Chancellor's Centennial History Series: "Harvey Schofield: From Tramp Athlete to College President"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
4:00 PM
Davies Center
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Chancellor's Office
Gough, Robert

UW-Eau Claire announces the kickoff of the Chancellor's Centennial History Series, to be presented periodically through 2015, the start of the university's centennial year.

Dr. Robert Gough, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of history, will present the first session of the series, "Harvey Schofield: From Tramp Athlete to College President," at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Menominee Room of Davies Center.

Schofield was the first president of what was then called the Eau Claire State Normal School. He led the school from 1915-1940. The first campus building, originally named Old Main, was renamed Schofield Hall in his honor following his death in 1941.

Future presentations in the Chancellor's Centennial History Series will focus on work by Gough and Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, who are preparing a refreshed history of the university for UW-Eau Claire's 2016 centennial. Upcoming presentations will include:

·  Nov. 20: Greg Kocken, head of Special Collections, Archives and Records Management at McInytre Library, and UW-Eau Claire German and public history student Jennifer Barth will co-present "Picturing the Past: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016."
·  Feb. 19: Dr. Robert Gough will discuss UW-Eau Claire and World War II.
·  March 26: Dr. Erin Devlin, assistant professor of history, and her students will present on their oral history project with UW-Eau Claire alumni.
·  April 16: Dr. Jim Oberly, professor of history, will give a presentation on UW-Eau Claire and the student rebellion of the 1960s.

"UW-Eau Claire's history has been a fascinating one that has been intertwined with important state and national developments," Gough said. "Participation in this series is an excellent way for current faculty, staff and students to begin to appreciate the story of the institution they are part of and prepare for the celebration of its centennial in three years."

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Gough at

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Dr. Robert Gough
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