Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Coming February 29: Frank Church Symposium

The 41st Frank Church Symposium will be Wednesday, February 29, through Friday, March 2, in the Pond Student Union at ISU. This year's topic is "Democracy in a Changing World."  The event is open and free to the public. You may come and go as you need to.   

Held every spring on the Idaho State University Campus, the Frank Church Symposium honors Idaho Senator Frank Church, who chaired the US Committee on Foreign Relations during the Vietnam War. His distinguished leadership and principles are reflected in the symposium.

The symposium is sponsored and organized by students of ISU's International Affairs Council. The IAC believes that understanding different viewpoints strengthens and enhances our community. Through presentations and open discussion they proudly present experts from around the country and the world who fulfill this goal. The opening lecture by Dr. Gawdat Bahgat from Washington D.C. is on "Egypt, Islam and the United States."

Parking in the Student Union Parking Lot will be waived (free) for this event.

Copies of this year's schedule are on the bulletin board in Room 125 of the Continuing Ed Building.  We are fortunate to have this event in our community. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity. 
For more information about the symposium, click on this link:

Cross-Border Collaboration

NKA member Jane Riley sent this report of a recent NKA class:
Idaho State University is doing some really interesting research studies. We learned about one of those studies in the NKA political science class, "Cross-Border Collaboration," held February 15, 2012.  Cross-border collaboration not only refers to issues between countries, but also between groups that have similar emotional ties.
Donna Lybecker, Associate Professor of Political Science (pictured above) shared the results of the research done by students in ISU's Political Science Department. They conducted surveys at ISU and throughout the United States to determined the best manner in which to influence a group through different communication styles. Their results were surprising not only to Dr. Lybecker, but to the members of our class.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Timeline in Black & White

Donna Jordahl is a local activist and public-access television personality.* She's also an enthusiastic, skilled presenter of NKA classes. Donna describes her "Timeline in Black and White" as a trip through American history, "stopping to examine particular events and people, both black and white."
From Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to lesser-known history makers, Donna sketches the highlights (and some lowlights) of racial relations and the progress of civil rights in U.S. history.

Donna involves class participants in the presentation by inviting them to "come prepared to discuss your favorites or least favorites." She also asks for volunteers to deliver parts of the timeline's information.
Lillian Moore listens as Shirley Phillips 
reads a section of the timeline.
To hear Carol Nelson read Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Mothers' Day for Peace proclamation, click on this link:

*"Discussing the Issues," Donna's weekly show on Channel 12 is broadcast live the third Wednesday of each month and then rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


The NKA snowshoeing group's first outing was Crystal Summit, almost to the top of Mink Creek Road. What a beautiful day to be out in the fresh air!
Mel Nichols with Bob and Sharon Beida
Barb Bain, Nancy Frank, and Donna Hilliard
Donna Hilliard
Lillian Moore and LaRae Wagner
Sally McHargue
Lillian Moore, Mel Nichols, Barb Bain, and Donna Hilliard
Shirley Rogers, Pauline Havens, and Betty Adams
Sondra Dunkle, Rose Bowen, and Sharon Beida 
with some skiers they met on the trail.
Everybody smile and say, "Snowshoe!"

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Mahjong is a game of strategy that originated in China, migrated to the USA in the 1920s, and is currently experiencing a rebirth in popularity around the world. Mahjong may be played at increasingly-complex levels, and winning requires a combination of luck and skill. Lucy Bonman, a local realtor and NKA member, agreed to teach other NKA members this ancient and fascinating game. 
 NKA President Donna Hillard & Lucy Bonman
There are many different versions of Mahjong: American, Hong Kong, etc. Lucy teaches the version she learned growing up in The Philippines. 
Mahjong is designed for four players. By drawing, claiming, and discarding tiles, each player attempts to be the first to build a winning hand of pairs, pungs (3 of a kind), kongs (4 of a kind) and chows (consecutive runs).
Players begin by learning the three Mahjong suits: Bamboos, Characters, and Circles (also known as bams, craks, and dots). Other tiles used in play include the four winds (ESWN), flowers, seasons, and the three dragons (red, green, and white).
This group learned quickly and clearly enjoyed themselves, too.
 Bill didn't get a Mahjong, but he still had fun.
 Yay! for Pat and her winning Mahjong hand!

To learn more about Mahjong, including an American Mahjong tutorial, go to: