WC-ALL Inducts New Council Members and Chair


David White (far right), incoming council chair of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, with new council members (from left), Dan Premo (special events chair), Jan Elvin, Hanson Robbins, and Jonathan Chace.

David White is the new chair of WC-All’s council.  He began his term in mid-June along with four new council members, Dan Premo, Jan Elvin, Hanson Robbins, and Jonathan Chace.

Created in 1992, WC-ALL is celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2017-18. A membership organization which is open to the entire community, WC-ALL sponsors a broad range of fall and spring non-credit classes for adults, as well as a series of Learn at Lunch lectures and special event trips. Fall courses and activities will be published in early August.

WC-ALL, which stands for Washington College Academy of Life-Long Learning and is sponsored by the college.  Most WC-ALL classes are held in Washington College classrooms; a few courses meet at other venues in Chestertown and Kent County.

According to the website:

“The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Washington College is designed for those who believe learning is wonderful at any age! WC-ALL is a peer-led, self-supported autonomous department of the College that was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without the requirements for academic credit – learning for the joy of learning.

“Each College semester the Academy offers two six-week sessions with 12-15 courses each session; approximately 400 Eastern Shore residents become members and register for as many courses as they wish, for one all-inclusive membership fee.

“WC-ALL also participates in a community-based mentoring program for international students managed by Washington College. The Academy assists by recruiting volunteer adult mentors, who help give International students at Washington College a taste of life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  …

“The WC-ALL office is in #5 William Smith Hall, at ground level, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9 am – 12 noon. Note that parking is limited. ”

For more information, visit WC-All website.



Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning: “George” Award goes to Judie Oberholtzer


At the May Annual Meeting of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL), Judie Oberholtzer was awarded the George Award, presented annually to an instructor for notable contributions to the organization. Betty Spence, chair of the WC-ALL Advisory Board, and Dick Swanson, WC-ALL curriculum committee chair, made the presentation to Judie with the following citation: “WC-ALL acknowledges with enormous gratitude, the unique and distinctive contributions of Judie Oberholtzer, who in 13 years of service to WC-ALL, taught 21 classes over 15 semesters and introduced the sublime joy of opera to the uninitiated while enhancing the appreciation of those already under its spell.”

Judie Oberholtzer, receives the “George” award from WC-ALL curriculum committee chair Dick Swanson

Judie’s “Magic of the Opera” course is a popular WC-ALL class each fall. Three class sessions are spent studying the libretto and watching DVDs of an opera, preparing class members for a trip to see the opera performed live by the Washington National Opera or Opera Philadelphia. WC-ALL is gearing up for the Fall 2017 semester with course catalogs and registration information due for release in late July. For more information about WC-ALL, please visit the website at www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/

WC-ALL is Planning for Fall!


Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL) has offered a wonderful selection of courses to the community for well over 20 years.  There are well over 300 community members currently enrolled in WC-ALL’s Spring Semester. Many are retired people who enjoy stimulating discussions, sharing ideas and learning something new. Summer will arrive before we know it and then be gone in a flash; meanwhile WC-ALL is already planning for next fall.

Because organizing multiple classes on numerous subjects is a big task, the curriculum committee is now preparing the course lineup for the Fall Semester.  Members of the general community are invited to submit proposals for classes they would be interested in teaching.  The Fall Semester has two sessions; Session One runs from September 5 to October 13; Session Two from October 22 to December 8.  Classes generally meet once a week on campus in the late afternoon, four to six times during a session, although off-campus venues are occasionally used to accommodate larger classes or for the rare morning or evening course.  Courses may take a variety of forms—lectures, discussions, demonstrations, even off-campus excursions.

Instructors are volunteers as well as members of WC-ALL.  Some are retired college professors who enjoy teaching just for fun; other instructors have been involved in interesting or unusual careers and take pleasure sharing their accumulated knowledge and insights with others.  Lifelong hobbies and avocations also provide a great basis for developing a WC-ALL course that will appeal to like-minded enthusiasts.  The field is wide open and the curriculum committee looks forward to hearing new course ideas from members of the community.

Proposals for courses for WC-ALL’s Fall Semester should be received no later than Thursday, June 1st. They may be submitted online, by email or regular mail to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.  For a proposal form or more information, please contact curriculum chair Ed Minch at ruby1638@atlanticbb.net or 410-778-0990 or WC-ALL administrator Sue Calloway at wc_all@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7221 during business hours (M,T, Th 9 to 12).  See you in class!

Photojournalist Neal Jackson and the News


neal jacksonThe March Learn at Lunch sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning will host Neal Jackson, former VP and General Counsel for NPR, photojournalist and activist supporting international journalist safety.  Jackson’s varied career also includes serving as a newspaper reporter and editor, a partnership in a D.C. law firm, and Chairman of the Board for VII Photos.

The luncheon and presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 22 in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the College campus.  Neal Jackson’s presentation titled “Seeing News and Current History” will explore the many challenges news photographers encounter as they go about the business of their craft.  Behind the images which bring the events of the world into focus for all of us, often in shocking reality, are the stories of the committed men and women who sacrifice so much in pursuit of the news. The talk will illustrate, with graphic images, how photojournalists everywhere and everyday risk their lives so that the public can understand and put in perspective the events of our world.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, March 16. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to: WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

A Luncheon Treat for Jazz Lovers


Oberholtzer is a familiar name in Kent County, especially to those in the music world.  Dr. Christopher Oberholtzer, son of locally known musicians, Dan and Judie Oberholtzer, and head of one of the leading college jazz programs in New England, will speak at the next WC-ALL Learn at Lunch programon Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The title of his presentation is “Jazz, From Louis to Now.”

