Coming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are at 2 p.m. and will take place in the Zhang Legacy Collection Center—next to the College of Health and Human Services on South Oakland Drive.

August 10—Annual Emeriti Break-Fest

An Inside Look at the Bronco Marching Band

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Fetzer Center
  • Speaker: Dr. David W. Montgomery, Director of Bronco Marching Band

Dr. Montgomery will give us an inside look at how the Bronco Marching Band operates—everything from how the band members are selected to how the band’s musical performances are perfected. Known as “The Sound of Western” the Bronco Marching Band is one of the nation’s premiere college marching bands. Consisting of over 290 members, the Bronco Marching Band is recognized for its excellence in musical performance, fast-paced drill movements, and high energy entertainment.

Comprised of students from virtually every academic discipline, the band continues to build upon its strong tradition of musical excellence and first class entertainment. In addition to the halftime shows for the Bronco football fans at home, the Bronco Marching Band supports our football team on select road trips, regularly performs in exhibition at area high schools, and presents its annual “Season in Review” concert at Miller Auditorium.

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September 14

The Sins of Kalamazoo

  • Location to be announced
  • Speaker: Tom Dietz, Kalamazoo Historian and Curator Emeritus, Kalamazoo Valley Historical Museum.

Carl Sandburg’s 1922 poem, The Sins of Kalamazoo, described the sins and sinners of Kalamazoo as “convict gray and dishwater drab.” The speaker’s research has convinced him that our sins and sinners were as scarlet as those in any big city! He will demonstrate his point by exploring some of Kalamazoo’s more notorious murders as well as its red-light districts, sporting houses, and other dens of iniquity and murders. Tom will talk about the colorful history of our quiet community. You can decide for yourself if Carl Sandburg was correct.

October 12, 2016

Gods, Goddesses, and Homer’s Iliad

  • Location to be announced
  • Speaker: Dr. Helenan S. Robin, Professor Emerita of Political Science

The ancient Greeks were guided by gods and goddesses as they built their temples, theaters and stadiums. Most temples honored Athena, Aphrodite, Artemus, Apollo, Zeus, or Hera. Theaters recognized Dionysus. The stadiums always had important temples nearby. Homer's Iliad so moved Alexander the Great that he traveled to Troy to pay his respects at the graves of the "heroes" of the "Trojan Wars." Helenan's talk/slide show takes us on a tour of Greek cities in Greece, Italy and Anatolia to view these architectural features, as well as statues and vases.

November 9

  • Speaker, topic and location to be announced.

December 7

Wine Tasting and Holiday Gathering

  • 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Location to be announced.

May 10, 2017


  • Location to be announced
  • Speaker: Dr. Stanley S. Robin, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Stan will perform his sixth set of original monologues, “Mosaic,” consisting of the following individual monologues: Camp Wakiton, There's No Business…, Starting, The Aardvark on North Nelson Road, The "Classy" Girl, Schensel's, Aw Pleeze!, The Handyman, Penurious, The Mafia and 9/11.