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Monthly Meeting Agenda

 Agenda for all Meetings:

8:45 a.m.                  Registration, Socializing
                                  & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Announcements & Program


Guest Policy

Monthly meetings are an SVSU-OLLI member benefit. Guests are welcome to attend one OLLI monthly meeting without a charge.  This gives a non-member a chance to check our program out.  If you come more than once you either need to join OLLI or pay a $10 fee per meeting. 



Michigan’s Passenger Pigeon: Gone Forever

Presented by Al and David Eicher with Program Sources International
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

From the 1830s and through the 1890s, the passenger pigeon was the most beautiful bird and the dominate species in the state of Michigan. It was also the most hunted bird from April into September, depending on its roosting patterns. Professional hunters and game dealers came from New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio to get in on the hunt. This program will follow a time line of historic events in Michigan’s history which led to the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Al and David Eicher with Program Sources International created this unique lecture and visual presentation about this 70-year event in Michigan’s history. It features beautiful artwork, specimens from the Cranbrook Institute of Sciences, plus sounds of nature as it was in the middle of the 1800s.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Does Structural Heart Disease Affect You?
Presented by Debbie Best, MSN, RN
Covenant Center for Heart Structural Heart Coordinator

Sructural heart disease usually refers to cardiac defects which are congenital in nature, but it may also include abnormalities of the valves and vessels of the heart wall that develop with wear and tear. The Covenant Center for the Heart offers minimally invasive procedures for inoperable or high-risk heart patients.  In this presentation you will learn about three of these new procedures: the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the MitraClip, and the Watchman. Our presenter will be Debbie Best. She has been a registered nurse for 24 years and has a master’s degree from SVSU in education and informatics. She has worked in critical care and education, and has taught for both Delta College and SVSU.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory
Presented by Jerry Scott, Lab Volunteer & Retired Engineer

A few years ago as part of an OLLI trip we toured the mirror lab in Tucson. It was so interesting that we thought the general membership would like to learn about it. At the lab a team of scientists and engineers make giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical and infrared telescopes. These mirrors represent a radical departure from the conventional solid-glass mirrors used in the past. Last November they completed a year-long project and brought the world’s largest telescope, called the Giant Magellan Telescope, to a mountaintop in northern Chile. It has 10 times the resolution of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Our presenter, Jerry Scott, has volunteered at the lab and Kitt Peak National Observatory for 15 years. He is a retired electrical engineer who lives half the year in Saline, Michigan and the other half in Tucson.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Autonomous Cars: Past, Present and Future
Presenter: Ali Maleki, Executive Director of Innovations & New Ventures, Nexteer

The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes which will provide vastly new and different mobility options that will impact every aspect of our lives. This talk will include an introduction to autonomous vehicles, a review of the history of the self-driving vehicles, the important factors in the evolution of these systems, near term configuration of vehicles, a few alternative scenarios for the future of mobility, and the long-term effects of autonomous cars. Alli Maleki has been in the automotive and truck electronics industry since 1988. He has developed software and hardware in nearly all automotive and heavy-duty truck electronics areas, and has led engineering teams in large corporations and small startups.