OLLI Observer
May 12, 2019    
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In This Issue
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We Remember 
Jack Stevens
April 23, 2019

Jim DeLeo
May 3, 2019

Summer 2019 Registration Continues Through 
Thursday, May 16, noon

Print catalogs are available on the upper level of the Reuter Center.

You may come to the Reuter Center for registration help Monday through Wednesday, May 13-15, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day and on 
Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. - noon.

Click here for access to our course web page  and be sure to select "2019 Summer." Full courses descriptions and instructor biographies are available.

Schedules will be sent 
Friday, May 24, 4:30 p.m.
Add/Drop begins Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m. At this time you may register or add more College for Seniors courses or add your name to a waitlist if a course is full.  Add/Drop closes after the second meeting of most courses. 

The Reuter Center will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 

UNC Asheville Welcomes 
Garakai Campbell 
as Our New Provost
Provost Garakai Campbell

UNC Asheville has appointed Garikai Campbell to be the University's next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, starting late June 2019. Campbell currently serves as provost and dean of Knox College and brings more than 20 years of experience across every facet of academic life, from executive leadership, teaching and research, to extensive consulting work in technology, math and diversity in higher education.

OLLI is a department within the university's acadmic affairs division; as such we report directly to the provost. In welcoming Dr. Campbell, we also want to express our gratitude to Dr. Karin Peterson, who has served with creativity and commitment as the interim provost.  We also want to wish her well on her appointment as  interim executive vice chancellor and provost at UNC School of the Arts for the 2019-20 academic year.

A Special Thank You to the Fab Friday Committee Members!

Health and Wellness:
Ginny Felice
Barbara Heller
Phil Lenowitz
Dr. David Mouw
William (Bill) O'Connell
Karen Sanders
Hope Warshaw
Woolie Wisham

General Topics Committee:
Bill Carpenter
Susan Coyle 
Judy Fraiberg 
Barbara Griswold
Martha Marshall 
Rita Van Nuys
Jane Yokoyama

College for Seniors Instructor Support

Two-day training to enhance your instructor skills with PowerPoint

Beginning PowerPoint
June 3 and 6, 9:30 - noon
Reuter Center Room 206

Advanced PowerPoint Techniques


MANNA Food Bank Team
Providing Thousands of Meals a Day to Feed Hungry People

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference

Habitat for Humanity
Changing lives one house at a time

Make A Difference!


 The Key Center for Community Engaged Learning is Looking for Teachers!

The 5th annual STARS (Starting Teens Around Roads of Success) Program helps to put  students from low-wealth communities in contact with more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) learning opportunities. 

STARS  Faculty teach  10 - 11:30 am , generally with faculty teaching one group (A) of students in week one and switching to teach the same thing to another group (B) of students in week 2. We hope teaching faculty can commit to the two weeks, but we can accommodate alternative scheduling, including the desire to teach in the afternoon instead of the morning. We need two people for the following five weeks. 

For more information contact:  Amanda Wray: awray1@unca.edu
Seeking Big, Bold Ideas
by Sam Harben
OLLI Planning Committee Chair
Wednesday, May 20, 
Any time, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center 215

Attention all OLLI members:  UNC Asheville is in the process of developing a long-range Master Plan, and OLLI has been invited to submit its big, bold ideas in response to the questions listed below to the Master Plan Committee.  This committee is charged with drafting a bold, visionary plan for the University. To that end, the OLLI Planning Committee is looking toward forging a more integrated role for OLLI's 2500 member organization in the life of the University. 
We'd like to hear your big, bold ideas as to:
  • How the physical layout, access and appearance of our UNC Asheville campus could be improved?
  • How OLLI's needs for more space could be met as the demand for additional classroom and space for other activities continues to increase? 
  • How OLLI's connection with the University can be significantly enhanced? 
  • And how we, along with the University, may connect better with our Asheville community?
OLLI's Planning Committee will meet with members who have suggestions Wednesday, May 20th, anytime from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the Reuter Center, room 215, or, if you prefer, send your suggestion by email to me as chair of OLLI's Planning Committee:   samharben038@gmail.com .
History Book Lovers
Friday, May 17, 
1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120
David McCullough's
The Wright Brothers

This 2015 best seller  from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly-Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Come join the fun to share beloved books, engage in discussion and connect with OLLI members around their favorite subject - history! History Book Lovers meet the third Friday of each month. SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com

Death Café
Friday, May 17,  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.

