OLLI Observer
February 10, 2019    
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In This Issue
burning candle
We Remember

Fred Plimpton
January 25, 2019
Spring is Here!
Read up on courses and course outlines
for the College for Seniors SpringTerm
(March 25-May 17, 2019) 
The OLLI catalog will
be available online on February 14, but you can
access the courses NOW right here.

Meditation SIG with John Muecke
The Vision of Meditative Stillness and Insight in Classical Buddhism's Steps to Awakening
Monday, February 11, 
4:15 -5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center 
Room 120

John Muecke holds a master's degree in religious studies from Stanford University, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee and continues studies in the open and esoteric teachings as preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition. He teaches directly from classical root scriptures and commentaries with attention to presenting the ideas accurately and preserving their benefit for current and future generations.

The OLLI Meditation SIG is a guided meditation group. SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb, beriake@yahoo.com

All OLLI Members are welcome!


Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference

Make A Difference!

Gardening SIG
Show, Tell, Share
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 230


The February meeting of the Gardening SIG will be a relaxed get-together to renew friendships and welcome new members. Bring your favorite catalogs. Tell us about your plans for the coming year. Bring extra seed and plant starts to share if you have any (and take any leftovers home). In time for indoor starts, we will have a brief review of the many types of grow lights now available.  

The Gardening SIG meets the second Tuesday of the month, 4:15 p.m. SIG contact is Marilyn Dishaw, 828-215-3838, ncdishaw@gmail.com
The SIG gets together to learn about gardening in North Carolina, visit gardens- both private and public, share/exchange plants, help each other solve garden problems, meet friends with similar interests, and socialize.

Reading Buddy Training
Wednesday and Thursday,
February 20 and 21 and 
Wednesday,  March 13, 
1-3:30 p.m.

Read To Succeed is a nonprofit with a  mission "to inspire and teach children to  read." The group has an urgent need for caring,  supportive individuals who are interested in  making a difference and giving back by
tutoring a student one hour, one day a week
during the school year.

World Affairs Council
"Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics"
with Security Analyst 
Mike Duncan
Tuesday, February 12,   7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center 
Manheimer Room

Security analyst Mike Duncan will share insight on the developing threat of cyber conflict and whether the U.S. is sufficiently prepared. Duncan, currently at Humana, has also worked at Wells Fargo, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Skill Talks Workshops Registration Now Open

Shaking It Up: Building Community through Classroom Involvement.

Read more and submit your RSVP HERE.
Save the Date!
Our Turn to Play Luncheon
Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.
Wilma M. Sherrill Center 

Lesley Visser
This event recognizes women and girls who are leaders and champions and raises scholarship funds for UNC Asheville Bulldogs' female student-athletes

This year's keynote speaker is Lesley Visser, the first woman named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a Muhammad Ali "Daughter of Greatness," and an award-winning sports journalist.

5th Annual Thomas Wolfe Short Story 
Book Club
Author-Led Short Story Discussion Series 
Sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy 

Thursday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site, 
52 North Market Street, Asheville, 28801

Discussion leader Brandon Johnson, instructor of English at Mars Hill University will lead a discussion of Thomas Wolfe's stories "Return" and "Old Catawba"

Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, February 15, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

February 15: There will be presentations on Brazil (2-3 p.m.) and Israel 
(3-4 p.m.).

The organizers of the Travel SIG are seeking speakers for the rest of the year and would welcome anyone willing to share travel experiences  with other members of  OLLI .

