Neal Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and is currently a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. For Senior College at Belfast, he has put together and presented a series of very well-received courses on the history of rock and roll over the last several years.
Rebecca Jessup studied Latin at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has taught and tutored Latin for over twenty years, in Colorado and Indiana, to students of all ages—home schoolers, high schoolers, college undergraduates, and beyond. She grew up spending summers on Squirrel Island off Boothbay Harbor and is thrilled to have relocated back to mid-coast Maine. She has taught Latin at Senior College and through Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education at Camden Hills Regional HS. As a poet, she was recently awarded a residency at the Poet’s House in New Harmony, IN, along with her partner, the writer Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer.
Duncan Newcomer is the New England coordinator for the Colonial Williamsburg pilot project on the Idea of America. He has taught this material at the Hutchinson Center as well as a Senior College course on his book “Quiet Fire: The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln” which is a short feature on WERU at 6:30 Wednesday mornings each week. Duncan is a writer, teacher, and spiritual director. He and his wife Rebecca Jessup, Latin teacher and poet, live in Northport.
Elizabeth Garber studied Greek Epic at Harvard in the Mythology and Folklore Department during the 1970’s before her life took a different turn. Teaching a class on the “Odyssey” four years later will be an exciting return to an old love. Elizabeth is a poet, memoirist, and acupuncturist, and has taught a Senior College class on “The Literature of St. Petersburg.”
Joseph Veilleux has a B.S. in biology. His experience includes 35 years of teaching high school biology and 15 years teaching botany to mixed skill students with a focus on wildflowers, garden annuals, tree identification, and houseplant maintenance. As a hobby botanist for 45 years, he has worked on wildflower identification, foraging, growing houseplants, and planting and propagating perennial flowers, fruit trees and bushes. He taught a very well-received course on hobby botany during the Winterim session.
Originally from Brunswick, Maine, Barbara LeGendre recently returned after a long absence and lives in Union. Educated at The College of Wooster (BA and MAT, 1975, 1976) and Case Western Reserve University (PhD, 1985), she specialized in Twentieth Century British and American Literature and wrote her dissertation on a Canadian. Recently retired after 22 years of teaching at Cornell University’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Majors, she loves student/faculty interaction and taking risks in the classroom. She has recently taught for Coastal Senior College, Rockland, where she discovered the joys of teaching seniors: lively, interested, and inquisitive, always surprising.
Betsy Paradis is the Reference and Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library and holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to the Belfast Library, she was Special Collections Librarian at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library. She has taught genealogy courses at the Belfast Library and the Old Town Museum, and has presented on the topic at several libraries around the state and at library and genealogy conferences. She has presented at several Belfast Senior College courses, including a genealogy course in 2003.
Martha Laitin, a former health administrator and guidance counselor, hold a Med from Elmira College. Since 1989 she has been a full-time real estate broker serving her birthplace, Belfast, and the surrounding area. She currently specializes in listing retirement homes. She has been her agency’s educator, presenting a series of five classes to new agents at four office locations, and teaching the Maine real estate license course for the Associate Broker license level at Thomas College.
Chris Glass grew up in Washington, DC, and earned a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College and his MArch from Yale University. Since 1974 he has been a practicing architect in Camden, focusing primarily on new houses and renovations to existing ones. He is former chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, past president of the advocacy group Maine Preservation, and for twenty years he taught at Bowdoin College.
Louis Sell has had a twenty-eight year career in the US Foreign Service, including six years at the US Embassy in Moscow dealing in various aspects of US-Soviet relations. He was present and witnessed the collapse of the USSR and its aftermath. Currently, Louis is completing a book on the Soviet collapse, due in 2016. He has also written the book “Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia.” He is one of the founders of the American University in Kosovo and taught at U. Maine at Farmington. Louis speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and French.
Rick Kersbergen has been teaching Master Gardener classes for more than twenty years. He works in the Waldo County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, lives in Burnham, and manages a family garden with the help of his wife. He has organized and presented several other very well-received gardening classes at Senior College over the years, and in this one he will be joined by several instructors from UMaine Extension as well as seasoned gardeners.
Jan has literally grown up with floral arranging, having worked closely for years with her family in the successful Holmes Greenhouse here in Belfast. She will share her expertise, and please share yours!
Ellen Sander, who has been reading, writing and studying poetry for 60 years, is a former Belfast Poet Laureate. Last year, she taught the highly successful “Things Could be Verse – A Modern Poetry Caper.”
Paul Sheridan has a B.A. in art and an M.F.A. in photography. In the many years he managed a large teaching photo lab for the City University of New York, he also found time to take in the film fare offered by various museums, film societies, foundations, and movie houses. He continues that practice using the local library system. He has been making photographs for more than forty years and has taught several well-received courses, notably on photography, driver safety, and films at Senior College.
Sean and Linda Fowlds are recent transplants to coastal Maine from the Nashville, Tennessee area. Sean is a writer and editor with a marketing degree from James Madison University in his home state of Virginia, and his wife, Linda, is a native Floridian and professional organizer. Five years ago, the couple sold their home and furnishings, donated their library of about 2,000 books, and radically downsized to live a more location-independent lifestyle. They have since lived in Celebration, FL; Nantucket, MA; Franklin, TN; and now Northport, ME.
