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Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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Join your friends as we celebrate another successful year at OLLI at WMU.

Our annual membership meeting is November 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m. There will be a short business meeting to elect two new Advisory Board members and to receive a report on the state of OLLI at WMU.

We are pleased to welcome our special guests and presenters, former WMU President and First Lady, John and Linda Dunn. We appreciate the support both have given to OLLI at WMU. Join us in giving them a warm welcome.

Following the business meeting, enjoy the refreshments and have conversations with your OLLI at WMU friends.

We are again collecting donations for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. Suggested donations are:

            *Student supplies: notebooks, lined writing paper, pencils, index cards
            *Tutor supplies: three-ring binders, clipboards, two-pocket folders.
            *Administrative supplies: flash drives, manila file folders, hanging file folders.

To reserve a space, use the purple button in the box above or call (269) 387-4200 by Nov. 10. 

Save the date

Our annual January Thaw event will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for Jan. 17 (Jan. 24 is the snow date) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The event will feature a program, meet and greet winter/spring instructors, refreshments, social time and our annual book exchange. We look forward to seeing all of you after the holiday break!

Coordinator's Corner

WMU Giving Day Success

Thank you to all who made our first annual WMU Giving Day a big success! In the 24 hour period of the campus-wide campaign, OLLI at WMU was able to raise $1,200 from 19 donors. 

November courses with openings 
  • Juvenile Justice and Mental Health: Finding a Path Forward — Honorable Curtis J. Bell 
  • Say Goodbye in Your Own Way: Plan for Your Life's Celebration — K. Lynn McFarlen
If you are interested in any of the above courses, more information is listed in our course catalog. You may register by going online or by calling (269) 387-4200.

Check this out!
Molly Williams speaking at the January Thaw in Jan. 2017.

OLLI at WMU member and volunteer, Molly Williams, was recently featured in an article in the WMU student newspaper, the Western Herald. The article provides insight about how Molly became the first female engineering professor at WMU along with balancing being a wife and mother. Click here to read the full article. Congratulations Molly and thank you for all that you do for OLLI at WMU!

Travel Corner

Enjoy the personal benefits of traveling with OLLI at WMU

Countless articles on the activities important to our cognitive, physical and social well-being can be found with the help of various internet search engines. The OLLI at WMU travel committee would like to save you some time and invite you to sample the benefits of travel first hand right here in Kalamazoo! Our travel committee volunteers dedicate their time and energy to discover, plan and offer a variety of unique, educational, socially engaging and, don’t forget, FUN trips. Members and non-members alike have countless opportunities to pursue courses and trips that are sure to brighten anyone’s day! It is our hope that you will find something appealing in the next round of OLLI at WMU trip offerings, and that your path to discovery, education and entertainment will bring you to our doorstep. Bring a friend along and introduce them to the many benefits OLLI at WMU has to offer!


Don’t forget to register by November 14 for the Grand Rapids Symphony Christmas Concert and dinner at the ever-popular University Club. It is sure to be an enjoyable evening guaranteed to boost your holiday spirit. Invite a family member or a friend to share the glad tidings of the season. Or better yet, treat them to an early Christmas gift. No wrapping required! The holidays will be here before you know it.

From Our Members

Civic Tour
OLLI at WMU Members enjoyed the tour of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Complex.

Tour of the Civic Theatre Complex

On Sept. 29 approximately 30 OLLI at WMU members enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Civic Theatre. The tour included the Carver Center, the Parish Theatre and the main Civic theatre buildings. The participants saw areas rarely seen by the general public including the costume department, the art scene shop as well as back stage at each of the three theatres. Our thanks to Nicki Poer of the Civic staff for a most interesting and entertaining experience.

Community Events Corner

Symposium to address the impact of adult literacy in the region
Michael Evans
KLC Executive Director, Michael Evans, teaches an OLLI course this fall.
(photo by: Jo Arnold)

Over 25,000 adults in Kalamazoo County are unable to read this article. They are also unable to read their doctor’s prescriptions, complete their health histories, read to their children, fill out job applications, or effectively engage in many daily activities which require basic reading skills. There is a strong individual, family and community need to reach as many of these adults as possible and help them become more proficient in the workforce, in managing their health, in teaching their children, and to enable them to function effectively and more independently in their day-to-day lives.

Toward that goal, in collaboration with the OLLI at WMU and other key WMU programs, the Kalamazoo Literacy Council is sponsoring the third annual Adult Literacy Research and Training Symposium on Friday, December 1, 2017. This one-day event will provide attendees with an increased understanding of key adult literacy issues and current best practices in four major areas: parent literacy, workplace literacy, health literacy and English as a second language. The symposium will also cover how to create vibrant learning opportunities in Community Literacy Centers.

This event is for anyone who is interested in supporting adult literacy – from experienced volunteer tutors and instructors to individuals who want to learn more about how they can serve this important cause. The symposium will give attendees the opportunity to learn new techniques and strategies to support adult learners, employ lessons learned, and receive ongoing support as they join the growing faculty of tutors, instructors, and supporters who are making an impact on adult learning in the region.

Dr. Edward Roth, associate professor of School of Music, Music Therapy Fellow for the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists, and co-founder and director of the Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Lab will be featured as the keynote speaker at the symposium. Admission is free.
The Adult Literacy Research and Training Symposium will be held at the WMU Fetzer Center on Friday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All interested individuals are cordially invited to attend this information-rich event. Details of the symposium are available on the KLC website at or you can contact Michael Evans, KLC Executive Director, at (269) 382-0490 ext. 222 or
High Tea at the Ladies Library Association

The Ladies’ Library Association of Kalamazoo is planning an event for the public.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
2 to 4 p.m

Grace Kalafut will be presenting a program on Victorian traditions still in existence today.
Reservations can be made by calling Nancy Colburn (269) 327-7798. The cost is $25 per person.
What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute? The program was initiated under the auspices of the WMU Emeriti Council and WMU's Extended University Programs. OLLI offers intellectually lively and culturally appealing learning experiences. We accomplish this by focusing on intellectual stimulation, personal growth, social engagement and enrichment.

What do we do? We offer short courses for one to four weeks. Sessions are usually two hours long. Travel programs are also a part of our offerings. There are no tests and no required homework, just exploring lots of interesting topics.

In the near future we will offer courses in different formats -- noon hour discussions, several sessions in one week, and more evening courses. OLLI courses and activities are developed and produced by its members with the support of the staff of Extended University Programs.

We need your ideas for course topics and instructors. Let us know your suggestions. Call the OLLI office at (269) 387-4200 or send an email. The curriculum committee will review all suggestions.

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