Coming Events

January 9, 2019—Wednesday II

Theodore Roosevelt, a Literary President

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speakers: Thomas Bailey, Professor Emeritus of English and Environmental Studies at Western Michigan University and Katherine Joslin, Professor of English and Founding Director, Center for the Humanities at Western Michigan University

Theodore Roosevelt, who became interested in writing during his childhood, was a prolific writer of letters and books. Bailey and Joslin are authors of a 2018 book entitled Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life. Among the many books on Theodore Roosevelt, theirs is the first to describe Roosevelt as he saw himself, a man of letters.

February 13, 2019—Wednesday II

Swing into Fall Prevention

  • 2 p.m., Zhang Legacy Collections Center, 1650 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: Carla Chase, Professor, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University

Age is a strong predictor of falls among older adults. Occupational therapists play a key role in helping older adults prevent falls. Professor Chase will share information developed at WMU on prevention of falls and ways to incorporate fall prevention strategies into your everyday routine.

March 13, 2019—Wednesday II

Resources for Long Term Care Decisions

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Janet Hahn, Asst. Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, Western Michigan University

Dr. Janet Hahn, Coordinator of the WMU Center for Gerontology, will describe practical considerations and resources available to help with decisions about long term care for you as long term care givers and long term care receivers.

April 10, 2019—Wednesday II

Psychiatric Asylum Life before Thorazine

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speakers: Ann Chapleau, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University and Steve Love, Clinical Services Director, Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital

Chapleau and Love will share their retrospective findings from a case series study of over 4,000 patient records beginning in 1945 and ending in 1954.

May 8, 2019—Wednesday II

Piano Selections by George Gershwin

  • 2 p.m., Dalton Center Recital Hall, Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Performance by Robert (Bob) Ricci, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, Western Michigan University

George Gershwin is one of the most popular pianists and composers of the 20th century. Although he is often remembered for Broadway musicals, he is well known for both classical and popular music. Professor Ricci will play and offer comments on piano selections by Gershwin.

August 14, 2019

Emeriti Break-Fest

  • 8:30 a.m., Fetzer Center

Details will be forthcoming.

September 11, 2019—Wednesday II

Physical Therapy: The Evolution of a New Doctoral Degree Program at WMU

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Stacie Fruth, PT, DHSc, OCS, Founding Chair, Department of Physical Therapy at Western Michigan University

Aging often leads to sedentary lifestyles and ultimately to chronic non-communicable diseases that place us at risk for morbidity, disability, and mortality. Physical therapists can play a major role in dealing with these issues. In summer, 2019, the Department of Physical Therapy at WMU will enroll the first cohort of students for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Dr. Fruth will talk about this degree program, its pathway toward accreditation, and its role in the community.

October 9, 2019—Wednesday II

Michigan: Unusual, Extraordinary, Distinctive, Unique—and Sometimes Bizarre!

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: John Geisler, Professor Emeritus, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University

John will present an interesting, fascinating and engaging look at facets of Michigan that make it a unique and distinctive state in terms of its geography, history, politics, and one-of-a-kind features—cabinet counties, baselines, place names, pairings, delegates to congress, roads and time zones.

November 13, 2019—Wednesday II

A Performance Reading from Mark Twain’s Adam and Eve Diaries

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Ruth Heinig, Professor Emerita, Communication, Western Michigan University

Professor Heinig is nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of creative drama for children. In 2005 she was named Distinguished Alumna for Valparaiso University. She played a major role in the development of the Emeriti Council at Western. Anticipate an entertaining presentation of imaginative diary entries revealing a story of growing love between Adam and Eve.

December 11, 2019

Holiday Gathering

  • 5 to 7 p.m., Fetzer Center

Details will be forthcoming.