MESSAGES October 2022
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Hello UWC Members!
It’s October, the iconic autumn month in Colorado. The University is in full session, leaves are starting to turn and snow will soon be on the horizon. Although for many, fall signals the end of a year and a time of hibernation; this is not so for the UWC. For us, as for much of Colorado, fall is a time of new energy, preparing for our sun-filled winter months. This October is especially energized for UWC. We are meeting again in person, we are increasing our membership once again, and we are looking forward to another set of amazing lectures.
We hope that you enjoy this month’s MESSAGES, and anticipate the opportunities to reconnect through UWC activities and interest groups.
2022-2023 UWC President
DID YOU KNOW?
October with its palette of crimson and gold is not only a month to stimulate our visual senses, but there is a plethora of interesting activities to entice us to enjoy fall on the University of Colorado Boulder campus and beyond.
Star Light, Star Bright. (AKA Events at the Fiske Planetarium)
- Totality! Get Ready for the 2023-24 USA Solar Eclipses, a special event to be featured on October 8
- James Webb Space Telescope: Update from the Universe, a live talk to be given on October 28.
Music in the Air
- Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème will be performed by the CU College of Music at Macky Auditorium October 21-23. Tickets can be purchased on line.
- The Fall Festival of Choirs will be performed on Sunday, October 30 at 7:30pm at Macky Auditorium and is free to the public. This event will be streamed by CU Boulder: https://cupresents.org/cu-boulder-college-of-music-Livestream/
- Faculty Tuesday’s – free concerts hosted by the College of Music. See https://www.colorado.edu/music/events/faculty-and-guest-recitals/faculty-tuesdays
- World Mental Health Day (October 10)
In 1992, the World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization declared October 10 World Mental Health Day, and it continues to be observed each year. The goal of this day is to increase awareness about mental health. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 is “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority.”
Facts to ponder:
- Globally, one in four people will need mental health care in their lives
- More than 43 million Americans battle with mental health issues.
- Depression among youth has risen since 2012.
- Most Americans lack access to proper healthcare treatment.
Halloween: A Fall Tradition
- Halloween may have developed partially from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated with bonfires and costumes to ward off ghosts in early medieval Ireland. However, it seems to have developed mostly from Christian feasts of the dead from later in the Middle Ages, including All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. By the 9th century, October 31 was being celebrated as All Hallows’ Eve, later contracted to Halloween, throughout Western Christendom. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Why is the pumpkin is used to celebrate Halloween?
In Ireland, people started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul. When Irish immigrants moved to America, they began carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins, as these were native to the region.
A Moment in CU History
One year after Colorado became a state and the University of Colorado was founded (1876), the first students were enrolled on the Boulder “campus.” Mary Rippon became the first female professor at CU in 1878. The first graduating class (six men) was celebrated in 1882. Not until four years later (1886) did the first female graduate from CU, seven years before Colorado women were given the right to vote. (Excerpted from Celebrating 100 Years 1919-2019 compiled and published by the University Women’s Club Centennial History Committee.)
Compiled by Tamera Van Spriell
UWC Lecture Luncheons 2022-2023
The UWC programming committee is very excited to announce our 2022-23 lecture series, which will be held in person at the University Memorial Center.
There are a few important changes
- Because we are meeting in person, we need to verify attendance numbers with UMC Catering two weeks before the event. This means that there is a registration deadline for all Lecture Luncheons – don’t forget this, and be sure to register early!! You can pay by credit card online or via check and the mail. Each Luncheon has a separate sign-up form.
- Be careful to note that not all lectures will be on the second Tuesday, as several of those dates were unavailable at the UMC. The Lecture Luncheons take place at different days this year – please mark your calendars for all of them now!
- Doors will open at 10:30 and the lecture will start at 11:00 followed by a buffet lunch. We are hoping the earlier start will help with parking and that having lunch following the lecture will spur conversation about the topic.
- Although vaccination cards will not be checked at the door, we are hoping attendees will have been vaccinated. Masks are optional.
Lecture-Luncheons are $25 per person. Guests are welcome.
We hope to see you there!
Lectures and dates for the 2022-23 series:
Monday October 3, 2022 – UMC 235
Registration Deadline Sept 19, 2022
Callie Rennison PhD – Victimization Against Women
Thursday November 10, 2022 – UMC Ballroom
Registration deadline October 26, 2022
Barbara Zimmerman, PhD – Famous Women in Science: Navigating a Man’s World
Tuesday January 10, 2023 – UMC 235
Registration Deadline December 19, 2022
Kelly Ostoff – Alzheimer’s: The Latest Research
Thursday February 9, 2023 – UMC Ballroom
Registration Deadline January 24, 2022
Ann Schmiesing PhD – The Evolution of Grimm’s Fairytales
Tuesday March 14, 2023 – UMC Middle Ballroom
Registration Deadline February 24, 2022
Amy Javernick-Will PhD – Pathways to Livable Relocation Following Disaster
Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations via ZOOM
After our summer hiatus, we’re ready to resume our Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations. It is a great way to get to know new UWC members, and a great way get to know old friends better. We will continue to meet via Zoom. We converse for 50 minutes to an hour. Our first meeting will be September 20 at 4:00. After that we will meet every first and third Tuesday at 4:00. Contact Kathy Randall (katherineran at gmail dot com) to reserve a spot for the first conversation or to sign up for automatic inclusion for the UWC year.
