While growing up in Columbus, Ohio I was educated at The Ohio State University where I earned a BS degree 1971, Masters Degree 1973, and a Ph.D. 1979. During my senior year in high school I started dating Vicki and this continued through our undergraduate years at OSU. Shortly after collage graduation Vicki and I were married. Vicki likes to joke it was the only way she could leave a strict but loving family. The following year, I started graduate school and then accepted junior and high school social studies teaching positions in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Vicki graduated form the Dental Hygiene Program at OSU with a BS degree in Education. Throughout our marriage she worked as a Hygienist in various dental environments and now as a Realtor.
In 1975, I entered OSU’s Doctoral program in Teacher Education. After my graduation in 1979 I accepted a professorship at the University of Northern Iowa in the College of Education. During the 1980’s, Vicki and I started a family and Matthew was born in 1980 and Andrew in 1984. In 1990, I accepted a Full Professor position at UW Oshkosh in the College of Education. Raising two boys with talents in hockey, baseball and diving kept the Rose family busy on weekends traveling to various games and tournaments. Both boys graduated from Neenah High School and enrolled in college. Matt graduated from UW Eau Claire with a BFA in graphic design and Drew from UW Oshkosh with a BA in Finance. Both boys are married and have started families. Being a grandparent is a joy.
Why do I volunteer for Habitat?
During various times during my career, I thought about volunteering but between the required professional travel, raising a family and sports events with the boys it was put on hold. Retirement from UW Oshkosh in 2014, offered me plenty of time. That summer Habitat was building a house in Menasha that was, in part, designated the training build. I contacted Jodi Isom and the rest is history. I find volunteering for Habitat to be very rewarding. Giving back and serving others in the Habitat community provides a vital link to establish safe, affordable and stable housing, which should be part of our common humanity.
You might be surprised to know
I am an avid fan of scuba diving, though only in warm water! Vicki and I regularly take trips to the Caribbean. I also enjoy both land and underwater photography and the challenges that it brings. Every once in a while, I snap a good one. Perfection will always be elusive; still this is a hobby I will continue into the future.