our Board President
January reminds me of my favorite part of Bridge – yes, the card game.

The moment after the cards have been dealt and I pick up my hand is replete with anticipation, exhilaration and excitement. Some hands hold great promise; others might be rather dull or uninteresting, and still others, quite forgettable. But they are the cards that I have been dealt. The strategic planning follows, along with certain expectations, propelled by the bidding process of Bridge. Through this coded language I learn what my partner and the other pair of players might have in their hands, although due to this arcane procedure, no one is certain of who has what, or what will transpire. That is, no one except the likes of Vida Daugherty. 

For part of my undergraduate years I lived in Mrs. Daugherty’s Boarding House. That was 1968, the year we lost Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Mrs. Daugherty was an avid Bridge player who belonged to four bridge clubs and who played the game several times every week. In her boarding house, often with a cigarette dangling from the left corner of her mouth, she taught several of us the finer points of Bridge. Standing at about five feet, two inches, she was a veritable encyclopedia of Bridge playing, and after the bidding was complete and before any card was laid on the table, she knew exactly how the hands would be played. I have often wished I had her ability to see into the future, even if it were only to see how a hand of Bridge would develop.

Like the start of each hand of Bridge, so it is with the new start of every year. We begin with the hope provided by a slate wiped clean, one holding promise and possibility. Each of us holds cards that can define our future. The decisions we make, whether they are related to family, organizations, friends, our health, our wellbeing, or any number of things are ours and ours alone. Yes, obstacles will materialize, but how we deal with them is within our power to decide. While a kid and unsure of how I should handle a particular situation, my Dad always told me to weigh all possibilities, make my decision, and never look back. “Live life with no regrets.”

And so, as we begin our journey along the way of 2021, I wish for you a great hand of cards and a year full of bright, healthy, prosperous and rewarding experiences. Try something new. Renew past acquaintances. Meet new friends. Become more active in the UC Emeriti Association. We have a new beginning with so many opportunities, a veritable new hand in the grand game of Bridge. May we bid carefully, play our cards wisely, and make the most of this New Year!

With appreciation and anticipation,

Terence Milligan, DMA
Professor Emeritus of Music
President, Board of Directors
UC Emeriti Association and Center

In This Issue

Committee News
Arts and Culture
Speaker Series
Friends and Supporters of Emeriti
Emeriti at OLLI
Second Act
Health Information Collaborative
In Memoriam
UC News

Scroll down for individual sections.

Committee News
Pre-retirement Transition Mentoring

The University of Cincinnati Emeriti Association has begun online training for this year’s pre-retirement mentors. We will be arranging to meet virtually with any faculty member interested in exploring issues and decisions related to retirement.

Our volunteer faculty members come from throughout the university and are ready to share their own experiences in the transition to retirement. Although mentors avoid suggesting specific decisions or directions for their mentee(s), there are many ways that an open discussion can raise important issues for the person beginning exploration of the process of retiring. To initiate the exploration of relevant issues, the mentor and mentee will meet for an initial, virtual hour meeting on Zoom. This introductory meeting can be followed up with whatever additional meetings might prove valuable.

The agreement to meet with a mentor will not be communicated to anyone and the mentoring meetings will be treated with confidentiality. If you are a retiree interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Geoffrey Yager, Professor Emeritus, Counseling Program, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services: geof.yager@uc.edu
Arts and Culture
Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Programs
2021 Virtual Speakers Bureau Presentations

The hour-long programs will be presented live on Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The first three months of programs will be provided free of charge. Follow the links below to register for these programs. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the Zoom webinar.

Cincinnati Entertainers
January 16, 2 p.m. via Zoom
Many professional entertainers got their start in Cincinnati. We will take a look back at the life and careers of some of the biggest stars who were either born in Cincinnati or lived here early in their professional careers, including Tyrone Power, Vera-Ellen, Andy Williams, Doris Day, Rosemary and Betty Clooney, Theda Bara, Libby Holman and Roy Rogers.
Union Terminal
February 9, 2 p.m. via Zoom
Union Terminal is an Art Deco masterpiece begun in the 1930s, just as the country ushered in the Depression. Today this beautiful passenger station holds Cincinnati Museum Center, a multi-museum complex. This program will lead you through the building. It will take a closer look at the art and artists behind the structure and explore the evolution of this fascinating building.
Cincinnati Story
February 23, 2 p.m. via Zoom
America's original “boom town” and the “Queen City of the West.” This program highlights the people and events that have shaped Cincinnati history from the 18th century to the early 20th century.
Urban Consulate Virtual Salon
Mercantile Library
A monthly virtual salon, where ideas for a better community are shared. Hosted by Naimah Bilal, Gee Horton, and Megan Trischler. This discussion salon is a regularly recurring event.

