Thursday, February 26, 2015

OLLI Enrollment opens March 2. Are You Ready?

Spring Summer 2015 Catalogs on their way to members!

The gentle rains signal that Spring is on its way. So are your UNF OLLI catalogs for the combined Spring and Summer 2015 terms!

Thanks to your intrepid Curriculum and ED-ventures team volunteers and your generous volunteer instructors more than 100 fun and interesting programs await you next term.

Can’t wait to get started planning your Spring and Summer OLLI schedule? Click here  for a digital page turning copy of the catalog (Adobe Flash required) 

We’re doing our part to engage you. Won’t you do your part to ensure your enrollment success?

What we’re doing to ensure your enrollment success:
·         Building courses in our online enrollment database.
·         Meeting with our database provider to ensure that the system will operate optimally.
·         Deploying extra staff to assist during the first week of enrollment.
What YOU can do to prepare for successful enrollment:
·         Online enrollers
o   Good for you! Sip your second cup of coffee as you select your Spring and Summer programs in your jammies!
§  Returning students
·         Before enrollment opens on March 2, test the user name and password associated with your OLLI account by signing in. You may see the Spring courses but the “add to cart” button will not appear until the morning of March 2.
·         Check your membership and renew if it expires in the Spring or Summer. You must have a valid membership to see the “add to cart” button.
·         Having trouble? Try “Find my Username” and “Reset my Password.”
·         Need to check your membership expiration date? Frustrated and still having trouble? Call our friendly Customer Care Team at (904) 620-4200 during business hours.

·         New students and students who’ve been on hiatus since before Fall 2013
o   Sign out, sign back in and purchase a membership.
o   Check your email and account information to ensure the transaction was completed.
o   Having trouble? Frustrated?  Call our friendly Customer Care Team at (904) 620-4200 during business hours.

·         Enrollers who call or mail their enrollments
o   We’ll be ready to process your calls and postal enrollments beginning March 2. 
o   Call volumes will be heavy. Keep trying!

·         Your enrollment options are:
o   Online – click here for UNF OLLI’s website. Click “Courses for Spring” (navigation on the left) and click here to sign in.
o   Mail to UNF OLLI, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224
o   By phone at (904) 620 – 4200. Call volumes will be heavy during the first week of enrollment.
o   In person – click here for directions. Parking is free and plentiful.
We are all excited to welcome you back to UNF OLLI for Spring  and Summer 2015! 


Facial Fitness: Exercises for the Face and Neck
Mon. and Weds., March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
6 sessions, $40
This class is a rescheduled Winter class. Call (904) 620-4200 to enroll. 

Physical exercises are an important part of keeping our bodies fit. However, many people neglect the muscles in the neck and face. Discover the importance of neck and facial fitness. Various exercises will be demonstrated by the instructor or via DVD, with time for students to practice each exercise. Most exercises take less than one minute to complete. Students will be encouraged to practice at home. Exercising facial muscles can tone and firm the face while stimulating blood flow and circulation, resulting in a healthy, refreshed look: a natural face lift.

Instructor: Evelyn Anchondo is originally from El Paso, Tex. And retired from federal law enforcement with more than 30 years of service. She was the assistant to the director of volunteer services with an AIDS organization in El Paso and was involved with an AIDS organization in Jacksonville. Anchondo has provided one-on- one literacy tutoring in both cities. She has been interested in healthy living for a long time and enjoys regular exercise to stay and look healthy.

The Future of the Mind
March 4 – 25, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
4 sessions, $35

Explore the state of current brain research and the National Institute of Health’s billion-dollar study. Anticipate the outcomes of this research for the next two decades. Examine the definitions of consciousness and opportunities to enhance all our senses. Is it possible to enhance memory by connecting the brain to a computer?

Required: “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind” by Michio Kaku

Instructor: Tom Collins holds a B.S. and an M.S. in physics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Florida. He also holds an M.S. in political science from George Washington University. He is a graduate of the National War College and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Tom retired in 2006 following a distinguished career in research and academia.


Investing in Marketable Securities: Creating Value and Understanding Investing Myths
Weds., April 15 – April 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
2 sessions, $25

Discover the definitions and characteristics of stocks, bonds, ETFs and other tradable securities. Examine risk and return relationships and how value is actually created. Maximize your understanding of some common investor misconceptions about marketable securities. Build a personal investment portfolio.

Instructor: Joseph Steinman is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. and holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, and an M.B.A. and doctorate in finance. Early in his career, he worked in research for NASA on the space shuttle. Later he spent 19 years in private industry in various financial and general management positions in the United States, Europe and east Africa. He served on the finance faculty of a university in Switzerland for 12 years and UNF for seven years. He has consulted for management throughout the world.

NEW Master the Masters: The Adventures with a Symphonic Detective
Mondays, April 20 and May 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
See the Jacksonville Symphony Masterworks performances below.
2 sessions, $25
A collaboration with Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony (BRASS) and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSym).

