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Center for Global Awareness

Upcoming Classes:

A Transformative Worldview: A Vision for the Future (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/23/2019
Integrating the Past, Forging a Future (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019
Cross‐Cultural Awareness: Understanding Others (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

Tracy Ayers is a native New Mexican. She studied Secondary Education with an emphasis in English at New Mexico State University and proceeded to work as a high school English teacher for many years in Hatch, New Mexico. When given the opportunity to transfer her passion for helping and caring from high school students to New Mexico's elderly, Tracy partnered with two other professionals in the field and they currently own and operate seven residential care homes in Albuquerque and Las Cruces that specialize in caring for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. She serves as the President at the NM Alzheimer's Association. In addition to her board position, she also volunteers as an Alzheimer's support group leader in T or C, and Dementia Skills Caregiver instructor across the state.

Upcoming Classes:

The Caregiver's Series (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/28/2019

Prize‐winning poet and author, Dodici Azpadu, holds a PhD in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently, she teaches writing at CNM. Her novels SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE PRIME OF LIFE and GOAT SONG were published in the United States and Great Britain, and both enjoyed more than 10‐years of bookstore shelf life. Her third novel, LIVING ROOM, was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Awards in Fiction. For more information, visit her website at www.dodici‐azpadu.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Contemporary Short Stories (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/09/2019
Fiction Writing (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/09/2019
Fiction Writing (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 11/04/2019

Sarah H. Baker, author of more than a dozen published novels, grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Sarah holds an MS in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas. Although she works fulltime for the government, Sarah also writes mysteries as S. H. Baker. Her fourth book in the Dassas Cormier Mystery Series, The Not‐So‐High Seas, hit the shelves in 2009, and the series is currently being recorded for audio books. Her fifth Dassas Cormier book is due out in 2011.

Upcoming Classes:

Self‐Publishing: Getting your Work Out There! (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/07/2019
Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/25/2019
Self‐Publishing: Getting your Work Out There! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/16/2019

In 2001, Jeff Berg began a film series while living in Las Cruces that featured mostly movies that were shot at least in part in New Mexico.It was then that he started researching the subject extensively, since the series became the most attended event at the two different venues that he worked with through 2012, before returning to Santa Fe.He has traveled the state showing film clips from New Mexico movies since 2011, covering the length and width of the Land of Enchantment.Berg is a Santa Fe based freelance writer, whose recent book on the subject, 'Filmmaking in New Mexico', was recently published by the Arcadia Press of Charleston, SC and London.He is also a film reviewer and has had other writings appear in Film Comment, True West, ABQ the Magazine, and a number of other publications.

Upcoming Classes:

Imposters! Movies 'Based' in New Mexico, but not made in NM (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/24/2019
Imposters! Movies Based On, But Not Made In New Mexico Part II (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/06/2019

Richard Blankmeyer was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. He attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a BA in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to an LST home ported in San Diego. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39 year career in banking which included various management positions in internal audit, consumer loan operations, and project development. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

Golden Anniversary: Woodstock Music and Art Fair (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/14/2019
19483 Age of the Great Flying Boats – Pan Am's Clipper Ships (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

Roberta Boggess is on the Leadership Council of the OLLI at the University of New Mexico. She is an active volunteer, participating in membership drives and any necessary events from baking cakes to making presidential decisions. Roberta has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. "Bobbie" has received several teaching awards including the Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 1998. An informed and animated teacher, she loves explaining the story behind the story" to make literature and history come alive. Ms. Boggess has taught the following courses for the Osher program: Beowulf, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Plague, Why Do We Say That? John Donne was a Rock Star, and Theatre from the Greeks to Shakespeare."

Upcoming Classes:

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Why, Oh Why, Doesn't Disney Call? (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/26/2019
I'm Henry the 8th I Am, Henry 8th, I Am! I Am! (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/27/2019
New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not‐So‐Good, Bad and Ugly (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/10/2019
Out of the Mouths of Babes, Part One (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/15/2019
Cattle Trails, Chuck Wagons and Miss Kitty (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/31/2019
Out of the Mouths of Babes – Part Two (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/05/2019
Secrets of World War II, Part Four (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/16/2019
Why Do We Say That? ‐ Knocking on Wood and Chasing White Elephants (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/20/2019
So, You Think You Know Your Presidents? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/29/2019
Romancing the Stone...The Castle at Downton Abbey (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/20/2019
Robert Service: The "Bard of the Yukon" (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/30/2019
If Walls Could Talk – Part One (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/10/2019
Buffalo Soldiers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/14/2019
Beowulf (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/17/2019
The Gilded Age (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/28/2019
Leeches, Quacks and Lobotomies (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/30/2019
I'm Henry the VIII, I Am! Part II (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/08/2019
If Walls Could Talk – Part Two (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 11/14/2019
New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not‐So‐Good, Bad and Ugly (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/02/2019
News Flash! December 6, 1917! Halifax Leveled! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/06/2019

Art Bova has been an Attorney for over 35 years and had been an officer of many organizations. He has many instances of following, using, and understanding the Bill of Rights' freedoms in action. He has a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration from Alma College, his M.P.A. degree from Ohio State University, and his J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University.

Upcoming Classes:

Freedom of the Press (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/01/2019

BA English/Philosophy, cum laude, UNM 1969 MA Special Education, UNM 1971 Ph.D Ed. Foundations UNM 1984Career special education teacher, APS, taught all levels of exceptionality and all age levels, including adults at Youth Detention Center/Camino Nuevo. Taught Special Ed. teachers at Continuing Ed. summer programs for several years also. Retired 2010. NM Regent Clan Buchanan Intl., Celtic Harp/Vocals, retired costume business Vestments", and member of Threshold Choir Intl. I have studied harp on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, and am interested in all things Celtic, as well as Egyptian archaeology."

Upcoming Classes:

Sugar Skulls and Jack O‐Lanterns (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/25/2019

Vicky Burke has taught line dancing for adult learners in community and educational settings for over twenty years.

Upcoming Classes:

Line Dance: Beginning (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/08/2019

For the past 30 years I've been involved in the New York publishing industry. Early on I worked for HarperCollins Publishers and then started my long time career working for literary agents reviewing both published and unpublished books. Working for the William Morris Agency's World Wide head of their literary division I was fortunate to review many best selling authors' work;; including that of James Michener, Tom Clancy, Umberto Eco, Larry McMurtry, Judy Blume, to name a few. Now in the UNM Continuing Education Department I find great satisfaction in helping new writers develop their talents and skills.

