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Emeriti series continues with sports talk

Dec. 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Wednesdays II informal talks sponsored by the Emeriti Council at Western Michigan University will resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Walwood Hall.

Called "Exploring the Beauty of Sports," the first program of the spring semester will be presented by Dr. Harold L. "Hal" Ray, WMU professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation.

The Emeriti Council has scheduled additional Wednesdays II programs for the spring semester that also feature retired University employees. Unless otherwise noted, all of these programs will take place at 2 p.m. in the Heinig Emeriti Lounge, which is located on the second floor of Walwood Hall's west wing.

2010-11 Wednesdays II events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9--"Red Baron, Too" by Dr. Lavern H. "Vern" Stillwell, associate professor emeritus of theatre. Stillwell will portray the Red Baron as he enacts scenes from the German aviator's life during the period of World War I. In addition, he will use authentic airplane models to explain and demonstrate the importance of the airplane in that global conflict.

  • Wednesday, March 9--"The Korean War: A Forgotten War No More" by Dr. Edward J. Heinig, professor emeritus of education and professional development. This talk focuses on the Korean Conflict winding to an end with a ceasefire July 27, 1953, rather than with a victory.

    Heinig notes that instead of being heralded by bugles or trumpets, Korea veterans came home to an indifferent public that chided them for being asked to "die for a tie." But he says today's perspective is that the three-year conflict stopped Communist expansion in Asia and vindicated the United Nations forces fighting in Korea.

  • Wednesday, April 13--"Antique Hearing Aids: A Historic Look and Listen" by Dr. Harold L. "Hal" Bate, professor emeritus of speech pathology and audiology. The Baldwin Collection of Antique Hearing Devices, which is on permanent loan to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, will be on display at the meeting.

    Program attendees will be able to examine and even listen through the collection's non-electric hearing aids of the 1700s through the early 20th century. Bate will discuss the use, value and limitations of these early amplifying devices, which were used by Beethoven and other well-known historical figures.

    Richard Baldwin, a WMU alumnus who collected and owns the hearing aids, also may be on hand to comment on the devices and respond to questions. The Baldwin collection is housed and displayed on the third floor of WMU's Unified Clinics, which is located in the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies building, 1000 Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo.

  • Wednesday, May 11--"Michigan's One-Room Schools: Gone (Almost) but Not Forgotten" by Dr. Lawrence B. Schlack, associate professor emeritus of educational leadership. Schlack will present his talk in three parts.

    He will present a pictorial history of Michigan's one-room schools using slides, take a pictorial look at the architectural styles of those school using slides, and speculate about the legacy of one-room schools that survives today, such as multi-age classrooms and cooperative learning programs.
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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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