This event is free and open to everyone
Mountain Folk Tales
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center
Blue Ridge Parkway, 
Milepost 382

This event, sponsored by the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, will feature tellers Wallace Shealy, Becky Stone, Sandra Gudger, Sherry Lovett and winners of the Owen Middle School Jack Tales Contest. 

Tickets are $10 at the door. 

AARP Documentary and Discussion
The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution
Wednesday, May 22, 1-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Before Medicare was introduced in 1965, fewer than 50% of the nation's hospitals served black and white patients

The documentary The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution illustrates how civil rights leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and
worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans. 

The screening will be followed by a discussion with local leaders to explore these historical issues and current challenges. The program is sponsored by AARP in the Mountain Region. Contact Rebecca Chaplin at 828.380.6242 or rchaplin@aarp.org

Art Bazaar Exhibitor Information Meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Room 206 

For those interested in participating in the 2019 OLLI Art Bazaar, Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
Learn the facts and decide if the Art Bazaar is for you. 

Registration forms will be available at the meeting.

Contact Sheila Murphy at:   murphy.sheila.a@gmail.com with any questions. 
Special Thanks!

OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Givens Estates for their support!

Living Solo

After one month we have grown to 7members. Join Living Solo for OLLI members thru a Meetup app!

The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members.  

This is a self-identifying group, even if you have a significant other but feel solo, feel free to join. Please come join us and meet new people! We started a group in Meetup called OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo. It is a private group with only OLLI members included. 

How to join! 
  • Join Meetup using your preferred email address; enter a password (your favorite or one unique to Meetup)! 
  • Search Groups using key word: OLLI or look around; we are there!
  • Click the yellow OLLI UNC Asheville Living Solo image! 
  • Click the red Request to Join button
Any questions? 

An MWW Gathering
Men's Wisdom Works (MWW)
Special Interest Group 

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for 2 hours to discuss issues of personal importance. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social activities.

Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
Dear OLLI Members,
During commencement season, we think about ending one phase of our lives and beginning another. As we put this newsletter together, it strikes me that we are also thinking about endings and beginnings.

We are so sad to report the passing of Jack Stevens, who was characterized in the  Citizen-Times  as a "pillar of Asheville's legal community, a four-term state legislator and prominent local historian"; here at OLLI we remember his courses on the history of Buncombe county and his thoughtful, wise and witty presentations.  We will also miss Jim DeLeo, a psychologist who offered thought-provoking courses exploring a wide range of issues, including love, marriage, attraction and philosophy. He, often teaching with Rex Snodgrass, helped College for Seniors members see the world in new ways. 

Chip Kaufmann is beginning a new chapter in his life, and we join all of Asheville in wishing him well but letting him know just how much he has meant to us and how much we will miss his voice introducing classical music on WCQS, his concise and insightful "liner notes" for Symphony Talks and his thoroughly researched and passionately presented courses on film for OLLI's College for Seniors.  Be sure to read Jennifer Vogel's story about Chip in this newsletter.

As we say goodbye to people who have meant so much to us, we also are embracing wonderful new leadership at our university.  Chancellor Cable finishes her first year after an eventful installation week celebrating the UNC Asheville and the liberal arts. We are also excited to welcome a new head for our division at the university, Dr. Garakai Campbell, who has just accepted the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. We look forward to getting to know him and to continuing to foster and expand good relations between OLLI and the rest of the university.

Here at OLLI we invite you to contribute your ideas to our planning committee as they work with the university's master planning committee to think about and present concrete ideas for the physical appearance and infrastructure of the university and of OLLI's needs and positive relations with the rest of the university and the broader Asheville community.  Speaking of engagement with Asheville, we encourage you to learn more African-American businesses in Asheville at the forum sponsored by our Inclusion Committee.

Remember that this is your community. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to serve on a committee or volunteer, please let us know by responding to this email,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Carolina Nature Photographers Association
Speaker: Tim Lewis
 Sunday, May 12, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA)-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through photography. Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests and image critiques.

 The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30-8 p.m.

 For more information please visit:   www.cnpa-asheville.org 
A Tip of the Hat to Chip Kaufmann
The Irreplaceable Chip Kaufmann

He wears a lot of hats, including a real one.

