St. Albans

Spring 2022

Welcome to our OLLI St. Albans program. We are pleased to be resuming in-person programs! This semester our program will be ten presentations. The first five programs (2/15, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 and 3/16) will be held at 14th Star Brewery, 133 North Main Street #7, St. Albans City, VT. The last five programs (3/23, 3/30, 4/5, 4/13, and 4/20) will be held at Hard’ack Recreation Center, The Greg Brown Lodge, 179 Congress Street, St. Albans, VT.

All programs take place on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.

Health & Safety: UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings (which includes our OLLI programs), whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are required to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outdoors, you are invited to mask up if you are in close proximity to others or in a large group. If this event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply. UVM’s current face covering guidance can be found here:

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members must pre-register prior to the start of the program.

Semester Membership Special! Sign up as a member and attend all 10 programs at the discounted price of $40 indivdiual/$70 couple (any two people)! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the full membership series special ($40 individual/$70 couple) or for single lecture(s) ($8 each).
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February 16

An American Family in the Evil Empire

Steven L. Goldstein, Writer
The story was irresistible to a journalist, a changing Soviet Union. But was it a good place for a young family?
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February 23

Aphasia and the Power of Music

Karen McFeeters Leary, M.Ed., Singer/Songwriter
Aphasia is a language disorder commonly caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury. Because music is mediated by the undamaged hemispheres of the brains of people with aphasia, they can sing even if they have severe difficulty speaking or are nonverbal. Learn more about aphasia and how Vermont’s first and only Aphasia Choir brings individuals together in song and enables them to experience freedom of expression and a sense of belonging.
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March 2

Two Remarkable Numbers, 101 and 108, in the Life of My Grandparents – An Ancestry Story Discovered

John Newton, OLLI St. Albans Site Leader
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March 9

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

Linda Radtke, Singer and Historian
Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Radtke also traces the movement’s alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children’s welfare. Both the songs and stories in Radtke’s engaging presentation, accompanied by pianist David Gibson, highlight Vermonters’ efforts from 1840-1921, as they lobbied in churches, at “parlor meetings” at town halls and at the State House for total enfranchisement.
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March 16

Norwich University – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Mark Anarumo, President, Norwich University
Colonel Mark Anarumo, recently inducted as the 24th President of Norwich University, will review his new responsibilities; give the history of the founder’s educational concepts and how they, 203 years later, still apply; the many Norwich “firsts”; review the multiple academic fields and degrees the school currently offers; where and how he wants to take Norwich to the next level, all in keeping with the citizen/soldier discipline that defines Norwich.
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March 23

Resilient: Psychological Tools for Dealing with Pandemic-Induced Stress

Roderick Russell, CHt, CPH, CMH
The coronavirus pandemic has touched all of our lives, oftentimes in the most challenging ways. Justifiable fears relating to the unknown, our health and the wellbeing of our loved ones, the economic impact of lockdowns, vaccines, mandates, masking and the tumultuous politics of it all are enough to break any one of us.

But what if there were a set of psychological tools that could help us not only survive, but thrive in these stressful times?

Join clinical and medical hypnotist Roderick Russell, CHt, CPH, CMH (known to the OLLI crowd through his numerous other presentations on topics such as the psychology of flow, fear & anxiety and his adventure sport stories) as he shares with you the new toolkit, built upon evidence-based psychology, that will make you resilient in the face of both acute and chronic stress, worry, anxiety, fear & depression brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The program will be presented through the lens of Mr. Russell’s own personal experience in high stress environments as well as his professional insight and application in the field of psychological flexibility. Q&A to follow.
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March 30

Lock Up the Organist: Feed the Cello on an Airplane

William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus, St. Michael’s College
Hilarious anecdotes, jokes and stories about the unusual life of musicians. Everything from a TV ad for Canadian ham with a cello, selecting music for the dog ring bearer at a wedding (the dog swallowed the ring). Come and hear more and laugh at the crazy life from an artist who has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Scotland, Wales and many more places!
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April 6

Lake Bathymetry and Circulation Dynamics

Tom Manley, Emeritus Research, Middlebury College
The movement of water plays a critical role in the disposition of chemicals and sediments that, in turn, relate to the health of the lake. We will investigate newer technologies that will aid our understanding of lake circulation and water quality.
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April 13

Seismic Triggered Subaqueous Landslides in Lake Champlain

Patricia Manley, Professor Emeritus, Middlebury College
Large earthquakes have shaken the Champlain basin in the past. One particularly large earthquake (circa 5000 ypb) set off a series of underwater landslides which generated large debris flow deposits in Lake Champlain as well as a lake tsunami.
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April 20

Turning Stones: Exploring in Fresh Water

Declan McCabe, Professor of Biology, St. Michael’s College
Macroinvertebrates are among the most diverse inhabitants of freshwater habitats. This talk will introduce the major groups of these fascinating organisms and their natural history and their important roles in our shared environment.
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Prefer to pay by check? Complete this form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.

For registration assistance, please call 802-656-5817.

Become a member today!

Membership in the St. Albans OLLI entitles you to attend programs in our other OLLI sites throughout Vermont. Your active OLLI semester membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI on UVM campus programs (many which are offered online).

Volunteer Committee: John Newton, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino