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  • Events and classes

    Members may attend some events at no charge.

    You need to register in advance, as classes fill very quickly!  

    LIR Parking Permits

    The 2014-15 LIR Parking Permits are valid through August 31, 2015.  Renewal information will be in the Fall 2015 Newsletter.


    Lunch Bunch

    (All dates are Thursdays at noon)

    If you are interested in meeting friends, old and new, good food and casual conversation, check out the dates and locations below. Lunch will be on your own and pre-registration is not required. Be sure to invite a friend! Reminders will not be sent. 

    Dec. 18 | Digger's
    Jan. 8 | HuHot 
    Feb. 19 | Carlos O'Kelly's
    Mar. 19 | Ciatti's (new location by Manny's)

    Travel Talk: The Pacific Northwest by Train, Plane, Car, Bus and Ferry

    Friday, Dec. 5
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    339 Cartwright Center

    Jim and Jan Gallagher will share one of their latest trips, a three-week vacation in the Pacific Northwest. They flew to Calgary and spent a week in the Banff area, then took a wonderful trip through the Canadian Rockies by train to the Pacific Port of Prince Rupert, then by ferry down the Inside Passage to Vancouver Island, and then rented a car to explore Vancouver Island (and flew home from there). By using mostly public transportation (as opposed to private trains and cruise boats) they were able to do the three weeks fairly economically and comfortably.

    LIR Holiday Social

    Thursday, Dec. 11 (registration deadline: Dec. 10)
    2-4 p.m. | $8 (includes light hors d'oeuvres, cookies, coffee and punch)
    Come join us for holiday fun! Enjoy conversation, refreshments and entertainment by the LIR Singers.
    *New Location* - Port O'Call, Cartwright Center

    2015 CABIN FEVER SERIES

    Once again the Curriculum Committee has organized a series of one time lectures/discussions called the Cabin Fever Series. The series offers topics to interest both current LIR members and non-members as well! Members may attend most any of these events in this series at no charge; however, you need to register in advance, as these classes fill very quickly!

    Gow-JoeUW-L: Where We've Been; Where We're Going

    January 30, 1-3 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    Chancellor Joe Gow became the 10th Chancellor of UW-La Crosse in February 2007. Throughout his administrative career, Gow has consistently furthered liberal arts and professional academic programs to enhance student success. He has a wealth of experience from both public and private universities in strategic planning, enrollment management, external relations, and fundraising. Gow also has led efforts to redesign curricula, strengthen shared governance, and promote highly inclusive and diverse campus communities.

    LIR-generationalGenerational Differences

    February 6, 1-3 p.m.
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    The Flip Flops are coming! What's all the buzz about "generational gaps" in education or other places? Or just plain "communicating" better with others of different generations? Learn how understanding the differences in the four generations can truly make a difference in how we communicate in order to build stronger relationships.

    LIR-butterflyButterfly Taxonomy Project in Cosnipata Valley, Peru

    February 13, 10 a.m.-noon
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse 

    Join one of our LIR members as he talks about the project which started in 2007, to inventory the butterflies of the Cosnipata Valley, on the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, ranging from14,000 ft down to 900 ft. in the Amazon Basin. There have been 11 trips to the area and so far the project has identified 2102 taxa and estimate there to be around 2,900, making it the most diverse spot in the world for butterflies.

    mayor-kabatLa Crosse Updates with Mayor Tim Kabat

    February 27, 10 a.m.-noon
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    The mayor discusses current challenges facing La Crosse and his priority plan and goals for the community. His plan is to help strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods, help grow jobs and businesses, and work to improve city hall operations and transparency. There will be opportunities for questions and answers.

    Clements-DaveLa Crosse Convention and Visitor's Bureau Exec. Dir. Dave Clements

    March 6, 10 a.m.-noon
    337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

    Dave Clements is the Executive Director of the La Crosse Convention and Visitor's Bureau (LACVB). He has headed the Bureau for nine years and has 40 years in the hospitality industry. In 2013, tourism brought more than 214 million into La Crosse County, which ranked 12th amongst the 72 counties in Wisconsin. Dave is active in numerous local groups. He is also a founding member of the Joe Was Just Joe Foundation which began in 2008 after the suicide of his son.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    LIR Annual Breakfast Meeting

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 9:30-11:45 a.m.
    UW-La Crosse campus | Valhalla, Cartwright Center - Gunning Addition 

    Tentative Spring Topics

    Watch for final schedule and registration information in the Spring Newsletter

    • Trolley Tour of La Crosse
    • History and Music at Old Main in Galesville
    • In Pursuit of Literature
    • In the (UW-L) Neighborhood (early history of UW-L neighborhood)