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Myron "Mike" Schneiderwent, Professor Emeritus of Physics, taught astronomy and physics through the Distance learning Center since operations began in 1978. He retired from the university more than ten years ago but continued to teach with Distance Learning until only weeks before his passing on Friday, May 10, 2013. Myron, known to all as Mike, spent 35 of his 45 years teaching for the UW-Superior as an online professor for the Distance Learning Program. He was recently honored with the UW-Superior's Distinguished Service Award.
Mike died at the age of 78, with his loving wife, Marian at his side. His death was caused by complications due to congestive heart failure.
Dr. Schneiderwent began his university teaching at the University of
Wisconsin-Superior in 1967, where he retired from full-time teaching in 2000. He came out of retirement later in 2000 to teach Distance Learning classes in beginning physics.
Mike's advice to new instructors of Distance Learning was to over prepare your courses and to have them ready weeks before the students get to see them. His advice to students--there is a great deal of reading to do. The Module Reviews are important as are the course objectives. He described his students as hard-working, capable students in an asynchronous manner. When asked about Distance Learning faculty and staff, he described them as a "super professional competent machine."
Betty Lou Mannigel Imler, 2012 UW-Superior graduate and student of Dr. Schneiderwent--Astronomy 100 had high praise for him. "Over a period of time I grew to admire and have deep respect not only for his knowledge, but his passion for the stars...Every time I look up at the stars I will continue to think of him and the appreciation he taught me to have for our beautiful solar system. Thank you Dr. Schneiderwent for the memories."
Dr. Randy Gabrys Alexson, professor in the Natural Science department added, "MIke was my colleague, mentor and dear friend for more than 25 years. He epitomized the phrase "gentleman and scholar." He cared for the his students so much and he generously shared his knowledge, expertise and time. The university was enriched through his dedication and will diminished by his loss."
Distance Learning Center staff created the Mike Schneiderwent Scholarship Fund in the UW-Superior Foundation to honor Mike. The fund will now be a memorial to Mike, and will help support future Distance Learning students.
He will remembered fondly by his family, students, co-workers and friends.
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