Courses

Travel preview for Tuscany Trip


This course contains no sessions
Begin or continue your artistic journey painting with watercolors. Our veteran OLLI instructor shares a variety of stylized painting techniques.


March 10, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Memorial Park Building - Freeland (Behind Taco Bell)
Join Andrea Ondish, the Curator of Education at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum to explore more about the Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post Impressionism styles of art in Europe and America.


February 7-21, 2023, SVSU Arbury Fine Arts Center, Museum Classroom - Enter through the Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum
In this class, you will be shown some delicious Mexican dishes that you will be able to make at home.


Monday, March 6, 2023, Memorial Park Building - Freeland (Behind Taco Bell)
This three-week class is designed to share and taste different recipes.


February 27, 2023 to March 13, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Join us in making a variety of cards, including a Valentine's Day card!


This course contains no sessions
In this class you will get the opportunity to create some jewelry of your own - Earrings Created with Bead Weaving


Thursday, March 2, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class you will get the opportunity to create some jewelry of your own - Earrings Created with Wire Wrapped Beads


Thursday, March 9, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class you will get the opportunity to create some jewelry of your own - Bracelet created with bead weaving


March 16-23, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class you will get the opportunity to create some jewelry of your own - Bead embroidered cabochon pendant


March 30, 2023 to April 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class you will get the opportunity to create some jewelry of your own - Create your own bead (beaded bead) necklace


April 20-27, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Woodworking and resin/epoxy pouring is a fantastic hobby to get into!


Monday, March 20, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class you have the chance to participate in a climate change simulation that allows you to explore various approaches to limit climate change.


This course contains no sessions
This class will revolve around crime scenes and include discussion of famous cases and how their crime scenes were processed.


April 5-26, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
Bernadette Bernthal, owner of The White House Boutique in Frankenmuth, will teach you some easy and simple ways to bring your look together and complete any outfit.


Thursday, April 13, 2023, Curtiss Hall Seminar Rooms
In this class you will learn what selling call options are and how they can generate additional income as well as reduce risk in your portfolio.


Monday, February 6, 2023, ONLINE
This class will introduce you to some new variations of exercises you may already be doing, and even some new exercises you have never done before.


January 24, 2023 to March 2, 2023, Ryder Fitness Center
This class will introduce you to some new variations of exercises you may already be doing, and even some new exercises you have never done before.


March 14, 2023 to April 20, 2023, Ryder Fitness Center
Are you working out the correct way? Take the opportunity to meet and work with SVSU Kinesiology 354 students led by Dr. Gena Guerin to learn where you are physically, and what you can do to have a more effective workout.


January 24, 2023 to April 4, 2023, Ryder Fitness Center
Zumba is a fitness dance class that combines Latin American influenced dance moves with songs from various genres.


February 3-24, 2023, Ryder Center, Auxiliary Gym
Zumba is a fitness dance class that combines Latin American influenced dance moves with songs from various genres.


March 3-24, 2023, Ryder Center, Auxiliary Gym
In this class you will be led through a Tai Chi session that will benefit you both mentally and physically!


March 6-27, 2023, Ryder Center, Auxiliary Gym
Join owners Keith and Jackie Gere of Willi's Sausage Company in Frankenmuth for a day of sausage-making fun!


Thursday, February 9, 2023, Willi's Sausage Co.
Do you like tasty treats? If yes, this class is for you! Rachel from Petit 4 Pastry will show you how she makes some of her delicious pastries.


Monday, February 6, 2023, Petit 4 Pastry
In this class you will be instructed on the different ways to construct an attractive board for your next gathering.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Prost Wine Bar
Join OLLI at the Live Oak Coffeehouse in Downtown Midland to learn more about coffee.


Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Live Oak Coffee House
Join us at the St. Julian Winery & Distillery to sample some wine and learn about tannins in wine.


Monday, April 3, 2023, St Julian Winery & Distillery
During this class you will learn and discuss the settlement of the island, colonization, The Great Hunger, conflict, and Ireland's important diplomatic role in Europe and globally.


