Special Interest Group Activity Calendar
2014 Condensed Calendar
- Please verify dates, times, locations of meetings with the Interest Group chair.
Interest Group Descriptions &
Bridge dates are: , , , and . We meet at at the Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto.
Chairs: Susan Howard : 512- 288-0767 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alice Reinarz: 979- 571-7723, email@example.com
Don Davis: 512- 476-5028, firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder to everyone that we are now meeting on the FIRST (rather than the third, as in the past) of each month from at the Howson Branch of the Austin Public Library.
: Dr. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions at UT Austin, will present on the evolution of UT admission policy (Hopwood decision, Top Ten law, challenge to use of race in decisions at the Supreme Court). They expect the SCOTUS decision any day now so we'll be hearing about that result and implementation. She will also talk about student demographics in Texas and how they influence applications and admissions.
: Jeffrey Kerr, who has spoken to the group on two occasions in the past about his books, has a new publication coming out next month through Texas Tech Press. The book is Seat of Empire: the Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas and is a nonfiction account of Austin's earliest years.
Jeffrey Kerr entered Rice University in 1975 with little clue about what to do with his life. Vague plans of becoming a writer and historian soon gave way to more practical considerations and in 1984 Kerr earned his medical degree from Texas A&M University. After a residency at Wake Forest University, he moved back Texas to establish a successful pediatric neurology practice in Austin.
Not long thereafter, Kerr discovered the extensive photograph collection at the Austin History Center. With a renewed passion for exploring the past, he spent the next 18 months researching, writing, and publishing his successful first book, Austin, Texas-Then and Now, which became a 2005 non-fiction finalist for the Writers League of Texas Violet Crown Award. The Republic of Austin, Kerr's second published work, appeared via Waterloo Press in October 2010 and is now in its third printing. In July 2013 Texas Tech Press released Kerr’s third book, Seat of Empire: the Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas. This nonfiction account of Austin’s tumultuous founding is available in book stores throughout Texas. Kerr lives in Austin with Sharon, his wife of over 30 years. The couple is quite proud of its two grown children.
: A National Geographic Preview—Flowers that guide bat echolocation, the Story behind the story. Dr. Merlin Tuttle is an internationally recognized researcher, photographer and conservationist who specializes in bats. He founded Bat Conservation International, and his work has been featured from the Wall Street Journal and New Yorker to the National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines. He has lectured at most of America’s premier institutions and has just completed work on his fifth article for National Geographic, scheduled to appear in the February 2014 issue. The article features recent discoveries of highly sophisticated floral adaptations that acoustically guide echolocating bats to specific sites in flowers, ensuring exclusive bat pollination. Tuttle worked in Costa Rica, Cuba and Ecuador, taking more than 20,000 images for this story. He will share his spectacular, high-speed action photos as well as highlights of the challenges and techniques involved in getting these images.
Chair: Carolyn Wylie: 512-453-2556 or email@example.com
The exercise group meets and mornings from at the Recreational Sports Center, room 1.106. Experienced exercise instructor and personal trainer Helen Scaffa leads us in a variety of exercises designed for all ages and fitness levels. These include balance work, stretches, yoga, and low-impact pilates, using exercise balls, hand weights, and thera-bands. To join the class, you need to be a member of Rec Sports, but we can get you a one-day pass if you want to check us out first.
For more information, including parking options, please contact Carolyn Wylie at 453-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance and Investment
Co-Chairs: Phil Kelton: email@example.com
John Booth: firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet at the Howson Library, Community Room, 2500 Exposition Blvd. at .
: Mr. Calvin Lee of Lee Financial Services
Still working on and November meetings
: Dr. Laura Starks, a Professor of Finance at UT in the McCombs School of Business.
Chair: Deena Mersky: 512-477-4152 or MerskD@gmail.com
Watch your email for art events soon.
Meetings of the Health Interest Group will be held this Fall on ,
. The meeting place is the Howson Branch, and
Library at 2500 Exposition Blvd, unless otherwise noted in the Condensed Calendar above. We meet at and plan to have
speakers on various topics relating to the health of the retired population.
More definitive information on each event will be announced in email
notices. Please keep these dates on your calendars.
Chair: Carol Kay Johnson: 512-926-8191 or email@example.com
The RFSA travelers are heading to Sedona, Arizona for the Great Trains and Grand Canyons tour.
Looking ahead there is still space available to go Africa for the Tanzania Migration Safari . Contact Karen Bluethman at Heart of Texas Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to reserve your place.
Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming excursions as details are finalized. It could be a day trip, an opportunity to visit a unique Austin landmark, or several days spent experiencing another corner of the world. Do you have a destination you have always wanted to visit? If so, please let us hear from you.
RFSA Activity Calendar
The Activity Calendar is prepared two times a year by George and Barbara Frock and distributed by Carol Barrett, RFSA Coordinator in the office of the Texas Exes, 512-471-8081 or email@example.com. Visit the RFSA website: www.utexas.edu/rfsa
All telephone area codes are 512 unless otherwise indicated.
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