Tutors at U3A
Session 1 - 2015
 

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.

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/

2015
Writers Workshop Group
Philosophy Discussion Group
1 & 2  (with Ken Johns)
 

Marisa Baldassi

 

2015
Italian Continuing
Italian for Beginners
 
Evaristo Barrera

 

2015
Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga 1 & 2 
Ann Beames
2015
Murder at the Box Factory

 

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.

2015
French Breakthrough

 

Jenny Birve  

2015
Barking up the Right Tree

 

Robert Boardman  

2015
Oaks

 

Ross Both

Ross Both retired in 1999 after an academic career of more than 30 years as a geologist at the University of Adelaide. He is a member, and the current President, of the Australasian Mining History Association.  He is researching songs from the Australian mining fields from the point of view of what they tell us about life on those fields. 

2015
Mining Songs

Helen Bulis  

2015
Gallery Insights I, 11, 111

Junee Butler-Noke  

2015
Journey into Watercolour
Journey II

 


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.

2015
Italian Continue to Wander

Peter Christopher

 

2015
City of Adelaide Clipper Visit

Mary Clark  

2015
Indonesian Spice Trail

 

Lesley Clarke

 

2015
Poetry Reading

 

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 ).

2015
French Pot Pourri

 

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.

2015
Art: Quirky Narratives
 

Dace Darzins
2015
German Advanced Conversation
 
Trevor Dean  

2015
French Introductory Conversation

 

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.
 

2015
Cinema Studies
Two Classic French Films
(with Ken Prouse)

 

Giuilo Eliseo  

2015
Italian - Beginners

 

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. 


2015
The Strategy Game of GO
The Singing Snake Catcher

Peter Franklin  

2015
Chinese Mandarin
(with Zheng De Han)

 

Nubia Gallego
2015
Spanish Conversation

 
Jennifer Gardner
2015
Walks in the Waite 1 & 2

 
Sue Garforth

 

2015
Latin - An Introduction
Latin - Continuing
1066 and All That

 

Michael Giglio

2015
Italian Advanced
 

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 -- I still to continue to visit as much as possible.   The city of romance played its role, as it was in Paris that I met my future husband from South Australia. 

Although no formal qualifications in the language, I continued to apply my French for more than 5 years whilst working in an International Organisation in The Netherlands.  Subsequent assignments worldwide have led me to appreciate many other cultures. 

My delight with the varied traditions coupled with extensive journeying around the different regions, will I hope, let me impart my passion for “La France” and their language.

2015
French Let's Talk French

Jenny Gregson 2015
Drawing without Fear
John Griffiths 2015
Art and Mixed Media (with Leonie Pike)
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)
Come Fly with Me
 

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.

2015
 French Beginners 1 & 2
 

Zheng De Han
2015
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)
 
Joelie Hancock
2015
Play Reading
 
Jan Harris
2015
Pleasures of Reading

 

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
 

2015
American Secretaries' Documentaries
John Pilger Documentaries
Let's Keep Talking
Visiting Shanghai

 

Gwenda Helsham


2015
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.
 

2015
French Vive la France

 

Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth is a graduate of Alexandria (Egypt) and Australian National Universities in Languages (Ancient Greek, French and English) and spent two years as a post graduate student at the University of New England doing research in Modern Greek literature. She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French, Italian and English. She has studied Arabic for many years and is fascinated by Asian and Arabic cultures. Her main career was as a Librarian at the Australian National University, London School of Economics and University of New England. In Adelaide she has worked for the Tertiary Education Authority, the Education Department of SA and the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission. 

Since she retired she rekindled her love for Greek studies and did a course of Ancient Greek Philosophers at Adelaide University. 

It has been her good fortune, and to the great benefit of her fluency in languages to have been able to spend considerable time in England, France, Italy and Greece in recent years. 

The move from U3A student to teaching Modern Greek for Travellers was due to the encouragement of Margaret Clark and Sue Lea. There was a vacancy for somebody to teach Greek and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend her classes, and while this lasts she is happy to continue. She believes that learning language opens the door to understanding the culture of a particular people and it can become a lifelong passion for travelling, music, food and ideas. 

She enjoys the new challenge of teaching Greek, and is encouraged by the enthusiasm, support, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students and staff.

2015
Bridge
(with John Griffiths)
Visiting Athens in 2014

 

Geoff Howe

 

2015
Baptism by Fire
Cold War 1945 - 1975
The Real Danger UXB
The Real Enemy at the Door
The Thirties

Helen Howe


2015
Film Noir - American
Ida Lupino 1 & 2
Screwball Comedies

 

Ken Johns

2015
Freud and Jung

Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2 (with Lyn Arden)

Magrit Johnson

2015
French Basics - Continuing
French - Continuing

Jeannie Klopper

2015
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.

2015
Developing Android Skills
Thinking About an Android? 1 & 2
 

Paul Kruger  

2015
Science-Fiction Film and Literature
(with Steve Walsh)

 

Sue Lea

I joined U3A over 10 years ago when I retired from a life as an English teacher and discovered that there are many other subject areas to interest me, in particular the byways of history.
 

I love the teaching role. To be allowed to research whatever is interesting me at the moment, to talk about it to interested adults and not to have any marking is a real boon. I also enjoy the other roles I take on – working in the office, helping with the program and attending many of the interesting lectures from other tutors.

2015
Bath Time
Beethoven and His Symphonies 1 & 2
Spanish Habsburgs 1516 - 1700

 

Ana Luthe  

2015
Spanish Let's Speak Spanish

 

Michael Mathew

In his first life Michael was a mechanical engineer, lecturer, consultant and manager.  His major hobby was bookbinding, although more recently he has also taken up weaving and braiding. 