Please contact one of the following Travel SIG members if you have any questions or want to share 
your travel adventures:

Madan  Joshi ( madanmj1947@gmail.com)
Kathy  Gainey ( kathleen.m. gainey@ outlook.com )
Kathleen  Buehner ( kbuehner@ hotmail.com
Lauren  Azoulai ( lazoulai@ gmail.com)

Reuter Center Singers Performance

"When Dreams Take Flight"
Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville Campus

This performance will feature UNC Asheville's Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Asheville Singers and the Reuter Center Singers.  In honor of Black History Month, part of the program will feature compositions by African American composers and poets. Works by contemporary composers on themes of hope and delight will also be included.
Director Chuck Taft - Reuter Center Singers    Director Fletcher Peacock - UNC Asheville Wind Ensemble    
Accompanist Brad Curtioff
Suggested Admission Donation of $10   
March Madness Lecture
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

Bubble teams and brackets.  Upsets and Cinderellas.  Blocks, dunks, layups and buzzer beaters.  Bitter defeats, thrilling wins and "one shining moment." They're all elements of the "big dance" we call March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Learn more about this annual college sports ritual from two UNC Asheville experts.  Larry Griswold, a sports history instructor at College for Seniors, will begin the program with a talk about some of the surprises in  last year's championship tournament.

Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletics director and only the fourth woman to serve on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball committee, will give us an insider's view of the selection and seeding process.

This will be Janet Cone's only Asheville area presentation before she travels to New York City 
to help select the field for this year's NCAA Division I Men's Championship Tournament.  

Feel free to wear your college colors, if you remember that here at UNC Asheville we are all Bulldogs!

Free and open to everyone!
Volunteers Needed
Boundary End Center
The Boundary End Center (BEC) is a nonprofit residential research library, located at the entrance of the Big Ivy section of the Pisgah National Forest, Barnardsville. In 1997 BEC was established as a scholarly retreat, library and meeting space place by Dr. George Stuart, formerly Associate Editor of the National Geographic Magazine. OLLI members may remember the wonderful courses on the Maya that George offered.

BEC maintains a library specialized in the archaeology, colonial history and ethnology of the Pre-Columbian Americas, especially the Maya area, the Andean World, and the U.S. Southeast. BEC is seeking volunteers to help catalog, stamp and organize its extensive holdings.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

The  MaNGA Survey
Dissecting 10,000 Galaxies in 3D" 
by  David Wake, PhD, University of North Carolina Asheville

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

In this talk, Dr. Wake will present an overview of our current understanding of how the varied array of different galaxies formed, from the almost smooth gas of hydrogen and helium in the early universe, along with the many questions we still have to answer.
Finally, Dr. Wake will introduce the ongoing  MaNGA project in which spectroscopic maps of 10,000 galaxies, using the 2.5 meter Sloan Telescope in New Mexico, are being made. His aim is to give us an idea of how such a project is conceived, designed and executed, and how we analyze the almost 4 million individual spectra spread over those 10,000 galaxies, and measuring the properties and motions of their stars, gas and even dark matter. Finally he'll talk about some of the scientific insights that have come from the MaNGA data that are answering some of those outstanding questions about how such a dizzying array of galaxies came to be. 

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months at 7 p.m. and offers an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena.   Click here to visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville website.

OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Sponsor, Deerfield  for their generous  support!

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.  For more about 2019 CREW Program, click here.


Dear OLLI Members,
We are pleased to welcome Frankie Keller to the position of OLLI's Member Relations Coordinator, the face and voice of OLLI to people when they call or walk in.  Please take some time to read David Langdon's article about our newest staff member and please take some time to greet Frankie as she grows into her new job.  Pascale Couturier has moved into the position of Program Assistant to College for Seniors, so she has taken on a new role and is a vital part of our community, but she is generously and wisely helping Frankie learn her work. For the first time in over a year we have a full staff and look forward to the ways we can continue to allow our work together to evolve.

We have a full schedule of special interest group meetings and lectures from OLLI members and community partners this week and next.  And don't forget that you can consult the online course database and sneak peek to begin to plan your spring schedule. 

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Frankie Keller
Meet Frankie Keller
OLLI's New 
Member Relations Coordinator

She was the front desk person at the UNC Asheville Housing Office during last year's issues between the state and local building inspectors concerning fire codes. Meet Francis "Frankie" Keller who is very familiar with the pressures of being the front office person at a vibrant organization. Frankie is OLLI's new Members Relations Coordinator and very well suited for the job.
  Schedule for Registration for Spring 2019 Classes 

The OLLI Spring 2019 catalog will be posted online on February 14 and should be available in the office February 15. You may find a "sneak peek" of the schedule here  and review course descriptions, instructor biographies and in some cases outlines, materials lists, reading lists and other information here.

