The Reminiscence Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 24, at University of Wisconsin-Stout will feature alumna and retired faculty member Nancy Schofield.
Schofield, of Menomonie, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. at University Archives and Area Research Center, room 504, on the fifth floor of the University Library.
The event is free and open to the public. Participants may bring a lunch. A beverage and snack will be provided.
Schofield, who retired in 2013, earned her master’s degree from UW-Stout in 1979 and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2000. She taught in the apparel, textiles and design department, College of Home Economics, part time from 1979 to 1999, first in textile design, then apparel design and adding computer applications.
Schofield started programming in high school in the 1960s. She was an early computer operator, tutor and “debugger” in college and was a computer programmer and database specialist for a UW research institute.
In 1999 Schofield joined the faculty of the engineering and technology department, College of Technology, Engineering and Management, where she was one of earliest women faculty members. She taught basic engineering graphics, solid modeling and surface modeling courses for engineering students.
Since retiring, Schofield has worked with Glenn Gehring, also a retired faculty member, and the Dunn County Historical Society to organize and open Fulton Holtby’s Workshop at Rassbach Heritage Museum. As a member of the Urban Forestry Board of Menomonie, she has been responsible for collaborating with Professor Jerry Johnson’s engineering design, research and development classes. Students design and create benches for disc golf courses made from felled ash trees.
The Reminiscence Speaker Series began in 1987 in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991. It has helped document the school’s culture and history through the personal accounts of alumni and former faculty and staff.
The series, which had been on hiatus for several years and resumed last fall, is sponsored by University Archives and University Communications, with support from Stout University Foundation and the Alumni Association.