February 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Faculty Club Events and Interest Group Information

Thanks to all for helping and participating at the Bowlegs 5K and 1 Mile Walk on January 18. The race was a huge success with around 180 participants, and the weather was gorgeous. Being our 30th anniversary, Gulf Winds Track Club granted us Grand Prix status, which always brings extra runners. We made $2,500 for our scholarship. The Leysieffer grandson Austin Foos created another nice shirt for the race, and we had extra mugs by Brian Bachman to give to the major sponsors. The race was followed by a congenial Brunch in Renegade Grill attended by 30 members. Go to our website http://facultyclub.fsu.edu/site to look at recent photos from the various January events. We thank Neil Charness for being such an excellent and diligent photographer/historian that documents our Club activities. We look forward to seeing you at these many February activities.

Annelise Leysieffer

Last Sunday, January 26, 50 members, including Lucy and John Ho, celebrated an early Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, at Azu. The meal was superb as was the company. With the meal specially prepared for us, if you would like to try another Chinese New Year’s dinner, Azu is celebrating the their New Year next Monday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This will be a buffet with traditional Chinese New Year’s dishes and the cost is $19.95 plus tax, tips and beverages. If you wish to attend, unless you plan to arrive early, it might be wise to call the restaurant in advance at 893-4112 to make reservations. This is not a Club event.

On February 2, Outdoors Explorers will meet at 1:00 p.m. to hike the southern terminus of the St. Marks trail and walk through the St. Marks Waterfront Park. The hike will be followed by a visit to Sweet Magnolia Inn to listen to live jazz music. Where there is a waiting list for the music, you can certainly join the group for the hike. Please let Barbara Elam know at blelam@embarqmail.com if you are planning to hike and also to find out if any spaces have opened up for the music part.

Globetrotters will be meeting on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks. John Keller is preparing a fascinating presentation called Cuba West and East by John and Cecilia Keller. Below is John’s description: “It is becoming easier for Americans to travel legally to Cuba as part of a group or on their own. Last October, Dale and Diane Olsen talked about their experiences as part of a group tour, which included John and Barbara Elam. In this presentation, we will describe our experiences traveling on our own. We are including some of the same areas (Havana and the tobacco region of Pinar del Rio in the far west) but will not duplicate the previous content. By staying in Cases Particular, which are like bed and breakfast accommodations, and traveling with local English-speaking drivers, we had numerous unique experiences, as would any of you who travel on your own. This presentation will supplement the Olsen’s experiences in the west. We also traveled in several areas of eastern Cuba that will add a new dimension to this presentation. Eastern Cuba is a region of great historical significance, both politically and culturally. The presentation will include many photos and video clips that are filled with local color and music as well as items of cultural and historical importance.”

Please check with Diane Olsen for more information about Globetrotters at m.diane.olsen@gmail.com and to offer to bring refreshments.

On Tuesday, February 11, Club members will be celebrating an early Valentine’s Day by going to the American Legion Hall by Lake Ella to listen and dance to the Tallahassee Swing Band. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The entrance fee is $5.00 when you mention the Faculty & Friends Club. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are planning to attend, as the Club will supply some light refreshments. You can purchase beverages in the Hall.

PUC – The Faculty Luncheon Series on Tuesday, February 11, at 12:15 p.m. The speaker is Barbara Foreman. Her speech is titled, “Using the Science of Reading to Close the Achievement Gap.” Please call 222-6320 by the 6th to attend. Cost: $10.

La Table Française will be meeting on Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Regine & Tim Lynch. Please bring crêpes or some other French food for the potluck. Please let Annelise know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Monday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Bonnie Armstrong to discuss Wild Flowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice & Joy by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scoven. Agnes Furey will attend the discussion. For more information about this group, please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com.

Restaurant Roulette will be meeting at Marie Livingston’s Steak House at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. If you are planning to attend, please let Jan Flake know at janiceflake@comcast.net by February 16.

Also on Thursday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., Annelise & Fred Leysieffer are holding a board meeting at their house. If you are interested in serving on the board next year or have suggestions you would like brought to the board members’ attention, please e-mail Annelise at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? will be meeting on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Hilly Levitz. Being the month for Valentines, members are asked to recite their favorite poetry either in German or English. Please let Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker know at tkirkwoodtucket@comcast.net if you plan to attend.

Gourmet Sampler will be meeting on Saturday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westminster Oaks Pool Clubhouse hosted by Patsy Rapp, Marie Cowart and others. Please bring either delicious hors d’oeuvres or desserts to share as well as your own beverage and let Barbara Elam know at blelam@embarqmail.com if you are planning to attend.

