UMA Senior College members are invited to bring their lunch to each free session at 12:00 Noon on Tuesdays at the Michael Klahr Center Rotunda (connected to UMA's Katz Library).


TUESDAY            PRESENTER                           LECTURE

January 6            Art Ray                                   Amos Gerald: Electric Railroad King of Maine

January 13          David Leigh                           20th Century Using a Thematic Approach

January 20          John Burgess                         The Super Bowl

January 27          Pam Brown                            Hospice Care: Consider the Conversation

February 3          Elizabeth Reinsborough     Where the Sahara Meets the Atlantic

February 10        Jan Sanaterre                       The Big Trees of Maine

February 17        Peter Rosenberg                 History of the Piano

February 24        David Leach                          Gone Phishing Anti-Scam Guide

March 3               Jeanne Coleman                   The Diary of a Photo Maine-iac


Snow Dates:  Thursday, January 29; and Thursday, February 26 (in case a lecture is canceled due to inclement weather)


Questions: Please call 621-3551



Concerts At Jewett

2014 - 2015 Concert Schedule


Sunday, October 19, 2 pm. Castlebay. Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane mix vocals, Celtic harp, guitar, and fiddle with legend, lore and history.

Sunday, November 16, 2 pm.  Sarah Geller, classical violinist.  Beloved by listeners from coast to coast, Geller continually draws capacity audiences with her rich sound and palette of tone colors.

Saturday, December 20, 2 pm. A Christmas Concert: The Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, organist.  Co-sponsor and location: South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta.

Sunday, January 11, 2 pm (Snow date January 25). Don Roy Ensemble.  Don is the finest Franco fiddler in New England, whose playing exactly exemplifies what Franco American fiddling is all about.

Sunday, February 8, 2 pm (Snow date February 22). Sing Acapella presented by Maine-ly Harmony, along with a men's barbership group to be announced, both competing successfully nationally!.

Sunday, March 15, 2 pm (Snow date March 22). Ladies of the Lake: A St. Patty's Day Special.  A celebration of traditional Irish music by this popular Celtic group.

Sunday, April 19, 2 pm.  Masanobu Ikemiya, pianist - classical and ragime.  A return of this popular Maine artist.

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm.  Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band.  A concert with commentary.  Traditional music, dances, and Yiddish Theater music.

  • Proceeds to a trust fund for future lecture/concert series to benefit our community.
  • Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza of Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and at the door.
  • Tickets: $10, $5 for school students, 12 and under free.
  • Subscribe to 7 or more concerts (by mail only): $8, $4 for students.
  • Be a PATRON.  Contribute a minimum of $100 to the Community Presentations Fund and attend the season's concerts free.


Information: 621-3551, umasc@maine.edu, or www.concertsatjewett.com.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
University of Southern Maine
Wishcamper Building
44 Bedford Street Suite 210, 206
Portland, ME 04104

Acadia Senior College
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Augusta Senior College
University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive
Stoddard House
Augusta, ME 04330

Bridgton Senior College
University of Southern Maine
Bridgton Memorial School
Depot Street
PO Box 308
Bridgton, ME 04009

Coastal Senior College
University College at Rockland
91 Camden St Suite 402
Rockland, ME 04841

Downeast Senior College
University of Maine at Ellsworth
Hancock Higher Education Center
248 State Street Suite 1
Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-3897 ext. 17

Gold LEAF Institute
University of Maine at Farmington
101 South Street
Farmington, ME 04938

LEARN (Life Enrichment Academic Renaissance Network)
York County Community College
112 College Drive
Wells, ME 04090
207-646-9282 ext 224

Lewiston-Auburn Senior College
University of Southern Maine
Lewiston-Auburn College
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Midcoast Senior College
10 Tibbetts Drive, Suite 210
Brunswick, ME 04011 

Penobscot Valley Senior College
University Maine Center on Aging
331 Camden Hall
25 Texas Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
207-262-7927 or 207-669-4400

SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education)
University of Maine at Presque Isle
Conferences and Special Programs
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Senior College
University of Maine at Belfast
Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Avenue
Belfast, ME 04915

St. John Valley Senior College
University of Maine at Fort Kent
MSAD #27 Adult and Community Education
84 Pleasant Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743

