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Membership Benefits ( Monthly Meetings
Members enjoy ten monthly meetings each year which feature a speaker, continental breakfast, and a chance to socialize with other members. Upcoming winter programs are listed on pages four and five.
For adults who never stop experiencing life, there is a place and community that celebrates learning. We invite you to join us for a learning adventure through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
( Interest Groups
A chance to get together on a regular basis with others who share your passion for a sport, social activity or interest.
The SVSU-OLLI program was established in September, 2001. Since then, we have grown to 1,600 members! Members of our 50+ program come from throughout the mid-Michigan area.
Groups include: Buddhist Psychology • Bridge • Theatre Art • Digital Photography • Scrapbooking Current Events • Board Games • Kayaking Cross Country Skiing • Ping Pong • Readers Theatre • Lunch • Choral Singing • Knitting Dinner • Pickleball • Cycling • Gardening
We are one of 120 OLLIs in the nation and one of three located in Michigan. All OLLIs are located at a college and supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. We are proud to be the first lifelong learning program in the state of Michigan to receive this designation.
( Membership Newsletter Monthly newsletters & bi-monthly emails keep you up to date on OLLI programs and other SVSU activities including lectures, concerts and plays.
( Membership Discounts • Up to 50% Off Classes
OLLI offers unique classes which are all about learning, but without tests, grades and papers. Classes usually meet three to five times for two-hour sessions - no long-term commitments.
Why Join OLLI?
SVSU-OLLI is a membership-based program. The annual membership fee is $60 and is prorated as the year progresses. Members receive discounts on classes, reduced pricing on trips, and much more.
• Travel Discount
We offer educational and “just plain fun” day trips, multiple-day domestic and international travel opportunities with other OLLI members. We generally plan at least one day trip a month and up to two international trips a year.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Saginaw Valley State University Curtiss Hall - 142 7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48710
• Discounted Ryder Center Membership
Enjoy a regular fitness program at SVSU’s physical education and recreation facility. OLLI members can receive a Ryder Center membership for just $100 per year.
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OLLI Advisory Board 2013-14 Chair, Susan Zelinko
Class Location Key
Tai Chi Workshop
New England Trip
Technology Chair, Terry King
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Member at Large, Ron Taylor
Winter Day Trips Friday Movies
Science, Nature & Health
Fitness & Activities
Art, Art History & Photography
Cooking & Hobbies & Travel
Computers & Technology
Writing, Literature & Movies
Religion, Meditation & Psychology
History & Culture
Local Commerce, Personal Finance & Health Care
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Vice Chair, Steve Parkhurst Past Chair, Barb Mitchell Secretary, Rosemary Kohut Membership Chair, Pat Grimley Curriculum Chair, Barb Mitchell Finance Chair, John Walter Travel Chair, Karen Howell SVSU Faculty, Marilyn Skrocki Member at Large, Pat Bourdow SVSU Representative, Jo Brownlie The OLLI Advisory Board provides guidance, policy recommendations and support on issues critical to the organization. It provides a link between OLLI members and the University. OLLI members are welcome to contact any advisory board member with suggestions.
OLLI Classroom Locations Each class description includes a room number. The letter which precedes the number indicates the building. An abbreviation code follows:
C ES/EA R A B H
Curtiss Hall Regional Education Center Ryder Center Arbury Fine Arts Center Brown Hall Health & Human Services Bldg.
You will receive a campus map with your registration confirmation.
Keep in touch with OLLI on our Facebook page. Go to www.facebook.com/SVSUOLLI and you will see photos, short videos and remarks about OLLI classes, trips, interest group activities & more.
11th Annual WinterFest
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SVSU - Curtiss Hall
8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
Registration, Visit Display Tables & Continental Breakfast Welcome, Announcements Program
Healthcare Reform 101
Presenter: Anthony Senagore, MD, MS, MBA Healthcare in the United States is undergoing a monumental transition. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld key components of the Affordable Care Act in a landmark ruling that will have profound implications for everyone. With 2014 brings a labyrinth of changes to healthcare and Dr. Senagore will help explain the new, complex maze of regulations and where we are headed. He will provide “the big picture,” dive into the details and then provide some key take-aways of how this new healthcare reform will really affect you. Dr. Senagore serves as the Surgical Discipline Chair and as a Professor of General Surgery for Central Michigan University, School of Medicine. He has served on the joint AMA/Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Relative Value Update Committee for four years. Dr. Senagore has been actively involved in payment policy and guideline development of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons for the last 15 years. 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. Program Continues
Hip to be Square (or not!)
Presenter: Tarek Taha, MD - Orthopedic Trauma Do you have pain in your hips? Are you having trouble sitting and watching a movie or going for a car ride? Do you roll from side to side at night because of the ache in your hips? Normally, all the parts of the knee or hip joint work together and the joint moves easily and without pain. However, disease or injury can disturb the normal functioning of a joint, which can result in hip pain, muscle weakness and limited movement. And with longer life expectancies and greater activity levels, Dr. Taha will offer information on treatments and prevention of hip pain to restore mobility and improve quality of life. Dr. Taha, fellowship trained orthopedic trauma surgeon, specializes in complex hip socket fractures and injuries.
Help Yourself While Helping Others
Presenter: St. Mary’s of Michigan Volunteer Alliance With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help your mental and physical health. The St. Mary’s of Michigan Volunteer Alliance has supported the hospital with volunteer service and financial aid for over 53 years. No matter how much you have to give, you can make a difference. Volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of skill sets. You’ll hear how St. Mary’s Volunteer Services staff can help connect you to your perfect opportunity! “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -- Aesop.
Program Concludes at noon
This program is free for members and potential members - there is no need to pre-register.
Our displays from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. will feature information about organizations which offer educational and fun things to do in the region. Past exhibitors have included local museums, nature centers, theaters, clubs, etc. Our corporate sponsors are also on hand to share information about their products and services. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Upcoming OLLI Monthly Meetings Location: SVSU Curtiss Hall
8:45 a.m. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Agenda for all Meetings
Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast Announcements & Program
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Status of Fracking in Michigan
Lee Smith, Certified Petroleum Geologist, Optimal Value Energy LLC “Fracking” refers to applying pressure to hydraulically fracture subsurface rock strata and inject proppants (sand or ceramic material) into the cracks to keep them open. High volume hydraulic fracturing (hvf) allows the recovery of hydrocarbons (gas, natural gas liquids, and oil) from rock strata that were previously considered unable to produce hydrocarbons in commercial quantities. At this meeting you will receive an historical overview of fracking technology and learn about current Michigan activity. You will also learn about the economic issues which surround the practice, the legal challenges that drilling companies face, and the current status of public policy efforts. Our speaker is Lee Smith, a Certified Petroleum Geologist and owner of the consulting firm, Optimal Value Energy LLC. Lee has written a series of articles on fracking for the Midland Daily News and has taught OLLI classes.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention John Gallagher, Author and Journalist, Detroit Free Press
Despite Detroit’s recent bankruptcy, there are many efforts underway to redefine and revitalize the downtown area. Our speaker, John Gallagher, a veteran journalist and author, has written two books which provide many urban renewal strategies. He will discuss these strategies at our monthly meeting and also consider how Detroit’s challenges compare to other postindustrial cities in the nation. Gallagher’s book, Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. His most recent book is called Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention. Born in New York City, he joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Understanding Islam: Overcoming Fear, Prejudice and Ignorance about the World's Second Largest Religion James Randall Johnson, SVSU & Northwood Professor and Attorney
Islam is the second largest world religion after Christianity. 23% of the population of the world today are Muslims, with 49 nations being now defined as Islamic or Muslim. Islam is a major religion in Michigan with Dearborn being the home of more Arab-Americans than any other city in the United States. In an increasingly global society we are linked to diverse populations around the world and the necessity of developing an understanding and appreciation of other cultures is critical. Why is it then that Americans seem to not only not understand Islam but increasingly take meaningless and sometimes unconstitutional measures against it? This discussion will explore the depth of prejudice and misunderstanding of Islam in the United States today and why we need to change. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tai Chi/QiGong Festival Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Escape cabin fever and come join in the fun . . Transform your quality of life as millions of Chinese have. “The ancient art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improves health” according to the Mayo Clinic. Students and teachers from around the state will explore the latest developments and techniques. This event will be hosted by SVSU/OLLI’s Tai Chi teacher and founding member of Cloud Hands Michigan, Jim Bush. There will be four morning and three afternoon sessions focusing on interesting aspects of these Arts, led by outDetails standing instructors from around Michigan. Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 Time: 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The sessions will be relaxed and suitable for Location: Saginaw Valley State University beginners as well as more advanced practition- Curtiss Hall, Banquet Rooms ers. There will be sufficient breaks, with lunch Cost: $30 (Includes Lunch) until Jan. 23 included in the cost. Wear comfortable cloth$40 (Includes Lunch) after Jan. 23 ing for movement. Please note that swords or Registration weapons are not allowed per University policy. Call: OLLI Office (989)964-4475 On Line: www.svsu.edu/olli The Harvard Medical Review has noted that OLLI at SVSU this gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease Mail: 7400 Bay Road many ills of aging and could be the perfect University Center, MI 48710 activity for the rest of your life.
