Bill Boland Volunteer of the Year Award

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”
–Peter F. Drucker


The AGE Computer Lab is totally driven by volunteers who spend countless hours and mental energy getting our older student base into the 21st tech century. This year, we are giving the highest award we have for outstanding volunteerism, the Bill Boland Award to Cheryl Pervier, our web master. You know you have a gem of a volunteer when her brightness, cooperation, and willingness to try something new in the code arena, rises to everyone’s attention. We knew we were fortunate to have her onboard when she said she doesn’t use Dreamweaver but writes and edits her own code.

Cheryl has taken our website into the mobile and social media arenas effortlessly or so it seems to the majority of our students. AGE Computer Lab depends on two main factors, the web calendar and the web online registration page. She is the backbone for making these work and stay current.

Cheryl comes to us from IBM and we are very lucky that she wants to coach, instruct as well as keep our web site going. Especially difficult this year was our transition to accepting credit cards. The project was on hold, off, on again and finally she just pulled the lever with much success.

I wish we had a sailboat to give Cheryl, where she would rather prefer to spend her time with her husband but instead, a small plaque that doesn’t really say all the accomplishments and achievements she has contributed to AGE Computer Lab. Coach, Instructor, Steering Committee Member, and Webmaster.

If you want to carry on a conversation with Cheryl, don’t mention that we are changing our name once again, our logo doesn’t fit on the web page, or you can’t find the Facebook Logo. Also please don’t be the instructor who didn’t give her the description for the seminar and the calendar is overdue.

I think Bill Boland, one of our founders of SeniorNet Austin in 1997 would be very proud of another IBM’er receiving his award for service and accomplishment.

–Roberta Przybylski, Executive Director, AGE Computer Lab

2013 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all students who entered our photo contest for 2013.

…and the winners are:

Gail Buquoi – 1st Place
1st place
Dale Langston – 2nd Place
2nd place
Bob Herrin – 3rd Place
3rd place
Each received a certificate for a class from the Age Computer Lab.
To view all of the entries, visit the 2013 Contest Page.

December Tip of the Month – Creating a Task from an Email

A Better Way to Create a Task from an Email Message
Submitted by Daffnes Bohas, AGE Computer Lab Director of Registration

When you’re using Microsoft Outlook for email, there are a number of ways to make your life easier.

If you need to create a task and already have the relevant information in an email message, use it to your advantage.  Drag the email message from the Message list to the Tasks icon in the Navigation Pane.  (In Outlook 2000 and 2002, drag the message from the Message List to the Tasks Folder in the Folder List.)    A new Task form launches with a subject line and the body of the email message in the message area of the Task form.

This is all well and good, but where’s the attachment?

This method won’t include any attachments from the email message in the Task form, but here’s an easy way to get around that.

  1. Click on the Mail icon in the Navigation Pane.
    (In Outlook 2000 and 2002, click on the Inbox folder in the Folder List.)
  2. In the Message list, right-click on the email from which you want to create a task.
  3. Choose “Move to Folder” from the resulting shortcut menu.
  4. Select the Tasks folder from the “Move the Selected Items to the Folder” list box in the Move Items dialog box.
  5. Click OK.

A new Task form then launches with the subject line filled in and an attachment in the message area.  Click on the attachment in the message area to display the original email message along with any attachments.