Good Ideas

​36th Annual Good Ideas: A University Experience for Adults was held January 12, 13, and 14, 2021
Sorry you missed it! Please join us in 2022!

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8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. | A Virtual Event via Zoom


A University Experience for Adults! Join a group of adult lifelong learners for an enriching three-day program virtually.  A January thaw for your mind and spirit. 

Zoom Basic Training Assistance

Join us for Zoom Basics Training where we will go over all the basic functionalities of Zoom and answer any questions you may have!

  • Tuesday, Jan 5: 10-11 am
  • Thursday, Jan 7: 10-11am

To get started, click here for our Zoom Tutorial Help page! For additional help, email

​Registration Information

Public register here.

Register here:
  • Public - $59 per person

​New Regional LIFE Membership Registration

Become a Regional LIFE Member and attend for $30 per person.

Register here:
  • To become a Regional LIFE member
  • Follow the link in your confirmation letter to register for $30

Printable Brochure


Click on the brochure to print. 

A printable registration form is included in the brochure on page two if you prefer to register by mail. Complete the registration form according to the instructions in the brochure and mail-along with your payment-to:

UWSP Continuing Education
2100 Main Street, Old Main Bldg., Room 32
Stevens Point WI 54481


Committee Members


Committee Members

John Krueger
Jim Hampton
Kathy Serley
Rita Crooks
Ruth Wrysinski
Lorrie Frank

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​Program Information

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Daily Schedule

Held entirely via Zoom meetings

8:30-8:45 a.m.
​Coffee and Chat
​8:45-9 a.m.
Welcome and Announcement
​9-10 a.m.
​General Sessions, Main Zoom Meeting
10-10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Morning Class
​Noon-1 p.m.
​1-2:30 p.m.
​Afternoon Class
​2:45-3:45 p.m.
​Tuesday: Wishful Thinking-Planning Successful Gardens-Marissa Ashbeck
Wednesday: Analysis of Federal and State Elections and Their Impact on Public Policy-Ed Miller
Thursday: CBD Oil & You-Karly Johannsen

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Good Ideas: General Sessions | 9-10 a.m.

Tuesday, January 12

The Value of Diversity-Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D.

Research tells us why diversity matters and how it improves problem-solving and decision-making. Join this session where participants will be challenged to reflect on their own perspectives and perceptions relative to their identities in order to uncover unintentional ways that we might send inclusive and/or exclusive messages in our interactions with others. 

Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL) at UW-Stevens Point. She hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies and M.S. in Gender Studies and Ethnomusicology. In addition to directing the CITL, she also teaches courses in Women's and Gender Studies, Education, and Sociology and serves as Editor-in-Chief of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development.

Wednesday, January 13

Sylf Bustamante_jpg.jpg Battling HeteroCisNormativity-Sylf Bustamante

In this session, we will explore the dismantling of societal norms that box our perception of others into categories; view gender and sexuality as a spectrum rather than the false dichotomy of binary systems; learn to break away from socially constructed practices of assuming heterosexuality and cisgender expectations on other people; discuss the effects of problematic policies and how a better understanding of others can address current issues and improve the access to resources for all.

Sylf Bustamante is the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Coordinator at UW-Stevens Point. The Center earned the UW System Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for LGBTQ+ advocacy in 2018. The Center also co-chairs the Faculty/Staff Gender-Sexuality Alliance and coordinates the UW-Stevens Point approved Safe Zone Training for students and the community.

Thursday, January 14

SPark.jpg Immigration Politics-Saemyi Park, Ph.D.

Immigration remains one of the most contentious political issues in American politics. This talk will provide an overview of immigration policy from different theoretical perspectives and will investigate some of the most divisive issues raised in relation to immigration policy: unauthorized immigrants, citizenship, visa eligibility, and refugee policies. 