Save the Date for Upcoming OLLI Trips: Stratford Extravaganza: June 17 & 18, 2014 The trip will include three shows, one night lodging, some meals & motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Look for details in the February newsletter.
Historic Gettysburg: June 2-5, 2014
This trip will include two full days in Gettysburg with a variety of tours, three nights lodging in Gettysburg, many meals & motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Look for details in the February newsletter.
Spring/Summer Day Trips Will Likely Include: • • • • • • •
Eastern Market in May The Puccini opera Turandot in May West Side Story at the Fisher Theatre in May Book of Mormon at the Wharton Center in June Mackinac Island Lilac Festival in June Detroit Tiger game in July or August Purple Rose play in July or August
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Autumn in New England
September 28 - October 4, 2014
Travel with SVSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and admire Maine’s dramatic coast and discover the seaside community of Kennebunkport.
This Seven-Day Trip Includes:
■ Round-trip air transportation, airport transfers, and motorcoach transportation to the Detroit airport from SVSU. ■ Six-nights lodging in comfortable hotels. Two nights in Boston, two nights in West Dover, Vermont and two nights in Ogunquit, Maine. ■ Breakfast daily and three dinners including a farewell dinner featuring Maine’s famous fresh lobster. ■ Cancellation waiver and insurance, valued at $175 per person. ■ All tours and admission fees as outlined in the trip itinerary. ■ Pre-trip dinner at SVSU approximately two weeks prior to departure.
Trip Preview Meeting
Tuesday, December 10 @ 4 p.m., Curtiss 129 You must preregister for this meeting by calling the OLLI office at (989)964-4475
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Trip Costs $2,449
$2,499* Non-Members $600
(*Non-member fee includes 2013-14 OLLI annual membership)
Call the OLLI Office to register, or for a detailed brochure for this trip at (989)964-4475. (989)964-4475 www.svsu.edu/olli
Winter 2014 - Day Trips Remembering the Holocaust & Judaism Today (21) Our day will start with a tour of Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, the nation’s first freestanding museum dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust. It features stateof-the-art display techniques. We will tour the center and meet with a Holocaust survivor. After the tour, we’ll enjoy a three-course lunch at Ginopolis’ in Farmington Hills. Our final stop will be the Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, where one of the synagogue’s rabbis will lead a tour and discuss the Jewish faith and traditions. Our package includes motorcoach transportation from SVSU, the tours and lunch. Monday, February 10: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Price: $69 Members; $99 Non-Members
Lysistrata Jones at Meadow Brook Theatre (22)
Based on the Greek comedy by Aristophane, the show is the ultimate battle of the sexes! Lyssie and her girlpower posse won’t “give it up” to their basketballplaying boyfriends until they win a game. They ultimately find that abstinence truly does make the heart grow fonder! This musical comedy has an infectious original score and is based on the hysterical book from three-time Tony nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and composer and lyricist Lewis Flinn. Our first stop of the day will be at Nino Salvaggio’s in Troy where you will have a chance to do a little gourmet shopping. Then we’re off to enjoy a three-course lunch at Alfoccino’s Restaurant, followed by the 2 p.m. matinee. Our package includes the show, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Wednesday, February 26: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Price: $79 Members; $109 Non-Members
The Joffrey Ballet at the Detroit Opera House (23)
Praised as “America’s Premier Ballet Company,” the Joffrey Ballet will captivate you with an exciting mixedrepertory program that will include the Michigan premiere of Son Chamber Symphony, a new piece from renowned American choreographer Stanton Welsh, featuring the music of John Adams. Performances will also include Jerome Robin’s classical and jazzy Interplay, music by Morton Gould, and Continuum, a piece from Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most gifted classical choreographers of our time. After the ballet, we will enjoy a three-course dinner at Santorini Estiatorio, a new Greek restaurant in Greektown. Our package includes main floor “Inner Circle” seats to the 2:30 p.m. ballet, dinner, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Sunday, March 2: Noon - 9:00 p.m. Price: $109 Members; $139 Non-Members
Contact OLLI office for trip information & registration (989)964-4475 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Winter 2014 - Day Trips
Porgy and Bess at the Wharton Center (24)
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival Musical, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess has hit the road with its stunning and stirring new staging. However, the immortal songs remain, including Summertime, It Ain’t Necessary, and I Got Plenty of Nothing. The New York Times calls it “A Big Hit! An indispensable ticket!” and the Associated Press said it is a “Gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece.” The classic story is set in fabled Catfish Row, where beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous life, and her only rescuer is Porgy. Threatened by her past, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of the theater’s most exhilarating love stories. Prior to the 2 p.m. matinee, we will enjoy a three-course lunch at the MSU Kellogg Conference Center. Our package includes main floor seating, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Saturday, March 22: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Price: $119 Members; $149 Non-Members
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet at U of M’s Hill Auditorium (25) Performing music that links today’s improvisers with the rich history of traditional and contemporary big-band composition, Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will bring an expansive range of music to the stage. Marsalis was born in New Orleans in 1961. At age 17, he was the youngest musician to be admitted to Tangle wood’s Berkshire Music Center. He assembled his own band in 1981 and in 1987 he co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center. The winner of nine Grammy awards, in 1983 he became the only artist to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records. Prior to the 4 p.m. concert, you’ll enjoy a buffet luncheon at the Cottage Inn in downtown Ann Arbor. Our package includes main floor seats to the concert, lunch and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Sunday, March 30: Noon - 8:30 p.m. Price: $99 Members; $129 Non-Members
Old Love at the Tipping Point Theatre in Northville (26)
Old Love is a touching comedy about persistence in the pursuit of happiness. The story spans three decades and several meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife. Overtime, a growing fondness for Molly developed in Bud’s heart, but he never did anything about it until they meet again, for the third time in 25 years, at his boss’s funeral. Molly isn’t interested, but Bud pursues her despite all odds. Together they tell stories of good times and bad, through 25 years. This light-hearted comedy will keep you believing in friendship and romance at any age. Tipping Point is a small, professional, in-the-round theatre. Our first stop will be the Ikea store in Canton where you’ll have a little time to explore the unique Scandinavian housewares store. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a three-course lunch at Rocky’s and then the 3 p.m. show. Our package includes the tickets to the play, lunch and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Wednesday, April 16: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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Winter 2014 - Day Trips
Sister Act at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit (27)
Called “ridiculously fun” by the New York Post, direct from Broadway, Sister Act features original music by Tony and eighttime Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). It’s an hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wanna-be-diva who witnesses a crime and then hides in the last place anyone would think to look -- a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship. Our day begins with a three-course lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug, and then we’re off to the 2 p.m. matinee. Our package includes main floor seating to the show, lunch, and motorcoach transportation from SVSU. Saturday, April 26: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Price: $119 Members; $149 Non-Members
Day Trip Follow-Up Details
Upon registration for a day trip you will receive a receipt. Approximately one week prior to the trip, you will receive details about where and when to meet the motorcoach and other pertinent information. See page 26 for trip cancellation policy.
