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February 2014 Volume 2, Issue 6 Editor:


Carol Lindsay

Contributing Reporters: Monica David Ron Lindsay Laurie Pines

Inside this Issue

OLLI News & Upcoming Events The Director’s Corner Sustaining OLLI@SCU

OLLI NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS The Director’s Corner Donor Recognition Membership Report Welcome New Members The Nun Study OLLI@SCU Travel Program Volunteer Corner Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SCU CAMPUS EVENTS de Saisset Museum Ignation Center –Bannan Institute SCU*Presents The Forge Garden SCU Library Markkula Center for Applied Ethics SCU Presents

February Events OLLI Staff

I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about “social networks,” usually referring to the technologybased offerings like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. We all know, however, OLLI is “the best” social network, real people who care about learning, experiencing life to the fullest, going on local adventures and caring for one another. We all have enjoyed experiences, new friends, and new places that would not have been possible without OLLI. I could go on, but I am sure you understand. This year we ask for you to join in helping to secure OLLI’s future by strengthening its endowment. An endowment is a financial instrument where the principal amount (a donation) is preserved and the annual earnings (interest) on that donation are available for the organization’s operating budget. The beauty of an endowment is that the original gift is preserved for as long as the organization exists. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

manage expenses, OLLI’s long-term success is best enabled by a robust endowment, and that is where each and every OLLI member can help by contributing to our annual fundraising campaign.

The fundraising goal of OLLI@SCU for the academic year 2013-2014 is twofold. First is to seek a minimum donation of $25 from each of our members. The second is to find 100 members who will donate $1000 which is the basis for our Leadership Circle. The overall purpose of our fundraising effort is to simply build our current endowment so that we remain an affordable community outreach organization that will continue to enrich the lives of our OLLI members for generations to come.

Some OLLI members are of the opinion that the Osher Foundation’s initial endowment has made our OLLI financially sustainable. While it has made us financially stronger, we are far from being sustainable. For as long as I have been affiliated with OLLI, the Program has never generated enough revenue from membership dues and course fees alone to cover its operating expenses and staff salaries. While our Council continues to

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It is my hope that each OLLI member will find their own way to help ensure the continued success of our OLLI Program at Santa Clara University. Sincerely, Andrea

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Donor Recognition We want to recognize those who have donated and thank them for their generous contribution to the continued success of OLLI@SCU!

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE DONORS  Anonymous  Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. Barone  Mr. Wesley D. French & Dr. Dorothea R. French  Mr. Phil Kurjan

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Ms. Martha C. Beattie Mr. & Mrs. David P. Borror Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. Chamberlin Ms. Ernestina Cornella Mr. & Mrs. Perry Demorest Mr. & Mrs. Mark Donnelly Mr. & Mrs. William J. Donnelly Mr. & Mrs. Kirk P. Dryden Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dubois Mr. & Mrs. John T. Fennell Mr. & Mrs. James Fitch Ms. Ebe Frasse Mrs. Mary Fullerton Mr. Fred Gertler Ms. Susan Haag Ms. Judith Harrison Mr. & Mrs. George C. Heeg Mr. & Mrs. Walter Heintz Ms. Karen M. Hillhouse

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Ms. Clorinda P. Hite Mr. & Mrs. Russell P. Hora Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Manser Mr. & Mrs. William McCarren Mr. Thomas R. McNeal & Ms. Sandra J. Gruver Ms. Irene Mela Ms. Joyce Monda Ms. Mary A. O'Connor Mr. & Mrs. Ted Okano Ms. Patricia Prickett Mr. & Mrs. Steven Ratner Mr. William J. Rice & Ms. Georgiana L. Hays Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Rogers Mrs. Sandra Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. John Rubbo Ms. Beverly Seligman Senior Academy for Education Mr. & Mrs. William E. Sheehan Jr. Ms. Judith Siegel Mr. & Mrs. Victor Small Mrs. Thomas P. Sparacino Mr. & Mrs. David Sparks Ms. Mary C. Stradner Mr. Ray Taylor Jr Ms. Irene M. Thordsen Ms. Jeanne M. Torre Mr. & Mrs. Clifford E. Tyler Ms. Edna Vandervort Ms. Dianne S. Voecks Ms. Kathleen M. Weimer Ms. Patricia A. Wilkinson Mr. & Mrs. Richard Woodward

Membership Report: I wish to thank all the OLLI members who have become actively engaged in helping to recruit friends and neighbors into becoming OLLI members. My thanks also to the members of the Membership Committee and all the other OLLI members who have helped in placing our marketing materials in many of the area libraries, senior centers and museums. As of January 18, 2014 our membership has reached 814 and we are well on the way to achieving our goal of 1000 plus members before the close of the 2013-2014 academic year. We can only hope to achieve the additional 186 plus members with the individual help from each of the current OLLI members.