Saemyi Park, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Political Science at UW-Stevens Point. She earned her doctoral degree in Political Science from UW-Madison. Park also has two masters' degrees International Communication (American University, Washington, D.C.) and in International Relations (Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea). She teaches courses in American Politics and is interested in finding similarities and differences in political behaviors of racial and ethnic minority groups. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Morning Sessions | 10:30 a.m.-Noon (choose one)

​1. Snapshots of Global and Local Biodiversity Issues

Paul Whitaker, Professor of Biology, UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Monarch butterflies are in crisis. Colony collapse disorder has been devastating to both honey bees and beekeepers. A huge number of birds are dropping from the skies. Diminishing sea ice is wreaking havoc on polar bears. Launching discussions with the so-called "insect apocalypse", we will look at a number of other biodiversity issues around the world and here in our own backyard. 

​2. Morality, Wisdom, and Why Wisdom is Better

Doug Hosler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, UW-Stevens Point

Philosophy means (in Greek) love of wisdom. Contemporary philosophy often does not worry about wisdom. Examine why some believe wisdom and ethics/morality are two different things. Come prepared to discuss varying viewpoints, object, and raise questions. 

3. Don't Waste Your Thyme: Composting 101

Janell Wehr, Horticulture Educator, Marathon County, UW-Madison Division of Extension

Learn the best practices to effectively manage yard trimming and other organic materials generated in your home. Join this interactive class where you will learn the composting process, materials and methods using the compost, and other options for managing yard trimming and food scraps.

4. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution

Brett Barker, Ph.D., Professor of History, UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Explore the turbulent period of Reconstruction (1863-1877), an era now largely forgotten or misunderstood. It was a time of unprecedented social and political change, reactionary violence, and a moment when questions of race, citizenship, and the nature of the United States itself were all matters of intense discussion and debate.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Afternoon Classes | 1-2:30 p.m. (choose one)

​5. Renaissance Voyages of Discovery and Scientific Revolution

Keith Montgomery, former Dean of UW-Marathon and UW Colleges North

Study the impact of voyages of discovery on the European view of the globe and how this paved the way for the scientific revolution by undermining the authority of classical sources of knowledge and understanding. 

​6. Religion in American Politics

Ryan O'Leary, Ph.D., Lecturer of Religious Studies, UW-Stevens Point

Since the founding of this nation, the right relation between religion and politics has been a live question. This course will examine the idea of an "American Civil Religion", trace the history and competing interpretations of the First Amendment and American exceptionalism, and examine the ongoing role of religion in American public life.

7. Express Yourself! Crayontastic Art the Boomer Zoomer Way!

Nancy Laliberte, Wausau artist

Embrace your inner child as we create with a young-at-heart favorite--Crayola Crayons! We will explore color theory, mark-making, and other art principles. No art experience necessary, just a willingness to play and have fun along the way.

8. Musical Postcards

Jacob Roseman, Ph.D., has degrees from Philadelphia College of the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, and Morzateum (Salzburg, Austria).

In some cases, music can depict a landscape or scenery better than a picture or word ever can. A handful of pieces of the classical repertoire definitely adhere to this and are well worth exploring. Join us to survey musical gems, where you will be transported to a different place and time. Included are works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mendelssohn, De Falla, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Ives, Copland and Gershwin!

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​Zoom Conferencing

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UW-Stevens Point is not responsible for registrant technological issues, including but not limited to, inadequate bandwidth and/or registrant equipment malfunction. 

​Contact Information

Continuing Education's on-campus office hours are limited to Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-4:30 p.m., as staff continues to work remotely during the pandemic.

For assistance with registration, please email Customer Service at or call 715-346-3838.

For program information, please email  Christine Gunderson, Outreach Program Manager, at

​Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be granted if the Continuing Education and Outreach office is contacted at least seven (7) days before the start of a class. No refunds will be given with less than seven (7) days notice. Program that involve pre-ordering of materials and/or travel will not qualify for a refund unless your space can be filled from a waiting list. We reserve the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment, severe weather, or instructor illness. A full refund will be issued under these circumstances. BE SURE to provide your email address and phone number when registering so we can contact you if a class is cancelled for any reason. Email Continuing Education Customer Service at to cancel your registration.


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two week in advance. Please contact Continuing Education Customer Service at 715-346-3838 or