March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


PLATO Weekly Update

March 30, 2021

CURRICULUM

Are you planning your Summer, Fall, or even next Winter's calendar? All information about Courses, including Registration and Semester Start Dates is posted on the COURSES page! 

Click the link below then scroll to "2021 Courses Related Calendar" in the right-hand column.

COURSES PAGE 

LECTURES & THEATER

LECTURES 

APRIL 6: Hidden in Plain Sight: Native American Cultural Landscape Omar Poler, Indigenous Education Coordinator, UW-Madison Office of the Provost/School of Education, talks about the Native American cultural landscape that is present all around us.

NEW! MAY 6: The Birds & the Bees: How To Get Involved in Citizen Science through Your Garden A garden can be home to birds, animals, pollinators, and many other living things.  Jessica Ross, a Research Specialist at UW-Madison will discuss how you can use the citizen science practices and principles to observe, monitor and document garden life -- for your own records and to contribute data to a project.

Lectures are recorded and available online through the PAST RECORDINGS link in the menu bar on the PLATO website.  There are now 10 lecture recordings for you to enjoy!


THEATER

Several wonderful shows such as Dining With the Ancestors from the Guthrie Theater are in their final days, so catch them while they last. Find a link to this play and more, including information on APT's six-show, reduced capacity summer season and the online versions of their shows, on PLATO's Virtual Theater Trips page.

SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 

UPDATE ON PLATO's OFFICE OPERATIONS  

As we posted here in the Weekly Update last December, our relationship with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) is changing, but not ending.  Currently we pay an administrative fee to DCS, and they provide us with office support.  Beginning later this year that is changing.  Most of what changes will take place behind the scenes, and most members will not likely see any differences in the services and programs they enjoy.  The financial impact of these changes on our organization is not yet clear, but it will affect PLATO‚Äôs budget and dues in future years.

PLATO is soliciting proposals from independent contractors to perform the administrative services that we have received from DCS in the past.  Depending on how well the recruitment goes, we hope that a new contractor will be in place sometime this summer.  We will continue to keep you updated on these developments. 

PLATO MEMBER SURVEY DUE 
BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

On March 17 members received a brief satisfaction survey regarding your experiences with PLATO, particularly during the past year when in-person programs were suspended.  Your feedback will help the PLATO board and committee volunteers prepare for future programming. 

The survey was emailed to you from Russell Consulting -"noreply @alchemer.com"with the subject line "Invitation to Complete the PLATO Member Survey 2021". Please take a few minutes to let PLATO know how best to address your interests and preferences. The survey responses are due no later than March 31.

Your involvement and support of PLATO is very important! If you have already completed the survey, Thank you! 

FEATURED AGORA WORKS

Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week's Featured work is abloom with "Crazy Daisies" in a collage photo from Jo Simons.

AGORA FEATURE 

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, April 2nd from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Meet new friends and connect with other PLATO members.  Click below for more information and the link to join the online gathering. 

MORE INFO 

SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

Select from a range of topics and formats for your early spring reading, viewing, or listening, curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.  Our April highlights include several new video offerings from PBS Wisconsin.

SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

PLATO Office Operations
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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