Tutors at U3A
2016
 

Life Members

 

Below are some profiles of our current tutors at U3A Adelaide. They come from a variety of backgrounds with experience gained from employment, life skills or academia.
No matter what their background, all of our tutors come with a love and knowledge of their subject area and a desire to share it with others - for which 'we others' are forever grateful.

If you know of anyone who has skills they would be willing to share, please get them to contact U3A.

Ron Allan

2016
In the Footsteps of Flinders & Baudin
Botanic Park

http://www.lynettearden.com

 

Lynette Arden

My training:

BA (Hons in Geography 11A) from UNE 1964 included 3 years of English study. I have had work (mostly poetry) published in many magazines both in print and on line in Australia and overseas. I won the haiku competition run by Friendly St poets in 2008  http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=6&paged=3

 I also have an Honours 11A degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool UK and have material displayed on line by the Liverpool Museum, where I am one of their 800 lives. http://www.eighthundredlives.org.uk/lives/lynettearden.aspx?JS=1

I belong to the Society of Women Writers and coordinate the SA Haiku Group.

I am a long term Volunteer at the Adelaide Zoo.

As far as the Philosophy Discussion group goes, my only qualification is first year Philosophy. as part of my UNE degree, and being of an enquiring disposition.

I run a couple of information blogs on the Internet dealing with environmental and wildlife issues. These may be found on my personal website and on the Community Links section of U3A. The blogs are reference blogs only to articles on line. I don’t always have time to keep these up to date.

I designed and run the website for  the Kensington& Norwood Writers’ Group. http://www.norwoodwriters.com/writers-pages/Lynette_Arden.html, along with the web site of the Kensington & Norwood Historical Society. http://www.kensingtonandnorwoodhistoricalsociety.com/

2016
Writers Workshop Group
Philosophy Discussion Group
1 & 2  (with Athena Zaknik & Ken Johns)
 

Tony Ashdown

 

2016
SA Health & Medical Research Institute
Marisa Baldassi

 

2016
Italian Continuing
Italian for Beginners
 
Evaristo Barrera

 

2016
Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga
Eleanor Baxter

 

2016
Introduction to the ABG

Andrew Bear

 Andrew Bear is a graduate of Melbourne and Monash Universities and spent three years as a post graduate student at the University of Birmingham. His main career was as Senior Lecturer in English at Flinders University, but he also taught at Monash and Adelaide Universities  and at the then Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

 He has no qualifications in French and never, even in his wildest dreams, imagined himself as a teacher of French.

 By the end of his working career Andrew had gradually learned to speak what he called ‘good tourist French,’ and after retirement decided to make learning French properly a priority. In this he has been more successful than he expected, although he remains realistically modest about his true francophone ability. It has been his good fortune, and to the great benefit of his French, to have been able to spend considerable time in France in recent years.

 The move from enthusiastic U3A student of French under John Davies, Tony Coomb and Esther Mazel to teaching beginners’ French himself was by accident, not design. There was a vacancy and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend his classes, and while this lasts he is happy to continue.

 So far, he seems to know more than they do, but he fears that one day, someone will ask a question that is altogether out of his range. That will be when he hands over! Meanwhile, he enjoys the new challenge of teaching French, and is in awe of the intelligence, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students.

2016
French Breakthrough

 

Kay Bennetts 2016
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday
Pleasures of Reading Halifax


Valda Casucci

I was born in Australia of Italian parents and studied Italian in Perugia, Italy.  It was there I met my Italian husband and I lived in Italy for 18 months.  In Australia, I taught at St Mary's College for many years.

I cannot remember when I began my connection with U3A Adelaide but I think it was about 2004.  It was Paula Hennig that suggested I offer a course in Italian and the rest is history.

I love the Italian language; I love teaching and I love people.

