Explore, Enrich, & Escape Into the World of Continuing Education at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Written by Julie Bollmann

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point at Wausau offers many continuing education opportunities to explore, enrich, and escape!

We offer classes across the spectrum —

CLASSES for youth, like:

  • ACT Prep Academy
  • College for Kids
  • Wizarding Academy

ENRICHMENT COURSES for all ages, like:

  • Iroquois Raised Beadwork
  • Quilts as Art: From Painting to Design
  • Beginning Ukulele

PROGRAMS & SEGMENTS geared to ages 50+ years, like:

  • Good Ideas


Now in its 34th year, Good Ideas is a university experience for adults!

Join a group of lifelong learners age 50 & over for an enriching 3-day program on the Wausau Campus of UW-Stevens Point at Wausau — January 8–10, 2019.


Each unique day starts with a keynote speaker lecturing on current and relevant topics. This year features:

  • Jerry Apps, noted author and Wisconsin State Historian on “Barns of Wisconsin
  • Melanie Radzicki McManus, journalist and editor as she recounts her memoir of walking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail – “Thousand Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail”
  • Professor Stephen Mark Carey, Chair of the German Department at University of Minnesota, Morris, on “The Invention of German Ethnicity

After each day’s opening speaker, “students” will participate in morning and afternoon university-style lecture classes. Each day, the instructors — many who are UW college professors and Wausau community members — will teach the registrants and build upon the information learned over the course of the 3 days.


For the morning sessions, students have a broad selection of topics from which to choose:

  • Discussion on the civilization of ancient Egypt,
  • Understanding the symbiosis between healthy humans and healthy plants,
  • Identifying fake news and safe journalist sources, or
  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence.

Students then break between morning and afternoon sessions to enjoy a delicious soup and sandwich buffet from 2510 Catering in Wausau.


In the afternoon sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Wisconsin and the Civil War,
  • The music of Italy and Spain,
  • The plight of the honey bee, or
  • Nature journaling.

There’s truly something for everyone!

EXPLORE something new . . .
ENRICH your knowledge . . 
ESCAPE the dreary days of January.

Come inside to fellowship, warmth, and learning at the UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Campus!

You can learn more about the Good Ideas program here, or register for classes online at our website.

For questions or help with the registration process, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 715-261-6294.

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2019 Spring Continuing Education Catalog

2019 Spring Catalog cover

It’s been 6 months since the merger between the UW-Stevens Point and the Wausau and Marshfield campuses. It’s an exciting time as we continue to integrate as a regional unit as part of the UWSP Office of Economic and Community Development.

We are working to meet the unique needs of each community by matching the resources and expertise of all three campuses to develop and deliver innovative programs for industry, the community, and youth.

Our Spring 2019 catalog (set to be delivered in early January 2019) will provide information on dates, times, and — perhaps most importantly — locations. The catalog will showcase current offerings both from the Wausau Campus and the Marshfield Campus, as well as some of the unique services and offerings from the main Stevens Point Campus that are now available to the region.

Moving forward, we plan to offer some similar programming at all three locations, but for now, the activities will have content unique to each location developed in partnership with local stakeholders and offered at each campus.

NOTE: During this continuing transition, locations and registration processes may be unique to each campus.

2018 UWSP campus pic

Continuing Education at all three locations is committed to building community relations and offering lifelong learning opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development.

We invite you to visit the Continuing Education page of our website in January for our Spring 2019 catalog of our featured offerings and outings for the new year!

Julie_BollmannJulie Bollmann

Program Specialist  |  UW-Stevens Point at Wausau |  Continuing Education Office

Julie Bollmann has served as the Program Specialist at the UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Office of Continuing Education since 2016. Her background had previously included out-of-school programming with the Wausau School District, at which time she coordinated very closely with the Department of Public Instruction on its after-school programs. She is passionate about providing educational opportunities for all members of the Wausau community — whether it’s a College for Kids class or a professional development seminar. She excels in collaborating with Wausau organizations to create, promote, and deliver fulfilling educational and experiential opportunities. In her free time, Julie enjoys outdoor activities in Central Wisconsin, particularly snow-shoeing at Rib Mountain and kayaking on the Rib River and other area waters. Email Julie Bollmann.

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