Tag: Learning In Retirement

Learning in Retirement featured on Local 5 Live

UW-Green Bay’s Learning in Retirement program got some great airtime Tuesday (Jan. 27) during two morning segments on Local 5 Live. In the first, LIR President Frank Moon was joined by program art teacher Jim Briggs, who talked about and displayed works from his pencil drawing class. Moon was back in the second segment, this time with LIR horticulturists John and Liz Katalinich, who focused on a pruning course set for later this spring. Word has it that the LIR phone was ringing off the hook Tuesday afternoon. You can check out the Local 5 segments, here: segment one / segment two.
 

Give the gift of LIR to that special learner

Give the gift of knowledge? Sounds like a great holiday shopping idea. That’s why the people at UW-Green Bay Bay’s Learning in Retirement program are promoting the sale of one-year gift certificates for LIR membership. “It never goes out of style, you don’t have to worry about sizes or colors, it doesn’t gather dust or clutter anyone’s closet, and it keeps on giving all year long.” On the plus side, the retired or semi-retired recipient will choose from hundreds of interesting and informative classes on a wide range of topics; opportunities to take daylong coach trips and tours to historic sites, plays and special events; invitations to all LIR Social events throughout the year, and free access to LIR’s Lending Library of educational DVD films, including an extensive collection of “The Great Courses” series. We’re told The LIR Gift Certificate “looks elegant” and can be redeemed anytime within the next three years. The current annual fee is $100 (less than $8.35 a month!), running either January to December or September to August, member’s choice. To order an LIR Gift Certificate, contact the LIR Office at (920) 465-2356 or lir@uwgb.edu.

Students, retirees to connect at intergenerational programs

What do young and old think about things like technology, money, health and family? All are invited to attend two upcoming programs designed to foster intergenerational dialogue on these topics and more. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, a panel of retirees from the Learning in Retirement program will address questions posed by moderator, Human Development professor Dean Von Dras, and by audience members. The following Tuesday (Oct. 29) retirees and members of the audience will meet in small groups. Both programs are at 2 p.m. in Phoenix Room B of the University Union. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Human Development, Learning in Retirement, and Student Life.

Now enrolling: Learning in Retirement thinks spring with course registration

We’re in the thick of the holiday season, but UW-Green Bay Outreach and Adult Access is thinking spring with Learning in Retirement registration. Numerous LIR classes still have openings, and many of them begin next month. Check out our news release, and visit the LIR website, for more details.

Registration open for spring UW-Green Bay Learning in Retirement courses

Retirees may register for the spring semester of Learning in Retirement (LIR), a program of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Courses are offered on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, and at various locations throughout the Green Bay area. Topic categories include art and music; business and finance; health and fitness; history and religion; language and culture; literature and writing; science and technology; and special topics.

Openings remain in many of the numerous LIR courses that are offered for spring semester, with some classes beginning in January and others following throughout the course of the semester. Interested individuals may view a listing of open courses and register online at www.uwgb.edu/lir. For more information, call the Learning in Retirement office at (920) 465-2356.

Learning in Retirement at UW-Green Bay celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011, and more than 1,000 enrolled members took courses during the 2011-12 academic year. LIR has been lauded as a model program for retired adults, and in 2012 was featured in a New York Times article titled “Exercising an Aging Brain.” A program of the UW-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access, LIR is led and directed by more than 200 volunteers who serve in a variety of leadership and support roles. Additional information is available online at www.uwgb.edu/lir, via email at lir@uwgb.edu or by phone at (920) 465-2356.

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LIR gives 360° perspective

Learning in Retirement has a take on 360°. Emeritus faculty member Mike Murphy (Humanistic Studies) said one of the many noteworthy aspects of UWGB’s LIR program is how well it fits in with UWGB’s current “360-degrees of Learning” initiative. “That initiative is intended to emphasize the all-encompassing multi-dimensional nature of the educational opportunities that UWGB students have, including (1) an extensive variety of courses to choose from, (2) a dedicated faculty with broad-ranging experience and expertise, and (3) a wide array of social and outside-class opportunities to allow students to develop and use their personal interests, talents and skills to become both more well-rounded individuals and productive members of the university community. Our LIR program shares all 3 of those…” Mike wrote this for the LIR newsletter. Read more from the October 2012 newsletter. You will find Murphy’s story at the bottom of page 7.