Blue Ridge Public Radio classical music host Chip Kaufmann is retiring this year, after nearly 36 years at the station. His radio career began as a volunteer in 1983, when the station was located at UNC Asheville. For the past ten years, his volunteering has brought him back to campus, where he's certainly been busy teaching 42 OLLI classes, most on silent films. The perennially popular instructor began the current session saying, "This is my first last class."
Special Interest Group
Conversations on Compassion
Monday, May 13, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

The group will watch a video, recorded at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, of Eckhart Tolle and moderator James Doty as they reflect on self-love and compassion for others.  This 90 minutue conversation will lay the ground for further discussion. Those who wish to engage can join us for a restaurant dinner afterwards.

All OLLI members are welcome at our programs.
Meditation SIG Coordinator:  Sally Ekaireb

There will be no Meditation SIG meeting on Memorial Day, May 27th
Special Interest Group
Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
Tuesday, May 14, 4:15-6:00 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

Alan Wagner, a Buncombe County NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener will discuss how and when to prune our ornamental trees and shrubs.  Alan has spoken on this and other horticultural topics as part of the "Gardening in the Mountains" seminar series sponsored by the Buncombe County Master Gardeners. 

SIG contact: Marilyn Dishaw,   ncdishaw@gmail.com

Need tech help? 
Check out  The Geek Bar
Wednesday, May 15, 8 - 9 a.m
Reuter Center, The Atrium

Are you having technical problems or questions regarding your smart phone, tablet or laptop? 
OLLI is happy to announce The Geek Bar, offered for the last time this term on this Wednesday morning from 8-9 a.m. in the Reuter Center Atrium. This is a great excuse to get good parking, a cup of coffee or tea and advice -- all before your first class!

Bring your device and question, and one of the Geek Bar Experts will try to address your issue. 

All platforms are welcome (Android, Apple, Windows, etc.). The Geek Bar is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.  We offer no guarantees, but our Geeks will do our best to be of help.  Note : This is not software instruction and is generally meant for specific, quick-answer issues.

If you have questions, or if you are a Geek who would like to work at the Geek Bar, feel free to contact Julia Loughran at:  julia@thoughtlink.com

Forum For Businesses Owned by African American Entrepreneurs (and for those interested in supporting them)
When: Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m.
Where: Reuter Center at UNCA

Purpose: To highlight the triumphs and challenges of starting and owning a business

Featured Speakers:
Keynon Lake CEO/Founder of My Daddy Taught Me That

Joe GreeneConsultant for African American Business Association and the Western Women's Business Center, Entrepreneur

Dannie Frey Associate Director of the Western Women's Business Center

Rosanna Mulcahy, Minority Business Program Manager for the City of Asheville

This forum will present an interactive opportunity to network with business owners, hear stories of resiliency and perseverance, learn what various programs and agencies support small businesses, and learn how you can support African American owned businesses.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Wallace Bohanan: webohanan@hotmail.com

Fab Friday
"Climate and Society: Lessons from Tourism"
Marjorie McGuirk
Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Marjorie McGuirk
Marjorie McGuirk became a climatologist before climate was hot! Her lifelong career in climatology began and ended with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate center in Asheville.  There she learned the value of climate data for all sectors of society, such as energy, shipping, public health, water, buildings and tourism.  Her career took her to several climates, including Geneva, Switzerland.  It was there in the 1990s that she realized climate change was real, was happening now and was affecting important sectors of society.  With a focus on the impact of climate change on tourism, she will share her experiences in how climate change affects aspects of our daily lives.  McGuirk is the Expert Consultant for the World Meteorological Organization's Global Framework for Climate Services and a lead U.S. Government Reviewer for the Fifth Assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.

This is the last Fab Friday for our spring term. These lunchtime lectures happen every Friday during our fall, winter and spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Please see the list of people who plan these thought-provoking programs.
The Forum
"Democratic Capitalism vs Industrial Capitalism: You Feeling Lucky?" 
Friday, May 17, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

The weekly Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants thinking on a wide variety of topics frequently focusing on current events. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.

SIG contact: Beth Johnson,  johnson1ea@earthlink.net 
Travel Special Interest Group
Friday, May 17, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Roo
In May the Travel SIG will feature David Nelson with a presentation on Scotland from 2-3 p.m.  From 3-4 p.m,  Julie Snyder will make a presentation about Sweden. Come learn more about these wonderful places,  share and solicit information on travel; share past experiences of travel; assist other members' efforts in planning for independent travel, or perhaps even join a travel group!

