Monthly Meeting Agenda

 Agenda for all Meetings:

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

Guest Policy

Monthly meetings are an SVSU-OLLI member benefit. Guests are welcome to attend one OLLI monthly meeting without a charge.  This gives a non-member a chance to check our program out.  If you come more than once you either need to join OLLI or pay a $10 fee per meeting. 


Wednesday, June 10

Climate Change and Its Implication for Agriculture
Phil Robertson, MSU Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Science

Climate change is expected to have major implications for agriculture in the Midwest in general, and in the Great Lakes States and Michigan in particular. Warmer, shorter winters with less snow cover have implications for soil fertility, greenhouse gas fluxes, and agricultural pests. Hotter summers will reduce average field crop yields and affect evapotranspiration. More frequent early spring warm-ups will threaten bud set in fruit crops, and more variable
rainfall will complicate planting schedules and increase soil erosion. In this talk, Robertson will focus on these trends and some of the ways that farming is changing to respond to climate change. Robertson has been studying the biogeochemistry of agriculture and climate change for over 20 years at MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beer 101
Rex Halfpenny, Publisher of the Michigan Beer Guide

The beer revolution is on and most Americans are missing it! In this fast-paced lecture you will be introduced to the history and evolution of beer, from its roots at the very dawn of civilization through the industrial revolution, to the modern renaissance rapidly unfolding today. Topics will include summaries of the brewing process, ingredients used, style diversity, tasting and evaluating beer, and steps to help you successfully participate in the beer revolution. No beer will actually be served. Our presenter is Rex Halfpenny, beer industry writer/publisher, speaker, and nationally certified beer judge.