James Helminiak, professor in the department of health, physical education, recreation and athletics, was named Distinguished Teacher for 1993, the most prestigious award presented by the university to recognize excellence in fulfilling UWRF's primary mission of undergraduate education. Selection for the award is through polling of graduating seniors and recent graduates.
A faculty member since 1947, Helminiak taught health, recreation and elementary education courses. He also served as assistant football coach. His college credit sports fishing class was the only one of its kind in higher education. The life-long recreational class drew extensive national attention.
"Jim has always placed teaching as his top priority and has made a tremendous difference with the many students with whom he's come in contact.
"In front of a class, there is no one better at presenting himself. He truly enjoys what he is doing in a classroom, and it is obvious to his students."