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Roland Huff

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Roland Huff

(20 years)

In his own words, Roland Huff reflects on how he came to work at The University of Winnipeg, his memories and plans for retirement:

I had directed several graduate programs in the U.S. for students specializing in composition and rhetoric, with an emphasis on their developing teaching skills. For many years, I had also hoped someday to live in Canada. In 1987, the University of Winnipeg was looking for a director of their new writing program, which would be the first of its kind in Canada, and I was given the opportunity to come in and set up the program.

I took inspiration from the tenacity of many of the students, who sometimes had to make hard choices about getting an education and paying for it themselves, who managed both tasks successfully and still had a passion for learning.

I will remember the camaraderie and good cheer that Perry Nodelman and his family provided every year at their 'winter solstice' open house.

For various health reasons, I have been on long-term disability from the university for a number of years. In late 2004, my wife accepted a research position in the U.S., and I accompanied her to San Antonio, Texas. Since moving, I've had a stroke that took most of my vision in one eye but otherwise I continue to work at recovering. I have helped to establish a local writing group for poets and prose writers and recently had a poem published in the newspaper. I also participate in a dance-exercise method called NIA that is keeping me on my toes.

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