Sunrise Senior College
University of Maine at Machias
9 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, ME 04654

Washington County College for Seniors
Washington County Community College
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619

Western Mountains Senior College
Adult Education SAD #44
PO Box 1305
Bethel, ME 04217

York County Senior College
University College at Saco
Saco Island
Saco, ME 04072

University College at Sanford
110 Main Street Suite 1101
Saco, ME 04072

Click below to go to Maine Senior College Network:


Spring 2015 Listing Coming Up Shortly

Classes Begin March 13



University of Maine at Augusta Senior College

Fall 2014 Course Catalog

Time  Monday Tuesday Wed Thursday Friday Saturday


8:00 AM

Intro-Windows 7







Spanish 1.3


Classic Films

20th Century




10:15 AM




Granite Hill    11 AM





Laughing Matters


Eating Right


Improving Balance


1970 Challenges

Maine’s Natural World

Watercolor Painting

Financial Workshop


Voices From the North


1:00 PM




Restaurant Review




Sit Down, Shut Up

J.D. Salinger

Computers-No Big Deal

Maine Civil War Regiments




3:15 PM







Scripting Our Lives

Humanitarian Law

Minding Your Aging Brain



Instructors Who’s Who?  Go to our website:

www.umasc.org  or  www.uma.edu/umascinstructors.html

REGISTRATION  BEGINS  Monday, August 11th

Campus is Smoke and Fragrance Free

UMASC Course Offerings

All course requests received on or before the first day of registration will be treated the same. In the unusual event of excess registrations being received, admission will be determined by a random drawing.  All will be notified.  For further information, please call 621-3551.  During the registration period the Office is staffed in the morning, but phone calls are checked at any time.

NOTE:  If for any reason you are unable to attend the courses for which you have registered, please contact the Senior College office at 621-3551 ASAP.  We have waiting lists for filled courses.

The University of Maine at Augusta Senior College complies with all laws which define the rights of individuals with disabilities and makes reasonable efforts to accommodate specific needs related to Senior College programs.

If you have specific disability needs, please let the Senior College office know about them in a timely fashion, for lead time is required to determine possible accommodations.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University System.  Upon request, The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to Sheri Stevens, Equal Opportunity Director, UMA Farmhouse, 621-3110  (TDD-207-621-3107).


8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 8:00 – 10:00

Beginning Spanish 1.3 – Charles Acker

This is a continuation of two previous beginning Spanish courses.After a review of the basics, we will move from being able to talk about the present to talking about the past and the future.If you have had the equivalent of one regular college semester in Spanish, have studied or traveled in Spanish-speaking countries (and know what verb conjugation means – not as scary as it sounds) you will be prepared to participate in this class.We go slowly and patiently with lots of comparisons with English, make sure everyone is ready to move ahead and have some fun with the language.Materials provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 8:00 – 10:00

Woodcarving: Beginning & Beyond – Loyd Clark

Learn and practice basic safety and carving cuts to produce several projects and/or to continue learning with slightly more complex projects.Individual assistance is given as much as possible.We will try to make the learning fun … it’s only wood … and there are no such things as ‘mistakes’, just design changes.Materials and instructions provided.

9 Fridays,Sept 12 – Nov 7 8:00 – 12:00

Classic Films for Senior College – Chet Day, Peter Ezzy, Art Ray, Fred Lowther

This course consists of an analytical and fun discussion group exploring the relative merits of representative top- rated Classic Films as determined by the American Film Institute (AFI).Films are critiqued and ranked in order of preference by class participants.Class members are given the opportunity to take turns leading the discussion. The selection of films for the next semester is to be finalized, and will be based upon recommendations from current and past participants.Past films have included a mix representative of Classics and “top 100” rated films, as determined by the AFI and other rating organizations
Movies to be reviewed: West Side Story, Grapes of Wrath, Vertigo, Manchurian Candidate, My Fair Lady, My Cousin Vinnie, Bucket List, Schindler’s List, Gone With the Wind. Study materials provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 8:00 – 10:00

