MEET OUR PEOPLE
TALKING WITH TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS
IN THIS ISSUE: TRUDY MILLER
What is your role with Senior College?
I am a Senior College Trustee, serving on the Executive Committee as Board Secretary. I am also on the Outreach Committee. I will be teaching a Mah Jongg class soon and also enjoy being a student. My favorite class of late has been Jim Kosinski’s photography class.
How did you find out about Senior College?
I have friends who spoke highly of the classes they attended, so I decided to get more involved. I wanted to meet new people and do something I thought would be meaningful. I like that this Board is about rolling up your sleeves. Doing the work is very important and satisfying.
How long have you been a part of the Belfast community?
In 2007, my husband and I bought a house in Northport and began spending part of every year here. We started living full time in our present Northport home in 2016. In 2019, we bought the Spring Street building, naming it “Social Capital” because we wanted to create a welcoming community space for people to get together. (Note: According to socialcapitalresearch.com, “The core idea of social capital is that ‘relationships matter’ and that social networks are a valuable asset.”)
How do you keep your brain synapses firing?
I listen to a lot of podcasts. My favorites are Pod Save America and Pod Save the World. I watch a lot of documentaries and subscribe to Atlantic Monthly and the New Yorker. For over fifty years, I’ve played Mah Jongg and have been teaching it locally for three years.
What are your hopes and fears for Senior College?
I hope we’ll regrow our membership to what it was years ago when we had 500 members. I'd love to see new members joining us from beyond Belfast as well as community members who haven't had the four-year college experience.