Sandy Spofford retires after 27 years

May 20, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - After 27 years of hard work and dedication to UW-Platteville and its students, senior counselor of University counseling services, Sandy Spofford, will be retiring following the end of the spring semester.

Spofford received her bachelor's degree in 1966 from Lawrence University in Appleton with a major in English and a minor in speech-theater. Following her graduation from Lawrence she went on to teach junior high and high school English in Edgerton and later in Darlington. In 1975 she graduated again, this time with her master's degree from UWP in guidance and counseling.

In 1976, Spofford took her first position as a counselor at UWP. From 1980-84, she filled the role as director of UWP counseling services. Following her role as director, Spofford chose to return to full-time counseling and became the senior counselor at UWP counseling services.

"Full-time counseling is really what I enjoy doing the most," Spofford said.

Since 1984, Spofford has filled the role as senior counselor and currently serves as the primary mental health and crisis management counselor and outreach and publicity coordinator as well.

Over the years, Spofford has also taken the opportunity to teach through the UWP department of counselor education. From 1979-98, she developed and taught a one-credit undergraduate course titled "Communication Skills for Resident Assistants." From 1984-92, Spofford developed and taught a one-credit undergraduate course titled "Career Planning and Decision-Making."

"I truly enjoyed developing and teaching these courses," Spofford said.

"They gave me another avenue to reach students."

Counseling is not the only aspect of life at UWP that Spofford has been involved with. In 1977, she helped to establish the first UWP Women's Center.

The center operated as a grass roots organization and for several years was funded solely by a grant. The Women's Center as it now operates was established by UWP administration in 1984.

Through the years, Spofford has earned professional certification and filled roles in several professional organizations. She maintains credentials as a National Certified Counselor and as a Wisconsin Certified Professional Counselor. Since 1978, Spofford has been a member of the Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA). She served on the executive board from 1986-93 and was elected president of the association from 1991-92. Spofford has also been a member of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), serving as the representative for UWP.

Spofford has also been active on numerous University commissions and in the community. Over the years, she has been involved with academic staff senate, the academic staff personnel commission, the student health care committee and sexual assault awareness council at UWP. Spofford also actively supports Southwest Opportunities Center, Inc.

Following her retirement, Spofford plans to travel, read and spend time with her husband, Bill Spofford. Bill is currently the director of study abroad and will also be retiring at the end of the spring semester. The couple has two children, a daughter in Platteville and a son in Green Bay. They plan on traveling abroad, as well as to Green Bay, Minnesota and the east and west coast to visit their children and other family members.

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