career as an educator has been like a steady, satisfying river adventure.
For 45 years he's
thoroughly enjoyed the upstream challenges -- the changes in the current, navigating academic landscape changes, the inevitable rapids and eddies along the way.
says it's time to go with the currents - he's
ready for the ultimate river adventure --downstream.
Michaelsen, after 45 years in education, announced his retirement Friday after spending the past 23 years as a student advisor at McCook Community College.
job of advising students, Michaelsen
been fortunate to be surrounded in the MCC Welcome Center
by a group of co-workers who "have been super to work with.
cites the dedication of Deb Cummings, Janelle Hartzer, and Lana Stewart.
teaching career in the Iowa towns of Emmetsburg in 1969 with stops in Farragut and Anita before coming to Nebraska in 1990 to teach in Dodge, Greeley-Wolbach and Silver Lake High School
In that time he taught social studies, business, and physical education before eventually becoming a guidance counselor, elementary principal and high school principal.
"In high school I always enjoyed sports and I thought one way to continue that was to get into education, Michaelsen
"In college I started out as an accounting major, but it didn't take long to realize I wanted a career where I could be more active, be around students, and have the chance to continue my love of sports."
22-years in K-12 school systems, he
coached junior high football, track, high school football, boys and girls basketball and girls golf.
In his time at MCC he was once in charge of intra-murals and also spent some time as an adjunct faculty member.
While in Silver Lake
as a guidance counselor in 1990 he
got to know McCook Community College
recruiter Glenn Haney who spoke with Rick
about an opening at MCC he
might be interested in. Michaelsen
came to interview for a counselor job.
Now, 23 years after landing that job, he's
made the right choice.
"I think the educational aspect at MCC
was great when I came," Michaelsen
said, "Sure a lot of great people have retired, many of them are still here, but I think we've done a pretty good job of replacing quality instructors with quality instructors - and there has been very little turnover beyond retirements.
There's a lot to be said for that continuity which allows us to concentrate on the important things like providing the best educational opportunities for our students that we can."
also believes that MCC
is extremely fortunate to have the amount of support the college receives from community.
Most of the changes he's
seen over the past two decades at MCC
involve the improvements made to buildings and programs.
"Sure the new Event Center
has been a fantastic addition for campus and the community - especially for a school our size - but if you look around campus you can see where we've made improvements and upgrades in almost every aspect and every building on this campus."
Satisfied with the current "state of the college" Michaelsen
decided it was a good time to enjoy other aspects of his
and Betty will celebrate their 48th anniversary in September.
plans to spend time fishing at their cabin at Harry Strunk Lake this fall.