Please remember that in addition to the outstanding courses offered by our OLLI Program, there are also the yearround activities of the fascinating Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that continue to grow on a daily basis. The entire OLLI community is encouraged to continue to share with your family, friends and neighbors the benefits of an OLLI membership. If you need OLLI brochures or business cards to help with your individual recruiting efforts, please stop by the office in Loyola Hall and pick up these items. What we strive to achieve today will help to ensure that OLLI will be there for all of us in the future. Again, my sincere thanks to each of you for your individual recruiting efforts on behalf of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University. Ron Lindsay Chair, Membership Committee

Welcome New Members We want to welcome all 299 new members who have joined OLLI@SCU since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Take a look at the following list – you may see your neighbor and if so, be sure and welcome them. This month’s list is long because it is inclusive of all new members since August. However future listings will be more current, based on monthly registrations.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS Alamo Theresa Stetson Burke Belmont Jonne Van Meer Campbell Robin Doran Marilyn Hofman June Laffan John Laffan Ellen Lehmann Gina Maren Barbara Schreier Stephen White Karin White Castro Valley Evelyn Gertler Cupertino Mark Donnelly Margie Payne Graves Sharlyn Heron Bodil Jorgensen Peter Loc Holly Loc Lillian Schmidt Jessica Sheu Diane Sparks Mary Jo Sullivan-Worley Kathleen Vandenberg Ronald Vandenberg Foster City Joan Hopkins Fremont Larry Quilici Gilroy Carol Ferri Hayward Mabel Yee Stephen Yee Los Altos Suzanne Gladstone Don Gladstone Tracy Joyce Judy Klein Marge Meigs Lynda Sanders Los Gatos Rosanne Adona Barbara Aguilar Camille Ahern Sheila Bannan Melody Barch February 2014

Judith Blandford Christine Chapman Peggy Coleman Angela Di Berardino Barbara Grimm Harriet Harvey-Horn Carla Holtzclaw Libby Lane Valerie Lozowicki Anna Miceli Sidney Mygatt Donna Perry Mary Pope-Handy Vicki Ratner Sally Reed Renate Rehhausser Mary Schlink Ditty Smith Jayne Sonnenschein Mary Surginer Menlo Park Bob Dehn Gerry Gilchrist Karen Sortino Milpitas Stephen Auer Susan Auer Monte Sereno Melissa Eldredge Claire Ferguson Morgan Hill Mohammed Hussein Ghandehari Sharon Peterson Bill Thurston Charlene Wiltsee Christopher Wiltsee Mountain View Martha Carpenter Constance Gaind Paulette Hannah Rose Salido Newark Marguerite Ryan Palo Alto Barbara Carroll Mary Anne Chazan John Gordon Frierson Patricia Hanley Elizabeth Kaplan Richard Levin Shirley Negrin Bernard Richter Deborah Rose Joan Sakaldasis Roberta Uebbing

Pittsburg William Drysdale Portola Valley Joan Gurasich Carol Kornfeld Redwood City Jean Isaacs Dale Sugarman Redwood Estates Elaine Daniels San Carlos Carole Kaplan Lisa Lacasia Peter Perkins San Jose Suse Aguilar Mattie Alesi Vic Alesi Blanca Alvarado Ellen Anders Janet Atkins Bonnie Austin John Baker Rose Marie Beebe Loriann Bernardo Carolee Bird Danell Bleymaier Annabel Boissevain Jean Bourne Doug Brown Mark Bunge Jeanie Burgess Gerald Caldwell Patricia Calfee Richard Calfee Cheryl Canonge Carole Cassidy Gail Chaid Bill Chambers Mary Ann Chatelain Patricia Christa Karis Clason Kathy Cole Tracey Conklin Robert Conroy Dominic Cortese Leslie Cragin Patricia Crowder David Crowder Helen Danna Linda Davis Denise Delong Mollie Dent Catherine Draper Louetta Eastman Linda Esparza Elaine Farace Reine Fedor

Willy Fonda Steve Ford Betty Forster Marian Fricano Norma Fries Christina Gallagher Patricia Galli Warren Gannon Betty Garcia Claire Gililland Jerry Gililland Sheila Gold Laura Grybos Joann Guerrero Paul Guersch Mary Haifley John Hansen Susan Hare Candace Harrison Jim Harville Denise Heenan Mary Heneghan Shelley Hogan Dee Howard Beth Hughes Llynda Hughes Daniel Hunter Gretchen Ibarra Robert Ihly Susan Jenkins Richard Johnson Nicolette Johnson Renee Jones Graham Judge Laurie Kelm Charles Konya Linda Lamanno Dianne Lane Frank Langben Linda Larson Boston Ann Lee Jo Lee Carol Levitt Frances Lewis-Johnese Dee Lowney Candee Lucas Mary Maassen Joan Martin Marjorie Matthews Kay Matthews Catherine Mc Avoy Deborah Mc Bride Mary Mc Cullough Irene Miles Barbara C.Miller Sherral Morford John Muzzio Cecilia Nicholson Linda Osborne Donna Padnos

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Marcie Pais Karen Palmer Kay Parkin Grace Perez Tina Peterson James Reed France Reilly David Reisner Judy Rogers Michael Rogers Anita Romero Diana Root Linda Roshon-Harville Arlyn Rowland Celia Sartor Thomas Schneck Maryann Schnitter Susan Seim Robert Senkewicz Sarah Serrano Cynthia Sheehan Cynthia Simpkins Joann Smith Gay Southwell Nancy Steinhardt Wendi Stowe Elsie Taketa Lois Tarr

Joanne Troy Clifford Tyler Frank Veloz Joyce Wagner Lynn Ward Debra Weed Wanda Wilson Ann Windreich Roger Wong Ellyn Wood

Sharon Merrill Renae Morengo Timothy O'Keefe Ana Maria Osberger Margarita Palmada Arlene Rose Marcia Sutton Tonia Trombetta Fran Vader Chris Washburn

