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WSURA Activities 2006-2007 Schedule

Abe Bassett & Joanne Risacher, Coordinators
The WSURA Office telephone number is 775-2777.

For your advance planning, upcoming events include:

Fall Quarter Events


September 22, 6:00 PM:  "Aviation Century" Book Signing

Join the Libraries for the American debut of the fifth and final book in the acclaimed "Aviation Century" series 6-8 pm Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, on the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library fourth floor. This celebrated series by aviation photographer and WSU alum Dan Patterson and Royal Air Force pilot and writer Ron Dick covers the history of powered flight from "The Early Years" to this latest, "War and Peace in the Air."

The authors will speak before their book-signing and wine & cheese reception. Their program will begin at 6:15 pm and the book-signing at 7:15 pm.

There will be exhibits from the WSU Libraries' Special Collections & Archives, and all books in the "Aviation Century" series will be available for purchase:

Aviation Century - War and Peace in the Air (2006)

Aviation Century - Wings of Change (2005)

Aviation Century - World War II (2004)

Aviation Century - The Golden Age (2004)

Aviation Century - The Early Years (2003)

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Barnes & Noble WSU Bookstore, the Friends of the Libraries, and the WSU Libraries. Register by calling (937) 775-2380 (OR) Register online at: http://www.libraries.wright.edu/about/events/aviation_century/

For more information about this event, please visit:



October 8, 11:00 AM:  Dayton Art Institute Rembrandt Exhibit and Brunch at Café Monet

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, The Dayton Art Institute presents the American premier of Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art:  Treasures from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.  The DAI is one of the only three U.S. museums to offer this to see rare Dutch masterpieces while the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam undergoes an extensive renovation.

Notable artists in the show include Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen.  There are about 100 pieces total including some decorative art objects such as sculptures, delftware and glass objects.

When: Sun. Oct. 8

What: 11:00 a.m. Tour the Rembrandt Exhibit

12:30 p.m. Brunch at Café Monet

Where: Dayton Art Institute

Cost: Exhibit: DAI members Free (audio guide included) Non-DAI members $14 age 60 and older $16 under 60 (ticket price includes audio guide)

Note: DAI memberships may be purchased on the day of our visit for $30 senior single or $45 senior couple.  If you plan to purchase a membership, please come a little early and indicate on your reservation that you are a DAI member.

Café Monet Brunch: $13.95 (buffet includes tax and gratuity or $8 to $10 al-a-carte

RSVP: Deadline Mon. Oct. 2 Email to joanne.risacher@wright.edu  Please indicate if you are a DAI member.  We need to purchase tickets in advance for non-members who do not plan to purchase a membership on the day of our visit


October 17, 11:30 AM:  Lunch with Brad Brownell, WSU Men’s Basketball Coach

Come meet Wright State’s new men’s basketball coach, Brad Brownell, formerly of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

During Brownell’s tenure as head coach, the UNCW men’s basketball program enjoyed an unprecedented era of success.  The Evansville, Indiana native brings a four year head coaching record of 83-40 to the Raiders along with two NCAA Tournament appearances.  UNCW posted a 25-8 mark this past season and won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, beating out Final Four participant George Mason University.  His four year Colonial conference record was 61-22.  Brownell was twice named the Colonial Conference Coach of the Year (2003 & 2006).

Athletic Director Mike Cusack said that “while Brad’s record is outstanding, it is his character and values that excited us most.  We believe he is the right person to lead our program on and off the court and we are delighted that he, his wife Paula and his two daughters are joining the Raider family.”

When: Tues. October 17

Where: We will meet in the Cambiar Dining Room in the Student Union at 11:30 a.m. Individuals will go through the Union Station food stations to select lunch and then bring their food into the Cambiar Dining Room.

Cost: $5 to $8

RSVP: Not required for this event.


October 24, 9:00 AM-Early Evening: Grand Victoria Casino Trip

Here's a chance to try your luck at the slots, blackjack, poker, and more. Or just enjoy the day away and watch others try their luck!
Jim's Minitours is giving us priority seating on their regular bus trip to the Casino. This beautiful Rising Sun, Ind., property combines the thrill of Las Vegas gaming with the convenience of a short drive. We have chosen an October date so that those of you who don't want to gamble all day can enjoy the fall colors on the drive down and on the Ohio River. A buffet is available for lunch.

