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Nicolet College Learning in Retirement Set to Launch New Season of Offerings


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The Learning in Retirement program at Nicolet College is returning this fall and winter with more in-person options as well as virtual offerings with its upcoming season of classes that feature many new courses as well as the return of a few long-time favorites. 

“We’re moving ahead with cautious optimism in this era of Covid and have decided to offer our membership more opportunities to meet in person,” said Cate Hallisy, LIR president. 

“It’s been a challenging couple years, and more and more we were hearing that people really wanted to be around other people. They missed the social aspect of LIR and with vaccines being readily available we’ve elected to offer that option.” 

Classes start Sept. 9 and run through December with more than two dozen offerings that cover a gamut of topics. Some classes will meet only once for a couple of hours while others will be part of a series that meet once a week over several weeks. 

New offerings include a fascinating and detailed look at the Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald as told by a Great Lakes shipping history buff, an Antarctica Travelogue which includes a first-hand account of an expedition across the Drake Passage and another Travelogue to Panama, Understanding Cryptocurrency which makes heads and tails out of the new monetary system, and Managing Wildfires, which delves into the world of how the USDA Forest Service mitigates and suppresses these growing natural disasters. 

Other topics include Houseplants 101, Women in American History, Let’s Go YouTubing, Reflections on Rhinelander History, and the presentation Do You Have a Healthy Heart? by a cardiovascular internist. 

Returning long-time favorites include the four-part Ced Vig Nature Series, Ernie’s Matinee Movies, Current Events, and What We’re Reading Now. 

For those who enjoy the outdoors, classes include Bikes for Seniors and “Sole” Mates, a special interest group that will set off on a half dozen nature hikes on area trails each about two- to three-mile long in September and October. 

Currently about 200 members from throughout the Northwoods belong to LIR. Annual membership is $45 and runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Members can join at anytime during the year and take as many or as few classes as they desire. 

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