Spring 2018 Course Listing

Advanced Spanish – A18201
            Tuesday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Sunny Slope
            Judy Dekich, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
Text: Flores, A. (1987). Spanish Stories: A Dual Language Book. Dover Publications.
ISBN: 9780486253992.
This term we will conclude watching El tiempo entre costuras, an award winning tv drama based on the namesake novel by Maria Duenas. We will also continue reading Spanish classic short stories from the dual-language book Spanish Stories, edited by Angel Flores. Some reading at home may be required.
*Judy Dekich majored in Spanish at Emory University. After getting a second degree in pharmacy and practicing as a registered pharmacist, Judy is teaching Spanish to help others learn this beautiful language.
           
Advanced Landscapes Art Techniques – A18202
            Thursday, 12:20 – 2:10 pm
            Sunny Slope
            John Rhoden, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
Materials required with estimated costs:
Fine touch acrylic paint (4 oz. @ ~$5 each) – Titanium white, dark green or sap green,
burnt umber, mars black, primary white, cadmium red hue, ultramarine (dark); Value brush kit (774075 @ ~5); Easel ($8 - $12, optional); 16x20 canvas (~$8 for package of two).
Using acrylic paints, students will paint a landscape on a 16x20 canvas. Techniques for painting brick walls, clouds, trees, and birds will be demonstrated by the instructor along with techniques on how to correct mistakes on the canvas.
*John Rhoden is a retired military officer and high school teacher. Since his retirement, he has trained with local artists. His landscapes have won numerous awards in juried competition.

American Theatre – A18203
            Monday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Gibbs Couch and Peggy Stelpflug, Instructors
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY-FIVE students.
Do you want to emote? Do you like attending the theatre? Here is your chance to become an actor or avid fan as we read plays produced in the American Theatre from its early beginning to the present. No text needed as scripts are provided for class readings.
*Gibbs Couch has always enjoyed a good story. Sometimes the stories are true. She enjoys telling stories, but likes hearing one even more. She has taught many storytelling and theatre classes.

*Peggy Stelpflug is an avid theatregoer and script reader. She is a former English teacher and a member of the Auburn Community Theatre. She looks forward to advancing interest in American theatre.

Asian Politics and US Policy – A18204
            Monday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Lawrence Grinter, Instructor
With the Trump administration now 14 months in office, this course examines how East Asia and the Pacific have become even more important to the United States. Learn about Trump policies in Asia, China's rise, Japan's new confidence, North Korea and its nuclear weapons, South Korea's global engagement, and other issues. Open discussion is encouraged.
*Lawrence E. Grinter is Professor Emeritus, Air War College, and a previous faculty member of the National War College, Auburn University, and AUM. His PhD is from UNC/ Chapel Hill. He was stationed in South Korea and South Vietnam with or consulting to the US government.

Birding Basics – A18205
            Monday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Sunny Slope
            Bill Deutsch, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to FIFTEEN students.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 (five class sessions)
Students are encouraged to bring binoculars to class with optional cameras and spotting scopes.
This course is primarily for the beginning birder, and will be field oriented. Classroom time will be used to talk about the natural history of birds, bird identification by sight and ear, identification aids, attracting birds around the home, and local birding locations. Most class time will be spent birding in the Auburn area at local parks and nature centers. Optional weekend field trips will be offered.
*Dr. Bill Deutsch is an aquatic ecologist who enjoys birding as a hobby. He has birded in Alabama, other parts of the US, and in several countries with an emphasis on natural history of birds and bird photography.
             
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit – A18206
            Wednesday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Sunny Slope
            Janet Deutsch, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to SIXTEEN students.
Text: Matthews, C. (2017). Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. New York: Simon & Shuster.
ISBN: 9781501111860.
We will take a look at our lives when Bobby Kennedy was alive, in office, and assassinated. How did his vision and assassination affect us? What should be his legacy? As we read this book, we will explore the events of the spring of 1968 and discuss how we were challenged and shaped by then.
*Janet Deutsch has lived in Auburn for 32 years. She is a retired nurse with a love for listening to and learning from others while exploring key events in each of our lives.

Canada – A18207
            Monday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Ed Hornig, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to EIGHTEEN students.
Texts: Munro, A. (2013). Dear Life Stories. Vintage. ISBN: 9780307743725.
Munro, A. (2005). Runaway. Vintage. ISBN: 9781400077915.
The class will read stories of Alice Munro who brings to life small town Ontario. Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2012.
*Ed Hornig came to Auburn in 1990 as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church. He pastored the church until 2008, when he retired. He and his wife Sandra, now reside in Auburn.
 
