At only 16 years old, a junior, in high school, it was on December 11, 2008 when Amanda Suzanne Brownell tried to take her life in a bathroom at Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. This was a result of the bullying, sexual bullying, and cyber bullying she endured through MySpace, Facebook, AIM, and the 3500 text MESSAGES she received the month before her suicide attempt. Amanda, suffered severe brain damage, unable to speak or care for herself.
After almost 4 and 1/2 years Amanda decided that her job here was done. She was hospitalized with pneumonia and seizures on March 13, 2013, while her parents were in Hawaii on vacation. On March 23, Amanda did not want to be poked and squeezed anymore. She was done and did not want any type of medicine or food. There was a family meeting … [Continue reading...]
Dear Peaceful People,
Our PEACE initiative continues…from our largest Peace Sign Broadcast in Times Square/NYC in 2013
www.peacedayparty.org, a nonprofit 501 C 3 invites YOU to help strengthen the message of the International Peace Day September 20 & 21, 2014. All the countries of the UN unanimously agreed to a Day of Peace. Here are our peaceful details
1 3rd. Annual Day of Awareness & Peace Rally in Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose, California, September 20 at 10am. www.amandanetwork.com
13th Annual Vigil for International Peace and Ecology in Central Park, Band Shell/ 72nd Street Mall, New York, New York, September 21 at 10am. www.vigil4internationalpeace.org/
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Create a HUMAN PEACE SIGN
Have SING ALONG with … [Continue reading...]
born July 16, 1926, has served as president of several American colleges and universities. He currently holds the position of Chancellor at the University of Richmond.
Heilman received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. from Peabody College, now a part of Vanderbilt University. He also attended Campbellsville Junior College, the University of Omaha, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee.
In his early career, Heilman held teaching positions at Belmont University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Peabody College. He also held administrative positions at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Georgetown College, Peabody College, and Kentucky Southern College (now a part of the University of Louisville). He served as president of … [Continue reading...]
Omega is a place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family. Chrissa Pullicino shares the Good News:)
Omega was founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Since 1977, we have offered diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Omega, a nonprofit organization, continues to be at the forefront of human development. We nurture dialogues on the integration of modern medicine and natural healing; design programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity; and lay the groundwork for new traditions and lifestyles.
Each year, more than 23,000 people attend workshops and … [Continue reading...]
Center Leaders and Volunteers,
As a point of information, this newsletter was distributed to organizations, businesses, and our affiliates in Florida.
Some centers across the country have already engaged this strategy.
The overall intent is to extend our reach of support, increase our brand, and grow our base.
Michele M. Williams
Director Public Relations
Friends of SeniorNet,
As many of you know, SeniorNet was founded in 1986, and with the support of corporate partners (Microsoft, Que Publishing, IBM, Adobe, AT&T, Google, and others) our brand continues to grow worldwide.
Since our founding, SeniorNet has empowered more than two million people by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities, and new worlds to explore via the Internet.
We … [Continue reading...]
I am happy to announce SeniorNet's newest collaboration - with Dr. William Perry.
Dr. William Perry is a professor of computer information systems at Western Carolina University and a computer network and information security specialist. Dr. Perry also serves as an associate research fellow with the Joint Special Operations University and for the Department of Defense.
He is the recipient of the Global Teaching Excellence Award and was twice awarded the Board of Governor's Innovative Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Perry is a former military officer and also has experience in counterintelligence, risk analysis, and threat assessment. He has presented at a number of national conferences on the topic of information warfare and … [Continue reading...]
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Earlier this year, Center Leaders were asked to submit the names of the volunteers that have the longest amount of service in their center. Some have been with us for more than 25 years.
23 … [Continue reading...]
Many of us have had the opportunity to work with TechSoup, a supporting partner for more than a decade.
To Re-Introduce TechSoup
Techsoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: to make it as easy as possible for other nonprofits and libraries to obtain and use the technologies they need to achieve their missions. As part of this goal, they provide access to over 400 technology products donated by more than 40 companies - including donor partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. All donated and discounted products are available to qualifying organizations for a small administrative fee that partially subsidizes TechSoup.org operations. They also offer learning resources, including articles, blogs, and free webinars, and forums on nonprofit-specific topics led by expert … [Continue reading...]
Do you know Luisa Garcia?
Her design of Creating Slideshows With PowerPoint 2010 placed the San Jose Willows SeniorNet Center in the National Winners' Circle for the Microsoft Windows 8 Open House Contest. To read more about this contest, visit our website: www.SeniorNet.org
Today, with a degree of frequency, we see folks attending SeniorNet classes and workshops to enhance their work skills. And I am very pleased to say that we can in fact accommodate those seeking anything from basic computer skills to advanced professional training - as well as folks looking to learn how to use new gadgets.
Luisa's dedication, expertise, and caring is a shining light for the SeniorNet mission.
See letter below from a Hyatt Hotel employee.
Kudos Luisa and Thank You!
Leslie M. … [Continue reading...]
Que is one of the largest computer book publishers in the world, covering all major computer and internet applications at every user level. Que brings readers the information they need to stay in step with new software releases and emerging technologies.
Their authors are the best in their fields and noted for easy to follow, comprehensive computer books. Que has built an unmatched reputation, publishing books that have taught over 45 million people how to use computers.