Monday, February 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall - Alumni Lounge
In this class, which leads to a trip to Norway and Finland, we will discuss in-depth the highlights of these countries and how they came to be where they are today.


Tuesday, February 7, 2023, Curtiss Hall - Alumni Lounge
In this class we will take a journey through Canadian history.


Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
This class will help teach you how to improve your balance to varying degrees, including a segment to show simple exercises that can be done with a chair to help.


February 1-22, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams.


January 23, 2023 to March 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
In this class, you will explore the history of one of the bad events, The Holocaust.


February 9, 2023 to March 9, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
In this class you will learn and compare these people while gaining the knowledge to distinguish between those who help, and those who harm.


March 9-30, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
In this class you will watch the award-winning HBO miniseries "Chernobyl" in the context of its accuracy, the historical context of both the event itself and the time in which the show was produced, and the value of historical fiction as a teaching tool.


March 13, 2023 to April 10, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 128
How did Western Civilization emerge from the barbarian invasion of Europe to become the center of world civilization?


April 6-20, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
This class will explore the loss of ships of both the Allies and Axis forces.


March 27, 2023 to April 17, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
In this course, we will focus on the Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force, and the United States Army Air Force during WWII.


March 28, 2023 to April 25, 2023, ONLINE
The class will discuss both collaboration and resistance organizations in Occupied Europe during World War II.


March 16, 2023 to April 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
Learn how to capture your own stories and the stories of those close to you through writing.


March 15, 2023 to April 5, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Learn how to journal with intention with this class that is focused on exploring the many ways in which journaling can enrich your life.


This course contains no sessions
Learn how to journal with intention with this class that is focused on exploring the many ways in which journaling can enrich your life.


March 9, 2023 to April 13, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Join OLLI as we take a behind-the-scenes look at Michigan Sugar's locally grown and operated company.


This course contains no sessions
With over 50 years of combined experience in fused, blown, and stained glass, Village Glass Works has designed and built custom glass art for homes and churches since 1985.


Tuesday, March 21, 2023, Village Glass Works
Prepare to investigate and discuss ideas that are brought forth from the teachings of Toltec Wisdom.


This course contains no sessions
Take control of your mind with a class dedicated to exploring the many methods of mindfulness.


March 21, 2023 to April 25, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
This class focuses on self-evaluation and making changes to live longer, happier, and healthier.


This course contains no sessions
Part two of the mesmerizing life and career of Elvis Presley will begin with his army years in Germany and his relationship with Priscilla Beaulieu.


January 24, 2023 to February 14, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
Line dancing is a great way to meet new people, learn new dance moves, and even get a little bit of exercise!


February 8, 2023 to March 15, 2023, Ryder Center, Room 244
In this class you will learn how to use the free Merlin Bird ID app to identify birds from what you hear, what they look like, and much more.


Friday, February 10, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
All new members, and even veterans wanting a refresher, are invited to learn the ins and outs of the SVSU OLLI.


This course contains no sessions
Join us for this introduction to travel and learn what it is like to travel with a group, how to sign up for day trips and extended excursions, what to expect, how to plan, why you would travel with OLLI, and so much more.


This course contains no sessions
Did you know that for over a decade, SVSU undergraduate students have used rapid DNA testing to determine whether beaches in the Saginaw Bay Watershed should be closed due to fecal contamination?


Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
In this class you will acquire the tools for better awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to avoid, escape, resist, and survive a violent attack.


This course contains no sessions
Have you ever noticed that you become more sad or unhappy during the winter months?


Friday, February 3, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 128
In this class, an SVSU police officer will guide you through the necessary steps to protect yourself from swindles and frauds.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Get in touch with your crafty side with sewing by coming down to Lady Jane's Quilt Shop.


Friday, April 14, 2023, Lady Jane's Quilt Shop
Come to Lady Jane's Quilt Shop in Freeland to learn how to hand sew English Paper Pieces.


