Monthly Archives: October 2016
Academy Event Calendar–Now Put It On Your CALENDAR
Oct. 25, 1 p.m.: The Academy Readers Theatre Group is performing its coursework, Arsenic and Old Lace, in the Music Room, 161, on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. No need to RSVP. All Academy members are invited. There are 60 seats.
Oct. 27, 9:00: Sweeten the Pot! Muffins/Juice/Drawing , Just for the Fun of It. $5 per person. We’re hoping you’ll join us for a light breakfast before class. Please come at 9:00 for friends and frivolity! If you don’t have class that day, still feel free to come and enjoy. No RSVP necessary. A drawing will be held for a ceramic orb by artist Bil Buhler.
Oct. 31: We’re Giving You a Treat (no tricks) with Spring class topics. Check our Website and your email. Online and mail registration opens Jan. 6, 2017.
Nov. 1-3: Tattered Cover Book Fair: Notable Colorado novels will be on sale this week before and during classes. TC is giving The Academy 10 percent of its sales!
Nov. 3: Noon-1:30 p.m. Ausma Zehanat Khan: A Muslim Detective in an Anti-Muslim World. She is the author of The Unquiet Dead, 2015, and The Language of Secrets, 2016. Her novels are built around human rights and war crimes in the Balkans. She holds a Ph.D. in international law and is the former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine. Book signing after presentation for about a half an hour.
Dec. 6, 24 Hours: Colorado Gives Day
You’ll be able to find the Academy for Lifelong Learning on ColoradoGives.org. This means you can donate and Colorado Gives will bump up your donation from First Bank’s Endowment Fund. (First Bank divvies up $1 million between all the Colorado nonprofits on its site. But we’ll need to make a strong showing! Please tell your friends and mark your calendar for Dec. 6.
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day marks the start of the Spring semester at The Academy!
From AARP: “If our leaders don’t act, people will soon face a 25% cut to benefits. That means seniors will need to make ends meet with almost $10,000 less a year.”
This Thursday, Oct. 13 at noon at The Academy, AARP Colorado is hosting an information session on the challenges faced by social security. This session is your opportunity to ask questions social security and learn about Take A Stand, a new grassroots effort pressuring candidates to take action & put forward plans for social security reform.
NO NEED TO RSVP. Academy members and guests invited. Refreshments available courtesy AARP Colorado.
Print a Flier for a Friend Here! Soc. Security flier
With the recent death of Ralph Plimpton, The Academy has lost a friend, active participant, former Board President, and proud supporter of The Academy and lifelong learning in general.
Ralph’s allegiance to The Academy was a testament to lifelong learning as seen here, in an excerpt from a Denver Post article from 2010:
“Following his retirement as owner of a successful consulting business, Ralph Plimpton found himself in the same unchartered waters that many seniors navigate when they leave the workforce.
As chance would have it, Ralph picked up and read an Academy of Life Long Learning bookmark and that made all the difference in the world. ‘A course titled, ‘The New Science of Happiness,’ caught my eye and so I signed up for it even though it was half over,’ Plimpton said. ‘This was the beginning of a new life – one that my wife says is the best thing that has ever happened to me.'”
Ralph took 38 classes at The Academy between 2005 and 2016. This term he was enrolled in The Law and the Arc of the Moral Universe and It’s the Economy, Stupid. Through the years he taught about many topics including climate change, economics, global issues, cyber power, and culture. The latter was his favorite subject to teach and economics was his favorite subject to study.
The Academy is forever thankful to Ralph for his friendship with Jerry Bruni. They both wanted to spread economic literacy and the Bruni Foundation has given an annual gift to the Academy for its educational opportunities in economics.
Ralph participated in several weekly coffee groups in Denver, and started one on Coronado Island where he and his wife stayed for several winter months each year. It was always issues that he wanted to talk about. His wife Fran had a habit of clipping small articles from the newspaper and tucking them in her purse so they would remember to discuss them at dinner. Discussion group member John Slocumb noted that Ralph asked intelligent questions, was very organized, searched for additional facts, and displayed sensitivity.
Sally Kneser recalls, “I took Ralph’s The World is Flatcourse in 2006 using Thomas Friedman’s book. Ralph provided thought-provoking questions and made certain that everyone had a chance to speak. All the discussions were lively because we didn’t all agree with each other, but Ralph ensured that the issues and our reasons were explored in a respectful manner. He honored all opinions. Through the years I often praised him as a master facilitator.”
Professionally, Ralph served as a manager and Vice President of Human Resources with Arco and Amoco until the early 1980’s. He retired in 2003 but turned around and founded a consulting practice in outplacement and search.
In retirement Ralph was a Renaissance Man who enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others.
Ralph and his wife Fran have a home in Highlands Ranch.