Spring 2014

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 25% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices. Additionally, Members who register for Spring courses by February 16 will receive an extra 10% off all 4-session classes.

Should you have any questions, please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu.
We would be happy to assist you. All courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Great Decisions

Meeting Dates: Saturdays, February 1-March 1
Meeting Time: 10am-12noon
Instructor: OLLI Members
Location: Waterman 401
Fee: Members: $25 Non-Members: $40

Join us for insightful, thought-provoking discussions about some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges that our country faces today. Great Decisions is a nation-wide civic education program supported by the Foreign Policy Association (www.fpa.org).

Turkey’s Challenges – February 1
China’s Foreign Policy – February 8
Energy Independence – February 15
Food and Climate – February 22
Israel and the U.S. – March 1

 

Drawing in the Greenhouse

Meeting Dates: Thursdays, February 6-27
Meeting Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Instructor: Jane Neroni
Location: Jeffords 110
Fee: Members: $80 Non-Members: $120

Learn a few easy techniques to draw some of the many flowers and plants that grow in the UVM Greenhouse. Each day Jane Neroni will guide you through several approaches to drawing plants and then the class will spend the rest of the time studying and drawing a variety of plants in the Greenhouse. The UVM Greenhouse – warm, welcoming and fragrant in mid-winter- offers a delightful and relaxing place to reconnect with growing plants and learn new ways to see and draw their many forms and shapes.

 

The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals

Meeting Date: Saturday, March 1
Meeting Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: 531 Cook Physical Science
Fee: Members: $20 Non-Members: $35

The act of drawing, the making of images on paper, is a way of discovering one’s place in life. Reproducing what our eyes see helps make us part of the world we experience. In what ways do you use drawing in your own life? Using examples–from his own life, from classrooms at all age levels, and from the work of famous artists and scientists-Strauss will demonstrate how drawing and revising drawings can benefit life-long learners, teachers, inventors and researchers–virtually all of us. Participants should come prepared to write, draw, talk and share ideas in a collaborative learning environment. NO PREVIOUS DRAWING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

 

Español Intermedio y Cultura

Meeting Dates: Mondays, March 10-31
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Mario Martinez
Location: Angell B104
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

A continuation of the class, “Español en Vivo.” This class gives you the opportunity to improve your pronunciation and learn new vocabulary. We will discuss cultural topics in Spanish.

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Mac

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 11-April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Waterman Mac Lab 113-T
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

Macintosh computers include a wide variety of free software to manage your calendar, music, photos, contact lists, email, and browse the web. Learn the basics of how to configure and interact with Mac OS X, and learn some handy hints to increase your understanding the computer. We will also look at the basics of some of the major applications that come free with Max OS X including: Mail, Safari, Address Book, iPhoto, and iTunes. There will be time at the end to address specific questions.

 

Beginner Watercolor

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 11-April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Jean Cannon
Location: Hills 17
Fee: Members: $80 Non-Members: $120

This is an introductory class that will cover basic watercolor techniques. You will be guided step-by-step through the process of creating your first watercolor painting. The class will also cover color theory, washes, and glazing. A supply list will be provided.

 

Your Mindful Brain: A Body-Mind Approach that Supports Physical and Mental Well-Being!

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 11-April 1
Meeting Time: 3:45-5:15pm
Instructor: Sheri Rand
Location: Waterman 419
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

Mindfulness is a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in the present moment. We all have this innate capacity to pay attention to the world around us, but generally it is not a skill that we have actively cultivated. Mindfulness provides us with this opportunity. It involves training in paying attention to present moment experience with an attitude of curiosity and acceptance. Emphasis will be on developing a regular personal mindfulness practice and on exploring a number of paths leading to peace of mind and relaxing into the present moment. Much of this 4 week course is organized around experiential components. Learning and practicing a variety of mindfulness based approaches to help relax the body and quiet the mind will be important features. Developing one’s capacity for compassion, loving kindness, gratitude, and forgiveness for self and others will be emphasized. Lecturing will be minimal, used mainly to share important research and to present, explain, and offer clarification of the essence of a particular practice.

 

UVM Greenhouse Tour

Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 11
Meeting Time: 11am-12:30pm
Instructor: Tom Doubleday
Location: UVM Greenhouse
Fee: Members: $5 and bring a friend Non-Members: $10

Join OLLI members for a special guided tour of the UVM Main Campus Greenhouse Complex, a computer controlled 8,000 square foot, glass structure divided into 11 adjoining compartments and an outdoor nursery. This facility is used by faculty, staff, and students in teaching, research, and extension.

