Maine Senior College Network news & updates

September 2022

Welcome to the September newsletter

Fall offerings from across the network pack this month's issue! Look at the Newsletter Menu immediately below to see what is on offer! You will find links connecting you to more information, class descriptions, registration buttons, and guides.

And last but not least, the Maine Senior College network wishes Penobscot Valley Senior College a Happy Twentieth Anniversary!

Anne Cardale

Program Director

Maine Senior College Network

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Autumn Afternoon by László Mednyánszky

Newsletter Menu

Please scroll down the page to see each article!

What's Happening? - Link to MSCN News Page to see Senior College Promotions!

Mainers and Healthcare: Are Telehealth Options for you? - Midcoast SC

Podcast Perspectives: How Green Is My Money? - OLLI at USM Podcast Perspectives

Sage Lecture Series - OLLI at USM 

Penobscot Valley Senior College invites you to join their 2022 Fall Classes

UMA Senior College Registration Begins September 7 for MSCN-affiliated members!

Midcoast Senior College has a new look website & Fall Classes

Senior College at Belfast invites you to join them!

Coastal Senior College classes are open to sister senior college members!

Fall Class Catalogs - 2022

Save the date! November 1 | 9:30 a.m.

OLLI at USM Sage present: Where Do We Stand? A Report from the Climate Battle


AARP: Looking for a Scam Prevention Speaker for Your Senior College?

MSCN Book Review: Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva


Book Review

by Pat Davidson Reef:

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva

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What's Happening? 

Link to MSCN News Page to see Senior College Promotions!

Visit the MSCN news page "What's Happening?" to see posts from around the network. Follow the blue links below to read about upcoming classes at senior colleges. (Colleges are still taking registrations.)

Sharpen your pencils! Fall registration is around the corner!

OLLI Registration is open. There is still time to register! Classes start on September 12 

LASC Fall Catalog

Stoke your Brain Power with South Coast!

I Eat, Therefore I Think: How Eating Transforms Philosophy

SAGE at University of Maine Presque Isle

Important note: All senior colleges open registration to their members first and then invite the members of sister colleges to join them if there are available seats. Colleges take registrations up to the start of classes.

See the following articles in this newsletter for more information about classes around the network!

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"Wow Comics" no. 38 (art by Jack Binder)

Midcoast Senior College

Mainers and Healthcare: Are Telehealth Options for you?


Mainers and Healthcare: Are Telehealth Options for you?

Six FRIDAYS.  9:30-11:00 am - STARTS SEPTEMBER 16

Mainers delight in the rural environment of our beautiful state, but few understand the detrimental impact on our health including higher mortality rates, lower life expectancy, and less resiliency and recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telehealth/telemedicine is today’s solution to eliminating the time/distance barrier between medical resources and the person in need. This course will explore the pros and cons of this change in the healthcare delivery system which puts a physician in your home and further empowers the patient to take control of their own health. Will it work for you?

Susan Goran practiced as a critical care nurse in a variety of roles for 45 years before retiring from acute care in 2017. Her practice included 8 years as the Director of a teleICU which provided remote care to 102 ICU patients in 9 Maine hospitals in 13 disparate ICUs. She has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter on the Role of the Nurse in Telemedicine. Currently Susan is an Adjunct Faculty member for the UNE School of Nursing and Population Health. Currently, her 2022 e-textbook, Telemedicine: Care Beyond Touch is being used to integrate telemedicine into the nursing curriculum.

Click here to register for Midcoast SC's Telehealth Series

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Diagnosis By Radio, 1925 (telemedicine)


Podcast Perspectives: How Green Is My Money?

OLLI at USM Zoom Podcast Pop-up!

Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

With Star Pelsue

We will listen to a podcast together and then discuss our thoughts on the topic.

Making your finances work harder against climate change. Tom Heap speaks to Richard Curtis, British film director and architect of Comic Relief, about his Make My Money Matter campaign. This encourages everyone to find out where their pension money goes. He also speaks to the boss of a UK bank, Bevis Watts, and to the campaign director of about how easy it is to move your bank account elsewhere. A special episode for anyone worried about what their money is - or isn't - doing to keep the planet green.

OLLI Pop-Up Registration

Sign in first, then browse.

  1. When you are ready to register, sign in, then look for "Special Events."
  2. Click the date, not the title.
  3. When you find the pop-up you want to register for, click on the date below the title (not on the title itself).
  4. Now scroll down to find the "Add to the Cart" button.

Contact OLLI if you need assistance.

  • OLLI Office Hours: Monday - Friday. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 207-780-4406.  
  • E-mail: OLLI at USM
  • Provide the following information:
  • Name of your senior college
  • Name of the virtual event you want to attend.

OLLI at USM Website

OLLI at USM Sage Lecture Series

Join OLLI at USM as we explore new dimensions in life!

SAGE is an eight-week lecture series presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine. SAGE offers a dynamic approach to learning in history, science, the arts, and current events.