More from LIR…
“As a member of LIR I have had the opportunity to stretch my mind in a number of ways. I have been able to pursue interests, bridge and piano, that I had neither the time nor opportunity to pursue while I was working. Similarly, I have been exposed to some of the greater lights of British and American Literature and different mathematical concepts through LIR courses I have attended. This has truly been 360 degrees of learning.”
— LIR member Bob Cook

“I have been a member of LIR for 10 years, I can attest to the variety of courses that offer opportunities to learn new things. It was an eye-opening experience for me to meet so many people of varied backgrounds that shared their time and knowledge. There were many courses that I said ‘I never thought of it that way’ as subjects were presented in a different light that I had been accustomed to. The social aspects were wonderful too, including trips, Fall Kick-Off and Spring Fling, and being able to sing in an ad hoc chorus.”
— LIR member Donna Heimerl

Back to school, LIR style

Area retirees are encouraged to take a look at the fall semester offerings for Learning in Retirement, a program of our own Division of Outreach and Adult Access. Openings remain in many of the 136 LIR courses that are offered for fall semester, with the first classes beginning, Tuesday, Sept. 4, and others following throughout the semester. Classes are taught here on campus and throughout the community, offering enrichment and learning in such areas as art and music; business and finance; health and fitness; history and religion; language and culture; literature and writing; science and technology; and special topics. Visit www.uwgb.edu/lir or check out our full news release for more details.

Registration open for fall UW-Green Bay Learning in Retirement courses

Retirees may register for the fall semester of Learning in Retirement (LIR), a program of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Courses are offered on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, and at various locations throughout the Green Bay area. Topic categories include art and music; business and finance; health and fitness; history and religion; language and culture; literature and writing; science and technology; and special topics.

Openings remain in many of the 136 LIR courses that are offered for fall semester, with the first classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4 and others following throughout the course of the semester. Interested individuals may view a listing of open courses and register online at www.uwgb.edu/lir. For more information, call the Learning in Retirement office at (920) 465-2356.

Learning in Retirement at UW-Green Bay celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011, and more than 1,000 enrolled members took courses during the 2011-12 academic year. LIR has been lauded as a model program for retired adults, and in 2012 was featured in a New York Times article titled “Exercising an Aging Brain.” A program of the UW-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access, LIR is led and directed by more than 200 volunteers who serve in a variety of leadership and support roles. Additional information is available online at www.uwgb.edu/lir, via email at lir@uwgb.edu or by phone at (920) 465-2356.

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LIR scores New York Times attention


UW-Green Bay’s huge and hugely popular Learning in Retirement program earned lengthy mention in a March 7 New York Times story. Headlined “Exercising an Aging Brain,” the headline addresses the notion that seniors who return to school experience health benefits and stay mentally sharp. An excerpt:

One of the largest programs for retirees is at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay… Called Learning in Retirement, it is sponsored by the university, with more than 1,000 members and more than 240courses a year. Classes — mostly short, a few two-hour sessions — include painting, jazz, travel, eBay, osteoarthritis, Zumba, the periodic table, the history of the earth, building with straw bales and “motorcycling and aging awareness.” Most require no outside reading, homework or exams. Some are taught by college faculty, some by members of the group or others in the community.

The story goes on to quote Prof. Emeritus Michael Murphy, Humanistic Studies, who among other things, mentions. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and the idea of teaching without having to read papers, correct tests and worst of all, give out grades, was really appealing.” One of his courses filled a hall with seats for 120 and had 130 more people on the waiting list. The students include doctors, lawyers, professors and high-school dropouts, who have all been around the block a few times, and every so often someone challenges him — a kind of mental jousting he enjoys. To see more, scroll down near the end of the story.

NBC Nightly News also inquires

Mona Christensen of the Division of Outreach and Adult Access, who is among those serving as an institutional liaison to Learning in Retirement, shares word that the Times publicity could yield follow-up attention. Phillip Andreas, an LIR member who volunteers as chair of the group’s communication committee, has received a call from the NBC Nightly News about a possible story. Only UW-Green Bay and Columbia University were mentioned in the newspaper’s report.

Registration still open for UW-Green Bay Learning in Retirement courses

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Learning in Retirement (LIR) program has announced that registration remains open for select courses starting in mid-October, November and December 2011.

Courses cover topics ranging from art and music to health and fitness, as well as history and religion, language and culture, literature and writing, science and technology and a variety of special interests. There are 128 courses listed in the LIR Connection Catalog, which can be viewed online at www.uwgb.edu/lir. Applicants may register online on the same website.

The membership fee for LIR is $75 for the year. Members will select courses for the spring in December. If you have questions or would like more information, call (920) 465-2356.

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