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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 15 (July 1958)

Chatterton, Grace
Wisconsin women,   p. 23


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Women
with Grace Chatterton
ETTERS from Wisconsin women living around the world
    arrive frequently at the Alumni office. Most writers long
to be back on campus and join in reunion festivities. And we
wish they could! Fortunately, some can be a part of recent
reunion activities, although vicariously, by reading the stor-
ies and enjoying the pictures in this issue of the Alumnus.
   Elizabeth Ann Rohr Disch '48 (Mrs. Anton) writes
from Oslo, Norway, "I've been meaning to write this letter
for a long time, first, to say 'thank you' for the maga-
zine ... and to make inquiries about what my class is doing
for a reunion this year. . . .It's amazing just how far-away
we feel from everything, especially in the springtime. I can
remember sitting at the dorm, trying to study, and hearing
all the voices coming up from the Lake Road, from the
piers, and just under my window. Made things very difficult!
Or maybe, it's just our youth that we miss, as both of us
love Madison . . . and the University.
  " "Incidentally, we are going to have a 'Wisconsin' party
next month, sometime, if we can find a place big enough to
have it. This includes all the Norwegian students that have
attended Wisconsin since the war, and all the Americans who
are here at the Embassy, or who married Norwegians (like
myself) and are Badgers. There's a surprising number of
them, actually. And they all bring their respective wives and
husbands, so that we really will be quite a gang . . . much
quieter than we were as students, I think.
  "We have three Norwegian-Americans of our own that
take a lot of time. They still remember America (where we
were for a year in 1954) as a land of orange juice, television,
cars and Grandma, and are determined to go back. I would
love to have made it this June for our class reunion, but it
was impossible."
  Emily Smith '55, was an outstanding young woman when
she was on campus here. Honors were heaped on her, and
justly so. Now she writes from Chico, California: "I have
just finished reading the Wisconsin Alumnus and feel as
though I'm back in Madison again. I thought I fully appre-
ciated the University when I was on the campus but now
A that I am away find that I appreciate it even more and par-
ticularly enjoy being able to keep up with news and events
via the Alumnus. I sing the magazine's praises for its variety
and quality of content.
   "Each time I do read the Alumnus I so enjoy reading the
whereabouts of my dassmates of 1955 in the alumni section
that I'm writing briefly about myself.
  "The school year of 1955-56 I spent teaching in the high
school in Merrill and that summer went to Europe. (By the
way, I visited Verdel Kolve at Oxford and had a delightful
time enjoying the university from a student's rather than a
tourist's viewpoint.) In the fall of 1956 I began studying
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for my M.A. in sociology at Northwestern University and
was a resident counselor during the year in one of the dormi-
tories for upperclass women. My thesis topic developed into
a study of the effects of political change on the elite of
Jamaica and in March, I was fortunate to receive a grant to
go to Jamaica and get source material first hand . . . a most
stimulating  and  memorable trip. It culminated    in  co-
authoring a paper with my major professor at Northwestern,
Wendell Bell, which we presented at the American Anthro-
pological Association's meetings in Chicago in December. By
August, however, I had finshed my thesis and course work
and orals and headed westward to Chico, California. I am
on the faculty of Chico State college as Activities Adviser;
as such, I am assistant to the dean in charge of activities and
housing. Dr. John Bergstresser, dean of students here at
Chico, is a Wisconsin alumnus and we share many memories
over coffee breaks.
   "Last week I took a group of student leaders from the
college to a nearby high school to put on an assembly dis-
cussing college life in general and Chico State college in
particular and throughout the planning and assembly itself
I kept remembering the, fine experiences I had had as part
of the Wisconsin Pre-View program."
   This is also the time of year when Wisconsin women are
awarded honors. Olga Schlueter '32, assistant personnel
director for the Milwaukee ptblic-scrootls,-received a cita-
tion recently from Whitewater State college. She is well-
known as a former teacher of commercial subjects in the
Cedarburg, Milwaukee, and Juneau, Wisconsin, high schools
and since 1947 as a top-notch school administrator. Olga
misses teaching. "It's very rewarding work," she says.
   One of her chief responsibilities now is to help recruit
about 500 teachers a year for the Milwaukee school system.
She believes that the qualifications of a good teacher are a
genuine liking for children, adequate educational qualifica-
tions, "at least a fairly good grade average," experience and
an interest in activities outside the classroom such as the
ability to help put out the college paper, and an active
interest and participation in community life and member-
ship in varied civic and professional organizations.
  Olga is not preaching when she speaks of these things.
Her own career is a demonstration of all these things plus
a charming and enthusiastic personality.
  While most of us are content with the good earth these
days, some Wisconsin gals are intrigued with the wild blue
yonder when the weather is balmy. Just about every year, at
least one 'Wisconsin woman enters the Powder Puff Trans-
continental Air Race, and    this year is no    exception.
Trixie-Ann Gehrung Schubert '42, (Mrs. Delwyn) was fly-
ing plane No. 2 in the race from San Diego, Calif., to
Charleston, S. C.
  Trixie-Ann, her husband, (a professor at Los Angeles
State College who received his masters degree from Wiscon-
sin in 1947) and their three children live in Los Angeles.
  Flying has been one of Trixie-Ann's paramount interests
for 14 years. She has combined this love with a talent for
journalism and currently writes a national aviation column
and has won the Donald Douglas and T.W.A. trophies for
aviation writing.


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