Friday, March 10, 2023, Lady Jane's Quilt Shop
Visit the historic Vassar Theater in downtown Vassar for a fun-filled day learning about the history of this classic art deco movie house. Movie to be shown - "Devoted" rated PG-13 - 138 minutes - War Drama, True Story


This course contains no sessions
Join OLLI for the SVSU production of "Very Berry Dead." Afterwards, meet the director, Josť Perez IV, and the cast to get a behind the scenes look at the play.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, Malcolm Field Theatre
Join OLLI for the SVSU production of "Urinetown." Afterwards, meet the director, Tommy Wedge, and the cast to get a behind the scenes look at the play.


Thursday, April 13, 2023, Malcolm Field Theatre
In this class you will learn how to create an eBay account, search for items, and complete transactions. In the second half of the class, you will learn how to sell an item.


This course contains no sessions
Do you want to learn how to back up your important digital information to ensure it doesn't get lost?


This course contains no sessions
In this class you will learn all about the different free applications that Google offers.


Monday, February 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
In this class, Larry Emmons, retired SVSU technology director, will teach you some of the different ways to turn your own home into a "smart home."


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
This class will teach you the ins and outs of the iPhone Operating System (iOS).


Monday, February 13, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
This class will teach you how to use your Android device to its fullest potential.


Monday, February 20, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
This class will help you learn how to use Facebook to share photos, "like" a post or page, and "friend" anyone you choose.


Monday, February 27, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
This class will teach you how to make your computer more accommodating.


Monday, March 6, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
Viruses, malware, and spyware are all scary computer terms you may not be familiar with. In this class, learn what it all means and how you can prevent it. In addition, you will also learn how to remove it from your computer so that your computer runs to the best of its capabilities.


Monday, March 13, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
In this class you will learn the ins and outs of the several types of computers out there. Desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets are all great options, and this class will help you decide which is the best for you.


Monday, March 20, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
With television cable bills becoming increasingly expensive, more people are "cutting the cord" or getting rid of cable. In this class you will learn about its replacement, streaming, and how to get the most out of these services while also reducing your monthly bills.


Monday, March 27, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 141
In this class, learn how to take the best care of yourself and how to make good and healthy decisions while you travel.


This course contains no sessions
In this class, learn how to take the best care of yourself and how to make good and healthy decisions while you travel.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
In this class, learn how to take the best care of yourself and how to make good and healthy decisions while you travel.


Wednesday, April 5, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
In this class you will learn how to use WhatsApp, Currency Converter, and Google Maps on your iPhone to help communicate with others over WiFi, make sure you don't pay too much for an item, and to find your next location easily.


Friday, February 3, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 140
In this class you will learn how to use WhatsApp, Currency Converter, and Google Maps on your Android device to help communicate with others over WiFi, make sure you do not pay too much for an item, and to find your next location easily.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Learn how to pack for your next trip using a bit of packing technique.


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
Learn how to pack for your next trip using a bit of packing technique.


Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 129
They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 100
Smartphones can take spectacular photographs. With a few simple tips and concepts, they make a great camera for taking pics on your travels.


Tuesday, February 21, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Room 224
In this session we will continue our pursuit of the complex and eternal debate concerning the "Existence of GOD or GODS."


This course contains no sessions
Travel preview and registration for Bluegrass Country Trip


This course contains no sessions
If you want your yard and gardens to be the talk of the neighborhood, you will need to register for this monthly meeting.


Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Curtiss Hall, Banquet Rooms
Presented by Patrick Twomey - This enigmatic Island is among the most isolated inhabited places on earth and offers an important warning to all of us.


Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Curtiss Hall Seminar Rooms
January Monthly Meeting - OLLI Health and Wellness Fair


This course contains no sessions
From a Native American poet and scholar to an early 19th century Great Lakes captain and the only female Great Lakes Gold Life Saving Medal Awardee, hear the stories of daring rescues, dangerous shipwrecks and most of all, trailblazing women.


Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Curtiss Hall Seminar Rooms