2016
Italian Continuing to Wander

Justin Chadwick

 

2016
AIF Forestry Units in the UK in WW2
Partisans in Nazi Occupied Europe
 

Lesley Clarke

 

2016
Poetry Reading

 

Joeie Cole

 

2016
Watercolour
Tony Coombe

Tertiary Academic Qualifications:-

Diplôme d’Etudes de Civilisation française- Sorbonne, Université de Paris, France
Honours Bachelor Degree in French language and Literature- University of Adelaide, SA
Doctorat d’Université- Université d’Aix-Marseille, France

Previous Teaching experience:-

Secondary school teaching to Year 12 at: Scotch College, Mitcham, SA; Adelaide High School; Sacred Heart College; Marbury School, Aldgate, SA.
Lecturer in French Massey University, NZ; Lecturer in French University of New England, NSW
Tutor in French at University of SA; Tutor at University of 3rd Age, Adelaide Inc. (10 years ).
Class and private tutor in English to French personnel at le Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône), France

I have lived in France for a total or nearly 4 years and my only daughter was born at Aix-en-Provence, France

2016
French Pot Pourri

 

Antonio Comin

Antonio Comin (born Cornuda, Italy, 9.10.1933) migrated with his family to Australia in 1936.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Università degli Studi di Firenze. He taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) before joining Flinders University in 1970 as Professor of Italian, a post he retained until his retirement in 1996.

His main teaching and research areas have been Italian, Italian Dialectology, and Traditional Italian Culture. He has been and continues to be active in promoting Italian theatre as a performer, director and writer

2016
Tales from the Decameron

 

Matt Cottrell 2016
History of the Telephone
The Internet

Coralie Creevey

After obtaining a Master of Arts History from UNSW in the 1980s, I worked in various professions until, since retirement, I’ve had more time for art, music and good literature. These restore one’s faith in human goodness and creativity which The News can undermine.  I’d like to share with interested people  my knowledge of some of the most beautiful and enduring art of Western civilisation over the last 500 years.

2016
Pleasures of Reading
European Art since 1500
 

Vincenzo Curro 2016
Italian Advanced

 

Dace Darzins
2016
German Advanced Conversation
 
Trevor Dean  

2016
French Introductory Conversation

 

Simon Degeling


2016
French Perspective Française
(with Laure Vincent-Allard)

 

Don Drake

I became a member of U3A Adelaide when Colin Lawton was forming it and immediately became a tutor. Initially, I formed a class in Current Affairs with Colin and after a period of time I took over the class on my own.

I went on to teach Physical Geography, concentrating on meteorology and geomorphology.

I have always been interested in Cinema, and in 1994, I began a class in Cinema Studies.  Thus class has been held ever since.

My actual teaching of Cinema Studies began in 1969, when I tried to interest my Leaving English class in watching good cinema instead of accepting the poor quality of the average film.  The library of the SA Film Corporation began collecting 16mm copies of film suitable for study, and these were made available.  I also organized film evenings for adults, and ran film making weekends at my school, with the help of others who came from Adelaide.

Although I have academic qualifications in English, I do not have any qualifications in Cinema Studies.  Such courses did not exist at University when I was a student.  However, there can be a close relationship between film and novels and I always emphasize this.  I am, however, self taught in the subject, and I have done much research, and I hope that I manage.
 

2016
Cinema Studies
 

 

John Eastaff 2016
Mah Jong

 

Giuilo Eliseo  

2016
Italian - Beginners
 

 

David Esterhuizen

David retired after 40 years teaching.  He was a primary school teacher, but spent several tears teaching adults.


His interests include:- music, history, the English language and its history, politics and continuing his own education.

 

2016
Latin an Introduction
England Swings!
(with Geoff Howe)

 

David Evans

David Evans discovered Real Tennis at the Hobart Real tennis Club( home club of the current world Champion Robert Fahey) in 1970, and played there for nearly thirty years. He has played on several courts in England and France, and is keen to promote interest in the game in South Australia. 


2016
Sing Old Songs

Romance Tragedy

Eleanor Evans

 

2016
Climate Change and Health
 

Peter Franklin  

2016
Chinese Mandarin
(with Zheng De Han)

 

Sue Garforth

 

2016
Latin Continuing
Spanish Beginners
The Palace of Westminster
 

Pat Greet

Having travelled around France from an early age, my enthusiasm for the country led me to live and work there for 12 years -- Although no formal qualifications in the language, I also applied my French for more than 5 years whilst working in an International Organisation in The Netherlands. 

The city of romance played its role, as it was in Paris that I met my future husband from South Australia. 

