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Renaissance Chronicle

March 2012 Volume IV issue 2


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A Message from President Kathleen Bennett Back to Top

This is an exciting time to be in Renaissance. So many positive things are happening. We are enjoying some wonderful courses this semester thanks to the hard work of Kathryn Pettus and Marjorie Chenoweth and the Curriculum Committee.  They are planning another great semester for the fall.

Since we have a budget surplus, The RI Marketing Committee of Carolyn Donohue, Donna Bertling and William Miller is exploring ways to publicize Renaissance.  This includes a new brochure and an expanded course catalogue that will include activities like Summer In The City.  This will show potential members that we are a year-round program. You will be hearing ads about Renaissance on the radio and seeing us in newspapers.  We want to spread the word about our wonderful organization.

We celebrated St Patrick's Day with delicious cookies provided by our Cookie Committee.  The Social Committee encouraged the wearing of the green. 

Great suggestions are coming from our Constituent Meetings and we look forward to implementing them.  Thanks to all who participated and shared their ideas.

Whether you are a native Baltimorean, or a newcomer to our city, you will want to attend our Scholars Forum, A Tale of Two Cities: Baltimore, The Refurbished and the Forgotten on Saturday, March 31, at 9:00 AM in the Knott Auditorium on campus.  It promises to be a lively discussion.

You have received your ballots for Council candidates in the mail.  Please examine our list of outstanding candidates and vote for your choices. Also, don't forget to vote on the By-Laws question.

Let's keep this positive energy flowing!


Information from our director, Diane Finlayson Back to Top

The Renaissance Office is looking for pithy, one-sentence testimonials regarding what RI means to you for inclusion in our new brochures and catalogs.  Please email your one-sentence testimonial and the correct spelling of your name to Diane at dfinlayson@ndm.edu.  Deadline is March 27th!  Thanks for your contribution!

NDMU presents a free panel discussion with this year’s Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Robert Shetterly - Mining the Mountains: The Real Cost of Mountaintop Removal.  The discussion will revolve around the current process of surface coal mining called Mountaintop Removal or MTR.  The panel, moderated by Renaissance Institute director/WYPR announcer, Diane Finlayson, will include:this year’s Woodrow Wilson Scholar, noted painter and activist, Robert Shetterly; Baltimore photographer Eileen Wold; Father Richard Malloy, University of Scranton; Vernon Halton, co-director of Coal River Mountain Watch; Chris Hamilton, Vice President of West Virginian Coal Association (Friends of Coal); and Roger Horton, of the United Mine Workers Union.  It will be held in the Knott Auditorium on campus on Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00-8:30 PM.  Admission is free.


Curriculum Committee Back to Top

The Curriculum Committee expresses its gratitude to the many members who submitted course proposals for Fall 2012.  These instructors and course coordinators will provide members with many stimulating and interesting learning experiences.  We appreciate their willingness to serve.

Course catalogs will be available in just a few weeks, and all of us can begin building our fall schedules.  The perennial favorites are still among our choices.  We will also have a chance to travel to other cultures and times through courses in art, literature, religion, and history.  Science, music, and nature studies are also included.  Look for new and unusual titles that will stir your interest, and see if they describe good course selections for you.

Please note that some of our traditional thirteen-week courses will be offered as two classes of six and seven weeks in duration, and you must enroll in both classes if you wish to remain in the class the entire semester.  For example, you must enroll in both Gentle Yoga I and Gentle Yoga II to ensure that your schedule includes a full semester of yoga.   This scheduling model provides members with more opportunities to sample courses, and it provides greater access to courses with limited enrollment.


Marketing RI In The Community Back to Top

The Marketing Committee is asking for your help!  

Would you be willing to send notices, either written or electronically, about RI in general and for specific events when they occur, e.g. Open House, Scholars’ Forums, etc., to your community associations?  If you live in a high rise building or senior community, would you be willing to post them in your building?  

Contact Bill Miller at 410-467-4967; e-mail wpm4318@verizon.net or Carolyn Donohue at 410-377-2891; e-mail donohuecarolyn@gmail.com.


