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University of Maine at Augusta Senior College

Spring 2014 Course Catalog

Course

Wks

Dates

Day

Time

Class Size

Page

Spanish 1.2

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

8:00 – 10:00

4 - 12

3

Woodcarving Beginning & Continuing

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

8:00 – 10:00

6 - 12

3

A Natural History of the Piano

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

8:00 – 10:00

15 - 30

3

Classic Films for Senior College

10

3/7 – 5/16

Fri

8:30 – 10:30

15 - 30

3

Introduction to Maine’s Natural World

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

10:15 – 12:15

8 - 16

4

Patriots & Scoundrels: The Enduring Legacy of the American Revolution

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

10:15 – 12:15

8 - 25

4

Hand-on-Beginning Art

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

10:15 – 12:15

8 - 16

4

Is It Legal?

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

10:15 – 12:15

8 - 30

4

Joy of Poetry

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

10:15 – 12:15

12 - 25

4

Discovering Who You Were Born to Be

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

1:00 – 3:00

6 - 15

5

1862 – Rise to Greatness – Lincoln & Lee

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

1:00 – 3:00

6 - 30

5

8 Documentaries

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

1:00 – 3:00

5 - 20

5

Common Sense Investing & Financial Planning

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

1:00 – 3:00

6 - 16

5

Early Maine Transportation History

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

1:00 – 3:00

10 - 30

5

Intro to International Humanitarian Law

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

3:15 – 5:15

6 - 12

5

Lessons of the Enlightenment

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

3:15 – 5:15

7 - 17

6

Scripting Our Lives

8

3/7 – 5/2

Fri

3:15 – 5:15

6 – 15

6

Creative Writing

8

3/10 – 4/28

Mon

10:00 – 12:00

4 - 15

6

Granite Hill Lecture Series

8

3/11 – 4/29

Tue

11:00 – 12:30

15 - 60

8

Wildflower Wednesdays

6

3/12 – 4/16

Wed

1:00 – 3:00

6 - 20

6

How to Use Your Digital Camera & an Intro to Photo Editing

8

3/13 – 5/1

Thu

9:00 – 11:00

4 - 12

7

Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

8

3/13 – 5/1

Thu

10:00 – 12:00

6 - 15

7

Microsoft EXCEL and WORD

8

3/8 – 4/26

Sat

9:00 – 11:00

6 - 25

7

Registration for Spring courses begins on Monday, February 10th.  NOTE: Please check your mailing label for your membership expiration date.

 
REGISTRATION  FOR  SPRING  COURSES  BEGINS  ON  Monday, February 10..

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.

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 Uni-

 
versity 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.  The

 
University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

 
Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to Sheri Stevens,

 
Equal Opportunity Director, UMA Farmhouse, 207-621-3110 (TDD-207-621-3107).

 
 

SPECIAL NOTE - NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4th

 
   
8 Fridays,  March 7 - May 2     8:00 - 10:00

 
Spanish 1.2 - Charles Acker

 
This will be a continuation of Spanish 1.1 offered in the fall.  If you took that course or if you have had the

 
equivalent of the first semester of college Spanish and are willing to put in extra time to review what you have

 
forgotten, you will do well in this course.  We will proceed at the student's pace, and emphasize conversation

 
(including pronunciation).  Use of past tenses of verbs will facilitate your narrative abilities.  At the end of the

 
semester you will be able to tell about past experiences and what you plan for the week ahead.  Textbook and

 
CD's provided.

 
   
8 Fridays,  March 7 - May 2     8:00 - 10:00

 
Woodcarving: Beginning and Continuing - 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 thing as "mistakes", just changes.

 
Materials and instructions provided.

 
   
8 Fridays,  March 7 - May 2     8:00 - 10:00

 
A Natural History of the Piano - Peter Rosenberg

 
A natural and social history of the piano:  The instrument, the music, the musicians - from Mozart to modern

 
and everything in between.  We will use Stuart Isacoff's book and listen to many examples.

 
Textbook provided.

 
   
10 Fridays,  March 7 - May 16     8:30 - 12:30

 
Classic Films for Senior College - Chet Day, Peter Ezzy, Art Ray

 
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.  Possible films

 
for Spring 2014 include:  Wizard of Oz, '39; Third Man '49; Mouse That Roared, '59; Psycho,'60;

 
M.A.S.H., '70; Cabaret, '72; Chinatown, '74; Lavender Hill Mob, '77; Dances with Wolves, '90.

 
Study materials provided.

