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Judy Jax is the next speaker in the Reminiscence Speaker Series to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Maple and Cedarwood Room of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Jax began her career teaching home economics and supervising student teachers — more than 100 per year — in the Menomonie school system. Three years later, her 34-year teaching tenure at UW-Stout began.
Jax has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and B.S. and M.S. degrees from UW-Stout.
At UW-Stout she taught courses in home economics education, child guidance, child development and family life; served as chair of the department of human development, family living and community educational services; was program director for family and consumer sciences; associate dean of the college of human development; and dean of the School of Education.
Jax, who retired in 2007, has written three middle and high school textbooks: “Exploring Lifeskills,” “Resources for Living” and “Teens in Action,” and developed accompanying workbooks and resource guides used worldwide.
She has led many state Department of Public Instruction workshops for high school and middle school teachers and worked with school districts to develop new programs.
She also has written numerous articles for professional journals and has spoken at local, state, national and international conferences. She served as president of the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and of the Red Cedar Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and was instrumental in developing and organizing the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Education Foundation.
Her many awards include: U.S. Office of Education Vocational Education Graduate Leadership Fellowship; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Award; Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Award; Helen C. Barnette Professorship Award; American Vocational Association Symposium Award and Mondovi High School Alumni Hall of Fame Award.
Jax and her husband, Joe, have provided funding to the Stout University Foundation for the annual Jax Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty.
Sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Reminiscence Speaker Series features guest lecturers who illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to its oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since, and the association has reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.