Coming Events

October 11, 2017

Get a Grip on Grasp

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

Schools vs. the World: Handicapping the Odds

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

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, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Ann Veeck, Professor of Marketing, WMU

Veeck 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, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Gary D. Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Although age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among older adults, most of those who could benefit from hearing aids have never tried them. This presentation will include an overview of the auditory system, the effects of hearing loss on communication, and best practices for getting help for hearing problems.

March 14, 2018

If Memory Serves: Writing Memoir

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Gail Griffin, Professor Emerita of English, Kalamazoo College

Griffin has received teaching and writing awards, has written poetry, memoir essays, and books, and has offered workshops on memoir writing. Her presentation should be of great interest to emeriti.

April 11, 2018

Trends and Challenges in North American Higher Education Facilities

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Peter Strazdas, Associate Vice President for Facilities at WMU and Past President of International APPA—Leadership in Education Facilities

Strazdas will share his perspective on the trends in higher education and how facilities will help transform higher education for future generations.

May 9, 2018

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

  • 2 p.m., Heining Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Helenan Robin, Professor Emerita of Political Science

Professor Robin will present slides and comments on the government, religion, recreation, and theatre of Rome.

August 8, 2018

Annual Emeriti Break-Fest

Details forthcoming.

September 12, 2018

Life’s Path

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

Professor Robin will perform a set of 10 entertaining monologues.

October 9, 2018

A Sociological History of Baseball

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Ronald Kramer, Professor, Sociology

Kramer’s presentation offers a broad overview of a sociological history of baseball in the United States. Included are the social origins of the game, class and economic factors, racial segregation and integration, gender issues, law, deviance and social control, and the relationship between baseball and popular culture.

November 14, 2018

Speaker and topic to be announced

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

December 12, 2018

Wine Tasting and Holiday Gathering

  • 5 to 7 p.m., Fetzer Center

Details forthcoming.