Coming Events

August 9, 2017

Annual Emeriti Break-Fest

  • Location: The Fetzer Center on the WMU Campus
  • 8:30 a.m., Coffee, juice and conversation
  • 9 a.m., Breakfast
  • 10 a.m., Speaker: Kathy Beauregard, WMU Athletic Director, will highlight some of the great things happening in our intercollegiate athletics department. The title of her presentation is "National trends for Intercollegiate Athletics and Implications for WMU.”

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September 13, 2017

Schools vs. the World: Handicapping the Odds

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Dr. James Bosco, Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies

Formal education K-16 is very nicely in sync with a world that no longer exists. Schools will not disappear, but if they are not capable of making the needed transformation, formal schooling will make an increasingly smaller contribution to student education.

October 11, 2017

Get a Grip on Grasp

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speakers: Dr. Sandra Edwards, Professor Emerita of Occupational Therapy and Nancy Hock, Faculty Specialist II—Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy

This presentation will be made by the author of an internationally recognized text on hand grasps and by a certified hand specialist. They will address the basic anatomical structure of the hand and how to best preserve your hand use as you age.

November 8, 2017

Topic: To Be Announced

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Julie Garrison, Dean, University Libraries

Contemporary university libraries exist in a world of new challenges and opportunities. Over recent decades, information technology has played a transformative role in how knowledge is stored and disseminated. Dean Garrison and her staff face the challenge now being faced by all university libraries: To ensure that WMU’s University Libraries are compatible with the way contemporary academic communities access knowledge today rather than how it was done in the past.

December 13, 2017

Wine Tasting and Holiday Gathering

  • 5 to 7 p.m., Fetzer Center

Details forthcoming.

January 10, 2018

Food in China: Successes and Challenges in the World's Largest Market

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, Walwood
  • Speaker: Dr. Ann Veeck, Professor of Marketing, WMU

Ann has studied the food marketing systems of China for more than 20 years, conducting field projects in numerous cities, including Nanjing, Beijing, Yangzhou, Changchun and Shijiazhuang. Her research has revealed rapidly changing food consumption patterns that provide intriguing focal points from which to study the transformation of the Chinese economy, as food-related behavior is intertwined with changes in social relationships, the family, the retail, distribution, and transportation infrastructure, and the political and legal environment.

February 14, 2018

Hearing Loss, Aging and Hearing Aids

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, Walwood
  • Speaker: Dr. Gary D. Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Hearing loss is typically listed among the top three complaints of elderly adults. Gary’s presentation will include an Overview of the Auditory System; Types of Hearing Loss; Classic Types of Presbycusis (Old Age Hearing); Aging, Hearing for Speech, and Cognition; and Hearing Aids and Hearing Aid Services.

March 14, 2018

Speaker and topic to be announced

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, Walwood

April 11, 2018

Speaker and topic to be announced

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, Walwood

May 9, 2018

Speaker and topic to be announced

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, Walwood