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Term: Fall Session 22: September Newsletter

O L L I Newsletter

Monthly Meeting

Celebrate the kickoff to the 2022-23 OLLI season with an electrifying performance of Dueling Pianos. This kickoff will have singing, laughter and all sorts of fun rolled into one exciting morning! This will be an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Dueling Pianos International was founded in 1994 and launched in 2004 with one goal in mind: to create the most energetic, interactive and entertaining Dueling Pianos experience on planet earth. The ALL STAR CAST has been carefully selected based upon showmanship, vocal ability, superior piano skills and general professional attitude.

To attend the Monthly Meeting 

 Register Here

or call the OLLI Office at (989)964-4475

Save the Date...

"Van Gogh in America” Exhibit at the DIA 

Van Gogh in America celebrates the Detroit Institute of Art’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his Self-Portrait (1887). Join OLLI members on a self-guided tour of this exhibition at the DIA on the 100th anniversary of its acquisition, and experience around 70 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discover the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist, in an exhibition only at the DIA.  This will be a self-guided tour, with an audio tour available that you can access through your smart phone. You will receive a lunch voucher for lunch on your own at the museum, with three restaurants available to choose from. Following lunch, you’ll have free time to explore other exhibits at the DIA. 


Your package includes a pre-trip class offered on Thursday, December 1 from 2-3 p.m., with Andrea Ondish, Curator of Education, at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.  Participants will learn about Van Gogh's biography with a short (10 minute) video and then visit the Van Gogh museum and DIA websites and discuss his artworks in preparation for the trip on December 6 to the Detroit Institute of Art's exhibition of his artwork: "Van Gogh in America". Don't miss out on this trip to the DIA that includes exhibit admission, lunch voucher, pre-trip class and motorcoach transportation.


DIA Tour: Tuesday, 12/6 * 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pre-trip Class: Thursday, 12/1 ● 2-3pm.

Location: A107 

Price: $105 members/ $125 non-members 

OLLI Travel to Ireland

Don't Miss Out on these Day Trips! 

(49) Buried in Detroit: The Historic Cemetery Tour

From our French founding in 1701 through British rule, from America’s fight for independence through the great boom of post-Civil War era, and the ups, downs, and all around of this last century, Detroit has filled its cemeteries with the industrial tycoons, labor leaders, political powerhouses, and entertainment legends who built the town. Join Detroit History Tours as we explore the city’s historic cemeteries in a respectful, historical, adventure into our past. You’ll walk the quiet paths and tree canopied hallows of Detroit’s world of the dead. With over thirty cemeteries in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck, we’ll hop aboard our luxury motor coach to traverse the tombstones, mausoleums, grottos, memorials, and one of our most famous spots worldwide— Woodlawn Cemetery. Along our travels you may encounter the final resting place of sports stars, music icons, brilliant inventors, captains of industry, and the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who faithfully served our country. All the while, you will explore the architecture, design, landscape choices, and history of the cemetery. As a special treat for our SVSU VIP’s we will visit the iconic Whitney Restaurant, the former mansion of David Whitney Jr. located on Woodward Ave. You’ll arrive to be greeted with coffee, cookies, and a private ghost tour of the house turned restaurant. Ability to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain (many stairs) and stand for extended periods of time required for this trip. Comfortable shoes recommended. This trip package includes a guided tour of Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery, a box lunch from Milano Bakery, and The Whitney ghost tour with refreshments.

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 • 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Price: $125 for members • $145 for non-members

Please register by Monday, August 29

If you are interested in taking one of these or any of the other OLLI Day Trips offered in the Fall 2022 Catalog, please use the link below to register online or call the OLLI Office at (989) 964- 4475

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Look at What is Happening at your University! 

SVSU Board selects George Grant to serve as 5th president

Grant is the current chancellor at Penn State University-Berks, prior dean at Grand Valley State

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control appointed George Grant Jr. to serve as the institution’s fifth president during a special meeting of the Board Tuesday, Aug. 9. Grant will succeed Donald Bachand, who is retiring after serving as president since 2014.