View the OLLI Sage catalog

Penobscot-Valley Senior College

Penobscot Valley Senior College invites you to join their 2022 Fall Classes

PVSC invites MSCN members to join their Fall 2022 classes

• Courses are four-five-or six weeks long, and most begin the week of September 26, 2022.

• Three (3) in-person courses held in classrooms (these courses have limited numbers)

• One (1) Wildlife Habitat adventure course (limit of 20)

• Six (6) Zoom courses (listed below)

• All courses are $30.00 per person attending. 

Click here to view our flyer -

Learn more about all classes and read instructor bios.

Six PVSC Zoom Classes: 

The Wonderful World of Fungi

Instructor: Seanna Annis, Ph.D.

Monday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

September 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, November 7 (6 weeks) 

*No class on October 10

The Art of “Photographic Seeing”

Instructor: Matthew Smolinsky 

Tuesday,10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

September 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 (6 weeks)

The American Song Book

Instructor: Bob Tredwell 

Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

September 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 (6 weeks)

Scandinavian Immigration to the United States, 1850-1950

Instructor: Gregory Gaines

Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oct. 13, 20, 27, November 3 (4-weeks) Zoom course

Traditions and Innovations in Native American Literature: How Storytelling Informs the Written Word

Instructor: Margo Lukens

Friday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

September 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, November 4 (5 weeks)

*No class on October 14

Maine State Government: How Things Get Done

Instructor: Matt Dunlap Matt


September 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 (6 weeks)

Ready to register?

Follow these two steps!

Step one

Members of other Maine Senior Colleges may email Sheila your name, email, phone number, and your Senior College. With this information, the PVSC membership fee can be adjusted.

Step two

You will then be able to register online or mail in the form with a check without paying for the membership for any courses with open seats, and please note, as with other colleges, the first choice is given to our college members.

Happy Twentieth Anniversary to PVSC!

Penobscot Valley SC

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Japanese bridge with autumn foliage

by Maritess Sulcer 

UMA Senior College Registration Begins September 7 for MSCN-affiliated members!

University of Maine at Augusta Senior College invites you to join them!

Click here to see UMASC's Fall 2022 classes

Information about UMASC classes:

  • Our fall programs will include in-person, Zoom, and hybrid offerings.
  • The session runs from September 19 to November 18.
  • UMASC classes and lectures are free to anyone paying dues with an MSCN-associated senior college.
  • If you select the lecture series, you may attend as many of the lectures as you please.
  • Each week, prior to the lecture, you will receive an email with your Zoom invitation.
  • You may attend in person or on Zoom.
  • Since classes are free, students will be responsible for purchasing any books and/or materials required for a class.

How to Register for UMASC Classes

Click here to open the registration guide sheet 

UMASC Website

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Autumn by Arkhip Kuindzhi

Midcoast Senior College has a new look website!

Visit the new look MSC website!

And don't miss the Midcoast SC Open Courses Bulletin!

(Registration is now open to all MSCN members.)

Click on the orange button below for more information.

Midcoast SC Fall Classes Open Course Bulletin

Senior College at Belfast invites you to join them!

Please visit the Senior College at Belfast's online course catalog to see all their classes.

The classes listed below are available through Zoom, and the links will provide more information and an easy-to-use registration button!

Hybrid Class - In person and on Zoom

Bob Dylan and the Path to a Nobel Prize for Literature

with Peter Reilly

$37 - Sep 15 - Oct 27th, 2022, Thu from 9:30 - 11:30 am

Hybrid Class - In person and on Zoom

Walt Whitman: Time of war, Times of peace

with John McClenahen

$37 - Sep 15 - Oct 27th, 2022, Thu from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Online Zoom Classes

Online Dating for Mature Beginners

with Dr Wendy C Kasten

$24 - Oct 3 - 4th, 2022, Mon - Tue from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Conversations with Plato on Life and Society

with Arlin Larson

$37 - Oct 4 - Nov 8, 2022,Tue from 9:30 - 11:00 am

Magical Mystery Tour of the British Isles

with Nancy Perkins

$37 - Oct 5 - Nov 9, 2022, Wed for six weeks from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Senior College at Belfast website

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Autumn Landscape by Louis Meynell

Coastal Senior College classes are open to sister senior college members!

Click on the links to go to Coastal's Online catalog. Each link takes you directly to the class where you will see a class description, instructor bio, and the class registration button!

Exoplanets and Aliens

Instructor: Ted Williams 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 10:00 AM until Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12:00 PM

Painting Fall Landscapes in Watercolor

Instructor: Cynthia Dias  

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 10:00 AM until Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 12:00 PM

History-Herstory: Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland

Instructors: Maryanne and John Ward 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 1:30 PM until Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 3:00 PM

Lucrece and Lear: Lasting Themes and Images of Shakespearean Tragedy

Instructor: Joseph Coté 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 10:00 AM until Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12:00 PM

Seeing Ourselves: Why do we feel this way about that?

