Ralph Swain - Route 66 - Travel WriterJust a little about me and what has brought me to today…

I retired from college administration in June 2011 and moved to Coolidge, Arizona.  I was the chair of the Division of Humanities at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City, Iowa from 2003 to 2011.

I was also vice president of a tribal college in Nebraska from 2000 to 2002.  Previous teaching assignments include the University of Wyoming; Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia; and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA where I was department chair for Mass Communications for 20 years. I am also a travel writer for Siouxland magazine in Iowa and Lifestyles magazine in Arizona.

Before beginning my 35-year career in college teaching, I worked in the newspaper and broadcast professions in Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia and Ohio.  I hold a BA in political science and an MA in history from Colorado State University.

In 1967 I enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed a tour in Viet Nam during the war from 1969 to 1970.  Currently, I am an online instructor for four community colleges in Iowa.  I was founder of the Great Plains Radio Theatre Project, which was a group of actors who performed old-time radio mysteries on stage and I have also founded the Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project, LLC here in Arizona for the same purpose.

My hobbies include reading, writing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, photography and travel. I have traveled to and, in some cases, lived in Aruba, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Viet Nam.

I am blessed with two sons and a daughter, three granddaughters and a grandson, and seven great grandchildren.