The Adventurer


Term: Fall Issue 21: 11 November

Monthly Meeting
November 10 OLLI Monthly Meeting
Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms

Live Presentation at 9:00 am by Begick Nursery & Garden Center

Pruning Your Plants with Jim Begick

Begick is a local gem in the Great Lakes Bay Region. They offer assistance within their garden center and have a full landscape and design center. They offer broad range of trees, shrubs and perennials. Additionally, they offer a floral center, patio furniture, quilts, pergolas and more. Their holiday showroom offers gifts, trees and a variety of holiday decor ideas.

Jim Begick will prune plants live with OLLI! Jim will give tips and tricks.  Come Grow With OLLI, hope to see you at 9:00 am!

Do not miss the November Surprise for members that attend. 😊

Zoom broadcast at 10:00am WMU OLLI - Unveiling American Genius with KIA
November 10, 2021--OLLI at Western Michigan University Presents: Unveiling American Genius w/the KIA
OLLI at Western Michigan University provides a reimagining of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts permanent collection. The collection entitled “Unveiling American Genius,” illuminates the ingenuity that springs from all corners of American society. Honoring KIA’s ongoing commitment to an ever more diverse and more inclusive representation of American artists in its holdings, it features key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx, and other artists have told about our culture, our art, and our history. The presentation shows abstract and contemporary works as well as traditional genres of painting such as landscapes, still life, and portraits. The KIA opened in 1924 as a nonprofit organization and now owns nearly 5,000 fine artworks. It includes 10 galleries, the Kirk Newman Art School, and the KIA Gallery Shop.

The Zoom meeting begins at 10:00 am

Please RSVP for the Monthly Meeting by Friday, November 5

What's Happening at your University
Concerts and Recitals
Rhea E. Miller Recital Hall
located in Curtiss Hall - 1st floor
No Charge for Admission for these concerts
SVSU Choirs in Concert
Thursday November 11th @ 7:30pm

Rhea Miller Concert Series
with Derek Brown
Friday, November 19th @ 7:30pm

Wind Ensemble Concert
Thursday, December 2nd @ 7:30pm

For Questions call (989)964-4159

Current Exhibitions
October 16, 2021 – January 15, 2022


SVSU Theatre Performance of
George Orwell's Animal Farm
Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts

Thursday, November 18, @ 7:30pm
All tickets are $15.50 each and include admission to live performance & an OLLI exclusive post- performance discussion.
Call the OLLI Office for information.

Additional Show times:
Wed., November 17, @7:30pm
Friday, November 19, @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 20, @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 21, @ 3:00pm
Contact the SVSU Box Office
989-964- 4348

Did You Know
  • 45 to 46 million turkeys are consumed each Thanksgiving.
  • Americans consume between 2,500 and 4,500 calories at the Thanksgiving table.
  • Campbell's makes 40% of its total sales of cream of mushroom soup for the year leading up to Thanksgiving.
  • 80 million pounds of cranberries are consumed during the Thanksgiving holiday, including 5,062 gallons of jellied cranberry - enough to fill nearly eight Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • Only 50% of Americans put their stuffing inside their turkey.
  • The average turkey day gobbler weighs 16 lbs.
Stay Curious...OLLI's Winter Catalog is Coming
The Winter Semester Catalog for Day Trips and Classes is in production. Stay tuned for the brochure of exciting adventures and classes for the months of January through April.
Highlights from our Fall Daily Excursions
Brady Hill Cemetery and funerary tour with Tom Trombley of The Castle Museum.
Mask up
OLLI Friends!

Remember to wear a mask on campus in classroom settings.
Members enjoying lunch at Red Ox Tavern prior to the "Clue on Stage" at Meadowbrook.
Russian Polish Tour in Detroit
OLLI Office Highlight
New OLLI Office Member
  • Heather O'Hearn has started as the Manager in OLLI. You can contact her at (989) 964-2650 or

  • Sue Brasseur has expanded her role as Director of Center for Adult Learning.

  • Come to the next OLLI Monthly Meeting, November 10th, to meet Heather and Sue.

The SVSU OLLI Staff has a combined number of
68 years at SVSU
working in or closely with
Upcoming Adventures
Tickets still available

Hadestown at the Wharton Saturday, December 11, 2021
Highlight for Spring 2022
Hamilton at the Wharton
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Contact the OLLI Office for details.
Keep Making OLLI Stronger
Please continue to recruit a new or past OLLI member
Do you know of a company that would like sponsor the OLLI Organization?
Contact Heather O'Hearn -
Have you Renewed Your OLLI Membership
Don't wait! If you have not already renewed your membership, do so today. The cost of the yearly membership is $60 until December 31, 2021.
A Note form OLLI Advisory Board Chair Roger Spann
Several weeks ago I received a 30-day Challenge: Random Acts of Kindness. I still haven't made it through all 30 yet, but I am making progress one a day, or one a week, well, you get the idea. Here are a few of the ideas I have already made it past, and then read on to see what I did to connect it to OLLI.
   1. Leave an extra big tip.
   2. Pay for the next person in line.
   3. Feed someone's parking meter.
   4. Commend a store employee.
   5. Call someone who lives alone.
   6. Send a surprise gift.
   7. Donate to a food pantry.
   8. Give a friend a list of their best qualities.
   9+  At this point I started to think of things I could do to make our SVSU-OLLI an even better organization. Here are just a few ideas. What can you add on your own? Email me your ideas and maybe they will appear in a future issue..
1. Today, check to make sure you have renewed or joined OLLI for the 2021-2022 year.
2. Contact one person that might not have renewed just because they forgot and remind them of the importance of renewing ASAP.
   3. Make sure you have registered for the November 10 monthly meeting.
   4. Call a friend and invite them to the monthly meeting and offer to go out to lunch with them afterwards.
   5. Call the OLLI office and thank the person that answers for doing so much for our membership.
   6. Look over the November and December classes, day trips, and local adventures to see if there is still something you would like to do with your OLLI friends.
   7. Call an OLLI friend just to say HI and that you have missed them during these past couple of years.   
   8. Start thinking of making a year end donation to OLLI. It's been a tough two years and any amount will go a long ways to ensure the future of this wonderful organization.
   9+ You got the idea? Don't stop here. Come up with your own. And if you are so inclined, let me know your ideas and perhaps I will share them with others.
   Welcome to our new staff members. Let's all get behind the OLLI staff and support them as they work to build OLLI for the future.