January 19 - March 2, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A book study discussion series dedicated to breaking into manageable pieces the books which challenge the reader! This event occurs every two weeks on Thursday. Free, but registration required.

March 4, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Modern Novel Lecture Series features Tayari Jones, author of American Marriage. $20 fee for non-members of the Mercantile Library.

March 9, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Recurring Genre Discussions Series: Cozy Mysteries. Free, but registration required. For registration and tickets email info@mercantilelibrary.com for Zoom link, or call 513-621-0717.

For more information about Urban Consulate and other events at the Mercantile Library, visit their website.
Speaker Series
Insights into Covid-19:
A Panel of UC Experts

January 28, 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Carl J. Fichtenbaum, M.D.
Dr. R. Lee Tyson
Daniel P. Healy, PharmD
Please join us for an exciting panel discussion on current important aspects of Covid-19 by three experts from UC. Registration information will be included in a future electronic communication. Zoom information will be sent to those who register.

Covid Vaccines
Carl J. Fichtenbaum, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Dr. Fichtenbaum graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Combined BA/MD Program and completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Bridgeport Hospital-Yale University. He completed post-doctoral training in AIDS and Infectious Diseases at Yale and Washington University, respectively. He joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 1999. He is the Principal Investigator of the Infectious Diseases Research Unit that is funded by multiple grants from NIH, NIAID. He is PI of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Clinical Research Site where he has an active clinical research program focused on HIV infection, Covid Research and Translational Science. He is Co-Chair of the UC Academic Health Center Innovation Committee charged with leading Covid Research Efforts. He has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.  
Mental Health Issues of Covid 
Dr. R. Lee Tyson
Director of Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Program
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Assistant Professor, Clinical

Dr. Tyson is an Advanced Practice Nurse holding dual doctorates in psychiatry and theology/spiritual formation. He is triple-boarded as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner, and is a Nursing Addictionologist. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Addictions Nursing. Currently, Dr. Tyson is Director of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and is the founder and owner of Lee Side Wellness, the largest privately held outpatient psychiatric practice in southwest Ohio. He will examine the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, particularly appraising it as collective trauma upon society. He will also provide key mental health tips to help conserve emotional wellness during these turbulent times.
Current NIH Covid-19 Treatment Guidelines
Daniel P. Healy, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy
Antimicrobial Pharmacology Research
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Dr. Dan Healy is a registered pharmacist with residency and fellowship training in infectious diseases/antimicrobial pharmacology. He is also Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. His teaching and research for the past 35 years has been in the field of antimicrobial pharmacology and preclinical and clinical therapeutics. Dr. Healy will highlight the current NIH COVID-19 treatment guidelines including the role of antivirals, antibody cocktails, convalescent plasma and corticosteroids.

For more information about the virtual event, contact
Carl Heuther
Professor Emeritus
Friends and Supporters of Emeriti
Cate O'Hara
Program Director, OLLI
The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC is to provide a broad program of educational and social opportunities for a diverse audience of mature adults, as an integral part of the University of Cincinnati’s outreach to the community. Cate O'Hara, OLLI's Program Director, provides leadership and support to the hundreds of volunteers who are charged with executing this mission, while serving as the liaison to the University.

As Program Director, her main objectives include improving the quality and scope of OLLI's programming, increasing diversity in membership, and facilitating connections between OLLI and other parts of the UC community. She also works with the UC community to forge long-term, loyal connections, especially with underserved communities. "Inclusion is a priority," she says.

Cate's career path to OLLI was an interesing one. She worked for 25 years in various roles at the Taft Museum of Art, including publications, public relations, marketing, and education -- as associate curator of public programs. All the skills and contacts she made along the way have proved invaluable for her current position at OLLI.

Under Cate's leadership, OLLI has created a long-lasting, meaningful partnership with the Emeriti Association and Center. As Cate said: "Retirees have so much knowledge, time, and skill to give back to the community, and every non-profit organization [including OLLI] depends on retirees as volunteers—from serving on boards to tutoring to stuffing envelopes."

