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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

* The June 2016 Monthly Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 29 with socializing beginning at 3:15 p.m., and the program beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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, April 13, 2016

Alaska’s Denali National Park: Through a Camera Lens
Presented by Kent Miller
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Join Central Michigan University associate professor of photojournalism Kent Miller on an enjoyable photographic journey through Denali National Park.  Miller has spent quite a bit of time at the park since 2008 when he volunteered to shoot photographs for the National Park Service.  Since then, Miller has created an internship program with the National Parks Service.  He wanted his students at CMU to have the same experience he had learning in what he calls “one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”  He has been back many times over the past seven years and even taught a photography workshop for senior citizens in 2012 and 2013.  His current undertaking is a commemorative photo exhibition for the 100-year anniversary of the Park in 2017.

Climate Action: The Latest Scientific Evidence
Moderated by Patrick Race
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Every week television brings us images of glaciers melting, devastating floods in some areas, and creeping droughts in others. Year after year scientists present more and more evidence that climate disruption is accelerated by human activity. This meeting will feature three of the leading local advocates for using science as a way to work through the various positions on climate change and the ways that individuals can affect changes that will surely need to come in the future. Our moderator will be Patrick Race, founder of the Lone Tree Council and inventor of the Climate Stick. Peter Sinclair, who has been deeply involved in issues of environment and energy since the 1980s, and has given countless presentations on climate change at schools, universities, churches and civic groups, will speak. Dr. Jim Crissman, a research toxicologic veterinary pathologist who has worked in chemical safety and drug development for more than 30 years and founding leader of the Midland chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will also present.

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s "The School for Scandal"
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.  Registration, socializing & snacks
4:00 p.m.  Announcements & program

The intrigues of such aptly named characters as Lady Sneerwell, Sir Joseph Surface, Landy Candour, and Sir Benjamin Backbite have amused theater audiences for more than two centuries. They are the invention of the Irish-born playwright Richard Brinseley Sheridan, and they unfold, collide, and backfire hilariously in this masterpiece. The School of Scandal is still considered by many to be the best comedy of manners in English. OLLI is pleased to offer this amusing play performed by the talented Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
as our monthly meeting in June. Founded in 1998, the Grand Haven-based Company is Michigan’s only year-round, touring Shakespeare company.

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.