CSU Service 1969 to 2003
Faculty, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Volunteer activities center currently around two groups. First is the Dept. of Social Work's Animal Assisted Therapy program (HABIC). My golden retriever, Amber, earned her certification as a therapy dog and we have been working with elementary aged children (1-3 children in individual weekly sessions for a year) who have various diagnoses (autism, emotional/behavioral issues mainly). The other group is the League of Women Voters. I am on the Board and also active in the International Affairs Team. I continue to travel--both internationally and nationally; always among my most favorite activities. Other activities that keep me busy are piano lessons (progress is very slow...enjoyment high), teaching and taking classes with Front Range Forum, water aerobics and other exercise at a local club (but our group spends longer over coffee than working out), and having much more time to enjoy family and friends dining out, going to concerts or the theater, celebrating any tiny event we can think of, and keeping each other laughing. I've decided retirement is the best career ever.
Dr. Fritz was my favorite professor in all of my years at CSU! She was my professor for Childhood Social and Personality Development. I learned more from Dr. Fritz that I would later use as an elementary teacher (for 23 years) than I learned in any other class. I distinctly remember her telling us she was not going to insult our intelligence by reading from the textbook and warned us to always have our reading done in preparation for class. Dr. Fritz taught me not only about child development, but about good work habits. The toughest assignment I ever completed was a paper for Dr. Fritz. Receiving an ‘A’ on the paper, and in her class, meant so much more to me because of the work I invested. Thank you, Dr. Fritz, for being the kind of instructor all college students deserve!
Gretchen Meister (B.A. Human Development and Family Studies, '92)