Retired Faculty Members Share Future Plans

September 30, 2013

With more than 200 combined years of experience at the University of Mount Union, seven faculty members began the next chapter in their lives as they entered retirement at the close of the 2012-2013 academic year. In the story that follows, these seven retirees share their future plans, as well as reminisce about their favorite classes, discuss what they will miss most about working at the University and even provide students with their best pieces of advice.

Ted Isue
Associate Professor of Education

Working at Mount Union
After I had completed 30 years of service in public education, a friend of mine who was an adjunct in Mount Union’s Department of Education encouraged me to submit my application to supervise Mount Union candidates in their prestudent and student teaching field placements. I truly enjoyed my time at Mount Union, starting in 1995.

Retirement Plans
I know that my wife and I will do some traveling. We will continue to visit our son and his family in Colorado, and we hope to travel to Williamsburg, VA, Charleston, SC and the New England states. Our appreciation of American antiques since 1976 has enhanced our curiosity to become more knowledgeable and to possibly purchase more primitive antiques to add to our collection. A visit to Alaska and some cruises are hopeful possibilities for the future!

What I’ll Miss
I will miss the every day interaction with the Department of Education candidates and the collegiality among faculty and staff members.

Favorite Class
Although I taught other classes, my favorite class was the seminar that accompanied clinical practice (student teaching). My presentations of relevant information to those who were pursuing education as a career were very rewarding. Hearing positive remarks of what candidates had learned and had incorporated into their teaching practices provided many memorable moments.

Advice for Students
As prospective teachers, candidates must have the passion and caring attitude to teach, the passion to want to grow in their content areas and the willingness to expand their knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching. I sincerely agree with Harry Wong’s quote: “Some people go into teaching because it is a job. Some people go into teaching to make a difference.”

 

Louise Moses
Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems and Director of the Media Computing Program

Mount Union Memories
These past couple of semesters I’ve had extraordinarily enthusiastic and talented students in all my classes. What a nice last year they have given me!

Retirement Plans
Mainly I’m going to be a beach bum, keep my hand in teaching and have more time to go back to the kind of writing/visual design/programming projects that I dreamed up on my last sabbatical.

Working at Mount Union
I had five interviews, and Mount Union was easily my first choice. My interviews with Dr. John Kirchmeyer and the president at that time, Harold Kolenbrander, sealed the deal.

What I’ll Miss
Everyone! All those who have enriched my time here.

Favorite Class
I don’t have an absolute favorite class. The teaching is exciting any time I can see learning taking place.

Advice for Students
Pay attention.

 

Dr. Jeffery Hahn ‘73
Professor of Sociology

Mount Union Memories
Except for the 1973-1974 and 1974-1975 Academic Years, I have been at Mount Union since 1969, both as a student and a faculty member. Thus, I have so many fond memories of Mount Union that it is very difficult to single out one on which to comment. As a student, perhaps it was taking my wife on our first date to see the movie Cool Hand Luke at Rodman Playhouse. Or, perhaps it is the life-long friendships that I developed with several Sigma Nu fraternity brothers. Then again, perhaps it was the mentor/mentee relationships that I formed with several of my professors. As a faculty member, I fondly remember so many students with whom I worked over the years, watching them mature as people and as scholars. Similarly, I fondly recall the close professional relationships that I developed with several colleagues, particularly Dr. Kathleen Piker-King, and the things that we accomplished together to move the sociology program and Mount Union forward. But perhaps my most satisfying moment as a faculty member was the implementation of SCHOLAR Day, something for which I had been pushing for more than 25 years.  

Working at Mount Union
As a 1973 alumnus of Mount Union, I knew that I wanted to spend my career teaching at a small liberal arts college. I wanted to have the same mentoring relationship with students that I experienced at Mount Union. After completing my master’s degree and one year toward my doctoral degree at Kent State, a position in sociology at Mount Union became available and my credentials matched exactly what was desired. Since my wife and I were both raised in the Alliance area and wanted to stay near family, I applied for the position and the rest is history!  

Advice for Students
Former Mount Union President Harold Kolenbrander was fond of telling students “Find something that you love to do and then figure out a way to make a living at it.”  I can’t do any better than that! But, perhaps I can supplement his advice with this: Make certain that you find a hobby that is interesting and enjoyable and to which you can also dedicate yourself. In short, love hard, work hard, play hard and have fun doing all three.

 

Dr. William Coleman
Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Communication

Mount Union Memories
My fondest memories include climbing the Great Wall of China with students and Dr. Liangwu Yin, and the many trips I made to the Tesuque Pueblo reservation in Santa Fe, NM with students
– especially the trip when our Japanese students performed the Tea Ceremony with tribal members.