The class is very informal and we chat about everything from current affairs, to areas in France, and of course – food and wine.  Aimed at inspiring everyone to participate and have the courage to speak, a reasonable command of the language is suggested.

2016
French Let's Talk French

John Griffiths 2016
Art and Mixed Media (with Leonie Pike)
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)
 

Penelope Hackett-Jones

Penelope Hackett-Jones was encouraged to use a debased form of English while growing up in an Adelaide suburb:  "googy" for egg, "geegee" for horse, "bunny" for rabbit, etc. As a teenage act of rebellion against this frightful early experience, at the age of 14 she developed a passion for correct English, which still inflames her today, and which she soon carried over into other languages. She was able to learn Latin and French at school, and while pretending to do Maths homework taught herself Italian and Russian, using the Hugo's "Teach Yourself a Language in 3 Months" textbooks.

Her first paid employment was as a Greek-English translator for a subversive press-cutting agency in Athens, at the time of the military junta. Returning to Australia she qualified as a teacher, something slightly less dangerous, and taught French, Latin and Modern Greek for many years.

After retiring to raise a family, she joined U3A where she teaches Beginners' French, and is at present studying Arabic in private. Penelope believes in mandatory imprisonment for the incorrect use of English in public, particularly for the inaccurate placing of the apostrophe, and for the pretentious use of Italian in restaurant menus.

2016
 French Beginners 1 & 2
 

Zheng De Han
2016
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)
 
Joelie Hancock
2016
Play Reading
 
Anna Fenech Harris

 

2016
Jam Factory Tour

Glen Heinrich

Born at Mount Barker, he spent his primary school years on King Island. He attended Findon and later Woodville High Schools, and after some years working went to Adelaide Teachers' College and Adelaide University. Educated in Economics and Teaching, he was seconded to the newly formed ADP Services Section of the Education Department to help develop the first computerised Teachers Payroll System.

A career in computing eventuated and included teaching at the Bendigo Institute of Technology; training with the Commonwealth Department of Health; software development with International Computers, and a longish career in a variety of roles in SA Health in it's various incarnations.

A major 'out of work interest' was and is the Australian Computer Society, where he has served the SA Branch for almost forty years, and was the longest running National Treasurer, and a member of the National Management Committee for twenty years.  He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of that Society.

He has conducted a discussion group "Let's Keep Talking" at U3A for five years, and regularly screens short seasons of documentary films. He also chairs “Help With Your Computer” which is usually held in each session.

A keen traveller, he has presented a number of one-off travel sessions, most recently "Trans Mongolian Railway", with "Christmas Markets in Europe" coming up this year.

His interests are many and varied and, apart from family, include travel, cinema, stocks and shares, computing, current affairs, and reading both fiction and non-fiction.

Glen was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) on Australia Day, 2013 for service to the information technology industry
 

2016
Four Documentaries, No Theme
Let's Keep Talking

 

Gwenda Helsham


2016
A Night to remember
Shakespeare in Performance

 

Keith Hempton

Keith was firstly a Modern Language Teacher (French and German at Sydney Grammar School) and then, for over 20 years, a professional singer.  He sang principal roles with the major opera companies in Australia, including Opera Australia and the State Opera Companies of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. He sand with such conductors as Mark Elder, Carlo Felice Cillario, Myer Fredman and Barry Tuckwell. He was the bass with the Song Company (Australia's only professional classical vocal ensemble) from 1986 - 91.

From 1991 he was Lecturer in Charge of Wollongong Conservatorium and from 1995 until 2008 was Head of vocal Studies and Co-ordinator of the Honours Performance Programme at the Elder Conservatorium within the University of Adelaide.

Keith has taken early retirement with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.  He also hopes to have the opportunity to adjudicate, lecture and examine.  Over the years he has acquired a vast experience and knowledge of classical music (he is also a trained radio presenter) and would like to find the opportunity to make challenging use of his particular skills.
 

2016
French Vive la France

 

Geoff Howe

 

2016
Germany Calling!
Home Front
England Swings!
(with David Esterhuizen)

Helen Howe


2016
Greta Garbo Monday
Great Garbo Friday
What a Year!
Leave 'Em Laughing!

 

Ken Johns

Ken’s professional career was in business management in South Australia, mainly in the electrical industry.   