Sue was reared in a doctor’s family, was married, and an architect for 30 years. In other words, she was always middle class. Learning from the school of hard knocks for the last 7 years, she has acquired the skills to be happy while being low-income and on a fixed budget. Frugally pinching pennies, creating products with homemade ingredients, and participating in the many inexpensive things that our community offers has become a way of life.
Sara Shute received her Ph.D. in philosophy in 1977 from Washington University in St. Louis. She taught philosophy at Marietta College, a small liberal arts school, for 26 years. Since retiring to Maine, she has been an adjunct professor of philosophy at four of the University of Maine campuses and Colby College. This will be the seventh philosophy course she has taught at Senior College.
Arlin Larson received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago and is an ordained Congregational minister. He has a special interest in science and religion and has taught several classes at Senior College, including courses on Darwinism’s confrontation with religion and on the “New Atheism.”
Mike Shannon is a naturalist, educator, and a Registered Maine Guide. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups. He is retired from Unity College where he taught ornithology and ecological education. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine (Hog Island), he has also served as Master Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mike has a long history of sharing his passion and enthusiasm for things natural.
Melinda Regnell recently self-published volume I of her own family memoir, “Keeping Faith” — the early years of Faith Graves Sawyer from Gorham, Maine. She writes regularly for her blog, “D4msquared.” Regnell has over 20 years of experience writing and publishing blogs, articles, and technical training content. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education and has had an extensive career writing and teaching for several global corporations. She has also taught classes at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine, and Colby College. She is an avid writer, reader, and sometime First Mate aboard the Melinda Jane out of Searsport.
Lila Nation earned her master’s in teaching French and has taught this beautiful language for more than thirty years. She travels to France regularly to stay fluent in idioms and changing vocabulary, and takes frequent trips to Québec and other French-speaking regions as well. She also plays cello, piano, and sings, so she’ll regale you with music and stories of her travels while encouraging you to share your own experiences en français.
Howard Torrey received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has taught computer programming and applications at college and high school levels. He is interested in the history of science, especially evolutionary theory.
Jon Cheston taught a short course on meteorology at the U.S. Naval Academy 55 years ago, sparking his interest in the subject. After leaving the Navy, he was a professional mariner and sailing instructor for some 15 years, and then lived and cruised aboard boats full-time for eight years. All of that time at sea heightened his interest in, and study of, weather.
Robert Stallworth was born in North Carolina and attended the Univ. of North Carolina, but moved to Maine in 1974. He started out as a carpenter/contractor where he gained firsthand experience about what it is like to try to save money. He has been an Financial Representative for the last 25 years, and knows how to listen and understand the needs and wishes of his clients. In his own words, “You know you have picked the right career when after 25 years you’re still excited!
Peter Reilly has presented a number of well-received classes at Senior College on a variety of topics. He holds a BS and MBA from Monmouth University.
Michael Hurley runs invisible businesses in manufacturing, tool making, entertainment, vintage retail, importing, and all of this happens primarily on line. Currently a Belfast City Council member, Michael is an early dropout college student who thought, “I’ll never need business math!”
Elisabeth Goodridge has been a practicing astrologer for nearly 50 years. She has been heard on the radio, on WABK in Gardiner, Maine, as Elisabeth the Stargazer in a daily astrology spot, and has done private readings and given talks on the subject throughout her career. She is also a French teacher, and in a course of French immersion, has discussed the topic of astrology in French. Most recently, she gave a workshop on astrology at a meeting of Maine Media Women, an organization to which she has belonged for many years.
Elaine S. Potoker (B.A. SUNY, Potsdam, N.Y.; MAT University of Chicago; PhD Ohio State University) is Professor Emerita of Business from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, having taught in both their graduate and undergraduate programs for 17 years. She has distinguished herself in the following areas through publications, awards, work experience, and consultancies: Strategic Planning, International Business, Marketing Research, Organizational Development, Cross-Cultural Training, and Workforce Development. Additionally, she is founder and owner since 1993 of Interloqui, a business development consulting firm (www.interloqui.com). Dr. Potoker is also a two-time Fulbright award recipient. She resides in Belfast, Maine, with her husband, Ken.
Bob Rackmales, a retired diplomat, has been teaching at Senior College for a decade. During the six years that he worked in the former Yugoslavia, he visited Sarajevo a number of times, and his responsibilities as US Charge’ d’Affaires in Belgrade during the first year of the Bosnian War brought him into direct contact with top leaders on all sides of the conflict. Bob studied Serbo-Croatian for ten months prior to his first assignment to Yugoslavia and was sent by the State Department to Indiana University for graduate studies in Balkan and East European history on its conclusion. A member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the National War College and was a Fulbright Grantee at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Ron Jarvella has been a teacher for forty-five years. His academic background includes degrees in history from Ohio State University (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.A.) and a degree in administration from Southern Connecticut University. He has taught several courses for Senior College over the years and lives in Northport.