Message from our President (August 2022)
After a more than a two year hiatus Belfast Senior College is happily returning to its longtime home at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.
Mark your calendars now for the premier of Fall 2022 classes on September 15. This long-awaited event will feature in-person classes, new hybrid classes with the OWL technology, as well as three Zoom classes. Register today to take part in the following offerings:
- Playwriting with Marjorie Arnett
- Censorship of Writers like Mark Twain and Toni Morrison with Juliet Baker
- Working on Drawing Skills with Sandi Cirillo
- Beginning Bridge with Carol Gator
- DIY Cider with David Greeley
- Walt Whitman: Time of War, Times of Peace with John McLenahen
- Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize in Poetry with Peter Reilly
Zoom classes beginning in October are:
- Online Dating with Wendy Kasten,
- Conversations with Plato with Arlin Larsen
- Mystery Tour of the British Isles with Nancy Perkins
In addition, Senior College is pleased to present five free and open to the public Brown Bag Lunches with import and interest for all Mainers:
- Atmospheres: A film by Dale Schierholt
- Helping Your Neighbor and the Planet with Donna Telerico
- Sears Island Development Issue with Susan White
- The Importance of Bogs with Georges River Land Trust Director Annette Naegel
On the final day of the session, in honor of Belfast Poetry Month, former Poet Laureate of Maine Stuart Kestenbaum will discuss Poetry as Discovery. Space is limited for these presentations so click here to register in advance. Masks must be worn and proof of vaccination presented upon arrival.
Recognizing that Covid is still a threat, although reduced, the Board of Trustees has implemented the following policy for in-person classes. Proof of vaccination must be presented, masks must be worn in all common areas, and social distancing practiced. In addition, the Board approved the following: if ALL the students and the instructor of class agree, they may remove their masks within the classroom provided that students are able to be socially distanced. Once the class list is available all the registrants will be polled on this question. If the instructors wish to maintain masking in their classroom they could do so. The instructor may be unmasked while speaking so that the students can hear more clearly.
In addition, there will be no food or beverages served during class breaks until such time that the Board agrees it is safe for all. Members may bring snacks and beverages but they are to be consumed outside of the building on the patio or in cars. We are taking these precautions to ensure that the environment is safe for all who attend.
We all are looking forward to September 15th and the beginning of a new year of activity and learning. On September 29th we will hold the annual meeting of the organization at 11:45 in the Auditorium and elect new members to the Board of Trustees (see below for the proposed slate) and hear a brief report on the activities of the past year. We urge all to attend and make their voices heard as we move into the 2022-2023 school year.
Elisabeth Pollock and her corps of volunteers will be staffing the Senor College Office at the Hutchinson Center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until classes begin for in-person registration. After classes start the office will be open during class hours.
Nancy Perkins, Chair, Senior College