Upcoming Classes:

The Art of Writing Erotica (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/01/2019
Facilitated Writers Group (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/17/2019

Angel Cervantes is an avid genealogical researcher and has done historical and genealogical research in the Archivos of Chihuahua, Colima, Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked as a NM State Archivist in Santa Fe in 2001.

Upcoming Classes:

Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The New Mexico DNA Project (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/21/2019
The Romanovs and Catherine the Great (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/28/2019
The Cautivo System through DNA and its impact on the New Mexico colony (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/08/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Basque Connection to New Mexican Families (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/12/2019
The American Conquest of California: John C. Fremont (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/19/2019
The Indo‐European Connection to the Celts (DNA and Language Origin) (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/26/2019
The Spanish Founding of Florida and the Spanish Jesuit Massacre of Ajacán (Modern day Virginia) (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/02/2019
Atlantis and Tartessos: a Possible Celtic Connection (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/09/2019
The Search for the Lost Tribes (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/16/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Celt‐Iberian Connection to New Mexican Families (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/23/2019
The Legacy of Tutankhamun: King Tut" through DNA" (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/30/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: Julius Caesar and the Celts (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/13/2019
Osher Member Event ‐ The Politics of Genetic Genealogy and the Impact on Identity (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/20/2019
Osher Member Event ‐ The Politics of Genetic Genealogy and the Impact on Identity (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/20/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: Finding Princess Anastasia Romanov (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/27/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Roman Connection to New Mexican Families (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/04/2019
The Lost Tomb of Jesus (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/18/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Carthaginian Connection to New Mexican Families (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/01/2019
The California Gold Rush (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/15/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: Viriathus the first National Hero of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/P (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/22/2019
Cradle of the Gods: Gobekli Tepe (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/06/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Suebi Connection to New Mexican Families (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/18/2019

Equal parts artist and outdoor enthusiast, Carol Chamberland finds inspiration in the wild landscapes and history of New Mexico. She holds a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University, plus an MA and MFA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Upon relocating to New Mexico in 2004 she began volunteering on archeological projects specializing in rock art. Since then she has worked on several undertakings and in 2009 organized a project with BLM archeologist Gretchen Obenauf. Now in their tenth year, the group of BLM volunteers visits remote sites on public lands to record the petroglyphs and pictographs of various ancient New Mexican cultures. She is currently president of the Albuquerque Archeological Society and founding member of the Rock Art Council of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Rock Art of Utah (Section SUB‐PE) ‐ 06/28/2019
Rock Art of Arizona (Section SUC‐PE) ‐ 07/12/2019
Rock Art of California and Nevada (Section SUD‐PE) ‐ 07/26/2019

Mary Clark has a degree in Medical Technology, working in hospital labs and eventually at the Mayo Clinic in MN. She worked at a Medical Device company in California for nearly 28 years. She is married with two grown children, and anxious to pursue her passion ‐ coaching those with hearing loss and their employers. A skilled and experienced trainer in volunteer and professional settings, Mary holds a certificate in Training Program Development from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Certificate as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist from HLAA. Her new company is "The Hearing Loss Coach."

Upcoming Classes:

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/05/2019
Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/30/2019
Ok I've got a hearing aid – NOW what? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/04/2019

Daniel Steven Crafts wrote for the great tenor Jerry Hadley until his tragic death. The first of their collaborations, The Song and the Slogan, a setting of poetry by Carl Sandburg, was made into a program for the PBS Television Network and ultimately won an Emmy for Best Music. His opera and vocal music and collaborations have included work with writers Rudolfo Anaya (La Llorona), V.B. Price (From a Distant Mesa), Benedict and Nancy Freedman (Sappho), Erik Bauersfeld (Diary of a Madman;; Bartleby), poet Adam Cornford (many works) and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).With Too Much Coffee Man Opera he created a new sub‐genre of classical opera known as Gonzo Opera. While using the vocal techniques of traditional opera, Gonzo Opera uses wildly comical and satirical plots and situations, and is designed for small ensembles. GonzoOpera.com To date Mr. Crafts has completed 17 operas, 13 symphonies, 6 concertos, and 15 large orchestral works, as well as a variety of shorter pieces. Having spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Crafts moved to New Mexico in 1999.www.dscrafts.net / http://www.scene4.com/0514/carlasullwold0514.html

Upcoming Classes:

Christmas Music of Earlier Times (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2019

Rose Day has a Ph.D. in English and an MA in Humanities and has taught college English courses for 32 years. She has studied at the University of New Mexico and State University of New York at Buffalo.Growing up semi‐rurally in western New York, she has been a voracious reader since second grade. Moreover, she knows part of Ontario, having family in Niagara Falls, Canada, and having spent time in southern Ontario from childhood to early adulthood. She also writes, does oils and pastels an! d photography, plays guitar and sings. Before moving to Albuquerque in 1982, she lived in the Taos area, building an adobe in which her second son was born.Rose is recently retired from Central New Mexico Community College.

Upcoming Classes:

Dr. Elaine Pagels: Her Life and Scholarship: Why Religion? And The Gnostic Gospels (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/14/2019
Mary Wollstonecraft: The Roots of Feminism as We Know (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/06/2019

Mary Mortensen Diecker is the principal of RM Technical Services, Inc., providing consulting services in a variety of areas. She is the author of Roadrunner Tales," a book in calendar form containing 366 stories about New Mexico. She teaches classes in New mexico History at CNM's Emeriturs Academy and the Road Scholar."

Upcoming Classes:

Talk of the Town: A History of Albuquerque (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/26/2019
Strange But True Tales of New Mexico (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/16/2019
Presents from the Past (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/21/2019

Dr. J. Mark Dyke has studied Jungian psychology and the symbolic life for the past 30 years. He was mentored by Robert A. Johnson (noted Jungian author) during the early 1980s. This experience led to an extensive investigation of Jungian psychology and how it can be used to solve relationship problems and increase confidence. Dr. Dyke has taught Jungian psychology graduate courses at New Mexico Highlands University for the past ten years. He's given workshops on the symbolic life for therapists, social workers and nurses through NMHU's continuing education program and at several national conferences. He's had a clinical practice in the area of individual and family therapy. Dr. Dyke is currently working on a self‐help book on the topic of the symbolic life. He is a father and husband, and a foster parent for orphaned kittens. He retired from NMHU as an associate professor in the School of Social Work in 2018 and spends his time mountain biking, writing fiction and non‐fiction, drawing and painting.

