Retiree Past Events

Retiree Fall Trip to the Detroit Parade Company Studio & Ford Field
Friday, November 9, 2018
The Parade Company Tour

You were invited to take a behind the scenes look and discover Detroit’s hidden treasures at The Parade Company Studio. We stepped into a story land of color and fun as we got ready for one of Detroit’s most anticipated holiday events, America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. We wandered through a wonderland of fantasy and floats. Marveled at the world’s largest collection of antique papier-mâché heads. Saw the Costume Department where the characters came to life. Met award winning artisans who brought the magic to us! With many more characters turning up every day! (View Event Flier)

Guided tour of Ford Field

We also got a behind the scenes glimpse at Detroit’s crown jewel and the NFL’s most revered stadium. We experienced this innovation in architecture, and got a peek at a Ford Field suite, the NFL locker room, walked down the tunnel to the field and stood on the turf for a player’s view of the stadium. 


Retiree Spring Trip: Frederick Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park & Gerald Ford Museum
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Join your fellow retirees to experience masterpieces of art and nature at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, we’ll visit the Gerald Ford Museum to experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford's lives. Deluxe motor coach transportation and a coupon for lunch at the Frederick Meijer Café were included. 

Retiree & Alumni Florida Event
February 17, 2018
On Saturday, February 17, 2018 retirees, alumni and friends of Schoolcraft College came to together at Naples Bay Resort to attend Schoolcraft College’s 3rd Annual visit to Florida.

The group was treated to a special reception with President, Conway Jeffress who shared the vision for Schoolcraft College and its students moving into the next decade.

Dr. Jeffress opened his remarks with a lively video presentation taking the audience on a spectacular virtual tour of the campus. The video highlighted the history of the college and showcased the extraordinary growth in specific program areas like the Nursing Simulation Lab, the state-of-the art Public Safety Complex, Command Central at the Jeffress Center and much more.

Dr. Jeffress then spoke about the exciting opportunities for future growth along with the challenges that must be faced to meet the needs of students in an ever changing world.

Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of good fellowship and celebration of Schoolcraft College and its future.

Schoolcraft Focus 2018 – Retiree Informational Session
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
As a retiree, your insights are very important to the college. The Schoolcraft Board of Trustees is considering placing a proposal on the November 2018 ballot to increase funding for the college. Before it makes its final decision, it needs input from important stakeholders like you. We encouraged all retirees to join us for this important retiree informational session.

Retiree Stratford Festival Theatre Trip
October 18 & 19, 2017
Great company, beautiful weather and fabulous performances all came together to make the retiree trip to Stratford a memorable one. Gathering early Wednesday morning at Schoolcraft College the group of 22 boarded a luxury tour bus and began the journey to Canada. Upon arriving in Stratford and checking into a lovely hotel there was just enough time to unwind and enjoy some companionship by the fire before gathering for the group dinner at the hotel. Following dinner, the group was off to the Festival Theatre to see the fabulous production of Guys & Dolls. The next day following a group breakfast, everyone had a chance to shop and walk the quaint streets of beautiful Stratford. After enjoying a lovely lunch at an historic hotel the group attended the matinee performance of Twelfth Night. The trip was a huge success and received rave reviews from all who attended. 

A sampling of comments…

“We had such a fun, compassionate group!  I hope that many of them are back for all of our trips.  Thanks for getting it together.” - Sylvia Vukmirovich

“We appreciated your efforts to see that everything went smoothly on our Stratford adventure. We enjoyed the plays, food, hotel and shopping. We had a great time!”-  Mary Jo Keller

Thanks for the Stratford Trip. It was wonderful -well, it was more than wonderful!! - Joyce Galindo

2017 Stratford Trip

First Annual SC Retiree Breakfast
June 22, 2017 * 9:30-11am
The first annual Retiree Breakfast was a great success. More than 125 people gathered to reconnect, share memories and to hear the latest campus news. Everyone enjoyed hearing Dr. Conway Jeffress’s spirited summary of all the changes that have happened on campus over the past 20 years and the vision for the College’s future.

In addition, Schoolcraft College’s Lt. Mark Engstrom gave a presentation explaining that the college now has its own official police force and he gave an overview of how they are keeping campus safe with a high tech security facility known as “Command Central.”

Next, Tom Block, the director of Schoolcraft’s new Brewing and Distillery program gave an overview of the new academic program and he shared a time lapse video detailing how space within the culinary school was carved out to build what is now a state of the art the brewery.

The crowd also heard a moving presentation from Schoolcraft student Hermann Chendjou, a young man from Cameroon. Hermann shared the story of his struggles and the successes he is experiencing as he continues to pursue his educational dreams at Schoolcraft College.

The program wrapped up with a panel of retirees: Cheri Holman, Roger Sutherland and Dick Tomalty who shared some humorous memories of their time on campus.

Following the presentations, guided tours of campus were arranged so all could see first-hand the growth on campus.  

Next year’s event is already in the works so mark your calendar to attend our second Retiree Breakfast on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Your support for retiree events will ensure their continued success.

2017 Retiree Breakfast
Retiree Field Trip – “A Day in the D” Detroit Tour & Lunch
May 17, 2017
It was a beautiful sunny spring day in May when we kicked off our first retiree outing. Thirty SC retirees boarded a deluxe motor coach to experience a guided day tour of Detroit. Among the places visited were; Belle Isle, the Guardian Building, Eastern Market, Indian Village, Motown Records, and the new Riverfront walkway. The tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all and especially the lunch stop at Detroit’s landmark restaurant the Roma Café.  The comments below are a sampling of the positive reviews for our first trip:

Wonderful trip to Detroit, thank you to the planning committee for their work in making the first trip a success.  Gerry and I had a great time catching up with our fellow retirees.”  Faye Driscoll

The trip was a terrific success.”  Dick & Elaine Tomalty

What a great day! Great job of organizing and Bianco did a great job of executing. The committee field trips are off to a good start.”  Joyce Galindo

Thank you for hosting the wonderful tour "All Things Detroit". We truly enjoyed the tour, food and camaraderie. Perfect four star day.”  Colette & Jon Perugia

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SC Goes to Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Event

The Schoolcraft College Foundation was excited to host their first Florida event for Schoolcraft retirees, alumni, and friends of the college. The event was held on a beautiful Florida evening at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Ft. Myers Beach, in February 2016.

More than 30 people gathered for cocktails, dinner and a presentation given by Schoolcraft Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Cheryl Hagen, who provided an update on the college and its students. All who attended commented on how marvelous it was seeing old friends, meeting alumni (representing several decades) and learning about all the great things happening at the college.

The Schoolcraft College Foundation plans to make this an annual event. If you will be in Florida and are interested in attending in 2017, contact Victoria Rexius at: Email: Phone: 734-462-4501.

A Gathering Of Visionaries

Visionary Event

On a beautiful fall evening in October 2015, a very special reception took place to honor the earliest faculty, staff and friends of Schoolcraft College…our Visionaries. Over 200 people representing faculty and staff from the years 1961-1975 gathered to reunite, celebrate and remember the college’s early years.

The wonderful evening was punctuated with the debut of a short film created especially for the event by the Schoolcraft College Foundation and the Schoolcraft Media Arts Department entitled, Visionaries. In addition, a special video entitled: In Memoriam was shown honoring the memory of those no longer with us.

We are pleased to announce that the Visionaries short film recently won a prestigious Gold award for film-making from the Collegiate Arts Awards. To request a copy of the Visionary film and In Memoriam video, please contact Victoria Rexius at: Email: Phone: 734-462-4501.


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