For many years he also conducted (part time) various management classes and Professional Development courses for various Management Consultants in Adelaide, on topics including negotiation skills, time management and marketing management. 

Ken is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.  

Since his retirement, he has pursued a number of other interests in both Philosophy and Psychology.  Ken is currently a Tutor in both of these topics. He is also a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

2016
Freud and Jung
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)

 

Magrit Johnson

2016
French - Continuing

Jeannie Klopper

2016
The Art of Performance

Stefan Kreslin

I have been interested in PCs since the early 80’s with my first PC being a Dick Smith System 80. I worked in the Australian Public Service for over 30 years. Much of that time was spent in the corporate services area and to a larger or lesser extent there was always an IT aspect to that work.

During that time I developed expertise in a range of software packages including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, mapping software (Mapinfo) and graphics programs (Corel Draw and Paintshop Pro).

More recently, since my retirement, I have been running ACS’s TripleC Computer club.  The club’s aims are to promote computer literacy in the general community.  Sessions are held 3 times a week and cover a broad range of topics. The sessions are free and open to all comers. Visit our experimental Blog at http://triplecsa.fhost.com.au/Blog/ for more information.

2016
Joy of Android
Thinking About an Android?
 

Ana Luthe  

2016
Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Let's Speak Spanish

 

Maria Macdonald

2016
Italian Conversation Tuesday
Italian Conversation Thursday

 

Rose Mawby
Dr. Schomburgk's Garden (with Gillian Symons)

Pauline McCreery

Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before.  I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to learning croquet, to learning French, to..........you name it!  I love theatre, reading, good food and wine and being a grandmother.  I became the webmaster for U3A Adelaide five years ago as well as serving on both the Programme and the General Committees, I continue with these commitments.  From March 2011 - March 2013 I was President of U3A Adelaide. I am now the delegate for U3A Adelaide at U3A South Australia, the peak body for U3A in South Australia. I am also webmaster for U3A South Australia and serve on some of their committees. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching.


2016
GIMP It!
Start Your Photobook
 

Margaret Milford  

2016
Bushwalks
 

Pam Norman  

2016
Gallery Insights 1, 2, 3
La Citta Rossa

 

Leonie Pike

2016
Art and Mixed Media
(with John Griffiths)
Art For Pleasure

Lyn Porter  

2016
Circle Dancing for Fun
(with Abi Thonemann)

 

Bob Rabbitt


2016
For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)
 

Pamela Rajkowski

 

2016
Australia's Afghan Cameleers
 

Barrie Redman

2016
Introduction to Excel
Introduction to the Internet
 

Anne Rees 2016
Recorder Group

Philip Reuter

I have been a keen student of languages since I was a child. I still have an exercise book in which from the age of about eight I recorded foreign language words that I learnt from neighbours, friends and family! I studied French and Latin through to Matric at Norwood High School and then completed an Honours degree in French and Spanish at Flinders Uni. Course work included units in Portuguese and linguistics. I subsequently spent 35 years teaching French and Spanish in various Adelaide secondary schools. I spent my last 8 years as Assistant Principal at the School of Languages.  During my teaching career I had the opportunity to spend a year teaching English in both France and Spain and have since returned many times to those countries. In the 80s I studied Italian for two years at TAFE followed by a six week course in Florence. Over recent years I have tackled German at U3A.

2016
Comparing Grammars (Part 1)

 

Evelyn Robertson
2016
Current Film Club 1
 
Rachel Sanderson M.P.

 

2016
Parliament House Tour
Irene Schmidt
2016
German Let's Talk German
 

Waltraud Schmidt

Before moving from Germany to Adelaide in 1992, I taught German, English and Geography at the German-French High School in Freiburg.
While living in the USA for a few years in the early eighties, I had the opportunity to learn how to make pottery. By now I have managed to make all my own crockery (and quite a lot of my friends).

In 1995 I joined the WEA and taught German from ‘Beginners’ to ‘Advanced Conversation’ until 2010.  In 2013 I started to teach ‘German for Beginners’ at U3A.

I have also been a tour guide at the South Australian Museum for the past 20 years.

