Coming Events


Friday, march 20, 2020 - spring fling

Emeriti Council’s Spring Fling

Postponed until further notice.

Please join us for this new event sponsored by the Emeriti Council.  It is an opportunity to welcome the coming spring by visiting with friends and acquaintances, enjoying food, wine, and musical entertainment, and honoring an emeritus for his contributions.

  • 5 p.m., The Kiva Room at Friendship Village, 1400 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo
  • Emcee:  D. Terry Williams
  • Entertainment:  Cabaret Singer Janice Lakers and Bass Player Mike Stoline
  • Honoree:  Garrard Macleod
  • Cost:  $18 per person

We hope you will be able to fit this into your schedule and join us for a good time. Please respond by March 8.

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April 8, 2020 – Wednesday II

Come Rain or Come Shine

Canceled - Rescheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Performers: William (Arnie) and Deborah (Debby) Johnston, recipients of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's Larkin H. Noble Award in recognition of their outstanding service and lifetime achievement toward the interest of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. Arnie is a past chair of the Emeriti Council.

Arnie's and Debby's 45-minute one-act play follows Frank and Dorothy, 1949 graduates of a Midwestern college through selected notes and letters that trace their joys, sorrows, and never-quite-connecting over fifty years of living. The two maintain their relationship despite everything until, at their 1999 class reunion, they find themselves face to face and free to be together at last.

May 13, 2020 – Wednesday II

Architectural Remains of the Roman Empire



  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Speaker: Helenan Robin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University

Rome acquired most of its empire prior to Julius Caesar’s death. Professor Robin's talk looks at cities conquered or newly built in that earlier period: Pompei in Italy, Merida in Spain, Nimes and Orange in France, Athens in Greece, Caeseria in Israel, and Ephesus in Turkey. The Romans tended to replicate their urban design and buildings wherever they went. The talk will be illustrated by slides taken by Helenan Robin.

August 12, 2020 - emeriti breakfest 


Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University

  • 8:30 a.m.:   Coffee, Juice, and Conversation
  • 9:00 a.m.:   Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m.: Speaker:  Dr. Jennifer P. Bott, WMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

                                       Title: "What Are We Doing with the 'Big Idea'? "

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September 9, 2020 – Wednesday II

Turning Points (A New Set of Original Monologues)

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Presenter: Stanley Robin, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Western Michigan University

Since his retirement, Professor Robin has performed in several theatrical productions and has created and performed a substantial number of original monologues. He notes that "we never know when we'll encounter a turning point after which life goes in a different direction. The course change may be large or small, but life is different afterwards." The individual monologues, Turning Points, are: Scotty MacGregor, The Speech, Down for the Count, Slither, Comeuppance, The Blue Car, Rabbi David, Acrophobia, The Great Man, and In the Middle.

October 14, 2020 – Wednesday II

On Soundscapes: Listening to Stories of the Environment

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: Sharon Gill, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University

Soundscapes reflect the combined sounds of the environment, connect us to nature, and help build memories of time and place. As humans change the sound environment, we risk degrading not only our experiences in nature but those of animals that rely on natural areas. In this talk, Dr. Gill will discuss research investigating effects of environmental change on soundscapes and animal sounds, as well as a project merging art and science to explore human experiences of our changing environment.

November 11, 2020 – Wednesday II 

 Historic Causes of Central American Migration and Refugee Exodus to the U.S. 

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: W.F. Santiago-Valles, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University; Visiting Professor at University of Michigan-Dearborn and National University of Senegal

This presentation focuses on the economic and military histories informing a) the flight of migrants, refugees, exiles and asylum seekers; b) the public policies that push them out; c) who profits from those public policies inside the U.S.; d) the assumptions they [migrants, refugee, asylum seekers, exiles] bring here; and e) the impact of their presence on the health & education systems on the receiving end.