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Course catalog for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas College

Transcript of OLLI Catalog :: Spring 2012


    Truth or Fiction Be Inspired to Write Your Own Mystery9:30-11:30 am

    The Cuban Missile Crisis: The American Side1:30-3:30 pm

    Health Care Evolution in West Michigan: It is Not About the Hospitals Anymore9:30-11:30 am

    My Bucket Lists: Climbing the Highest Peaks in the U.S. & Europe1:30-3:30 pm


    Keeping Up with Social Security & Medicare9:30-11:00 am

    The Prison System: Doing Hard Time with Tony9:30-11:30 am

    Hemingways Michigan1:30-3:30 pm

    Boost Your Bridge Game10:00 am- Noon

    Tour the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant10:00 am- Noon

    Plein Air: Introduction to Outdoor Oil Painting12:30-3:30 pm

    Spirits & Wine: A Ghostly Taste of Literature 9:30-11:30 am

    The Battle for God9:30-11:30 am

    Just War in the 20th & 21st Centuries3:00-5:00 pm

    Children and the Law1:30-3:30 pm

    Whats it Like Being a Criminal Defense Attorney?9:30-11:30 am

    Mao and the Cultural Revolution1:30-3:30 pm

    Paris: The Glorious City of Lights 9:30-11:30 am

    Film, Food & Fiction1:30-3:30

    The Presidential Lecture Series1:30-3:30 pm

    Be a Humor Being: Laff Jest For the Health of It!9:30-11:30 am

    Betty Van Andel Opera Center Tour9:30-11:30 am

    From Bosch to Bruegel: Laughter in Art as a Way of Entertaining & Educating9:30-11:30 am

    Guatemala and El Salvador: Militarism or Democratization?9:30-11:30 am

    Candid Look at Local & National Elections 20129:30-11:30 am

    Founders Brewery: A Grand Rapids Gathering Place 9:00-11:00 am


    A Day in the Life of Michigan State Police Chaplain Andrew Jackson9:30-11:00 am

    Heart Transplants: A Success Story in Grand Rapids9:30-11:00 am

    NOTE FROM THE DIRECTORSThank you for your enthusiastic response to our annual fund drive. Because we no longer receive grant monies from the Bernard Osher Foundation, your donations are particularly helpful and appreciated. We hope you continue to attend and enjoy our spring classeswe look forward to seeing you here.

    Rick Steketee and Sheila Pantlind

    C O U R S E H I G H L I G H T S :

    The Cuban Missile Crisis:The American Sidepage 3

    Boost Your Bridge Gamepage 4

    The Battle for Godpage 5

    Just War in the 20th & 21st Centuriespage 5

    Whats it Like Being a Criminal Defense Attorney?page 6

    Film, Food & Fictionpage 6

    Candid Look at Local & National Elections 2012page 8


    April 10 May 24

    Beginning Setember 2012

    an additional OLLI book seminar with Deb Snow will start

    (limited to 20).Call 632.2430

  • For the 2011-2012, OLLI academic year, we are again offering a tiered membership, designed to provide you, our students, with options and monetary savings. As you will see below there are 3 different memberships from which to choose.

    Membership Structure (M = member; NM = non-member) 4 week class 3 week class 2 week class 1 week classM NM M NM M NM M NM$63 $76 $52 $62 $35 $42 $15 $20

    Bronze Membership:$25 Membership fee

    See the above member versus non-member pricing. Pricing for this membership has remained the same.

    Taking 16 class hours (any combination of 1, 2, 3, and 4 week classes) makes it worth becoming a Bronze Member.

    Silver Membership:$60 Membership fee

    Our objective is to simplify the Silver membership. While the upfront cost has increased from $35 to $60, members will now realize their tuition discounts (below) immediately. These savings will offset the increased cost of the membership. Most importantly, there is no more tracking of class hours before your discount is applied.

    Taking a total of 24 class hours, like last year, makes it worth becoming a Silver member.

    4 week class- $63 to $503 week class- $52 to $422 week class- $35 to $301 week class- $15 to $12

    Gold Membership:$350 Membership fee

    Pay $350 and take most classes (1, 2, 3, 4 week) and special events at no additional cost. Pricing for this membership has remained the same.

    Taking 48 class hours makes it worth becoming a Gold member.

    Fees may be charged for selected events, trips, or classes.