20th Century Using a Thematic Approach – David Leigh

Using my collection of autographed TIME and NEWSWEEK magazine covers (some from as early as 1938), each session will stress an historical and/or cultural theme, using 35-40 covers.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 10:15 – 12:15

1970’s Challenges to American Leadership – Mike Bell

The sixties grow up!The 1970’s bring challenges to American leadership at home and abroad, from Watergate to the Iranian Hostage crisis. America found itself confronting a variety of issues, the likes of which it had seldom experienced.This class will take a look at the issues, the leaders, and how this decade still impacts our world today. Handouts provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 10:15 – 12:15

Maine’s Natural World – Beth Brooke, Gabriella Howard, Sharon Thibault, Jackey Bailey, Jen Smith, Robbie Buccigross, Kim Bailey, Lynne Thurston
Eight graduates of the Maine Master Naturalist Program will each present a session .Topics include: Becoming a Naturalist – Explore tools used for identification and recording observations: Wetlands – Study types of wetlands, roles  and relationships of plants and animals in this ecosystem;Spiders and Their Kin – Explore spiders, harvestmen, scorpions, mites, ticks and their characteristics; Invasives – Identify invasive plants & insects and their impact; Birds in Fall and Winter – Recognize our feathered friends by sight and sound; Animal and Plant Survival and Adaptations – Talk about the birds and the bees…in winter that is!Learn how plants, insects, birds and amphibians survive and adapt to New England winters; Strange World of Plant Galls –Look at a collection of galls which are irregular plant growths.; Soils – Discuss the biotic cycle, how soil is formed, the major components of different types of soil and the relationship between our soils and various types of plant growth in Maine.Possible field trips. Materials provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 10:15 – 12:15

Watercolor Painting – Edna Smith

Have fun learning watercolor techniques and surprise yourself with the beautiful pictures you create.Students will learn by following lessons from the internet and instructions from various watercolor artists as detailed in their books.We learn best by doing and sharing with others.Basic watercolor paints, paper, and brushes will be supplied.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 10:15 – 12:15

Financial Workshop – Julie Barter Lucas

At Edward Jones we believe financial education is an important step in helping you achieve a better future. That is why our Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education offers clear and practical investing education in a convenient and comfortable format.By attending this workshop, you’ll gain a better under- standing of the key principles of saving and investing and also learn the specific strategies to help reach your long-term goals.Materials provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 1:00 – 3:00

Sit Down and Shut Up! – Jonathan Lepoff

The author, Brad Warner, offers a more accessible view of Buddhist thought than many other authors.This book focuses on the teaching of Dogan, a 13th century Japanese Zen Master.Students will read the text and discuss Buddhist thought and methodology as a psychology rather than religious doctrine.We will also meditate in each class.Materials provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 1:00 – 3:00

Computers? No Big Deal – Chet Day, Pete Ezzy, Fred Lowther, Art Ray

Don’tunderstand computers?Want to learn?LET’S BUILD ONE OURSELVES!!!  We will explore the basic design of a computer starting from the plug in the wall.We will learn the function of each major component, what it looks like, and how simply they are assembled into a “barebones computer”. We will discuss all the scary terms like processors (CPU, GPU) , RAM, ROM and software (vs hardware).  Assembly of Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) kits will take place in the 3rd class by instructor-led teams of four. Teams will either learn to use Windows’  software OR their freeware equivalents running under the free Ubuntu (oo-boon-too) Linux operating System.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 1:00 – 3:00

J.D. Salinger: America’s 20th century Mark Twain – Bryant Hoffman

J.D. Salinger’s work as a disciplined “neo-classical” 20th century writer has (for better-or-worse) been obscured by a number of social complications, including his work as a member of the military during WWII, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, documented PTSD, sensationalism, introversion, and religious freedom as well as misguided – often cruel – attempts to “expose” him.His work needs to be studied as an important major literary voice of the 20th (and 21st) centuries, particularly since we are on the verge of a release (projected for 2016 by the literary agent Harold Ober, Inc.) of much of the hitherto unpublished work written from rural New Hampshire. Textbook provided.

8 Fridays,Sept 12 – Oct 31 1:00 – 3:00

Maine Regiments in the Civil War – Tom Feagin

In this course we will look at the history of the Civil War from the perspective of individual Maine regiments. The course will include 2 field trips. Book provided.

