A tribute to Arthur Ranney

Andrew Brunner

Andrew Brunner

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There are many changes coming for the Media Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, but one of the biggest is the retirement of Arthur Ranney. During my four years at UW-Platteville, no one person had a bigger influence on my development as an aspiring journalist, or as a person, than Ranney did. I like to describe Art as the Yoda to my Luke Skywalker. He was always offering the knowledge I needed, even if it wasn’t the knowledge I necessarily wanted to hear at the time. Art always made time for his students, even the ones that called his office in the middle of the night on their twenty-first birthday to tell him how much his mentorship meant to them.
When the “purple pen of justice” is retired for good, UW-Platteville will lose one of their best, a man that refused to be restricted by what an educator is told to be and instead aspired to be what a true educator ought to be. No one deserves retirement more.
Here’s to many long motorcycle rides without worrying about deadlines!

Andrew Brunner
2010 Communication Technology Alumnus, Journalism

Staff Writer/Paginator, Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA
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