San Mateo Marilyn Mayo

Santa Cruz Karen Hockemeyer

Santa Clara Surapol Dasasananda Orville Goering Alma Guillot Fay Harmon Priscilla Haynes Mary Holte Robyn Joseph Daphne B. Kennedy Jack Lueder Jane Lueder Sharon Martin Richard Mauck Julie McAllister Patrick Mc Allister

Saratoga Lucille Antonelli Dean Antonelli Dodi Benaron Joan Bose Earla Bracken Rita Browne Harry Cornbleet Richard Dorsay Dorothy Dorsay Kathleen Frederickson Beatrice Heintz Lenore Lovoi George Maloney Steve Manser

Resa Pearson Tom Pearson Donna Poppenhagen Charlotte Ross Fisher Virginia Talieh Scotts Valley D MikeEpperson Linda Kramer Marie Wesenfeld Sunnyvale Carol Bowers Maureen Burke Noel Butler James Harford Janet Harford Diane Mela Helen Nowicki Carole Pappas Kathleen Reda Charlotte Scholz Harriet Sinaikin Ronald Sinaikin Eve Sqattoni

The Nun Study – Part 1 By Monica David The Study In 1986 Dr. David Snowden began a revolutionary long-term scientific research project to study aging and longevity. The goal was to determine the causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s, other brain diseases, and potential mental and physical disabilities. His subjects were 678 Catholic sisters ranging in age from 75 to 106, who agreed to participate, which included providing access to their personal history and medical records; speaking with the researchers through the years; taking a battery of physical and mental tests on an ongoing basis; and, finally, donating their brains upon death so that brain tissue could be examined. The brain is housed in an incredibly strong cranium, so that even with advancements in viewing technology, it still protects the brain from view. Dr. Snowden was concerned about getting their approval, especially the last step. Upon reflection, the sisters came back and said, “As sisters, we made the hard choice not to have children. Through brain donations, we can help unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease, and give the gift of life in a new way to future generations.” The nuns were particularly suited for such a longitudinal study. Their lifestyles were similar once they entered their convents. They didn’t smoke; were celibate; held similar jobs (mostly teachers); and had similar income, health benefits, and diets. They constituted a clearly defined and uniform population, where variables such as socio-economic status, lifestyle, and diet did not have to be factored in. The book Aging with Grace that describes this groundbreaking work is considered to be one of the most powerful books written because it provides information from several stages in the subjects’ lives, including when they were too young to manifest Alzheimer’s or other diseases related to aging. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. February 2014

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Tests The various tests they were given over time fell into the categories of physical and mental tests. Mental tests Mini-Mental State Examination asks the person to name specific objects, state the date, identify her location, spell words backwards, and do other simple tasks which measured overall mental function, such as memory, concentration, and orientation to time and place.  Boston Naming asks the person to name 15 objects depicted in line drawings on large index cards.  In Verbal Fluency, participants are asked to name as many items in a given class, such as fruits or vegetables in one minute.  Constructional Praxis measures visual-spatial ability. Participants are shown 4 line drawings of geometric shapes and asked to copy them.  Word List Memory asks the participant to read 10 words 3 times and is immediately asked to recall them. It’s repeated 3 times.  Delayed Word Recall is given 5 minutes later. They are asked to recollect those words.  Word Recognition test. 20 large index cards are shown to the participant. 10 cards contain the learned words and 10 cards contain “distracter” words. They are asked to distinguish learned words from distracter words. Physical Tests 1. Mimic real-world tasks: put on a sweater, cut a clay hot dog, read instructions on a pill bottle, take out correct dosage 2. Hand coordination times how long it takes to open 3 small doors with different latches 3. Grip Strength is measured by a device the sisters squeeze 4. Times how long it takes to walk 6 feet and to stand up and walk around a stop sign 5. Lower Body Strength tests how high the participant can step onto a platform 6. Put on a pair of shoes and tie them These are supplemented by reports from the nursing staff on the ability of the sister to accomplish activities of daily living. The Brain Dr. Alzheimer autopsied the brain of Auguste D., who had been institutionalized in 1901. He focused on the outer layer of the brain, noticing a consistently atrophic brain, nerve cells that contained a tangled bundle of fibrils, and storage of a pathologic metabolic product called plaques. Plaques are deposits of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid that builds up in the spaces between nerve cells. Tangles are twisted fibers of another protein called tau that build up inside cells. The brain clearly is at the center of any type of cognitive decline. Two of the most important features that define Alzheimer’s are tangles and plaques found in the brain. Atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries that feed the brain, also plays an important role in Alzheimer’s. Most people develop some plaques and tangles as they age, but those with Alzheimer’s tend to develop more and in a predictable pattern, beginning in areas important to memory before spreading to other regions. Most experts believe that somehow plaques and tangles play a critical role in blocking communication among nerve cells and disrupting processes that cells need to survive. It is still questionable whether they cause it or are a byproduct. To be Continued in Part 2 In next month’s Newsletter, we will cover the results of the Nun study, describing some of the key findings that allow for early identification of people at risk for developing late-life cognitive impairment. Other areas we’ll cover include: Factors linking to future Alzheimer’s diagnoses  Role of genes and lifestyle  Advances in testing

 What can be done to prevent or slow the progress of the disease

 Treatment horizon The Alzheimer’s Association tells us that Alzheimer's is at the forefront of biomedical research. Ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer's has been discovered in the last 15 years. The hope is that a better understanding will lead to new diagnostic tools and treatments. References: Chopra, Deepak, and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being, New York : Harmony Books, 2012, Print. Snowden, David, Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives, New York: Bantam Books, 2001, Print.

