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NFL official to share his on-field experiences

March 18, 2011

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Photo of NFL official Ron Winter.KALAMAZOO--National Football League official and Western Michigan University professor emeritus Ron Winter will return to WMU next week to talk about the business of officiating football at the March presentation in the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.

Winter will speak at 8 a.m., Friday, March 25, in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. His talk, titled "Inside the NFL's Third Team on the Field," is free and open to the public.

The event begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

Winter began his career at WMU in 1969 as director of campus recreational activities, where he worked until 1992. He was an associate professor of health, physical education and recreation from 1992 until his retirement in 2008.

In addition to NFL officiating, he has worked the Big 10 Football Conference. His portfolio includes seven bowl games, including the 1985 Rose Bowl, 1992 Orange Bowl National Championship and the 1995 Orange Bowl National Championship.

Winter earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University. He has been a registered official with the Michigan High School Athletic Association for 42 years. In addition to football, Winter officiated Division I and III basketball, including serving as a final four official in Division III.

The speaker series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for members of the local community to hear top business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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