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UW-Eau Claire Honors Faculty and Staff
Excellence Award Winners


 MAILED:  Aug. 24, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards today (Aug. 24) during the opening meeting of the 2004-05 academic year.

Chancellor Donald Mash, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Chairman David Anderson and Lee Markquart of Eau Claire presented the awards. Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.

Dr. Rosemary Battalio, assistant professor of special education, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship. Alumni select the award recipient.

Battalio joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 2000. Since her arrival, she has been actively involved in service to her department, school and area school districts. Battalio has been a presenter at numerous state, national and international conferences, and she is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Professor of the Year award, which is selected by three student education organizations of the Student Wisconsin Education Association, the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Future Teachers Club.

Battalio's students have consistently given her high marks for her teaching effectiveness, saying that she maintains a high level of expectation for her students, but is always willing to go the extra mile to help and encourage them. Her advising activities are extensive and have included graduate and non-candidate for degree students.

"While Dr. Battalio has made significant contributions to the department in all areas, her teaching effectiveness is particularly noteworthy," said Dr. J. Todd Stephens, chair of the special education department. "Her commitment to students is second only to her commitment to best practice teacher preparation. Her enthusiasm, wit and knowledge, developed through almost 20 years of classroom experience, motivate her students to strive for excellence personally, academically and in classroom settings. The department is extremely pleased that she has chosen to bring her teaching expertise back to the department from which she graduated so many years ago."

Dr. Bruce Taylor, professor of English, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which recognizes research, productive and creative work, and professional participation and performance.

Taylor's publications include prestigious magazines like Poetry, The Chicago Review, The Nation and New York Quarterly. His long list of scholarly awards and fellowships include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Artist Foundation and the Wisconsin Humanities Counsel.

In recent years, Taylor has focused his academic scholarship on first-year experience and students in transition. He co-edits Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College, the first collection of its kind to include stories, essays, poems and plays about higher education written by students and professional writers. He also has shared his research and creative teaching techniques for first-year experience courses at state and national conferences.

"For more than 30 years he has mentored writers and lovers of literature in the community — teens through retirees — as well as hundreds of student writers at UW-Eau Claire," the nominating committee stated. "Bruce Taylor is a model scholar whose passion for acquiring and sharing knowledge is apparent from his various accomplishments.

"Even after 30 years at UW-Eau Claire, he continues to explore new scholarship to freshen, inspire and invigorate his classes, his work in the larger scholarly community and his own writing."

Theresa Wells, senior lecturer of management and marketing, is the recipient of the Excellence in Advising Award. The award recognizes effective advising qualities and practices.

Wells has been a member of the university community since 1993. In supporting her nomination for the Excellence award, her advisees noted her exceptional commitment and willingness to provide career guidance. She also has provided extensive service in advising the American Production and Inventory Control Society student organization.

"Terry is a fantastic adviser," said Robert Sutton, chair of the management and marketing department. "She is the adviser for the student chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society organization and has 80-90 advisees. Under Terry's tutelage, the chapter has become one of the most organized and active organizations on campus. Members regularly tour companies, participate in regional and national competitions, and are involved in the community.

"Students tell me that Terry is the most caring and dedicated adviser they've had. She takes time to help them in course scheduling, answer their questions, work through problems and assist them in career planning. She schedules advising sessions at times that work for students. She also goes out of her way to help them find internships and full-time positions when they graduate. Because of her caring attitude and dedication, many students have specifically asked to have Terry as their adviser."

To identify an Excellence in Advising Award recipient, Student Senate leaders sent a survey to the student body asking students to nominate advisers. Based on those nominations, the Student Senate Academic Affairs Commission forwarded five names to the Faculty Awards Committee. The committee then sent e-mails to the nominees' advisees asking them to fill out a survey about their adviser. The committee used that feedback to select Wells as the recipient.

Dr. Susan Moch, professor of family health nursing, is the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award. The award recognizes activities outside the classroom that promote excellence in education and improve the university's public image.

Moch joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1988 and immediately began serving the Hmong community in Eau Claire by mentoring a Hmong family. Through this service, she met many people in the Hmong community and began learning about their health needs. In the years since, she has taught health education classes to the Hmong, and helped her colleagues learn more about Hmong culture. She has worked with high school students to help them learn about the Hmong Lao veteran experience, and helped establish an Institute on Hmong Americans.

Among her many initiatives was a public television program that involved university students and high school students producing a program to encourage parent/child communication in the Hmong community. And she's been instrumental in teaching health care professionals about needs in the Hmong community and about Hmong culture.

"In sum, since coming to Eau Claire, Dr. Susan Moch has lived a life of service; service to the Hmong in our community," one colleague wrote. "Through her actions, she has modeled substantial service to the faculty and students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dr. Moch's masterful intertwining of community service and related commendable teaching is well known to the Hmong community and the faculty within the School of Nursing."

Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center, received the Administrative and/or Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing leadership and dedication as a member of the university's 200-member non-teaching academic staff.

See began working at UW-Eau Claire in 1994, after she had earned her bachelor's degree in English/creative writing from UW-Eau Claire but before she earned her master's degree in English from the university. She began her career as a writing tutor in the Academic Skills Center.

After serving in a variety of roles in the Collegiate Bridge Program and the Upward Bound Program, See was named senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center. As the coordinator, See evaluates students' needs; recruits, trains and supervises tutors/mentors; develops instructional resource materials; and writes grants to fund programs. She also is an instructor in the Women's Studies program and serves on the program's steering committee. See is the adviser to the College Feminists student organization.

"Patti See is a dedicated professional who is willing to take initiative and assume increased responsibilities in order to serve students effectively," one of her supporters stated.

Patricia Burbach, a program assistant for the School of Nursing in Marshfield, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing outstanding performance by a member of the university's 425-member classified staff.

Burbach has worked at UW-Eau Claire's School of Nursing site in Marshfield for 10 years, providing support to the site coordinator, students and faculty. She assists with distance education technology, coordinates room scheduling, meetings and serves as the technology support person when needed. She serves as an on-site computer trouble shooter for students and faculty, established an orientation program, coordinates and manages the satellite bookstore, manages work study, and answers students' questions about registration and financial aid.

"Her dedication, professionalism, compassion for students and her knowledge of the nursing program make her an indispensable resource to the Marshfield site and the School of Nursing," the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Awards Committee members state in their nomination letter.

Three of the awards presented are being supported by Lee and Mary Markquart on behalf of Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The Markquarts have made a commitment of more than $100,000 to build an endowment that will fund three of the excellence awards in perpetuity and to provide annual funding for these awards while the endowment builds. The three awards supported — the excellence awards for classified and academic staff and the Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty — each recognize one of the university's employee groups.

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Updated: August 24, 2004