Wednesday II Programs

Unless otherwise noted, all presentations will take place in the Zhang Legacy Collection Center—next to the College of Health and Human Services on South Oakland Drive at 2 p.m.

Holiday party and wine tasting

December 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ladies’ Library Association, 333 S. Park, Kalamazoo

This will be our third annual holiday event. Enjoy a variety wines from Tiffany’s and hors d’oeuvres by the library association and good fellowship with other emeriti and spouses. The Ladies’ Library Association building has been beautifully refurbished. The building is now handicap accessible by a rear entrance on the east side at the back. Parking is available a half block away at the Ladies’ Library Association and St. Luke’s Episcopal parking lots.

Please make reservations by December 2 by contacting Nancy Dyksterhouse at (269)-387-2351 or email A modest fee will be charged.

Investment Strategies for Retirees

January 14, 2015

Charles C. Zhang, (Zhang Financial and adjunct professor, finance)

Charles Zhang will discuss the importance of selecting the right financial advisor and how that choice can positively impact your financial future. He will present case studies, examine product costs and discuss prudent investment strategies.

Improving Your Hearing

February 11, 2015

Kimberly D. Palmer (Hearing Specialists of Kalamazoo, M.A., F.A.A.)

You can improve your hearing comprehension with or without a hearing aid in difficult listening environments. Developed by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco, the Listening and Communication Enhancement Program is a 20 session auditory training program done at home on your own computer.

Fitness for Retirees

March 11, 2015

Mark Daniels (West Hills Athletic Club, fitness assistant)

Mr. Daniel’s discussion will include ways to stay active and healthy as we spend more time on the planet. We may not be able to guarantee an extension of our lives, but we can improve the quality of the life we have. Genetics play a large part in our health and fitness levels, but with some science, effort and perspiration we can not only potentially extend our days, we can make our daily life better.

The West Michigan Pike: From Chicago to the Straits in the Early 1900s and it’s Legacy Today

April 8, 2015

John Geisler (professor emeritus, counselor education and counseling psychology)

The first highway from Chicago to the Straits of Mackinac was the West Michigan Pike. It was designed for one purpose, to bring vacationers from Chicago and South Bend as well as all of Illinois and Indiana. Speed lit on this road was 15 m.p.h. (if the highway was paved) and it was never a straight road! The establishment of resorts along Lake Michigan, particularly ethnic resorts, is part of the legacy of this interesting road.

Watersheds along the Way

May 13, 2015

Stanley Robins (professor emeritus, sociology)

Stanley Robins will perform the fifth set of original monologues. These are life-altering vignettes consisting of 10 individual monologues: Lessons From My Father; More Than Enough; Girls; Miss Herring; R.O.T.C; Good Boy; Maurice; Getting Home I, Getting Home II and Jerusalem.


August 12, 2015

To be announced—reserve the date on your calendar.