Four UW-River Falls Faculty Members Retire
August 7, 1998
Four faculty members at UW-River Falls have retired with the end of the 1998 academic year.
Retirees include health & human performance professor Carol LeBreck, English professor Lois Bowman Michaelson, music Professor Elliott Wold, and biology professor James W. Richardson.
Professor Carol LeBreck retired following summer session after a 31-year career at UW-River Falls.
LeBreck came to UW-RF in 1967. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education from UW-RF, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UW-Milwaukee, and Ph.D. in physical education from the University of Minnesota.
LeBreck's career highlights have all involved educating and program development including courses within and outside of the department (Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Education Program), projects within the school district (Project FIESTA: Gifted in the Arts), and summer programs for gifted young people (College for Kids).
Since 1989, LeBreck has been the coordinator of international programs, which included administrative responsibility for a program that has sent hundreds of teachers overseas through the International Visiting Teacher Program and the Overseas Practice Teaching Program through the College of Education & Graduate Studies.
LeBreck developed the first College for Kids program in 1982 and directed that program for eight years. From 1985-89, she worked collaboratively to establish the River Falls Area Network for Gifted and Talented Education, which sponsors workshops and training. She has received numerous recognitions for her work with gifted and talented education.
English professor Lois Bowman Michaelson retired after 39 years, coming to UW-RF in 1959. She holds an AA degree from North Park Junior College, a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College, and a master's degree in English from Northwestern University. In addition, she has taken many courses in counseling, student personnel work and linguistics at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota.
Michaelson's career highlights include a 1988 sabbatical teaching at Balob Teachers College, Lae, Papua, New Guinea, publication of "Son of the People" by C.V. Bowman, which she edited, and teaching international students.
She considers her most significant contribution to UW-RF as starting the movement to get the deadline for turning in grades extended.
Among the most noticeable changes Michaelson has experienced includes the positive improvement of a dramatic increase in the many students who travel abroad for an international experience. Less positively, he indicated is her feeling that there has been a de-valuation of faculty in favor of money as a bottom line in education.
Professor Elliott Wold joined the music department in 1963 after earning his bachelor's degree from Concordia College and his master's degree from UW-Madison. He did additional post-graduate work at Northwestern University.
During his tenure, World served as the department chair from 1969-78 and 1994-97. Wold was most noted for his 35 years of directing the UW-RF Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, with more than 2,000 University students from all disciplines participating over the years. He led the choir on numerous international tours, including seven to European, three to Canada and four to the Far East. Wold also initiated the UW-RF Alumni Choir, which he took on three European tours.
As a voice teacher and choral director he has guest conducted or lectured to thousands of high school during visits or at festivals across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana and Iowa. He also developed the annual Medieval Banquets held for more than 25 years each December.
Wold said most memorable for him was the opportunity to watch students grow through their international performances.
"I've had a deep love for this school. I hope I've shown a commitment for it. I think the most important thing is the relationships between students and teachers. My feeling is to try to give as much as you can and just do your work and do it as well as you can. We really have good students here. People have asked me where we find all the good students. Well, we have them right here."
Professor James W. Richardson retired after a 31-year career at UW-RF. He came to UW-RF in 1967 with a bachelor's and master's degree from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
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