Upcoming Classes:

The Symbolic Life (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/07/2019

Jane Epstein

Upcoming Classes:

Intimacy, Communication and Sexuality: a class for women (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/03/2019

* Born and educated in Albuquerque, New Mexico.* Received BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM in 1954.* Served two years as a Lt. In the USAF in aircraft hydraulic system R&D at WPAFB.* Worked as an engineer, sales and marketing manager, subsidiary president, corporate VP and consultant for Pall Corporation for 45 years, mostly on Long Island, NY. Was their 81st employee and at retirement they had over 9,000.* Currently serves on the UNM, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.* He helps review and rate the projects of the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design classes, four times a year.

Upcoming Classes:

Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/15/2019
Testing Your DNA (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/06/2019
Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/15/2019

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, my Masters in Counseling, from USC and my doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University), in Los Angeles, in 1979.I worked many years for private mental health clinics in California. I was on the staff of Cedars‐Sinai Medical Center from 1985‐1991 where I began my tenure, there, as a psychologist in both the adult and child outpatient departments. In 1988, I was promoted to supervisor where I supervised psychological interns from both USC and UCLA. I led seminars on various topics and participated in weekly multidisciplinary staff meetings where unusual and interesting treatment cases were presented.From 1994‐2006 I ran my own business in Woodland Hills, Ca. I worked with many types of people, performing individual, family, couples and group psychotherapy. I wrote extensive worker's compensation evaluations as well as child custody reports.My areas of interest are quite widespread. Having worked with police personnel in Los Angeles, I gained experience in Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder with its many facets and degrees of severity. I am a strong believer in existential theory in that every human being has the ability to define his own destiny within the scope of his/her particular physical limits. I believe in the theories of Abraham Maslow and his self‐actualization doctrine as well as Viktor Frankl who believed that people without a personal, well‐defined meaning in life, merely exist, but do not live.I treat traditional psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, grief reactions, phobias, marriage difficulties, empty nest concerns and personal detachment and separation problems. I also work with geriatric issues, revolving around personal mortality, loss of physical and mental functioning, loss of a life partner and loss of personal meaning (this, of course, is not limited to the geriatric population)I am also a creative writer. I have had a play of mine performed in Santa Fe in 2009. I am currently a writer for ETHER BOOKS, an online publishing concern, that permits IPhones, Droids, Blackberries and other such mobile phone devices to download stories, poems and essays. I published book on marriage called GIVE AND TAKE WITH EB AND FLO and also published a full length stage play, entitled, UNTIL WE'RE CALLED TO RISE. I also have a novel being considered for publ0ication.

Upcoming Classes:

Psychology and Music (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/09/2019
Strange Brew: Music of the 1960s (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/11/2019
Why Do We Lie? (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/31/2019
Psychology and the Maintaining of Personal Meaning (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/06/2019
The Psychology of Current Events (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/07/2019
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/03/2019
Harry Truman (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 09/10/2019
Woodrow Wilson (Section FAC‐PE) ‐ 09/17/2019
Richard Nixon (Section FAD‐PE) ‐ 09/24/2019
Theodore Roosevelt (Section FAE‐PE) ‐ 10/01/2019
The Great Composers: Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/10/2019
Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/12/2019
Why Do We Lie? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019

Ramón Flores is a native of Albuquerque who earned B.A. in History and M.A. in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. In the course of a thirty year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón wrote, directed and produced two plays about New Mexico's colonial period. With Lynn Butler Knight he co‐wrote The Merchant of Santa Fe which addressed the plight of New Mexico's Hidden Jews living under the shadow of the Inquisition in 1670. With Taos Pueblo writer James Lujan he co‐wrote Casi Hermanos about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which was produced in 1995.In 2004 Ramón co‐wrote and produced the play The Peculiar Case of José Padilla about the New York born Puerto Rican who was held as an "enemy combatant" in a US military brig for more than three years and accused of being "the dirty bomber" for Al Qaida. This play addressed the issues raised by the "Global War on Terrorism." He is currently working on follow up play to The Peculiar Case of José Padilla. For the UNM Continuing Education Division, Ramón has previously offered the lecture series "Islam and the West," "The Manhattan Project," and "A City Upon the Hill: American Exceptionalism from Puritan New England to Bagdad of 2007." Ramón is a popular lecturer through Story of New Mexico and has led film series and other discussion groups. Recently, he provided courses for Osher on the origins and role of the Tea Party Movement, Propaganda, Populism and Corruption of Western Ideals and the Myth of Secure Borders. Ramón is a voracious reader and researcher and has a loyal following within the Osher community.

Upcoming Classes:

The Hidden Jews of Colonial New Mexico (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/25/2019
Matachines (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/02/2019
The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/09/2019
A celebration of three Jewish‐American songwriters (Irving Berlin, Paul Simon and Carole King) and t (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/09/2019
The Solomon Island Campaign Part 1: Guadalcanal (August 1942 to February 1943) * (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/02/2019
Freedom of Speech in an Era of White Nationalism (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/03/2019
The Solomon Island Campaign Part 2: Closing the ring around Rabaul (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/16/2019
Is Criticizing the Role of the Israeli Lobby Protected Free Speech or Hate Mongering? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/12/2019
Israel and Palestine: Are Sanctions the Answer or a New Form of Anti‐Semitism? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/19/2019
What priority should Global Warming Mitigation have in the 2020 campaign? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/03/2019

Cheryl Foote was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1953. Two years later, she moved to Albuquerque where she attended the University of New Mexico and received her B.A. in Spanish and History in 1969. She completed her M.A. in history and received her Ph.D. in history in 1985. She is the author of Women of the New Mexico Frontier 1846‐1912, which won the Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico for the best work about New Mexico history in 1991.Cheryl has taught history at Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI) for twenty‐one years. She has published articles and book chapters about regional history, and has served as a consultant for the Historic New England Foundation for the exhibition Historic Kitchens. She has also written about the culinary history of the American Southwest for Food History News and for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Cheryl and her husband have been fortunate to travel to many foreign destinations. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and a quintet of cats and dogs, and enjoys hiking, reading mysteries and cooking for her friends and family, especially her grandson Andrew.