Case Studies in Current Climate Change – A18208
            Monday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Pebble Hill
            David Newton, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to FIFTY students.
This National Geographic DVD course presents actual cases of the results of climate change in a variety of locations. Climatologists and impacted citizens discuss what has happened and what is expected in the future. Workable solutions to the problems faced are also presented. The programs are hosted by well-known public figures who are concerned about what has occurred, and will continue occurring, unless we act without delay. Auburn University faculty, who are knowledgeable about climate change will offer comments and answer questions.
*David Newton has offered 13 environmental courses over the years. He is a member of several national environmental organizations, has been a lobbyist for the environment, has traveled to all seven continents, has monitored the water quality of Saugahatchee Creek, has studied climate change for at least 10 years, and has worked daily to help protect the Earth - our, and our descendant’s, only home.
 
Chinese Brush Painting – A18209
            Monday, 12:00 – 1:55 pm
            Sunny Slope
            Dong Shang, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
$70 fee, payable to Dong, for the purchase of a Chinese painting kit that includes rice paper, three brushes, ink, and Chinese water colors.
This hands-on course is an introduction to Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Chinese painting attempts to capture the essence of nature. It is the art of using suggestion and simplicity to imply reality. The sense of harmony that pervades Chinese culture is expressed in the traditional subjects of flowers, animals, and landscapes. Learn the basic brush strokes, composition, and spontaneous-style painting techniques.
*Dong Shang is a native of China and has a degree in art. An art designer, she immigrated to the United States, where she has worked as a freelance artist and an art teacher.

Chinese Culture and Travel: Silk Road Adventures – A18210
            Monday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Sunny Slope
            Douglas Coutts and Dong Shang, Instructors
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY-FIVE students.
            April 2, 9, 16, 23 (four class sessions)
The Silk Road was the global internet of its day - For the first part of the course (weeks one and two) Prof. Coutts will present and discuss various historical aspects of the Silk Road including the emergence of Buddhism, spread of Christianity, first use of currency, links with the West and the role of Marco Polo.  Learn about Chinese culture, including history, geography, ethnic minorities, religions, festivals, arts, food, and practical travel tips regarding shopping, transportation, eating, and other things. Discover China’s top attractions: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Yangtze River, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, and the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, and Xi’an as well as Sichuan Province, Silk Road, and Tibet.
*Douglas Coutts has over 35 years of experience working in international development programs and humanitarian relief operations around the world including stints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Select Committee on Hunger, the U.S. Congress, and the U.N. World Food Hunger Program. His last posting for the past three years was in Africa as U.N. Resident Coordinator in the Comoros Islands. He is an occasional guest lecturer and speaker at Auburn University.
*Dong Shang is a native of China and has a degree in art. An art designer, she immigrated to the United States, where she has worked as a freelance artist and an art teacher.

The Classical World: The Roman Empire and Beyond – A18211
            Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:55 pm
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Joseph Kicklighter, Instructor
This course surveys the long centuries between the reign of Caesar Augustus and the Early Middle Ages in the West. The lectures will describe the successes and failures of the Empire and its leaders and discuss the major role of Christianity in its later centuries. As we conclude, we shall determine the separate courses of the Greek (Byzantine) Empire in the east and the medieval world in the west as heirs of the Roman and Christian traditions.
*Joseph Kicklighter earned a PhD in medieval Anglo-French history at Emory University and taught English history at Auburn University. He was an instructor in the Alabama at Oxford Program, where he had the opportunity to instruct students in England and to participate in tours of significant historical sites.

Culinary Courses with Ursula
            Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
            503 Sanders St., Auburn
            Ursula Higgins, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to SEVEN students.
$15 fee per class, non-refundable, payable to Ursula.
Respected culinary expert Ursula Higgins presents a series of cooking classes. Each week features two hands-on classes with the same menu. Students will eat their culinary creations. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Ursula. If a student registers for a culinary course and then is unable to attend, he or she is responsible for finding an OLLI academic member to fill the opening.
Register for each individual class by using the day’s course number.
A18237 – April 4 It’s Time for a Spring Brunch
A18238 – April 5
A18239 – April 11 A Fresh Look at Vegetables
A18240 – April 12
A18241 – April 18 Spring Soups
A18242 – April 19
A18243 – May 2 Some New Entrée Salads
A18244 – May 3
A18245 – May 9 A Seafood Dinner
A18246 – May 10
 