Our initial allocation registration begins Friday, February 22, 10 a.m. 

You may come to the Reuter Center for registration help on Friday, February 22 or Monday through Thursday, February 25-28, 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. each day and Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Priority allocation closes Friday, March 1, at noon. Being the first person to register does not give you an advantage, but we do urge you to register before February 28 so that you can get help if you need it. The system will be shut down right at noon and incomplete orders cannot be processed, so give yourself some time. 

Important Dates
  • Registration opens Friday, February 22.
  • The registration system for College for Seniors courses will be closed from Friday, March 1, noon.  
  • Schedules will be sent late in the afternoon on Friday, March 8.  
  • The registration system will re-open for add/drop and new, first come, first served registration on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25. 
Mahmut Reyhanoglu
STEM Lecture
Wednesday, February 13, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Mechatronics Engineering 
Design Projects"
Mahmut Reyhanoglu
UNC Asheville Engineering Department

UNC Asheville's Capstone Senior Design Project courses in mechatronics engineering require students to work in a team environment to develop a solution to a specific real-world problem. This talk focuses on two recently completed projects: DIReCT (Device for Installation, Removal, and eCASS Transport) and Q-CPR (Quadcopter Crash Prevention Restraint).

STEM Lectures are interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The series this winter is designed around the theme of "STEM Activities on Campus," covering research both performed and in progress by UNC Asheville faculty and OLLI members, faculty's research with students and outreach to the community.

These lectures are free and open to everyone.

To view last week's slides, click here. 

Three Evenings with Candidates for the Position of  Director for 
UNC Asheville's
 Center for Jewish Studies
Thursdays, February 14, 21 and 28
7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Doria Killian 
"Narrating Our Past, Creating Our Present: The Intersection of Storytelling, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary German-Jewish Literature"

Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
February 21, 7 p.m.  
Nick Block 
"Discursive Holocaust Memory: 
Jewish Critique of Germany's Holocaust Memorials"

Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Eric Kligerman 
"Leaps of Faith/Quantum Leaps: 
Representing Jewish Identity in Kafka and the Coen Brothers"

Alzheimer's Association Volunteer Information Session
Friday, February 15, 11 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 207

Whether you're interested in spreaking education, awareness or taking your voice to Washington, the Alzheimer's Association wants to hear from you! Staff will be on hand to provide information on all the ways you can be involved in your own community to help advance a vision of a world without Alzheimer's.

A program of the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter free and open to everyone.
Jim Stokely in the Dykeman-Stokely Home
Fab Friday Lecture
Friday, February 15, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room


"Thomas Wolfe: One of America's Greatest Writers and His Link to Wilma Dykeman" 


Are you interested in why Thomas Wolfe is one of America's greatest writers? His novels from the 1920's and '30's, Look Homeward, Angel  and Of Time and the River, were bestsellers and widely praised worldwide, but controversial in the Asheville area. 

Are you interested in the close connection between another Buncombe County native, author Wilma Dykeman, and the Wolfe family? Wilma Dykeman was a local author of fiction and non-fiction set in the Southern mountains. She was an environmentalist, a historian, a journalist and a teacher. 

Jim Stokely, Wilma's son, will answer these questions and will respond to your questions about Thomas Wolfe and Wilma Dykeman.  Jim was born in Asheville, grew up in Newport, Tennessee, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University.  He began his career as a free-lance writer but later earned an MBA at Stanford University and recently retired from a 30-year career as a human resources professional.  He is President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

Fab Fridays are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, February 15, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

"Presidential Emergency Powers" 

The Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to  nuclear disarmament. 

SIG contact: Beth Johnson,  johnson1ea@earthlink.net 
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, February 15, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Skeletons on the Zahara: 
A True Story of Survival
by Dean King
Discussion led by Cork Oates

Skeletons on the Zahara is based on the journals of two men who were survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Africa in 1815.  Twelve sailors were captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery and endured a two month journey through the Sahara desert.
  The author, Dean King, retraced the steps of the survivors in 2001 (right after the 9/11 attacks), trying as much as possible to experience the hardships of a trek across the sand on foot or riding a camel. 

