Jeff Oliphant Blugold Spirit Award and Ron Satz Teacher/Scholar Award
Rose Battalio, Professor and Chair, Department of Special Education, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Jeff Oliphant Blugold Spirit Award. This award is presented each year to a student, faculty, or staff member in CoEHS who clearly exemplifies the vision and mission of the university, CoEHS, and department; works successfully with others; maintains high standards; and provides leadership. Dr. Battalio joined the special education faculty in 2000, becoming chair of the department in 2008. Throughout her time at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Battalio has been known for her professionalism and enthusiasm, for her ability to advocate for students and collaborate with colleagues. Students have tremendous respect for Dr. Battalio. Dr. Battalio is known across campus as a leader, one who shares her energy, insight, and practical problem-solving abilities to any and every task. Her nominator said, "Dr. Battalio shares her generous spirit with us all each and every day." Dr. Battalio truly makes a positive difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff.
Leah Olson-McBride, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, received the 2012-2013 Ron Satz Teacher/Scholar Award. The award is designed to recognize a faculty member meeting the following criteria: dedicated to student success, committed to democratic ideals and cultural diversity, excellence in scholarly contributions, and enthusiastic participant in one's field of expertise. Dr. Olson-McBride joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 2009. In the past four years, she has demonstrated tremendous skills as a teacher/scholar. Nominators point out that Dr. Olson-McBride has done the following: received International Fellows grants, worked with at least 18 students on collaborative student/faculty research projects, published a number of articles and made scholarly presentations, traveled with students to South Africa, Louisiana, and the Lac de Flambeau reservation. Dr. Olson-