Monthly Archives: August 2020

On Our 20th Anniversary – Profiles of Our Founders: Sylvia Erber

Introduction

Twenty years ago, four women, members of a Red Hook Library book group—Sylvia Erber, Sara Hardman, Carol Lee, and Josette Lee—agreed that the area needed affordable high-quality education for seniors. The Marist College Center for Life Time Study had a years-long waiting list. There were no nearby alternatives. Sylvia wanted more.

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Montgomery Place Orchards Wayside Stand

Montomery Place Orchards Wayside Stand

This family-operated treasured farm stand, located just north of Rt 199 on 9G in Red Hook, is celebrating its 34th year of providing high quality produce to local folks and area visitors. Talea and Doug Taylor and their daughter, Caroline Fincke, comprise the family, while a small group of Jamaican seasonal workers and younger employees who attend the stand are considered part of the family team.

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A Lifeline to Lifetime Learning

The World of Before

I have such clear images in my memory of the World of Before, like photographs of a lost world, they drift up in my mind from time to time. 

Sunday, March 8th: a gorgeous concert by the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts students, “Rest in Pieces,

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What’s Different with ProClass Registration?

Introduction

Now that the fall course registration period is in full swing, most of you have experienced the improvements by using our new course registration system, ProClass. You can now:

  • Recover your login credentials associated with your email address
  • View a list of courses you are registered for
    Register and drop or add courses online
  • Put yourself on a wait list

This article discusses these advantages in more detail.

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Is LLI Course Registration Simple?

Introduction

When Fall registration opens on September 1, we will begin using ProClass, software that is used by hundreds of LLIs around the country. ProClass keeps track of our member information as well as providing an easy-to-use registration process. Best of all, ProClass allows us to create a Wish List between August 15 and September 1 because we will be able to see all the courses in each period and indicate which ones we want.

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BHSEC Student Pays It Forward

Introduction

When Paul Bloom received his LLI stipend of $500, the first thing he did was sign it over to the Ascension Food Pantry, where he volunteers in New York City. Paul, who is a senior at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, learned about the stipend for young people working at unpaid internships when he spent time at the Bard Graduate Center’s Lab for Teen Thinkers.

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Bard Students Win International Award for Helping Homeless in Kingston

Introduction

Congratulations to Bard students Keyvious Avery and Aidan Galloway for winning one of 10 awards for Student Civic Engagement given to students throughout the world for their projects in response to the COVID pandemic. In addition to Keyvious and Aidan’s project in the United States, students in the following countries also won awards: Mexico,

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Farming and Academia Make a Perfect Marriage

Introduction

Farming and academia can make a perfect marriage although they rarely form such a solid union as at Bard. Very few college campuses have a working farm that provides farm-to-table fare for students and community members. The following is a story of the people and efforts that ordained this particular marriage and allowed the Bard farm to thrive on the Bard campus for almost a decade now.

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Online Task Force and Session Managers Saved Our SummerFest

Hello, Session Managers

Those lessons learned this summer will also ease the process for new session managers. (More volunteer session managers are still needed. You can contact AMiller@lli.bard.edu or CGersbeck@lli.bard.edu if you are interested in joining the team this fall). The Online Task Force knew from their own Zoom learning experiences that session managers and class participants would need support and help getting familiar with the online technology.

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A Bright Fall Forecast

Introduction

Thanks to the hard work of the Curriculum Committee, we are faced with some delightfully difficult choices in planning our fall schedule. As usual, the courses cover a broad spectrum of topics. This year, we have the added bonus of having class sessions on both Thursday and Friday, to make sure we aren’t tempted to stare at a screen too long on one day.

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