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Chemistry and Physics Hall of Fame Dedication

Posted on Jan 24, 2014
Dedication of the Chemistry and Physics Hall of Fame display at UW-Superior
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From left to right:  Ronald Roubal, Gregg Zank, David Coward, (son of Nathan Coward who was inducted),  Luke Hafdahl, student Cole Holstrom, and Dr. Michael Waxman

From left to right: Ronald Roubal, Gregg Zank, David Coward, (son of Nathan Coward who was inducted), Luke Hafdahl, student Cole Holstrom, and Dr. Michael Waxman

Three members of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Chemistry and Physics Hall of Fame were on hand for the official dedication of the Hall of Fame display, Thursday, Jan. 23.

Five former faculty members were inducted into the Chemistry and Physics Hall of Fame last December. UW-Superior chemistry and physics department began accepting Hall of Fame nominations in order to showcase the talents and contributions of the alumni and former faculty. The display is located on the third floor of Barstow Hall.

David Coward accepted the award on behalf of his father and his family. Al Coward taught here from 1959-1989. David said his father was proud to work here over those thirty years. "This is just the right size; this is perfect size for me because I can get to know the students one by one. We get to take care of them and work with them on a one on one basis."

Virginia native, Luke Hafdahl graduated in 2006 and went on to earn his M.D. degree and is now the chief resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He credited the faculty and the staff for assisting and caring about him during his time at UW-Superior. Hafdahl said, "This is a treat, because you pointed me in the direction of where I am today and for that, I thank you very much."

The student speaker at the program was Cole Holstrom who thanked the hall of fame members for passing on the history and tradition of the program to the current students of today. "As a chemistry major I have spent a lot of time in these hallways and classrooms and we as students see this display as so important. When see these names and faces, and see these stories we see that as actual evidence that these people spent as much time as we did in these classrooms, but have gone on to use their education to become extremely successful." He added, "This is absolute evidence that the education that we receive here at UW-Superior is every bit of useful then at any other campus anywhere else."

Holstrom especially wanted to thank the alumni and former faculty. "On behalf of the chemistry and physics students here I would like to thank those that had the idea for the hall of fame and made it possible and especially to the alumni and the faculty that have gotten you on this board. You have given us as students a tradition we can be proud of and a tradition that can inspire us. Thank you very much."

2013 newest inductees:

  • Donald A. Bahnick, Ph.D.
  • Al Coward, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Horton, Ph.D.
  • Ronald K. Roubal, Ph.D.
  • Howard Thomas, Ph.D.

For more on the 18 members of the Chemistry and Physics Hall of Fame click here: Read More.

The three hall of fame members that attended were:

  • Ronald K. Roubal, Ph.D., who taught for 32 years at UW-Superior and helped start the Lake Superior Research Institute.
  • Luke Hafdahl, M.D., Class of 2006, chief resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Gregg Zank, Ph.D., Class of 1980, senior vice president, chief technology officer, and executive director of science and technology for Dow Corning.


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