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. October 1 at 10 AM, November 5 at 10 AM, December 2 at 10 AM.  Sonnentag Hall
  • 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

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. 

Book Discussion on Tamarack Countyby William Kent Kruerer

Thursday, September 25: 2:30-4pm

Terrace Room

Join Kathy Serley

TED Talks and Coffee

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

Terrace Room

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

  • October 2       Diana Roisse: The Interspecies Internet
  • October 9       Benjamin Zander: The transformative power  of classical music
  • October 16     Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate
  • October 23     Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time
  • October 30     Sarah-Jayne and Blake Moore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain
  • November 6   Sebastian Thurn: Googles's driverless car
  • November 13 Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic
  • November 20 Miranda Wang & Jeanny Yao: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria
  • December 4   Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
  • December 11 Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

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