Grant is currently serving as chancellor of Pennsylvania State University-Berks, a campus of more than 2,100 students. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, including 12 years as dean of the College of Community and Public Service.

“We are delighted that Chancellor Grant has agreed to join SVSU and serve as our next president,” said Vicki Rupp, chair of the SVSU Board of Control. “He is a caring, committed and innovative leader with an outstanding record of success in academic program development, fundraising, and community outreach, among many accomplishments.

“I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students and community members who served on the presidential search advisory committee for their thorough and exemplary work in providing the Board with strong candidates. In the interview process, George’s diverse leadership experiences, his commitment to inclusion, and his understanding of Michigan really caused him to stand out to the Board,” Rupp added.

Grant began his tenure as chancellor of PSU-Berks on January 4, 2021. A Detroit native, he welcomes the opportunity to return to his home state and to join a university that aligns with his values.

“I know the history and tradition of SVSU. Its people have a passion for academic exploration and achievement, and it continues to ensure that the opportunities of higher education are attainable to assist students in meeting their full potential,” Grant said.

“I was not looking for a new opportunity,” Grant added, “but SVSU’s mission, strategic plan and commitment to community engagement are in line with my personal values. SVSU is committed to educating the citizens of Michigan, while also providing the opportunity for a quality education to people across the country and around the world. I cannot wait to get started.”

SVSU Board of Control member John Cherry, former Lieutenant Governor for the State of Michigan, noted that the university has enjoyed remarkable consistency in its core values, and he believes Grant will build upon that legacy.

“George is a devoted and experienced educator who will guide SVSU in a manner that will prepare and equip SVSU to meet the future challenges of higher education while maintaining a community culture that we have all come to love and cherish,” Cherry said.

During his tenure as dean at Grand Valley, Grant raised more than $46 million. He also developed new academic programming to support adult learners who were juggling work, family, and other demands. Grant implemented Master of Social Work programs in rural communities across Michigan to give students access to an advanced degree to better serve their communities.

Rajkumari Wiener, vice chair of the Board of Control and an SVSU alumna, appreciates Grant’s record of bringing people together. 

“George’s career has been characterized by his commitment to collaboration, inclusion, and diversity,” Wiener said. “He has a broad vision of institutional and community relationships. SVSU has been blessed with a great tradition of presidential leadership. George will add to that tradition.”

SVSU has seen only four prior presidents since its founding in 1963.

Grant studied at Wayne County Community College prior to completing a bachelor’s degree in social work at Marygrove College in Detroit. He later completed a master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in sociology at Western Michigan University. Grant also earned a certificate from the Harvard Institute in Educational Management. 

Grant will be the first person of color to serve as SVSU president. He will begin his duties at SVSU December 1.

SVSU Women's Soccer September Schedule


Fri. 2 1:00 PM Walsh 

Sun. 4 1:00 PM Ohio Dominican 

Fri. 9 1:00 PM Davenport * 

Sun. 11 1:00 PM Grand Valley State * 

Fri. 16 7:00 PM at Michigan Tech *

Sun. 18 1:00 PM at Northern Michigan *

Fri. 23 1:00 PM Parkside * 

Sun. 25 1:00 PM Purdue Northwest * 

Fri. 30 1:00 PM at Ferris State *

SVSU Men's Soccer September Schedule

Fri. 2   4:00 PM  Tiffin  

Sun. 4   4:00 PM  Northwood  

Fri. 9   4:00 PM  Purdue Northwest *  

Sun. 11   4:00 PM  Davenport *  

Fri. 16   12:00 PM  Upper Iowa *  

Sun. 18   12:00 PM  St. Cloud St. *  

Fri. 23   3:00 PM  at Northern Michigan *

Sun. 25   1:00 PM  at Parkside *

SVSV Football September Schedule

Thu. 1      West Va. Wesleyan 6:00pm

Sat. 10      Bowie St. 1:00pm

Sat. 17      at Northwood 1:00pm

Sat. 24      at Michigan Tech 1:00pm

October 15, 2022 SVSU Homecoming Tailgate Experience! 