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OLLI@SCU Travel Program – off to a rousing start

Lifelong Learning Through Travel is a new addition to the OLLI@SCU program. Our goal is to provide OLLI@SCU members with an exciting combination of discovery, learning, and adventure in small group, educationallyoriented travel. When you travel with OLLI@SCU you’ll meet new friends and find interesting, inquisitive

castles, lush hillside vineyards, and storybook towns. To enhance the small group experience our inaugural trip is limited to 38

1. Volunteering at Kaiser in Santa Clara:

passengers. There are still 15 spaces available. Please click on this link for trip details including the itinerary, costs, saving discounts, and pre- and post-trip extensions. You’ll find this trip is an exceptional value. The earlier you reserve, the better your chances are that your first choice of cabins and pre- and post-trip extensions will be available. Please note: If you pay for the trip in full by March 5th, you will receive 10% off the cruise and airline fares.

traveling companions who have an OLLI@SCU connection. Although the trips are designed in conjunction with specialized tour operators using local experts, whenever possible we will add OLLI@SCU specific components such as programrelated faculty lecturers.

The Lifelong Learning Through Travel committee is busy working on a selection of domestic and international trips for the 2015-2016 academic year. Keep checking the OLLI@SCU website for up-to-date travel information. DO NOT CALL THE OLLI@SCU OFFICE. Address all correspondence to

By Laurie Pines

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There are three volunteer opportunities that have drawn me to the Kaiser facility in Santa Clara. One is helping in the pediatric education department in a program they offer for children who may be on their way to becoming obese. We offer five classes that include nutrition, label reading, exercises, cooking and visiting an organic farm. The neatest thing about the class is that the entire family must attend. This includes the parents and all the siblings. The entire family learns together. It is great fun. I also volunteer as a dispatch volunteer at the Kaiser Hospital. I wheel people from their hospital rooms out to their cars. This is fun because everyone is happy to leave the hospital. Often we get to dispatch a mother and a new born baby. As we go through the hospital hallways everyone smiles when they see a newborn, and as you know, smiles are so contagious. Thirdly, I take blood pressure in the member office Building main lobby. This is my favorite Kaiser volunteer job. Often the people who stop to have their blood pressure taken need to talk and have someone just listen. The blood pressure station is a good place to just help and listen and learn. 2. Volunteering at Diridon Amtrak Railroad Station:

Volunteer Corner Join Dr. Dorothea French on our inaugural trip (September 18 – October 3, 2014) for a 14-day European river cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. You’ll explore four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and discover additional highlights of four countries (The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) as you sail past stately

There is a plethora of volunteering opportunities that surround us, so many that I know that I have barely scratched its surface. Here is my list:

I have learned over the years through volunteering that I receive much greater joy and pleasure in giving than receiving. My volunteering has connected me deeply with my community and taken me around the world. It has become the major part of my retired life here in the Bay Area.

I am a station host at the San Jose Diridon railroad station. I assist people in buying tickets, finding train and bus information and navigating through the station itself. This is the volunteer job where I get the most appreciation and smiles. I have been told that I am an angel, that the people I helped could not have made it home without me, and that they wished that more places offered help like that which the station hosts give. It is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated. 3. Volunteering at Resource Area For Teachers

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Volunteer Corner – cont’d. I volunteer at RAFT. I am their book lady. I sort and price boxes of books that have been donated to RAFT. RAFT offers inexpensive, well thought out resources to all teachers in the Bay Area. It is an invaluable resource for them and a good feeling to be part of it. 4. Volunteering with AARP Tax Aide Once a year, right about tax season I volunteer with in the AARP Tax Aide program and help complete tax forms for the elderly and low-income residents of Santa Clara County. We work in the senior centers throughout the county. It is wonderful exercise for my aging brain. 5. Volunteering for school districts Almost every school district needs and has opportunities for volunteers to come into the classrooms and help. Over the last three years I have tutored mathematics at the Mountain View High School and the Sequoia Adult School in Redwood City. Both facilities are in need of people not only to help with academics but also to encourage and support their struggling students. The rewards we receive from these efforts are many and unforgettable.

Special Interest Groups Click here to see the SIG Calendar

Current Events Aging Gracefully The Aging Gracefully SIG has been meeting since the fall. We discuss the latest research findings on a variety of topics, share stories, and offer advice based on our experiences. In recent months, we looked at how men and women age differently; shattered one myth about aging: You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks; and delved into a major longitudinal study about aging and longevity that focused on Alzheimer’s (see accompanying article in this month’s OLLI Newsletter). At our next meeting on 25 February, we will explore one of the key findings about aging gracefully, namely, the importance of healthy relationships and community. Contact Monica David,, for additional information

7. Volunteering at History San Jose There is an historical park in SJ in which there are displayed historic homes, temples and a fire station from the 18th – early 20th centuries. Volunteer docents work there to take all visitors through the history that is displayed. For those of us who love history, this is an exciting volunteer job (that I did for several years). If you would like to contribute your volunteer experience to the newsletter, please write to me and I will help with the submission. Jeff Englander 408 257 7538 (home) 408 499 9754 (mobile)

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In March we will view Robert Reich's documentary "Inequality for All" with a subsequent discussion. Between meetings, we share articles and events of interest via email. Unfortunately, because our group is quite large, we have a moratorium on new members. This is to ensure that discussions remain lively, yet manageable and productive. For more information, or to put yourself on a waiting list for group membership, please contact Len Schreibstein, group facilitator, at Mark your calendars, next meetings are: Monday, 3 February, 1:00PM3:00PM, Current Events Discussion Wednesday, 5 March, 11:45AM1:45PM, Current Events, view documentary and discussion (alternate date)

6. Volunteering at my synagogue The opportunities to help and make a difference here are so varied. Not a day of helping at the synagogue goes by without my meeting new people and learning new things. What a plethora of wonderful, helpful things to do.