NEW! Free Friday Movies OLLI members are welcome to join us on one Friday afternoon every month for a free movie. We have specifically chosen lighter movies that won’t make your brain have to work too hard, or leave you feeling depressed! The selections will include a mix of new and old, and different genres. The movies will start at 2 p.m. Plan to bring your own beverage and food; however, you must clean up after yourself! There is no need to preregister and the movies will be shown in C100.
Schedule Friday, January 31: Friday, February 28: Friday, March 21: Friday, April 25:
Midnight in Paris (2011) Dead Poets Society (1989) Office Space (1999) Casablanca (1942)
FREE: Senior Fitness Test
(Designed for ages 60-94)
The senior fitness test (SFT) was designed specifically for seniors over the age of 60 years at the Ruby Gerontology Center at California State University, Fullerton. The test meets scientific standards for reliability and validity. Results for individuals are compared to performance standards based upon over 7,000 men and women, ages 60-94. You will participate in eight simple tests: chair stand test, arm curl test, two-minute step test, back scratch test, eight-foot up and go test, and Body Mass Index. You will be tested by undergraduate students enrolled in Kinesiology 372 under the direct supervision of Dr. Jennifer Bridges, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology. You will receive individualized, immediate and confidential results. Wear non-slip soled shoes (tennis shoes) and comfortable clothing. Please sign up early. Call the OLLI office by March 10 to register: 964-4475. Monday, March 17 • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Price: Free Room: Ryder Recreation Center Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Winter 2014 Classes You will hear suggestions on how to stay sharp, improve memory and boost creativity with simple, everyday activities and exercises. The good news is that no matter what your age, you can still take an active part in influencing brain plasticity. Bob Enszer, charter OLLI member and retired human biology and chemistry teacher, will lead the class.
Science, Nature & Health Healthy Lifestyle: The Secret to Increasing Quality of Life (201)
Did you know that regular physical activity and maintaining a normal body mass index can increase your life expectancy by more than 7 years? Although chronic diseases are the leading causes of death in the United States, health behaviors such as tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, and alcohol consumption are the leading actual causes of death. Improving healthy behaviors and healthy living can play an important role in preventing and/or reducing the consequences of chronic diseases, and increasing life expectancy. We want to fill you in on the secrets to healthy living! Join Meghan Baruth, Becca Schlaff, and Renee MacMillian from the Health Science and Kinesiology departments at SVSU in learning how physical activity, proper diet, and other health behaviors can increase your quality of life now and in the many, many years to come.
Mondays: March 10, 17, 24 & 31 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Attracting Wildlife with Native Landscaping (203)
Four walls and a roof might constitute a house, but you don’t necessarily want to live in every house you see! Likewise, birds, butterflies and other wildlife might pass THROUGH your yard, but do they really want to spend much time there? This threesession class will give you the details you need for determining what native plants and natural features (water, rocks, shelter, housing, etc.) you could add to create a wildlife habitat in your backyard. Which specific trees, flowers, vines and shrubs are the best food sources for birds? Which ones create the best habitat for butterflies and other native pollinators? And really, is there ANYTHING a deer won’t eat?! (The short answer is “no”.) Naturalist Janea Little, of the private nature consulting firm Little’s Touch of Nature, will help you in making selections and plans for your native landscaping efforts, as well as provide helpful tips in removing or preventing certain wildlife you might not want to attract after all.
Fridays: January 31, February 7 & 14 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C140
Optimizing Brain Health (202)
These days we are often advised to exercise our bodies in order to stay fit, feel better, look younger and live longer. Wouldn’t it be wise to do the same for our brains so we could enjoy more years of sharp memory and high mental function? The class will focus on brain health -- how to nurture it, and how to prolong it. We will consider the advice of Dr. Richard Restak, Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as he speaks on the topic of “Better Living” in the Great Courses videos we will use. In addition, we will draw upon other sources on brain health which have multiplied with recent scientific research on the brain and its function.
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Tuesdays: April 8, 15, 22 & 29 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Fitness & Activities Discover the Benefits of Yoga (206/207)
CPR & First Aid (204)
Do you know how to respond in a health emergency? In this class you will learn how to perform adult and pediatric CPR. You will also receive an overview of first aid essentials and how and when to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Our instructor, Carol VanArsdale, is a retired school teacher who has been a certified Red Cross instructor since 1971. At the conclusion of the class, you will have the option to be tested for certification or not. There is an extra fee for certification. The class fee includes an American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED participant manual. The class maximum is 12. Mondays: February 24 & March 3 • 1 - 4:30 p.m. Price: $32 Members; $62 Non-Members Room: C129
Introduction to Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy (QNRT) (205)
Our bodies are constantly being subjected to emotional and physical trauma and we are naturally undergoing healing. But what is our body saying to us with our symptoms? Did you know that inflammation in the tissues can be associated to emotional conflicts in the brain? Come learn about how emotional stress and trauma create illness in the body, and learn to read your body and its symptoms. Linda Thomas, a registered nurse and owner of Trinity Holistic Health will lead the class. You will be presented with an introduction to QNRT -- a groundbreaking healing method that can restore your emotional and physical health and promote high-level wellness and peak vitality. The class fee includes $5 for handouts. Mondays: April 21, 28 & May 5 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $49 Non-Members Room: C129
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Yoga is a calm, yet exhilarating, total body conditioning exercise. It is gentle enough to be practiced by those over 50, so you’ll be able to work within any limitations you may have. In this introductory course, we’ll do strengthening and stretching, along with breathing and meditation. Cindy Pope, a Certified Yoga Instructor, will lead the class specially designed for our OLLI group. Bring a yoga mat or towel to class. Each session is limited to 20.
Session One (206) Thursdays: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session Two (207) Thursdays: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Price per Session: $56 Members; $86 Non-Members Room: R244
Continuing Yoga (208/209)
If you have already taken an introductory yoga class, or would like to learn more challenging positions and techniques, this class is for you. Cindy Pope, a Certified Yoga Instructor, will lead the class. Bring a yoga mat or towel to class. Each session is limited to 20.
