Roger Hiemstra Personal Information

"Give me a fish and I will eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime."

"Teach a person to teach others to fish and we can feed the world." Herb Brussow, 1990©

"Never too old to learn. Add life to your years, not just years to your life."

Roger Hiemstra, Professor, Adult Education, Elmira College; Professor Emeritus, Instructional Design and Adult Learning, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Welcome to my background section

This section is intended to give you a little insight into who I am. This medium is not quite the same as a face-to-face visit, but it does have some advantages in that I will probably reveal some things that I would not in a normal conversation. To by-pass this background section and go to the opening page, click here. I would welcome dialogue welcome dialogue at any time.


Let's begin with some background information. For example, if you would like to see a photo of my family and some related information click here. Click here to see Nancy and Sean's travel blog and click here to see Dave and Rachel's wedding site. If you would like to see a few special photos here is your opportunity.

Perhaps you would like to know something about my educational, professional, and scholarship background. If so, I have included my resume. Go here to see my blog.

I recently had a milestone birthday and was given a surprise gift by my children, Nancy and Dave. They made me feel so proud and so happy. It was a wonderful surprise, resulted in an emotional experience, and something I will treasure forever. It is a 40 page spiral bound book they put together filled with thoughts, memories, good wishes, photos, creative momentos, and even poems contributed by more than 100 people. I reread this book every few weeks as a reminder of how fortunate I have been to touch and be touched by so many wonderful people in my life. It is a very long pdf file, but I hope you enjoy it. For an earlier milestone birthday, Nancy honored me with a wonderful memory tribute.

I am building some genealogy information that will be placed on this page. My grandparents immigrated to the United States from Holland in the early part of this century. I have been interested in my Dutch heritage for some time and have had the good fortune to be able to travel to Holland several times. Through the help of relatives in the United States and in Holland, I have gathered quite a bit of information about my Dutch relatives and will begin posting that information here so, others can see what I have found. It will take me some time to do this, so recognize that page is under construction.

I also have included a sound bite if you would like to hear an actual voice and have the appropriate software on your computer. You also can hear me sing a portion of a song in Three Little Birds Sitting on a Wall.

One of my hobbies is listenting to barbershop music. If you would like to see and hear some about barbershop music, click here.

Oh yes, if you would like to see my and Janet's latest pride and joy, you can click here (my dry sense of humor at work here).

You may know that one of my areas of interest is self-directed learning. Click here for a photo of the self-directed thinker.

I also provide a service to those who need help in writing and publishing journal articles.

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I do welcome your suggestions on this page, other information you would like included (or excluded), and any other feedback you might want to supply. An electronic message is the way to do it.

Finally, if you are just having one of those days, I know how you feel.

March 1, 2010

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