8 Fridays, Sept 12 – Oct 31  3:15 – 5:15

Scripting our Lives – Barbara Helen Baker This class will create and perform an oral history theatre piece based on a theme chosen by the group. Comfortable clothing and shoes are suggested, as there will be acting exercises which require some movement.  This, however, neednot restrict anyone who has limited mobility, sight, or hearing.  There will be a public performance at the culmination ofthe class which will be videotaped, making the performance a lasting memento for the family members.

8 Fridays,  Sept 12 – Oct 31 3:15 – 5:15

Exploring Humanitarian Law – Kevin Michaud This course is an education program that introduces students to the basic rules and principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The learning materials, which are based on both historical and contemporary situations, show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent and reduce suffering and the devastation caused by war.  The primary learning goal is to help students embrace the principles of humanity in their daily lives and contributes to developing social awareness in students and sharpens their senseof civic responsibility.The teaching materials emphasize the importance of protecting life and human dignity at all times. The program makes adistinctive contribution to citizenship education.  Materials provided.

8 Fridays,  Sept 12 – Oct 31 3:15 – 5:15

Keeping Your Mind & Minding Your Aging Brain – Charles Acker We will illustrate and discuss brain evolution, anatomy and functioning with an emphasis on current research and findings in neuroscience.  The class will explore the use of new technology in improving and restoring brain-body functioning, discuss the relationship between brain and consciousness, memory and the like, and talk about what wecan do to maintain healthy brain functioning.  Students will be invited to participate by reporting on particular topics. Seminar style; textbook provided.

8 Mondays,  Sept 15 – Nov 3 8:00 – 10:00

Introduction to Windows 7 – Tom Barden This course will familiarize the student with Windows 7 Operating System.  It will cover: Turning on and finding the Windows Basics: all windows topics; Learning about your computer: Intro to computer, parts of computer, mouse, keyboard, turn off;  Desktop fundamentals: The desktop, start menu, task bar, gadgets, work with windows, menus; Programs, Files and Folders: Using programs, files and folders, printing, Paint; Internet, email, and networking: Getting started, security, safe computing;  Pictures and Games: Digital pictures, Window 7 games; Windows Help and Support from Microsoft:  Using “Help”.  This course will NOT cover installing software. Textbook provided.

6-9 Tuesdays,  Sept 9 – Nov 4 12:30 – 3:00

Restaurant Review (How NOT to Diet) – Peter Rosenberg This course, related to restaurants and food, will first take place on Tuesday, September 9th at 12:30 in the Holocaust rotunda.  At this first gathering we will discuss how to review a restaurant, discuss cook books, and have an herb and spice quiz. The scheduled dates for this course are 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, and 11/4.  Three of the sessions will be field trips, visiting some aspect of food making, to be followed by a restaurant experience picked out by me. I will arrange to have a talk by the owner or chef of each restaurant.  Carpooling will be our means of transportation.  Two or three sessions will be a choice of some of the best movies related to food.  I mention “Babette’s Feast”, but there are others that have exciting food related topics.  On the three Tuesdays that I will be away, 9/30, 10/21, and 10/28, the class can have a holiday or one in the class can be a leader, choosing either a restaurant or a movie

8 Wednesdays,  Sept 17 – Nov 5 10:15 – 12:15

Hands on Art – Ruth Bookey The student will be introduced to the various mediums of art:  watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, and watercolor pencils.  This course is primarily for beginners, but works well for people with experience to freshen up their skills.  Some supplies will be borrowed from the instructor, and other materials are provided.

8 Wednesdays,  Sept 17 – Nov 5 10:15 – 12:15

Laughing Matters – Ted Bookey Recent studies suggest that laughter promotes good health and is a necessary part of our daily lives. Along with art, religion, science, and philosophy, jokes and joke-telling are an important way of looking at and understanding life andthe world. The human being is the only animal who laughs (and needs to!) In this course we will be looking the at wideworld of jokes and humor, trying to understand what makes us laugh. There are many theories (Freud had one) aboutwhat makes something funny and the meaning of human laughter. Come with a sense of humor and be prepared to laugh. Materials provided.