Renaissance Link To Amazon.Com Back to Top


Remember if you purchase items from AMAZON by first going through our website we automatically receive up to 7% of the total purchase in additional funding.  You can purchase lots more than books such as clothing, jewelry, movies, Kindles and computers at great prices and you will incur no extra charges.

It’s simple to do this by using your browser’s search (i.e. Microsoft Explorer or any other browser which you might be using).

1) Enter NDM.EDU/RENAISSANCE.  This will take you directly to our website.

2)Scroll down to the bottom of the page (by pressing the down arrow on the right margin of the screen) and you will see the AMAZON box.  

3) Click on the box to take you to the AMAZON website which contains a listing of available products on the left hand side.  

4) Select your purchases and complete in accordance with AMAZON instructions as usual.  

All such purchases will be credited to the RENAISSANCE account automatically.

Use this link for shopping throughout the year!!

Remember any members of your extended family or friends are eligible to participate.  All they have to do is access AMAZON by first going through the RENAISSANCE website as above!

If you have any questions on how to use this procedure please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (cangelino@aol.com) and I will be happy to show you exactly how to take advantage of this painless way to support RENAISSANCE.  We will use a PC outside the Administration office so you can see how it works.  Don’t be shy!!


Summer/Winter Activities Committee Report Back to Top

Winter-in-the-City Holiday Season (December 2011 and January 2012) was a smashing success thanks to the astute program development of Gil and Jan French and their bevy of activity and pot luck hosts.  An event took place almost each day throughout the eight weeks of vacation.  Those who say one slows down with age did not have Renaissance members in mind.

Saturday March 31, 2012, SCHOLARS FORUM - "Tale of Two Cities: Baltimore" - BALTIMORE and its wonderful 'renaissance'; BALTIMORE: and its woeful problems.  The panelists are:

?Robert Embry, Jr. (keynote) President of Abell Foundation

?Marion Pines, Director, Sar Levitan Center, JH Institute for Policy Studies

?Bishop Douglas Miles, Co-Chair, BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, and Bishop of Koinonia Baptist Church

?Diane Finlayson, Director of the Renaissance Institute, in a cameo appearance for RI.

Title, program, and content of this Forum were the brainchild of our illustrious Master of Ceremonies, Greg Halpin.

Forum reservations are available in Fourier Lobby, before class and during lunch at $10/person.

The Activities chair gives many thanks, present and future, to our new Director, Diane Finlayson for her help with the Forum.  Diane is already a full participating member of the activities committee.  Welcome!!

Plans are being made for an interesting and exciting Summer in the City. There will be movies (see below), days at Pimlico, concerts, trips, museum visits, international lunches, a Summer Seminar, and luscious pot-lucks: brunches, lunches, and ''dinner on the deck."  This is all by our members for our members.  Plan to be part of the fun beginning right after classes are over in early May.  

Please contact Gil and Jan French with suggestions; they would love to include your requests in RI activity plans.  We are planning the June 2012 Baltimore Heroes seminar, the July FREE International Movie series, and the October 2012 Scholars Forum.  Enjoy interesting times as you attend 12 months of life-long learning right here at the Renaissance Institute.

Open to the public, free for the entire family – a month of Sundays in July – July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2:00 or 2:30 PM.  Special international films selected by RI's art critic for the entire family in cool and comfortable Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium; parking is immediately adjacent.

Diane Finlayson has the list of the suggested films; she will be surprising all with the selections.  More information will be out soon.

See you in class everyone.  Regards, Adrienne Leibovitz, Activities Chair


Social Committee Back to Top

Spring is now officially here.  Can the Annual Spring Awards Luncheon be far behind?  It will be a little early this year.  The Awards Luncheon will start at 12:30 PM in Doyle Formal on Tuesday, April 24th.  

We normally have a cold entree but our recent member survey indicated that about two-thirds of the 72 who responded preferred a hot entree. Therefore, we will be served a garden salad, a hot entree and dessert.

Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday, April 3rd through Tuesday, April 17th in the morning and at lunchtime.  Come and find out what the Chorus has in store for us.


Community Outreach Committee Back to Top

Thank you to everyone who has generously participated in Meals on Wheels, and contributed phones, hearing aids, toiletries, aluminum tabs, greeting cards and other items which we periodically collect.  With a group our size, we make a significant contribution to community services!

This year we are participating with Notre Dame students in some of their ongoing service projects.  Together, RI members and NDMU students quickly assembled 125 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which the NDMU students delivered to Our Daily Bread, serving hot meals plus a quick lunch to those in need.  We encourage you to participate in one or all of the future joint projects, as follows:

A Conversation Hour with English Language Institute students is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the building which adjoins Fourier Hall.  This has been a delightful event in the past, as the students have many varied professional and cultural experiences and they enjoy talking with our members who are interested in their countries and their experiences in our country.  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

We encourage RI members who like to do arts, crafts or music projects with children to sign up for one event with an after-school program, Food for Thought, which NDMU students provide on a monthly basis.  We will join the students on Friday, April 13, in the NDMU gym from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

On Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 PM we will share in a Taize service, a one hour meditation with music in the small chapel on campus.  This service may be open to the larger community.  Watch for a sign up sheet as the time draws near.


Used Book Sales Back to Top

We have collected $105.65 so far this semester in the Book Room (107).  We have some new books, so come in and take a look – you may find something wonderful!  Don’t forget to bring in new additions, especially new fiction, as that seems to sell the best.  Be sure that the books you bring in are in good condition for re selling.


Medical Emergency/Accident Procedures Back to Top

Instructor or RI Member

1.Call extension 6666 (University Switchboard Main Communications Center).

The operator at this extension will request all information, such as location of victim and type of emergency or accident.

The operator will dispatch the Security Officer and call 911.

The Security Officer will give first aid and assist 911 operations.

The operator will notify the Director of Security

2.If on campus and a campus extension phone is not available, use your or another's cell phone to dial 410/532-6666 for emergencies; for non-emergencies, 410/435-0100.

3.Call extension 5351 (Renaissance Office) and notify the Director of the situation; from a cell phone, the number is 410/532-5351.

4.The Security Officer will complete a written Incident Report.


In Memoriam Back to Top


Jim Hendry, a long-time member of Renaissance Institute was born May 8, 1928 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He spent 27 years in the U.S. Navy rising through the ranks from seaman to commander when he retired in 1972.  He was a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Jim taught Electrical Engineering Technology at ODU for ten years and since moving to Catonsville in 1988, had been a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, the Renaissance Institute, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a volunteer at the National Electronics Museum.  He was a stained-glass artist, skilled woodworker, and recorder of family history.

Among his many activities at RI, Jim:

•Purchased, maintained and repaired all the audio/visual equipment and taught instructors how to use the equipment.

•Then started and worked on the AV Committee.

•Served as assistant to many instructors during classes.

•Taught many classes related to general science, physics, history of radar, electricity, engines and electronics.

•Led special tours of National Electronic Museum for RI members.

•Conducted a special tour of the USS Barry in DC, the ship on which he had served as first Captain.

•Served as co-chair of Safety Committee.

•Was Vice President, President and Past President of Renaissance Institute.

•Served on Blue Ribbon Committee during Margery Doroshow's administration.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita, also a former RI member; sons Michael and James J., daughter Ginny and daughter-in-laws Lorraine and Kathleen; seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.  He was predeceased by his son Stephen.

Renaissance members who wish to honor Jim’s memory in our community are invited to contribute to the Jim Hendry Fund.  Proceeds from that fund will be used to sponsor future science courses at Renaissance in Jim’s memory.


Newsletter Staff Credits Back to Top

The Renaissance Chronicle is published by:

Renaissance Institute

Notre Dame of Maryland University

4701 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21210


Editor:Shelley Silver

Staff:Lyn Brock

Carolyn Donohue

Elizabeth Fanto

Robert Fanto

Sally Kauffman

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