. How to stop U3APP emails going into the Spam folder in gmail mailboxes

Recently, we have discovered that a large number of our U3APP emails are ending up in people's spam folders and hence are going unread. This is particularly the case for anyone with a gmail email address.
If you have a gmail address, please check your spam folder for our emails. Please also tell all your U3APP friends about this problem as this e-Bulletin might also go into their spam folders. Click here for instructions on how to tell gmail to not send U3APP emails into the spam folder.

. New Events in 2019, Semester 1

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  Since bookings opened for Semester 1 2019, the following new courses and one-off events have been  included:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)

COURSES

Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses

ONE-OFF EVENTS

Talks

Out and About

Saturday Seminars

Special Events

For further details about the above courses and one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, click on the course or event name.

You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. Dates for your Diary

2019

Friday 22 March - New Members Welcome Party

Friday 5 April - end Term 1

Monday 8 April - Cinema at ACMI - The Gardener

Tuesday 23 April - start Term 2

Wednesday 24 April - Out & About: Visit to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Footscray

Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day - U3APP office closed

Saturday 18 May: Saturday Seminar - Presentation by Lynsey Poore - details to be advised

Wednesday 22 May - Out & About: Guided Tour of the Hellenic Museum

Monday 10 June - Queen's Birthday - U3APP office closed

Saturday 15 June - Saturday Seminar - details to be advised

Sunday 23 June - Out & About: South Melbourne Historical Walk 

Friday 28 June - end Term 2

 

 

. Art Appreciation class visit NSW Art Gallery

On Friday 22nd February, nine members of various U3APP art classes met at the AGNSW in Sydney under the organisation of our art historian/tutor Diana Stock. The purpose was to view the extraordinary collection of Impressionist and other works by influential figures of modern art on loan from the State Hermitage Collection in St Petersburg, Russia. Click here for the full report and photos of the event.

. Protecting yourself from financial elder abuse

Dear Members

This is about protecting yourself from financial elder abuse.

On Saturday the 13th October your U3APP hosted a most informative speaker – the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO. Her speech outlined the role of the Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.

In her speech she made many valuable points and informed us that the CBA has in June this year launched a guide on how seniors can protect themselves from financial abuse. The guide is called “CBA Safe and Savvy”. To get the guide you do not have to be a Commonwealth Bank customer, it is apparently available at CBA branches. I have just discovered that the guide is also on line at “cba safe and savvy” or here.

We strongly recommend you avail yourself of this information.

With best wishes your Committee of Management,

 

Renate Mattiske

President

. VALE JOHN WROE

It is with sadness we inform our membership that John Wroe died peacefully at home on 28 September 2018

Vale John Wroe

John Wroe

John and his wife Chris joined U3APP in February, 2012.  John took the office of Treasurer in March of that year, a position he held for the next 3 years.  He was also an enthusiastic and talented participant in the Art Group.  In addition, John presented a 6-week course in first term 2017, “How Mineral Deposits Form”.  In this, he drew on his background in scientific exploration in geology, a profession that took John, Chris and their family to many interesting and challenging places in the world.

John had a quiet but steely determination in tackling problems.  It was not unusual to hear his voice from the floor of the office while tackling an issue with cables and the internet.  A little later, John would be delivering the Finance Report at CoM, and be wielding a brush at Art the next day.  All of this would happen with his customary smile, warm manner, and soft voice.

John and Chris made their home available for the Executive meetings and once business was attended to, their hospitality gave us the opportunity to relax.

One of nature’s gentlemen, John will be sadly missed in the corridors of MKC, and more particularly by those of us who came to know and love the truly wonderful and genuine, John Wroe.

(With thanks to José Simsa for this obituary to John)

New Policy on Extended Planned Leave

A new policy has been approved by the U3APP Committee of Management after consultation with tutors, course coordinators, office managers and the IT team. Its aim is to allow maximum access to courses which are most in demand.

In brief, when a member gives notice of extended leave for five or more consecutive weeks from weekly classes – or three or more from fortnightly classes – that vacated place will be offered to the first person on the waitlist, and the person who is going away will in turn be moved to the top of the waitlist for that course.  These modifications will only affect courses which have a waitlist and the tutor will be consulted to make sure that the move is appropriate.

You will be interested to know that our enrolment team has been able to move more than 150 people off waitlists and into courses in the first semester of this year, so we anticipate that a member will be able to return to class soon after their extended leave.

This policy comes into effect immediately.   Click here to read a fuller version.

 

Staying Safe on the Internet

Noble Works greeting card

For those who attended the recent course on Staying Safe on the Internet, and for those who missed it, you can download the slides from the talk. They contain many useful links to other websites.

One of the issues covered in the course was the problem of choosing and remembering passwords. I rather liked this solution (see picture right).

Another issue covered was avoiding scams. We have received a communication from Consumer Affairs Victoria urging U3APP to alert all our members to the dangers of scams.

For more information from CAV, here are the links:

The benefits of the new electronic roll-cards – Helen Vorrath

Our IT guru, Helen Vorrath, explains why the move to our new electronic roll-cards will reduce the workload of our wonderful office and IT volunteers:-

"When I first started thinking about automating U3APP processes, I was convinced that the one thing I would never try to automate was the course roll-cards. What could be easier than ticking off your name on a piece of paper?

The answer to that is nothing. But the new electronic roll system that we are introducing this coming Semester is nearly as easy for you to use. But people are still asking, quite reasonably, why bother?

So here are the reasons why:

  • We need to collect attendance statistics (to support grant applications, see which course are the most successful, etc). At the end of Semester, some poor soul had the tedious task of trying to enter all those messy ticks and crosses from the paper rolls into a spreadsheet.
  • We are actively managing the Waitlists, so we need to know who’s dropped out of a class so that we can put someone from the Waitlist in. With electronic rolls and electronic options for apology and cancellation, Karen English’s ITEM team can do course management without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
  • We can keep accurate electronic rolls for courses which are run somewhere other than Mary Kehoe, and these rolls are accessible from anywhere. No one has to collect or return a roll card.

So when someone hands you a cute little tablet instead of a paper card when you come to classes next Semester, we hope you will enjoy marking yourself present electronically.

Helen Vorrath - IT"