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CLASS
HIGHLIGHTS

The first fall class starts September 17th. Many of our favorite instructors will be back with their usual multi-week courses.

  • Janet Cowperthwaite will be offering two writing classes.

  • Dan Mitchell will be exploring Central Maine Architecture.

  • Mike Bell and Ann Sullivan will take us back in history. Ann will tell us the story of the Acadian Expulsion. Mike will give us a look at the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Three of our instructors are offering different but complementary courses that have a common theme related to concern for the future of our planet.

  • The semester also contains a Granite Hill-style lecture series created by Elizabeth Reinsborough.

  • Finally, you may pick from a wide variety of classes such as photography, Spanish, acting, financial management and more. Missing are the art and travel classes that Covid makes difficult.

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Augusta Senior College is sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta, and is a member of the Maine Senior College Network.

The Idea Exchange • Wed., October 21, 2020 • 3 pm

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE and an Alternative

Contributors Wanted for Fall Edition ~ Deadline Nov. 5

Our UMA Senior College newsletter, the Illuminator, is always a welcome sight in the mailbox!  These days when all of our Senior College contact involves technology, it will be especially nice to hold something in our hands to read and enjoy. But it does take a variety of contributions to make this happen. Members really enjoy hearing from and about other members!

The Illuminator editor, Ann Sullivan, is inviting submissions for the upcoming fall edition. Anything you are interested in is likely to find an audience at UMA Senior College! Topics such as hobbies and travels are always popular. Or you might write about how a course you have taken has inspired you to try something new or to gain fresh insight. How are you surviving the pandemic? Perhaps you have something to offer that might encourage others or make them laugh. Photo journals and poems are also most welcome.

Generally, submissions should be between one half a page to a page and a half (250 to about 750 words). Please consider attaching a photo of yourself along with your submission. Many of us recognize each other, but we don’t always know names, so a photo helps identify the author. Photos that illustrate your piece can also be very effective.

 The deadline is November 5, and you can contact Ann Sullivan, the newsletter editor, at office@umasc.org.

It’s Fall! We’re Back. We Did It!

Because so many of us normally were busy or away during summer, Senior College had never attempted a summer session. But Covid changed our lifestyle and our community’s need for activity.  It also closed our campus and tested our ability to depend on computer stuff – something many of us find the opposite of a pleasant time.

Nonetheless, this summer, instructors, staff, and students got together to squeeze zoom into zoomade. Long story short, and a few glitches later, we now know Senior College can administer, create, and enjoy lifelong learning, even online.  We’re ready for a new fall semester.

Zoom is no longer an issue – it’s just what we do while we wait for the medical situation to reach a point where we will be comfortable gathered in classrooms again.  

If you didn’t participate this summer, please join in this fall.  If technology is an issue, you’ll find many “old” classmates like yourself who are now in a position to share their summer experience and show you how.  A few people joined classes with just a landline phone, though you’ll get the best results with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, something that lets you see.  The office volunteers are also here to help if you can’t find a friend or grandkid. Just leave a message at 621-3551 or email us at office@umasc.org. We’ll set up a private Zoom meeting just for you and walk you through how to join in and use it. You may also want to check out this helpful video.

Because so many of us normally were busy or away during summer, Senior College had never attempted a summer session. But Covid changed our lifestyle and our community’s need for activity.  It also closed our campus and tested our ability to depend on computer stuff – something many of us find the opposite of a pleasant time.

Nonetheless, this summer, instructors, staff, and students got together to squeeze zoom into zoomade. Long story short, and a few glitches later, we now know Senior College can administer, create, and enjoy lifelong learning, even online.  We’re ready for a new fall semester.

Zoom is no longer an issue – it’s just what we do while we wait for the medical situation to reach a point where we will be comfortable gathered in classrooms again.  

If you didn’t participate this summer, please join in this fall.  If technology is an issue, you’ll find many “old” classmates like yourself who are now in a position to share their summer experience and show you how.  A few people joined classes with just a landline phone, though you’ll get the best results with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, something that lets you see.  The office volunteers are also here to help if you can’t find a friend or grandkid. Just leave a message at 621-3551 or email us at office@umasc.org. We’ll set up a private Zoom meeting just for you and walk you through how to join in and use it. You may also want to check out this helpful video.

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