New(s) @ Axe

News and Events of the Leonard H. Axe Library, and of the
Kansas Technology Center Library - Pittsburg (KS) State University

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Waudenna Agee Joins the Axe Reference Dept.

On April 7, 2008, the Axe Reference Department was very pleased to welcome Ms. Waudenna Agee, resident of Mindenmines, MO and instructor of Speech Communication at Crowder College, to its staff. The very energetic Ms. Agee will be taking the place of Mr. Bill Pfannenstiel as liaison to the Kansas Technology Center Library as well as Reference and Instruction Librarian at Axe Library.

Ms. Agee has always been an adventurous sort, and after going to college for two years, decided to try her luck at marriage and parenthood. She and Mr. Agee raised a family of four children. But when she started to send them to college she began to long for the academic life again and returned to college herself. After that, she never left. She got her Bachelors in Communication from Missouri Southern State College (now University), her Masters in Communication from Pittsburg State University and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her previous library job was as a clerk in the Technical Services Department of the library of Missouri Southern State University. Being a very hardworking and energetic lady, she is finishing her part time work as an instructor at Crowder College while plunging into her new position here at Axe Library.

And as if that wasn’t enough adventure for Ms. Agee, she is now the proud grandparent of four granddaughters, aged two to six, and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandson this August.

When her coworkers here at Axe asked Ms. Agee what she did to relax, we didn’t expect more adventure, but that’s what we got. On weekends she enjoys going to “Rendezvous”, where the participants encamp together and live the lifestyle of a person active in the 1840s or before. Because anytime before the 1840s is fair game, many of the participants show up in armor, togas, kilts , Native American regalia and Western outfits (Old fashioned ones, think Davy Crockett, not Buffalo Bill.). Ms Agee’s favorite persona is a “school marm” of the 1830s. But she hopes she can eventually branch into the Colonial period, “as far back at the 17th century”, she said. On these weekends, she is assisted by Mr. Agee, who likes to dress as a hunter and mountain man of the 1830s.

Mr. Agee is also quite adventurous (He loves John Wayne movies.). After a long and successful career as a welder, he decided to become a paramedic. He has worked in that capacity for Barton County for the past twelve years. But he still dabbles in “artistic” welding, making fine wrought iron pieces for fire places.

When asked what she liked most about working in Pittsburg, Ms. Agee said “the small, friendly community feel of the campus”. Well, we can only hope that our small, friendly community provides her with as much adventure and excitement as she is used to.

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