“Malcolm Allen, English professor, is my favorite. He’s very knowledgeable and makes class fun. That being said, every professor I’ve ever had at UWFox has been very helpful and attentive.”
Hometown and current residence: Kaukauna
Current program: History
Background before UWFox:
I graduated from Kaukauna High School and immediately went to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a year before California started calling my name. My sister and I moved there in the sixties and stayed for 16 years; I got married and had my daughter in California as well. It wasn’t long after the birth of our daughter that the crime rates in the big city brought us back to the Midwest. I decided to go back to school after holding multiple jobs in various industries, including the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities, owning my own children’s clothing store and other retail. My lifelong love of history and my daughter’s encouragement brought me to UWFox.
Why did you choose UWFox?
I chose UWFox because my daughter is an art major here, and my granddaughter comes to the Children’s Center on campus; it’s a family affair! The campus is located close enough to our home, offers low tuition and allows me to work onsite while I’m not in class or studying.
Have you chosen a major?
I’m focusing on history, in particular local history. I’ve been a volunteer tour guide at the Charles A. Grignon Mansion in Kaukauna for years now. It’s been a great opportunity for me to teach young people to be proud of our state’s beginnings and where they come from.
Who is your favorite professor and why? Malcolm Allen, English professor, is my favorite. He’s very knowledgeable and makes class fun. That being said, every professor I’ve ever had at UWFox has been very helpful and attentive. It’s great to have access to them when you need their help; face time can be hard to come by on larger campuses.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I work at the campus library where I help prepare books and give students direction while they’re looking for periodicals. And you can probably guess – I read a lot.
What advice can you give to incoming students?
This advice is something I started doing back at my first crack at college in 1964 – read the first chapter of your textbook before the first class. You go into it knowing what the premise of what the semester will be and will be able to participate in some dialogue on day one.