Topics Coming Up (sometimes we’re serious, sometimes silly, sometimes informative; always interesting!)
- October 4, 2022: Tell us 3 or 4 attributes you apply to yourself (and examples thereof) – choose 2 or 3 positive traits, 1 not so much.
- October 18, 2022: What are 2 or 3 products for which you have brand loyalty, and why.
Cards to UWC Members
Do you know someone who has suffered a personal loss, or is ill, or having an operation? Receiving a personal note from UWC might bring a little bit of happiness or peace or satisfaction knowing there are others wishing them well. If you do know someone, please contact Kathleen Salzberg, the UWC Card Acknowledgment Chair, with the person’s name, email, and (if appropriate) the reason for the card. Please send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Acknowledgments Chair”
DID YOU RENEW YOUR UWC MEMBERSHIP?
If yes, thank you for renewing.
If you have not already renewed, just take a few minutes to pay your UWC membership dues. It’s so easy to renew. Just click on this link. Read the instructions, and complete the membership form on the UWC website. You can pay directly online by PayPal or by credit card using the PayPal platform and paying as a PayPal “guest.” If you prefer paying by check, please also complete the on-line form, then print it out and mail the completed form with your check made payable to University Women’s Club to Membership Chair:
P.O. Box 18844
Boulder, CO 80308-1844
Membership dues are still $35 and cover the UWC year from August through July. Your $35 dues include a $5 donation to the UWC Scholarship Fund. We always welcome larger donations that can easily be included when you pay membership dues and anytime throughout the year. Through your generous donations to the UWC Scholarship Fund, we can continue to provide scholarships to non-traditional CU students.
Thank you for taking the time to renew your UWC membership and for your donation to the scholarship fund. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming UWC events.
If you have any questions regarding UWC Membership, please email Arlene Gerwin, Membership Chair at [email protected].
First Event of the Year – Membership Coffee in September
Great Kick-Off Event in South Boulder
What an event! About 90 women gathered at Viele Lake to launch UWC into what we hope will be a much more normal, yet exciting year. New members and returning members came to sign up for groups, meet new people, share coffee and snacks and learn about scheduled events. Our emcee, President-Elect Andie Kutinsky, challenged everyone to introduce themselves to at least one other person whom they had never met.
We rounded out the event with a drawing for restaurant coupons and a Boulder restaurant cookbook from First Bite of Boulder courtesy of Jessica Benjamin. First Bite is holding their restaurant week activities September 30 – October 9 if you would like to participate to thank them for their generous gifts. Welcome to all new and returning members!
Let’s make this year really special!
See the photo album from this event here
Watch out for Scams!!
In the last couple of months, a number of UWC members have received emails or text messages purporting to be from UWC officers asking for “assistance” with a link to click or number to call. If one actually makes contact, the next step is usually to ask for money or some personal information. Do not get taken in!!! These are scams.
Here are some good tips:
- If you get an email or a text or phone call asking for personal information, hang up and contact the supposed contactor by your usual means (e.g. if it is a UWC person, call them using their number from the UWC directory; if it is Amazon or McAfee (virus checker) or your bank, hang up and make contact independently.
- If you get an email, always check the return address – scammers usually have a return address you will not recognize
- Re-watch the UWC lecture luncheon on fraud – the speakers were from the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and there is really useful information. Here is the link – https://boulderuwc.org/activities/lls/march-2021-lecture-event/
- And watch out!! Scammers use logos that look real.
UWC collects sensitive information in two ways:
- We ask for your contact information in the membership signup sheet. This information is restricted to the membership chair and Directory compiler. The UWC membership directory is updated and sent to you via email at intervals. We do not publish it on the web or other insecure sites.
- When you sign up for a lecture luncheon, you are directed to a PayPal platform to pay either via PayPal or via credit card. This information goes through a secure site (PayPal) with encrypted transmission (note some members have gotten advertising emails from PayPal).
Mass emails from UWC come from the UWC email: [email protected] or from the UWC zoom email: [email protected] If you get an email purporting to be from UWC or from someone on the UWC Board, please check the email and don’t reply if its not from one of these two emails! Of course, its also possible that UWC members may send you an email by looking up your information in the UWC directory; or you may receive emails about interest group activities from the chairs.
