At 73, he’s talking ‘start-up,’ not finishing

Peter J. Hauserman

Peter J. Hauserman

One of the more interesting stories at May 2011 commencement at UW-Green Bay belonged to Peter J. Hauserman.

Hauserman received his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies through the Adult Degree program, completing a mix of online and in-person classes. He’s proud of the accomplishment, too.

“I started college in 1956 at Northern Michigan University,” he says, “and for various reasons — family and business — I never completed my studies.

“Well, I have always been the sort that if I start something, I’m going to complete it. I’m 73 years old now, and I am finally earning my bachelor’s degree.”

A native “Yooper,” Hauserman said he moved south to Green Bay in 1968. He had a long career in marketing and the dental-supply business, and has always enjoyed learning. A busy work life and other interests allowed him to take courses at UW-Green Bay only on an occasional basis, starting in the 1970s. It was only in the last few years he got serious about connecting the dots, filling any gaps and pursuing his final credits through the Adult Degree program.

“I have made so many wonderful friends at this University, and I have been fortunate to meet so many interesting people through this whole process,” he says. “That’s both faculty and other students.”

Future plans? Not retirement. The most senior member of the UW-Green Bay Class of 2011 says he’s looking at launching his own business, an internet startup.

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