Roger Mattens received his M.A. in Communication Arts and Sciences from WMU in 1976. His professional career was devoted to public education, and he retired from the Battle Creek Public Schools in 1999 after a thirty-one year tenure. As a classroom educator, he taught courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, performance and technical theatre, radio and television broadcasting, debate and forensics. Through his guidance, students achieved state and national recognition in interscholastic speech competition. As Director of Theatre he helped students develop theatrical skills through the production of thirty-six full-length plays. Believing in the importance of establishing and nourishing professional collegial relationships, Roger personified involvement in communication organizations. His leadership skills found him serving as president, officer, or executive board member for virtually every Michigan speech/ communication/theatre association, as well as for regional and national organizations. Roger has been honored for his leadership with the Michigan Association of Speech Communication Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Speech Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Kalamazoo College Pauline Byrd Johnson Award, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outstanding Educator Award and the first Educator Emeritus status from the Battle Creek Public Schools. In addition to serving as an ambassador for the communication discipline, Roger believes his greatest accomplishments in communication are convincing his wife, Carol, to stay married to him for over thirty years and helping his two sons mature into loving, selfless men.