Upcoming Classes:

Women of the Colorado Mining Camps (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/16/2019
Historic Taos: From the Pueblo to the Slopes (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/18/2019
Saints, Relics, and Pilgrimage sites in Europe and the Americas (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/09/2019

As Railroad Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Transportation Department for thirty years, I had opportunity to work with each of the numerous railroad companies that traverse the Land of Enchantment. Part of the job meant frequent interaction with crews assigned to construct and maintain track throughout the state.Upon retirement, I worked with a variety of law firms investigating railroad accidents throughout the country.I presently lecture, write, and research on the subject of New Mexico railroad history.

Upcoming Classes:

Steel Gangs, Native American Railroad Workers in New Mexico 1880 to the Present (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/18/2019

Robert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.degrees in English and American Studies from the University of New Mexico and is the recipient of the Erna Fergusson Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM. He is the author of over twenty works of fiction, memoir, folktales, and literary biographies as well as numerous monographs and essays on the literature, history, and culture of the American Southwest. His short story collections include West Bound, Dreams of Quivira, Bad Boys and Black Sheep, and First Horses: Stories of the New West. Bob taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967‐1991, where he was University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English, as well as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He served as Director of Ethnic Studies and Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1991‐2001. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. He and his wife, Judith, live in Albuquerque. They are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. He is a jazz guitarist and vocalist by avocation. Please visit his website: www.robertfgish.com

Upcoming Classes:

James Joyce (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/09/2019
Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/06/2019
A Native Woman's West: Leslie Silko and Louise Erdrich (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/03/2019
Raymond Chandler and the Detective Novel (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/01/2019
Jack London's Testosterone Tales (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/28/2019
Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/29/2019

Donald Gluck has four university degrees including a PhD in Engineering. He was an early subscriber to William Buckley's National Review and has studied Conservatism for several decades. In 2010 at the University of New Mexico he chartered a conservative club which he led or was active in for five years. He has lectured on Conservatism in Albuquerque and Santa Fe since 2011.

Upcoming Classes:

Henry James on Screen (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/17/2019
The Master and Margarita: Novel and TV (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/15/2019

Tim Goloversic earned an MBA from IUP, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a BS in Aeronautics from ERAU. He is a retired Army Major and has completed numerous military leadership courses. His teaching focuses on developing plans for sustainable peace and economies in war torn countries.

Upcoming Classes:

Yugoslavia: History from World War I to the death of Tito (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/25/2019
Yugoslavia: The 1990s Civil War ‐ to Present (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/01/2019

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Aficionado of Macroeconomics

Upcoming Classes:

Modern Monetary Theory and Economic Policy (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/02/2019

I was born in France, educated in New York City, seasoned in California and cured in New Mexico. I grew up in a family with an intense food culture. I discovered my calling as a food historian with an interdisciplinary approach in 1999. Food touches on all aspects of life and can be used as an organizing principle to make sense of the human condition. Since then I've traveled around the world, exploring and studying foodways.

Upcoming Classes:

The Meaning of Food (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/12/2019
The Wisdom of Greek Mythology (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/09/2019

J. L. Greger, as a biologist and professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, enjoys putting tidbits of science into her novels. She includes Bug, her dog, as a character in all her novels. In Coming Flu (published by Oak Tree Press in 2012), epidemiologist Sara Almquist is trying to stop two killers: the Philippine flu, which is rapidly wiping out everyone in a walled community in New Mexico, and a drug kingpin determined to break out of the quarantined enclave. In Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight (published by Oak Tree Press in April 2013) Linda Almquist, Sara's sister, is scrutinizing a diet doctor" for recklessly endangering the lives of his obese research subjects. Soon she finds her research entwined with a police investigation of two murders.For more info, check out her website: www.jlgreger.com;; and blog: JL Greger's Bugs at www.jlgregerblog.blogspot.com"

Upcoming Classes:

What is a Poison? Facts and Fiction (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/18/2019
Plotting for a Better Story! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/01/2019

Melody was born and raised in Las Cruces, southern New Mexico, but spent a few years growing up" on Guam and in the Philippines. A graduate of New Mexico State University (B.S. Education), she is also a graduate of the University of New Mexico (M.A. Education). Melody taught in Albuquerque until leaving the classroom to become a full‐time freelance writer. Melody Groves and Johnny Boggs Melody and Johnny Boggs A deep love of anything cowboy and Old West creates a fertile playground for her imagination. After spending ten years with the New Mexico Gunfighters Association, she learned what it feels like going toe to toe with a revolver‐wielding sheriff. Being both "good guy" and "bad guy" gives her a firsthand feel for what her western characters experience. Melody is a contributing editor for Round Up magazine for Western Writers of America. She is also a contributing writer for "American Westward Expansion," a collegiate history encyclopedia. She also writes for Wild West, True West, New Mexico and other magazines. When not writing, she's busy playing rhythm guitar with the Jammy Time Band."

Upcoming Classes:

Putting Emotions into your Writing (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/12/2019
Creating Believable Dialogue (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/19/2019
Old West Saloons in the Rockies (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/30/2019
Tantalizing Tidbits of Rodeo (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/06/2019
Keys to Writing Historical Fiction (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/13/2019
Putting Emotions into your Writing (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/26/2019
Old Town: 300 Years in the Making (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/12/2019
Creating Believable Dialogue (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/13/2019
Historical Front and Back Bars: What a Story They Tell! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/26/2019
Things That Go Bump in the Night (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/31/2019
So, You Want to Write for Magazines? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/21/2019

Loretta Hall is a freelance writer and author of five nonfiction books. Her most recent book, Out of this World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel, is the only book to document the historic spaceflight‐related research activities in the state and the personal stories of the people who undertook them. The book has won six awards at the state, regional, and national levels, including Best New Mexico Book of 2011 in the New Mexico Book Awards. Ms. Hall's website NMSpaceHistory.com supplements the book with news items and additional insights. She is a Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico's Speakers Bureau.

Upcoming Classes:

What It Took to Get Men to the Moon (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/13/2019
Women and the History of "Manned" Spaceflight (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/16/2019

Ron Herman earned a B.S. in physics and math from NM Highlands University in 1971, and later he received his NM teacher certification. Ron completed an MS in Mechanical Engineering at UNM in 1981, and in 1987 he taught Introduction to Mechanical Engineering as an adjunct professor there. He earned an MBA from UNM in 2006. He worked as a product development engineer for Sagebrush Technologies and other small companies, and he has owned his own small company, Engineering Ideas. He is now retired. Ron has studied religions as a Catholic, Baha'i, Unitarian, and Humanist. He was coordinator for education classes for the Humanist Society of NM from 2006‐2008 and developed curriculum for both children and adults. He has been conducting research into the history of science and religion for the past ten years.