Free and open to all OLLI Members. 
For more information, please contact: M adan Joshi, 302.528.2697,  madanmj1947@gmail.com  
or  Kathleen Gainey, 703.298.8203,  Kathleen.m.gainey@outlook.com 

OLLI Member Larry Griswold and UNC Asheville student Carter Kennedy
UNC Asheville Senior Heads to the Big Leagues
UNC Asheville student-athlete Carter Kennedy has an exciting summer ahead, as she heads to San Diego June 3, for a summer marketing internship with the Padres Major League baseball team. OLLI member and lifelong sports enthusiast Larry Griswold, who had a long-term career with Sports Illustrated, gave her advice during her internship search.

This Event Has Been Canceled
Western North Carolina Historical Association Presents
I Love to Tell the Story - Seven-Shape Gospel 
in Watauga County, NC
With Speaker Dr. Meredith Doster
Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 18, has been canceled
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society 
Tuesday May 21, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

Speaker Holly Robertson
 It's no small feat to conserve birds that travel 4,000 miles or more each year across continents and international borders. In fact, it's one of the most ambitious undertakings of American Bird Conservancy (ABC); ensuring priority species have the habitat they require at all stages of their life-cycles. Migratory birds are particularly vulnerable while on their wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean, where they occupy an area that is approximately one quarter the extent of their total breeding range in the U.S. and Canada. 

With  deforestation rates still on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean, ABC is scaling up conservation efforts, and in 2017, launched the BirdScape initiative. Learn about this new endeavor and how it will benefit entire suites of migratory birds, including those that breed in North Carolina.
Holly Robertson is a Senior Development Officer with American Bird Conservancy and has been working with the organization's migratory bird program since 2013. She holds bachelor's of science of wildlife ecology from the University of Maine and a master of science degree in conservation biology and sustainable development from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The American Bird Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose mission is conserving native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.

Medicare New to Medicare 
Information Session
Friday, May 24, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
Are you confused by the many choices of Medicare plans? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, in partnership with OLLI, offers a free session that includes an overview (plans, parts and policies) of Medicare. Spaces are limited, and registration is required. Reserve your space by calling the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, 828.277.8288. 

In addition, Friday, May 24, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. They will also provide detailed instructions for using the Agency's online services at socialsecurity.gov. 

At the Intersection of our Privilege and Our Oppression
Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Asheville Jewish Community Center
236 Charlotte Street

Issues surrounding race, class, sexual identity, gender and religion have exploded into the national dialogue. These are difficult and confusing issues to discuss, especially when social and cultural identities overlap. 

"Intersectionality is the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups" (Webster's). The theory of intersectionality is also the idea that when it comes to thinking about how inequalities persist, categories like gender, race, and class are best understood as overlapping and mutually constitutive rather than isolated and distinct. This training provides thoughtful discussion and self-reflective activities to help you lean into the discomfort by increasing your awareness of the intersecting social dynamics impacting us all.

Instructor Jesse Pitt has spent the last 18 years working with diverse groups of middle and high school students. He loves facilitating courageous conversations about the uncomfortable social issues affecting our diverse culture. He moved to Asheville in 2002 to work with the NC Outward Bound School as a climber, wilderness instructor and eventual director of the high-school based Unity Project. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and Western Carolina University and has been a counselor at Asheville Middle School since 2007.

To learn more and to register, email  rochelle@jcc-asheville.org

Registration fee is $10 for the class, which is open to everyone.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"From Small Step to Giant Leap: The Epic Lunar Voyages of Apollo"
presented by  Dominic Lesnar , Astronomy Club of Asheville

This presentation, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, will trace the genesis of the Apollo program and what led the United States to engage the USSR in a race to the moon. We will discuss exactly how NASA sent spacecraft on a half million-mile journey through the vacuum of space, highlighting the mission hardware that allowed astronauts to land, walk, live and eventually drive on a world of inhospitable terrain with danger at each step. Finally, we'll cover the scientific and geological discoveries gleaned from Apollo, and briefly highlight each of the 9 missions that flew to the moon.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of the month (except January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend the 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.  For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, including infrmation about speakers and topics, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org

Click here to register for the Healthy Brain Registry

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