50+ Programs

College of the Emeriti

If you are over fifty, you are invited to become a member in UWMC’s College of the Emeriti learning society. The College was established in 1987, and is an economical plan with several benefits to meet the educational needs of adults age 50 and over.

We are proud to pledge the University’s resources to this program which supports the concept of learning as a lifelong pursuit. As a member you have the opportunity to enhance your personal growth through creative use of your time in a stimulating, intellectual and friendly campus atmosphere.

Membership Benefits

  • Free participation in the annual "Good Ideas: A University Experience for Adults,"a three day enrichment program in early January.
    It offers a taste of campus life with an array of workshops and lectures.
  • Free admission to one continuing education class per year (certain courses are excluded) and reduced rates on other courses.
  • Free admission to the "Soapbox Series", faculty lectures held monthly throughout the school year. 
  • Reduced admission to all UWMC Lecture and Fine Arts events.
  • Free use of the UWMC pool and library during scheduled hours and access to the cafeteria.
  • Use of the fitness center for a small user fee and if prerequisites are met.

Annual membership fee: $69.00

Soapbox Series Lectures

  • Tuesday, April 7: Epidemics in Education with Jeffrey Amundson, 10 am, Terrace Room
  • Tuesday, May 5: The Return of the Yumbos: A Cultural Happening in Nanegal, Ecuador with Ron Lippi, 10 am, Terrace Room

Learning in Retirement (LIR)

Learning in Retirement (LIR) at UWMC is a new membership organization of retired adult learners providing an opportunity to share learning experiences and discover new joys. It is sponsored by UWMC Continuing Education, but governed by an all-volunteer steering committee.

A LIR membership includes two sessions, Fall and Winter/Early Summer. The membership year will run from July 1 to June 30.

Membership Fee: $25

Programming for this fall includes two day-time series. Registration is required, but there are no additional fees. Programming will expand as members suggest programs.  All instructors are volunteers. 

TED Talks, Discussions and Coffee

Discover the world of TED Talks and share the experience with others.

Terrace Room

Thursdays: 2:30-4 pm, unless noted otherwise

  • February 12 - The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding
  • February 19 -  We the People and the Republic We Must Reclaim
  • February 26 - Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power
  • March 5 - Deliberating the Type of City Government that Would be Best for Wausau - held in Sonnentag Hall
  • March 12 - If I Should Have a Daughter
  • March 19 - A Song Inspired by the Ocean; What I Learned from Spending 31 Days Under Water; and A Shark Deterrent Wetsuit
  • April 9 - Wiring an Interactive Ocean
  • April 16 - How Public Spaces Make Cities Work - held in Sonnentag Hall
  • April 23 - The Children's Nature Network
  • April 30 - Funeral Industry Trends and Options
  • May 7 - Steve Smith Memorial Lecture: The Homefront in WWII with Harlan Grinde

Join us in this adventure in lifelong learning by calling the UWMC Continuing Education Office (715) 261- 6294.