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Institute forLearning in Retirement

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is LIR?
  2. What can I learn?
  3. Who can join?
  4. How do I join?
  5. What are the guidelines for registration?
  6. How does the Computerized Lottery System Work?
  7. Who's in charge?
  8. How does UWGB compare with other LIR programs
  9. Where can I get more information?

 

1. What is LIR?

Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a program for people who want to keep learning about the past and present, about their world, and about themselves and each other. There are classrooms and instructors, and a lot of interaction but there are no tests, no grades and no credits.

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2. What can I learn?

LIR offerings are determined by the interests and expertise of its members. "Peer learning" is the operating concept: members may serve as course coordinators and instructors as well as students sharing knowledge from their experiences in the workplace, from lifelong pursuit of a hobby or avocation or from the study of a favorite subject. Courses are also frequently enriched by guest lectures. Over 900 area residents are currently enrolled in LIR. Typically, in an academic year, they can choose from a variety of course offerings such as:

The Arts Calligraphy Games
Continuing Issues Elderhostel Literature
Ethical Issues Religion Wellness
Financial Planning Nature Studies Writing
Language History Sciences
Books Bridge Travel
Painting Death and Dying  

Occasionally, field trips are part of the curriculum. The curriculum is planned with you in mind.

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3. Who can join?

LIR is for semi-retired and retired men and women. Courses usually meet once a week during the day. A course may run anywhere from four to twelve weeks depending on the subject, the enthusiasm of the group (and the stamina of the instructor!). Or, in some courses, it may just go on and on because class members don't want to stop meeting. The annual membership fee entitles you to sign up each semester for 12 courses in the first round of registration, then additional courses may be added when you receive your confirmation letter. Registration also provides a parking permit.

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4. How do I join?

Retirees can become LIR members for $100 per member per year which entitles you to take courses for Fall and Spring semesters.

As a member you will receive a course catalog from LIR, listing dates, times and description of course offerings. You will also receive a newsletter published by LIR members. You will be invited to participate in special events during the year which may include social gatherings.

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5. What are the guidelines for registration?

Registration for courses denotes a sincere intention to attend and participate.  Please register for only the classes you plan to attend regularly. If you register and find you cannot attend the course, please notify the LIR office. It is not necessary to notify the office if you cannot attend a single class.

The office is unable to accept telephone or email registration for classes. A requirement of membership is the completion of an application form and payment of membership dues.

If there is inclement weather, cancellations will be posted on local TV stations.

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6. How Does the Computerized Lottery System Work?

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7. Who's in charge?

LIR is led and directed by its members with support from the UW-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access. Over 200 volunteers make it happen! The Board of Directors is the governing body which sets policies; the Curriculum Committee solicits suggestions for courses and sets up each semester's schedule; the Finance Committee oversees the budget; the Communications Committee publicizes LIR newsletter and promotes LIR in our community for members and guests; and the Social Committee organizes social activities for members. The Volunteer Development Committee recruits volunteers to be Coordinators and assist in daily office operations.

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8. How does UWGB compare with other LIR Programs?

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9. Where can I get more information?

For more information, contact:
LIR Office
ES 107
Phone: 920-465-2356
Fax: 920-465-2552
E-Mail: lir@uwgb.edu

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