Dementia Care – A18212
            Monday, 2:30 – 3:55 pm
            Sunny Slope
            Leisa Askew, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY-FIVE students.
            No class April 23.
Dementia Care Workbook, available at the first class session, $55, payable to Lee Russell Council of Governments.
Participants will be informed and information will be covered on the following topics:
Paradigm shift in dementia care; different forms of dementia: vascular, Lewy body, frontotemporal , Alzheimer’s; four cognitive components of memory: short term, long term, working, and progressive; philosophical and theoretical treatments of dementia: Cognitive Disability Model, Theory of Retrogenisis, and Person Center Care Approach; define and explain Best Ability To Function approach ( BATF). After the completion of this course, participants will earn a Dementia Capable Care certification.
*Leisa Askew graduated with a social work degree from Auburn University. With over eighteen years in the field of aging, she works at the Lee-Russell Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.

Earth’s Changing Climate – A18213
            Monday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Charlotte Ward, Instructor
In this Great Courses DVD class, we will discuss the 2007 conclusion from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says "warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level." Representing a consensus of hundreds of scientists, the report went on to note that human activity is "very likely" the cause.
*Charlotte Ward, associate professor emerita, physics, has sought for many years to make science accessible to interested people with little background in science.

Economics and Data: Making Sense of Media and Political Messaging – A18214
            Wednesday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Sunny Slope
            Kristine Anderson, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY students.
Do the mixed messages of politicians and the media about the economy leave you a little puzzled? This course will provide an overview of economics and investigate ways that data and statistics are misused. You will explore areas such as the difference between fiscal and monetary policy, unemployment, trade, and taxes through the lens of economics. We will look at the causes of the Great Depression and the Great Recession. This course will use a variety of materials including selected Great Courses videos by Professor Timothy Taylor of Macalester College.
*Kristine Anderson serves as manager of state-wide education finance data projects. A native of Minnesota, she moved to Alabama in 2014. Kristine received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.

Euripides and Truth – A18215
            Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Sunny Slope
            Effie Piliouni Albrecht, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY students.
Texts: E., and Greene, D. (2013). Euripides III: Heracles, The Trojan Women, Iphigenia among the Taurians, Ion. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226308821.
E., and Griffith, M. (2013). Euripides II: Andromache, Hecuba, The Suppliant Women, Electra. Univ. of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226308784 .
Euripides, one of the three great Greek tragedians of the 5th century, BCE, was the person who criticized the Athenian society for their excessive pride, which led to the Peloponnesian war. Athens lost that war and was destroyed as a major power and a beacon of culture. Euripides was the playwright who told them truths about war and human nature. He got fewer prizes for his plays than Aeschylus and Sophocles.
*Effie studied the classics and English literature at the University of Athens, linguistics at Cambridge University and received her master’s and PhD degrees from Auburn in comparative and British literature respectively. She taught British and world literature, writing, and women’s studies at Auburn for more than 25 years. Euripides interests her because of his realistic take on human nature and human flaws.

Exploring the Digital World: Changing Landscapes and Opportunities – A18216
            Monday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Pebble Hill
            Sonny Dawsey and Virginia Jones, Instructors
            Enrollment limited to FIFTY students.
New technology has brought us face to face with an exciting and daunting environment. This course will help students become more familiar with the stimulating and challenging world of computers, smart phones, and the Internet. Participants will learn about and install new software/apps each week. The selection of topics will, in part, be a response to the interests of the students.
*Sonny Dawsey is a retired AU Professor of Geography. He has frequently used computers and digital communications during his professional career.
*Virginia Jones is a lifelong educator who has spent her career at the intersections of teaching, learning and technology. A current PhD student at Auburn, she has also worked at the University of Maryland, Vassar College, and Georgetown University.
Virginia and Sonny have both taught previous courses at OLLI.

Great Decisions 2018 – A18217
            Monday, 2:30 – 3:55 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            John Frandsen, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to FIFTY students.
Text: The Foreign Policy Association. Great Decisions, 2018. (OLLI has copies available for $20)
Great Decisions is the Foreign Policy Association’s civic-education program in which participants learn about U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Topics for 2018 include the waning of Pax Americana?; Russia’s foreign policy; China and America: the new geopolitical equation; Turkey: a partner in crisis; U.S. global engagement and the military; global health: prospects and challenges. Each class session starts with a DVD lesson followed by a discussion. A Briefing book (available for $20 from OLLI) provides background, policy options, maps, websites, and blogs.
*John Frandsen is a biological scientist, professor, and retired Army officer with an interest in international affairs dating from his attendance at a National Defense university seminar in the late 1970s.

