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Issue No. 24
February 2012
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your February Newsletter! 


photo of heart drawn on foggy windowSince the winter solstice in December we've gained 45 minutes of daylight!  It's great to see the days becoming longer, and spring will be here before we know it.  Meanwhile, wintery days pass more quickly when senior college and all it offers is in session.


We hope you'll consider entering a photo in this year's MSCN photography competition. It's easy to enter, and the details are below.


MSCN is now on Facebook --like the page to join in the fun!


This month's edition of your newsletter contains information about Acadia Senior College's upcoming participation in "The Big Read" discussion on February 3rd, a profile of a Lewiston-Auburn Senior College member, and poetry from a member of Augusta Senior College.  

We hope you'll relax with a hot cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy your newsletter. Keep the wonderful articles and photos coming! 




Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


It's a Snap to Enter MSCN's Photo Competition!

illustration of a woman with a camera around her neckA new photo competition is under way for 2012. The theme for entries is "Portraits: Family, Friends, and Pets." Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2012, and the winner, who will receive an Amazon Kindle, will be announced in the June 2012 MSCN newsletter.

If you are a member of a Maine Senior College you are eligible to enter. One entry per person, please, and the submitted photo must be previously unpublished. If you wish to enter a photo of a family member or friend, they must be willing to sign a photo release and agree to have their image appear in the MSCN newsletter online if your entry is the winning one.

Photos may be submitted in digital format  as .jpg files or may be submitted as photo prints. If you submit a photo print and wish to have it returned to you, you must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please email your digital entry as an attachment to Kyle or, mail your photo print to:

Kyle Allen
Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300

Be sure to tell us your name and which Maine Senior College you belong to. We're looking forward to seeing some great photos!

MSCN Represented at Maine  Senior Expo

MSCN booth at Senior Expo
Anne Cardale and Fran Myers working at the Maine Senior College Network booth at the 20th Annual Maine Seniors' Expo. MSCN was one of several sponsors for the popular and well attended event.
(Photo by Rachel Morin)
The Maine Senior College Network had a booth at the 20th Annual Maine Senior Expo on January 25th at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston. The Expo was well attended, and many Maine Senior College members stopped by to chat with the MSCN  crew. We raffled off an Amazon Kindle and found this made the MSCN booth very popular! The lucky winner was Nancy Sawyer of Auburn.

Like MSCN on Facebook!

Facebook logo Now you can "like" Maine Senior College Network on Facebook. We've created an MSCN page on Facebook, so please visit it to share experiences, ideas, photos, and information about upcoming Maine Senior College happenings. We'll also post links to articles about lifelong learning and other topics relevant to senior college members.


Acadia Senior College Participates in "The Big Read"

Photo of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)Acadia Senior College is participating in "The Big Read" panel discussion, "Racist Language and Stereotyping in the Work of Mark Twain: Questions for Our Time."


The discussion will be held on Friday, February, 3, from 6-8 pm at the Gates Community Center, College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor.


Today some of the characterizations and terms Twain used can touch deep feelings of pain and promote stereotypes. Participants on this panel discussion will explore how language changes over time, what we can learn from Twain's characters about life and relationships at the time, and understand how important it is to recognize history for what it was and what it means to our lives today and into the future. For more information about this event, visit the Acadia Senior College website or contact the senior college office at (207) 288-9500.

- submitted by Jude Lamb for Acadia Senior College

L/A Senior College Spotlights Member Bob Bowyer

Bob from L-ABob Bowyer grew up in Quincy, MA, amongst the homes of John Adams, Josiah Quincy and John Hancock. He passed these historic homes every day on his walk to school.

Always a good student, Bob graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Government and from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master's in City Planning. This led to his long career as a public servant, serving as Planning Director for Cambridge and later Lexington and Capital Facilities Planner for the MBTA.

Bob made a lifelong friend when he participated in a professional job exchange with a City Planner in Oldham, Lancashire, UK. They job shadowed each other for three weeks and became fast friends, as did their wives. They still visit each other every few years and keep in touch during the intervals.

Bob and his wife, Dorothy, also a Lewiston-Auburn Senior College member, have had wanderlust for many years. They have traveled to Europe many times and recently enjoyed river cruises in the Netherlands and Russia.

Although a Massachusetts native, Bob proudly declares he has Maine roots from his mother who grew up in Portland. Her ancestors (the Brewers) were from Sudbury, MA, where they served in the Continental Army. In lieu of back pay, they were given a grant of land in Maine, settled near the Penobscot River and founded the town of Brewer.

Bob has found his niche at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College. A history buff, he will take any and all courses offering history. He will teach a Winter Series course on the Boston Massacre Trial. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and drafted the current set of By-Laws and serves as the Chair of Policies and By-Laws. In addition, Bob initiated the budget process for Senior College and chairs the Finance Committee.  

- Submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston-Auburn Senior College


The Poet's Corner

Climbing Mt. Pisgah in Winter

For more than 40 years
I have been walking here.
 The trails have changed and so have I.
But some rhythms endure,
 in spring vernal pools teem with life
peepers sing their ancient songs of love.
and snakes warm themselves in the July sun.
But all too soon it passes by,
a burst of color
that fades to shades of grey and white.
My snowshoes creak (or perhaps it is my knees-no matter)
The sound counterpoints the silence.
On the peak beside the fire tower
initials and dates are carved in ledge
a memento of visitors long ago, now dead.
My debt will come due, when I must repay
the carbon borrowed from the universe,
once the stuff of stars now mine;
but only for a time.

- by Jonathan Lepoff, Augusta Senior College

In This Issue
It's a Snap to Enter MSCN's Photo Competition!
MSCN Represented at Maine Senior Expo
Like MSCN on Facebook!.
Acadia Senior College Participates in "The Big Read"
L/A Senior College Spotlights Member Bob Bowyer
The Poet's Corner
Don't forget to go to the Maine Senior College Network website to find out what is happening around the state!

Maine Senior College Network 
Maine Senior College Network

Acadia Senior College

Augusta Senior College
Bridgton Senior College

Coastal Senior College

Downeast Senior College

Gold LEAF Institute


Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

Midcoast Senior College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Penobscot Valley Senior College


Senior College UMaine Hutchinson Center

St. John Valley Senior College

Sunrise Senior College 
Western Mountains Senior College

York County Senior College
The Maine Senior College Network Display Boards are available to any senior college that would like to borrow them. For more information, check out the link below.

Maine Senior Guide is a comprehensive web resource about all things senior that provides "one stop shopping" for Maine's seniors at the link below: 

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 Communication 
Director of Conferences

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