E-news September, 2017

With the Fall term starting in less than a week, classes are rapidly filling up. Be sure to check with the Senior College registrar to see if there is still space available for classes you might wish to take if you have not already registered. It’s going to be a great semester!

Senior College welcomes people who may not be able to join and attend the college because of limited funds. The college offers scholarships that can cover membership and/or course fees and/or course materials. To apply for scholarship, please submit a request to the Senior College president at president@belfastseniorcollege.org indicating which course(s) you intend to enroll in and which elements you would like us to cover.



Welcome New Members

Arlin Larson, President Senior College Belfast, and members of the Board will host a brief welcome meeting on Thursday, September 21 at 12:00 noon in Room 106 for all new members. If this is your first time at Senior College we hope you will join in for this Informational and Welcome Meeting. This purely voluntary meeting will give you a brief overview of activities and basic procedures of our organization and give you the opportunity to meet new and old members.


Outing to Maine State Museum
Wednesday, October 4th

Special Events Committee has arranged two tours of exhibits at Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, followed by lunch in Hallowell. Additional time will be allowed for self-guided touring of other exhibits, as well.

One exhibit, 12,000 Years in Maine, shows artifacts from archeological digs around the state relating to Native Americans who lived here for millennia before the Europeans arrived in the 1500s.

The second exhibit is about the Revolutionary War ship named Defense that ran aground and was scuttled, burned, and sunk off Stockton Springs in 1779. In 1975 the hull was found to be 40% intact and the site was excavated. Remains left by the 100 men and 16 cannons on board are displayed.

We will carpool from the Hutchinson Center. Please arrive at 8:00 a.m. to check in and get organized. The car pool will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $5 per person.

To register for the trip, contact Martha Laitin, 323-2368 or marthalaitin@yahoo.com.


Field Trip to Islamic Center of Maine

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Islamic Center of Maine
151 Park Street (Route 2)
Orono, Maine 04473

Islam is at the center of world affairs and also the primary religion of recent immigrants to Maine. Orono’s Islamic Center will host us for an introduction to Islam and a chance to become acquainted with the area’s Islamic community. The visit was arranged in conjunction with this fall’s Children of Abraham: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity class. However, all Senior College members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Meet at the Islamic Center at 9:45 a.m. (it is about an hour and ten minutes away). If you need or can offer a ride, indicate it on the sign-up sheet in the Senior College office. Reservations are required. For more information contact Karen Gleeson at karenglee@earthlink.net or 338-0350.


message-from-the-president

Dear Senior College Members,

Welcome to the 17th year of Senior College at Belfast! Whether you are a new or returning member, you will find a wealth of interesting classes and activities to participate in. The same thing goes whether you are a student, instructor, or volunteer in other capacities. Senior College is a pleasure for instructors as well as students because everyone is just there for the joy of learning. No one is being forced or is just meeting a requirement. How seriously you engage is entirely up to you – at least if you are a student. Some are there just for an overview, others because the topic is one they care deeply about. I know as an instructor that just about every topic we teach is one we care deeply about, but even we will sometimes explore something just for fun.

I want to emphasize, especially to our new members, that Senior College is not only for those of us who are over fifty. It is also by us, the members. We decide what classes to offer, what activities to engage in, and how to go about our business. We staff the office and do just about all the organizational and background work except for a few things, like accounting and web design, that we hire out. Even the teaching is done by volunteers. After you are around a while, you will learn about the board of trustees, the committees, and the many volunteer positions available. Senior College is your organization!

A good place to learn more is at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 28, at 11:45 a.m. in the Auditorium. Most of the reports and business to be considered is up on the website (www.belfastseniorcollege.org) for you to look at ahead of time.

Best regards,

Arlin Larson


Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee mailed out postcards for the Fall Session and placed more than 250 cards at various places in Waldo County. Press releases have been sent to The Free Press, The Bangor Daily News, and The Republican Journal. We are actively pursuing a feature story on the founders of Belfast Senior College.


Getting to Class

For members who cannot, or prefer not, to drive to the Hutchinson Center, if you live in Belfast (unfortunately not beyond), there is an option to use public transportation provided by WCAP. The cost is $2.00 each way. You must call WCAP, 338-4769, at least 2 business days in advance to schedule the ride. While Senior College is in session, you may set it up as a “subscription” so you wouldn’t have to call and make a reservation every week.