Academy for Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee
February 19, 2014
HSC, Room 106
Present: Cheryl LeJune, Anne Criddle, Donn Peterson, Maureen Cummings, Pat Chandler,
Stephen Ruback, Lou Master, Evelyn Carrington, Noemi Silva
11:20 AM Call to Order
Cheryl LeJune called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. There were no
corrections to the January minutes.
Sorry I am not in attendance at the February Advisory Board meeting….I have two doctor
appointments this morning.
The Spring Semester turned cold for our Houston/Cypress residents. We had two bouts of cold
icy weather that caused us to cancel several days of classes. Those classes have been
rescheduled. The information on new class dates has been posted on the two ALL blogs and
handouts are available in the classroom. Postings on class changes are made as soon as we
learn about them; however, there may be times when changes are not known until the last
minute and we ask members to understand that “things happen” when you have a volunteer
Last month we announced that we would have a Curriculum Committee Meeting on
Wednesday, February 26…..however, this has now been changed to be a Volunteer Light Lunch
and will encompass all areas of the ALL program. We want more of our members to participate
in the “behind-the-scenes” activities of the program. We need to get more members involved.
Please encourage everyone you talk with to attend the Volunteer Light Lunch on February 26 th,
at 11:15 in our classroom HSC 106. I’ve made announcements in each class. At this time I have
not asked for RSVPs because I didn’t want anyone to use the excuse of not replying early
enough. Please discuss this issue at the AB meeting and let me know what you decide.
Since we are now having the Volunteer Light Lunch on Feb 26th, let’s now have a curriculum
meeting on the following Wednesday morning, March 5th at 11:15 in our classroom, HSC 106.
Go ahead and contact potential speakers so that you can present that info at the March 5 th
meeting and make reservations for class times. Closing date for submitting classes is Friday,
April 25th because the final schedule must be submitted to the System Office by May 1 st.
Remember that multi-part classes need to be on the calendar first so that other single shot
classes can be scheduled around them.
Submitted by Sarah Walter
2. Bus Trips
On January 21 we took a full bus on a Hill Country tour guided by Larry Gurka, a former Harris
County Precinct 3 bus driver. The weather was wonderful and the guide was very entertaining
and full of information. The feedback from our members was excellent and we will plan more
trips using Larry’s services, which are free to us.
The trips we currently have planned for 2014 :
Sunday, Feb 23: Play in Conroe with dinner afterwards
Wednesday, March 12: Broadacres Walking Tour with Preservation Houston,
lunch and a museum visit in the afternoon
Thursday, April 24: Cuero (Wildflower Capitol of Texas)
Thursday, May 15: Glass bottom boat rides in San Marcos
Tuesday, June 3: Houston Mounted Police demonstration, lunch and a tour of St. Arnold’s
Sign up for the second quarter trips is April 8 at 10AM to noon, HCS, 105 & 106.
Submitted by: Sharon Samson, committee head
Committee members: Joan Camenson, Marsha Dugger, RJ Eckhardt, Judy Holmes, Ann
Liner, Kathy Morley, Louise Rugaard, Evelyn Carrington, Deanne Rosenberg
Communication and Membership
After reviewing the last three (now four) print outs from the Registration Department it appears
that our 2013/2014 paid membership stands at approximately 688.
In terms of our Gmail account(s) we have 540 current (paid) contacts and 287 last year contacts
which did not renew their membership.
As is usual we have had a number of changes to our schedule this spring session. In addition to
the usual reasons such as instructor illness, etc. we have had a number of changes due to
weather conditions. Such changes are, of course, reflected on our blog. In addition the Library
LIFE program has had a fair number of changes which have been reflected on our blog.
On Jan 15, 2015 Connie Nelson and Maureen Cummings spoke to the Texas Retired Teachers
regarding what A.L.L. had to offer their members. A few people in the audience were already
A.L.L. members, but there were many who were just learning about our program. Hopefully,
some of the retired teachers may soon be joining us.
Meet You There
On Monday January 20th a group of ten of us went to the Cypress Cinemark Theater to see the
movie "Lone Survivor", and afterwards we had lunch at Candelari's Pizza.
Tuesday February 18th, there were also ten in our group, and we again went to the Cypress
Cinemark Theater, this time to see "The Monuments Men". We had a late lunch at Newk's Cafe.
For March's event I am trying to arrange a tour of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Art. I heard that
a family from the Champions area has loaned their collection of European furniture, paintings
and tapestries to the museum.
1) There will be a Volunteer Recruiting event on Wednesday, February 26 th in HSC 106 at 11:15.
A light lunch will be served. We need to invite members to come and see if they might be
interested in serving on or with the Advisory Committee. Current committee chairs who are
looking to leave can send in a job description to Cheryl LeJune or Sarah Walter.
2) With the approaching need to fill the Fall catalog schedule, please start recruiting
instructors. A member has expressed an interest in having a couple of remote classes for ALL
members at the Cypress Center (Clay and Fry roads).
3) Cy-Fair College 10th Anniversary celebration: ALL will be invited to the next campus event if
held – TBD.
4) ALL members are being asked to volunteer in other areas of campus life such as the ARTS
center and the library. There is also a part time paid position available.
Pat Chandler is looking into some suggestions made at our last meeting such as changes to the
registration forms, and using lighter paper for the class schedule catalogs. She is still asking for
any input on problems with on-line registration. The title “Fun and Recreation for Seniors” will
be changed to “Lifelong Learning for Seniors”. The class schedule will be mailed to each
member rather than one per address.
4. We need an emergency contact number on hand for all instructors while on campus.
Maureen Cummings brought up the topic of using name tags. This might be useful for Evelyn
Carrington as well for Meet You There outings. They can speak with Cheryl about re-using the
plastic name holders that ALL has for open house events.
12:00 Noon Adjourned
This meeting was adjourned at 12:00 Noon. The next Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled
for Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 11:15 AM, HSC, Room 106.