Valders is located in eastern Wisconsin. It is a rural village in the midst of "America's Dairyland." I moved from Valders many years ago but having been the town where I grew up, it will always be close to my heart. It is a nice little town. One of those places where you don't need to use your turn signals because everyone else already knows where you are going before you turn the corner. If you read Garrison Keiller's Lake Wobegon Days you would get some idea of what it was like to have grown up in Valders.
 
Valders Today 

Valders History

(Prepared by the Valders Area Schools)

Some Valders Trivia: Thorstein Veblen was born in 1857 in Valders.Veblin won international fame as an economist for his first book "The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)." It was the origin of the phrase "conspicious consumption" as a description of the spending habits of many wealthy, turn-of-the-century Americans. Another interesting tidbit about Veblen was his social life. He held several faculty positions at many mid-west and eastern universities. The frequency of his moves seemed to be due to an irrestrainable attraction to the wives of his fellow faculty members. In fact, his tenure at one institution ended with a tar and feathering by his colleagues after they discovered his nocturnal activities with several of their spouses. 
About an hour north of Valders is Door County. In my estimation, this is one of the most beautiful summer resort areas in the nation. I have many pleasant memories of times spent "on the peninsula" and while I am able to spend far less time there than I once did, I like to get back to my family's cottage at Egg Harbor whenever I have the chance. 



About myself:I have been the Director of Residential Life at the University of Missouri-Rolla since 1988. Prior to coming to UMR, I worked at Creighton University, the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Throughout my career I have been active in ACUHO (Association of College and University Housing Officers) and am a member of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). I have a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. If you would like to know more about my background, here is a copy of my resume.

My two children, Erin and Patrick, are the apples of their daddy's eye. They keep me pretty busy but they are well worth the time and effort that comes with parenting. Erin is 13 and is an 8th grader. She is both bright and outgoing. Erin has a zest for life that is a pleasure to be a part of. She is also becoming quite the basketball player and has aspirations in that regard.  Pat is 8 and is a 3rd grader. While he is a little more reserved than his sister, he is by no means just a face in the crowd. Pat is also a lover, very warm and affectionate.   Pat also started playing basketball this year but his favorite sport is soccer.

After my children and my work, baseball is my passion. I play softball (maybe not as well as I once did, but I still try). Even though I live in Missouri, I am still an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan. This is my fifth year serving on the on the St. Patrick's School Board and am the board's past-president. While it has had its challenges, overall this has been a very interesting experience. There are 150 families in the school and probably a similar number of opinions on each school issue. Sometimes, it feels like trying to lasso the wind, but overall I have enjoyed the experience. My other interests include; golf, downhill skiing, movies (Almost any type, my two all time favorites are Dr. Zhivago and Caddy Shack. (How's that for a range!!), reading American History, doing home improvements, (There's a littleTim Allen in me. Actually, I'm probably more similar to (Richard Karn. ) the theater and trivia. One modest claim to fame came in 1986 when I was listed among the "Outstanding Young Men of America." In a nutshell, God has blessed me with a sense of humor that fits in with "The National Lampoon," two beautiful children, wonderful friends, a good employer and a terrific staff. There is little more that I could want.


It seems that many home pages include some catchy little life motto or quote. I too have found some quotations to be inspiring but am reluctant to try to fit myself into the ideas of another. Rather I feel that each person should allow themselves to be self styled. With that said, here are four quotes that are sometimes helpful for me to remamber when dealing with some of life's challenges.

"The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes." -Benjamin Disraeli

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you chose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny." -Carl Schurz

"It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." -Groucho Marx



 

MORE ABOUT WISCONSIN:

SOME OTHER LINKS:


Some College and University Student Affairs Related Links: The Chronicle of Higher Education; on-line
The University of Missouri-Rolla UMR R.H.A. and Residential Life Dept
UMR Student Activities Residential Learning at UMR
Oher high quality UMR Res. Life staff members' hompages Another (and completely different)UMR Res. Life staff member's homepage
American College Personel Association National Association of College and University Business Officers
Association of College Administration Professionals National Association of College and University Food Services
YAHOO!; my preferred link to the Internet Association of College and University Housing Officers-International

A Final Thought:

"A flute without holes is not a flute, but a donut without a hole is a danish!"

The sage advice of Ty Webb in the movie Caddy Shack

Take care, and visit my page again any time. You are welcome to e-mail me if you like. I would enjoy hearing from you. This document is located on the UMR Web Server. Send comments/questions/etc. to jamesm@umr.edu.

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