Upcoming Classes:

Milestones in the History of Science and Religion (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/08/2019
A Comparison of Science and Religion (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/10/2019
Milestones in the History of Science and Religion (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/30/2019

Carol A. Hill is a geologist and author of many books including Cave Minerals of the World, and Geology of Carlsbad Cavern, and Geology of the Delaware Basin. She was featured on the NOVA show "Mysterious Life of Caves," which aired on PBS on October 1, 2002. Carol has been an ASA member since 1984 and a member of the ASA Affiliation of Geologists since its foundation.

Upcoming Classes:

Why Noah's Flood Can't Explain the Grand Canyon (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/10/2019
Caves of the World (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/14/2019
Geology of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Rift (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/04/2019
Geology of the National Parks (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/02/2019
Geology of Valley of Fires and White Sands (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/06/2019
The History of Geology (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

Lizabeth Johnson earned her MA in History from UNM in 2000 and her Ph.D. in History from University of Wash

Upcoming Classes:

A Social History of the Medieval Church (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/10/2019
Women in Ancient and Medieval Europe (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/04/2019
Arthurian Legend in History and Literature (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/16/2019

David Johnson, Ph.D. retired from the University of New Mexico after over thirty‐three years of teaching creative writing, mythology, and world literature. His most recent book is Rebirth of Wonder: Poems of the Common Life (UNM Press, 2007), which one reviewer called an autobiography written in poetry." He has published four additional books or chapbooks of poetry: Altar to an Unknown God (Solo Press, 1990), Pilgrim Country (San Marcos Press, 1976), The Oldest Song (San Marcos Press, 1983), and Fire in the Fields (Writers on the Plains, 1996). He also wrote Word Weaving: A Creative Approach to Teaching and Writing Poetry (NCTE,1990). In addition to co‐editing the six‐volume Bedford Anthology of World Literature (2003), he has published articles on mythology, comparative religion, and Mexico travels. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout New Mexico. He is presently working on his autobiography. Proud of his three children, Peter, Sarah, and Maia, David Johnson lives with Mona, his wife of over forty years, in Albuquerque."

Upcoming Classes:

Writing a Spiritual Autobiography (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/05/2019

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non‐fiction writing for 25 years, and has taught writing at UNM Albuquerque, Southwest Writers and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E‐33: Writings from Emeritus. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, New Millenium Writings, Chokecherries, The Crimson Crane and The Whole Life Times. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University, LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. She divides her time between California and Northern New Mexico, and provides coaching and developmental editing for new and experienced writers. For more information, visit her website at www.conniejosefs.com.

Upcoming Classes:

A Thousand Words: Writing from Images (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/17/2019
Who's Talking? ‐ The Narrator in Memoir (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/29/2019
The Way They Were ‐ Writing Believable Characters in Memoir (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 11/05/2019
"You Had To Be There" ‐ Writing Scene in Memoir (Section FAC‐PE) ‐ 11/12/2019
The Shape of Time in Memoir (Section FAD‐PE) ‐ 11/19/2019

Julius Kaplan earned his BA from Wesleyan University, his MA and PhD from Columbia. An art historian by profession, now retired, he has been an opera fanatic since his mid‐teens. Attracted to New Mexico by Santa Fe Opera, he is currently Vice‐President of the Board of Opera Southwest.Relevant experience: a life‐long opera enthusiast, I have seen the opera many times and have read extensively about Puccini, Belasco and the opera itself.

Upcoming Classes:

Middle Period Verdi (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/10/2019

Ramona King is a film/ television actor and storyteller. For over 25 years she's observed, written and developed performances inspired by human wisdom and communications on stages throughout the US in venues including the White House, cultural centers, universities, festivals, and conferences. In addition, she's consulted and coached performance artists, authors, and speakers for engaging audience delivery. Many thanks to you and your compassionate, wise, and empowering counsel to bring forth my authentic voice in the world. Your coaching is much more than simply how to tell a story. It's about how to truly show up in the world" ‐Naomi C. Rose, Author and Publisher (www.naomicrose.com)Her training includes: Ho 'oponopono (Ancient Hawaaian practice of reconciliation), strategic coaching methods, Family Studies and Human Development, and various acting methods and techniques. She's attended both the Cornell University (Human Development and Family Studies) and the University of New Mexico (Early Childhood Development)."

Upcoming Classes:

Brer Rabbit, John Henry, High John and such... Folk Heroes and the Civil Rights Movement (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/20/2019
How Folk Stories Influenced and Shaped a Movement for Human Rights and Civil Liberties (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/06/2019

Professional artist, BA in History and BA in English.

Upcoming Classes:

Bad Babes and Dreadful Dames (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/16/2019
Let There Be Light (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/21/2019

Dr. Kathy Kitts, a recently retired geology professor, served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Discovery Mission. Before that, she directed a planetarium for nine years. She has dozens of non‐fiction publications spanning professional papers to textbooks to general interest articles. However, she no longer writes about "what is" but rather "what if." Her speculative short fiction has appeared in James Gunn's Ad Astra, Mad Scientist Journal and The Storyteller's Anthology. Her latest short story collection Getting What You Need is now available on Amazon. Born and raised in the southwest, she is currently living in the high desert of New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/28/2019

Tom Kleinschmidt holds a Bachelor of science degree from Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska ‐ Kearney. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He's studied history his entire life with particular emphasis on America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Upcoming Classes:

The Road to Secession; How Did Our Nation Come to Divide in 1861? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/17/2019

In over 20 years since obtaining my JD from the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1995, Lucio developed diverse experience as a manager, lawyer, entrepreneur, and professor. He studied in Italy, Ireland, and the United States before practicing in leading international business law firms in Italy and Belgium and joining the Italian Railways as Deputy Director in 2002, with competences that gradually expanded from EU affairs, to all international issues, to domestic passenger transport. Since moving to New Mexico in the second half of 2013, Lucio set up an international trade consulting practice, started entrepreneurial activities in the tourism and food sectors, and developed an academic career. He currently teaches at Central New Mexico Community College as a full time Business Administration faculty and at the University of New Mexico as a Political Science and Management adjunct professor. Since October 2017, he serves as Legal and Compliance Director of Interrail LLC, the holding of a group with companies in the USA, Canada, and Italy. Following his passion for food, after having considered opening an Italian restaurant, he has developed an expertise as historian of Italian cooking.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Italian Cuisine (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/25/2019

Dr. Layden is a semi‐retired college professor and writer, who has studied public violence for over 30 years and is currently at work on a book about mass shootings. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from UNM, has taught college classes for nearly 45 years, and has given numerous presentations on violence‐related subjects.