Maximize your enjoyment of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season, with classes explaining each concert in its Masterworks series. The Monday prior to weekend’s concert performance, analyze each symphony and its composer. Learn about musical and performance elements, time and place relevant to the music and the composer, as well and the people and the politics surrounding the composer and his music. Cameo appearances by symphony musicians and singers combine to bring the music alive in an engaging, interactive format.

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Beethoven’s Pastoral
Monday, May 10, 2015 – Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Instructor: Lynne Radcliffe is a musical educator, performer and composer. She currently serves as director of music at St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach, as well as program coordinator and teacher at First Coast Community Music School. She serves on the boards of the Beaches Fine Arts Series and BRASS. Radcliff is a regular contributor to “Encore!,” the magazine of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as well as a former host of “WJCT Presents the JSO.” Radcliffe received a bachelor’s degree in music for piano performance from Memphis State University and undertook graduate studies in musicology at the University of Memphis.


The Great Age of Vienna: Haydn, Gluck and Mozart
Change of content from composers Bruckner, Strauss, Jr., Wolf and Mahler
May 1 – 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Incorrectly published on p. 8 of the catalog as April 13 – 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Correct dates and times on p. 24)
3 sessions, $30
Location: Glenmoor

Discover Vienna’s history and culture through an exploration of its music, as well as the lives and careers of the outstanding composers who lived there. Enrich your music appreciation through lecture, discussion and listening with an expert.

Instructor: Merrill Jay Palmer retired in 2006 after 31 years as the director of Choral Activities at the University of North Florida. In addition to his choral responsibilities at UNF, he also taught classes in conducting, music history, theory, voice and humanities. He chaired the Department of Fine Arts from 1981 to 1984. Palmer also served as director of Adult Music at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for more than 27 years, retiring from that position in 2003. Palmers was an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for FMEA, Six Flags, Inc. in Georgia and Texas, the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and the New York State School Music Association. He led UNF choirs that toured Europe and sang in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, St. Thomas and St. Nicolai churches in Leipzig, Santa Maria Novella, Florence and Martinu Hall in the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague among many others. The UNF choirs he led performed in Charleston, Atlanta, Savannah, Palm Coast, Orlando, Tampa and numerous Jacksonville venues.

NEW The War of the Roses
March 23 – April 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
3 sessions, $30 (Published as 2 sessions for $25)

Connect with stories of mystery, intrigue, sex, murder and treachery through the dynastic wars fought between the Plantagenets from the houses of Lancaster and York. Learn which king had the most mistresses and which was executed in a barrel of his favorite wine. Which royal corpse was exhibited as a tourist attraction for 300 years? Which king lost his throne due to his father’s bigamy? Which king tossed a chamber pot on his brother? Sometimes the truth is more interesting than fiction.

Instructor: Harry Yoffee is a physician specializing in internal medicine who works part time as a consultant for the Veterans Administration and vocational rehabilitation. He has studied English history for more than 50 years.

NEW World War II – Home Fronts
April 9 – May 7, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
5 sessions, $40 (Published as 4 sessions for $35)

Discover what happened at home while the men were away fighting in a bloody conflict. In both Europe and the Pacific, the lines between combatants and noncombatants were erased as practically everyone was involved whether or not they fought. Civilian casualties were 10 to 20 times more frequent than military casualties were. Explore why World War II was considered Total War. Discussion is greatly encouraged.

Instructor: Wayne Heckrotte worked in the computer field for more than 41 years, but for as long as he can remember he has been a history buff. Heckrotte had the usual high school history courses and one college course on the subject, but he has been a prolific reader of all things historical. He acquired his knowledge of history the easy way. He loves it! Heckrotte enjoys visiting historical sites and history museums. His recent OLLI classes have focused on the histories of WWI, WWII and the interwar period of the 1920s and 30s.


Tai Chi for Beginners
Now: April 7 – May 19 (No class on May 5), 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Formerly: April 7 – May 12, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Intermediate Woodcarving
Now: April 21 – June 23 (No class on May 5) , 9:30 a.m. to noon
Formerly: April 21 – June 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Introduction to Woodcarving
Now: May 12 – May 26 (No class on May 5),1:30 to 3 p.m.
Formerly: May 5 – 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

NEW The Monuments Men
June 17 – July 1 (previously July 7), 10:30 a.m. to noon
3 sessions, $30
Location: Fleet Landing

Connect with the story of 350 men and women from 13 nations who saved art and cultural treasures confiscated by the Nazis during WWII. Using the 2014 feature film as a guide, you’ll discuss the work of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) sub-commission. Comprised of both soldiers and civilians, the MFAA tracked, located, protected and returned more than five million works.

Recommended: Screen the 2014 feature film “The Monuments Men,” directed by George Clooney, prior to the first class session.

Instructor: Wayne Heckrotte (biography above)


Mindfulness: Enhanced Self Understanding
April 9 – May 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6 sessions, $45


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