January 31, 2001
01-108

No end to learning at VSU

Traditional students are not the only ones receiving an education from Valdosta State University. More than 100 retirees in Valdosta and surrounding counties continuously pursue their education at VSU through Learning in Retirement (LIR).

LIR is an organization of retirement-age individuals designed to meet the educational interests of it members. Members enroll in classes dealing with a wide variety of topics, such as beginning computers, flowering annuals and perennials for southern gardeners, adult CPR, beginning bridge, and line dancing.Members may take as many classes as they wish to take, and the enrollment fee is $30 for a three month term.

?LIR is an organization that allows retirement-age individuals to continue learning while being an active part of what is going on at VSU and Valdosta,? said Kathy Meadows, program coordinator for Children, Seniors and Leisure Programs at VSU.

In the five years LIR has existed at VSU, enrollment in the organization has increased from 30 members to more than 120 members. It is a member led organization. They determine the curriculum for each term, manage the budget and develop social programming.

Individuals interested in joining LIR may still register for the Winter term, consisting of 26 courses currently in progress. To register, contact Kathy Meadows at (229) 245-6484. For more information, visit the Web site at www.valdosta.edu/conted .