When: Tues. Oct. 24, 9:00 a.m. to early evening

Depart from: Meijer’s parking lot, corner of Rte. 741 and Alex-Bell Road

Cost: Cost of coach is $15 payable as you board, plus the cost of your individual lunch.

RSVP: Deadline Fri. Sept. 29

Email: joanne.risacher@wright.edu


November 5, 3:00 PM: Wright State University Theatre Production of Grease followed by a Pizza Party with Cast

Because tickets were at a premium for the production of Grease, we had an August 11 deadline. After this deadline date, if you would still like to see this production with the retirees, call the Theatre Box Office at 775-2500 to see if tickets are still available. Please let us know if you were successful.

As a special feature this year, in lieu of our traditional dining out, the cast of Grease will join our group for a pizza party in the Creative Arts Center following the performance--dancing shoes recommended or at least some lively toe-tapping!

When: Sun. Nov. 5, 3:00 p.m.

What: WSU Theatre—production of Grease Pizza with the cast following the production

Cost: Tickets are $15 per person for those not having season tickets  Pizza courtesy of WSURA

RSVP: Deadline Fri. Aug. 11

Email:  joanne.risacher@wright.edu



November 14, 6:00 PM: Gourmet Dinner I A Traditional American menu

This is the second year of the resurrection of one of the most popular social events of the 1970's and 1980's. Participants--singles and couples--meet in groups of 8 to 10 in the home of a designated host to enjoy an ethnic dinner and fellowship. The complete American Traditional menu is available on the WSU Retirees Association Web Site: http://www.wright.edu/admin/retirees For more information on the Gourmet Dinner program for 2006-2007 contact Robert Wagley at robert.wagley@wright.edu

When: Tues. Nov. 14, 6:00 p.m.

Host: Thomas and Helen Listerman

What: Gourmet Dinner I (American Traditional menu)

Cost: Fair share

RSVP: Deadline Fri. Nov. 3

Email: robert.wagley@wright.edu



December 5, 1:30 PM: Play Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird

Members have been asking for a play reading activity for years and now the retirees are starting one with the popular To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee. If this activity is successful, more play readings will be schedule in the future. Retirees will meet in the home of Liz Harden, and there will be no limit to the number of readers as Abe Bassett has volunteered to open his home if a second venue is needed. Light refreshments will be served. The deadline for enrolling is November 20 in order that the acting scripts may be ordered and distributed to the participants in advance. Each script--the cost of which is $7 including shipping--becomes the property of the participant.

The Story--Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town in 1935 is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, a lawyer and by a strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Atticus is defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime.

When: Tues. Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Home of Liz Harden

Cost: $7 for the script

RSVP: Deadline Mon. Nov. 20

Email: joanne.risacher@wright.edu


Winter Quarter Events

Sunday, January 14, 11:00 a.m.:  Sunday Brunch--Madison's Bistro 

Join your WSURA colleagues for Sunday Brunch and stimulating conversation.  A  Sunday outing in January, a tradition for WSURA, provides an opportunity to try a new dining place as well as a break from the gray days of January.  Madison's, owned by the individuals who previously owned Truffles and the Meditteria, is located in Lamplighter Square on Far Hills.  Both breakfast and lunch items are offered, the menu is innovative and preparation is excellent.  Menu is available on the web site:  www.madisonsbistro.com

When: Sunday, January 14, 11:00 a.m.

Where:  Madison's Bistro, Lamplighter Sqare, 5531 Far Hills Avenue

Cost:  $8-$15

RSVP to: joanne.risacher@wright.edu
Deadline: Monday, January 8


Monday, February 5, 6:00 p.m.:  WSU Raiders vs. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The retirees will have the use of a suite and tickets will be furnished without cost. Horizon League powerhouse UWM defeated WSU in 2005 by a score of 71-66, but the Raiders returned the favor last year by a score of 59-54.

Pizza and drinks will be available for a charge of $5 per person.  The game begins at 7:00 p.m. but the suite will be open at 6:00 p.m.

What:  WSU Men's Basketball Game

When:  Monday, February 5, Suite opens at 6:00 p.m., game starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Nutter Center

Cost:  game tickets free; $5 donation for pizza and drinks

RSVP to joanne.risacher@wright.edu 
Deadline: Friday, January 26


Thursday, February 8, 6:00 p.m.:  Dinner and Rhythm In Shoes, University of Dayton

Rhythm in Shoes is Music & Dance.  Certainly one of Dayton's most imaginative and exciting troupes, their dance and musical works are electric, eclectic, and theatrically exciting.

