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WinterFest 2014

Monthly Meeting Agenda

 Agenda for all Meetings:

8:45 a.m.                 Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Announcements & Program


Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 Presented by
Peter Spiers, Senior Vice President at Road Scholar

They can be seen in communities throughout the country -- those amazingly hale, hearty, and happy older folks who are having fun, have a million friends, are sharp as tacks, and look like they’ll live forever. (Just your average OLLI member!)  In his new book, Master Class, Peter Spiers reveals how an active lifestyle that blends moving, thinking, socializing and creating improves quality of life.  Through inspirational stories from active seniors, supported by the latest research in the fields of psychology and neuro-science, Peter shows how to build an enriching lifestyle on the foundation of favorite activities. He is Senior Vice President at Boston-based Road Scholar where he is responsible for strategic planning, marketing and communications, and research. Prior to joining Road Scholar, he worked for 17 years at Rodale, Inc. as publisher, group publisher, and vice president for strategic planning.


SVSU Gerstacker Fellows Examine Education Systems

Wednesday, August 20

 SVSU Gerstacker Fellows Examine Education Systems in High-Performing Nations
Moderator: Carolyn Wierda, Interim Associate Dean/Executive in Residence

Each summer approximately twelve top K-12 educators from across Michigan travel overseas and visit schools in a high-performing nation.  Groups have or will be visiting Finland, Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea.  The trip, and leadership training beforehand, is funded by an endowment from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland.  The program is administered by SVSU and the participants are called Gerstacker Fellows.  At our August meeting, a panel of 2014 participants will discuss their experience and how the schools they visited differ from American schools.  The panel will be moderated by Carolyn Wierda, SVSU’s Interim Associate Dean of Education and Executive in Residence.






Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier

Interview with Peter Spiers