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Fall 2010

MVILR at SUNYIT 100 Seymour Road Utica, NY 13502 Kunsela Hall Second Floor B234 315.792.7192 [email protected] Director: Ginger Parker 315.792.7292 Secretary: Jo Giacovelli 315.792.7192 Film Lunch hour Talk Art

Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement at SUNYIT

Volume 5 Issue 2


Three events of special interest to our MVILR community will take place at SUNYIT on Thursday, October 7. All are free of charge. Starting off the day will be a most enjoyable, touching, and exhilarating documentary Film, "Young at Heart" in the Kunsela Auditorium at 9:30a.m. Check this out: and meet a remarkable group of seniors in Northampton MA who, with their creative director, form a choral group that performs current rock and roll and more. Don't miss this movie! At noon in the Kunsela Café, bring your lunch and hear a presentation and partake in a discussion with SUNYIT's Dr. Joanne Joseph on "Grandparents as Parents." And then at 4:30 in the Cayan Library, enjoy the opening of MVILR's first ever Art exhibition. The juried exhibition, that ends on October 30, will feature paintings and photos by various current members and facilitators , displayed on the walls of the library. An opening reception will take place in the adjacent Mario Room to the right as you enter the library. Come and support your artistic colleagues and friends.

The Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin

Save these dates:

Holiday Party December 5, 2010 Winterterm 2011 Jan. 24 to Feb. 18 Spring 2011 March 21 to May 13 Annual Dinner May 5, 2011

President's Message

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into the winter wools.

Henry Beston, Northern Farm


MVILR NEWSLETTER Published quarterly Editor: Ginger Parker 315 792-7292 [email protected]

As we enter the beginning of Fall, I hope you had a great W. Joseph Crossman summer with renewed energy for the coming year. MVILR's 14th year is upon us, and as your president, it is my privilege to welcome all new and returning members, facilitators, staff and volunteers. MVILR has 86 brand new members this year! We hope they have a very enjoyable and enlightening experience with MVILR, and that I, the board and the staff welcome their comments and observations.


Welcome New MVILR Members

Patricia Greiner Pat Pagano John Cooper Frances Hyde Nancy Agen Elizabeth Johnson Marcella Majka Cary Flack Carol Fuchs Linda Oaksford Arlene Winslow Jennie Barlow Patricia Gaynor Barbara Goodman Nancy Becker Joanne Scott Lynda Jones Salvatore Simonette Marlene O'Connor Jackie Murphy Marilyn Baumler Ronda Austin Marilyn Yocum Mary Anne Lorenz Christina Sykes Diane Waskiewicz Doris Trevvett Gracelyn DiNitto Joyce Squillace Barbara Thomas Lorraine Walsh Matthew Sica Eileen Gurecki Jeanne Perry Shirley Knop Jon Speich Irma Davis Barbara Traver Donella Murphy Deborah DuPrau Gloria Koslofsky Judith Nellenbach Grace Klutschkowski Linda Nole-Knight Margaret Smith Nancy Jones Ruth Glenister Peter Ricci Colleen Welch Michael Benson Patricia Berg Mary Cain

Fall 2010

(since June 2010)

Paul Dunn Anne Dunn Beverly Kane Margaret Garlock Anne Mercurio-Dunn David Salsberg Margaret Salsberg Thomas Onisk Jim Robertaccio Robert Robinson Larry Kessler Cheryl Zammiello Suzanne Lecher Martin Cross Beverly Gargas Suzanne DeLaire Marcia Kaczor Karen Tofolo

Mary Ann Recor Samuel Crisino Mamie Sutfin Dianne Leach Nancy Crisino Sharyn Belfield Ted Petrillo Raymond Belfield Phyllis Petrillo Suzanne Kochan Marilyn Wood Eugene Battaglini Carol Persons Althea Glenister Anne Mercurio Dunn Selinda Ogrodnik Mary Cross Gail LeBuis

Welcome New Facilitators

Neil Meislin Using the Internet Gracie Schell Folk Dancing Vinnie Casatelli Learn to make Pasta Al Casatelli Drawing and Sketching for Pleasure Donald Gondek The American Sports Car George Bahlke Virginia Woolf: Her Life in Brief Ira Cooperman U.S. Intelligence Agencies in the Age of Terrorism Stephen Crane Political Labels, Short History Thank you for joining us!

Sign up for New York Alert

All MVILR members are part of the SUNYIT community and, as such, can (and should) sign up for NY-Alert. In the event of a serious situation on campus, NY-Alert subscribers will receive e-mail, voice and/or text messages so they'll know what is happening and will know what to do. This past summer, a situation occurred on the SUNYIT campus that tested the system. A "shooter" was said to be hiding in the woods on the campus. Thankfully MVILR was not in session, but there were youngsters who were part of the summer camp program, as well as staff and visitors present on campus. Within minutes everyone who subscribed to this service was notified in several different ways. "I was not even in town," said Ginger Parker, "but received a text message on my cell phone, plus came home to find a message on my home phone and e-mail messages. It was pretty incredible to see how well it worked." In addition, the University Police did an outstanding job of handling everything including a systematic evacuation of the campers, visitors and staff. You can sign up today. It is fast, free and depends on you to take action! Here's how: 1. Go to 2. Select "enter secure area" 3. Log in and follow instructions If you have questions, stop by the University Police for more information.

