August 20, 2014

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.


14th Annual Fall Kick - Off
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SVSU - Curtiss Hall

8:45 a.m.               Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.               Welcome by SVSU President Donald Bachand
                               OLLI Announcements & Overview

9:45 a.m.               Connecting Your Mind, Body and Spirit While Aging Healthy

                                Presenters:             Amanda Schafer-Johnson, PhD, ABPPP-CN
                                                                Linda Spradlin, MPT
                                                                Kathy Bonn

The mind, body and spirit work together playing an integral role in our overall health and well being.  As our bodies age, it is important to continue developing, nourishing and caring for all parts of who we are.  Three experts from Covenant HealthCare will walk you through the mind and our emotions, how regular exercise can prevent (and in some instances treat) diseases and disorders, and the impact of spirituality on our health. 

Amanda Schafer-Johnson, PhD, ABPP-CN will explore the complex matters of the mind.  She is a Neuropsychologist at the Covenant Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and is Board Certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.  Discussing physical activity, routine exercise and positive health outcomes will be Linda Spradlin, MPT, a Level II Physical Therapist with Covenant Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  You will also hear from Kathy Bonn, the Director of Covenant Pastoral Care Department, on the importance of tending to our emotional and spiritual needs as we manage stress and loss.

10:45 a.m.            Break

11:00 a.m.            Shoulder Pain, A Medical Perspective

                                Presenter: Colleen Linehan, MD, 
                                Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

A common source of shoulder pain in adults is a lifetime of use...not necessarily overuse.  As people age, they commonly encounter shoulder pain.  While many conditions are amendable to non-operative treatment, surgical procedures may be required.  To best understand what is causing pain, a clear understanding of anatomy and potential conditions is essential.  Dr. Colleen Linehan will provide a basic review of the shoulder, its anatomy, common shoulder disorders, and treatment options.

Dr. Linehan is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Covenant Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Surgery.  As a general orthopaedic surgeon, she specializes in the evaluation of bone and joint injuries; shoulder and knee arthroscopy; pediatric and adult fracture care, and joint replacements.  As a former Harvard hockey player and team captain, she has a special interest in the shoulder.  A native of Saginaw, Dr. Linehan received her undergraduate degree in biology at Harvard, and her medical degree from Wayne

State University after which she completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Minnesota.

Noon                      Program Concludes



OLLI Monthly Meetings 
Agenda for all Meetings:


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


Wednesday, October 8, 2014   ‌

Maximize your Medicare

When you reach 65 years of age, you are faced with many decisions concerning Medicare.  This is in addition to other overwhelming issues every retiree faces, including Social Security, retirement savings, legacy planning, estate planning, etc.  At our October meeting, Jae W. Oh, MBA CFP CLU ChFC, will focus on Medicare, what you need to know, and how healthcare cost planning needs to be understood by current and future retirees.  Oh is the author of the book, Maximize Your Medicare: Understanding Medicare, Protecting Your Health, and Minimizing Costs.  He has served in a variety of management roles on three continents in the securities industry.  He is also an expert contributor to a website powered by the nation’s second largest provider of Medicare, Humana, Inc., titled  Even if you are not yet 65, this will be useful information for future consideration, or to use when assisting a parent.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Human Trafficking: Learn the Facts
Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation.   Human trafficking is the third most profitable criminal activity, following only drugs and arms trafficking.  Valerie Hoffman, President/CEO of Saginaw’s Underground Railroad will lead a panel discussion about the topic.  Panelists will include Andy Soper, the founder of Wedgewood’s Manasseh Project, dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of young men and young women in West Michigan and Suellyn Scarnecchia, a Clinical Professor of Law with the University of Michigan’s Human Trafficking Legal Clinic. You will learn the facts and what you can do to help.  Additional panelists may be added.