Emeriti are important to OLLI. They stand ready to serve as mentors, subjects for research projects, and most importantly as instructors. So, the Emeriti Association and Center is pleased to announce a joint venture with OLLI called Emeriti at OLLI. We are putting out a special call to emeriti to propose a course to teach at OLLI during Spring 2021. Details are presented below, in the article entitled Teach at UC's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Cate says that it is an honor to work with the devoted volunteers who serve on OLLI’s Board of Trustees and various committees, and who share their knowledge as class moderators. With their support, OLLI is able to offer hundreds of high-quality programs and serve thousands of active adult learners each year. She is inspired by retired engineers who are exploring the arts, medical professionals who are taking up literature, social workers who are writing memoirs, and so many others who are committed to a lifetime of learning.
Emeriti at OLLI
Teach at UC's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati, or OLLI at UC, began in 1990 and is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful programs for active adults in the United States.

The Emeriti Association and Center would like to inform its membership that they can submit a proposal to teach at OLLI during Spring 2021. The OLLI term dates are: April 26, 2021 - June 18, 2021.

In addition to considering program proposals from anyone who is interested in sharing their knowledge with the OLLI community, the OLLI Curriculum Committee has five subject-area subgroups (Arts/Humanities, STEM, Literature/Writing, History/Social Science/Politics, and Self Improvement/Wellness/Hobbies).

With the recent turmoil in the United States around race relations and bias, OLLI has made an effort to increase the number or programs focused on race relations, African American history and literature, and diverse perspectives.

Proposals are being accepted through January 31, 2021. All classes will be offered online, because of the continuing impact of the pandemic.

Select the appropriate form below.

Propose a multi-week course.
Propose a one-time 1.25 hour presentation.
Propose a one-time two-hour presentation.

Please note: new moderators of multiweek courses must complete a two-part online orientation session on February 3-4, 1:00 p.m-3 p.m., before their proposals will be considered. For more information, please contact:

Cate O'Hara
Program Director
Second Act
Bob Coyne, PhD
Breathe and Enjoy!
Interviewed by Pat Mezinskis, Professor Emerita
What did you do in your professional life at UC? 

I am a counseling psychologist and counselor educator. After 9 years at Illinois State University doing both, in 1980 I began my 36-year career at UC serving for 6 years as Associate Vice Provost for Student Life and Professor of Counselor Education. I then shifted full time to Counselor Education, serving as Department Head of School Psychology & Counseling and Program Director of Counseling. 

What has kept you busy since retiring? 

I retired from UC in 2006 and began 14 years of fairly intense involvement in scholarly productivity (several books, book chapters, and articles), President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Group Psychotherapy and Group Psychology, 3 years as a Soros Fellow to Kyrgyzstan, a year as Distinguished Professor & Endowed Chair as the Boeing Scholar at Seattle University, two Fulbright Specialist appointments (Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur) and 12 multi-month appointments as a preventive psychology consultant to U.S. Military at bases and posts within U.S. and in Europe and Japan—along with several international personal travel trips with my wife, Lynn Rapin. I thought of this period as an extended sabbatical and realized that being retired from the university did not mean I was retired from the counseling psychology profession. This period has now largely drawn to a close and I am cooling it some while also becoming involved with UC’s Emeriti group, its pre-retirement program, and my company, “Charting Your Personal Future.” 

Tell me a little about your retirement company, “Charting Your Personal Future?” 

I established this company shortly before retiring from UC (and when early retirement was a “thing”) to address readiness for retirement, viewing retirement as a significant life transition whose deleterious challenges could be largely preventable. After delivering some workshops and individual counseling, the 2008-09 economic crash occurred, putting a lot of this retirement interest on ice. Then I became very busy with the activities I mentioned above. I am now beginning to re-invigorate the company, as I am planning to be home for the foreseeable future. 

What is your advice for new retirees? 

A very large question. Here are 5 areas: (a) Be prepared for changes in your roles, responsibilities, routines, and relationships (thanks to Nancy Schlossberg for this concept); (b) be open to opportunities: be attentive, aware, and available (thanks to Bill Murray for this idea); (c) Set your sights on the cyclical retirement planning steps of Review-Dream-Plan-Engage (the process employed by Charting Your Personal Future); (d) Find ways to connect with others, as solid research shows that social support is critically important; and finally (e) Breathe and enjoy! 

How do you think the pandemic has affected our nation psychologically? 

Another h-u-g-e, and great question! Let me provide just one thought here. The pandemic has necessitated us to Zoom (pun intended) inward, on line. We have had to learn how to shrink our external world, to deny participation in so many facets. While doing so can be deeply disruptive, the psychological challenge for us is for adapt to this new reality and to find meaning and (if possible) even joy in these substantive changes.  

