MSCN Newsletter
March 2010
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Maine Senior College Network e-newsletter! This will be a monthly newsletter sent to all subscribing members of the network at the end of each month. We encourage you all to submit items for inclusion in future issues. Please send us anything that you think might be of interest to members of other senior colleges in Maine. Is your senior college sponsoring an event in your area that you would like to publicize? An upcoming trip that has some spaces available? Would you like to see a profile of one of your fellow members? Perhaps you have a successful class idea you know others would love to learn about? We invite you to send in photographs of your senior college gatherings, copies of art work and poems or essays!   
Kali Lightfoot
Executive Director  


Acute Wordectomy

A poem I treasured was nearly done
I had strived and stretched for near perfection
It lacked clich├ęs, tired metaphors and puns
thus requiring no major correction
Then, one unseemly word jumped from the page
Why hadn't I discovered it before?
Critics would bellow - incorrect usage
This a predicament not to ignore
They would label the word - ostentatious
The poet's witless attempt to impress
Any synonyms just as audacious
Instant removal the only redress
And so, by deleting just this one word
my treasured poem won't be judged absurd
Joan W. Nicholson Augusta Senior College
Looking for the MSCN Poet Laureate
Do you write poetry?  Are you a member of a senior college?  Then you could be our 1st MSCN Poet Laureate!  It's simple to enter - just submit a piece of your work to:  MSCN, Attention: Emily Jordan, P.O. Box 9400, Portland, ME  04104 or email your work to Emily Jordan at
The deadline for us to receive your submission is October 1, 2010.  The winner of this year's poetry contest
will  receive an Amazon Kindle!  Kindle
The winner will be announced in the October MSCN Newsletter.  We look forward to reading some incredible submissions.

MSCN Display Boards  

The MSCN display boards are available to any senior college that would like to borrow them.  The display boards are a great item to take with you when you are going somewhere to talk about senior college - a craft show, Lions Club lunch, church social, local retirement community event, library display, your own senior college event, or any other event that your senior college participates in. 
We will also provide you with copies of the MSCN map and contact
information for all the senior colleges that you can use as a handout and a sign-up sheet for you to gather contact information from attendees.  
We will ship the displays boards to you and provide the materials you need to ship them back to us at our cost.
If you would like to reserve the display boards just contact Emily Jordan @ 207-780-4128 or by email at
Belfast Senior College Announces 2010 Festival of Art

Belfast Art Festival
In May 2009, over 900 people enjoyed the Festival of Art displaying the work of 135 visual artists. This year the festival will be held at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast from May 13th - 16th.
The festival exhibits the work of senior artists and a new feature will combine  senior art with art from Waldo County children. The festival is open to amateur and professional visual artists age 50 and over. Only one piece of original visual artwork per exhibitor will be accepted. This is an unjuried show and there is no entry fee.
If you would like to receive an application, please email Rainy Brooks at, or call her to request one by mail, (207) 548-2502. A detailed schedule of the festival will be available on the website in late April at: 
Important volunteer position opening!
Maine AARP is looking for a State President

Nancy Kelleher, State Director writes: "AARP Maine is looking for a volunteer leader to serve as State President.  The Maine State President works in collaboration with the State Director to achieve the Association's vision, mission and strategic priorities in the state and serves as Chair of the AARP Maine Executive Council.   The Council, in partnership with the State Director and staff, develops the framework for the state's strategic plan and implements the activities in the areas of Economic Security, Health Security, and Livable Communities.

We are looking for an individual with strong leadership and interpersonal skills, public policy and planning experience, a talent for networking, and the ability to motivate and inspire others. Previous volunteer experience is required, either with AARP or other organizations."

For more information please see the following documents:

1.      Letter from State Director Nancy Kelleher

2.      AARP State President criteria

3.      AARP Application Form


Maine Learners Create Their Own Social Network!  
Belfast Art Festival
"Would you like to share what you are doing with kindred spirits but you don't like Facebook's approach to Social Networking?  Take a look at the thinking person's social network that has been created by MPBN. Visit:" 
About Us
Maine Senior College Network
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104-9300
(207)780-4317 (fax)

Kali Lightfoot
Executive Director 
Anne Cardale
Director of Operations & Communications
Director of Conferences
Emily Jordan
Administrative Assistant
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