September 1, 2004
04-118

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Joseph C. Agbasi Student Assistant, Learning in Retirement Program (229) 245-6484

Learning in Retirement Program Fall Term starting soon

The Learning in Retirement Program (LIR) will start its Fall Term on Sept. 7. All classes are at the Regional Center for Continuing Education unless otherwise noted.

The LIR President Joyce Aigen recently hosted a Back to School Fall Luncheon and Social to welcome all members. ?We are looking forward to sharing a great learning experience with each and everyone of you,? Aigen said.

The program is open to individuals 50 years of age and older. Its mission is to provide a unique opportunity for cultural growth, lifelong learning, and recreation. LIR is sponsored by the university and led by its own members.

Registration is accepted on a first come, first-served basis. Some classes will start after Sept. 7 so registration will still be open until those classes begin. Fall term membership is $35. The program recently started offering a yearly membership for $90 that includes fall, winter, and spring. LIR currently consists of 167 members with 49 being newly enrolled. Aigen hopes to break their record of 197 active members.

LIR has a wide variety of classes, from computer courses to fine arts. The courses are just like those in the university program, but neither tests nor grades are distributed. In addition to courses, they schedule leisure activities, field trips and tours of facilities located in Valdosta. LIR has more than 50 courses available, which meet during the day and usually once a week for convenience. ?Some of our members may take one course, while some may enroll in 15 or more courses,? said Suzanne Ewing, LIR Coordinator.

Individuals interested in the program can register in person, by phone, mail, or fax. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.valdosta.edu/conted">http://www.valdosta.edu/conted or call (229) 245-6484.