Transitions: Vern Bates

Vern Bates (Courtesy Photo)

Although he retired recently with Emeritus Professor status after 35 years of teaching sociology, Vern Bates is continuing his scholarship on religious groups, rediscovering the region with his wife in a newly-purchased Volkswagen camper, and taking drawing and painting classes to keep himself challenged. He says he’ll miss the “whole enterprise of teaching,” especially the eager first-term freshmen he taught in recent years.