Advice for Students
The wisest advice comes from two great intellects. First, the German philosopher Viktor Frankl:  “Listen to life and what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your ability.”  And, second, always keep searching – as the English poet T.S. Eliot wrote: “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time.”

Retirement Plans
One door closes; another door opens. Although I am leaving Mount Union, I have no intentions of “retiring. ”  I will remain actively engaged in international education and diversity issues. My first project is to establish the Coleman Cultural Engagement Foundation that  will create and facilitate cross-cultural exchange opportunities for students. Eventually, I intend to teach abroad in China and Japan.  

Working at Mount Union
I chose to work at Mount Union because of its reputation as a fine liberal arts institution.

What I’ll Miss
I’ll miss engaging with students in the educational process and helping them to believe in themselves, my department colleagues and close faculty friends and staff.

Favorite Class
Four stand out: African American Rhetoric, Peace Communication, Intercultural Communication and American Indian Rhetoric. They all challenged students to see the world from different perspectives and to appreciate diversity.

 

Dr. John M. Strefeler
Professor of Accounting

Mount Union Memories
Two memories come to mind.  The first is attending the faculty/staff Christmas Dinner my first year.  It emphasized to me and my wife the family atmosphere that was so appealing throughout campus.  The second is SCHOLAR Day and Commencement.  In addition to the atmosphere of celebration, they were days when I could meet the parents of some of my students.

Favorite Class
My favorite class is probably Accounting 450 (Federal Taxation II).  The content can be sophisticated and challenging, which gives motivated students – in this case accounting majors – a chance to intellectually grow and distinguish themselves as they master the course material and complete the assigned cases. I could see them transitioning from student to professional.

Retirement Plans
My wife and I plan to split our time between Ohio and Hawaii.  

Working at Mount Union
I was drawn to Mount Union because it was a small, undergraduate, teaching-oriented institution. It understood its strengths and
incorporated them well into a focused mission.

What I’ll Miss
I will miss interacting with the capable and motivated students whom I have encountered at Mount Union. I will also miss interacting with my colleagues in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration and in other disciplines across campus.

Advice for Students
Think bigger than yourself.  I’ll defer to the philosophy of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers. His autobiography was titled “I Am Third.”  It is the beginning of his full credo:  “The Lord is first, my friends are second and I am third.”

 

Dave Zoky
Professor of Accounting

Working at Mount Union
I was in public accounting before working at Mount Union and basically had no life. During the busy season, I was working 65-70 hours a week, and I had no time to spend with my family. I always thought I’d like to try teaching if I wasn’t in accounting. I heard about an opening at Mount Union, so I applied, and 34 years later, here I am.

Mount Union Memories
A lot of my best memories are of students graduating – they’re so excited.

Retirement Plans
I have two horses I plan to ride, and I like to hunt, fish, do woodwork, garden and travel. I have five acres so I take care of that. I also play golf every week with a group from Mount Union.

What I’ll Miss
I’ll miss the collegiality, the members of my department and the students.

Favorite Class
My favorite class to teach is Intermediate Accounting II. It was the most challenging class for the students but it was also really rewarding when they understood the topics in the course.

Advice for Students
Always stay positive. Have a positive attitude and more times than not, things will work out well.

 

Dr. John Kirchmeyer
Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems and University Marshal

Mount Union Memories
I have too many wonderful memories to choose just one. I truly enjoy teaching and infecting students with my enthusiasm for learning and discovering. Seeing my current and former students accomplish amazing things is very moving.

Retirement Plans
My wife and I will spend even more time with our children and grandchildren, travel a little more and do more reading. She will also spend more time knitting and crocheting, and I will spend more time building furniture, doing some home remodeling, golfing and skiing.

Working at Mount Union
At a national conference, I had 10-minute interviews with several schools. The next morning, Bill Markley and his wife Pat were eating breakfast in the hotel cafe and invited me to join them. We had only known each other for those 10 minutes, but they were so friendly that I thought, “If these are the types of people who work at Mount Union, then I want to work there too.”

What I’ll Miss
I won’t miss much, since I will be teaching part-time this fall and taking a course this fall. My wife and I will likely eat in the dining commons most days as usual.

Advice for Students
I tell every student and prospective student to take lots of different classes, explore different majors and try new things. Don’t stop searching until you find something you love. And, don’t pick a career because it will make you the most money or because it’s what your parents want for you. Find a career that you are passionate about, one where you go to work every day and look forward to the experience.











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