The Current Events Discussion SIG continues to meet monthly. The topics at our last meeting were unions and employment. Upcoming topics will include further discussion about immigration based on the upcoming Osher class on that topic.

Appassionati Italiani For our February meeting, Tonia will be our facilitator and have some interesting activities for us. (See separate email sent with her agenda.) One of the items is to still talk about what we did over the holidays, so bring your sentences and past tense handout. You can continue to bring food or drinks to share. Please click the link and check whether or not you can come. Grazie....Barbara Sycamore Room, Santa Clara City library on Homestead. 21 Feb, 3:30PM - 5:30 PM For questions contact Barbara Gasdick at

Thursday, 6 March, 10:00AM1:30PM, Current Events, view documentary and discussion (primary date)

Exploring the Bay Area Some very interesting and fun excursions are in the process of being arranged and planned for 2014. Our first one is scheduled for 9 February, at Casa Grande in New Almaden, with a 2- hour slide presentation on the history and life of the historic landmark, Almaden Air Force Radar Station, aka “The Cube,” at the top of Mount Umunham. Many Page 7

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thanks to Michael Singer for coordinating this excursion. The next excursion will be on Monday, 10 March, for a tour of the Casa Grande/Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum and home. Coordinator of the trip at this point will be Roberta Schulte. Invitations will be forthcoming. We will venture to Pt. Reyes Station on Friday, 11 April 11, and visit the Cowgirl Creamery at Tomales Bay Foods. More information will be forthcoming. May's excusions will be coordinated by Gail Morman and Jean Traphagen, with walking tours of Willow Glen. More will be coming from Gail and Jean on those. Bev Seligman and Sally Siegel are also looking into a Memorial Day excursion for us. More on that later. In June, an excursion to The Exploratorium in San Francisco is being worked on. In July, an excursion and picnic will be scheduled to go in vans into the Almaden Quicksilver County Park and explore the old mining area and locations where people who worked at the mines lived. Coordinator to be determined. (See Feb and Mar trips to the Almaden Quicksilver area.) For the rest of the year, trips to the Federal Bank, the Disney Museum, Picchetti Winery, the Silicon Valley Humane Society and many more are being reviewed, so members, stay tuned. Because the Charter of this group is for the excursions to be scheduled and planned by the members of this SIG, a meeting will soon be announced to include the Steering Committee for this group as well as members who are interested in planning/coordinating excursions for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. Volunteers to help plan and organize these excursions, with the help of this SIG Coordinator, is a key component for our Exploring the Bay Area group. Roberta Schulte

Genealogy The Genealogy SIG had its monthly meeting this past Monday, 20 January. As usual in these meetings, we provided helpful information to each other in our individual searches. We identified the various local genealogy classes that are offered. A couple of new genealogy web sites were discussed which always brings up discussions of web sites that each of us has had some experience with. There is always some bit of information to share and learn from each other at these meetings. Our next meeting will be on campus at 1:30PM, Monday, 17 February. The location will be provided at a later date. Regards, Max Jedda,

Olliwood The Olliwood SIG went to see the movie "Her." Just as were the critics, so was the group divided in their opinions. Not everyone liked the film and the ensuing discussion was lively. However all agreed that they were glad they had seen it. The next outing will be on Monday, 17 Febuary. To join the group email and your name will be added to the 65 names on our list.

Don’t forget to wear your lanyard to class and to SIGs If you haven’t received your lanyard, it is available in the office.

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Photography Our December expedition was to Guadalupe Park in downtown San Jose. There is an orchard of fruit trees there, and some descriptions of 'The Valley of Heart's Delight', where it said that over 100,000 acres in the Santa Clara valley were planted with fruit trees back before Silicon Valley got started. It is quite an interesting area, but wintertime is not necessarily the best, because it was somewhat cold and most of the deciduous trees had already lost their leaves. We are currently investigating the possibility of taking a class at the KMVT community TV studio in Mountain View (channel 15 on the cable), which offers different photography classes among many other subjects (click class catalog for more info). One member of the group has already taken a class there, and the head of the studio has said that she could arrange classwork if enough of the SIG group signed up. Several of us are also signed up for the 'Famous Photographers and their role in History' Osher class, which should be interesting. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11 February, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, in Loyola Hall Room 160.Contact Tom McNeal to join our group.

Travel Talk Two very interesting talks are planned for our next meeting Monday, 10 February, 1:00-3:00 PM in Loyola 160. Martin Manley will present “From Barcelona to Bilbao and back - car touring in Northern Spain & Southern France” and Phil Kurjan will discuss getting good value out of frequent flyer miles and hotel points (while minimizing hassle). Page 8

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If time permits we will also have smaller discussion groups to share our travel experiences by destination. Everyone is welcome. Please contact our new facilitator, Linda Smith ( for questions or suggestions for future meetings. Hope to see you there



Campus Events Santa Clara University offers a wealth of enriching opportunities that you as an OLLI member may attend. Check them out!

