Learning in Retirement is throwing open the doors to one of its classes that will feature a presentation by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and discussion of the institution’s 50th Anniversary. Faculty, staff and friends are invited to this Wednesday’s installment of the LIR course “Celebrating 50 Years and the Power of the Phoenix.” The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 in the 1965 Room. Moderator Mike Troyer and a panel of retirees and campus historians will share stories from UW-Green Bay’s development over five decades; it is expected that Chancellor Miller will open the program by discussing how a history of innovation positions UWGB for leadership over the next half century.
At nearly 1,000 members strong, UW-Green Bay’s Learning in Retirement program is one of the largest in the country. As Log readers may know (some from personal experience), LIR offers myriad course opportunities for area retirees, allowing participants to enrich their knowledge, learn new skills, stay active and have fun. WLUK, Fox 11’s Michelle Melby recently spent some time on campus, interviewing organizers and participants and capturing some of the action for the station’s Making a Difference segment. You can watch her report (which may make you wish you were retired, too).
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