Lunch Bunch will be meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at 11:45 a.m. at Coosh’s Bayou Rouge off Thomasville Road past Wal-Mart and Chili’s next to Growing Room Preschool. Please let Denise Ellingson know at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com by the day before if you are planning to attend.

La Mesa Española will be meeting Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Marion and Gerard Nimis. If you are planning to attend, please let Jo Stepp-Greany know at jstepp-greany@comcast.net

On Saturday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. Linda & Bob Clickner will be hosting the always popular Mardi Gras at their home. Please look for more information in later e-mail messages but be sure to mark you calendars for this not-to-be missed evening.

January 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message – Happy New Year!!!

We welcome the New Year and wish for all you that 2014 may be a special year filled with good health, great friendships and much happiness. We thank you for your continued support of our varied events, interest groups and scholarship activities and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We especially want to thank Diane Stuart, Linda & Bob Clickner, Barbara & John Elam, Dian & Chas LaTour and Carol & Bill Weissert for their dedicated work in making the Holiday Party at Dorothy B. Oven Park such a wonderful success. We also thank all who brought delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts for members to enjoy.

We begin 2014 with the 30th Bowlegs 5K Run & 1 Mile walk on Saturday the 18th. We thank Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison for co-chairing the event with me. The race will be followed by the 10th Annual Bowlegs Brunch to be held in Renegade Grill. We hope to see many members and friends at both events. We encourage you to join us for the annual Chinese New Year’s celebration at Lucy Ho’s Azu on Sunday, January 26, to attend our Valentine’s Dance at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella on Tuesday, February 11, and to come enjoy the festive Mardi Gras at the home of Linda & Bob Clickner on Saturday, March 1.

Your roster is included in this mailing. Please send changes and/or corrections to aleysieffer@gmail.com

Annelise Leysieffer

Chinese New Year at Lucy Ho’s AZU
The Year of the Horse

Sunday, January 26
6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
3220 Apalachee Parkway
Cost: $30 per person, all-inclusive except for alcoholic beverages.

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with delectable dishes especially prepared for the members of the Faculty & Friends Club. This popular, annual event will again take place at AZU, Lucy Ho’s newest restaurant. It is located on the left side of Apalachee parkway when coming from Capital Circle about halfway between Capital Circle and Costco in the Big Oak Shopping Center. Please let Annelise know by Monday, January 20 if you are planning to attend and mail your check, made out to the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU, to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

30th Bowlegs 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m.
Start/Finish FAMU – FSU College of Engineering
10th Annual Bowlegs Brunch – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In the Renegade Grill. Please RSVP for the Brunch no later than Wednesday, January 15 to Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272 or e-mail her at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

We challenge you to join us for our 30th Annual Bowlegs 5K Scholarship Race to benefit returning, undergraduate students at FSU. As this is our only formal fundraiser, do come walk or run with us before heading across the street to the Seminole Clubhouse for a delicious and congenial brunch in the Renegade Grill. The Brunch is $6 for Faculty Club members, who are either race participants or volunteers. The cost for other Club members and others, the cost is $10, the actual cost to the Club for the Brunch. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic for the runners. If interested in volunteering, or should you need fliers, please call Annelise Leysieffer at 893-1272 or e-mail her at aleysieffer@gmail.com. Payments will be received at the Brunch.

Valentine’s Dance
Tuesday, February 11, Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
American Legion Hall at Lake Ella
Cost: $5.00 for Club members

Come dance or simply listen to the beautiful and lively music performed by members of the Tallahassee Swing Band including our own Bill Landing. Please mention that you are part of the Faculty & Friends Club to be eligible for the discounted price. Beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion Hall with some light refreshments provided by the Club. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are planning to attend so tables can be reserved ahead of time.

Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Linda & Bob Clickner – 3099 Shamrock North

We thank the Clickners for inviting us to celebrate Mardi Gras at their festively decorated house. Please bring your own wine if you wish and bring either hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts or a main course for this potluck. Please let Linda know either at lindaclickner@gmail.com or call her at (703) 850-6893 by Tuesday, the 25th to let her know if you are coming and what dish you are bringing to help Linda and her committee better plan the evening. Please be advised that the Clickners have a steep driveway so park below. There should be plenty of parking along Shamrock.

Interest Group Information
Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
At the home of Sue Isaac – Discussion leader TBA
Monday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

Wild Flowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice, & Joy by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scoven
At the home of and discussed by Bonnie Armstrong

Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com or at 422-0881 for more information about this evening and the group, and to request the list of books selected for 2014.

Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
“A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela” by Tim Lynch
At the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks

Please contact Diane Olsen at m.diane.olsen@gmail.com or at 386-5797 for more information. Please contact Diane with offers of refreshments as we no longer have callers to reach out to you.