In addition to his roles as Director, Jazz Studies, University of Southern Maine and as Musical Director of the Portland (ME) Jazz Orchestra, the multi-talented Dr. Oberholtzer is a much-in-demand clinician and guest director, working with numerous high school jazz ensembles and All-State and Honors Festivals through-out the country.

As a free-lance trombonist, he has toured here and abroad with groups such as the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Tony Bennett, the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Roberta Flack and The Temptations.

During his talk, Dr. Oberholtzer will invite guests to explore with him (and listen to) some of the major characteristics of jazz music.  Since its inception in the early 20th Century, there have been many stylistic changes in this original American art form.  The presentation will begin with Louis Armstrong and move through the decades to some of today’s current jazz musicians.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, February 13. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to:  WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

An Invitation to Explore the Hudson River Valley


The Hudson River Valley awaits you in the fall of 2017!  The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning is offering an exciting, custom 9-day excursion, during prime foliage season, that highlights history, architecture, food, art, scenery and so much more.  Bring a friend and meet new ones on this round-trip deluxe motor coach journey from Chestertown.

The October 14-22, 2017 trip is designed to visit the best of the best.  Participants will see the homes of Gilded Age millionaires, enjoy vistas that inspired Hudson River artists more than a century ago, explore the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, visit the Roosevelts at Hyde Park, experience Halloween and Sleepy Hollow lore, and see a World War I style aerodrome.  All this plus most lunches and six gourmet dinners along the way!

There are only two hotels involved, enabling everyone to really enjoy the trip. Travelers will stay at the Tarrytown Sheraton for two nights and then have six nights at the renowned Mohonk Mountain House Resort.  The Mohonk House is so magnificent that we have scheduled a free day there so travelers can enjoy its amenities from spectacular autumn mountain views to spa, pool, golf, boating, greenhouse and even carriage rides.  (http://www.mohonk.com/)

Invite a family member or a friend or two to join you! An additional bonus for WC-ALL members is a pre-trip course on the Hudson River Valley, covering artists of the Hudson River School as well as political and literary history.

For full details on the itinerary and the registration form, visit: http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/hudson-river-valley-trip/.

Because of the high demands of the season in the Hudson area, WC-ALL has planned early to get the best!  Registration is limited to 30 people and is open only until February 13, 2017.  The cost is $2,900 per person (double occupancy), which includes everything except two dinners and one lunch en route.  Hotels, admissions, professionally guided tours and lectures, taxes and gratuities are included in the fee. Reserve your place by February 13!

WC-ALL Announces Registration for Spring Classes


Beginning Monday, December 19 and continuing through January 17, members of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning can sign up for classes offered during the two sessions of the Spring Semester.  Nineteen classes are available, eleven in session one which runs from January 29 to March 10, and eight in the second session, March 19 to April 28.

For those in the community who have not yet joined WC-ALL and would like to know more about this lively group of life-long learners, as well as learn about the new spring class schedule, check out http://bit.ly/wcall-studying or come to SHOWCASE on Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 PM (Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College campus.)  There you will hear presentations about each class and have a chance to meet instructors and current and prospective members during the refreshment period.

Consider joining friends and neighbors who already take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to stretch their minds and learn something new and interesting.  Membership is open to all for an annual or semi-annual fee which allows you to sign up for as many classes as you wish – some members have been known to take one class each weekday!

Registration for classes is available now, at SHOWCASE, and by Web or regular mail through Tuesday,January 17.  Bear in mind that class size is often limited and popular courses tend to fill early.  Call 410-778-7221 or go online for a copy of the full catalog or further information.  Please note that the WC-ALL office is closed during Winter Break and will reopen on January 3.

Professor Bill Schindler and “The Great Human Race”


The next WC-ALL Learn at Lunch presentation takes place on Friday, November 11, 2016.   Titled “Augmented Reality,” this lecture will explore the development of the new National Geographic TV series, The Great Human Race.  Speaker Bill Schindler, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington College, approaches teaching by uniquely combining archaeology, primitive skills and experimental research.  Often referred to as an experimental archaeologist, Schindler’s own personal story reflects his deep interest in understanding firsthand how primitive humans survived throughout our history.

During this presentation, Professor Schindler will discuss transforming TV into a unique teaching and learning opportunity by merging a TV reality show with the most up-to-date interpretations of human evolution and technological innovation.  Sure to be a fascinating presentation, Professor Schindler will highlight the goals, obstacles and triumphs he and others faced trying to accurately present our shared ancestral past while attempting to preserve the entertainment value necessary to entice and keep a TV audience.

The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning invites the community to join WC-ALL members for this presentation.  The buffet lunch and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, November 7, 2016.  The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to:  WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL Learn at Lunch: Presidential Campaigns


On Tuesday, October 18th, Sherwin Markman will speak at the second of WC-ALL’s fall Learn at Lunch programs. As a Washington insider during the Lyndon B Johnson years, he brings a historical perspective to the topic: “Vicious Presidential Campaigns Past and Present” and poses the question “Is what we are witnessing now different from what we have witnessed before?”

The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning invites interested community members to join WC-ALL for lunch and this interesting presentation about the often raw history of electing presidents in the United States. The luncheon and lecture will begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall, located on the Washington College campus.

Mr. Markman, a retired D.C. trial lawyer, has published several books on the life of LBJ. He’s a popular instructor at WC-ALL and was featured at an earlier WC-ALL Learn at Lunch, speaking on “Seven Years at Sea” in which he chronicled his and his wife experiences crossing the North Atlantic by themselves and then spending years exploring the varied cultures of the Mediterranean.

Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, October 13th. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members. To make a reservation, send check payable to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Include name(s) of those attending, a phone number and email address. For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221 on M, T, Th between 9 and 12.