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Pioneer Club

Sue Helderop, Senior Director of Engagement
University Advancement
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 364-6135

Pioneer Club

Sue Helderop, Senior Director of Engagement
University Advancement
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 364-6135

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About Us

As a retiree, you are a valued member of the Oakland University community.

The Pioneer Club was established with the purpose of helping you maintain a high level of engagement with OU during your retirement. We provide social and educational opportunities throughout the year for all retired faculty and staff and their spouses, partners, widows and widowers.

Join us to reconnect with former colleagues, participate in activities you enjoy and further deepen your relationship with OU.

Members of the Pioneer Club receive eNewsletters containing OU news, events and other items of interest. If you would like to receive these communications, please contact


A wide variety of social and educational activities are planned throughout the year for Pioneer Club members. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

The Center for Public Humanities at Oakland University, an official partner of the Michigan Humanities' Great Michigan Read initiative, invites Pioneer Club members to an online book club

We will discuss What The Eyes Don’t See
by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
A powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis

Wednesday, November 18 at 2 p.m.

This online book club is limited to the first 30 registered and will be hosted via video chat. To begin, readers will meet in three discussion groups, led by Oakland University professors. Small groups will join together and conclude with about 15 minutes of whole-group discussion.

Dr. Mark Navin, Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department
Dr. Michael Doan, Professor, Philosophy Department
Dr. Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Complimentary books will be sent in early October to those who have registered. The link and details regarding the online book club will be sent one week prior to the event.

For questions, contact Sandy Altherr at or (248) 370-4909.

Pioneer Club Group Tour
Winter Wonder Lights at Meadow Brook Hall

Thursday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

Meadow Brook Hall
350 Estate Drive

Winter Wonder Lights is an all-new attraction for the holiday 2020 season. The interactive and imaginative light experience will transport visitors to an enchanted world of lights and magic, spreading the season of cheer and filling the estate with immersive, animated lightscape environments to see, hear and explore.

Tickets are complimentary for you and your guest. Tickets will be available upon arrival at the entrance of Meadow Brook Hall. In order to protect our community, we ask everyone to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing by staying six feet apart from others throughout the tour.

To register, please contact Sandy Altherr at or call (248) 370-4909.

Visit our
Flickr account to see photos from past Pioneer Club events.

Planning Committee

The Pioneer Club Planning Committee organizes events and activities specifically tailored for Pioneer Club members.

If you have an idea for a future Pioneer Club event or if you are interested in joining the planning committee, we want to hear from you! Please contact us at or call (248) 364-6135.

Planning Committee Chairs
Bob Gaylor
Art Griggs

Planning Committee Members
Jane Bentham
Ann Dunlop
Sandra Fick
William Fish
Sue Helderop*
Laura Schartman
Richard Stamps

*OU Staff Liaison