Joan Chalmers Harris — BS 1948
Joan now lives full time in Shrewsbury, Mass., and is no longer commuting from Florida and Cape Cod. She reports being a New Englander at heart, and now that she is widowed, wants to be closer to family and friends. Joan reports remembering well Miss Glassow, who was her kinesiology instructor. She was extremely knowledgeable in subject matter, experimental (Joan remembers swimming and struggling the length of Lathrop pool with weights strapped to her legs) and interesting. Miss Glassow was a kind, warm lady with a twinkle in her eyes and Joan reports that “we all loved her.” There was no kinesiology department at that time but she laid the foundation for it, Joan says. Miss Glassow was one of the main reasons UW had the best women’s physical education department in the country at the time and why Joan, as an out-of-stater, decided to attend UW.
Marty van Steenderen — BS 1956
Marty retired from the UW-Whitewater after serving as its first Director of thletics-Women for eight years. She recalls how during her sophomore year at UW-Madison, that the PE majors club received a letter from the majors club at UW-La Crosse inviting the group to meet and play a basketball game. All were excited, but also knew that the chairperson at that time, Dr. Marie Carnes, was no fan of competition. Marty and her classmates decided that the only chance they would have of gaining her approval was to have a respected graduate assistant come and speak. That person was Lolas Halverson. The group then made an appointment with Dr. Carnes, had all its “ducks in a row” and had “Hal” speak on behalf of the group’s desire to play the game. Marty says she still can hear Dr. Carnes’ response: “Young women do NOT compete in basketball.” Marty says the group left fully deflated. She, who retired 22 years ago, still does all she can for women’s athletics and is sure Dr. Carnes would be amazed at all that has happened. Marty reports that “we all just finished watching the NCAA Women’s World Series and sat amazed at the pitching, the fielding, the batting and the attendance records. Young women certainly do compete,” she says.
JoAnne Safrit — MS 1962, Ph.D. 1967
JoAnne traveled to China in November 2012 to attend the 60th anniversary of the Shanghai University of Sport. Because she had been the first American to lecture at this University in 1985, JoAnne was invited as an honored guest and as part of the UNCGreensboro delegation to the celebration. She reports that it was fascinating to see the changes in the city of Shanghai in 25 years. Toward the end of the celebration at the University, gifts were exchanged with the president of the university, and JoAnne’s delegation then stood up to leave, and the president said, “There is one more thing, and it is a surprise.” He then presented JoAnne with an Honorary Doctorate of Education. One of JoAnne’s sponsors was Li Li Ji, who was among the first group of graduate students to come to the United States from China, and ultimately became the chair of the Kinesiology Department for many years at UW-Madison. JoAnne notes that Weimo Zhu, who received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the UW-Madison, was another sponsor. JoAnne notes that early ties between UW-Madison and China universities were largely due to the efforts of then-Chancellor Irving Shain, who was a great friend of China in those early days.
Ronald A. Smith — Ph.D. 1969
Ronald has been retired from the Kinesiology Department at Penn State University since 1996 and has since published three books on aspects of the history of college athletics, the last being in 2011. That title is, “Pay for Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reforms.” He currently is researching 140 years of athletic control at Penn State, stimulated by the Jerry Sandusky Scandal and the covering up of child molestation by Penn State administrators.
Bernie Van Wormer — BS 1969
After 35 years of service with the federal government, Bernie retired from the United States Attorney’s Office in Northern Indiana, and is enjoying life with his wife Georgia, recently retired from Purdue University. Georgia also attended UW-Madison before receiving degrees from Purdue and Indiana University.
Rosemary Aten — Ph.D. 1970
Rosemary is the retired chair of physical education at Western Illinois University, Macomb. She was recently selected as Grand Marshall for the annual Heritage Days Parade on June 29 following 11 years as president of the volunteer organization, Macomb Beautiful Association.
Dolores Jones — BS 1972
Dolores retired at the end of the school year after 37 years of teaching physical education, the last 21 years as an Elementary Physical Education Specialist for the Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Public Schools.
Frank W. Hatch — Ph.D. 1974
Frank is currently leading a masters program at the Fachhochschul in the University of Bern Switzerland. He also is installing Kinaesthetics, a movement-based training for nurses throughout Japan.
Betty R. Hasselkus — Ph.D. 1987
Betty was the invited lecturer for the Marlys Mitchell Symposium at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on March 6, 2013. The presentation was titled, “Everyday Occupation: The Heart of Research and Practice,” and was sponsored by the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UNC School of Medicine.
Thomas Hagood — Ph.D. 1990
Thomas recently completed his fourth book, this volume with co-author/editor Luke Kahlich, titled, “Contemporary Perspectives in Dance History: Revisiting Impulse, 1950-1970.” This is the end product of a four-year project to locate, digitally preserve and make accessible to internet users a culminative volume of analyses of journal issues by contemporary scholars. Impulse was the first journal dedicated to the broad spectrum of issues influencing American dance.
Jeremy Wojtecki — BS 2005
This was a life-changing year for Jeremy and his wife as they welcomed their first child into the world, Jackson. Jeremy reports that it has been an amazing experience and it is entertaining, to say the least, to watch him grow. The family also bought its first house. Since graduating from UW-Madison, Jeremy reports that he has become a Physician Assistant working in Waukesha for a nephrology group that covers the area. He adds that looking back, he cannot picture where he is in life without the time he spent in the Athletic Training Education Program to start things off. The ATEP will always have a special place in his heart.
Andrea Gilbertson — BS 2008
Andrea graduated with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from UW-Madison in May 2012, and currently is working as a PA in Family Medicine in southwest Wisconsin.
William Adams — BS 2009
William is currently in his second year of doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut studying Exercise Physiology. His research interests include the benefits of hydration, thermoregulation, and preventing sudden death in sport and physical activity. In addition, Williams currently is the head athletic trainer for UConn Club Sports as he oversees the medical services provided to the high risk club teams. He also is the Director of Sport Safety Policy Initiatives with the Korey Stringer Institute, which is a non-profit organization whose aim is to advocate for the education and prevention of sudden death during sport. In this role, Williams assists in helping states establish appropriate heat acclimatization guidelines for pre-season practices at the high school level, either through legislation or mandates from the state’s high school athletics association. Currently, William reports having successfully helped 10 states change their heat acclimatization policies to make pre-season football practices safer for the student-athletes. On a personal note, Williams recently got married to his fiancé, whom he met working in the finish line medical tent at the Boston Marathon two years ago.