 

Having Fun With Your iPad

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 19-April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm Please note time change to 7:30.
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Aiken Center 102
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

Start using this new, fun, extremely portable technology to all its potential. This class is targeted at the new and experienced users who need help in doing the basics, like navigating the iPad, finding apps or music, downloading, organizing, or working with the iPad settings and making the device do what you want it to do. Bring your iPad to class and be prepared to discover a new world of fun.

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: The Power of Thought to Create Your Reality

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 12-April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 456
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

What happens if we assume we can create the lives we want? Several years ago, Fred and a colleague organized a session with twenty diverse individuals who discussed and documented their experiences with creating the lives they wanted over the course of a year. In this session, you will learn about their everyday experiences and try to apply some of the same techniques they used to your own lives. The class will also consider some of the scientific evidence that supports this process, such as studies of prayer, mind over matter, and the radical implications of modern quantum theory. Finally, students will discuss the question, “If I do create my reality, then why do some unpleasant and undesired things happen to me?”

 

Beginning Yoga

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 19-April 9 Please note date change
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living/Learning Commons 216
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. The four-class series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Three-Minute Fiction

Meeting Dates: Thursdays, March 13-April 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords Building, Room 234
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

With an eye on technique, we will read in class and discuss samples of short fiction chosen from among Anton Chekhov, H.C. Andersen, Yasunari Kawabata, Bai Xiao-Yi, Lydia Davis, Grace Paley, Hannah Voskuil and others, as well as any brought in by class members. For those interested in writing “flash fiction” at home, prompts will be provided for three “three-minute” or 600 word stories (modeled on NPR’s short story contest), which can be read aloud in class and discussed.

 

Painting Trees with Simple Brushstrokes

Meeting Date: Saturday, March 15
Meeting Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Joan Hoffmann
Location: Hills 17
Fee: Members: $30 Non-Members: $45

Delicate Spring trees are beautiful to paint with waterbase mediums-watercolors or acrylics and a medium-size round brush. Learn how to hold the brush and finesse good strokes. We will practice making tree silhouettes with minimal brushstrokes. After practice with brushstrokes and tree forms, we will make a larger painting of a pine forest with birch trees in front. Beginner painters, experienced painters and everyone in between will enjoy learning brush techniques.

 

Re-Crafting Comfort Food

Meeting Date: Friday, March 21
Meeting Time: 5-8pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Marsh Life Science 233
Fee: Members: $45 Non-Members: $70

Comfort food never goes out of style, but many of our favorite old-fashioned recipes are not good for our health. Learn how to prepare updated versions of classic comfort foods, such as meatloaf, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and fudgy chocolate brownies. Discover (sometimes surprising, but effective) techniques for reducing calories and saturated fat in recipes without compromising flavor. This is a hands-on cooking class. All recipes include complete nutritional analysis and have been developed and carefully tested by instructor Patsy Jamieson. Aprons are provided. Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

 

Watercolor 2

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 8-29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Jean Cannon
Location: Hills 17
Fee: Members: $80 Non-Members: $120

This class is appropriate for those who have taken Jean’s beginning watercolor class through OLLI or for anyone else who has a basic knowledge of watercolor technique and some knowledge of color theory. Some drawing ability is helpful. A supply list will be provided.

 

Using Perennial Plants in Special Situations

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Hills 17
Fee: Members: $20 Non-Members: $35

In this 2 hour presentation we will explore 4 trending topics in perennial gardening this year: designing with ornamental grasses, basic rock gardening, non-problem plants for problem areas, and how to revive an old perennial garden. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike are invited to participate. Bring your questions, take home plant lists, ideas, and inspiration for the 2014 gardening season.

 

Homemade Sourdough Country Bread

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 5
Meeting Time: 10am-1pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Marsh Life Science 233
Fee: Members: $45 Non-Members: $70

Learn how to make healthy whole-wheat sourdough bread that would make any professional baker proud! It is not difficult to bake rustic whole-wheat bread in a home kitchen. There is not even much labor involved. You just need time to let the sourdough perform its magic! Patsy Jamieson will take you through the process, from making and maintaining a wild yeast starter to making the dough and baking the crusty loaves. You will take home your own starter, so you can continue to make your own fabulous bread at home. Aprons are provided. Participants should wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

 

Tai Chi Easy

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 8-29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Anandi Anderson
Location: Living/Learning Commons 315
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

According to the Harvard Medical School, Tai Chi is a “gentle form of exercise that can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.” Tai Chi Easy™ is a carefully developed method and approach to Tai Chi and Qi (Chi) Cultivation that makes it easy, beneficial and fun from the very beginning. The student does not have to devote years to learning the traditional 108 movement form or even the shortened (24, 36, 42 movement) form to enjoy the calming emotional and health benefits of Tai Chi (Taiji). Tai Chi is easy, fun and feels great!