Upcoming Classes:

Hate Crimes in the US and New Mexico (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/23/2019

Norma Libman is a journalist and educator. She is the author of Lonely River Village and has written more than 500 articles for newspapers nationwide. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and New Mexico. She also leads writing workshops and holds degrees in Education and Literature.

Upcoming Classes:

How the Jews Kept their Secrets in Inquisitional Spain (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/22/2019
The Secret Chinese Women's Language of Nu Shu (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/04/2019

I have been helping clients with social security decisions and financial planning issues for the past four years. I have attended many continuing education courses on Social Security planning taught by local experts including "Understanding the Benefits of Social Security" presented by Eva Lujan, Social Security Office Public Affairs Specialist and numerous courses taught by Peter Murphy, Retirement Specialist in Santa Fe. I am a member of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and recently accepted a position on the FPA board. Doug Lindsey is a Certified Financial Planner

Upcoming Classes:

Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/13/2019
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/15/2019
Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/05/2019
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/07/2019
Osher Membership Event : Cybersecurity (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/03/2019

Kate Luger, MLS is a recently retired UNM Reference Librarian. She has also been a teacher and editor for a Scottish publisher and is the author of a children's book about old Edinburgh. She has lived in various states in the US and in Scotland and has traveled widely. She specializes in collecting fiction and non‐fiction resources to provide deeper understanding of travel destinations.

Upcoming Classes:

Euro Crime Fiction Reading Group (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/08/2019

Educational Consultant, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant, Certified Life and Team Coach, Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programing. Passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storyteller

Upcoming Classes:

Latin American/Chicana Writers and Magical Realism (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/08/2019
Exploring Latin American Culture through Art (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/16/2019

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OLLI Member Event ‐ Pueblo Oral Traditions: Storytelling through Music (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/04/2019

Carol March, MS, is a career development specialist, trainer, and published author who teaches individuals and groups how to succeed and thrive in today's workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Achieve Global Facilitator. She operates Compass Rose, a consulting firm that provides career planning, coaching, and training services to individuals and groups. Carol's specialty is helping people navigate life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives. Check out Carol's website at http://www.AWritersHeart.com You can see her fiction at www.CarolHollandMarch.com

Upcoming Classes:

The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart and Performance (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/10/2019
Writing the Story of Your Life (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/11/2019
Writing from the Heart: A Feedback Group for Writers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/14/2019

Professor of Physics with research interests in experimental elementary particle physics and most recently in particle astrophysics.Dr. Matthews' particle astrophysics experiments have included the Pierre Auger Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy cosmic rays and the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy gamma‐rays. For recreation I enjoy cooking, gardening, golf and travel.

Upcoming Classes:

Ocean Currents and the Gulf Stream (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 07/24/2019
Waves in your world! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/01/2019
Waves in the Ocean (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 10/08/2019
"A" is for Atmosphere, "G" is for Global (Section FAC‐PE) ‐ 10/15/2019
What is Global Warming All About? (Section FAD‐PE) ‐ 10/22/2019
Ice in our life to Icebergs (Section FAE‐PE) ‐ 10/29/2019

Bonnie McLeskey, CSPGAssociate Vice President of Planned Giving

Upcoming Classes:

OLLI Member Events: Estate Planning for the Middle Class (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/13/2019

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Posters: American Style (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/11/2019

Jon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He was consistently rated by students as an outstanding instructor. After that he ran a small research and development business working on environmentally friendly chemicals. Always interested in philosophical and spiritual issues, since retiring from technical work he has taught classes for UNM CE on Introduction to India," "The Meaning of Life," and "Loving What Is: The Work of Byron Katie." He is currently a self‐employed investor.He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. He has made a point of exploring a wide range of spiritual traditions.He also gives talks on investment topics to the local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII).He has received numerous academic awards and has qualified to join MENSA. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers."

Upcoming Classes:

Buddhism (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/02/2019
Buddhism (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/01/2019

Dr. Norton was born in a drafty log cabin in the Carpathian Mountains.... Actually, close but not that close. She was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, and thanks to the former USSR, she came as a refugee with her family to Canada. She wanted to become a veterinarian, but somehow she became a historian, generally regarded as a much less useful profession. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with BA and MA in history, she sought the warmer climate of New Mexico, U.S.A. Several years, and a Ph.D. later, she still resides, with her English husband, in the Land of Enchantment. Although she considers herself a recovering academic, she can't seem to give up her favorite subject, and she therefore shares her passion for it by consulting, occasionally teaching, and lately writing. Well, she does not really like the writing part;; she likes the research and the finishing part.

Upcoming Classes:

Let me Tell you a Story... (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/10/2019
But... Who Owns the Water? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/06/2019
Aamodt: The Laborious Litigation of Water Rights in the Pojoaque Basin (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019

George Ovitt has taught history for over forty years, having held posts at Drexel University, Sidwell Friends School, and since 2000, at Albuquerque Academy. American history, as presented in popular culture, is among his particular interests.

Upcoming Classes:

John Ford, Richard Slotkin, and the Myth of the American West (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/14/2019

Lance Ozier is a career public broadcasting executive, and is passionate about poetry, photography, classical music, and the history of science. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Corrales.

Upcoming Classes:

Osher Member Event ‐ A Personal History of Public Broadcasting (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/12/2019

Steve Poland has a passionate interest in the area of happiness and well‐being. He has been greatly influenced by the science of positive psychology with its focus on human strengths rather than human weakness. As a New Mexican, he is committed to bringing these insights to our state. His presentations on happiness and well‐being at the New Mexico Psychological Association and the New Mexico Conference on Aging have been well received. For many years he's taught a class on happiness offered through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of New Mexico. In 2012 he presented in a workshop on promoting personal happiness at the first‐ever Seattle Happiness Conference. Steve has his PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and he is licensed as a psychologist in New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Flourishing in these Challenging Times (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/10/2019

Gabriala Rayne has a BA in Organizational Psychology with a Minor in Communications with Honors. She worked as a Transition Specialist for people with Traumatic Brain Injury and is certified as an EFT Practitioner Level III and a Faster EFT Practitioner Level II. She's conducted many private sessions with several clients and presented a few seminars.