Session One (208) Thursdays: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 11 a.m. - Noon Session Two (209) Thursdays: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 • 11 a.m. - Noon Price Per Session: $56 Members; $86 Non-Members Room: R244
Ageless Grace: 21 Simple Exercises for Lifelong Comfort and Ease (210/211)
The twenty-one tools, or exercises, of Ageless Grace focus on healthy longevity of body, mind, emotions and spirit. They can be done by almost anyone of any age or ability. The movements are designed to be practiced in a chair for ten minutes per day to music you love. Each of the tools focuses on a different anti-aging strategy based on the results of research in neuroplasticity and gerontology. This includes joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, cognitive function, balance, etc.
Continuing Qigong & Tai Chi
The class will be led by Nichole Bartel, a certified Ageless Grace Educator. The class maximum is 15.
If you participated in a past OLLI Qigong & Tai Chi class, or have taken Tai Chi elsewhere, this class is for you. We will assume that you are familiar with some basic warmup exercises and the beginning sequences of the classic Yang style form. It will be led by Jim Bush, who has been learning for 35 years and teaching for 30 years in the Saginaw area. Wear comfortable clothing.
Session One (210) Fridays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 & 21 • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Session Two (211) Fridays: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 & 18 • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Price Per Session: $48 Members; $78 Non-Members Room: R244
Introduction to Strength Training (212/213)
Don’t put it off any longer. Here is your chance to begin a strength training program with the support of an SVSU trainer in a fun, group atmosphere. Regular strength training can reduce your percentage of body fat, increase your amount of muscle, and increase body density. Each session will meet twice a week for six weeks to help you make weight training a regular part of your routine. You will use light weights and receive a program using a variety of machines. Your trainer is Maxwell Petit, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who holds a degree in exercise science from SVSU. No class will be held on February 12, and April 9 due to OLLI monthly meetings. Session One (212) Mondays & Wednesdays: January 22, 27, 29, February 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 24 & 26 • 9 - 10 a.m. Session Two (213) Mondays & Wednesdays: March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, April 2, 7, 14, 16 & 21 • 9 - 10 a.m. Price: $40 Members; $70 Non-Members Room: Ryder Fitness Center
50+ Zumba (218/219)
Get ready to burn some calories and have fun! Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements which create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. It integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize calories burned, cardio benefits, and total body toning. It’s easy to learn and this class is specially designed for those over 50. Our instructor is Sylvia Milan, a certified Zumba instructor. Session One (218) Tuesdays: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 & March 4 • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Session Two (219) Tuesdays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Price: $56 Members; $86 Non-Members Room: R244
Beginning Qigong & Tai Chi (214/215) Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong are beneficial for good health, energy development and enjoyment. Transform your quality of life as millions of Chinese have. You will get a satisfying workout emphasizing balance, joint mobility, blood circulation, endurance and a sense of energy (Chi). The class will be led by Jim Bush, who has been learning for 35 years and teaching for 30 years in the Saginaw area. Wear comfortable clothing.
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Session One (214) Mondays: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session Two (215): Mondays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 & 21 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Price per Session: $48 Members; $78 Non-Members Room: R244
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Session One (216) Mondays: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 • 11 a.m. - noon Session Two (217) Mondays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 & 21 • 11 a.m.- noon Price Per Session: $48 Members; $78 Non-Members Room: R244
Phone: (989)964-4475 Fax: (989)964-2656 Walk In: OLLI Office-SVSU Curtiss 142 Online: www.svsu.edu/olli When registering online, please make sure you use the same email address that the OLLI office has on file for you. Mail: OLLI of SVSU 7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48710
Beginning Drawing (222)
If you have been thinking about taking a painting or other art class, the best way to start your creative journey is with a beginning drawing class. This drawing class is designed for the novice. The first few weeks will be spent on such basics as technique, proportion, shading and dimensions. We will use a variety of pencils, charcoal and conte pencils. Our final project will be a portrait. The instructor, Marcia Henne, has worked in many media and holds an M.F.A. in painting. You will receive a supply list upon registration. The class maximum is 15.
Self-Protection Workshop (220)
In a fun and safe environment, this workshop will teach you how to transform your fear into a source of power and strength. You’ll learn awareness skills that will enable you to detect a potential threat before it occurs. You will practice simple and effective strikes to vulnerable areas on an attacker’s body, and learn how to set verbal boundaries by using the power of your voice. The workshop will be led by Craig & Laura Sira, owners of The Academy Martial Arts and Fitness in Midland. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.
Tuesdays: January 28, February 4, 11, 18 & 25 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $42 Members; $72 Non-Members Room: A107
Learning to Look (223)
An image that grabs your attention has most likely made good use of design principles. In order to understand why an image or object has captured your eye, it is important to learn about the elements of art and principles of design. This lecture series showcases numerous examples utilizing a variety of media in order to clearly explain these elements and principles: line, value, color, shape and form, space, texture, balance, proportion, movement, rhythm, variety, harmony, unity and more. This class will be led by Kara Brown, an artist and educator who has led classes for OLLI since 2005.
Saturday: April 12 • 2 - 5 p.m. Price: $35 Members; $65 Non-Members Room: R249
Art, Art History & Photography
Wednesdays: January 29, February 5, 12 & 19 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Beginning Stained Glass (221)
Have you always wanted to learn how to do stained glass? Here is your chance to learn how it’s done. You’ll have the opportunity to make gifts and lovely items for your home which will certainly generate compliments. In the first class you will learn how to cut glass and make something simple to take home. In the following classes you will pick a project. There will be a minimal supply fee at the first class, depending on the project you choose. The class will be taught by OLLI member Donna Kaunitz at Dancing Glass on Euclid Avenue in Bay City. The class maximum is 8.
Watercolor ... on the Edges (224)
This class is appropriate for painters with some watercolor experience. The emphasis of the class will be twofold: on the layering of washes (wet into wet, wet into dry) to create rich vibrant colors, and on the development of compositions that have balance and movement. Students will be encouraged to create a suite of paintings to bring a consistency to their painted images, possibly by working on two or more paintings at a time. Participant sharing of ideas and techniques will be encouraged. The class will be led by retired art teacher and OLLI member, Jim Matherne, who is a member of the Michigan Watercolor Society.
Wednesdays: January 22, 29, February 5 & 12 • 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Price: $60 Members; $90 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
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You will be mailed a supply list upon registration. The class maximum is 15.
Thursdays: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Price: $97 Members; $127 Non-Members Room: A107
Continuing Oil Painting (225)
This course is for students with some experience in oil painting. Your instructor, Alaina Plowdrey, will explore new and traditional oil painting practices. You will learn how to stretch and prime your own canvases or other painting surfaces as well. New painting themes and concepts will be presented. Students who wish to work on their own painting themes are welcome as well. Alaina is a professional artist with a MFA from the New York Academy of Art and an BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. You will be sent a supply list with your registration confirmation.
