“LEARNING – JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!”The 2017 Winter/Spring Classes are listed below chronologically by their beginning date for the month of February. Classes beginning in January, March and April are on separate pages. Included with class descriptions is biographical information on each instructor. Many classes are one day sessions but others continue on the same day of the week for two to six weeks.
All classes are held in classrooms on the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College at 26300 Airport Road in Punta Gorda. Each classroom has up-to-date audio-visual equipment and there is ample parking with short walks to the “D” building (the only two-story building on campus).
You can register online with your credit card by clicking on the appropriate payment button (FRIENDS member or non-member) or you can call the LLI office at 941-637-3533. Refunds must be requested either by email or in writing through the U.S. mail and will be granted only prior to the first class session.
NOTE: Additional classes may be added as details are confirmed.
Now make your choices and learn — just for the fun of it!
Wednesday, Feb 1, 10:00-11:50 am, (ONE DAY ONLY) –Classroom D203 “The Secret Weapon of the Confederacy” by Judith Berger Wilmington, NC, was the port that supplied the Army of Northern Virginia. Robert E. Lee predicted that if the city fell, the Confederacy was doomed. Protecting this vital area was Fort Fisher, “the Gibraltar of the Confederacy.” We will show an introductory film and learn about the battle that ended this terrible war. Judith Berger has been involved in education for more than 50 years. She is the LLI Curriculum Coordinator.
Tuesdays, Feb 7-21, 10:00-11:50 am, (3 Weeks) – Classroom D108 “Day Trips from Punta Gorda” by Rosenda Calloway Week 1--Unusual Florida. Florida is more than amusement parks. Take a drive for a day, head off the beaten path, and explore the unusual and mysterious Florida. Week 2--The Fine Arts Find Florida. Florida is home to the most interesting & informative museums anywhere. They are filled with an enormous amount of history, artifacts, exhibits and art collections. Discover those that are only a drive away. Week 3--Florida Outdoors: Flamingos and alligators and snakes — Oh my! Get away to the great outdoors – Florida style. Enjoy a day trip and enjoy nature at its finest at our local botanical gardens, zoos and state parks. Rosenda Calloway is the Regional Travel Sales Consultant for AAA Travel and chose travel as a career many years ago. She grew up in the Mojave desert and her first trip as a travel agent was to Hawaii. She became hooked on travel. She has had the pleasure of traveling to 6 of the 7 continents and hopes to add Antarctica soon. Her favorite countries outside of the US include Egypt, Switzerland, Turkey and Australia. Although she has traveled through out the world, she still feels like “there is no place like home” and she spends a lot of time exploring and traveling in Florida.
Wednesday, Feb 8, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D203 “Patrick Smith’s Florida: the Migrant Workers” by Joan Mountford Angel City is Patrick Smith’s novel about the conditions in Florida’s migrant worker camps. Smith lived in the camps himself to capture the reality of the workers’ lives in a tale about a family from West Virginia who came to Florida to build a new and better life but found themselves living instead as indentured servants to a heartless master. The class will take Patrick Smith’s powerful tale as a starting point for a discussion of the American Dream and how, for too many among us, it turns into a nightmare. Joan Mountford, a winter resident of Punta Gorda, holds degrees from Tufts University and Simmons College. She lives most of the year in New Hampshire, where she taught high school English for 35 years and presented workshops annually at state and regional conferences. In addition, she has for a number of years been an occasional columnist for the Concord Monitor, the newspaper in the state capital.
Thursday, Feb 9, 1:00-2:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D108 “Make a Crocheted Necklace,” by Sonjia Olstad In this class you will make a crocheted necklace. The necklace material will be provided for an additional $5 material charge. You are asked to bring a small scissors, a 12 inch ruler and a J or K crochet hook. Hooks are available in the material section of most stores selling yarn. Additional materials will be available for purchase for more projects. Sonia Olstad is a retired teacher from Oregon, WI. She and her husband now live in northern Illinois on a small farm that has been in her family for 75 years. She has taught this same class at her local Illinois LLI center for the last four years.
Friday, Feb 10, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D105 “The History of Financial Crisis & the Outcomes” by Leo Boisvert Economic, political, and financial crisis has been common for thousands of years. This class highlights in a historical context major financial catastrophic events, as well as the events that preceded the economic disaster, and explore the solutions that were implemented to overcome these dilemmas. Leo D. Boisvert is Senior Managing Partner and Chief Financial Strategist of Private Wealth Consultants, LLC. He is responsible for wealth preservation strategies, strategic investment development, liability management, and charitable planning strategies for estate, corporate, personal and foundation groups. Leo is also a national speaker and lecturer on wealth strategies for lifetime security, retirement planning, charitable giving, and personal financial management. Leo was awarded the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst®(C.I.M.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, in association with the Investment Management Consultants Association; the CIMA® designation is held by only 5,000 financial professionals worldwide.
Fridays, Feb 10-24, 1:00-2:50 pm (3 Weeks) – Classroom D103 “Publish Your Book,” by James Abraham Understanding the world of modern publishing and where your work fits. Course includes “So Just What is Publishing?, Finding Your Market, and Going to Press” and features regular readings by class members, handouts, and gentle critiques delivered in a collegial, nurturing environment. James Abraham is a former writer, editor, editorial writer, literary critic, and columnist with several newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, Charlotte Sun, and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He has written a well-received political biography that is used in university curricula and has published a collection of his insightful book essays. Abraham is a popular writing coach, critic, and lecturer at writers’ centers and colleges who understands book editing and packaging. His Book-broker Publishers, which he founded 12 years ago, has produced or edited more than 400 books in a variety of genres.
