2006 Newsletter


Time to register!  Classes begin September 22.


Registration is now open for the 2006 – 2007 school year.  Cost for a full membership is $185 for the year (and covers any number of classes you take).  However, those who register and pay before September 1st save $10.  


Here are the ways you can register:



Associate members, who pay $25 to participate in noon lectures and social events only, can also register in any of these ways.


Some things are different this fall—so plan ahead!   


Before you register you will want to check out the new class schedule now online at  Department chairs have worked hard to create a curriculum and course outline that works for our student body.  Don’t assume that classes, times and course descriptions at La Causerie are the same this fall.  Spend some time online to figure out your schedule and book needs.


There are many new things you will want to learn about and understand:



If you have questions about the new class schedule and how you fit into it, contact your department chair (see names and contact information below).  Another option is to attend the September 8th Enrollment Party to talk to the teachers.


If you have an LC friend who is not Internet savvy, you might want to call and go through this with them. 


Reminder!  Book purchases are your responsibility this year.


As announced last November, La Causerie will not sell books to students this year.  You are responsible for ordering those you will need for your classes. Please check the website for our 2006 book list.  Most have an Internet link provided.  You can also print out the information and ask your favorite local bookseller to order them for you. 


NOTE:  All French and Spanish books are different this year, so we recommend that you pay attention to book ordering as soon as possible.


If you need help figuring out what you need or ordering books, contact Mary Lew McCarty,

Assistant treasurer, who will be glad to help you.  If you have an LC friend who is not Internet savvy, you might want to call and go through this with them. 


New Teachers


We welcome four new teachers to our team of professionals this year (with one French position still pending).  Come meet them at the Enrollment Party on September 8.  Here’s who will be working with us during the coming year:



Becky Tucker is currently a French department tutor at Johnson County Community College and does private tutoring. Her experience as a French teacher is very diverse, ranging from an after school French program in Italy (!) to high school French in Wichita.  She has a master’s degree in French language and culture from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  La Causerie member Marti Moore attended the Lac du Bois Concordia Language Villages adult immersion camp and “discovered” Becky teaching there, too. 



Liliana Gomez is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and teaches beginner and intermediate Spanish courses in grammar, composition and conversation at UMKC. In addition to holding a B.A. in English and Spanish Translation and an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures, she is a certified interpreter in Kansas and Missouri and a member of the Midwest Chapter of the American Translators Association. Prior to coming to the United States, Liliana spent several years in network television coordinating communications between Australia and a Buenos Aires affiliate, and was involved in creative decisions related to on-air programming of theatre, music and dance content.


Marta Diaz is a native of Cordoba, Argentina and teaches Spanish, reading, algebra and assists bilingual students for the KCMO School District. Marta holds a B.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Education. She is very active in her church, providing Catechism and Spanish instruction, has taught theology for the Archdiocese of Kansas and was the recipient of the Hispanic Ministry Award of Kansas in 2002. Besides her love of education, Marta has a strong interest in the arts and has also studied architecture and interior design.



Tiziano Cherubini hardly a newcomer to La Causerie, as he substituted for Nina last spring and has presented popular noon programs for us. This fall he joins us as a contract employee for the entire school year.  Tiziano is a native speaker and teaches Italian at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He also tutors individuals.


Summer Luncheon


The La Causerie Summer Luncheon held at Aixois on July 14th was a big success with 30 members in attendance.  Everyone shared a memorable summer experience and given membership, you know we heard about a lot of interesting globe trotting. Planners were pleased to note that students from all language departments attended.  Thanks to Anastasia Thompson and Veronica Bergonzoni for planning and carrying out the luncheon.


September Calendar


Sept. 8        2 – 4 p.m. Welcome Back Enrollment party at the church

                     Come visit with friends and meet the teachers, even if you are already registered.  Bring a snack to share.


Sept. 22      Classes begin


Handicapped Parking


Handicapped parking is available in the circle drive at the front of the church.  Enter the front door and take the elevator to the basement for classes.  People in the church office are glad to help you find and operate the elevator.           


Have a suggestion related to your class?


Then tell your department chair.  This year the Board has appointed language department chairs.  Since this is a new concept, their specific responsibilities are evolving, but the Board expects them to include a lot of listening—to you!  They will check in with students and teachers about how classes are going, raise issues that need some action (class schedules, class offerings), take suggestions and assist in hiring of teachers (when that need arises).  Here’s who they are and how to contact them:


Department Chairs: (note: email to the attention of any of the people below to this address: and your note will be forwarded to the appropriate person


Executive Board Members 2006-2007


President:      Inez Pennington                                                       

First VP:        Linda Rei                                                                                                               

Second VP:    Veronica Bergonzoni (also Chair of Social & Hospitality)        

Secretary:      Joan Daniels                                                              

Asst. Secy:    Dalene Bradford (Newsletter and Publicity)                         

Treasurer:       Linda Lyon                                                               

Asst. Treas:   Mary Lew McCarty (also Textbook Chair)