Bob Ross Style Oil Painting (227)
Have you ever watched Bob Ross on PBS and thought that by using his techniques even YOU might be able to paint? If so, this class is for you. Using the wet-on-wet oil painting techniques used by Ross and Bill Alexander, everyone from the first-time painter to the aspiring artist can experience the joy and magic of oil painting. The class will be led by Morris Hinson, who has both an Alexander Art and Bob Ross Certification. This class is geared toward the hobby, or recreational painter. The class fee includes all painting supplies and a canvas panel. A picture of the painting you will do appears below. You will receive a list of a few everyday supplies from home that you will need to bring to class. Please bring a bag lunch. Monday: April 28 • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Price: $85 Members; $115 Non-Members Room: A107
Fridays: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 & 25 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Price: $97 Members; $127 Non-Members Room: A107
Sculptured Book Making (226)
This is a new OLLI art class which is sure to be lots of fun and it is acceptable for novice artists! You will create an accordion-style book compiled of a series of overlapping multi-directional fold out pages that can be viewed as both a book and a sculptural piece. The continuous pages can exist purely as a work of color and texture or can be used to portray a theme which could involve collage possibilities. You decide! With both sides of the pages being used, the book will become an in-the-round sculptural piece, inviting the viewer to inspect the book from all sides. The flip book is made from each participant’s unique combination of watercolor and textures on a large sheet of paper. The instructor is Marti Wesley, a retired high school art teacher and OLLI member. The class price includes a supply fee for paper and paints. You will receive a supply list for everyday items you will need to bring to class. The class maximum is 15. Mondays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14 1 - 3 p.m. Price: $57 Members; $87 Non-Members Room: A107
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Is Your DSLR Stuck on Automatic? (228)
This class is for everyone who wants to exploit their photographic ability and hardware by following a repeatable path to success. The decision points only take about 15 seconds to execute once you learn the techniques. This is not a master class in art, nor is it a “how do I turn on my camera” class. This is an intermediate to advanced class. You should know the basics of running a DSLR camera. Advanced Point and Shoot owners may learn technique but will be limited on exploitation. Lynn Dumbrille, a retired programmer and project manager with GM/EDS leads the class. Lynn has been leading OLLI digital image classes for five years. The class maximum is 12. Fridays: March 7, 14, 21 & 28 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Music Harmonica Lessons at the White Crow (229)
The class will be held at the church on South Jefferson Avenue in Saginaw. Tuesdays: March 4, 11 & 18 â€˘ 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
The Harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play and they are very inexpensive! Here is your chance to have some fun and learn how to quickly play a handful of songs to entertain your friends. OLLI is teaming up with the White Crow Conservatory of Music on Mackinaw in Saginaw to offer this class. Bring your own harmonica, or arrive early to purchase one at the White Crow for approximately $25. Music books will also be available for purchase. Classes will be taught be Ziggie Zeitler, owner of the White Crow and a seasoned performer for 45 years. The class limit is 15 Tuesdays: February 4, 11, 18, 25 March 4 & 11 11 a.m. - Noon Price: $48 Members; $96 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
Advanced Singing for Pleasure (230) Enjoy singing a variety of music, but want to do something slightly more involved with it? This class will help you enjoy songs with more texture, and with more interest. Develop your singing style in the company of others and get a real lift! The group will be led by Rosemary Kohut, who has taught a dozen singing classes for OLLI. Wednesdays: January 29, February 5, 19 & 26 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members: $54 Non-Members Room: ES115
A Symphonic Skinner in Saginaw: Restoring the Hidden American Gem (231)
For the past two years, the Skinner Organ at First Congregational Church in Saginaw has been undergoing restoration. In this class, Nicholas Schmelter, the Minister of Music at the church and the dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will introduce you to the Skinnerâ€™s symphonic style of organ building. He will provide musical examples, anecdotes, and a tour which will provide a sensory learning experience tracing how the orchestral tradition in the U.S. impacted organ design, tonal construction, and present-day preservation.
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SBSO Preview Lectures with Maestro Brett Mitchell (232)
Join Saginaw Bay Symphony music director Brett Mitchell as he delves into the pieces which the symphony will perform two days after each talk. The February presentation will cover the Don Giovanni Overture by Mozart, Don Juan by Strauss, selections from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, Tristan and Isolde by Wagner and Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. The March presentation will cover Celebrate Discovery by Williams, The Infinite Spaces by Jalbert, Mothership by Bates and The Planets by Holst. The April talk will cover Gazebo Dances by Corigliano, Violin Concerto by Barber and Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. This will be a fun, in-depth look at what you can expect to hear the following Saturday night. Tickets to the concert are not included in the class fee. Thursdays: February 13, March 20 & April 24 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: ES115
Beekeeping: What’s the Buzz? (236)
Cooking, Hobbies & Travel
If you want to help save the dying bee population, you may want to attend this class to learn more about what is required to become a beekeeper. At the first and second sessions, which will be held in the classroom, you will learn more about the bee shortage, view a one-hour video, learn about the required equipment and supplies, and have your questions answered. The class will be led by Terry Klein who is a Vice President of the Michigan Commercial Beekeeper’s Association and a member of the Saginaw Valley Beekeepers Association. The third session will be a field trip north of St. Charles where you will learn how to install bees in hives and see Kleins’s operation. (You are responsible for your own transportation.)
Cooking at the Fusion 1 Café (233)
Join Chef Craig Fiebke for another enjoyable cooking class. This series will include a hearty winter fare which will feature seafood, pasta and cheese. The owner of the new Bay City artisan cheese shop Artigiano will discuss cheese at one of the sessions. At least one of the sessions will have a “hands on” component where you can make something new. Each week you will enjoy a delicious four-course meal at the conclusion of the lively cooking demonstration. The class will be held at the Fusion 1 Café on Saginaw Street in downtown Bay City. Class is limited to 20.
Tuesdays/Thursday: February 18 & 25 and April 17 •1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129/Off-Site
Wednesdays: February 19, 26 & March 5 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Price per Session: $85 Members; $115 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
Basic Floral Design 101 (234)
Get in touch with your creative side and learn tips for making floral arrangements which will dazzle your family and friends. In this class you will learn about basic design rules, color and flower identification. You will take home a floral arrangement after each class. The instructor is Kim Herbers, who has been working in the floral industry for over 30 years. The class fee includes $25 for supplies. Thursdays: March 6, 13 & 20 • 6 - 8 p.m. Price: $52 Members; $79 Non-Members Room: C129
Advice and Tips for IndependentTravelers (235)
Competitive Bidding Bridge Workshop (237)
When you travel on a group tour, all the details are taken care of. However, you follow the itinerary the tour company thinks will be of interest to you. In this class, you will receive tips on how to build your own independent travel experience. It will cover how to deal with money, tips for packing, what to do if you get lost and much more. The class will be led by Robert Mee, a retired Delta College Spanish professor who led many Delta trips. He is also the current president of Saginaw’s People to People chapter. Come to class with your list of questions.
Competitive bidding is the key to winning at bridge. This class for intermediate and higher players will cover the subjects of overcalls and balancing bidding, and partner’s actions. Two books by Mike Lawrence will expose you to the secrets of champion bridge players. This includes Balancing and The Complete Book on Overcalls. The instructor is Rich Siemer, a Silver Life Master. Fridays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $79 Members; $109 Non-Members Room: C129
Mondays: April 7, 14 & 21 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
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Computers & Technology Viruses & How to Clean Your Computer (240)
Introduction to Dual Line Kite Flying (238)
This class will introduce you to the science and art of flying a dual-line sport kite. A two-hour classroom presentation will provide the terminology and principles to be mastered prior to two three-hour hands-on flying sessions on campus. A variety of dual-line kites will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring any dual-line kite they may have. Just be ready for something new and exciting! The class will be led by SVSU biology professor and kite enthusiast Jim McEvoy. The class maximum is eight. Thursdays: April 10, 17 & 24 • 1:30 - 3:30/4:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129/Intramural Fields
Computer viruses can destroy computer data, hard drives and make your computer completely non-usable. Knowing how to prevent them and what to do if you get one is essential. In the first half of this class, you will learn about viruses, malware, spyware and adware. We will discuss various software applications that can help prevent viruses and how to remove viruses once they are on your computer. In the second half of the class, you will learn how to keep your computer running at top speed by cleaning it up and removing excess files. Regular PC maintenance will ensure that your computer will continue to run at optimal levels. Learn how to remove unwanted programs and how to find and delete old files, temp files, or the garbage left over when downloading programs. The class will be led by Gary Holik, who also leads classes for the Bay County Library System. You will have a one-hour break for lunch and the class limit is 15. Friday: January 17 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C141
Introductory Computer I for Windows PC Users (241)
This class is the first in a series of two designed to acquaint you with the computer and provide an idea of what it can do. This class is geared toward new users of the computer. You will learn basic skills for using a Windows computer, including the following: using the mouse, start button, and taskbar; how to open, save and print files; how to move, resize, minimize, and maximize windows; and customizing the desktop. Please note our computers use Windows 7. Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer. The class maximum is 12.
