MARQUETTE - Upon retiring, Penny Larsen was looking for something interesting to do and she has certainly found it in the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning.
"After I retired, I was looking for activities to keep me involved," Larsen said. "I looked on the Web and found NCLL. I explored it a little bit, then took in some sessions. I became a member and have been with it ever since."
NCLL, affiliated both with Northern Michigan University and the Road Scholar Travel Organization, is an organization whose own members plan, coordinate and provide informal education opportunties.
On Wednesday, a group from the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning takes a tour of The Mining Journal press area and circulation and advertising departments led by Circulation District Manager Shannon Carter. The tour was one of the many NCLL takes during each of the terms it has every year. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
These can range from tours and field trips to hikes and snowshoeing, to hands-on workshops to social events.
Larsen is so happy with NCLL she's serving as the organization's chairwoman this year.
"What I like about it most is it's active," Larsen said. "You can do hikes, but you can also do classroom lectures. It's a pleasure to meet like-minded people. It's a great way to do networking and to make friends."
While NCLL does not have age limitations, most of the participants are "typically 50 years and above," Larsen said.
NCLL has office hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in 406 Cohodas Hall at NMU and is run by a board of directors which meets six times a year. It also has a curriculum committee whose members coordinate the offerings for each term.
Annual membership in the organization is $20, with those monies going to the mission and operation of the group. Three times a year, a new booklet is published featuring information about the courses being offered in the four terms of the year.
Can Larsen point to a particular offering she's enjoyed most?
"There are so many, my gosh, I don't know that I would be able to choose," she said. "The hikes are always wonderful and the summer tours have been fabulous. There are so many things."
Moreover, NCLL has some on-going interest groups which are open to members and non-members alike. These currently include:
For more information, visit the NCLL website at webb.nmu.edu/NCLL/
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.