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share beloved books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read
March: Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
April: The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.

 SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com


Friday, February 15, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death Café is an engaging gathering with storytelling and  conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in  our death phobic culture. At Death Café, participants break  into small groups of five or six people and discuss personal
stories related to the death of loved ones, loss of jobs,  relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These programs are facilitated by Karen Sanders, Greg  Lathrop and Said Osio from Third Messenger. Find out more  at deathcafe.com.

UNC Asheville's Purple Shuttle

UNC Asheville's Purple Shuttle serves the Reuter Center every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for information about the shuttle's route.

OLLI members experienced some delays during the first couple of weeks of CFS classes. The shuttle route has recently been revised to serve the STEAM Studio and 838, new university buildings on Riverside Drive, and they continue to refine the timing of shuttle stops. If you take Asheville Transit to campus, you may still get the purple shuttle at the Bulldog Statue and get to Reuter Center in about 15 minutes. 

We recognize that not everyone can or will take the shuttle and that most people would prefer to park right outside the door.  On a campus undergoing construction, however, the shuttle provides an alternative to circling for parking spaces. The gravel lot, P01 right off Broadway on Campus Drive, is rarely full, and the Reuter Center is the first stop as the shuttle travels to the campus core.   

Remember that University Police do ticket those who park anywhere other than white-lined spaces designated as non-resident student parking.

Would you like to know more about taking Asheville Transit to the UNC Asheville campus? Click the video below to find out 
Bus to OLLI for Free and Minimize Our Carbon Footprint

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term on Appalachia for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). While a varied array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, the theme term is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

Pan Harmonia
Midday Music
with Pan Harmonia
Wednesday, February 20, Noon
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join Pan Harmonia musicians, mezzo-soprano Brittnee Siemon, flutist Kate Steinbeck, and pianist Ko Eun Grace Lee, for Midday Music. Peek behind-the-scenes in an open working rehearsal as these artists come together to create music for upcoming performances. 

Now in its 19th season, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, community outreach and educational residencies and enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into spaces all around the community - from art galleries and historic churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Its musicians believe in social justice through arts access and enjoy bringing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic strata. Directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck, Asheville, NC's award-winning chamber music repertory company has been nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision.

Feel free to bring your lunch and friends. This event is free and open to everyone.

Symphony Talk
Friday, February 22, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at the upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts.  The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers.  Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen will appear with violinist Alexi Kenney to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. 

The three very distinct composers presented on this concert all found great inspiration in connecting with their roots. Zoltan Kodály pioneered the field of ethnomusicology while exploring the music of his native Hungary. His Dances of Galánta are a collection of village dances reimagined as a symphonic work and transformed with colors of the modern symphony orchestra. Next, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, brings his unique perspective to Dvořák's Violin Concerto - full of lyricism inspired by the rich Czech folkloric tradition. The concert's centerpiece is Beethoven's beloved "Pastoral" symphony, which was inspired by the composer's love of the countryside.

For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit  ashevillesymphony.org
WNC Historical Association Lecture
Child of the Woods: 
An Appalachian Odyssey
with Susi Séguret
Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join the WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) and Susi Séguret for the release of her new book Child of the Woods, a collection of short stories and observations of growing up in the natural settings of rural Appalachia. The book is an opportunity to experience nature through the eyes of a true child of the woods. Séguret grew up in Madison County, North Carolina, and honed her culinary skills in France where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. As director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, she is passionate about taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives. She has written and edited cookbooks, including Appalachian Appetite.

The mission of WNCHA is to the preservation and promotion of the history of Western North Carolina through the care, interpretation and presentation of the Smith-McDowell House, the education of the public through lectures, exhibitions elated events and the facilitation of cooperation among regional historical organizations. 

The lecture is open to everyone; a $5 donation is requested at the door.

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UNC Asheville
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