Android Tablet Fundamentals (239) Although iPad is the most popular tablet, there are many other options available which are less expensive and use Google’s opensource Android operating system. Brands include Samsung, Asus, Google Nexus, and Sony. If you own one of these devices but don’t feel as though you’re using it to its full potential, join us for this class. We’ll start with the basics and also cover apps, accessories, downloading books and movies, taking pictures, and much more. Bring your tablet to class. Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer. The class maximum is 20.
Fridays: January 24, 31 & February 7 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C141
Fridays: January 17 & 24 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C140
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Introductory Computer II for Windows PC Users (242)
iPad Level Two (245)
If you have already taken our Fundamentals class, or already know the basics of your iPad (like updating it and installing apps), this class is for you. We will focus on more advanced applications and how to get your iPad to sync with all your other devices. Bring your iPad to class, but please, no first generation iPads! Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer. The class maximum is 20.
If you want to learn more advanced features of Windows, this class is for you. The following is a list of the skills covered in this class: how to create a new folder, copy and paste, create an icon, open files and make changes, WordPad and Calculator programs, create a desktop background slide show, and change Windows settings. Please note our computers use Windows 7. Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer. The class maximum is 12.
Fridays: March 14 & 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C140
Fridays: February 21, 28 & March 7 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C141
Facebook 101: Getting Started (246)
Computer I for Windows 8 Users (243)
Have you purchased a new personal computer and feel frustrated by Windows 8? This class will explain how Windows 8 varies from earlier platforms. It will also guide you through the basic skills covered in our regular Computer I class, including: the taskbar; how to open, save and print files; how to move, resize, minimize, and maximize windows; and customizing your desktop. You must bring your own portable computer to class (laptop, notebook, etc.) as the computers in the University labs still use Windows 7. Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer. The class maximum is 12 Fridays: January 24, 31 & February 7 • 1 - 3 p.m. Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C102
Are you ready to reconnect with old friends? This is your chance to hear some of the advantages and shortcomings of this popular tool. You’ll learn how Facebook is changing the way people communicate and look at what it means to stay connected in this fast-paced social media frontier. You will set up a Facebook account, and the instructor will be there to answer your questions as you go. The first session will be an overview and session two will be a hands-on learning lab. The class will be led by Terry King, CEO of Action Leaders, a consulting, training and coaching organization. If you do not yet have a Facebook account, please arrive by 1p.m. on the first day, and if you already have an account, please arrive by 1:30 p.m. Fridays: January 24 & 31 • 1:00/1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C141
iPad Fundamentals (244)
If you have jumped on the iPad bandwagon but still don’t feel as though you’re using it to its full potential, join us for this class. We’ll start with the basics and also cover apps, accessories, downloading books and movies, taking pictures, and much more. Bring your iPad to class, but please, no first generation iPads! Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer. The class maximum is 20. Fridays: February 14 & 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C102
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Facebook 201: Going to the Next Level (247)
If we have no video, the class will run as long as our discussion. The class will be led by OLLI member Steve Parkhurst
If you already have a Facebook account and generally know how it works, this class will help you further expand your network and level of enjoyment. You will learn how to mine for friends, increase and decrease your level of security, add pictures and video, and explore other common applications. There will be plenty of time for hands-on learning. The class will be led by Terry King, CEO of Action Leaders, a consulting, training and coaching organization.
Tuesdays: January 21, 28, February 4 & 11 1:30 - 4 p.m Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
OLLI Book Club (250)
This winter our selections include The Razor’s Edge, a 1944 novel by the acclaimed author W. Somerset Maugham; The Madonnas of Leningrad, a debut novel by Debra Dean about an 82 year-old with Alzehiemer’s who relives her memories as a docent in the Hermitage Museum during 1941 when it was seized by the Germans; Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history; and The All of It, Jeanette Haien’s award-winning first novel which revolves around a deathbed confession told to a priest in small village in Ireland. The book club is led by OLLI members Bonnie Rowell, Leslie Sanders, Jane Acker and Alice Buchalter. The books will be discussed in the order listed. Please read the first book prior to the first class.
Fridays: March 7 & 14 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C141
How to Buy and Sell on eBay (248)
In this class you will learn how to establish an eBay account, search to find what you are looking for, and complete your transaction. We will also discuss this sites built-in security features. In the second half of the class, you will learn how to sell something on eBay. We will cover how to make your item stand out, how to deal with bad checks, postage, and other issues. The session will be held in a computer lab so that you will be able to find specifically what you are looking for. The class will be led by Gary Holik, who also leads classes for the Bay County Library System. Sign up quickly; we are limited to 15 participants. You will have a one-hour break for lunch.
Wednesdays: January 22, February 26, March 26 & April 23 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Friday: February 14 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C141
Writing, Literature & Movies A History of Science Fiction (249)
This will be a continuation of our fall science fiction class. However, new students are welcome. This class will concentrate on more contemporary versions of the genre, late 20th and into the 21st century. We will be looking at Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Neuromancer by William Gibson, and A Scanner Darkly by P.K. Dick. Time has been added to the class schedule to accommodate viewing of films that may be interest; bring one if you would like to show it. Please start reading or read Oryx and Crake by the first class session. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Beyond The Sheltering Sky (252)
Delve into a study of Paul Bowles, a fascinating man who wrote four remarkable novels and dozens of cryptic short stories. A former New Yorker, Bowles lived for many decades in Morocco. We will focus on his landmark novel, The Sheltering Sky (read chapters 1 - 9 for the first session) and a number of his short stories. OLLI member Rose Kohut will lead the way. Thursdays: April 3, 10 & 17 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
Short Stories of Alice Munro (253)
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro recently won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. We’ll focus on her most recent collection, Dear Life. Munro is drawn to “the complexity of things–the things within things.” Often exploring the passions and missed opportunities of girls and women, her stories have been hailed for their psychological acuity, quiet depth, and acceptance of frailty. We’ll experiment with different techniques of responding to literature as we discuss selected stories. Please bring a copy of Dear Life to class and read the first two stories before the first session. The class will be led by Kay Harley, retired SVSU Professor of English.
Beowulf: A Second Look at an Old English Saga (251)
Beowulf is the anchor for any serious study of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Composed around the 8th century, it survives in only one manuscript which was copied in West Saxon dialect around the 10th century. The 3,000+ line poem describes the battles of Beowulf, a Geatish hero against three powerful adversaries: the humanoid Grendel, his mother, and a dragon. Though pagan, a strong thread of Christianity runs through the poem to shade its compelling narrative. We will read Beowulf in modern English translation. However, a brief introduction to Old English language will be included. The course text, which should be purchased in advance of the first class meeting, is the 2000 translation of Beowulf by Seasmus Henry. The class will be led by SVSU English professor, Basil Clark.