 
UMASC Course Offerings for Spring 2014 - Page-4

SPECIAL NOTE - NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4th

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     10:15 - 12:15

 Introduction to Maine's Natural World

Beth Brooke, Gabriella Howard and others

Eight graduates of the Maine Master Naturalist Program will each present a session.  Topics include: Trees of

Maine - an overview of the importance of trees in our lives and ecosystem; Winter Twig Identification -

through examination of buds, leaf scars, pith, and catkins/cones; Maine Mammals - an overview of Maine

mammals, their characteristics, habitats, and adaptations;  Aquatic Phenomena and Aquatic Invaders - a

close up look at what is living and growing in your favorite water body;  The Incredible Owl - a focus on the owl

species seen in the northeast and their importance and role in the ecosystem; Insects - a discussion of structure

and life cycle of insects and their importance to the environment; Common Ferns of Maine - learn to use a key to

identify ferns; and Spring Birding in Maine - migration, images of birds, a bit about bird songs and calls.

Materials provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     10:15 - 12:15

Patriots & Scoundrels: Enduring Legacy

of the American Revolution - Michael Bell

The American Revolution often gets lost in the shadow of the Civil War.  This class will examine its causes, the politics and battles and the personalities that defined the conflict.  Textbook provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     10:15 - 12:15

Hands-on Beginning Art - Ruth Bookey

The students 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 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     10:15 - 12:15

Is It Legal? - Sally Wagley

In this course, participants will learn about the legal system with a focus on topics of special interest to

people of retirement age or older.  Subjects  include: wills, trusts, powers of attorney, death tax, elder care,

guardianship, guardianship-conservatorship, divorce, marriage later in life, grandparent visitation, mediation and elder exploitation.  Information will assist participants in identifying their own legal

needs and will also apply to those with a general interest in the legal system.  Materials provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     10:15 - 12:15

Joy of Poetry - Ted Bookey

The goal of this course is to put students in touch with the joy of poetry as a rich and profound art form.  Poetry

has been described as the map of the soul.  This class is designed for those who wish to explore that map, and for

those who already enjoy poetry and would like to enhance their appreciation and pleasure.  It is also for those who

find contemporary poetry difficult and wish to understand and enjoy it more, and for those who already write

poetry, or for those who might like to begin.  The instructor will provide some enjoyable poetry-starting exercises.

In addition, we will read and discuss a variety of poems, explore how a poem works and why it has the power to

move the reader.    Materials provided.


UMASC Course Offerings for Spring 2014 - Page 5

SPECIAL NOTE - NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4th

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     1:00 - 3:00

Discovering Who You Were Born to Be - Betty Balderston

This course will begin with the Christian perspective that each of us has been blessed with specific gifts and talents.  Class participants will explore what opportunities these God-given gifts present when

Combined with lifelong learning and experiences.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     1:00 - 3:00

1862 - Rise to Greatness: Lincoln & Lee - Tom Feagin

1862 was the most important year of the Civil War militarily, and was the year in which Abraham Lincoln

and Robert E. Lee achieved greatness.      Textbook provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     1:00 - 3:00

8 Documentaries - Jonathan Lepoff

This course will show approximately 8 hours of documentaries (1 hour each week, followed by discussion).

The purpose of these documentaries is to broaden the viewers' understanding of the world we live in by

examining agriculture/industrial and governmental functions.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     1:00 - 3:00

Common Sense Investing & Financial Planning - Chet Day

Investing is all about common sense.  Owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and holding it for the long

term is a winner's game.  Common sense tells us - and history confirms - that the simplest and most

efficient investment strategy is to buy the nation's publicly held businesses at a very low cost.  The classic

index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you your fair share of

stock market returns.  John Bogle invented the index fund in  1975 and built the largest mutual fund

company in the U.S.  His 2007 book explains why.   We will relate this material to personal

financial planning issues, e.g. savings plans and asset allocation, inheritance issues with traditional IRA's

and Roth IRA's, gifting through endowment funds, and understanding Social Security and Medicare

trust funds.     Textbook provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2     1:00 - 3:00

Early Maine Transportation History - Art Ray

This course consists of PowerPoint slide shows documenting various lost eras in the history of

Transportation in Maine. Subjects include: “Log Drives & Lombards,” trolleys of Maine, Augusta, and

Waterville, 5 narrow gauge railroads, and high speed rail service (“Portland-Lewiston Interurban” and

“Flying Yankee”) along with other selected short history subjects as time permits.      Materials provided.

 
8 Fridays, March 7 - May 2    3:15 - 5:15

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law - Kevin Michaud

Students can expect to receive a full and complete overview of the Geneva Conventions and their

 implications in today's world.     Materials provided.



                        SPECIAL NOTE - NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4th

 
8 Fridays,  March 7 - May 2      3:15 - 5:15

Lessons of the Enlightenment - Charles Acker

The Enlightenment " or "Age of Reason," during the 17th and 18th Centuries, was a remarkable period of  exchange and upheaval of thought concerning religion, science, politics and economics in Europe.