Instructor: Joel Shapiro 

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 9:30 AM until Thursday, October 20, 2022, 11:30 AM


Editing Techniques: How to Cut and Prune Your Writing

Instructor: Caroline Janover 

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 10:00 AM until Thursday, October 20, 2022, 11:30 AM

The "Lost Generation" in Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises

Instructor: Michelle Miller 

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 1:30 PM until Thursday, October 27, 2022, 3:00 PM

Visit the Coastal Senior College website

Fall Class Catalogs - 2022

At the time of preparing this newsletter, the following senior colleges have posted class schedules for the fall.

Please click on the blue links below.

TIP: Check to see if classes are in person, online or hybrid.

Acadia SC




Coastal SC

Gold LEAF Institute


Midcoast SC 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

Penobscot Valley 

Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) 

South Coast SC

St. John Valley

Sunrise SC

York County 

For more information about senior colleges with open seats for MSCN members, please visit the MSCN website's "What's Happening?" page.

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"Autumn Glory" by Willard Leroy Metcalf 

Save the date!

November 1 @ 9:30 a.m.

OLLI at USM Sage present:

OLLI at USM Sage Lecture scheduled for November 1

Where Do We Stand? A Report from the Climate Battle

BILL MCKIBBEN - Author, Educator, Activist, Founder of The Third Act

A global grassroots climate campaign, a movement for people over the age of 60 because now is our time.

Note this is the final lecture in the OLLI at USM Sage lecture series.

Click on the orange button to register!

Open the online OLLI Sage brochure for more information

News from other organizations

AARP: Looking for a Scam Prevention Speaker for Your Senior College? 

Visit AARP's web page "Looking for a Scam Prevention Speaker for Your Group? We Can Help."

AARP's team of volunteer fraud fighters is eager to work with local organizations to raise awareness and offer resources. If you are ready to request a speaker click here.

People of all ages are taken advantage of through scams and fraud every day, and according to the Federal Trade Commission, over six million Americans reported being a victim in the last year alone. We need to work together to slow the growth of that number and equip people with the necessary resources to better spot a scam so they can avoid becoming the next victim.

Read more at AARP

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

by Daniel Silva

Published by Harper Collins 2022

Pages 428 Price $29.99

Reviewed by Pat Davidson Reef

Professional art restorer and retired Chief of the Israeli Intelligence Service, Gabriel Allon, lives quietly with his wife Chiara and two children in Venice, Italy, in Daniel Silva’s new book titled ”Portrait of an Unknown Woman.”  

An old friend, London art dealer Julien Isherwood, reaches out to him for help in authenticating a mystery around an artwork that Isherwood sold to an American gallery in New York for a million pounds. The work is now being challenged as a possible forgery. Isherwood wants his name cleared of selling a forgery to a New York art gallery and does not want to be sued.

This book has a riveting plot focusing on the international art world. It includes the following topics: the pursuit of collecting art, restoration of old works, forgeries, and the ethics of art dealers.

Although the work is fiction, it feels real with insights into what could actually happen. The characters are believable. The places described are well-known locations all over the world. The dialogue is fast. The importance of the background and history of a work of art is brought out, not only is the date it was created and signed, but where it comes from, its physical condition plus who has owned it in the past, and how many times it has been sold.

As the story unfolds, Julian Isherwood agrees to meet a woman named Madame Berenger, a widow, at a French cafe to discuss the value of a painting her husband had given her thirty years ago. She never arrives at the cafe. Isherwood leaves, somewhat miffed at waiting for her to appear until he hears she has been killed in a tragic car accident. On his way back to the hotel Isherwood almost gets killed himself in a narrow street. That is when he contacts his old friend, Gabriel Allon, to ask for help in finding out what is going on.

Gabriel is retired but agrees to help his friend, and the search begins. The investigation covers many different European countries as well as a leading American art gallery in New York. Realizing there is more than one painting of this work, attention turns to identifying the artist who is making the forgeries and finding out which gallery is distributing them. An exciting part of the novel is hearing Gabriel negotiating with a gallery owner to buy a copy of a work of art while not letting the gallery owner know that he realizes it is a forgery. This is like observing a smooth card game between people known for their refinement, but who can be as ruthless as a motorcycle gang protecting their turf. 

This book is amazing with its tension-filled scenes involving the art world. Art forgeries do exist, and Gabriel knows because he is an art restorer, as well as an expert in international spy mysteries. However, his great passion in life is art.

If you think the international art industry is the height of culture, read this book, and you will discover there are many fascinating things going on behind the scenes in the art world! When it comes to money and forgeries, anything can happen in this fictional novel. However, the authenticity of a gallery and the artists it represents carry important weight in collecting art inside the book or out of it.

Another element in the book of great interest is international travel. Gabriel travels all over the world in search of helping his friend find out about a mysterious work of art. His travels take him to beautiful landmarks in Paris and Italy. The description of people and locations pull you right into the story, not only in Paris, Italy, and New York but right into the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. I recommend it highly. 

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