Gourmet Sampler
Sunday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Chinese New Year at Azu – 3220 Apalachee Parkway

Saturday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
At Westminster Oaks – more information will follow via e-vite from Barbara Elam. Please contact Barbara at ble@neuro.fsu.edu or at 385-9856.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.
At Morelia – 1355 Market Street
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at jstepp@fsu.edu or at 383-3970 for more information and to join this group.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, January 28, 11:45 a.m.
BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse – 1749 Apalachee Parkway

Tuesday, February 25, 11:45 a.m.
Restaurant TBA

Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com or at 907-9992 by the Monday morning before to attend.

La Table Française
Saturday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.
The always delicious and popular La Soirée Crêpe
At the home of Elise Bollier & Anuj Srivastava

This is a potluck with crêpes very welcome
At the home of Regine & Tim Lynch
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at aleysieffer@gmail.com or at 893-1272 to attend and for more information.

Outdoors Explorers
An Outdoors Explorers event is being planned for the afternoon of Sunday, February 2. It will include a walk on the lower St Marks trail and a visit to the Sweet Magnolia Inn (in St Marks) to listen to live jazz music. 
Please mark your calendar and await further details. Contact Barbara Elam at ble@neuro.fsu.edu or at 385-9856 if you are not currently receiving Outdoors Explorers announcements and would like to be added to the mailing list.

PUC – Faculty Luncheon Series

Tuesday, January 14, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Felicia C. Coleman, Director FSU Coastal Marine Laboratory will speak on The Rebirth of the FSU Marine Lab: Forecasting the Future of Marine Science at FSU.

Tuesday, February 11, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Barbara R. Foreman, Director, Florida Center for Reading Research at FSU will speak on Using the Science of Reading to Close the Achievement Gap.
All reservations must be made by noon on the previous Thursday by calling 222-6320. The cost is $10 per luncheon.

Restaurant Roulette
Will be joining the Chinese New Year at Azu on Sunday, January 26. Please mail your reservations to Annelise Leysieffer for AZU and otherwise contact Jan Flake at 383-7505 or at janiceflake@comcast.net for other dinner information.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Suzi Sinke, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, at FSU, wird ûber ihre Fulbright Scholarship an der Universitât von Salzburg berichten, die Höhen und Tiefen einer solchen Erfahrung, und die Erlebnisse ihres Sohnes, ein Middle School Student, der seine Mutter nach Salzburg begleitete und dort zur Schule ging. 
At the home of Bettina & Fernando Tesón

Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. with home and program TBA
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net for more information and to attend.

Stitch & Chat
Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker
Please contact Cherie at 386-1000 or at jfenstermaker@fsu.edu.

Alice B. Nichols Scholarship
Last fall, we awarded scholarships to five deserving students. Only some were full-time and received the full $500. With all five continuing this spring, we plan to again offer them scholarships. We thank the many of you who have so generously donated to our scholarship fund. We hope to see a record turnout of runners and walkers for this our 30th Bowlegs Race and Walk to further add to the scholarship account.

We were very sorry to lose Shirley Baum, a gracious lady and close friend. Shirley served as president of the University Wives Club in 1955-56. Upon returning to FSU, she again immediately became involved with the club and served another term as president in 1984-85 the year the club changed name from the University Womens Club to the University Club of FSU.

Please Support Our Bowlegs Sponsors

We gratefully thank High Performance Magnetics for their continued support.

We much appreciate Alison & Mark Riley becoming our new sponsors through Alison’s company Sunshine State Tax & Accounting Services, LLC. The company specializes in guiding clients with bank accounts and other financial assets located in foreign countries as well as guidance for start-up and small businesses.

We are grateful to Lucy Ho for providing us with a number of gift certificates. Do visit her two restaurants, Azu, located at 3220 Apalachee Parkway, and Masa, located at 1001 North Monroe Street. Both are popular venues for delicious Sushi, Chinese, Japanese and Southern Asian Style Cuisines.

Target Copy has been supplying us with race fliers for years. Go to Target Copy for all your printing needs and receive 15% off when showing your faculty ID card.

SHAW’S Athletics. Each year, Shaw graciously donates several gift certificates to be used as prizes to race participants. Visit his store at 1415 Timberlane Road to see his wide range of athletic apparel, shoes and sports equipment.

Renegade Grill, located in the Seminole Golf Course Clubhouse across from the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, serves delicious meals at reasonable prices in pleasant surroundings. We much appreciate the many free lunch certificates they provide to be raffled off after the Bowlegs race.

The general manager of the local Jimmy John’s franchises has generously provided us with 50 coupons for free subs. Do frequent their restaurants around town and taste their delicious sandwiches.