Ernie Stech

Ernie Stech

Ernie Stech

Ernie Stech

I arrived at Western in August of 1970 along with Tom Pagel. Tom and I were office "roomies" for the first three years. Then we each earned our own cubicles in Sprau Tower. I started out teaching interpersonal and comm theory courses. I may have taught one or two sections of small group. Eventually, we developed the leadership and org comm courses, and I taught both of those. As the Masters program evolved, we added the research course, and I think I taught the first few versions of that. Somewhere along the line, I also taught the graduate listening course. All of this lasted until 1985, at which time I forsook academe for the risks and hazards of the small business world in Denver.

I am currently living in Flagstaff, Arizona in the lee of the 12,000-foot San Francisco mountains, 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon, 40 miles north of Sedona, 120 miles south of Lake Powell, and right next to the Hopi and Navajo Indian reservations. One day a week I spend as a volunteer at Walnut Canyon National Monument, an archaeological site where proto-Hopi lived from 1125 to 1250 BCE. In that capacity, I talk to visitors, but my main task for the foreseeable future is to oversee the demonstration garden where we plant corn, beans, and squash to represent the crops of the modem and ancient Puebloans. I helped write a grant for funds to restore an old log cabin at Walnut Canyon, the original ranger station. We are in the process of setting up the Flagstaff Area National Monuments Foundation to provide funds for improving the educational and interpretive activities at Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki National Monuments. I am also learning some basic Hopi language.

To keep busy, I am doing workshops and seminars in Sedona and Phoenix. I also have several books in process - nothing academic. There are two self-published books I am still marketing principally through Amazon.com. I recently revised my chapter in Peter Northouse's leadership book.

I am married to Yvonne Spaulding, MA from the School of Communication at WMU who is teaching at Northern Arizona U. We have a second home in the Phoenix area which is our little retreat from the cold and snow of the Flagstaff area. However, we stay up here in the summer when Phoenix temperatures get up around and above 100.

If you ever happen to be driving along I 40 between Albuquerque and California or north on I 17 from Phoenix, give us a call. Accommodations at our house are limited, but we provide free visitor tours to the local national monuments, petroglyph sites, Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, Snowbowl, and lots of hikes in canyons.

 

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