Wednesdays, Feb 15 – Mar 1, 10:00-11:50 am (3 Weeks) – Classroom D203 “Patrick Smith’s Florida: The Owners of the Land” by Joan Mountford A Land Remembered is Patrick Smith’s masterpiece, a novel that tells the tale of three generations of the MacIvey family from their arrival in Florida in abject poverty to their powerful position as real estate tycoons. Smith’s gift in this saga is in his use of three major characters to trace the history of Florida’s change into the place we know today — and in his assessment both of the achievement of those who built the state and of the price they and the state paid for that achievement. People who take this class should read through Chapter 17 in the novel prior to the class. Joan Mountford, a winter resident of Punta Gorda, holds degrees from Tufts University and Simmons College. She lives most of the year in New Hampshire, where she taught high school English for 35 years and presented workshops annually at state and regional conferences. In addition, she has for a number of years been an occasional columnist for the Concord Monitor, the newspaper in the state capital.
Fridays, Feb 17 – Mar 3, 10:00-11:50 am (3 Weeks) – Classroom D109 “Genealogy Unwrapped” by Joanne Daerr Ryder Many families receive a box of old family papers and photos after the death of a close relative. The tip of the iceberg! This generates interest to learn more about the family. Aha! The computer! Unfortunately, about 5% of what you want is there and you have great probability of finding undocumented stories that have no meaning or relationship to you. Jump start your genealogy! Don’t continue to be frustrated and struggling with where to go next. Learn the “basics” of genealogy both on the computer and home research Unwrap YOUR genealogy! Joanne founded the SW Florida Germanic Genealogy Society in 2006 and served as its president (2006-2014), recently initiating and serving as editor of their newsletter, The Posthorn. She is also the Society webmaster. Joanne is a Past President of the Charlotte County Genealogical Society (2002-2003), a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Western PA Gen. Soc., Sacramento German Gen. Soc., German Gen. Group (Kings Park, NY), MAGS and the German Gen. Soc. Of Minnesota. She has taught basic and intermediate genealogy courses, several genealogy programs at Florida Southwestern University, and has been a speaker at the Florida State Genealogical Society’s annual conference.
Thursday, Feb 23, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D105 “Fossils of Florida and How They Got Here” byBob Fuqua This class starts with an explanation of how the Florida landmass evolved to include the terrestrial and marine animals that lived here during that time frame. Building on this background, the class describes the fossilization process with emphasis on how it happened in Florida. This is followed by a fun discussion of what kinds of fossils are found in Florida, how to look for them, and how to identify your finds. A wide variety of fossils and fossil books will be available for students to examine. Mr. Fuqua found his first fossil shark teeth in western Kansas when he was a small boy, cementing a lifelong interest in fossils. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University, he had a 30 plus year career in intelligence. Throughout his career he continued to hunt and study fossils every chance he had. Upon retiring and moving to Florida, fossils now get all the attention and study they deserve. He routinely provides lectures on fossils to many organizations and has written a book on fossil shark teeth.
Monday, Feb 27, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D107 “Koreshan Cultural Site” by Geoffrey Wasson The Koreshan Unity is a unique late 19th century/early 20th century cultural site in SW Florida. Founded by a charismatic leader named Dr. Cyrus Teed, he and his followers created a utopian society in pioneer Florida. Geoffrey Wasson is the Museum Curator/Park Service Specialist at Koreshan State Historic site. Originally from NE Ohio, he moved to Florida to assist in cultural resource management for the Seminole Tribeof Florida before joining the Florida Park Service in 2010. He has a B.S. in Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology and is working towards his M.S. in Ecological Restoration. He performed cultural resource management across the US for over 17 years.
Tuesday, Feb 28, 10:00-11:50 am (ONE DAY ONLY) – Classroom D108 “Tarawa” by Tony Ciampa The island is called Betio and the atoll is called Tarawa. Here, for three days in November 1943, the Second Marine Division experienced their first amphibious assault landing in the start of the USMC’s Central Pacific island hopping campaign of World War II. The Marines faced the Japanese Imperial Navy and the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (rikusentai), an enemy committed to fight to the death. Three days of pure hell ensued. This presentation examines the leaders on both sides, problems and obstacles before and during D-Day, the savagery and the commitment by both sides to victory. One to capture the island, its airfields and the other to prevent progress of the American forces toward reaching Tokyo and defeating the Japanese. This presentation examines the lessons learned in a large scale amphibious assault against a strongly fortified position that still forms the benchmark of operational assaults from the sea by the U.S. Marines. Finally, it will cover the aftermath of this battle. Tony has a BA Degree in Biology/Chemistry from Boston University and MBA from Northeastern University. Tony is retired as the Director, Global Marketing and Sales – Automotive, with Lord Corp. Tony worked at Lord Corp. for 37 years in both Boston, and Erie, PA. He enjoys golf, scuba dividing, biking, pickleball and traveling. Also he has a very keen interest in the history of World War II in all the theatres of action (North Africa, Sicily, Europe and the Pacific).