Thursdays: February 27, March 6 & 13 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
Writing Your Life (254)
We live and experience the world through our own eyes, heart, and mind. No two chapters are the same. Whether it’s one small episode, or a lifetime of memories, personal writing is a great way to recall, reflect, and share. This five-week class will concentrate on developing ideas and writing in ways to engage both writer and reader. Writing prompts will be used, which will make the process fun and stress-free. Those who took this class in the fall are welcome to join us again and new participants are also welcome. The class will be led by Ron Brown, a Delta and SVSU composition instructor.
Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 & April 1 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Mondays: March 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $32 Members; $64 Non-Members Room: C129
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Religion, Meditation & Psychology History & Philosophy of God (255)
During the winter semester we will continue our discussion of comparative religion using The Teaching Company’s Dr. Kimball as our expert guide. Our focus will be on Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as we explore the similarities and differences in ritual activities, sacrifices, goals of the different groups, response to sin and many other interesting aspects of this rich global topic. Our goal is to have a more complete knowledge of these five major faith systems as well as to better understand how crucial it is to reach outside our own belief system in order to recognize the vital role cross-cultural acceptance will have in the successful globalization of the planet. The class will be led by OLLI member Ron Taylor. Thursdays: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 & 20 • 9:30 a.m. - Noon Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members Room: C129
En La Lucha: Seeking God Around the World (256)
If you asked a mujerista how she was doing on any given day, she would probably say “En la lucha” or “I’m hanging in there.” Theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz would say the woman is making theology, forging an understanding of herself and her relationship to God in the experience of her every day life. Other cultures around the world have sought God in ways that are different from and, in some ways, the same as those familiar to us. Join us for a whirlwind tour as we meet Mercy Oduyoye in Ghana, A. Sung Park in Korea, Paul Persall in Hawaii, and Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz. At our final stop in New York City, we will ask Dorothy Day the question: “What would a ‘made in USA’ theology look like?” This class will be led by SVSU professor Judith Thompson. Fridays: January 31, February 7, 14, 21 & 28 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $32 Members; $64 Non-Members Room: ES117
TED Talk Conversations: Psychology (257)
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas. Its nationwide conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who give talks which are 18 minutes or less. More than 1,500 talks are now available on the TED website. Each of these class sessions will be devoted to a specific psychological issue and each will use a TED video to introduce the topic. Topics will include false memory (talk by Elizabeth Loftus), why IQ scores are higher than our grandparents’ (talk by James Flynn), and differences between conservatives and liberals in moral values (talk by Jonathan Haidt) and personality. Additional information from psychological research will be presented. Discussion following each video will be moderated by retired psychology professor and OLLI member, Carol Gohm. Mondays: January 27, February 3, 10 & 17 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Learning Nature’s Mindfulness (258) Why is it that when we go outside on a nice day, we feel better? This class focuses on recognizing, harnessing and enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of our relationship with Nature. You will easily learn and enjoy: neurological anchoring, mental rehearsal recall, attentional body rhythm control, anxiety management, and neuro-focal enhancement. You will have a very enjoyable experience achieving these new and easy to learn skills, some of which you may already be doing without even realizing it. Also included will be the joy of listening to nature’s music. The class will be led by Gary Hornfield, a psychotherapist, and a private-practice marriage and family therapist for 42 years. Tuesdays: January 21, 28 & February 4 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
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I Am - An Introspective Look at Who We Are, and How We Can Change the World (259)
The documentary I Am is the story of a successful Hollywood film director, Tom Shadyac, who experienced a life threatening head injury and his ensuing journey to try and answer how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world. Join Linda Thomas, RN CBT QNRT, owner of Trinity Holistic Health as we watch the documentary and then relate the concept of this film to our own lives. We will be attempting to answer three main questions about ourselves: Who am I? What is wrong in the world? And what can I do about it? Through introspection and group discussion, we will attempt to answer these three questions as we discuss what gifts each of us possess that could impact the world around us in a positive way, leaving the world better than we found it.
March - Leo Africanus (discussion led by Dr. Rosina Hassoun, SVSU professor of sociology); and April - In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale (discussion led by Dr. Hossam Gouda, M.D.). Copies of the five books are provided free of charge to registrants. The class maximum is 20. The February book will be mailed to registrants prior to the first class. Funding for this program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Wednesdays: January 15, February 12, March 12 & April 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. Price: $27 Members & Non-Members Room: Roberta Allen Reading Room, Zahnow Library
Mondays: February 24, March 3 & 10 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
History & Culture Connected Histories: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group (260)
SVSU’s Melvin J. Zahnaw Library and OLLI are partnering with the Islamic Center of Saginaw to host a book discussion series featuring five books from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Zahnow Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving funding for this series. The initiative aims to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The first book (When Asia was the World) was the subject of our November monthly meeting. The remaining four books will be discussed in this class. The books include: January - House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (discussion led by Khurram Shazad, SVSU professor); February - Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (discussion led by Dr. Waheed Akbar, M.D.); Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes (261) Millions have watched Ric Mixter’s documentaries on television, from his PBS series to his appearances on the History and Discovery Channels. In this four-session class, Ric will use rare archive films, personal interviews, and haunting underwater video to recall incredible shipwreck stories. He will focus on some of Michigan’s most famous shipwrecks, including the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, the Carl D. Bradley in 1958, the Daniel J. Morrell in 1966, the Cedarville in 1965, and the Carruthers which sank in 1913 during what many called the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster to ever hit the Great Lakes. This class is sure to be educational and entertaining. Mondays: January 27, February 3, 10 & 17 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Chemical Warfare: A Formula for Disaster (262)
During the summer of 1918, a group of scientists, physicians and militarists converged on Midland, Michigan. The outcomes of that meeting have been cloaked in secrecy for nearly a century. Dave Rogers, Bay City author of a new book on the production of chemical weapons in the United States, tells how a feisty red-haired Irish nurse brought the drama to a head, and how incidents in a first aid clinic, and deaths of soldiers, led to misguided decisions in Washington that threatened the defense capability of the nation in World War I. We will consider how policies shaped by U.S. leaders nearly 100 years ago, declaring chemical weapons “more humane” than explosives, contributed to today’s poison gas dilemma in Syria and how disposal blunders left environmental time bombs in the ocean. Fact of fiction? Judge for yourself! The class is based on Dave’s new book, The G-34 Paradox: Inside Army Mustard Gas Scandals at Dow Chemical in World War I.
WWII: Part I (264)
Anyone knowing history could have looked at the settlements imposed in 1919, after the end of World War I, and foreseen the likelihood that another war would ensure. Just over 20 years later, the Second World War began, a war in which over 46 million people would die. In this class, the first in a twopart series, we will explore: the factors which fueled the war, including the rise and spread of dictatorships in Italy, Japan, the Soviet Union and Germany; the beginning of the war in 1939-40 in Poland, Finland, Denmark and Norway; the spread of the war in 1940 to Western Europe, the Balkans and Africa; and the period of 1941-June 1942, when Pearl Harbor brings in the U.S., and the tide turns. This class will be led by Northwood University professor John Pafford.
Wednesdays: January 29 & February 5 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $17 Members; $34 Non-Members Room: C129
Iranian (Persian) History, Culture and Literature (263)
Iran (Persia) is the most populous and the second-largest country in the Middle East, located south of the Caspian Sea and north of the Persian Gulf. Iran today is both modern and ancient with a rich history and culture. This class will be led by Moe Bidgoli, an SVSU computer science professor who grew up in a northern province of Iran, and later attended a University in Tehran. He will use video clips, music and poetry to give you a better understanding of Iran’s history and culture.
