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. 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beer 101
Rex Halfpenny, Publisher of the Michigan Beer Guide

The beer revolution is on and most Americans are missing it! In this fast-paced lecture you will be introduced to the history and evolution of beer, from its roots at the very dawn of civilization through the industrial revolution, to the modern renaissance rapidly unfolding today. Topics will include summaries of the brewing process, ingredients used, style diversity, tasting and evaluating beer, and steps to help you successfully participate in the beer revolution. No beer will actually be served. Our presenter is Rex Halfpenny, beer industry writer/publisher, speaker, and nationally certified beer judge.

15th Annual Fall Kick-Off 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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8:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

9:45 a.m.   What the Affiliation between Covenant Cancer Care Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Network Means to the Great Lakes Bay Area
Presenter: Jackie Tinnin Director of Covenant Cancer Care Center

Covenant HealthCare is Michigan’s first and only certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. A world-renowned leader in cancer care, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked in the top two cancer centers in the nation since the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” survey began 25 years ago. By becoming a certified member of this network, Covenant can now offer new hope to local cancer patients. Access to treatment guidelines and best practices, along with second opinions available by world-renowned cancer specialists allow patients to receive their cancer care close to home. The MD Anderson Cancer Network builds on Covenant’s strong successful history of cancer patient care. Together their mission is to eliminate cancer, but until that time comes, together they will advance cancer care giving new hope to the region. Jackie Tinnin, a registered respiratory therapist, has worked in the health care industry for 22 years and has been with Covenant HealthCare since 2010. Her areas of expertise include cancer care, wound healing & hyperbaric medicine, and chronic disease manage- ment, including asthma and diabetes.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.  STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program): Enhancing Survivorship by Getting Your Best Self Back
Presenter: Shannon Kleinert Coordinator of the STAR Program

A key component of comprehensive survivorship services at Covenant Cancer Care Center is multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation care that can help survivors improve their ability to function and their quality of life. Regardless of the stage of cancer or phase of treatment or recovery, survivors can benefit from participation in an evidence-based rehabilitation program. Yet, many cancer survivors who need cancer rehabilitation are not referred for services. For example, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology evaluated 163 women with metastatic breast cancer. Of these participants, 92% had at least one physical impairment and a total of 530 impairments were identified. This study found that more than 90% of patients need cancer rehabilitation, but fewer than 30% receive it. This unmet need may be in part due to a lack of understanding about what cancer rehabilitation can offer survivors. Shannon Kleinert is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint physical therapy program. She currently works at Covenant as the lead physical therapist and coordinator of the STAR program. She has taken additional classes at Oakland University in the care of patients with a cancer diagnosis as well as becoming a STAR certified clinician.

Noon Program Concludes

Bring a Friend!  This program is free for members and potential members – there is no need to pre-register. OLLI members who bring a guest will be put in a drawing to win a $10 voucher, and their guest will be included in a drawing to win a free membership!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Presenter: Nan Spence, Mindfulness Meditation teacher

Too often we tend to focus on regret and grief about past experiences, or in fear of the future. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which teaches us to live in the present moment with non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of what is. It helps us to flow more easily with the ups and downs of our lives. It uses the power of the mind to help us to be present to our current life experiences. This can help to free our minds from negativity and open our hearts to deeper wisdom, love, joy, peace and compassion. This form of meditation is becoming popular in the medical, psychological, and education fields. Our presenter is Nan Spence, who has both educational preparation and experience to share as a mindfulness teacher. She holds master’s degrees in counseling and theology with an emphasis on spirituality. In addition, she has studied mindfulness with respected teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wingman: The Life of Retired General David M. Hall
Presenter: Ricardo Verdoni, President of Verdoni Productions, with special guest General David Hall

Born during the period of Jim Crow laws, General David Hall overcame many obstacles throughout his life to become a success on many levels. Influenced by his father’s positive attitude and his own determination and perseverance, he not only rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force, but later as a civilian, had a distinguished career in industry and education. Hall served for 30 years in the military and then worked for General Motors for 10 years. In 1993, Hall left the corporate life to teach for Northwood University and later was Executive in Residence for the business school at SVSU. Our November meeting will begin with the viewing of a 30-minute documentary about General Hall’s life entitled “Wingman.” The documentary was produced by Ricardo Verdoni, with input from General Hall and his wife Jackie. It is expected that General Hall will attend the presentation and be available for questions and answers following the film.