Let’s all help each other out to avoid scams! And especially beware any time anyone asks you to make ANY payments via gift card. This is almost always a scam!
Did You Know – You can find UWC Lectures and other productions online!
Here is a list of viewable UWC Lectures. Just click on the video to watch (and while watching click on the “full screen” icon to see in larger format)
Classy Ladies: Women Composers of Great Music, Betsy Schwarm, Classical Music Historian. Explore women composers from the Italian Renaissance to American composers today, with abundant musical examples and suggestions for future listening. Words to Songs and Playlist
Stories of Colorado Women: The Famous, the Infamous, and the Ones You Have Never Heard Of, Rae Wiseman, History Colorado. Throughout Colorado’s history, there have been women with a lasting impact on our lives and the rights we enjoy today. From Native Americans and pioneer settlers to health providers, educators, and writers, women have risen to tremendous heights in their fields, despite adversity and social barriers.
Why Watching Modern Dance is So Hard: 10 Hot Tips to Make It Easier. Erika Randall, CU Department of Theatre & Dance Chair. In this pithy, physical, and playful talk, Randall unpacks dance moves like “the hinge,” the confounding history of running in concert dance, and how to notice and negotiate our biases when watching bodies in motion.
Shifting Narratives: How Journalism’s Coverage of Mass Shootings Has Evolved. Elizabeth A. Skewes, CU Journalism Department Chair. Historical and current description of media coverage of mass shootings and school shootings from 1966 to the present. Skewes discusses how coverage has changed and how journalists try to balance the duty to inform the public with the need to treat victims and survivors with an ethic of care.
Direct Link to all Recordings. When you have a free hour, click on one of the 12 activities in the UWC playlist to learn something new. There are 9 lectures, 2 opera lectures, and Remarkable Women which tells the stories of UWC women throughout its history. Click on the button below to access the playlist!
Message From the Scholarship Chair
This month, let me give a hearty welcome to our new members!
Membership in the UWC will provide you with many opportunities to meet new people and develop new friendships, while engaging in a wide range of activities. In addition to these benefits, over the years, many members have remarked on how good they feel to be able at the same time to do good by also participating in one of the core missions of the UWC – that of providing scholarships to non-traditional CU students. These are students, at least 24 years of age, who are returning to college after a break in their education, and who have often experienced very difficult life circumstances.
I cannot myself better express the importance of our scholarship work than by quoting one of our former UWC Scholarship recipients, when she said, “With this Scholarship you are changing lives like mine …. You have inspired me, motivated me and given me a push to keep going … and believe that it is worth it to dream big.”
So let us push ourselves, keep going, and dream big, and aim to meet or exceed the record donations we had last year!
We have made it so easy to donate! Just go to our website, (boulderuwc.org), look under Scholarships and make your donation online. Also while at the website, look for the “Support UWC” section and learn how to sign up for the King Soopers and Amazon Smile charitable rewards programs, which enable automatic donations to UWC, so you have an additional donation at NO cost to you!
Save The Date!
The 2023 University Women’s Club Scholarship Luncheon will take place on TUESDAY, APRIL 18. Mark your calendar so you do not miss celebrating the Scholarship Recipients with the theme: Dream, Believe, Achieve!
Scholarship Donations (through August, 2022)
Mary Anna Dunn
Inge Peate Engdahl
Arlene S. Gerwin
Dorothy E. Thompson
Interest Group News
Interest Groups Information
Bicycling – Meets weekly on Thursdays from May through October. Chairs: Gail Smith 303-960-5004; Susan Lee 303-974-8969.
Bicycling – Easy Riders – Meets sporadically on Tuesdays. Contact chair for details. Chair: Dorothy Coltrin 720-527-4704
Book Group – Afternoon – Fourth Tuesday at 1:30 pm at members’ homes or on ZOOM. Vaccinations required. Chairs: Carol Saunders 303-499-3731; Lois Linsky 303-499-2689
Book Group – Biographies – Third Friday at 3:00 pm, in person. Chair: Beth Rauch, 303-746-9414.
Book Group – The Bookies – Second Wednesday at 10:00 am. Chair: Kathy Randall 303-746-4528
Book Group – The Original Book Group – Formerly Evening – Second Thursday at 2:45 pm. Meetings held outside when weather permits. Vaccinations are required for indoor meetings, masks are optional. Chairs: Kathleen Salzberg 303-499-3128; Ellen Gille 720-836-2365. This group has been meeting continuously since the 1950’s.
