President’s Message
Dear members of the Faculty & Friends Club, it has been a true pleasure to serve you once again as your president. It has been a great year with successful and well attended monthly events such as the Annual Welcoming Reception, the Holiday Party, the 30th Anniversary Bowlegs Race and Brunch, the Chinese New Year at Azu, the Mardi Gras Party and the Winter Dance. Our varied interest groups continue to thrive, many with a huge attendance. They are definitely the mainstay of our club.

We end the academic year with a Spring Luncheon at the Golden Eagle Country Club and hope to see many of you there for this event. Although the luncheon is the final monthly event, some of the interest groups continue to meet throughout the summer. Plans are under way for the coming year. We encourage you to invite prospective new members to join us for the various events and interest groups. We have a lot to offer, both to the university community and to the community at large. The Spring Luncheon is an excellent venue to give examples of such programs.

We thank all for your generous donations to our Faculty & Friends Club Scholarship fund, enabling us to give out five scholarships last fall and five this spring. I am copying a thank you note from one of our recipients at the end of this newsletter. Our recipients are extremely grateful for our helping them achieve their goal of a better education.
I thank you again for having the opportunity to serve you for the seventh time as your president in this great club with such phenomenal friends, and I want to give a special thank you to our wonderful board members, who have made my presidency so easy to fulfill. It has been a pleasure and a joy to work with you.

Sincerely, Annelise Leysieffer

The Nominating Committee presents the slate for the executive committee members for 2014-2015:
President – Linda Clickner
Vice President – Dian LaTour
Vice President (membership) – Fred Leysieffer
Secretary – Denise Ellingson
Treasurer – Calvin Zongker
Nominating Chair – Annelise Leysieffer

Spring Luncheon with a Musical Interlude
Golden Eagle Country Club – 3700 Golden Eagle Dr. E.
Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.

“Latin and Other World Jazz Explorations
for Flutes and Guitar”

The subsidized cost is $16.00 per person for members ($20.00 for non-members). This includes tax, tip and non-alcoholic beverages. We will have the Club dining room to ourselves. The meal will be a buffet lunch like last year. Please mail your check by April 21 to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL, 32309 with check made out to The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU. If you have any questions, e-mail Annelise at or call her at 893-1272.

Dale Olsen, FSU Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology, and Carlos Odria, a graduate student at FSU will entertain us with a variety of Brazilian, Peruvian, Arabic, Spanish, German, and American musical derivations.

Saturday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Oaks – Maguire Learning Center.
France – Glory and Grief presented by Ed Schroeder
Please contact Diane Olsen or call her at 386-5797 to bring something for the refreshment table.

Diane & Dale together with Shirley & Doug Zahn began this vibrant and always interesting group, now in its 40th year. In the Olsens’ case, their experience in the Peace Corps gave them an intense interest in other cultures and unknown places yet to explore! Having chaired this group for the past many years, Diane is requesting that another person (or persons) take over leadership of the Globetrotter Interest group in the fall. She stresses that she has enjoyed the many special programs and the opportunities to learn about much of the globe! She has enjoyed working with travel aficionados, who brought refreshments, provided great programs, shared many adventures, and . . .enjoyed traveling with them! Also, she was pleased to see how our members appreciated each other, became friends, learned travel information and hints from each other.

She wants to thank all who attended, for their continuing and willing support and for their friendship!

Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 21 – 7:30 p.m.
Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey
by Joe Hutto
Discussed by Penny Gilmer
At the home of Judy Goldman
Thursday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m.
The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
Home TBA with Ursula Morgan as the discussion leader.
Please contact Kea Herron at

Gourmet Sampler
Saturday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Josephine & James Ang
Please contact Barbara Elam at
Barbara is looking for somebody willing to continue this group.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, April 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Come and practice your Spanish and share delicious food at the home of Diane & Dale Olsen
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at

La Table Française
Friday, April 11- 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Anne & David Thistle – a potluck
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, April 22 – 11:45 a.m.
Z.Bardhi’s – 3596 Kinhega Drive
Please contact Denise Ellingson at

Outdoors Explorers
Sunday, May 17 or 18 – 1:00 p.m.
At the home of Christel & Wolfgang Heil
A Luncheon Pot-luck and Hike at Alligator Point
Please contact Barbara Elam at
Barbara & John need somebody to take over this vibrant group. A member could take over one gathering at a time and plan it. That would make it simple. We thank Barbara & John for having done a phenomenal job with this group, so please let’s keep it going!!!

Restaurant Roulette
Tuesday, April 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Little Italy – 111-17 South Magnolia Drive
15% discount to all diners on Tuesday.
Please contact Jan Flake by April 18 to attend, and please contact Jan at to learn about future gatherings in the summer and to help co-chair the group.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Bettina & Fernando Tesón
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at

A Thank You Note from a Grateful Scholarship Recipient
“I cannot thank you enough for your financial support this school year. I have three children who depend on me and being a full time student is enough stress for anyone so I am immeasurably thankful to you for removing some financial worry! I lost my pel grant this semester and thought I was going to have to drop out of school but your generosity was part of my being able to stay and graduate! So thank you a billion times over for giving the support I so desperately needed in order to get the degree I never thought I would. My kids will get to see me walk that stage and receive my diploma. How amazing.”
Sincerely, Erica Nuñez

Information About University Musical Associates (UMA)
Kim Shively, the Director of Special Programs at the College of Music, writes: “Are you looking for something to do in Tallahassee that’s entertaining, culturally enriching, and supports students? Why not become a member of the University Musical Associates (UMA) and enjoy professional concerts and operas performed by FSU music students. Members have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the very popular PRISM Concert, Seasonal Celebration Concert, and Rainbow Concert before they go on sale to the general public. You are invited to an Evening of Musical Delight on Friday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. in Opperman Music Hall. This is a free concert where you can hear outstanding performances and learn more about UMA. There will be a reception after the concert. You can call Kim Shively at 644-4744 for more information. This is a wonderful win-win situation: you get to hear world-class music and our world-class students benefit directly from your generous gifts”
Kim Shively