Show your Red Pride by joining OLLI for the SVSU Homecoming Tailgate Experience! This is sure to be fun for the entire family. The SVSU Homecoming Experience Tailgate includes: • Entrance to the Alumni Tent – SVSU Alumni OLLI members will receive a special gift! • $10 voucher towards the food trucks located near the tailgate area. • Two drink tickets to be used inside the tailgate area. Use your drink tickets in the tent and your $10 food truck voucher towards the food truck on site; seating and tables will be available to eat and visit. Bring your grandchildren because within in the tailgate tent area is a children’s section with inflatables and activities. Also included in the tent area is a section that is reserved for an exclusive up-close view to watch the homecoming parade. When it is time for the game, walk over to Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium to see the SVSU Cardinals take on the Greyhounds from the University of Indianapolis.

Date and Time: Saturday, 10/15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: SVSU Parking Lot E

Price: $12 per ticket for everyone

Staff Highlight

Carlee Davis -

Center for Adult Learning Intern

Carlee is recent SVSU graduate. She graduated in the May of 2022, suma cum laude, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing with a minor in Economics. Carlee was one of nearly 600 SVSU grads whose determination and commitment to academic excellence earned her a spot on the winter 2022 semester President's List. To be eligible for the President's List, a student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 4.0 grade point average. Carlee will continue her academic career at SVSU by starting her MBA this fall. 

Carlee is also a member of the SVSU Women's Soccer team. Check the link below for a full schedule of soccer games. Help cheer on #4 and the rest of the Lady Cards! 

SVSU Women's Complete Soccer Schedule

Did you know....

Surprisingly Fun Facts about Michigan

  • Michigan has more miles of freshwater shoreline than any other state in the nation. About 3,000 miles, to be exact. One of the most breathtaking views is along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The area is open year-round, but you’ll want to check for possible road closures if you plan to visit during winter months.

  • Michigan has the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. The De Zwaan Windmill in Holland, Mich. is not only a historic attraction, it’s also a functioning machine that produces healthy whole wheat flour for the local community and beyond.

  • Michigan is home to one of only four ice luge tracks in the nation. The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offers visitors access to acres of ice, trails and woods for those brave enough to bare the cold temperatures.

  • Michigan is home to one of 30 certified International Dark Sky Parks in the world. The Headlands in Mackinaw City was designated an official dark sky park in 2011. Visitors can explore 600 acres of old-growth forest and more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, all undiluted by light pollution.

A Note From Advisory Board Chair Roger Spann

Happy New Year to all our wonderful SVSU-OLLI members and friends. Yes, it is the beginning of our new year with our celebration of our beginning of what promises to be one of our greatest years ever. Have you studied the Sept.-Dec. catalog and registered for your fall activities from the best choices ever? Be sure to join us for our monthly meetings as our numbers continue to grow. Perhaps this will be the year you will join one of our 20 or so interest groups. Whatever it is that you will be doing with OLLI please remember that it all begins with becoming or renewing your membership. After you have done that you can participate in as many or as few of the activities as you wish. I have listed below our 2022-2023 OLLI Advisory Board who will be working with the staff for the next 12 months in planning for our members. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to contact any one of them. We meet monthly following our membership meeting on the second Wednesday. This board is committed to making our OLLI the best in the nation. We can do that if we all share our ideas and participate in as many activities as possible. It's the football season, so GO Cardinals! GO Olli! GO SVSU!

  •          Roger Spann, Chair
  •         Chris Eckerle, Chair elect
  •         Sue Brasseur, Director
  •         Shelly Wegner, Associate Director
  •        Heather O'Hearn, Manager
  •         Karen Howell, Membership Committee Chair
  •         Linda Phillips, Travel Committee Chair
  •         Jim Rhea, Curriculum Committee Chair
  •         Chris Noler, SVSU Representative
  •         Carol Likam, Member at Large
  •         Cathy Macomb, Member at Large
  •         Beacher Pearce, Member at Large


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