 Monarchy, church authority, and the aristocracy were severely challenged and foment of ideas contributed

to the American, French and Dutch Revolutions.  This course will seek a more thorough understanding of

this period and how its controversies are reflected in debates today.  Students will be asked to participate by

presenting brief sketches of significant writers of the period, such as Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau,

Diderot, Priestly and Paine.  Textbook provided.

 
8 Fridays,  March 7 - May 2      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, need not restrict anyone who has limited mobility, sight, or hearing.  There will

be a public performance at the culmination of the class which will be videotaped if possible, making the

performance a lasting memento for family members.

 
8 Mondays, March 10 - April 28     10:00 - 12:00

Creative Writing - Janet Morgan

Learn the basics of creative writing or improve your skills in several genre.  The class will focus on fiction,

non-fiction, essays, and memoirs.  This may be revised to meet class interest.  Individual attention will be

given to each student.          Materials provided.

 
6 Wednesdays, March 12 -April 16    1:00 - 3:00

Wildflower Wednesdays - Ellen Blanchard

There are thousands of varieties of wildflowers, weeds, shrubs, and trees.  Do you know their names?  Have you

ever wondered what was growing around your house?  This class will teach how to easily recognize and

identify these plants.  Come explore the wonder of the world beneath your feet.  Learn how to identify the

beautiful and sometimes rare wildflowers along the paths around central Maine.  Come walk "slooowly"

with us and learn to see and enjoy nature's amazing variety.  Our first class will be held in a classroom.  All

other classes will be outdoor walks.   Materials provided.       

NOTE:  This class is held on Wednesdays.   Class dates will depend on when the wildflowers bloom.

 SPECIAL NOTE - NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4th

 
8 Thursdays, March 13 - May 1    9:00 - 11:00

How to Better Use Your Digital Camera &

An Introduction to Photo Editing - Jeanne Coleman

Students will be shown the key features of their digital cameras, along with some easy techniques, which will

allow them to take better photographs.  During the second half of the course, students will be introduced to

some basic tools and methods of photo editing.

 
8 Thursdays, March 13 - May 1     10:00- 12:00

Virginia Woolf's "To The Lighthouse" - Bryant Hoffman

Most readers agree that this book continues to "hold its place" as one of the best and most fascinating novels

ever published.  One of the first novelists to use, and some say to perfect, the most important techniques of

twentieth century writing, including time sequencing, interior monologues, and stream-of-consciousness.

This was also used by Proust, Joyce, and many writers to follow. Virginia Woolf, in To the Lighthouse,

celebrates a single family's joys, loves, perceptions, regrets, and sorrows during an extended period

following three, some say as many as five, generations.  In doing so, Woolf lets us see life in all of its

intricate complications. To the Lighthouse is the "ultimate trip" all readers must take.

 
8 Saturdays, March 8 - April 26 - 9:00 - 11:00

Microsoft Word and Excel - Henry Felch

This course will introduce students to Microsoft WORD and EXCEL.  Topics in WORD will include:

creating business letters, using WORD to create flyers, format in documents and adding photos, art, etc.

to a WORD document.  Topics in EXCEL will introduce the student to creating a worksheet, formulas,

functions, "what if" analysis, to create budgets and other financial information

UMASC Course Offerings for Spring 2014

   
   
Granite Hill Lecture Series - March 11 - April 29   11:00 - 12:30

 

 
March 11 - Duane Prugh                

Armchair Tour of Maine's Covered Bridges

March 18 - Margy Burns Knight    

Talking Walls Discover Your World

March 25 - Tom Feagin                

Plants to Pharmaceuticals

April 1 - Peter Rosenberg              

History of "Playing Cards"

April 8 - Art Ray                           

Reminiscing: Advertising Part 2

April 15 - Ron Kley                      

John H. Hall - the Portland waterfront orphan who made modern

                        life possible.

April 22 - Elizabeth Reinsborough  

Cities of the World - A to Z

April 29 - Melanie Lanctot             

Climate Change: What You Can Do

   
Brown Bag Schedule  10 Tuesdays, January 7 - February 27     12:00 - 1:30 PM

   
January 7 -     Keith Ludden               

Everybody Had Their Own Rhythm - Stinson Sardine Cannery

January 14 -    Jonathan Lepoff           

An Introduction to Buddhism

January 21 -   Susan Ernst                  

A Love Affair with Quilting

Januray 28 -   Dave Brown                  

Preparing Your Home for Lifelong Living (Including exhibitors)

January 30 -   John Burgess                

THURSDAY - Fun With Football at the Super Bowl Tailgate

February 4 -  Tom Feagin                   

Music of the Civil War

February 11 - Ron Kley                       

The Vaughans of Hallowell: 8 Generations of a Remarkable Family

February 18 - Ann Sullivan                   

The Story of the Expulsion of the Acadians from their Homeland

February 25 - Elizabeth Reinsborough   

Journey to Katmandu

February 27 - Julian Sacks and Art Ray  

THURSDAY - American Watercolor Artists