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Panel Discussion on Retirement: A New Beginning

February 10, 2014
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
211 Wishcamper

Panel Discussion for Faculty on Retirement:  A New Beginning

Thinking and preparing for retirement involves different variables including financial and life planning, as well as individual family considerations.  Successful transitions require exploring all options to ensure a fulfilling and productive retirement. This panel discussion will provide attendees with a number of perspectives regarding this transition and avenues to consider no matter the stage of your retirement planning. 

The panel will share their journeys and how, in many instances, they continue contributing to USM and the larger community.

Monday, February 10th, 9am to 10:30am, 211 Wishcamper, USM Portland Office



Michael Brady is Professor of Adult Education and Coordinator of the Adult & Higher Education Program.  After early wanderings through a Roman Catholic Seminary (BA and MDiv from St. Mary's Seminary and University) and the profession of Social Work (MSW from the University of Connecticut), he earned his PhD in adult education and gerontology - also at UCONN - and has settled happily since 1984 into the life of a teacher and scholar.

Mike teaches graduate courses in the history and philosophy of adult education, action research, facilitating learning, spirituality, and gerontology. He is a founding member of what was known at the time as “Senior College" which later became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In his role as senior research fellow at OLLI Mike investigates a wide range of issues related to learners over the age of fifty.  Learn more about Mike.


Panel Participants:

Dick Sturgeon retired fully from USM in 2007 after nearly 50 years, and after spending three years in a phased retirement mode.  While in phased retirement he began expanding his involvement with groups outside of USM.

He remains active with the USM Retirees Association, and with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), both connected to USM.  Additionally, he remains on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine and chairs the Auction Gifts Committee and Planned Giving Committee, serves as Chair of the OLLI Advisory Board (taking courses as well), is a member and volunteer at Portland Trails, is a member of the Downeast Outing Club, and the Downeast Coastal Conservancy.  Despite all of this volunteer work Dick finds time to travel with his wife Barbara, bike, hike and tend a large vegetable container garden.

Additional time is spent playing bridge twice a week and tennis twice a week. Retirement is great says Dick because I can decide what I want to do with my time and actually have the funds to do most anything I choose despite not having a weekly or monthly salary from USM.

Kathleen Howard Sutherland is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, specializing in Middle East Studies.  She received her PhD in Middle East Studies and Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and her B.A. from Western College for Women (incorporated into Miami University of Oxford, OH in 1974).  She taught at the American University in Cairo, the city of her birth and long-time residence, before going to BGSU. 

Kathleen’s publications focus on the role of women in public life in Egypt and Morocco, the latter of which was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in Morocco.  Kathleen interviewed Afghan women refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1985.

She joined the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) faculty in 2005 and has taught courses on the Middle East, Islam, women, refugees, and sub Saharan Africa.  Kathleen enjoys taking courses especially in art and is a member of several Readers’ Theatre groups.  She served on the OLLI Advisory Board, and is currently on the World Affairs Council of Maine Board of Directors.  Kathleen is the 2012 recipient of the annual Beatrice Chapman Minott Award for Public Service presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Kathleen taught on an adjunct basis at the University of Southern Maine in the Political Science and History Department in the fall of 2011.  Kathleen and her husband, John Sutherland, also on the OLLI faculty, live in Portland, Maine.

Minor Rootes began teaching at USM in 1966 and retired 39 years later.  During his time at USM, Minor served as Technical Director for the Theater and taught Acting, Dramatic Literature and Public Speaking.  He and his wife, a native of the Amazon region of Brazil, have been married for 20 years.  Through his wife’s encouragement they have traveled extensively through South America and Europe.  Minor has also done some professional acting on stage and in film.  Currently, Minor serves as adjunct faculty at USM in Speech.

Laurence Gross is the Executive Director of Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA), a private non-profit organization based in Scarborough, Maine.  SMAA serves a 2,000 square mile region that includes the State’s largest city, Portland, and one-third of Maine’s elder population.  More than 20,000 older adults contact SMAA’s nutrition, Information and Referral, adult day center, health promotion, Medicare and health insurance counseling, and family caregiver education and support programs each year. 

In addition to a paid staff of more than 100, Southern Maine Agency on Aging deploys more than 600 volunteers in a range of professional and paraprofessional positions throughout the organization where they contribute more than 79,000 hours of critically significant service each year.  SMAA has pioneered in creating high level technical, professional and managerial roles for volunteers, especially Baby Boomers, as a strategic human capital asset to advance its mission.




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