Our partnership with Que Publishing affords you a very good opportunity.
A few recommended books:
My iPad for Seniors (covers iOS 7 on iPad Air, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, iPad2, and iPad mini)
My Facebook for Seniors
My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors, 2nd Edition
My eBay for Seniors
You will want to … [Continue reading...]
As part of the Microsoft grant this year, Microsoft is providing Free Personal One Hour Training Sessions at Microsoft Retail Stores.
Coupons with special promo codes were distributed to Winning Centers of the Windows 8 Open House Contest and Centers in close proximity of Microsoft Retail Stores.
These coupons have a value of $49.00.
The training is designed to improve your skills, learn new ones, or get the most out of your apps and devises.
If you live near a Microsoft Store, request a coupon from your Center Leader today. Click here for a list of Microsoft Store locations.
Coupons expire June 30th, 2014.
You may also want to visit the Microsoft Store in our SeniorNet Mall to view upcoming product announcements.
Don't miss out on this opportunity. … [Continue reading...]
Thanks to the Huntington Team for increasing brand awareness,
helping others, and fulfilling the SeniorNet Mission.
Good Afternoon, Slava!
On behalf of the Enriching Our Elders Ministry at St. Albans Congregational Church-United Church of Christ in St. Albans, Queens, we want to express our sincere thanks for the invaluable information we received from auditing two classes of Intro to Computers 1 (Basic Processes) at SeniorNet, FSL-LI in Huntington on 04/08 and 04/10/14. We are looking forward to returning the week of April 29, 2014 to audit Intro to Computers 2 (Basic Applications)!
Sitting through the two classes this week and getting lots of "helpful hints" and insights from the instructor and the coaches was exactly the experience we needed to help us begin to understand how to … [Continue reading...]
Truly a great story!
It's about Joe Pontecorvo, Volunteer Instructor at SeniorNet Puget Sound
Joe is a lifetime member of SeniorNet.
He started with Puget Sound in 1990 - the year that SeniorNet was incorporated.
He helped with the roll out of Windows 95 along with SeniorNet Founder Mary Furlong.
Joe is one of the oldest surviving instructors across the country.
He will be 88 years young on June 1st.
And that's not all . . .
Joe is the proud father of another Joe Pontecorvo, who just happens to be the world renowned cinematographer of Pontecorvo Productions.
His works include the production of PBS Nature documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated "Bears of the Last Frontier". It's about the black, grizzly, and polar bears of Alaska.
And now . . .
"Snow … [Continue reading...]
Hot Springs SeniorNet
Rosemarie Kawlewski, Center Leader, with the support/leadership of John McFerrin ensures that the folks in Hot Springs, Arkansas know about SeniorNet.
John created a series called "Happy Clicking" that has run in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record (local newspaper) for ten years.
This, along with the team effort of coordinating, publishing class schedules and workshops in the Sentinel, keeps this Hot Springs community up to date and increases brand awareness.
Hot Springs Sentinel-Record
These efforts clearly factor into Hot Springs SeniorNet ongoing and long-lasting success.
As spring approaches, so does gift giving.
We are working with our partners to provide discounts for you this spring and summer. When you purchase from the … [Continue reading...]
One of the great things about SeniorNet is appreciating the talent, expertise, and dedication of our volunteers. The intent of this contest was to recognize the creativity, hard work, and dedication of individual SeniorNet Learning Centers in writing curriculum and courses for their local communities, and to share their work with the entire SeniorNet community.
Thirty-four curriculum submissions made their way to the winners circle.
And then the judging became even harder. It was extremely difficult to select (4) centers as winners.
When you see the effort and creativity that went into the production of the curriculum, I am sure that you will agree.
The judges agreed to acknowledge all of the thirty-four curriculum submissions.
This means there will be (4) Winners and (3) … [Continue reading...]
Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again asking why I didn't do something useful with my time.
Like sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing, I said.
Talking about my "doing something useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation.
She was "only thinking of me" she said, and suggested I go down to the senior center and hang out with the guys.
I did this and when I got home last night I decided to teach her a lesson about staying out of my business.
I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a parachute club.
She replied, "Are you nuts? You are 73 years old, and now you're going to start jumping out of airplanes?"
I told her that I even got a membership card and e-mailed a copy to her.
She immediately telephoned me, "Good … [Continue reading...]
Donors - 2013
Thank you again for your gracious contributions in 2013.
Your names have been placed on the SeniorNet website (front page).
SeniorNet Mall - March 2014
Our mall will reopen in March. Its stores will have special offerings, discounts, and products to fit our needs. Watch for the opening on our site (front page).
Sponsored "Open House" Contest
(This contest was announced to Center Leaders in January)
Headquarters will sponsor an "Open House" for Windows 8 and 8.1 for centers that have created the best 2013/2014 curriculum.
This means Headquarters will:
Pay for "open house" refreshments up to $150.00 (receipt from center must be provided)
Provide your center with a new SeniorNet Banner
Provide "Plain & Simple … [Continue reading...]
The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday. If all of us “old farts” have all of the money, then let us try to elect someone who might be near honest and not be after feathering their own nests.
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and … [Continue reading...]