2016
German III
German for Beginners
 


Renate Shanahan

I was born in Germany and lived there during my school years, came to Australia in 1957 and got married to an Australian in 1958.
After spending some years building a house and having a family, I entered the Sturt Teachers College, later incorporated into Flinders University, as a mature age student and trained to become a teacher of German and  Religious Education, while working part time as an emergency teacher.

Having achieved my B.Ed., I taught in several high schools at all levels for a total of 22 years. After my retirement I spent my time catching up on my hobbies, quilting, singing in a choir, practicing Yoga, walking in a group and also with my dog. One day, one of my walking friends, who was attending courses in the U3A asked, whether I was willing to tutor  Advanced German there, since the present tutor was ill. I said yes - this was in 2005, and I am still here.

My aim in teaching German here is to make this subject interesting and fun at the same time.

2016
German Middle & Advanced

John Slaytor  

2016
Spanish Language and Culture

 

David Smith
2016
Wine Exploring

Bob Stone

After, twenty eight years in TAFE,  Bob left the paid workforce while holding the position of Institute Director.

Early ‘retirement’ in 1998 enabled him to follow my other two passions in life, cabinet making and archaeology. Since ‘retiring’ he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Classics), Adelaide University, Bachelor in Archaeology (First Class Honours), PhD (Historical Archaeology) Flinders University plus a Certificate III in Furnishing at TAFE. 

Since 1997, he has worked in various capacities in archaeology from volunteer to core trench supervisor with the Near Eastern Archaeological Foundation in Pella Jordan, historic sites in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory and Indigenous programs also in the Northern Territory.

2016
Persia and Modern Iran

 

Julanne Sweeney

2016
Shakespeare Play Reading

Anne Taylor

I attended my first calligraphy course in 2000, with the intention of improving my handwriting.  I didn't know anything about calligraphy then but quickly discovered a love for this historic craft.  Since that simple beginning I have developed a love for creating words on paper and the many 'Calligraphic Hands' from European history which we can learn.  Through attending workshops given by Australian and International Calligraphers, and enrolling in the UK's Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, I have continuously worked on my craft and achieved the Intermediate level of CLAS UK Calligraphy Diploma in 2013, the formal requirement to become a calligraphy tutor with CLAS in the UK.

2016
Calligraphy
 

Gillian Symons 2016
Aboriginal Plants and Culture
Dr. Schomburgk's Garden
(with Rose Mawby)

 

Abbi Thonemann  

2016
Circle Dancing for Wellbeing
(with Lyn Porter)

 

Gail Umehara
2016
Japanese Conversation

 


Adriaan van der Wyst

Adriaan is currently the Program Coordinator, and also takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occasional lectures on topics in the science field.

Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philosophy, history, religion and bushwalking and golf. 

2016
For the Record
(with Bob Rabbitt)
 


Laure Vincent-Allard

As a free-lance consultant and lecturer, Laure has combined her wide-ranging knowledge of European Art History (24 years as a conference-guide in French Historic sites and for private companies and 15 years as an Art History teacher) with her 18-year domestic and international experience as a trainers’ supervisor and team leader.

She has a Bachelor degree in Art history and Archaeology with honours, and various diplomas and certificates in guiding/lecturing and in management. She has provided lectures, conferences, led workshops and training in both European Art and Team Leadership (from stress management to training improvement, just to name a few). She specialises in expanding creativity, challenging intellectual and emotional perspective and building self-confidence with humour and kindness.

Laura's website:- www.thewittyscope.weebly.com


2016
French Perspective Française
(with Simon Degeling)

 

Ann Warner
2016
French Intermediate
 
Michele Warren
2016
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2

 

Athena Zaknic

Since my retirement, I have enjoyed immensely being a member of U3A.  I find the language classes stimulating and enjoyable.  My literary interests also take to me the poetry group, play reading and, as a member of the creative writing group, I like to write both poetry and prose.

With a professional scientific and musical background, my new interests are something I have always wanted to do.  I find the mental gymnastics of philosophy challenging and, with Lyn Arden, we have an enthusiastic group of friends in the philosophy class.

2016
Isaiah Berlin
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)
Monday Movie Club