Jim Pfefferle graduated from Xavier in 1964, but returned as a teacher for 38 years! Before returning to teach, Jim went on to earn three college degrees. Jim’s first college degree was earned at UW Madison, where he earned a B.A. in History in 1970. Jim then earned a B.A. in German from UW Oshkosh in 1975 and he earned an M.A. in German from the University of Northern Iowa and that coursework was completed in Austria.
Jim has definitely made an indelible impression on Xavier during his 38-year tenure. He has not only been a favorite teacher for many, but has been very involved in many areas of the school. Jim’s legacy is one of having helped create a global environment. Jim established the German-American Student Exchange Program in 1977 and has since coordinated 18 student trips sending close to 400 students abroad. Jim established and moderated the Xavier International Club and helped establish Xavier’s World Language Honor Society. Jim goes abroad every year and has made at least 25 trips to Germany. Outside of world languages, Jim also established the Xavier Bike Club and was a moderator of the yearbook. Jim is an Adjunct Professor for UW Oshkosh and teaches German 5 as a college-credit class. Jim was recognized by the Appleton Rotary Club with an Excellence in Education award in 1992. He has written numerous papers and made numerous presentations to the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT).
Outside of his involvement in school, Jim has been a volunteer for the Fox Valley Literacy Council for the past three years. He has also been a Salvation Army volunteer.
Jim currently job shares at Xavier with his wife, Karen. Jim and Karen proudly raised their two daughters, Margot and Martina (both Xavier graduates), to be bilingual and with an international spirit. The family hosted students from Germany when the girls were in high school. In addition, the family has hosted teachers from various organizations from Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and South Korea. Jim and Karen will also be sponsoring two international students from Lawrence University and will also act as liaisons between the university and the community.
Jim’s impact has not only been felt by the World Language Department and the school, but also by countless individual students. Some of these students came together to nominate Jim for this Hall of Fame honor. One dozen former students and parents spanning all five decades of his tenure wrote letters in support of Jim’s nomination. All wrote of the profound impact Jim had on them and the international spirit that he instilled in them. In her nomination cover letter, Anne (Salm) Higgins summed up the group’s collective sentiment when she wrote, “The testimonials…tell how the lessons they learned from Herr [Jim] went far beyond the classroom; he literally changed their lives in ways big and small. Additionally, several are teachers themselves who now see the ripple effect of his influence.”
While at Xavier, Phil Gloudemans was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and was a Class Officer. In addition, he was a letter winner in football and track, and he and his teammates set a school record in the mile relay (now 4x400). Phil was awarded an Elks Scholarship and was the President of the Youth Association for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Children. He also served as a camp counselor for intellectually and developmentally disabled children for four summers. Phil and his younger sister are both proud graduates of Xavier High School. His sister (Ellen Baisden) currently teaches in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System.
After high school, Phil attended Marquette University where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. While at Marquette, Phil served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, a dorm resident advisor, and a member of the Counseling Center Advisory Council. Phil was honored to attend Marquette’s Christian Leadership Workshop and was also selected for an internship at the Counseling Center, a hospital-affiliated mental health facility. Phil stayed active by volunteering as a tutor at the inner-city religious education program at St. Boniface Church and playing several intramural sports.
Phil furthered his education at Boston University where he earned his M.S. in Communication in 1980. Phil financed his graduate studies working at the French Library in Boston. He was selected for an internship at Newsome & Company and during that internship was offered a full-time job.
Phil has held many prestigious positions throughout his career. He is currently the Director-Strategic Communications for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Phil leads the creation, implementation, and evaluation of strategic communications that broadens the institute’s participation in the local and national education policy dialogues. Prior to this role, Phil was the Assistant Vice President-Media Relations for Boston University. As head of media relations, Phil and his staff built, led, and guided the media relations team to unprecedented publicity results and he and his team were credited with significantly contributing to a record-setting number of applicants and increased alumni engagement. Prior to joining Boston University, Phil was a Senior Vice President at Agnew Carter McCarthy in Boston for 12 years. There he headed the consumer practice and generated over $7 million in new business revenue and was responsible for over fifty percent of the firm’s billings.
Outside of work, Phil has been very involved with The Arc Massachusetts for over 30 years. While serving on the marketing/development committee, Phil founded a corporate basketball fund-raising event titled “Play on the Parquet,” and he continues to serve as its chair today. This event has raised nearly $1 million since its inception and is The Arc’s largest annual fund-raiser! In recognition of his board service and outstanding contributions, The Arc has recognized Phil with two Special Achievement Awards, and a Massachusetts Distinguished Citizen Award, presented at a State House ceremony. Phil’s commitment to this cause started in high school when he served as a summer camp counselor for children with disabilities, founded by an Appleton-based Catholic women’s organization, which his mother helped launch.
Phil serves as the Chair of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation (MASF), where he has been involved since 1987. MASF produces the commonwealth’s youth Olympics for over 7,000 athletes. In addition, Phil is the President of the board for the Lynch/VanOtterloo YMCA in Marblehead, Mass., which serves over 14,000 members.
Phil met his wife, Karen McLaughlin, at Marquette and they have a daughter, Brenna, who is currently attending Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Phil’s mother, Germaine, still lives in the Appleton area, as does his sister. Phil Gloudemans has established a legacy of service, hard work, aid and comfort to his charitable endeavors, to his professional life and most of all to his loving family.