Annual Meeting 2017

20th Ann MtgSunday, March 26, 2017


Film Festival 2016

The 5th Annual Northfield Summer Film Festival

This year’s theme: Politics!

In cooperation with Carleton College, we’re presenting a series of four great films on a timely topic. All are free and open to the public, on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, at Carleton’s Weitz Center cinema (Union and 3rd Streets), beginning on July 5. Here’s the schedule:

xxxxxJJuly 5

Week 1 - Mr Smith


xxxxxxJuly 12

Week 2 - Being There


xxxxxxJuly 19

Week 3 - Network


xxxxxxJuly 26

Week 4 - Panic



Annual Meeting 2016

The 19th CVEC Annual Meeting

…was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, on the beautiful spring day of May 1, 2016.

About 70 of us gathered at 2:00 for punch and conversation in the lobby outside the meeting room. Lots of friends from past classes, some curious new folks, instructors about to be honored, Board members to lobby…

After a bit, we were invited inside for pie and ice cream.

Once appetites were sated, Board Chair Jerry Mohrig began the short business meeting. We elected Board members, recognized instructors who had recently completed teaching 5, 10, and 15 courses, honored retiring instructors and other members who had completed significant terms of service.

At about 3:10, Jerry introduced featured speaker Richard Schulte, who regaled us with tales of his daydreams inspired by the Harper/Hanson class on aviation history last fall, in the guise of “CVEC Courses and Long Term Memories.”


Following general laughter and applause, the meeting adjourned at 3:40.


New Sr Ctr technology

New technology for our Senior Center classroom

We’ve recently purchased a new audio-visual cart, intended to simplify and improve the use of our projected and audio materials at the Northfield Senior Center.  The cart includes a projector, a DVD/Blu-ray player, a document camera, an audio mixer, and multi-directional speakers.  Now instructors can quickly connect their laptop or tablet computers, iPods, and other external devices, to produce images on the screen at the front of the room and sound from the cart’s speakers – without the thrashing and churning that instructors and students alike often had to endure in the past.  We thank our many fund drive donors who made this possible!

Here's the Technology Committee giving the cart its first trial.

Here’s the Technology Committee giving the cart its first trial.

Faribault courses

Elder Collegium Courses in Faribault!

Beginning in the Fall 2015 term, the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium will be offering one “Faribault course” each term during a three-year trial periFbo Sr Ctr fixod. These courses will be held in Faribault and will normally be taught by instructors from or connected with Faribault. Initially, they will last four weeks; they will be similar in format and style to other Elder Collegium courses. They will be open on an equal basis to all applicants, whatever their city.

The program, originally suggested by Board Chair Jerry Mohrig, was set up by a committee of two CVEC Board and staff members (Jerry and Rich Noer), two Faribault Senior Center staff members (Mona Kaiser and Brenda Johnson), and two Faribault residents with CVEC experience (Diane Hagen and Bob Speckhals). Their proposal (essentially, the first paragraph of this article) was accepted by the Elder Collegium Board in April. The Faribault members of the committee also agreed to seek out possible instructors for the Faribault courses, organize class meeting rooms and times, and manage Faribault publicity.

The Fall course, “Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley” (instructor Jeff Jarvis) has ended. It attracted 29 applications for 20 openings.  For the 2016 Winter and Spring terms the courses will be “C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and The Inklings” (instructor Richard Jorgenson) and “Islam and Muslims” (instructor Esam Aal). We have high hopes that these courses will continue to attract applicants from Faribault and other nearby towns, as well as others from Northfield and farther afield.

 Rich Noer, CVEC Executive Director

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