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: Time, Space & the Infinite Mind

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 455
Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members: $90

What does scientific research on Reincarnation, Prayer, ESP and Quantum Physics tell us about the mind’s ability to transcend time and space? Have we lived before and will we live other lives in the future? What happens between lives? Other topics explored in this course include time travel, telekinetic archeology, psychic police work and remote viewing.

 

Beginning Yoga

Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 14-May 5
Meeting Time: 5:15-6:15pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: 005 Mann Hall (Gym), Trinity Campus
Fee: Members: $40 Non-Members: $40
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. The four-class series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

DISCOUNT SPECIAL: Sign up for both the Monday and Wednesday classes and pay only $56 for the 8 sessions!

 

Beginning Yoga

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 16-May 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living/Learning Commons 216
Fee: Members: $40 Non-Members: $40

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. The four-class series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

DISCOUNT SPECIAL: Sign up for both Monday and Wednesday OLLI classes at a special rate of $56 for all 8 sessions!

 

Tour of the UVM Fab Lab

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 10
Meeting Time: 1-2pm
Instructor: Hunter O’Folan
Location: Votey Lab 122
Fee: Members: $5 Non-Members: $10

The UVM Fab Lab is an incubator for ideas and a place to engage people’s imaginations and makes rapid-prototyping tools available and provides the opportunity for interaction in developing and testing innovative products and ideas.

 

The Healing Promise of Qi

Meeting Date: Monday, April 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Anandi Anderson
Location: Hills 122
Fee: Members: $20 Non-Members: $35

The Healing Promise of Qi unlocks the secrets of one of the most powerful of the Chinese healing arts. Developed over millennia in China, Qigong (literally, life force + mastery, or refinement) is a set of techniques used to increase your vitality and longevity, as well as to achieve and maintain optimal health and inner peace. The Nine Phases of Cultivation and Mastery, as developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD and described in his book, The Healing Promise of Qi, is derived from the ancient wisdom of China’s profound philosophical schools (Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism) and traditional Chinese medicine.

 

The New Feminist Agenda

Meeting Date: Monday, April 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Madeleine Kunin
Location: Davis Center,  417/419 Livak Ballroom
Fee: Members: Free to OLLI members and their guests Non-Members: email UVMOLLI@uvm.edu for a complimentary pass

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin will discuss her latest book by the same title touching on the continuing challenges for working moms and dads, especially with regard to finding and affording good child care, paid family and medical leaves and workplace flexibility.

Limited Seating; please call 802-656-2085 or email uvmolli@uvm.edu to save a seat!

 

Home Exchange and Low-Cost Travel

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 22, 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Julia Blake
Location: Waterman 419
Fee: Members: $30 Non-Members: $45

Would you like to travel but think you can’t afford it? This class will show how you CAN travel – economically and comfortably – to Europe, Australia, a distant US state, or anywhere. Swap your home and car with someone there who wants to visit Vermont. Learn the ins and outs, pluses and minuses (very few) of home exchanging from someone who has done it numerous times and will allay your fears about turning over your home to “strangers”. The 2nd session will offer information on finding low-cost flights, B&Bs, rental cottages, and organizations offering free home stays. The British Isles are spotlighted in both classes, but most information applies anywhere. Come join the fun!

 

Tour of Tibetan Art at the Fleming Museum

Meeting Date: Wednesday, May 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum
Fee: Members: $15 Non-Members: $15

In traditional Tibetan culture, art was created to support the transmission of Buddhist teachings to the community, and the artist remained largely anonymous. However in Tibet’s current atmosphere, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression for Tibetans at home, and in diasporan communities around the world. Join Christina Fearon, the Fleming Museum’s curator of education, for an in-depth tour and conversation about the Fleming exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art.

 

Container Design and Planting Workshop

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 4
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Full Circle Gardens, Essex
Fee: Members: $20 Non-Members: $35

Learn the elements of container design and care at Full Circle Gardens. Class will cover soil choices, accommodating creative choices in containers, using various types of plant material and maintenance. Gardening experience not necessary. Bring your own container and come prepared to get your hands dirty! You may purchase soils and plant material at 25% discount from FCG or bring your own.