8 Thursdays,  Sept 18 – Nov 6  10:15 – 12:15

Improving Your Balance: Avoiding Falls – Carole Baldwin Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 55 and older.  And yet, many falls can be prevented with simple exercises to improve one’s balance.  Students will practice these exercises in this class and learn how they may be done at home. We will also discuss why, how, and where falls occur and measures that need to be taken to avoid them.  Materialsprovided.

8 Thursdays,  Sept 18 – Nov 6  10:15 – 12:15

Eating Right Can Be Easy – Suzanne Bazinet Journalist and best-selling author Michael Pollan has written multiple books about agriculture, business, food science, and nutrition.  This course will use his Food Rules as the basis for our discussions.  Eating right has been made too complicated, Using his 64 food rules, students in this course will develop their own Eater’s Manual.  Materials provided.

 8 Saturdays,  Sept 13 – Nov 1  10:15 – 12:15

Voices From the North, Canadian Fiction Since 1975 – Lincoln Ladd American readers have in large measure ignored Canadian literature, yet Canadian writers of the recent past haveproduced  much literature that is well worth reading.  This course will deal with 3 books: Margaret Atwood’s Wilderness Tips,Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone,and Alice Munro’s Runaway: Stories, all of which resemble and differ from those American authors who were writing fiction at the same time. Books provided.

Granite Hill Lecture Series – Sept 16 – Nov 4  11:00 - 12:30

Sept 16 - Elizabeth Reinsborough Cities of the World – A Second Look

Sept 23 – Ted & Ruth Bookey Poetry: Selected by Ted and Ruth

Sept 30 – Gretchen Livingston Guatemala / Safe Passage

Oct7 – Mike Bell It All Started Here – A History of the Kennedys & the Pine Tree State

Oct14 – Ron KleyThe Kennebec Proprietors and Early Settlement of the Kennebec Valley

Oct21 – Art RayHistory of CMP – The Early Years

Oct28 – Edna Smith Holland and Belgium in the Springtime

Nov  4 –John NeffVisiting Katahdin Through Vintage Photographs


Concerts at Jewett 2014-2015 Schedule

Sun. Oct. 19, 2 PM - Castlebay, Traditional folk music

Sun. Nov. 16, 2 PM - Sarah Geller, Classical violinist

Sat. Dec. 20, 2 PM - Downeast Brass Quintet with Jay Zoller, Organist South Parish Congregational Church

A Christmas Concert

Sun. Jan. 11. 2 PM - Don Roy Quartet, Franco-American fiddling

(snow date 1/25 )

Sun, Feb. 8, 2 PM-Maine-ly Harmony Chorus, Women’s A cappella chorus& Men’s barbershop quartet

(snow date 2/22)

Sun. Mar. 15, 2 PM - Ladies of the Lake, Celtic instrumental music and ballad singing

(snow date 3/22)

Sun. Apr. 19, 2 PM - Mas Ikemiya, pianist - Classical and ragtime

Sun. May 17, 2PM - Casco Bay Tummlers -Klezmer Band

The University of Maine at Augusta

Senior College By-Laws

The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of the University of Maine System and nothing within these by-laws shall be construed as granting the Senior College the authority to act outside the policies of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to suspend, amend or otherwise alter these by-laws if the Board finds at any time that the provisions of these by-laws are contrary to the policies of the Board of Trustees.


The name of the organization shall be The University of Maine at Augusta Senior College (UMASC), hereinafter called the Senior College.

ARTICLE II  Affiliation and Location

The Senior College shall be an administrative unit of, and headquartered at, the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Its administrative relationship with UMA will be governed by these by-laws, policies, practices, and procedures of UMA and the University of Maine System (UMS), and will be conducted through the Office of the Provost. Specific mutual obligations of Senior College and the University of Maine at Augusta may be spelled out in a letter of agreement.


The mission of the Senior College shall be to provide intellectually stimulating learning opportunities and special activities developed primarily for persons fifty (50) years of age or older and their spouses or partners. Educational offerings will be developed, designed, coordinated and taught primarily by the members themselves with the cooperative sponsorship of the University of Maine at Augusta.