Campus Alarms All of our facilitators have been instructed as to how to handle emergencies and other situations in the classroom, but all members should know what to do in case they are not in a classroom. In the event of a fire alarm, go to the nearest exit and immediately leave the building. Also look for Red phone boxes in hallways and parking lots in case of an emergency or call University Police at 792-7111- NOT 911.





Thank You For Your Recent Donations to MVILR

Vinnie Casatelli Ed and Mary Lyons Bradley In Memory of Bill Schenck: Ted Max In Memory of Dr. John Lloyd: Phyllis Leahy Joyce Hunt Cynthia & John DeTraglia In Memory of Dominick Falchi: Cynthia & John Detraglia Elizabeth Lemieux Nancy Dubner


We've had frequent requests over the years for merchandise with the MVILR logo. Now we have it! For starters we have an MVILR apron and an MVILR baseball cap. They are only $10 each and come in a wide range of colors. There are MVILR golf shirts, of a good quality cotton in men's and women's sizes, also with many color choices for $24. We are looking into sweatshirts, fleece vests and jackets too. Stop by the office and look at the color choices and place Board members John O'Neill and Beth an order. Turnaround time is one week. Stookey modeling some of our new

MVILR products.

You Are Invited to:


Buffet Menu:

Tossed Garden Salad Fruit Medley Mini Ravioli with Marinara Sauce Sliced Roast Sirloin Chicken with Champagne Sauce Stuffed Flounder Italian Sausage and Peppers Roasted Potatoes Vegetable Medley Rolls and Butter Coffee, Tea Assorted Cakes and Pies

Note Road Name Changes on Campus and Increased Parking Spaces for Disabled Two new handicap parking lots behind Donovan and Kunsela Halls are available for use by qualified students, faculty and staff. Users must have valid handicap parking permits displayed as appropriate. The Donovan lot provides 8 spaces and Kunsela has 9. These lots can be reached by using Wildcat Drive behind both Kunsela and Donovan Halls. In the Spring, many campus roads were renamed, as indicated on the maps that went out with your parking stickers. Please familiarize yourself with the new names.

HOLIDAY PARTY at the Holiday Inn

Sunday December 5, 2010 · ·

Social Hour: 1 to 2 p.m. Cash Bar (complimentary cheese/vegetable platter) Buffet: 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost per person $25, Non-refundable

Ample parking/Handicapped Accessible

Holiday Inn, 1777 Burrstone Rd, New Hartford, NY

Guests Welcome

Cut out this form and send in to register for the Holiday Luncheon or call the MVILR office using your MasterCard or VISA


Sunday, December 5, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Cost: $25, non-refundable

Name(s)___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Guest(s) _________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: # of people [email protected] $25 per person = ______ TOTAL: $__________ ____Check enclosed (payable to College Association) or ___VISA or ___MasterCard

Card # ________________________________________ Exp. Date: ___________________ Mail to: MVILR at SUNYIT, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502


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New Folk Dancing and Zumba Gold Courses Get Folks On Their Feet

Two new courses, Folk Dancing with Gracie Schell and Zumba Gold, with Deb Trzepacz are well enrolled this fall. The classes are held in the Gannett Gallery because the wooden floor is best for both activities, and it is a lovely atmosphere to be in, surrounded by the art work. The enthusiasm of both Gracie and Debbie add to the fun that members are having in their classes.

Susan Reittinger and Francis Roy, cutting a rug in Gracie Schell's new Folk Dancing class.

Fall 2010

Two Recent Events Were Hugely Successful

The very first MVILR Open House to introduce our program to prospective members was held in August and fifty brand new members joined that day. Volunteers and board members came out on that sunny summer afternoon to greet guests and, wearing "Ask Me" name badges, answered their many questions, helped them fill out their membership forms and made them feel welcome. Thanks too to Terry Kehoe who took many newcomers on a campus tour. Many fall facilitators were on hand, seated at tables by the days their courses were offered, to answer questions as well and at the same time enjoyed meeting fellow facilitators. Thanks to all who helped out that day. The Fall Kick-Off Reception, held a week before classes started in September, was well attended. Thank you to Cynthia Donachie and her wonderful Special Events Committee for all their help that day as well as to various other long-time members and board members who stepped in to assist. Thanks too, to Deb Tyksinski and Dr. Wolf Yeigh who formally greeted everyone in the auditorium. -4-


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