Current Exhibits SIP. DO NOT GULP. Thru – 16 March 2014

Created by Bay Area artist Michele Guieu, Sip. Do Not Gulp examines the interconnectedness of food and water throughout Santa Clara Valley’s long history. Through a site-specific installation comprised of a painted mural, a documentary video, and a symbolic acorn “rug,” the exhibition highlights the preciousness of water as a local resource and draws salient connections to food production in this region.

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A Serving of Shapes weaves together art, history, and technology to reflect on Silicon Valley’s past identity as an agricultural hub and its present identity as a center of innovation. Through a combination of public participatory workshops and a museum exhibition, artist Corinne Takara engages the community in a dialogue that explores the relationship between this region’s agricultural past and its technologyinfused present. The exhibition is drawn from the work created during two 3-D printing workshops held at the museum in January. A selection of designs created by the public were chosen to be executed in 3-D and displayed alongside pieces created by Takara. In addition, the exhibit honors the creative process through the inclusion of digitally printed tablecloths that incorporates all of the designs made at the workshops. Together, the workshops and exhibition aim to generate a dialogue about the complicated history of Silicon Valley and the ways in which it has been transformed from a place rife with plant- and wildlife to a region that is defined by technology and innovation.

FRANK LOBDELL, 1921-2013 Thru 16 March, 2014 Best known for his intense and brooding paintings, Frank Lobdell is among the most compelling artists to emerge from the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism. Though he remained an

“artist's artist” throughout the early years of his career, gaining recognition in New York and abroad while living in relative obscurity locally, Lobdell eventually emerged as one of the most celebrated painters and teachers in the Bay Area. Along with fellow Abstract Expressionists Richard Diebenkorn, Hassel Smith, and Clyfford Still, Lobdell resisted the overriding influences of the modern art world and developed his own uniquely personal mode of expression. Often dark and introspective, his works are characterized by their tireless exploration of human experience and raw emotion. Frank Lobdell, 1921-2013, comprised of eight works on paper housed in the de Saisset Museum’s collection, celebrates the life and contribution of the artist, who passed away at age 92 on December 14, 2013.

Exhibition Reception Thursday, 13 February, 7:00-8:30PM A public reception celebrating the de Saisset’s winter season of exhibits is planned for Thursday, February 13, 78:30 p.m.


Willie Little discusses his artistic journey and creative processes through multimedia art, installation, and storytelling. Through the use of humor, satire, and irony, he creates visual narratives of stories that range from the warm and fuzzy Americana of his childhood in the 1960s and 1970s to the uncomfortable social and racial issues important to him in the 21st century. This artist lecture is co-sponsored by the de Saisset Museum and the Department of Art and Art History.

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Why Science Needs God 11 February, 4:00PM - 5:15PM, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons


Bannan Institute

Bannan Institutes are yearlong thematic programs that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition, foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse religious and philosophical commitments, and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across the University and broader community.

2013-14: What Good is God? The 2013–2014 Bannan Institute will publicly engage one the most significant questions of our time: "What Good Is God?" through a series of lectures and facilitated dialogues with scientists, philosophers, literary scholars, engineers, theologians, poets, artists, and educators.

Outsourcing Memory: Google, Memory, and Forgiveness 4 February, 4:00 - 5:15 PM St. Clare Room, Library & Learning Commons

Science and Seeking: Rethinking the God Question in the Lab, Cosmos and Classroom Bannan Institute Symposium Friday, February 28 at 6:30 PM to Saturday, March 1 at 5:00 PM

Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Vatican Observatory Logic and reason must always start with assumptions, and the assumptions behind science are, at their root, religious assumptions. Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also and just as importantly supply the motivation for the science we do, and indeed they determine why we as individuals choose to be scientists. RSVPs are encouraged and appreciated. Please visit

Grace in Shakespeare 26 February, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

Join us for our first Bannan Institute Symposium! With the many advances in biology and cosmology, the question of the relation of science to theology has become more acute and yet filled with new possibilities for rethinking the God question in the lab, cosmos, and classroom. Is there a third way beyond the polarizations of the current debates? This symposium brings together leading thinkers in the fields of science and religion to highlight new horizons in the ongoing endeavor to understand more deeply what it is to be human in an evolving universe. Join us for four exciting sessions-Seeking Science after Darwin, Truth and Goodness in God and Nature, Humans and Animals in Theology and Evolution, Bridging Cosmology and Theology. Registration is required, and lunch will be provided, as well as an opening reception. Please visit our website for more information. We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity!

The Forge Garden Marilynne Robinson Noreen Herzfeld, St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict “I’ll Google that” is an increasingly common phrase. Why memorize anything when it is available at the touch of a screen? Yet memory lies at the foundation of our very selves, and our religions. Human memory is a process, machine memory, a place--one that does not fully allow for forgiveness and change, one that removes the performative aspect that has shaped us as persons. As we outsource memory more and more to computers we alter, not just how we remember, but also what we remember and our relationship to the past and to one another. Click to learn more and to RSVP. February 2014

The 2014 Santa Clara Lecture presents an evening with award-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson. Robinson won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize with her novel Gilead, about the complex relationships between fathers and sons and told through the eyes of an aging small town minister. She wrote her most recent novel, Home, as a companion to Gilead, but is most well-known for her fiction book Housekeeping. The Santa Clara Lecture welcomes distinguished speakers each year to talk about issues of theological significance, a topic Robinson frequently brings to life in her novels. Don’t miss this unique and exciting event! RSVPs are encouraged and appreciated.

