Coming Events

August 10—Annual Emeriti Break-Fest

An Inside Look at the Bronco Marching Band

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Fetzer Center
  • Speaker: Dr. David W. Montgomery, Director of Bronco Marching Band

Dr. Montgomery will give us an inside look at how the Bronco Marching Band operates—everything from how the band members are selected to how the band’s musical performances are perfected. Known as “The Sound of Western” the Bronco Marching Band is one of the nation’s premiere college marching bands. Consisting of over 290 members, the Bronco Marching Band is recognized for its excellence in musical performance, fast-paced drill movements, and high energy entertainment.

Comprised of students from virtually every academic discipline, the band continues to build upon its strong tradition of musical excellence and first class entertainment. In addition to the halftime shows for the Bronco football fans at home, the Bronco Marching Band supports our football team on select road trips, regularly performs in exhibition at area high schools, and presents its annual “Season in Review” concert at Miller Auditorium.

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September 14

The Sins of Kalamazoo

  • 2 p.m., Zhang Legacy Collections Center
  • Speaker: Tom Dietz, Kalamazoo Historian and Curator Emeritus, Kalamazoo Valley Historical Museum.

Carl Sandburg’s 1922 poem, The Sins of Kalamazoo, described the sins and sinners of Kalamazoo as “convict gray and dishwater drab.” The speaker’s research has convinced him that our sins and sinners were as scarlet as those in any big city! He will demonstrate his point by exploring some of Kalamazoo’s more notorious murders as well as its red-light districts, sporting houses, and other dens of iniquity and murders. Tom will talk about the colorful history of our quiet community. You can decide for yourself if Carl Sandburg was correct.

October 12, 2016

Gods, Goddesses, and Homer’s Iliad

  • 2 p.m., Zhang Legacy Collections Center
  • Speaker: Dr. Helenan S. Robin, Professor Emerita of Political Science

The ancient Greeks were guided by gods and goddesses as they built their temples, theaters and stadiums. Most temples honored Athena, Aphrodite, Artemus, Apollo, Zeus, or Hera. Theaters recognized Dionysus. The stadiums always had important temples nearby. Homer's Iliad so moved Alexander the Great that he traveled to Troy to pay his respects at the graves of the "heroes" of the "Trojan Wars." Helenan's talk/slide show takes us on a tour of Greek cities in Greece, Italy and Anatolia to view these architectural features, as well as statues and vases.

November 9

Alternatives to Assisted Living:  Help to Remain in Your Own Home as You Age

  • 2 p.m., Zhang Legacy Collections Center
  • Speaker: Carol Sundberg, Director Unified Clinics and Center for Disability Services, WMU

WMU’s Aging Services is a division of the College of Health and Human Services and was created in response to the changing demographics of Kalamazoo County and the increasing needs of older adults. Our services help individuals remain living at home, regardless of age, illness or disability. Typical services include in-home care, social activity and companionship, as well as out-of-home adult day care. All services are personalized depending on your specific needs and preferences, and can vary from a few hours per week up to 24 hours per day. Fees for services are discounted for members of the WMU community.

As a WMU program, training students to work in health and human services has been part of our dual mission. We therefore include faculty and students from several departments across campus as partners in service provision. There is a large presence of student employees and student interns with varying educational backgrounds that provide the caregiving services following training. This unique blend of service and teaching makes our services truly exceptional, like no other in the area.

This presentation will provide more detailed information about our available services, and provide examples and testimonials from some of our current WMU customers. We will also share information about exciting new evidence-based programs to help improve cognitive function and memory.

December 7

Wine Tasting and Holiday Gathering

  • 5 to 7 p.m., Fetzer Center
  • Details forthcoming.

JANUARY 11, 2017

To Be Announced

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall

February 8, 2017

To Be Announced

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall

March 8, 2017

Walking Through Kalamazoo: Learning the Story of our Community

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Lynn Houghton, Regional History Collections Curator, WMU

April 12, 2017

KVCC Culinary Arts Program

  • 2 p.m., KVCC Culinary and Allied Health Building
  • Details forthcoming.

May 10, 2017


  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Dr. Stanley S. Robin, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Stan will perform his sixth set of original monologues, “Mosaic,” consisting of the following individual monologues: Camp Wakiton, There's No Business…, Starting, The Aardvark on North Nelson Road, The "Classy" Girl, Schensel's, Aw Pleeze!, The Handyman, Penurious, The Mafia and 9/11.