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Joe Hills

Joe Hills

"At UWFox I feel the professors appreciate the diversity in the age of the students. Non-traditional adult students are encouraged to share their life experiences with fellow students as part of the learning process."

Age: 49

Hometown: Loyal, Wisconsin

Current residence: Waupaca, Wisconsin

When attended UWFox: 2010-2012

Background before UWFox:

I attended Loyal HS and graduated in 1981. I’ve been a management professional working predominately in the lumber manufacturing business. Most recently I am a self employed entrepreneur, working with local industry to find markets in which to recycle their industrial waste.

Did you do any interesting travel or have any interesting experiences before coming to UWFox?

While working for Northwest Hardwoods, a division of Weyerhaeuser, I spent time in Japan working with industry there learning and sharing different manufacturing techniques. I also gained insight in the Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Why did you choose UWFox?

UWFox has been a great start for the rest of my family. My oldest son completed studies at UWFox, transferred to UW-Madison and is now enrolled in Law School at Marquette. My wife attended UWFox, transferred to UW-Stevens Point and earned her degree in Art History in 2010. My son’s wife (who he met at UWFox) transferred from UWFox to UW-Madison and then completed her Master’s Degree at UMASS in Boston. My youngest son also attended UWFox for one year and his credits will be transferred to Fox Valley Technical College, where he plans to attend classes this fall. All of us were considered non-traditional students and were impressed with the professionalism of the faculty and staff.

Have you chosen a major?

UW Oshkosh Liberal Arts Degree with an emphasis in Leadership Development

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

At UWFox I feel the professors appreciate the diversity in the age of the students. Non-traditional adult students are encouraged to share their life experiences with fellow students as part of the learning process. Having been away from academia for thirty years, I was concerned that I would be unable to adjust to the role of a student. The faculty and staff have made the transition painless, by giving me the tools and resources I have needed to succeed.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

After UWFox I will probably re-enter the workforce as a manufacturing professional while continuing my degree at UWO.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

Three years ago I adopted a healthy lifestyle and took up running and biking. I ran my first 10k race last year and have a goal to log 1,000 miles on my bike this year. I hope to enter my first triathlon this fall.

 

 

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