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Sept. 19, 2003

Retirement Party to be Held for Popular Professor

A party to celebrate UW-River Falls history, art and humanities Professor John Buschen's retirement will be held Oct. 11. Buschen retired at the end of May 2003 after 37 years of service.

Buschen was hired in 1966 to develop art history and humanities courses. His expertise and interests touched on all aspects of world culture and civilization.

Faculty, staff, former students and community members are encouraged to attend the celebration in his honor.

The party will be in Rodli Commons on the University campus. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a banquet at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7:30 p.m.

Reservations can be made by contacting Susan Voelker of the history and philosophy department at or 715/425-3164. Dinner cost is $22.

Reservations are due by Sept. 30.

During his tenure, Buschen developed Arts and Ideas, an interdisciplinary course that he co-taught with emeriti-Professor Margaret Odegard. The courses combined history, literature, philosophy, art, drama and music and led to the development of other courses in Western Art, American Art and the art of India, China, Japan and Latin America.

He pioneered a foreign film festival in collaboration with the Falls Theatre that lasted 14 years. Fluent in French and German, he led art and history tours through Europe and North Africa. He also initiated the Medieval Magical Banquets with dinners based on medieval recipes from the fifteenth century.

Buschen's excellence in teaching was recognized many times. In 1973 he was chosen for the University's most prestigious award, and became one of the youngest faculty members to be named a Distinguished Teacher. He was chosen for the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 1986 for art and in 1999 for history; the Outstanding Teacher in Humanities award in 1983; and the Outstanding Teacher in Social Sciences award in 1993. He also chaired both the art and history departments.


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