ARTICLE IV Membership

Membership shall be open to the following persons who have paid the annual membership fee determined by the Board of Directors of Senior College or whose membership fee has been waived by the Board of Directors of Senior College:  persons who have attained the age of fifty (50) years or older, spouses or partners, regardless of age, of members age 50 or older; and persons under age 50 who serve as members of the Board of the Directors or as faculty members. All such persons are designated as general members of Senior College. Other persons under the age of 50 may be designated as general members by action of the Board of Directors provided that they have paid the annual membership fee, or the annual membership fee has been waived for them by action of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE V Membership Meetings

The Senior College shall hold an annual membership meeting. The date, time, and location of this meeting shall be communicated to the general membership not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting along with the agenda and the Nominating Committee’s recommendations for election of individuals to the Board of Directors. Nominations for elections to the Board may also be made from the floor. Candidates for election to the Board will be voted for at the annual membership meeting, with a majority vote necessary for election. Directors by majority vote of the Board may call special meetings of the membership at their discretion. The date, time, location and agenda of a special meeting is to be communicated to the membership not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. Each member in attendance at any membership meeting shall be entitled to one vote. All meetings of the membership will be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.

ARTICLE VI Board of Directors

The Senior College shall be governed by a Board of Directors of at least fifteen (15) members representing various segments of the community, together with two University representatives named by the President or his/her designee, who together shall have one vote. Two-thirds (2/3) of the Board members shall be general members of Senior College who are age 50 or older. The remaining members of the Board of Directors are not required to be general members of Senior College or age 50 or older. Beginning April 1, 2005, directors shall be elected for two-year terms.

In the event of a premature vacancy, the Board of Directors may appoint another person to complete the term. If the vacancy reduces the number of Directors to fewer than fifteen (15), the Board of Directors must appoint another person to complete the term.

The regular meeting day of the Board shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The board shall have a minimum of four (4) meetings a year.  Special meetings may be called at the request of three (3) or more Board members. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for conducting any official business of the Board. All meetings of the Board will be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.

Notice of Meetings. The Board of Directors shall publish a schedule of regular Board meetings or may give notice of a meeting not so published in writing, in person or by telephone to all Board members and general members of Senior College at least seven (7) days before the meeting.

A member of the Board of Directors who has failed to attend over half of the regularly scheduled meetings of the Board in a 12-month period may be considered as having resigned from the Board. The Chairperson, after inquiring concerning the reason for the absence, may recommend to the Board that this resignation be accepted. If accepted, the vacancy may then be filled in accordance with the procedures described elsewhere in this Article.

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the general management of the Senior College and shall establish such policies and procedures and make such rules and regulations for its organization and functioning as may be appropriate, all in accordance with these by-laws and the policies, practices, and procedures of UMA and UMS.

Each meeting of the Board will include an opportunity, prior to the business agenda, for member input. Members will be permitted to address the Board for a period of time established by the Chairperson. Individuals wanting to make a presentation shall submit requests to the Chairperson prior to the scheduled meeting, identifying the individual making the presentation and specifying the subject matter to be addressed.


The Board of Directors shall elect one of its members as Chairperson who will preside at all Membership and Board meetings, and in consultation with the Executive Committee will appoint standing and ad hoc committees. The Board of Directors shall elect one of its members as Vice Chairperson who shall succeed to the Chair if the Chairperson can no longer fulfill his/her duties and shall act as Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson. In the absence of both the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson from a meeting of the Board, the Board will designate one (1) Board member as Acting Chairperson for that meeting.         

The Board of Directors shall also elect one of its members as Secretary. The Secretary’s responsibilities include recording and distributing minutes of Membership and Board meetings, as well as dealing with official correspondence on behalf of the organization.


Senior College finances will be recorded and managed by the Provost who will periodically advise the Board on the financial status of the Senior College. All financial dealings of UMASC

shall be in accordance with established UMA and UMS policies, practices, and procedures.