Anything else you would like to share with other emeriti? 

Retirement is a life stage transition (for those who can afford to do it) that will come in waves, with recycling low and high points. Just knowing that can be helpful. And drawing on your own resilience can go far to enhance your happiness and satisfaction. 
Do you happen to be in the middle of your own Second (or third) Act? Email us to let us know and you may find your story in a future newsletter. 
Health Information Collaborative
Partnership with Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati
The Emeriti Association and Center is pleased to announce a new initiative that will communicate health information to emeriti and create a forum to share health-related information to one another, colleagues, friends, and family. The initiative is called the Health Information Collaborative.
Our first partner in this initiative is the Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati. The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The Alzheimer's Association website has a list of resources and presents research that may be of interest to emeriti.

In addition, the Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati offers free programs and services related to brain health, general knowledge of Alzheimer's and dementia, and help for caregivers. During the current pandemic, most of the Alzheimer's Association's events are virtual. However, there are numerous events in which emeriti can participate online, such as the following:

Ride to End ALZ
April 18, 2021 - October 10, 2021

The Longest Day
June 20, 2021

For more information, please visit the Alzheimer's Association of Cincinnati's website or contact:

E. Selean Holmes
Outreach Manager
In Memoriam
Peter F. Bonventre
College of Medicine

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Richard and Angelina Bonventre. He had a PhD in biology and worked as a Professor teaching Microbiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. He was 92 years old.

Laura M. Caldwell
College of Engineering and Applied Science

She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Grace McWhorter, a selfless mother of John V. Caldwell and Dan (Ana Basso) Caldwell. Laura was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati for 40 years. She was 81 years old.

Patricia C. Cruise
UC Blue Ash

A native of Boston, MA., she was born in 1932 to Ursula C. Bellini and Joseph A. Bellini. She was a lifelong teacher and finished her career as an adjunct English Professor at UC Blue Ash. She was 89 years old.

Nancy R. Hamant
College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services

She spent 50 years in Education, including 43 years at the University of Cincinnati and 21 years as UC's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. She is a recipient of numerous awards including UC Alumni Association's 2010 William Howard Taft Medal.

Lois B. Johnson
College of Medicine

Born December 13, 1930 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Louis Richard and Inez Elizabeth Shirky. Lois practiced pediatrics in Dayton and Cincinnati and was past Assistant Professor at the UC Medical School and Associate Director of the Adolescent Medicine Department.

Gerald L. Kasselmann
College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jerry retired as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Science in 2000 after 32 years of service. His love of teaching carried throughout his life. He was 80 years old.

William J. Kearney
Carl H. Lindner College of Business

He was born in Albion, MI to William J. Kearney and Mary A. Kearney on June 26, 1935. In 1965 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati where he taught in the College of Business until his retirement in 1994. He was 85 years old.

Sonya Oppenheimer
College of Medicine

She was the wife of the late Frank Leo Oppenheimer and mother of Michael Donald Oppenheimer of Chicago, IL and Peter Louis Oppenheimer of Milford, OH. She was a board certified pediatrician in Cincinnati. She was 88 years old.

Wallace Lynn Rigsbee II
UC Blue Ash

He taught politicial science at UC Blue Ash, and was the Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He said that his proudest accomplishments were his three children. He was 61 years old.

Richard Erich Schade
College of Arts and Sciences

He was born on March 12, 1944 to Gerhard and Louise Schade. He served in the US Army and received his PhD from Yale University. He worked as a professor of German Literature at the University of Cincinnati. He was 75 years old. 

Peter J. Stambrook
College of Medicine

Born in London, England, to Karl and Mimi Stambrook on July 24, 1941. He was a faculty member of the University of Cincinnati for 39 years, former chair of the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology, and a Distinguished Research Professor.

University News
UC Biologists are Leading a Botanical Survey in Cincinnati

UC biologists Denis Conover and Eric Tepe are surveying the botanical diversity of Cincinnati in many of the same places UC botanist Lucy E. Braun examined in 1934. Likewise, her study of the city's botanical riches came 100 years after Cincinnati botanist Thomas Lea identified 714 species around the Queen City in 1834.
A Course in the College of Medicine Focuses on COVID-19

Students at the University of Cincinnati are exploring the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic in a new class. The class includes a series of 13 lectures from faculty in the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who are actively conducting research in or caring for patients with COVID-19.
The articles featured above appeared in UC News.
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Issue No. 14 - Winter 2021