 Increasing Your Happiness – A18218
            Monday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Sunny Slope
            Joanne Finley, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to SIXTEEN students.
Increasing ones happiness can be done through the power of positive thinking. That is one skill that this workshop will touch on to teach learners how to be happier. Happiness will spread throughout your life, organization, and have a positive effect on everyone. With our Increasing Your Happiness workshop, participants will engage in unique and helpful ways to increase their happiness. It will improve communication skills, increase productivity, and lessen absenteeism.
*Joanne Finley is a consultant and business owner. She has been instructing adult learners since 1980. She has over 20 years of experience working with organizations and community leaders.

Intermediate Spanish – A18219
            Tuesday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Sunny Slope
            Judy Dekich, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
Join us as we continue the mystery drama, El diario de Ernesto Madero. In slow, clear Spanish with an interactive transcript, this audio is at an easy intermediate level. Our grammar lessons will look at the perfect tenses with the verb haber. Finally, we will enjoy a few fun videos in which Maria teaches her eager, but novice husband Cody, some Spanish basics!
*Judy Dekich majored in Spanish at Emory University. After getting a second degree in pharmacy and practicing as a registered pharmacist, Judy is teaching Spanish to help others learn this beautiful language.

Introduction to Art Landscapes –A18220
            Thursday, 10:15 am – 12:05 pm
            Sunny Slope
            John Rhoden, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
Materials required with estimated costs:
Fine touch acrylic paint (4 oz. @ ~$5 each) – Titanium white, dark green or sap green,
burnt umber, mars black, primary white, cadmium red hue, ultramarine (dark); Value brush kit (774075 @ ~5); Easel ($8 - $12, optional); 16x20 canvas (~$8 for package of two).
Using acrylic paints, students will paint a landscape on a 16x20 canvas. Students will use palette knives or brushes to follow the instructor’s step-by-step demonstration in painting the teacher’s chosen landscape.
*John Rhoden is a retired military officer and high school teacher. Since his retirement, he has trained with local artists. His landscapes have won numerous awards in juried competition.
 

Introduction to Social Media – A18221
            Monday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Xi Lin, Instructor
Too old for social media? Don’t let anyone tell you that because it’s not possible! Survey after survey reflects more seniors are participating in social media. They are jumping on board Facebook, Twitter, and more as they realize it is fun and provides real benefits. Therefore, this course will take you to explore different social media and how to use them.
*As a scholar, Xi Lin’s research focuses on adult learners’ motivations for using educational technology. Xi is a digital native who will take you to explore the world of social media.

Learning Spanish, Part III – A18222
            Monday, 2:30 – 3:55 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Sylvia Cooke, Instructor
Text: Learning Spanish workbook. (Students who took Part I and/or Part II of this course should already have the workbook.)
Spring 2018 term is Part 3 of 4. This Great Courses class features Bill Worden, PhD. He has over twenty years’ experience as an award-winning professor of Spanish. Spanish is the official language of over twenty countries. This introductory course blends exercises, vocabulary building, and basic grammar.
*Sylvia Cooke is retired after 32 years as a Spanish teacher, twenty of which were at Auburn High School. She taught all levels of Spanish from beginning speakers through preparation for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations.

Line Dancing – A18223
            Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Betsy Keown, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to THIRTY students.
Line dancing class for beginners and experienced dancers, done to a variety of music - everything from Glenn Miller to Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Little Big Town and many more. Not only is it fun, but great exercise for the body as well as the mind. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably not rubber-soled, and bring a water bottle.
*Betsy Keown has been line dancing twice weekly for nine years and teaching for the past four. She loves the exercise and the joy of performing at nursing homes and other venues.

Safe Sleep- What is New? – A18224
            Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Ann Lambert, Instructor
Perhaps you remember placing a baby on the tummy to sleep? Join us to review old practices and learn the current recommendations for safe sleep. You will gain knowledge about the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for a safe sleeping environment. We will also discuss ways to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. You will have the newest information to share with your family and friends.
*Ann Lambert has been a nurse for over thirty years. She currently teaches nursing students at Auburn University and works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys sharing information with people of all ages.

Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis – A18225
            Monday, 12:45 – 1:25 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Kitty Frey and Sandy Wu, Instructors
            Enrollment limited to FOURTEEN students.
Seated Tai Chi, adapted from Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis, was designed to enhance flexibility, muscle tone, and fitness. It incorporates the essential principles of Tai Chi with an emphasis on breathing, posture, and space awareness, with the added benefit of stress reduction. Other exercises found to be beneficial for those with arthritis will be included.
*Kitty Frey is an occupational therapist and teacher. An experienced teacher of Taiji and Qigong for many years, she understands that these gentle yet powerful practices offer never-ending learning and show that healing is possible.

A Seventh Opera Season – A18226
            Tuesday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Thomas Beard, Instructor
            April 3, 10, 17, 24 (four class sessions)
Using DVDs and lectures, we will look at four operas. One will be Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The other three, all chosen by last year’s class, are Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
*Thomas Beard is a retired economics professor at Louisiana State University. This is his seventh year to teach opera courses for OLLI at Auburn.

Snakes, Other Reptiles, Spiders and Insects – A18227
            Tuesday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Barbara Kemppainen, Instructor
Non-venomous reptile identification, habitat, life cycle, regional distribution, and relationship to other animals will be presented. Similar information regarding venomous reptiles, spiders and insects, along with info regarding method of envenomation/poisoning, medical effects of venom, diagnosis, treatment of envenomated people and other animals. Information regarding the Reintroduction of the Eastern Indigo Snake, and a fieldtrip to Auburn University Museum of Natural History will be included.
*Dr. Barbara Kemppainen received her PhD from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA in 1982; in the field of toxicology. She worked for the USDA and the AU College of Veterinary Medicine [AUCVM] for 30 years. While at AUCVM she taught Veterinary Toxicology for 25 years, and her favorite subject was poisonous and venomous reptiles, spiders and insects.

Spring Mysteries – A18228
            Tuesday, 10:15 – 11:40 am
            Sunny Slope
            Julie Strong, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to FOURTEEN students.
Texts: Bauer, B. (2017). The Beautiful Dead. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN: 9780802125330.
Finn, A. (2018). The Woman in the Window. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 9780008234164.
The quality of a mystery novel often depends on the character and demeanor of the detective in charge of solving the crime. In the two mysteries of this term, this is particularly true.
*Julie Strong has a BA in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She holds a MEd degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in gifted and talented education. A retired teacher, she facilitates book clubs.

Staying Active: Day Hiking, Part II – A18229
            Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
            Sunny Slope
            Harold Bruner, Instructor
            Enrollment limited to TWELVE students.
            April 5, 12, 19, 26 (four class sessions)
During the spring term we will take a bit of a different approach. Day hiking did not fit well into a 3-hour block, so the new times are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will allow us to drive a bit further, hike a bit longer, and be back on time. Caution - you should be moderately fit. We're going to push most of the hikes to 4-6 miles. The expanded timing should allow us to take a nice break for lunch during the hike which should make these distances easier to accomplish. It will also allow us to spend 30 minutes or so in the classroom before the hike to explore topics we've not had time to cover. Come and experience some of the best hiking within 90 minutes or so of Auburn.
*Harold is a retired forester who now hikes for fitness and pleasure. He has hiked in Cuba, Alaska, California, Florida, the desert southwest, and most recently in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Having spent more than 60 years in Indiana and Florida, he is enjoying the biodiverse landscape of Alabama.

Taiji Qigong: Moving Meditation – A18230
            Monday, 1:30 – 2:10 pm
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Kitty Frey and Sandy Wu, Instructors
            Enrollment limited to TWENTY students.
Taiji Qigong was designed as a deeply relaxing body-mind experience. Composed of several sets, each with unique purposes that are easy to learn and with regular practice can replenish energy, improve health, and help prevent illness. Several variations of Taiji walking will also be introduced. Participants must be able to be up and moving for 45 minutes.
*Kitty Frey is an occupational therapist and teacher. An experienced teacher of Taiji and Qigong for many years, she understands that these gentle yet powerful practices offer never-ending learning and show that healing is possible.

Unraveling the Mystery of Oriental Rugs – A18231
            Wednesday, 12:45 – 2:10 pm
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Larry Gerber, Instructor
Learn how to identify an authentic oriental rug and the differences between rugs from Iran (Persia), the Caucasus, Turkey, and other rug producing areas. There will also be an opportunity to show and tell your own oriental rugs.
*Larry Gerber is an Auburn professor emeritus of history and an avid collector of antique oriental rugs. In 2015 the Jule Collins Smith Museum hosted an exhibition displaying fifteen of his rugs.