Upcoming Classes:

Unwrap the Gifts of your Subconscious Mind (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/09/2019
From the RV Dream to the RV Life (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/04/2019

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, helps get funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a serious subject. She hosts the TV/DVD series, A Good Goodbye, as well as a weekly Internet radio program.As an award‐winning speaker, she uses humor and funny films to attract people to a topic many would rather avoid. She also helped pioneer the Death Cafe movement in the United States by hosting the first one west of the Mississippi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 2012.Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist, a designation awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. The designation Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement is a fancy name for a death educator. She has made behind‐the‐scenes visits to mortuaries and the Office of the Medical Investigator, and takes continuing education courses on funerals, death, grief, and the afterlife.She is also a Certified Celebrant, a Life Tribute professional personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the In‐Sight Institute, the leading U.S. organization that trains Celebrants. Gail is also a public relations professional and event planner. She has more than 30 years of experience creating many memorable life cycle events. She is an award‐winning speaker with memberships in Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter.She started The Family Plot Blog, a chipper online resource to provide the information, inspiration and tools to pre‐plan a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service.Her award‐winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die, provides everything you never knew you needed to know about funeral planning and brings light to a dark subject. The book was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family and Relationships category of the 2010 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews.She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She volunteers with the Chevra Kaddisha, a group that ritually prepares the bodies of Jews for burial, and she serves on the cemetery committee for her synagogue.Rubin is a breast cancer survivor who began her cancer journey in the summer of 2008. She observes, "Nothing reminds you of your own mortality more than a brush with something as serious and transforming as cancer."In addition to her Tribune column, articles by and about Rubin have appeared in American Funeral Director Magazine, Mortuary Management Magazine, ICCFA Magazine (trade magazine for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association), The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine, Enchantment, Catholic Digest, Momentum Magazine, The New Mexico Jewish Link, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Prime Time, and other publications.

Upcoming Classes:

How to "Green" Your Final Arrangements (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/09/2019
Before I Die New Mexico Festival Half‐Day Symposium (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/09/2019
Before I Die New Mexico Festival Half‐Day Symposium (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 11/09/2019

Joe Sabatini is a retired librarian who was the branch manager of the Special Collections Library of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library during the Albuquerque Tricentennial. He worked with Nancy Tucker and other collectors to assemble a major exhibit of postcards for a Postcard History of Albuquerque." Some of the postcard images from the exhibit are available from the Library's website: http://abclibrary.org/friendly.php's=postcardsJoe currently volunteers at the Archives and Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He is working on a project to catalog a collection of 2,000 postcards about Native peoples of the Southwest. He also gives tours at the Center and presents illustrated historical lectures on several Pueblo Indian history topics. In addition, he provides illustrated talks on the history of North Fourth Street and the evolution of motels in Albuquerque."

Upcoming Classes:

J.R. Willis: Postcard Artist and Old Town Arts Entrepreneur (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/19/2019

Metropolitan Court Judge Frank Sedillo's ('82 BBA, '87 JD) pursuit of a legal career began in the legislative branch when he served as Aide/Doorkeeper for Senator Pete Domenici and then as Aide to Congressman Manuel Lujan. Now he presides not only in court but as host of "The Advocate," a City of Albuquerque GOV 16 Television show. His contributions to UNM athletics began with the Lobo football team and have continued with nearly 20 years' service on the UNM Alumni Lettermen's Association board of directors. Frank regularly write a monthly Journal article called

Upcoming Classes:

Rock and Roll and Social Justice (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/07/2019

Hydrogeologist John W. Shomaker, Ph.D.has over 40 years of experience in hydrogeology, including 4 years with the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division, 4 years with the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (part of which was devoted to coal‐reserve studies), and over 36 years as a consultant in hydrogeology. His education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from University of New Mexico (1963 and 1965), a M.A. degree in the liberal arts from St. John's College, Santa Fe (1984), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in hydrogeology from University of Birmingham, England (1985 and 1995). He completed the U.S. Geological Survey Training Program in Hydrology in 1966. He is a registered geologist in Arizona (No. 16,481), Arkansas (no. 482), and Wyoming (PG‐182). Geologists are not registered in New Mexico. He is certified by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CPG‐2405), the American Institute of Hydrology (CPH No. 315), and the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (CGWP No. 414), and is a member of many other professional organizations.He taught groundwater hydrology for several years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and in the Master of Water Resources Administration program (MWRA), at the University of New Mexico, and continues as a member of the MWRA steering committee and member of several master's thesis committees.

Upcoming Classes:

Your Water: Where Does It Come From and Where Does It Go? (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/13/2019

is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. She specialized in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. She has often provided consultations to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co‐authored with Dr. Charles Elliott.

Upcoming Classes:

Losing Your Mind Through Meditation: An Experiential Exploration of Meditation Strategies (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 06/24/2019
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/09/2019
Fake News: Defending Against Propaganda and Persuasion (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/19/2019

Dr. Curtis W. Smith is a graduate of Texas A&M University with degrees in Botany, Plant Physiology, and Horticulture. Following graduation he first taught at Montana State University as an Assistant Professor of Horticulture. Afterwards he served 7 years as Bernalillo County Extension Horticulture agent;; he then moved to the Extension Horticulture Specialist at the New Mexico State University Extension Plant Science office in Albuquerque and later in at the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center. In the autumn of 2010 he retired from NMSU. He wrote a weekly "Southwest Yard and Garden" newspaper column that is published on the NMSU College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences website and in numerous newspapers around New Mexico from April 1995 to August 2017. He participated many times in call‐in gardening programs on several radio stations. He has written garden articles for several magazines. He hosted the television program Southwest Yard and Garden produced by NMSU and provided to PBS television stations. His blog "www.SouthwestGardenSmith.com" allows him to continue sharing online at a much less frequent rate. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching Introductory Biology and Environmental Science classes for Wayland Baptist University in Albuquerque. He has participated twice as Botanist in an archeological study of Tal el Hammam in Jordan with Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque. Curtis has participated in Agricultural Projects funded by USAID in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He has also participated in numerous mission trips to the former Soviet Union in Russia, Hungary, and Ukraine. He helps with a Russian language church that meets at Eastern Hills Baptist Church on Sunday evenings and is assisting with development of a gardening program at the New Mexico Women's Facility in Springer, NM.

