Annual Retirement Luncheon Honorees

Wednesday, May 21, 1997

Dr. Alva Blum

Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education. Dr. Blum began teaching at Mankato State College in December of 1967 and retired December of 1996. He died on December 7, 1997.

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) R. Bodelson

Chairperson and Professor of Counseling and Student Personnel, College of Education. Dr. Bodelson’s career began at Mankato State College teaching from 1961 through 1964 and again from 1969 through June 30, 1997. He plans to travel, golf, volunteer for various activities, and spend more time with his grandchildren.

Dr. Steven Carlson

Professor Special Education, College of Education. Dr. Carlson graduated from Mankato State College in 1967 with a Master of Science degree. He began his teaching career at Mankato State University in June 1975, and retired on June 13, 1997.

Frank Chin

Associate Professor of Library Services and Information Technology. Mr. Chin started at Mankato State University in October 1967, and retired December 1996.

Dr. Thomas Collins

Professor of Psychology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Collins received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1959 and a Master of Science degree in 1966. He started his teaching career at here in September of 1969 and retired in June of 1997.

Dr. W. Roy Cook

Professor of Sociology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cook began teaching at Mankato State College in September 1969 and retired in December 1996. He says he plans to enjoy retirement by doing as little as possible.

Dr. Roger Coomes

Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Dr. Coomes started his career at Mankato State College in September 1968 and retired December 1997. He plans to get all the "honey do" jobs done that have accumulated over the last three decades while continuing to farm and raise sheep, maybe even raise longhorns again. His plans include fishing, woodworking, reading, traveling, and keeping track of tomorrow’s sunrise.

Dr. Joanne Ardolf Decker

Professor of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, College of Allied Health and Nursing. Dr. Decker’s career at Mankato State University began in September, 1977. She retired on June 13, 1997. After years of teaching about leisure, Dr. Decker now hopes to enjoy some leisure time herself. She will give workshops related to her soon-to-be published book as well as some consulting. The name of her book is Making the Moments Count: Leisure Activities for Caregiving Relationships, published by John Hopkins University Press.

Karen Delesha

Assistant Director of Student Health Services, Student Affairs. Ms. Delesha started treating our students in September 1966. She retired June 13, 1997, and has no plans at this time.

Anita Jegeris Dittrich

Administrative Assistant in the Affirmative Action Office. Ms. Dittrich received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1957 and a Master of Science degree in 1963. She plans to enjoy life at a leisurely pace. This will include cross-country skiing, attending lectures, baby-sitting the grandchildren, reading, and traveling.

George Francis

Physical Plant, University Operations. Mr. Francis began working at Mankato State University in April 1981. He retired October 1997.

Dr. Ronald Gower

Professor of English, College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Gower received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1962 and a Master of Science degree in 1963. He started his teaching career at Mankato State College in 1965 and retired July 15, 1996. He is presently traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and reading.

Gloria M. Hartlep

Student Loan Representative, Business Office, Fiscal Affairs. Ms. Hartlep’s career at Mankato State University began in 1977 and she retired January 1997. She is volunteering more hours for the Salvation Army and plans to take a more active role at Centenary United Methodist Church. Ms. Hartlep still works part-time in the Business Office but now has more time with her family and plans to do some traveling, attend auctions, read, and refinish furniture.

Dr. Fred Inman

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Dr. Inman began teaching at Mankato State College in June 1967 and retired on June 13, 1997.

Robert O. Kulseth

Physical Plant, University Operations. Mr. Kulseth worked at Mankato State University from April 1979 until October 1997. He plans to travel the wonderful United States of America and spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Judith R. Mans

Director of Alumni Affairs, University Advancement. Mrs. Mans received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1960 and a Master of Science degree in 1979. She began her career at Mankato State College in January of 1968 and retired on June 30, 1997. Judy and her husband, Jim, will be moving to the Aitkin area. She recently renewed her teaching certificate so she can substitute teach and also became a Certified Home Health Care Aide with plans to help elderly neighbors. Her leisure activities will be gardening, writing children’s books, cross-stitching, sewing, collecting miniatures for her doll house, and attending daily mass.

Florence Moller

First Year Experience, Student Affairs. Florence started working at Mankato State University in April 1987 and retired December 1996. She plans to travel.

Dr. Joseph Moosally

Professor of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, College of Business. Dr. Moosally began his teaching career at Mankato State College September 16, 1969, and retired December 6, 1996.

Dr. Willian Olszewski

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Dr. Olszewski’s career began September 1970 at Mankato State College. He retired on June 30, 1997. His plans include international travel, photography workshops, reading, working on stained glass, taking classes, visiting friends, going to good movies, and writing books for publishing.

Dr. C. Richard Paulson

Professor of Management, College of Business. Dr. Paulson began teaching at Mankato State College in September 1968. He retired December 6, 1996. He plans to travel and write.

Dr. Robert Pockrass

Professor of Political Science, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Pockrass began his employment at MSC on September 9, 1969. He retired on December 6, 1996.

Patricia Rosin

Dean’s office, College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Ms. Rosin began working on campus January 16, 1980, and retired July 19, 1996. She plans to spend time with her grandchildren (two girls ages 6 and 2; two boys ages 8 and 2 1/2) and travel.

Dr. Leo A. Ruggle

Professor of Accounting, College of Business. Dr. Ruggle’s career in teaching began at Mankato State University in September 1981. He retired on December 6, 1996. He plans to remain active in writing and other academic activities while spending more time on activities of his choice.

Dr. Howard Schroeder

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Dr. Schroeder received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1961 and a Master of Science degree in 1963. His teaching career on campus began in September of 1963. He retired on June 30, 1997. Dr. Schroeder plans to read, travel, and continue to do volunteer work with the mountain children of eastern Tennessee. He also plans to do more cross-country traveling on his motorcycle.

Dr. Burdette C. Wheaton

Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Dr. Wheaton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State College in 1959 and began teaching here in 1965. He retired on June 13, 1997. His plans include volunteer church work and the pursuit of hobbies such as gardening, fishing, and playing bridge. He also plans to travel with his wife, Margaret.

Merwin C. Williams

Building Services, University Operations. Mr. Williams started working at Mankato State University in July 1985 and retired January 3, 1997. He plans to go bowling four times a week, square dancing two or three times a month and watch baseball, football, and basketball games on TV. He enjoys most activities including bridge, pfeffer, golf, biking, and walking in both the summer and winter.

Beth C. Zimmer

Associate Professor of Family Consumer Science, College of Allied Health and Nursing. Beth started her career at Mankato State College in September 1967 and retired June 13, 1997. She says she will finally clean out the basement and then plans to travel.

Dr. Roger Zimmerman

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Dr. Zimmerman began teaching at Mankato State College in September 1963. He retired on June 13, 1997. He plans to volunteer with service activities through religious and/or educational organizations. Presently, he is on the Board of Regents, Trinity Bible College, located in Ellendale, North Dakota. He also plans to camp, bicycle, and enjoy other modes of travel. His activities for leisure will include reading, writing, becoming better acquainted with his computer, and continuing physical fitness activities.