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Steven R. Cox, Ph.D.

 

Last Updated June 26, 2008

 

I was born in Seattle, Washington in 1959 to Richard and Norma Cox. We moved quite a bit when I was young. Up until 6th grade we lived in Omaha, Nebraska, Oxford Junction, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Finally, by the time I started junior high school we settled in Charles City, Iowa, a town of about 9,000 people. I graduated without distinction from Charles City High School in 1977.

I attended the University of Iowa with the intention of majoring in accounting but five years later I finally graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. I then enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to the regular MBA program, I completed the undergraduate accounting program. After two and a half years I graduated with my Masters in Business Administration and I passed the CPA and CMA exams.

I then went to work in Des Moines, Iowa at the CPA firm Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young). I only worked there for a short time before I was offered the opportunity to return to Northern Iowa as an instructor in the business school. In addition, I worked at my Dad's CPA firm. By 1987 I enrolled in the Ph.D. program in finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. While studying at Florida I taught finance courses in the Business School.

In the fall of 1992 I accepted a job at Indiana University Kokomo. I am still here and most of the time I really like my job.

I have a younger brother and sister. My sister, Susan, lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Roy and their three kids Matt,  Erika and Marisa. My brother, Rick and his wife Jessica live in Boston, Massachusetts. My super-wife Connie works at Delphi Electronics and Safety. We have a daughter Samantha who was born on May 20th! We also have the best dog of all time (Willie) who is a 7 year old German Shorthair Pointer.

 I enjoy home improvement projects and working in the yard. I like reading although lately I seem to be reading more periodicals and newspapers at the expense of real books. I used to be a big fan of science fiction and I still consider Dune my favorite book. Now my interests seem to be non-fiction or magazines relating to my other hobbies. I enjoy cooking. When I have the time and money I enjoy dining out at innovative (non-chain) restaurants.

I am a fairly serious road cyclist.  In the winter I am a reluctant runner but I regularly run the Mini–Marathon. I lift weights in my garage. I golf and play tennis but I am not good. I am a sports fan, particularly the NFL and the four major golf tournaments. I also like college football (they need a playoff system) and basketball, baseball, hockey, and auto racing. I have dabbled in fantasy football and I have a long, disturbing history of playing APBA (a statistics based baseball game).

I am a computer nerd. In addition to  work related uses, I especially enjoy golf simulations, serious driving simulations, flying simulations (Flight Simulator), and action games (the updated Dooms, Quakes, Unreal, etc.). I also enjoy building custom databases in Access to record my music CD and DVD collections. My newest addiction is Rock Band on the PS3!

The spend too much time with my music collection and with my collection of films on  DVD. I have a couple nice playback systems. I love to tinker with the hardware and collect and enjoy the software. My music interests are broad.  I listen to hard-to-classify artists (alternative country) like , Josh Rouse, Wilco, Son Volt, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Cracker, John Hiatt, Whiskeytown (Ryan Adams), and Todd Snyder.  I also enjoy a few traditional country artists such as George Strait and  Dwight Yoakam. I like "college rock" artists like David Gray, Barenaked Ladies, Bodeans, Counting Crows, Del Amitri, Dog’s Eye View, Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Mysteries of Life, REM, Replacements (Paul Westerberg), Semisonic, Third Eye Blind, Matthew Good Band, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Of course, I am old enough to have a full classic rock collection and I have a good collection of jazz.  My weak area is classical music but I am learning.  

My interest in films is similarly broad so I will just name a few of my favorites. The LOTR trilogy, The Shawshank Redemption, Beautiful Girls, Gattaca, Apocalypse Now, Fargo, Usual Suspects, Blade Runner, The Graduate, A River Runs Through It, Dances With Wolves, Titanic, and of course, Caddy Shack and Animal House.

 

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Weekly Visits?

Mom and Dad
 
Connie and Steve

Iowa fans just before Indiana upset Iowa

Chicago

Dressed Up

Susan and Steve

Ski Patrol

Wildlife

From left to right: Dirty Rotten Kitty, Willie, Connie, Marvin Lewis

Niwot Inn

Fab Four?

Ann Arbor

Oceanaire

Jax

Medal Winners


 

Breckenridge

Willie

Chicago

Moving Help
 


 

Buco

Rick

                                                                                                       
      
 
Here are a few pictures from our crew that attempted to summit Longs Peak in the summer of 2006. We started the climb at 3:00 A.M. after a 1 hour drive. The adventure is 16 miles up and back with almost 5,000' of vertical climb to a finish at 14,256'. We finished 12 hours later around 3:00 P.M. There are many web sites devoted to this climb but the best might be http://www.mtnds.com/hikes/mrh/mrh20.html  Ironically, Mike Duroe (one the the featured climbers) grew up two blocks from me in Charles City, Iowa. (Be sure to check out their great pictures that show the amount of exposure after the Keyhole. My "scary" shots never happened because I was too busy trying to stay alive.

 
 
 
3:00 A.M. - someone wake up my brother   More than three hours to go to the top  
 
Through the Keyhole   Its a little steep Almost to the top - don't look down

 

 

At the top - now who will help us down?! The two days later looking at Longs from Estes Park A closer look at where we were The next day from my sister's backyard - Longs in the background

 

                 

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Yes, this is me in 10th grade.

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