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‘Where you can stimulate your mind’

Novi community’s popular lecture series open to all

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August 23rd, 2011

This month millions of children will head back to school and hoards of co-eds will flock to college campuses. For the intellectually curious, education doesn t end with a diploma or a graduation ceremony it is a lifelong process. For the hundreds of retirees at Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., continuous learning isn t just a buzz word. It s a way of life. With dozens of resident-run clubs and committees, opportunities to learn something new or try something they ve never tried before are always just around the corner. One of the most popular ways for residents to expand their horizons is by attending the monthly presentations organized by the Center for Continuous Learning Committee.

A place where you can stimulate your mind

With some help from Fox Run s sales and marketing staff, the resident committee was formed several years ago. Residents wanted continuous learning experiences on campus to stimulate their minds, Marketing Director Fred Moschetta says. Fox Run is not only an active community but also a place where you can stimulate your mind. Resident Doreen Poupard, who credits her neighbor Eve Boicourt with the original formation of the group, is the current leader of the committee. Doreen says the committee brings knowledgeable and noteworthy speakers on a broad array of topics to Fox Run once a month. Past presentations have explored topics close to home like housing and race in Detroit and those in distant lands like the history and geography of Afghanistan. Other speakers have focused on weighty topics like economics and the future of journalism, practical subjects like the biology of aging, and lighthearted things like fairy tales. Almost anything that is vetted by the committee is fair game for a lecture, Doreen says. The group of about ten people takes very seriously their job of selecting speakers. Doreen says they seek to choose presenters who are not only informative but also engaging. The committee seeks feedback from people who attend the lectures, and makes an effort to bring back speakers and subjects that attendees most enjoy. We meet monthly, Doreen says. It s a fun, hardworking committee.

Meeting of the minds

Doreen spent her career working in education, first as a schoolteacher, then as a college dean, and eventually as the assistant superintendant for Ann Harbor public schools. Like Doreen, several of the other committee members are also former educators. Working on the Center for Continuous Learning Committee provides them with an opportunity to continue using the skills they developed during their careers and the chance to keep learning new things. Eileen Zolad, another Fox Run resident, is also a member of the committee. Eileen is a painter and has travelled extensively around the globe. She says she enjoys putting her head together with fellow committee members to choose speakers for the monthly lectures. The committee is an intelligent group of people, she says. We ve brought some very enthusiastic speakers to Fox Run.

Want to join the class?

The lecture series at Fox Run is open to the public. Upcoming speakers include Nan Washburn on the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra; Dr. Barbara Bryant on the changing demography of America; and Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein on President Obama and the divided Congress. Admission is $5 and includes the lecture, a Q&A session, and lunch. To RSVP, call Andrea Peragine at 248-668-8634.