UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Thank you to those who have shared memories with us!
Our gratitude to Emeritus Professor John Buschen and alumna Deborah Hanson, who gathered information and wrote wonderful pieces for many of our Emeriti faculty in Summer 2013.
I just read the bio for Dr. Wyman. I never had the privilege of having Dr. Wyman as an instructor. My contact with him was through the Congregational Church in River Falls and his son, Mark who was a friend throught the church youth group. Dr. and Mrs. Wyman welcomed college students into their home for Sunday night supper as there were no meals served in the school cafeteria after the noon meal on Sunday and no restaurants in RF were open Sunday evenings. The Wymans were gracious hosts and great role models. I considered them life-long friends and always enjoyed seeing them when I returned to campus for Homecoming and other events. Thanks for helping to keep memories of them.
Additional comments from Mary Ellen's follow-up email:
We felt the professors cared about us, were always willing to provide assistance etc. Lots of warm fuzzy memories from 1957-1961 and life-long friendships gained in addition to our education. More memories about Sunday night meals. The churches provided a meal on Sunday evenings along with a program or activity. Sometimes it was provided by the women's group or other times by different professors. The Wymans, from the Congregational Church, were the only ones that I recall, who opened their homes to students. The groups at St. Bridget's or Ezekiel Lutheran Church were larger than the Congregational group so that may have been the reason why others provided the meals at the church. An aside memory, is going to the cabin at the lake that was owned by the Benson family (Lund Hardware owners.) Each spring and fall, the Congregational Church youth group went to the Benson cabin for a week-end. We put screens or storm windows on depending on the season, raked leaves etc. in preparation of opening or closing the cabin for the season. Best of all was the fellowship we enjoyed while there.
I have many fond memories of most of these fine professors. I am a graduate of 1980, history/geography major. After working for the State of Wyoming Historical Society for two summer seasons, my boss (himself a River Falls history major +grad) highly recommended I finish my undergraduate studies at UWRF. Specifically, he wrote a letter of introduction to then Dept. chair Ed Peterson. I was impressed with the History folks, especially James T. King, as we had a common interest in the history of the trans-Mississippi west.
Despite Dr. King's battles with health issues, I thought he was a very gifted professor and he even hired me to work in the Area Research Center in 1979-80. We would spend hours in his office chatting about Wyoming and the historic sides I had worked at. One of my favorite instructors at UWRF was Herb Cederberg. His novel ideas on the Salem witchcraft craze were fascinating. I recently re-read a book from his class.Many thanks to all who made this project a reality.
I had the wonderful experience of getting my M.A. in history at UWRF. I think my class of 1996 was the last of the Masters in history offered. I also had the distinct pleasure and honor to have had Dr. Feinstein, Dr. Leichtle, Dr. Peterson, and Dr. Cederberg as professors. I would go home and discuss with my husband the fact that Cederberg, Feinstein, Leichtle, and Peterson were as good as they get and could have been in any top university in the country. Every class was spell binding. I retired from teaching in 2007 after forty years of teaching. Those years studying at UWRF in the history department were the best academic years I had ever had. My husband, never a fan of history as a subject, enjoyed the discussions we had about my classes. As a polymer chemist and scientist at 3M, he was not immersed in things of the past, but for me the classes were invigorating. I hope that UWRF appreciates the quality of professors in the history department or at least what they had then.
I went on the [History Club's Haunted UWRF] tour last night and I thought the students did an excellent job. What a great idea! Wish I had thought of it when I was president of the History Club (1979-1980) . . . but we were busy waging the Save South Hall battle along with Ed and Ursula. Please pass my thanks along to the students who organized and ran the tours. If they ever want to hear my own South Hall Ghost stories I'd be glad to share them. The place is definitely haunted.
PS: . . . the ghost(s) my friends and I experienced were not malevolent. There were a lot of footsteps involved.
Greetings Fellow UW-RF Alumni,
Earlier this summer I took a walk down "memory lane" when I visited UW-RF campus with my family. This was my first visit to River Falls since I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in 1972. As we slowly ambled across campus I played the role of tour guide, attempting to convey how things were when I lived there. As we proceeded, all kinds of memories from those times entered my mind, from long gone daily routines to specific events to particular persons who shared those times. "This was my early morning route to Rodli Commons to get breakfast," I explained as I pointed in an easterly direction from in front of the residence hall where I lived for most of the time I was there. "This is South Hall where I had most of my classes and where most of my professors had their offices," I said with a bit of a lump in my throat. I explained that there are no classes or offices in South Hall anymore, and that it is now preserved as part of the history of the university. As we walked by there I thought about George, Terry, Steve, Noble, and of course, Ed. I longed to walk through the front door and say hello, but that door is now closed to such communication forever. Time and tide wait for no one. I waited too long!
I thank Susan Voelker for this opportunity to share a few words with you about my visit to this very special place we all love so much.