Spring 2014

Memorial Gift will Help Students

Mary Jo Buggs taught English courses at UW-Stevens Point for 35 years until her retirement in 2000.  After her death in January 2013, relatives made a memorial gift that will provide two annual $1,000 scholarships to help English students with tuition assistance.

Buggs grew up in Central Wisconsin, and attended Central State College (now UW-Stevens Point) in the late-1950s. While on campus, she was a member of Mu Chi Omega sorority, editor-in-chief of the Pointer, and was named Homecoming Queen in 1959, the year she graduated. She went on to teach at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in the mid-1960s and earned her M.S.T. (English) from  UW-Stevens Point in 1966, focusing on the reading interests of adolescents.  Buggs began to teach at the university that fall and later completed her Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee.

She taught several courses including composition, literature for adolescents, nature literature and 19th-century American literature.  Her accomplishments included developing a widely used instrument for grading composition and chairing the Coordinating Council of Women in Higher Education, a statewide organization promoting affirmative action. She was passionate about helping students, reading books, sharing books and suggesting books to read.

Her passion for helping students succeed will continue with the first scholarship awarded this spring.

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