Walk This Way: Couch to Walking 5K – A18232
            Thursday, 8:30 – 9:30 am
            Meet at the Toomer Oak trees.
            Bob Banks, Instructor
Join us for this seven-week program designed to assist you in developing a walking exercise program. Students will meet at Toomer’s Corner by the oaks each Thursday to learn about the benefits of walking. This course is open to novice and veteran walkers.
*Bob Banks is an avid runner. A retired insurance professional, Bob concluded his career with Alfa Insurance.

What Has Happened to Sports and Why, Part II – A18233
            Monday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Jim Barber, Instructor
There are many examples of questionable practices in different sports that we will watch (via videos), review (printed material on the internet), research (from various forms of media), discuss, and hopefully partially resolve these questions. This is an investigatory course! Bring your passion, your pride, favorite sports bias, anxiety medication, and join the fun or fight.
*Jim is a recently retired construction engineer/contractor with four score and a dozen years of experience that are cheerfully and thankfully in the past. He is working on his advanced degree in geezerhood, and specifically, serial napping and advanced grumpiness.

World War I: The Great War – A18234
            Wednesday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Jule Collins Smith Museum
            Ned Dendy, Sue Mason, and John Parr, Instructors
They thought it would be a quick and easy war--in and out, over and done, home by Christmas. Never in their wildest imaginations did they know it would shape world history in such a way. Never did they think that over ten million people from thirty countries would die in a war that would last over four years, or, that one million would be wounded--a generation of people. The idea that their governments would totally collapse was preposterous. Post-war genocide and Spanish flu would wreak further destruction.
*Ned Dendy graduated from Auburn University in aerospace engineering. He worked with NASA, with commercial aviation manufacturing, and with the United States Army Missile Defense Systems.
*Sue Mason holds degrees in education and geography. She has taught K-8 and DoD cartography, terrain analysis, GIS, and instructor training. She lived eight years in Europe and has traveled extensively.
*John Parr served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. After retiring from the Navy, John became a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Evansville. Education: BS Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 1969; MS Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 1974; PhD Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 1988.

Writing Our Lives – A18235
            Monday, 8:30 – 9:55 am
            Pebble Hill
            Terry Ley and Cathy Buckhalt, Instructors
Enrollment limited to FIFTY students.
Text: Bragg, R. (2015). My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South.
New York, NY: Oxmoor House. ISBN: 9780848746391.
“Our Lives are like a patchwork quilt, and it is only in the evening of life that we can see the pattern of what we have woven.” (Richard L. Morgan, Saving Our Stories: A Legacy We Leave) We all have life stories to tell! Here is an opportunity to reclaim your memories, write about them, and share them with a receptive audience of peers. We will write each Monday morning, responding to stimulus prompts provided by the instructor. Recommended homework: finishing and revising what you have begun in class and reading self-selected memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies.
*Terry Ley taught high school English in Iowa before coming to Auburn University, where he was a professor of English education. He has taught Writing Our Lives each OLLI term for twelve years.
*Cathy Buckhalt is a retired teacher from Opelika Middle School and Southern Union State Community College. She also was associate director of the Sun Belt Writing Project for many years.

Yoga for the Rest of Us – A18236
            Monday, 9:00 – 9:55 am
            Auburn Church of Christ
            Tammy Hollis, Instructor
Enrollment limited to twenty-five students.
This course is for anyone who has practiced yoga. All levels are welcome. The focus is on stretching, movement, and balance, all interwoven with breathing techniques. Bring your mat and towel to support your knees or back, and wear comfortable clothing as we continue our yoga journey together.
Tammy earned a BS from Auburn University in Family and Child Services and a Certificate in Aging Studies. She retired from Auburn University in 2016 after 28 years of service as Coordinator for Healthy Tigers Wellness Program (employee wellness program). *Tammy Hollis is certified by the American Council on Exercise Group Fitness. She also has certifications for YogaFit and Silver Sneakers. Currently, Tammy serves as an instructor for Yin Yoga for the City of Auburn for its 50+ program, for  Yin Yoga for Opelika Sportsplex, for Silver Sneakers Circuit and Classic Classes, and for Silver Sneakers and Gentle Yoga for Opelika Sportsplex.

 

Last Updated: March 1, 2018