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Martin Mogensen Education Lecture
to Feature Educator and Author

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2007

John Perricone
John Perricone

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture, Feb. 20, will feature John Perricone, educator and author of "Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching," who will speak on establishing a philosophical identity — a sense of mission or purpose that inspires teachers to teach. The lecture, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Sciences, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series for education students was established four years ago to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at the age of 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture and Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

"The Martin Mogensen Education Lecture was established to honor teaching and our father, who believed teaching was the most important calling," Mogensen said.

"John Perricone's lecture seems especially relevant today as teachers are called to work on many issues, often under increasing controls and regulations," said Mogensen, who is a teacher in California. "What calls and keeps one teaching is very important when statistics indicate that nationally 50 percent leave the profession within their first five years of teaching."

Perricone received bachelor of science and master's degrees from State University of New York College at Cortland, and has been a health educator with the Maine-Endwell Central School District in upstate New York for 23 years. He has received numerous local, state and national excellence-in-teaching awards. He has received Maine-Endwell's Distinguished Teacher Award for eight consecutive years since its inception.

A student of karate for more than 30 years, he recently received a sixth-degree black belt. Currently, Perricone also is involved in training teachers throughout New York in the nationally recognized Educational Karate Program — a character education program emphasizing nonviolence, mental and physical fitness, and universal values of integrity, self-respect and respect for others.

During the day, Perricone will meet with area teachers to share his concept of philosophical identity.

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