Every Rhythm in Shoes performance is a seamless voyage of varied delights.  Featuring both traditional and original dance and music, drawn from the uniquely American forms of swing songs and tap, old time tunes and clogging.  Each show is laced throughout with wit and wisdom.  It's performance art, both original and familiar; a fresh fusion of music, dance, and theatre.

The founders of the troupe, Rick Good and Sharon Leahy started RIS in 1987 and two of their children often perform with the company.  "We believe participation in the arts stimulates the imagination, challenges the intellect, cultivates the appreciation of beauty and deepens the emotional nature of every individual."

This will be the retiree's second visit to the University of Dayton to see a performance of Rhythm in Shoes.

When:  Thursday, February 8  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Performance of Rhythm in Shoes at 8:00 p.m.

Where:  University of Dayton, Kennedy Union

Cost:  Dinner TBA--will be fixed price with choice of 2 or more entrees  Performance $20 (if group is 10+ tickets will be $18)

RSVP to: joanne.risacher@wright.edu
Deadline: Friday, January 26


Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 p.m.:  Luncheon with Bridgett Williams, Head Coach, Women's Basketball

Bridgett Williams enters her fifth season at Wright State and is in just her seventh year overall as a head coach.  Williams, though, already has many experiences in building a program from the ground up and in maintaining established, successful programs, and looks to use those experiences in continuing to build the Raider program.

Last season saw WSU have its most successful campaign ever in Division I.  The 19-11 overall record was the best for the program in 18 years of competing at the Division I level and the 19 wins were the second-most ever in the 32-year history of the program.  The 9.5-game improvement from the season before (9-20) was the third-best of any Division I team from 2003-04, trailing just behind Robert Morris and Cal State Northridge.

In the Horizon League, the Raiders posted their first-ever winning conference record at 11-5 and tied for second in the standings, making it the highest conference finish ever as well.

When:  Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 p.m.

Where:  We will meet in the Cambiar Dining Room in the Student Union at 11:30 a.m.  Individuals will go through the Union Station food stations to select lunch and then bring their food into the Cambiar Dining Room.

Cost:  $5-$8

RSVP:  joanne.risacher@wright.edu

Deadline:  Monday, February 12


Spring Quarter Events 

Thursday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.:  Movie and Discussion with Charles Derry

Charles Derry, Professor of Motion Pictures, will introduce and show a provocative film and lead a discussion.  The title will be announced later.  This activity is offered on a week day afternoon.  Last year Charles presented the John Ford film, The Searchers, with John Wayne, considered to be one of the ten best films.  A number of retirees were denied participation because of limited space.  We are searching for a larger venue.

Cost:  none

RSVP:  joanne.risacher@wright.edu

Deadline Monday, April 2


Tuesday, May 8, 1:30 p.m.:  Wine, Cheese, and Poetry  Hosted by Helen Listerman

In a relaxed, informal setting, we plan to drink wine (or alternate beverage), eat cheese and hors d'oeuvre and share our favorite poems with one another.  Bring with you a poem of moderate length, read it aloud, and tell us about the poem and why you selected it.  This is a very informal situation but a fun filled afternoon in which we become acquainted with one another through a personal, popular literary genre.

Where:  At the home of Helen Listerman

Cost:  none

RSVP to: joanne.risacher@wright.edu 
Deadline: Tuesday, May 1


Friday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.:  Gourmet Dinner III  A Creole Menu

This is the second year of the resurrection of one of the most popular social events of the 1970's and 1980's. Participants--singles and couples--meet in groups of 8 to 10 in the home of a designated host to enjoy an ethnic dinner and fellowship. The complete Creole menu is available on the WSU Retirees Association Web Site: http://www.wright.edu/admin/retirees For more information on the Gourmet Dinner program for 2006-2007 contact Robert Wagley at robert.wagley@wright.edu

When: Tues. May 18, 6:00 p.m.

Host: TBA

What: Gourmet Dinner III (Creole menu)

Cost: Fair share

RSVP: Deadline Fri. May 11

Email: robert.wagley@wright.edu


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