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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Classrooms. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24797.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Classrooms. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24797

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Transcript Retiring Again And Going Back To School When Jim Lofstrom began teaching at UH he planned to stay for only a couple of years. Now that he's planning to retire — more than a decade later — Lofstrom is amazed at the way time has flown. "Somehow teaching got into my blood," he says. "I love it. Education is such a challenge; every class, every student is different." Lofstrom, an adjunct professor in the College of Technology, is used to challenges. In 1978, he conceived, financed and established an industrial distribution major at UH with the cooperation and financial support of interested businessmen. Five years later, 350 students were enrolled in the interdisciplinary program. Many of them were transfers from other universities who came to UH specifically for the major he had designed. "They love it because it's practical," Lofstrom, 74, said. "I take them to trade conventions and into plants, and distributors lecture at plants, and distributors lecture at the University. The kids get terrific exposure that leads to jobs." Lofstrom's practical approach to education emanated from years of business and experience. For a long time, he was Standard Oil of New Jersey's marketing coordinator for industrial products, overseeing worldwide sales. When the company decentralized his department, Lofstrom left it and accepted a job with Exxon in Houston. After one year, Lofstrom decided to retire at the age of 60, when he "felt the fun and challenge had gone from my work." After an extended trip to Europe with his wife, Lofstrom decided it was time to get busy again. In January 1974, he began his new career at UH with two marketing classes and definite ideas about the type of teacher he wanted to become. "I wanted to teach the kinds of classes that I would have liked in college," he said. "I wanted to be fair and honest with the kids and available for help at any time." And because he understood the needs of business, he attempted to make his students more job-ready by relating personal experiences and non-textbook solutions. "I've been out in the real world long enough to know when it's different from textbook theories," he said. Lofstrom listened when distributors suggested UH's program could be strengthened by adding some basic mechanical engineering to existing marketing and management courses. "They (distributors) felt very strongly that it would help the kids sell the products if they could read drawings and understand machinery and motors," Lofstrom said. With his dean's permission, Lofstrom and a small group of distributors created the curriculum for a four-year major in industrial distribution. Their plan was approved, but no University funds were budgeted for it. Lofstrom went back to the distributors for financial support. "It took one- and-a-half years to raise the $35,000 I had estimated we'd need to start the program," he said. Through the years, he has continued to finance his department with business contributions and has raised more than $200,000. "I don't ask the University for anything," Lofstrom said. Due to the current economic downturn, however, distributors' contributions are down and fewer students see a future in the major. "There are only about 150 in the program today," Lofstrom said. "It's heartbreaking to see it drop off. It will come back, but it will take time." — Marilyn Swanson At year's end, Dean of Students Connie Wallace retired from her professional position to become a student once again. She will enroll in the UH Law School after being employed at UH since 1965. 169