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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

Woodcarving

Classic Films

20th Century

 

 

 

10:15 AM

 

 

 

Granite Hill    11 AM

 

 

Hands-on-Art

 

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