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Reminiscence Speaker Series to feature Rita Slinden

November 6, 2012

Rita McKinley Slinden will speak at the Reminiscence Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Slinden came to UW-Stout in 1971 for what she believed would be “a couple of years,” she said, and retired 33 years later. Over the years she served in various capacities in athletics and the physical education department.

Rita SlindenIn addition to teaching and serving as an administrator, Slinden was head coach for women’s swimming and diving; women’s basketball; and was assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field, where she specialized in throwing events.

She also worked extensively with the project that added an indoor track and multipurpose facility to the Sports and Fitness Center.

Slinden was active in the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a predecessor of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and saw it become one of the strongest athletic conferences in the country.
She was awarded a WWIAC Distinguished Service Award and served several times as the sports chair for swimming and track and field. She coached several athletes who were All-American status and were inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame.
Slinden, of Menomonie, grew up in Iowa and Minnesota; she has a bachelor’s degree from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree from Mankato State University.

Alumna Diane Slinden Schofield, Slinden’s daughter, also was an assistant track coach at UW-Stout. Mother and daughter worked together with the throwers, making them one of the few mother-daughter tandem coaching teams at the college level.
Slinden is married to Howie Slinden, who retired from Career Services at UW-Stout in 2006.

The Reminiscence Speaker Series, sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, features talks that illuminate the “spirit of UW-Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to UW-Stout’s oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since and the association reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.

The event is free and open to the university and Menomonie community. Participants may bring a lunch.

For more information contact Sue Pittman, alumni director, at pittmans@uwstout.edu or 715-232-1151.

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