Winter Quarter Events:  Low-Carbon Valentines Day Cooking Demo: Thurs, 13 Feb, 3-5pm at the Forge Garden

Our social event of the quarter! Watch and learn how to prepare a climatefriendly, low-carbon meal with your loved ones, friends, and family.  Raised Bed Construction Workshop: Sat, 2/22/13, 10am-12pm at the Forge Garden

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Learn how to build your own raised bed. This workshop teach you the skills and provide information on materials and tools to build, fill with soil, and install irrigation from scratch! SIGNUP today!  Backyard Composting Workshop: Sat, 3/8/13, 10am-12pm at the Forge Garden

Compost your yard waste and kitchen waste, it is easy and cheap! Learn how to build a compost pile, monitor your pile, and use your finished product in the garden. SIGN-UP today!  Spring Plant Sale and Workshop, Sat,

3/22/13, 10am-12pm at the Forge Garden

Get a head-start on your garden this spring! This workshop/plant sale will cover planting basics, which vegetables are suitable to plant in the spring, and provide seedlings to take home. SIGNUP today!  Farm Stand Fridays: Every Friday, 11:301:30pm at the Forge Garden

Don’t miss out on the best selection of organic veggies, grown right here on campus! Please join our mailing list to stay inthe-loop with the most current information about events, workshops, and sales.

SCU Library We will partner again this year with the Silicon Valley Reads Foundation to present a program on their selection, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, by Nicholas Carr. Information about the book can be found here. Our informal program will be held Thursday, 27 February, in the St. Clare Room (Library) from 4:00 5:30PM. Mr. Carr will be joined by Ron Danielson, Vice Provost and CIO, Paul Soukup, S.J., Professor in Communications and one of Fr. Paul's students. The book is available at the bookstore and through Amazon. Mr. Carr will sign books upon request. February 2014

Helen Alvare: Women Speak for Themselves: Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism Thursday, 6 February, 7:00PM, Arts & Sciences Building, Wiegand Center

Helen Alvare is one of the leading Catholic legal scholars in the United States. She comments frequently on some of the most significant contemporary issues, including the recent contraception and religious freedom debate between Catholic bishops and the Obama Administration. Professor Alvare teaches family law, law and religion, and property at George Mason University. Click here for more information and to RSVP. Presented in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea. Join us on Twitter for Live tweeting of this event! Twitter: @mcaenews, Event hashtag: #conscienceproject

Conscience, Edward Snowden, and the Internet: Has Civil Disobedience Gone Too Far? Thursday, 13 February, Noon-1:00PM, Arts and Sciences Building, Wiegand Room. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and more: We live in an age where savvy individuals shaped by the Internet culture are using technical means to obtain without permission -and then release to the public--massive amounts of data held by huge government or private institutions. Where do these individuals stand in the long tradition of civil disobedience? Are they the contemporary heirs of that

tradition, re-interpreting it rightly for the age of the Internet? Or are they reckless individualists driven by a commitment to a distorted notion of freedom? This panel discussion aims to provide a framework for thinking through such questions. We are fortunate to present this program in part through the generosity of the Project on Conscience in Roman Catholic Thought, funded by Phyllis and Mike Shea. Event hashtag: #ethicssnowden

Confessions of a Recovering Data Broker: Responsible Innovation in the Age of Big Data, Big Brother, and the Coming Skynet Terminators Tuesday, 25 February, Noon-1:00PM, Arts & Sciences Bldg, Wiegand Room

Jim Adler Jim Adler speaks and writes about the intersection of technology and policy -specifically privacy, big data, social media, consumer protections, and voting. Adler is Vice President of Products at Metanautix and previously worked at Inome. He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Click here for more information or to RSVP. Live tweet this event with us! Follow @MCAENews #ethicsadler

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Department of Music

Hans Boepple, Nancy Wait-Kromm, a salute to jazz and organ concert featuring a world premiere composition performed by James Welch in the historic Santa Clara Mission Church. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Contemporary American Voices Scot Hannah-Weir: Music Director & Conductor Tuesday, 11 February, 5:00PM Music Recital Hall

Jacqueline Schwab, Music of the Civil War

Give us 50 minutes and we'll give you the world! FREE and open to the public. Music at Noon Wednesdays at 12PM Music Recital Hall For details

February 5: Flamenco! An exciting presentation of Flamenco music and dance. February 12: Music of the Civil War with Ken Burns’ pianist Jacqueline Schwab: the pianist featured in the documentaries of Ken Burns visits SCU during a special tribute to American music week. Ms. Schwab will share experiences composing music for the award-winning Civil War documentary. February 19: Music of the Mariachi: Nydia Algazzali Gonzales brings her troupe of Mariachi musicians to SCU for an exhilarating hour of music highlighting familiar Mexican songs and dance music. February 26: Slowind Ensemble: On a California tour from the country of Slovenia, members of the Slovene Philharmonic orchestra, share contemporary music from Eastern Europe in their SCU debut. AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL February 11-16, 2014