Tuesdays: February 11, 18, 25 & March 4 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Native Americans, Immigrants and Natural Resources (265)
Michigan’s Native Americans and German immigrants were the Saginaw wilderness’ earliest residents. Local author Roselynn Ederer will discuss both and the natural resources that attracted many immigrants to the Saginaw Valley. This class will include material from her 1999 book On the Banks of Beautiful Saugenah. Books will be available for purchase.
Tuesdays: March 11, 18, 25 & April 1 1:30 - 3;30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Thursdays: March 20 & 27 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $17 Members; $34 Non-Members Room: C129 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity’s Greatest Empire (266)
The ancient Roman world, which lasted more than 1,000 years, and spanned three continents at its height has left us enduring images of its power and influence. Working on the premise that Rome needed to “impress” its mostly illiterate subjects, Dr. Stephen Tuck, a professor of classics, guides us through that ancient culture’s cultural and practical contributions to its far flung empire. OLLI member Barb Mitchell will be your facilitator for this fifth exploration of the Great Courses series which will examine imperial forums and monuments, the immense bath structures, Roman engineering and the contributions (beyond fighting) of the Roman military. You need not have taken any of the previous classes to enjoy this segment. You will have access to previously viewed DVDs. Tuesdays: April 8, 15, 22 & 29 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
Current Events The Intelligence Community II: PSYOPS (267)
As a continuation of our examination of the Intelligence Community, we will examine the little known or understood world of “PSYOPS.” Psychological Operations is the process whereby our government intentionally communicates selected (usually wrong) information to targeted audiences designed to influence their emotions, motives and reasoning, with the goal of thereby altering the behavior of individuals, groups, organizations, and governments. PSYOPS represents to a large degree the “dark side” of intelligence work. It is critical in both peace and war time. We will examine how various U.S. intelligence agencies use PSYOPS to achieve their objectives. The class will be led by Jim Johnson, an adjunct political science professor and attorney.
World Update (268)
The global political landscape changes more often than the weather. Political, economic and policy strategies evolve daily, if not more often. This course will examine recent political trends and events from locations around the globe to allow you to better appreciate how policies and developments half a world away will impact the domestic and foreign policy of the United States. The class will be led by Jim Johnson, an adjunct political science professor and attorney. Fridays: March 28, April 4 & 11 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C224
Great Decisions Discussion Group (269/271)
Here’s your chance for lively discussion about topics in the news. This facilitated discussion group will take you beyond the headlines by providing a look at eight of the most significant and far-reaching challenges facing the world. Each class begins with a short video on the topic, and then OLLI member Barb Mitchell will facilitate discussion and debate on that week’s topic. The 2014 topics, in order of discussion include: Political Islam in Africa, China’s Foreign Policy, Turkey, Israel, Energy Independence, Economic Statecraft and Trade, Defense and the Rise of New Technologies, Food Security and Climate Change. You may sign up for either session or both. The class price includes the $20 briefing book. (To receive the combined price discount, you must register for both sessions at the same time.) Session One (269) Thursdays: January 23, 30, February 6 & 13 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session Two (270) Thursdays: February 20, 27, March 6 & 13 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session One & Two (271) Price - Session One OR Two: $47 Members; $77 Non-Members Price - Session One AND Two: $74 Members; $104 Non-Members Room: C129
Fridays: January 10, 17 & 24 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: B109
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You will be sent addresses and phone numbers for each site, and lunch information when you register.
Local Commerce, Personal Finance & Health Care
Wednesdays: February 5, March 5, April 2 & May 7 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
Behind Closed Doors (272)
In this unique “class” you will visit four local companies and learn more about them. Visits include: Case Systems, a Midland company which offers manufactured wood casework, interior architectural woodwork, and ergonomic laboratory furniture designed, manufactured and installed in Michigan; Saginaw Township Public Safety, a division of the township police which provides outreach to the community; Evergreen Organic, a Munger company which offers certified organically grown grains and beans; and Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems. After each tour, you will have an opportunity to join the class for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Your hosts are OLLI members Dan and Maggie Kempf. This class is held off campus and you are responsible for your own transportation. You will be sent addresses and phone numbers for each site, and lunch information when you register.
Answers for the Aging Population (274)
What choices do I have for in-home care? What services are available? Is a will enough? What is a living trust? What is assisted living? How do I pay for it? What decisions must I make concerning nursing homes? What is Medicare Part D? When is it appropriate to call hospice? Am I eligible for Veteran’s Benefits? At some point, most people face difficult decisions about aging and care. Life expectancy is now 77 years and the fastest growing segment of the population in the U.S. is 85+. This class will be led by Roy Schultheiss, owner of Comfort Keepers in Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland. Guest speakers will cover nursing home law, Veteran’s Benefits and more. Wednesdays: April 16, 23 & 30 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: C129
Wednesdays: February 19, March 19, April 16 & May 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: Off-Site
Class & Trip Cancellation Policy
Best of Behind Closed Doors (273)
Due to the fact that quite a few members register for classes and trips and then change their mind and cancel, we have instituted this cancellation policy. This policy has been approved by the advisory board. We hope this will reduce the amount of time OLLI staff spends processing cancellations, and contacting members on waiting lists.
Over the years, our Behind Closed Doors class has visited some especially interesting organizations. This class includes visits to four of these including: the Dow Event Center, built in 1972, which currently hosts the Saginaw Spirit, a Broadway Series, and many other public and private events; Billy’s Contracting of Saginaw, which offers complete sitework and excavating services, roll-off and storage containers and dumpster rentals; Nagel Paper & Box of Saginaw, established in 1924, this family-owned company offers a wide variety of paper products including tubes, cans and cores; and Delta College Public Broadcasting, where we will tour the television and radio stations. After each tour, you will have an opportunity to join the class for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Your hosts are OLLI members Dan and Maggie Kempf. This class is held off campus and you are responsible for your own transportation.
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Policy for Classes: $10 cancellation
fee. The remainder of the registration fee will be refunded or remain as a credit on your account. The cancellation must be done by one week prior to the first class or no refund will be given.
Policy for Day Trips: $10 cancella-
tion fee. If your spot is filled from the wait list, the remainder of the registration fee will be refunded. If your spot isn’t filled, and you cancel less than one month prior to the trip your registration fee will be forfeited.
Winter Classes 2014
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St. Mary’s of Michigan Volunteer Alliance
■ Help Yourself While Helping Others
Tarek Taha, MD - Orthopdedic Trauma
■ Hip to be Square (or not!)
Anthony Senagore, MD, MS, MBA
■ Healthcare Reform 101
Registration, Visit DisplayTables 9:30 a.m. Welcome 9:45 a.m. Program
SVSU Curtiss Hall
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
11 th Annual WinterFest
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Curtiss Hall 142 7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48710
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PTai Chi Workshop - February 1, 2014 (Page 6) P Free Friday movies for members on one Friday afternoon each month (Page 10)
TED psychology talks, Beowulf and much more! (Pages 11 - 26) Seven fun day trips including The Joffrey Ballet at the Detroit Opera House, Porgy and Bess at the Wharton Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, at U of M’s Hill Auditorium (Pages 8 - 10)
than seventy classes to choose from on such diverse topics as brain PMore health, Windows 8, sculptured book making, WW II, Android tablets,