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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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James Oberly Receives
Distinguished Professor Award
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MAILED: Sept. 13, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. James Oberly is the first recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The award was created in honor of Dr. Maxwell Schoenfeld, a longtime UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar who died in 1996.
"Max had a great influence on my career as a teacher and a scholar," said Oberly, a professor of history at UW-Eau Claire since 1983. "I think of his rich legacy when I think of this award. I am honored to be its first recipient."
Schoenfeld, who joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1964 and was the author of numerous books and articles about Winston Churchill and World War II, helped mold the history department's capstone course, Oberly said. "And he helped me learn to teach it and to teach it better," Oberly said. "He was committed to demanding excellence in the capstone course."
The university received a portion of Schoenfeld's estate and gifts from family and friends at the time of his death. The interest from those gifts was used to create the distinguished professorship, an award that recognizes achievement in scholarship and a commitment to learning and life. The funds attached to the professorship are to be used by the recipient to benefit teaching and research.
Oberly said he will use the monies to improve his teaching and learning. He plans to travel, collecting materials and information that can then be shared with his students.
Teaching in New Zealand as part of an exchange program and spending time in South America are among his travel goals, said Oberly, who spent part of his summer learning Spanish.
"Spanish is the language of the Americas," Oberly said. "By speaking and reading Spanish, I can become a better historian of the Americas."

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Updated: Sept. 13, 1999