    OLLI Membership Structure (September 1, 2011 August 31, 2012)

    Advantages of Membership Great discounts on classes. The more you take, the better the value. Discounted prices on local performing arts and events. Notification of community events at Aquinas College and use of the Aquinas Library. The option (with instructor approval) of auditing a regular Aquinas College class for $150. Member Free Classes.

    By becoming an OLLI member, you are eligible to take Member Free Courses designatedin each catalog.

    Effective February 1, 2012

    Pro-Rated MembershipsBecause our year is half way over, we have reduced our annual Bronze and Silver membership fees by 50%. Starting February 1, Bronze Memberships will be $12.50, and Silver Memberships will be $30 through August of this year.

    All membership advantages still apply with reduced pricing on tuition classes.

    Limited scholarship funds

    available for those who

    need them. 632.2430



    Truth or Fiction Be Inspired to Write Your Own Mystery

    Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am

    April 16 & 23

    Susan Newhof lives in Montague, Michigan, in an old house which was the inspiration for her first novel, Spirits & Wine. After sampling various majors, she graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in English. Susan works as a communication consultant and writer and enjoys the pleasures of life in a small town. She is compiling the fifth edition of her guidebook, Michigans Town and Country Inns.

    Do you have a story inside you? Heres an opportunity to transform it from thoughts in your head to words on a page. Youll spend two sessions reading, writing and exploring ways to make your words compelling. Get inspired. Break through writers block. Open a vein! Bring your laptop or paper so you can write during class.

    M: Bronze $35 Silver $30NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

    Note: Students may also be interested in Susans class on Wednesday April 11. See page 5

    The Cuban Missile Crisis: The American Side

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm

    April 16, 23, 30 & May 7

    Thomas M. Troy worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for over 30 years. He had many different assignments, but focused mostly on the Soviet Union and

    its East European allies. Since retiring, he has sought to exploit documents released by the former Communist countries and has written many articles on intelligence related topics.

    2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most serious U.S Soviet confrontation of the Cold War. Misperceptions about what happened continue to raise questions, in part because of post-Crisis statements made by those involved. This course will look at what the senior-level American officials said then and what they say now.

    M: Bronze $63 Silver $50NM: $76Location: Browne Center

    Health Care Evolution in West Michigan: It is Not About the Hospitals Anymore

    Monday, 9:30-11:30 am

    May 7

    Dr. John M. MacKeigan is the current executive vice president and chief medical officer of Spectrum Health System. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons. He has served on many community Boards in West Michigan including the Alliance for Health Board of Directors and Michigan State Medical Society where he served as chair. In 2001, Dr. Mackeigan was inducted into the Grand Rapids Medical Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he was named MMPC Physician of the Year.

    Healthcare is undergoing the largest transformation in the past 100 years and not entirely because of new Health Care Reform Laws. This presentation will review the current environment in healthcare in West Michigan including:

    physician shortages: integration of physician groups; new healthcare systems; the role of competition and collaboration; medical education and research; new technology and therapies; and the new expectations for healthcare in West Michigan. Be here for this important health care discussion with one of the best leaders in the medical field.

    M: Bronze $15 Silver $12NM: $20Location: Browne Center

    My Bucket Lists: Climbing the Highest Peaks in the U.S. & Europe

    Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm

    May 21

    In 1968, Rudy Vedovell started RJ Vedovell Inc., a Zeeland based supplier of industrial equipment and supplies. During his off time from running this successful company, Rudy pursued his passion for the outdoors and adventure by sailing around the world and taking on some of the worlds highest peaks.

    Rudy Vedovell has done some extraordinary things in his life, but none more impressive than climbing the highest peaks in each of the 50 states, including all 54 of Colorados peaks over 14,000 feet, and the highest peaks in 38 European countries. He started mountaineering in 1954 by climbing Mt. Blanc and finished his last climb at the age of 83 by ascending the highest peak in Iceland. Share Rudys passion for the outdoors and adventure and be inspired by his amazing feats. Some people only dream then theres Rudy.

    M: Bronze $15 Silver $12NM: $20Location: Browne Center


    M = members NM = non-members3


    The Prison System: Doing Hard Time with Tony

    Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am

    April 10 & 17

    Tony Nolan is an Aquinas graduate and completed his MA in counseling from Michigan State University. He spent 32