ARTICLE IX Committee Structure and Procedures

The Senior College will operate through ad hoc committees as necessary and standing committees to include an Executive Committee, a Finance Committee, a Curriculum Committee, a Nominating Committee, a Public Relations Committee, an Office Volunteer Committee, an Arts and Presentations Committee, and a Scholarship Committee. Committee members are appointed by the Chair with approval by the Board of Directors. The Chair may appoint, as members of Committees, persons who are members of Senior College, and may also appoint non-members who have expertise or skill useful to the Committee. The actions of all committees are subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the Senior College Board of Directors and the Chairpersons of the Finance, Nominating, Curriculum, Public Relations, Arts and Presentations, and Office Volunteer Committees. The duties of the Executive Committee shall be such as are delegated to it by the Board of Directors and these by-laws, and shall include consideration of and recommendations regarding issues presented to it by the Board of Directors.

Urgent Action: Between Board meetings on matters which, as deemed by the Chair, cannot be delayed until a regular meeting, the Executive Committee may take action on behalf of the Board. Consent for the action must be by at least 6 members of the Executive Committee. Such action shall be reported to the Board of Directors and subject to review and endorsement or revocation, wherein possible, by the Board of Directors at its next regular meeting.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall consist of the immediate past Chairperson of the Senior College Board and three (3) additional members from the membership appointed by the Chairperson. The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the immediate past Chairperson of the Board. In the absence of an immediate past Chairperson, the Chairperson shall serve in his/her place. The Nominating Committee shall provide the Secretary with its slate of nominees to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors no fewer than forty-five (45) days before the annual membership meeting and shall present that slate at the meeting. Members may make additional nominations from the floor. The Nominating Committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors individuals to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.

The Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members and shall elect its own chair. The Curriculum Committee shall determine the courses and special events to be offered based on the interests of the membership and the qualifications of potential instructors. The Curriculum Committee shall coordinate course registration.

The Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members and shall elect its own chair. The Finance Committee shall receive and review periodic financial reports from the Provost’s Office and shall keep the Board of Directors apprised of prospective income and expenses. The Finance Committee also develops the annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors. UMA shall have final approval over the budget.

The Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members and shall elect its own chair. The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for internal and external communications regarding the activities of the Senior College.

The Office Volunteer Committee

The Office Volunteer Committee shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members and shall elect its own chair. The Office Volunteer Committee shall maintain office operating procedures and perform or oversee office functions. The Office Volunteer Committee in coordination with the Curriculum Committee shall collect membership and course registration fees.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members. The Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Chair of the Board of Directors approval of requests for waivers of fees of membership and tuition. Records of the Scholarship Committee shall be confidential. The Scholarship Committee shall develop and recommend standards of eligibility for waiver of fees.

The Arts and Presentations Committee

The Arts and Presentations Committee shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members and shall be responsible for planning and implementing programs of interest to the community at large which involve presenters and performers with whom special arrangements for their participation is made. The Arts and Presentations Committee shall collect contributions and money from sales made in connection with the programs planned by it.

ARTICLE X Course Offerings and Scheduling

UMA shall keep the UMASC informed on the availability and location of classrooms. UMASC’s program material shall be shared with the Dean of Arts & Humanities during the planning phase of schedule building. UMA shall not incur any expense for lecturers, unless specifically agreed to by the Provost. The Board of Directors shall establish fees for courses offered by UMASC.

ARTICLE XI Amendment of By-Laws

These By-laws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Senior College Board after said amendment has been circulated to members of the Board at least two (2) weeks prior to a regular meeting. All amendments shall be subject to the approval of UMA’s Provost and President, as well as the UMS Chancellor.


Oscar Thomas Feagin, UMASC Chair Date

Allyson Hughes Handley, UMA President Date

Richard Pattenaude, UMS Chancellor Date



The current Board of Directors are:

  • Tom Feagin, Chair
  • Megan Antonucci
  • Mike Bell
  • Leon Bresloff
  • Marilyn Canavan
  • Bob Dodge
  • Peter Ezzy
  • Irene Forster
  • Gerry Huber
  • Elizabeth Humphrey
  • Lincoln Ladd
  • Jonathan Lepoff
  • Debbie Maddi
  • Duane Prugh
  • Elizabeth Reinsborough
  • Peter Rosenberg

UMA Representatives to UMASC:

  • Bev Ludden - UMA Administrative Assistant II
  • Pat Clark - UMA Instructor of Mental Health and Human Services