Michael and his wife, Beatrix, moved to Adelaide after he retired in 2000 and they promptly joined U3A.  Michael has tutored in Finance for Seniors and Bookbinding (history and practical sessions) and has given some talks on out of the way travel destinations, the History of Playing Cards, Waterfalls, etc.

Jointly with Beatrix has has tutored the card games May I? and Mah Jong.  He was active in the now defunct 'Computer Club' and arranged a series of talks on Public Utilities.  In the early 2000's, Michael was, for three years, the Treasurer for U3A Adelaide.

2015
May I?

 

 

Mac Macdonald -Frederick R. M. (Mac) Macdonald 

I was born in NZ in 1936 and received my early education in Auckland before  travelling with my parents to the UK in early 1945. My secondary and tertiary education was in London at Westminster School and London University.  
I was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1960, and came to SA in 1961. 
I am a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and have held pastorates at Warradale Park, Strathalbyn, Croydon/Kilkenny, Kent Town, Goodwood and Glenelg.

I first joined U3A, in 2001.  Previously I had done some lecturing with Adult Education, WEA and at Glenelg’s “College for Seniors”.

I am married to Margaret and we have two adult children.     
I  enjoy gardening, computing, listening to classical music, travel & study of the fine arts.
Current memberships include the Adelaide Society of Collectors, my local historical society & Probus.      
I am also a Telecross Volunteer for Red Cross. 

I have travelled extensively through Europe, NZ, Australia, South America and Russia and have a special love for Italy and the British Isles. 

An architect father instilled into me an interest in architecture and over the years I have developed my interest in music and the fine arts.

In the past I was a committee member and the second President of the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society and also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the Norwood Kitchen.

Since retirement I have been involved in Interim Ministry at Thames, NZ and at Kent Town, Payneham Road & other churches.   At Illoura Homes, I ran a Conversation Club for residents Christian Meditation group.

2015
An Old Chair and an Ancient Seat

 

Maria Macdonald

2015
Italian Discussion Tuesday
Italian Discussion Thursday

 

Bob Major


2015
Mental Blocks
Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme
 

Rose Mawby  

2015
A Trip to the Bottle Shop
(with Gillian Simons)
 

Margaret Milford  

2015
Bushwalks
 

Trish Moore 2015
Mah Jong
John Murphy  

2015
Aboriginal Plants and Terra Nullius

 

Leonie Pike

2015
Art and Mixed Media
(with John Griffiths)

Lyn Porter  

2015
Circle Dancing for Fun

 

Ken Prouse

2015
French and the French Level 1
French and the French Level 2
Two Classic French Films
(with Don Drake)

Juli Pullman
2015
Microsoft Windows 7
 

Bob Rabbitt


2015
For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)
 

Barrie Redman

2015
Introduction to Excel
Introduction to the Internet
 

Anne Rees 2015
Recorder Group
Evelyn Robertson
2015
Current Film Club
 
Elsa Rozanés  

2015
French Continuing Conversation
Spanish Continuing Conversation
 

Martin Samson

I have over 25 years of experience in Adult Education and cross-cultural metaphysical studies. I have completed my Masters in Theological Studies at the Adelaide College of divinity. Over the last fifteen years I have studied and collaborated with many different traditions including metaphysical groups, Aboriginal peoples, Shamanic groups and Celtic druidic traditions. In all my endeavours I have tried to find the perennial philosophy and practice in culture and spiritual expression. I have taught comparative Spirituality to high school students and that course forms the foundation of what this course will present.


2015
Cross Cultural History
 


Gabrielle Scherrer

My life in music has been very varied; I was teaching violin in my teens, but started my official studies after leaving school. I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the performer’s course and completed my violin teaching certificate as well. My first position was with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, which was daunting and a huge learning curve! 

My parents then emigrated to Australia and I decided to see something of Europe. I played in a German Symphony Orchestra and then in Basel, where I met my husband, Walter. I did return to England to do a Dip Ed for classroom music teaching but then went back to Basel to get married.

In 1990 we decided to emigrate for various reasons and I got a job in Albany WA teaching all the strings in all the public schools in 3 days and teaching classroom music for 2 days a week to 450 Primary School kids! There were also 2 Youth Orchestras and a school choir to conduct!  Enough said!! Luckily I could give up the classroom teaching after 7 years.

I moved to Adelaide in 2008 and have continued my varied activities including non music ones and I am enjoying the opportunities here, especially at U3A! I have often come across adults who play and sing without being able to read music. They manage extremely well and it is possible. But being able to read gives you more independence and opens up more repertoire – as does word reading – and it is possible to learn it later in life! So that is why I am offering this course “Reading Music through Singing and Percussion”.  I hope to see you there.

2015
Reading Music
 

Irene Schmidt
2015
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.

2015
German II
 


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.

2015
German Middle & Advanced

Gillian Simons  

2015
A Trip to the Bottle Shop
(with Rose Mawby)

 

John Slaytor  

2015
Spanish Language and Culture

 

David Smith  

2015
Exploring Wine

 

Julianne Sweeney

2015
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.

2015
Calligraphy
Calligraphy - Beautiful Italic
 

Gail Umehara
2015
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. 

2015
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


2015
French Conversations in French

 

India Wallace  

2015
SA Health & Medical Research Institute

 

Steve Walsh 2015
Science-Fiction Film and Literature
(with Paul Kruger)
Ann Warner
2015
French Intermediate 1
French Intermediate 2
Michele Warren
2015
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2

 
Emma Wight 2015
Keys to Music 1
Mozart @ Elder 1