Bridge Group – First Wednesday at 1:00 pm. Chair: Karen Neff 303-494-0467
French Conversation – All Speaking Levels – Second and Fourth Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 am on ZOOM. Chair: Zdenka Smith, 303-330-2856
Garden Group – Third Wednesday at 11:00 am. Chairs: Jyotsna Raj 303-447-8831; Jean Rohrschneider 720-542-9788
Golfing – For the Casual Golfer – 1:00 pm every Thursday at various golf courses, new members welcome. Chair: Susan Planck 303-499-3916
Hiking – Every Friday 9:00 am September -May; 8:30 am June-August in person. Meet at covered parking lot opposite the lower-level east entrance to the former Macy’s – Chairs: Joan (Joanie) Cardone 303-263-7823; Frieda Holley 303-499-3733
Italian Conversation – Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm on Zoom. Chair: Maxene Wilson, 303-530-4619
Music – Second Monday afternoon of most months in members’ homes, providing a venue for musical performers to meet and share their love of music in an intimate setting. Chairs: Judy Owens 720-562-8064; Julia Luerman 303-938-8084.
On the Road Again – Resuming occasional in person road trips. Chair: Kathy Randall 303-746-4528
Out to Lunch – Usually Fourth Wednesday, at noon at various local restaurants. Chairs: Jean Rohrschneider 720-542-9788; Jyotsna Raj 303-447-8831
Readers’ Theater 2 – Third Monday 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Chairs: Patty Ludke 303-817-1020; Kathy Randall 303-746-4528
Snowshoeing – Will resume in the winter. Chairs: Arlene Gerwin 303-494-1307; Joan (Joanie) Cardone 303-263-7823
Spanish Conversation Advanced – Contact chair for details. Chair: Diana King 303-530-1860
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies – Second Sunday, to see movies at a theater in Boulder or nearby theater. Chairs: Kathleen Newton, 720-548-8661; Sharon Nehls 303-494-5778
Groups that are on hiatus
- Needlecraft, New Chair needed
- Theater Goers, New Chair needed
Groups that are at capacity
- Book Group Small – Fiction and Non-Fiction, Joyce Bograd
- Book Group – Second Monday, Janet Evans
- French Conversation, Dot Thompson
To start a new interest group requires at least five members including a chairperson.
If you are interested in starting a new group, please contact the Interest Group Coordinator for more information: Linda Nordberg, Interest Group Coordinator, 978-314-9987.
To form a new book group, contact Kathy Randall, 303-746-4528.
President – Norma Portnoy
President Elect – Andie Kutinsky
Past President – Tamera Van Spriell
Secretary – Karen Bell
Secretary Elect – Kathleen Salzberg
Treasurer & Treasurer Elect- Frieda Holley
Acknowledgements/Donations – Merry Bullock/Karen Neff
Acknowledgements/Cards – Kathleen Salzberg
Advisory/Parliamentarian – Frieda Holley
Archives – Karen Neff
Email/Communications – Berry Todd
Honors Reception – Karen Haimes
Interest Groups – Linda Nordberg
Margaret Willard Award – Andie Kutinsky
Membership – Arlene Gerwin
Membership Coffee – Lynne Barnett and Andie Kutinsky
MESSAGES – Merry Bullock
New Members – Becky Palmer
Nominating Committee – Norma Portnoy and Tam Van Spriell
Opera Brunch – Sandy Johnson
Photography – Anne Hudson
Program – Sharon Nehls
Program-UMC Liaison – Tam Van Spriell
Programs – Registration – Lynne Barnett
Scholarship Committee – Marge Riddle
Scholarship Luncheon – Jonette Lucia
Website – Joyce Spencer
Zoom Master – Merry Bullock, Lynne Barnett
Directory – Diana King
Document Repository – Frieda Holley
HHTT Conversations – Kathy Randall
Interest Group Zoom Coordination – Kathy Randall
MESSAGES proofing – Kathleen Salzberg
UWC Calendar 2022-2023
MONDAY 03 October, 2022 – Lecture Luncheon #1: Callie Rennison – Victimization Against Women – University Memorial Center (UMC)
SUNDAY 06 November 2022 – New Member Wine and Cheese
THURSDAY 10 November, 2022 – Lecture Luncheon #2: Barbara Zimmerman – Women in Science – University Memorial Center (UMC)
TUESDAY 10 January, 2023 – Lecture Luncheon #3: Kelly Ostoff – Alzheimer’s: The Latest Research – University Memorial Center (UMC)
THURSDAY 09 February, 2023 – Lecture Luncheon #4: Ann Schmiesing – The Evolution of Grimm’s Fairytales – University Memorial Center (UMC)
TUESDAY 14 March, 2023 – Lecture Luncheon $5: Amy Javernick-Will – Pathways to Livable Relocation Following Disaster – University Memorial Center (UMC)
SUNDAY 19 March, 2023 – Opera Brunch – location TBD
TUESDAY 18 April, 2023 (tentative) – Scholarship Luncheon – location TBD
WEDNESDAY 17 May – Honors Reception – location TBD
Photo Credits: Sunday Afternoon at the Movies: Kathleen Newton; Garden Group: Berry Todd