Friday, January 30, 2015

Kukla, Fran ... and OLLI

by Sheila Weinstein

In the late 1940s and most of the 50s Americans watched a charming little ad-libbed puppet show on TV called Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Charted for children, it counted among its devoted audience their parents, and as the show grew in popularity, adults from all segments of society…people like Orson Welles, Adlai Stevenson, and John Steinbeck, and, perhaps, more who chose not to reveal their love of the kiddy program.  When I had children of my own, there was Captain Kangaroo and then Sesame Street. Wonder-full  programs that taught something new while entertaining both children and parents. From then on I was convinced that the best way to teach and to learn was to have fun in the process. 

When I moved back to Jacksonville from New York City, I soon found myself wondering where I could find a place to explore new interests in a new place other than going back to school at 77. It didn't take me long to find it. A friend and neighbor invited me to a wine tasting, organized by a group that she said had begun in a program called OLLI. “What in the world is OLLI?” said I, remembering fondly the single toothed dragon.  

 I’m devoting this column to telling you what it is, because I am so grateful for what it offers us elders in terms of expanding our minds and broadening our intellectual horizons, and just plain having fun. I’m sure some of you already are aware of OLLI but I’m equally certain that there are some who have not heard of it and would benefit from what it has to offer.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celebrate the Past, Look to the Future

by +Robert Wood , Dean of UNF Continuing Education

I can't believe that 2014 is over and we are embarking on 2015. The year flew by. It has been almost nine years since I first committed to serve as the Dean of UNF Continuing Education. We have had many accomplishments in those years, all made possible by the dedicated team of UNF Continuing Education who work long hours to provide life changing training programs for the people of Jacksonville and the entire Northeast Florida area. We are excited about the new year and are pleased with last year's accomplishments. Here are a few we wanted to share with you.

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year, New Faces!

Nancy Moydell
Business Development Specialist
The UNF Division of Continuing Education is so pleased to welcome Nancy Moydell to our team. As a Business Development Specialist, Nancy will concentrate on developing relationships with potential students and industry related companies in several key areas: Transportation and Logistics, Lean Six Sigma, Leadership Development, Certified Financial Planner, and the Paralegal Program. UNFCE Director Tim Giles states, "We are excited to have Nancy join the CE team. She brings years of experience in business development and has a real passion for helping individuals and organization achieve their goals."