Upcoming Classes:

An overview of Science in the Garden (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/05/2019

is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. She specialized in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. She has often provided consultations to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co‐authored with Dr. Charles Elliott.

Upcoming Classes:

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/23/2019
Losing Your Mind Through Meditation: An Experiential Exploration of Meditation Strategies (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/10/2019

Rob Spiegel is a lifelong writer. He makes his living as senior editor at Design News, an international trade magazine and website, but he also has a long history success with poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. He has written for publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, True Confessions, and New Mexico Magazine. For 10 years, he launched and ran Chile Pepper magazine before selling it to return to writing. He has taught writing at UNM, CNM, and he has presented programs at writers conferences throughout the US. He is the author of six books with major publishers such as St. Martin's Press.

Upcoming Classes:

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/02/2019
Get Paid to Write Online (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/27/2019
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/09/2019
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/04/2019

I was born in Kentucky and grew up in Cincinnati. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 with a degree in Foreign Affairs. I then attended graduate school at the Ohio State University and earned a master's degree (1989) and a PhD (1993). I've taught at Ohio State, the University of Kentucky, Culver‐Stockton College, the University of Texas at Arlington, Capital University, Central New Mexico Community College, and the University of New Mexico. I relocated to New Mexico with my wife who is a Professor of Law and Director of the UNM Law Library.

Upcoming Classes:

Third Parties: Laws, Culture and Politics (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/18/2019
The Four Republics of America (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/13/2019

Specialties: the Reformation, 18th century Europe, and the French Revolution.History professor, specialist in the social and political forces of 18th century Europehistory professor, social and political forces of 18th century Europe.Places historical events in context with art, architecture, religion and other cultural aspectsPart of European Studies faculty.Ph.D. from UCLA in Early Modern European history.

Upcoming Classes:

London in the Sixteenth Century (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/01/2019
Early Modern European Cities: The Creation of Modern Paris (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 09/05/2019

From Washington DC to teaching in South America, from Mexico to teaching in Mongolia and England, Dr. Maya Sutton is a traveler and educator. Maya graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. Since the 1980s Maya has been active in distance learning for adults and in taking education to adults where they work. As president of Sutton Seminars, she has trained thousands of people in stress management at government and private organizations throughout the West.

Upcoming Classes:

Pilgrimages in Europe and the Americas (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/24/2019
Mont‐Saint‐Michel and St. Michael's Mount (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/16/2019
Celtic Animals of Myth and History (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 10/29/2019
The Power of Culture: Word Versus Image (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/13/2019

An educator for 29 years, Shari has taught English, history, creative writing, and mythology from the 7th grade through college level. This includes three summers teaching with Upward Bound. She is a graduate of Kansas University with undergraduate degrees in education, humanities, and communications. She also holds an MA in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently working on her PhD at the same school. She has studied Urban Druidry with Dr. Maya Sutton, and is a published writer and photographer. She has also been a consultant with Intel Corporation. An Albuquerque resident for 24 years, her other interests include belly dance and jewelry making, her Scottish heritage, and three pet cats. She recently received her PhD In Mythological Studies.

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Laughing Boy (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/07/2019

Mr. Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. In 2010, he received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from his alma mater. Mr. Trestrail's public service experience was as a Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, from 1968‐1970, where he taught chemistry at the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture. He is a practicing boarded toxicologist, and for many years, was a visiting instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the subject of criminal poisoning. He is recognized as the foremost authority on the subjects of criminal poisoning and murder by poison. For 33 years (1976‐2009), he served as the Managing Director of one of the nation's certified regional poison centers. He now serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning. Mr. Trestrail and has been featured in multiple episodes on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and PBS. He is the author of Criminal Poisoning: An Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys. He is also one of the co‐editors of the book Toxicology Secrets. His third book The Poison Quiz Book

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No Water to drink! ‐‐ Some True Cases of Trying to Survive (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/17/2019
"Fire!" – Historical Public Disasters (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/06/2019
Safer Mushroom Collecting for Beginners (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 08/27/2019
I Can't Remember! Some Memory Techniques That Might Help (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/07/2019
Vanished! Searching for Lost Explorers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/22/2019
Microbes that Changed History (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/09/2019

Ms. Wasko has earned widespread recognition, honors and awards. Her work has received excellent reviews in Newspapers and Magazines such as The Enugu News, Nigeria, Africa;; Gallery and Studio Magazine, Soho, New York;; Focus Santa Fe Magazine, NM;; Boston Globe, MA;; Albuquerque Journal, NM;; Santa Fe New Mexican, NM;; and The News, Mexico. She has been chosen as an artist for the 7th International Global Culture Center Show in Nigeria, and as an Artist‐In‐Residence for New Mexico. She has received most recently an Adolph and Esther Gottieb Foundation, Partners in Education, New Mexico Arts Council grants. She served as a juror for art shows, a Program Director and Moderator for WGBH‐TV/Boston, and as a Lecturer.Ms. Wasko has been featured at a variety of exhibitions, most notably at a commissioned exhibit at the Pueblo of Zia, NM;; Cornell University, NY;; MIT Gallery and Boston City Hall, MA;; Enugu Museum, Nigeria, Africa;; and in Mexico at the Instituto Allende and Galeria San Miguel. Her work is currently shown both nationally and internationally at the Montserrat Gallery, and Michael Perez Gallery, New York, NY;; Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, NM;; Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM;; Esthetix Gallery, Tokyo, Japan;; and the Enugu Museum, Nigeria, Africa.

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Symbols Influence History (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 07/30/2019

I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific (CA) in 1968 and my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from South Dakota State University in 1976. I have worked part time as a counselor at the university counseling center, the campus women's center and in private counseling practice. I have also taught courses in meditation, assertiveness, parapsychology and other subjects for continuing education at SDSU and given workshops for professional development. From 1994‐2002 I served as adjunct faculty for Prescott College (AZ) in their mentoring program as a psychology instructor. I have practiced meditation for almost 40 years and have completed a number of workshops and classes in meditation and other spiritual and esoteric study traditions.

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Subtle Energy and the Art of the Intuition (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 08/15/2019
Wisewoman: Ageless Archetype of the Eternal Feminine (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/04/2019
A New Partnership with the Earth: Co‐Creating a Bright Future (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/05/2019

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