Eddie Elfers, Director

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Eddie Elfers was born in El Paso, Texas, where his grandfather (Edmund Burke Elfers), was a respected judge, and his father (Edmund Burke Elfers Jr.) was a U.S. Customs inspector. As a first career, not consciously intended to counter the legal and law-enforcement careers of his forebears, he (Edmund Burke Elfers III) was a professional musician for a number of years. At some point, when the road began to get in the way of spending time with a growing family, he made the decision to get a “real job,” a decision that led him to take the obvious step and go back to school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso, at the same time working as a copy editor at the El Paso Herald-Post, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, at the same time working as a copy editor at the Austin American-Statesman. The “real job” turned out to be teaching journalism at Wayne State College for seven years, until a one-year stint as interim Humanities Division head segued into his current position (still at Wayne State College) as director of Teaching & Learning Technology. Somewhere along the line he learned how to do computer-based design and layout. He still plays the guitar and is still trying to figure out why he left Austin.