April 28, 2017 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update 
29 April 2017

1. Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit
2. DoDEA Decision Day
3. Retirement Articles
4. This Day in History
5. Quote for the Week
6. Random Facts

1. Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit:  FEA will be sponsoring the course, "Leadership Skills in the 21st Century: LGBT Issues", on the weekend of 5-7 May in Wiesbaden. All teachers within the area are welcome to attend.  This course may be taken for 1 semester hour of Graduate credit through either USD or Ashland.  For more information, or if you would like to sign up for the class, please contact Lisa Ali or John Crowe on Outlook by Tuesday, 02 May.

John and I would like to say a special "THANK YOU" to all of the folks who participated in this course in Stuttgart last weekend.  We really enjoyed working with all of you and appreciate your enthusiasm and support for this program.

2. DoDEA Decision Day:  May 1 marks the date most colleges and universities require students to return their Letters of Intent and commit to fall enrollment in the postsecondary institution of their choice. Schools across the Nation use Decision Day to encourage high school seniors to solidify their postsecondary plans and raise awareness of college and career readiness in efforts to foster productive 21st century citizens in grades K-12. 

3. Retirement Articles: 

The Financial Consequences of Early Retirement and Buyouts

      OPM Offers Additional Guidance on Military Deposits

4. This Day in History:  May 1, 1960  An American U-2 spy plane flying at 60,000 feet was shot down over Sverdlovsk in central Russia on the eve of a summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The sensational incident caused a cancellation of the meeting and heightened existing Cold War tensions. The pilot, CIA agent Francis Gary Powers, survived the crash, and was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Russian court. Two years later he was released to America in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy. On his return to America, Powers encountered a hostile public which apparently believed he should not have allowed himself to be captured alive. He died in a helicopter crash in 1977. 

5. Quote for the Week: A ridiculous accident has often been the making of many. 
---Roman proverb

6. Random fun Facts:  
1. In the UK, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day!
2. Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers!
3. A flock of crows is known as a murder.
4. "Facebook Addiction Disorder" is a mental disorder identified by Psychologists.
5. The average woman uses her height in lipstick every 5 years.
6. 29th May is officially "Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day".
7. Cherophobia is the fear of fun.
8. If you lift a kangaroo's tail off the ground it can't hop.
9. The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into frisbees after he died!
10. If Pinokio says "My Nose Will Grow Now", it would cause a paradox. Details here.


Lisa Ali
FEA Europe West Area Director
Isles, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba