IN MEMORIAM: Gloria Kubel

In Memoriam

The Academy remembers Gloria Kubel: teacher, dancer, inspiration.

Having just finished her Academy course, Dance American Modern Dance:
Isadora to Martha to Merce,” The Academy was saddened to hear about
the passing of  course leader Gloria S. Kubel.

Gloria Kubel received a BA in Education from Sarah Lawrence College,
Bronxville, New York and a MA in Dance from the University of
Colorado.  She studied ballet growing up in New York City and studied
modern dance with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Erick Hawkins, Alwin
Nikolais and Murray Louis.  She taught modern dance in Denver for over
20 years and directed a small company of dancers, performed in several
Colorado cities.  Gloria created a movement-discussion support group
for women after breast cancer and continues to teach Dance,  exercise,
and Tai Chi Movement Meditation classes. She is the author of Food Is
Us: Easy, Tasty, Mostly Vegetarian Cooking.

Academy members who enjoyed Gloria’s recent class had this to say:

“It was a delight to have Gloria as our class leader. She was
informative, articulate, warm and passionate about dance in America.
Her personal experience as a dancer added to the energy and knowledge
she shared with us.  Altogether a superb experience.  Thanks Gloria.
You did a baffo job.”  “Gloria Kubel, a kind person sharing dance with
the class.” And another called her knowledge “exceptional”, and
another referred to her “inspired leadership”. A great journey across
the spectrum of modern dance.”

From the Denver Post:
Gloria Kubel passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19 at the age
of 84. She was known and loved for her endless energy and indomitable
spirit by family, friends and the wellness community. Gloria was a
figure in the Denver dance community as a performer, patron and
educator for OLLI and The Academy. She is survived by her children,
Holly Winber Powers and Ken Winber, 5 grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. More information about Gloria and donations to
her favorite charities can be found on her memorial website,

A memorial gathering will be held graveside at Fairmount Cemetery
Monday, November 27 at 11AM. Meet at Fairmount’s Staging Area ‘B’.

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FREE One-Day Academy- JAN 17 -Tell a Friend



JAN. 17, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

at The Academy, (CBC, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224


Presentations and 45 minutes each and include:

10:00a – Anne Holland – The Search for Alien Earths

There have been many new discoveries and recent news about space and what lies beyond. Learn more about NASA and NSF missions to find extra solar planets, and the scientists doing this work. This course will cover extremophiles on Earth, comparative planetology and the telescopes enabling these disoveries. Hear about upcoming new missions and what scientists hope to find next.

Anne Holland has a Master’s of Science in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and is currently the Community Engagement and Exhibits Manager at the Space Science Institute . She has conducted astronomy outreach for the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station in Hawaii.

11:00a-Dr. Philip Tedeschi, PhD – The Human Animal Connection: Exploring Relationships

What is the importance of human relationships with other animals and the living world? How do our connections with nature and the living world shape our character and create experiences which inform our mental, physical and spiritual well-being? Today Dr. Tedeschi, Executive Director for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, will share an overview of this spring course that will focus on the human-animal bond in research and practice.

Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is co-founder and Executive Director for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection in DU’s Graduate School of Social Work.  He also coordinates the school’s Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for the Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the global Animals and Human Health professional development certificate program.

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is dedicated to supporting healthy communities for people and animals. IHAC provides educational, research and advocacy opportunities to students on campus, as well as professional development for individuals around the globe.

12:30p – Dr. Bob Contiguglia – Sports in Society:  Money, Sex & Drugs 

Today sports have gone from the last section of the newspaper to front page with corruption scandals, issues of gender and race, doping and concussions.  The value of youth sports is also being questioned as never before.  This course will discuss the evolution of modern sports from pure recreation to billion-dollar enterprises and their influence on modern society including how sport is organized, financed and governed, the regulatory challenges, and sports’ effects on the media, politics, gender identification and more. Today’s presentation will give a glimpse of what will be covered in much more detail throughout the semester.

Dr. Bob Contiguglia is a retired Nephrologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado.  His passion is soccer having been a player, coach, administrator and executive at all levels of the sport.  Bob served as Board President of the US Soccer Federation for many years, sat on numerous committees and boards within FIFA (Federated International du Football Association) and US Soccer and has been a member board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The Day includes:

-Information about all Spring courses

-Chance to meet course leaders and learn about their courses.

-Coffee, snacks

-Assistance with Online registration for classes beginning Feb. 13, 14, 15, 2018

No RSVPs necessary. 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224
(303) 770-0786 (Messages only)





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Dec. 5 is Your Day-Boost Your Academy Donation

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Support The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Colorado Gives Day!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 is the day thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours.  Our goal is to raise $20,000.

This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund proportionally boosts every dollar donated.  For example, if the Academy receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, it will receive 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

Your support helps the Academy to:

·        Replace and upgrade classroom A/V equipment

·        Maintain low membership and tuition fees

·        Program up to six special events each year

·        Provide scholarships to those in need

·        Grow the Academy reserves for emergencies

Any day is a great day to donate but your Donation Goes Further on Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 5!

Don’t miss this end-of-year donation opportunity.

To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to


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Book Discussion/Tattered Cover Book Fair


Nov. 7-9, 9:30-1:30 p.m. 

A great way to support The Academy and find some wonderful books.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is proud to announce a book fair of Colorado authors taking place at The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224,tattered-cover-logo

The Tattered Cover will give the Academy 10 percent of its sales to benefit the our scholarship and technology fund.

Citizen, An American Lyric, Book Discussion-FREE

Assetou Xango, the City of Aurora’s Poet Laureate
1:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Participate in the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read, through a discussion of Citizen. Learn about its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as a community.
Assetou Xango is a poet, community 
Assetou Xango
activist, filmmaker, teacher, and mentor born and raised in Denver. She founded poetry venues in Denver and San Francisco,and, as a member of Deadly Pens and SpeakOut, Assetou has performed worldwide and was featured on HBO. She was also a part of TED Talks Mile High edition.
Citizen, An American Lyric, Book Discussion-FREE
Assetou Xango, the City of Aurora’s Poet Laureate
1:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Assetou Xango is a poet, community 
activist, filmmaker, teacher, and mentor born and raised in Denver. She founded poetry venues in Denver and San Francisco,and, as a member of Deadly Pens and SpeakOut, Assetou has performed worldwide and was featured on HBO. She was also a part of TED Talks Mile High edition.



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