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Known for his sense of humor and interest in helping students, Wendell Brandes left a brief career as a public school teacher near Hughesville and in Kansas City, Kan., to becoming a Central employee. He dedicated 30 years to Central, and has retired as assistant director emeritus of campus activities/assistant professor emeritus of administration, supervision, and higher education.
Although many changes have taken place since his arrival, Mr. Brandes’ first role on campus was that of director of the University Union Recreation Center, where he managed the bowling alley. He began work there in 1972, and after eight years at that post became the assistant director of Campus Activities, a position he held until his retirement. In that capacity, he provided leadership for the intramural programs and operated the rifle and pistol range on the lower level of the Humphreys Building. He was the first full-time intramural director, and built it into one of the strongest such programs in the Midwest, with approximately 60 different activities annually and 1,300 to 1,700 different games per year. He also contributed to the success of the annual Homecoming parade by either assistant the director or directing the event.
Mr. Brandes’ service to the campus included involvement with groups such as the university’s Athletics Committee. He participated in professional organizations, including the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and the Missouri State High School Activities Association, where he served as a softball, baseball and basketball official.
An alumnus, he earned bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees from Central.