Written by Julie Bollmann
Special Program for Seniors . . .
The month of May is “Older Americans Month” — a perfect time to launch a new, senior-themed, collaborative community event . . .
Join us on Monday, May 20, 2019, for All Things Senior!
This 1-day educational workshop for ages 60+ provides seniors with the ability to connect to several great resources and opportunities in and around Marathon County.
Our day begins with humorist Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) personality, Zorba Paster. A senior himself — Zorba’s enthusiasm and contagious laugh have made him a favorite with health-conscious WPR listeners for over a decade.
Seniors will be exposed to a full day of learning activities promoting healthy aging, such as:
- Understanding Vitamins & Supplements
- Adaptive Gardening for Seniors
- Don’t Just Retire — ReFire!
- Chair Yoga
- Tai Chi
- Healthy Benefits for Social Connections
- Healthy Eating on a Budget
- Within Reach — Smart Technology Accessibility
- . . . & much more!
Participants will register for 3 classes, which also includes a boxed lunch.
At the end of the day, closing speaker Betsy Abramson, from the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, will deliver her message of the importance of a positive image, pointing out that the way we think about aging in Wisconsin can lead to overall better health for our seniors.
This community, collaborative opportunity is being held on the Wausau campus of UW–Stevens Point, formerly UW–Marathon County.
The mission of this event is:
To promote educational opportunities for healthy life choices (for those 60+) in Marathon County.
Due to our generous community partners of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, and Aspirus Wausau Hospital, we are able to offer this event at $25/person. For those in need, scholarship opportunities are available.
So, mark your calendars for Monday, May 20, for All Things Senior at the UW–Stevens Point at Wausau Campus, 625 Stewart Ave., Wausau.
Registration for All Things Senior opens April 1, 2019.
For more information, visit https://uwmc.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/50-plus or call Continuing Education at 715-261-6294.
This event is a collaborative effort including community members from:
- The Landing (the new Senior Activity Center at the Woodson YMCA)
- United Way RSVP of Marathon County
- Marathon County Health Department
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
- Wisconsin Public Radio
- A panel of senior advisors
Offerings for Youth . . .
UW–Stevens Point’s Wausau campus is entering its 37th year of hosting the COLLEGE FOR KIDS Summer Enrichment Program — an amazing milestone of youth summer programming in the Wausau community!
The Wausau campus continues to offer an exceptional assortment of educational programs for our youth.
College for Kids — designed for students entering Kindergarten up to Grade 6 — is offered June 10–14, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This program has 31 class offerings ranging from foreign language/culture, fishing, digital photography, art, drones, and much more!
We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Marathon County Historical Society and their “Little Red School House.” In addition to the outstanding instructors, we also have the expertise of our very own University campus staff members teaching classes in IT, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, and other subjects!
For example, students can sign up with “Living History at the Little Red School House” with the Marathon County Historical Society and go back in time to experience life in 1909! Students will make candles, butter, and ice cream and learn the art of penmanship — all in the historic surroundings of the Little Red School House.
This year’s focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) allows students to program a robot to draw a picture, discover galaxies, and fly a drone!
Girl Power Camp
The Wausau campus will be offering its third Girl Power Camp (June 17–21) — a full-day, weeklong, summer day camp designed for team-focused, project-based activities introducing young girls (entering 6th–8th Grade) to new activities.
We’re excited to partner with the Sheroes Among Us, a non-profit organization based in Marathon County empowering girls to embrace their unique potential and move forward from a place of confidence.
This year’s theme for Girl Power Camp is Big Life Journal. Big Life Journal helps tweens and teens cultivate the drive, decision-making, and skill sets necessary to take control of their own lives, to gain a deeper knowledge of themselves, and to use their unique gifts to transform our world. Join us for friendship, creativity, confidence, and FUN!
Take your computer skills to the next level with App Attack (June 10–14, 8:00 a.m. to Noon) with Black Rocket computer design. Join in the summer fun as students enhance their S.T.E.A.M. (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) skills. Offered for students ages 8–14 years, every program is powered by the campers’ innate imaginations and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.
The App Attack course allows students to take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize their own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. Students will also see firsthand how the world of app publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Later in the summer (July 8–12, July 15–19), the Wausau campus will be presenting its 12th year of the Wizarding Academy. For students entering Grades 4–9 who love the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, this is the camp for you. It’s time to get your Hogwarts letter! Get sorted into your house by the Sorting Hat, earn points for your house to win the House Cup, play Quidditch, solve riddles, test your knowledge of the wizarding world a with fast-paced Trivia Contest, and even receive correspondence from your favorite Harry Potter characters via Owl Post. It’s all waiting for you at our Wizarding Academy.
This year, campers will be challenged to use their wits and knowledge of the Harry Potter series during “Harry Potter Roundabout Theatre.” Come re-enact The Rescue of Sirius Black and Buckbeak (week 1) or The Battle of Hogwarts (week 2) in a dizzying acting extravaganza! Student teams will use cooperation and creativity to put on this multi-location performance. Wits and wands required!
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To learn more about our continuing education class offerings or to register, please check out our website at www.ce.uwc.edu/wausau. Registrations will be taken on a space-available basis.
Scholarships have been generously provided by local foundations, civic organizations, and individuals. View scholarship applications here.
Printed brochures with registration forms are available at Marathon County Public Library area branches and at the Continuing Education Office at UW–Stevens Point at Wausau (518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau).
For more information, please call 715-261-6294 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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