Jacqueline Schwab, piano Wednesday, 12 February, 12:00PM Music Recital Hall

Looking Back Home: An Evening of Vintage American Music Jacqueline Schwab, piano Hans Boepple, piano Nancy Wait-Kromm, soprano Wednesday, 12 February, 7:30PM Music Recital Hall

For the Love of Jazz SCU Jazz Faculty

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Santa Clara University Theatre Arts majors direct an eclectic collection of one-act plays. SCU FAMILY WEEKEND | Visiting Artist Series COMEDYSPORTZ: SCU EDITION Friday, February 21 | 7pm & 8:30pm Music Recital Hall, Tickets $7.50 ComedySportz is the award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on your suggestions. The audience is always a part of the show, voting for the winners and sometimes even winding up on stage. FIRST PERSON SHOOTER by Aaron Loeb Co-Directed by Aldo Billingslea & Camille Hayes

Friday, 14 February, 7:30 PM Music Recital Hall

American Pipes: Organ Music of Our Nation James Welch, Organ Sunday, 16 February, 2:00PM Santa Clara Mission Church

Department of Theatre and Dance

IMAGES 2014 February 6-9 Thurs-Sat 8PM | Sun 2PM Louis B. Mayer Theatre Tickets $5-$15

Tickets FREE-$15

A week-long festival celebrating the rich traditions of American Music featuring the Santa Clara University Chamber singers, Jacqueline Schwab,

ONE -ACT FESTIVAL February 15-16 | SatSun, 2PM Fess Parker Studio Theatre, Tickets $5

This kaleidoscope of dance and movement is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Images 2014 is a stunning production of original jazz, modern, and classical ballet, featuring choreography by some Santa Clara's finest faculty and student performing artists.

February 28-March 8 | Wed-Sat, 8PM & Sun, 2PM, Louis B. Mayer Theatre Tickets $5-$15

First Person Shooter takes us inside ‘JetPack Games’, a start-up video game company, where the hottest, most violent game on the market has brought instant success to its twenty-something tech geniuses. Their celebration fizzles when their game is blamed for a school shooting. As the young CEO of Jet Pack deals with an impending lawsuit and the father of one of the victims, he must confront whether he has any responsibilities in the world beyond his computer screen. "From the sound and fury of the headline-rattling conflict emerges an evocative drama about two men trying to maintain their integrity and focus in a society pushing to reduce them to sound bites about video violence, school bullying and race." Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle Theater Critic Page 12

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February Events Date Location Event

Thru 16 Mar de Saisset Museum Sip, Do Not Gulp

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Thru 16 Mar de Saisset Museum Frank Lobdell, 1921-2013

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3 Feb 1-3 PM TBD Current Events SIG

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4 Feb 4 – 5:15 PM St. Clare Room, Library Outsourcing Memory:Google, Memory & Forgiveness

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13 Feb 12 - 1 PM A&S Bldg. Wiegand Center Conscience , Edward Snowden & the Internet

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13 Feb 7 – 8:30 PM de Saisset Museum Public Reception Celebrating Winter Season Exhibits:

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13 Feb 3 – 5 PM Forge Garden Low-Carbon Valentine’s Day Cooking

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15 – 16 Feb 2 PM Fess Parker Studio One Act Festival

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5 Feb 12 PM Music Recital Hall Flamenco

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17 Feb 1:30 PM TBD Genealogy SIG

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6 Feb 7 PM A&S Bldg.Wiegand Center Helen Alvare: Women Speak for Themselves

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17 Feb TBD TBD Olliwood SIG

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19 Feb 7 PM de Saisset Museum Multimedia Artist & Storyteller Willie Little…

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19 Feb 12 Noon Music Recital Hall Music of the Mariachi

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21 Feb 7 and 8:30 PM Music Recital Hall COMEDYSPORTZ:SCU

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22 Feb 10 AM- 12PM Forge Garden Raised Bed Construction Workshop

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25 Feb TBD TBD Aging Gracefully SIG

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25 Feb 12 -1 PM A&S Bldg., Weigand Center Confessions of a Recovering Data Broker

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26 Feb 7 – 8:30 PM Music Recital Hall Grace in Shakespeare

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6-9 Feb See NL Louis B. Mayer Theatre Images 2014

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9 Feb TBD Casa Grande, New Almaden Explorer’s Club SIG

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10 Feb 11AM- 1PM Loyola 160 Travel Talk SIG

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11 Feb 1 – 2PM Loyola 160 Photography SIG

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11 Feb 4 – 5:15 PM St. Clare Room, Library Why Science Needs God

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12 Feb 12 PM Music Recital Hall Music of the Civil War

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11 – 16 Feb Varied (see NL listing) American Music Festival Varied, see NL listing

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27 Feb 4 – 5:30 PM St. Clare Room, Library Library Book

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28 Feb 12 Noon Musical Recital Hall Slowind Ensemble

Date/Time 28 Feb, 6:30PM-1 Mar, 5PM Location TBD Event Science & Seeking: Rethinking the God Question . . .

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28 Feb to 8 Mar Varied - see NL Louis B. Mayer Theatre First Person Shooter

OLLI Staff Director: Andrea Saade, Administrative Assistant: Grace Perez Student Assistant: Lauren Fisher, Class of 2014 Committee Chairs Curriculum: Liz Salzer Membership: Ron Lindsay Office Operations: Patty Hora Social: Carol Lindsay Volunteer: Dorothea French

Submit articles, notices, factual corrections to Carol Lindsay. Deadline for submission for the March Newsletter is 21 February.

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