Sixteen faculty and academic staff members from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have recently retired or will retire this spring or summer.
Nancy Baker, professor emerita, music and theatre arts, will retire in May with 36 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Besides teaching applied and group piano classes and serving as an adjudicator and presenter for numerous piano competitions and workshops, she was active as a performer, appearing several times on "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem," broadcast by Wisconsin Public Radio, and recording two piano sonatas by Charles Ives. Her research interests included 20th-century piano literature and performing arts medicine. As chair of the piano campaign fund for the 50th anniversary of the department of music and theatre arts, she helped raise $180,000 to purchase three Steinway Grand pianos in 1997. Baker earned her bachelor's degree from what is now UW-Eau Claire and her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She pursued advanced graduate study at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Richard Boyum, associate professor unranked and counseling psychologist emeritus, Counseling Services, will retire in May. During his 31 years of service, Boyum estimates he has met with more than 6,000 students in 15,000 counseling sessions. He also taught several psychology classes throughout the years and published more than 300 articles and essays, including more than 40 Web publications. The counseling Web site he developed at UW-Eau Claire is cited frequently on other mental health Web sites, and Boyum also has given a wide variety of presentations on mental health topics for network and educational television and radio stations and regional newspapers. His many honors include, most recently, outstanding service and outstanding program awards from the Wisconsin College Personnel Association. Boyum earned his bachelor's degree from Luther College, his master's degree from UW-Stout and his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. James Brummer, professor emeritus, philosophy and religious studies, will retire in July with 31 years of service. He taught more than 30 courses at UW-Eau Claire, authored a book on corporate responsibility and published 12 journal articles on ethical theory and professional ethics. Since becoming chair of his department in 1997, he initiated a faculty colloquium and the undergraduate journal Prism for students in the department. His awards and honors include a 1990 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Effective Teaching; 2002 induction into the college's Hall of Honor for contributions to the university, local, state and national communities; and a 2003 Max Schoenfeld Award for contributions to life and to scholarship in humanities education at UW-Eau Claire. Brummer earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and his master's and doctoral degrees from Boston University.
Dr. William Dunlap, professor emeritus, curriculum and instruction, will retire in July with 17 years of service. Dunlap joined UW-Eau Claire as dean of the School of Education and served from 1987 until 1995 when the school was merged into the College of Professional Studies. Since that time he has taught 11 structured courses and at least 14 ad hoc senior and graduate level courses, revised several CI courses to make them more field and performance based, and implemented two "fast-track" certification programs. His research has involved comparing teacher education in the United States and abroad — hosting visiting teachers from Japan, Korea and Kazakhstan; making presentations at international conferences in Wales, Russia, Japan and Korea; and participating in several research studies with foreign universities. Dunlap also is the author of numerous instructional materials and publications about teaching and was very active and successful in obtaining grants from outside sources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Carolyn Hopp, associate professor emerita, mathematics, will retire in May with 21 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She taught a variety of mathematics courses, working to change students' beliefs and attitudes about mathematics, but said she is proudest of her curriculum development in special topics courses, particularly "Teaching 6-12 Mathematics with Technology." She made numerous presentations at local, state, regional and national conferences and was invited to speak at an international conference on cooperative education. Hopp also founded the UW-Eau Claire Mathematics Meet for high school students. She was involved in the Challenges and Choices program and the American Association of University Women's Sister to Sister Summit. As a result, she received the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council 2001 Woman of Distinction Award in the category of "women preparing young women for responsible adulthood." Hopp earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison and her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Karen Horan, adjunct assistant professor emerita, art & design, will retire in June with 26 years of service. A former public school art teacher, Horan taught classes in art education for both the art & design department and the School of Education's department of curriculum and instruction. Her research interests included multicultural curriculum issues, Wisconsin Indian history and culture in the art curriculum, traditional and contemporary Ojibwa art forms, and Native American art history in the Southwest United States. She published articles and made numerous presentations on these and other subjects. She also developed six continuing education courses for teachers dealing with these issues and facilitated partnerships between local schools and UW-Eau Claire art education majors. In 1994 she was named "Art Educator of the Year in Higher Education" by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Horan earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and her master's degree from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Helena Jones, professor emerita, biology, will retire in May with 28 years of service. She initiated and taught UW-Eau Claire's courses in histology, endocrinology, neurobiology and biology of cancer and also taught "Women in the Life Sciences." She mentored many outstanding students and encouraged their pursuit of advanced degrees in the biomedical fields and professions and was active in promoting women in science. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, Jones was a National Science Foundation review panel member in the biomedical sciences, was a co-recipient of gold and silver medals from the American Academy of Dermatology for scientific exhibits on skin cancer, and was involved in various research projects. She was a staff scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories and was on the anatomy faculty at Indiana University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Jones received her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and was awarded a National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellowship to pursue her doctoral degree at OSU College of Medicine.
Dr. Richard Kark, senior physician emeritus, Health Services, will retire in May with 16 years of service. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1988, Kark practiced in Madison and at Eau Claire's Midelfort Clinic. He has been active in the Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for a National Health Plan and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also has been a member of the Board of Health governing the Eau Claire City-County Health Department for many years. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, his master's degree from the University of Minnesota and his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Caroline Majak, professor emerita, curriculum and instruction, will retire in June after 14 years at UW-Eau Claire, 26 years of total state service. At UW-Eau Claire she taught a variety of courses related to literacy and language arts curriculum issues, including children's and young adult literature and multicultural literature. She was the first department chair for the department of curriculum and instruction from 1990-93 and a past president of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Majak's scholarship led her to publish many articles and make numerous presentations at state, regional, national and international levels. She had a strong commitment to preparing teachers for the diverse populations found in elementary and middle level classrooms and assisted with standards development for teachers at those levels. Majak earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Ball State University.
Bill Rowlett, development program manager, athletics, will retire in June after four years of planning and overseeing all fund-raising, development and alumni activities related to UW-Eau Claire Blugold athletics, including annual giving and major gift programs. Rowlett was hired in 2000 because of his experience raising more than $4 million for various local athletic organizations, including more than $750,000 for the Carson Park Baseball Stadium renovation. His previous experience included working for A.J. Manufacturing in Bloomer, the Eau Claire Press Co. and 26 years at the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Co. Rowlett earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1966.
Dr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist emerita, Counseling Services, will retire in July with 14 years of service. A Seeing Eye dog user for the past 30 years, Schneider was the first blind student to graduate from the public school system in Kalamazoo, Mich., and was a valedictorian as well as a National Merit Scholar. She worked at four universities before coming to UW-Eau Claire and since then has taught psychology courses from general psychology to graduate level and counseled, supervised and administered university counseling services. She has presented papers at national professional meetings and authored articles and book chapters on such topics as counseling people with disabilities, and visual impairment and religion. Schneider has won awards for her work from the Courage Center, UW-Eau Claire and the UW System Board of Regents, among others. She earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and her master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University.
Robert Shaw, associate professor unranked and associate dean of students emeritus, Student Development and Diversity, will retire in May with 34 years of service. As an associate dean of students, Shaw worked extensively on student life issues and concerns with a faculty and staff of more than 600 and a student body of more than 10,000. His numerous duties included assisting with recruitment and orientation of faculty, staff and students; serving as the primary source of referral for students experiencing personal, social, emotional, academic and behavior problems; coordinating the university's Crisis Management Plan; speaking to the media on university- and student-related issues and serving as a liaison with community groups; and advising university organizations, including the Student Senate. He has received honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to university life from several honor societies and was named an Outstanding Adviser and one of the Outstanding Men of America. Shaw earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and his master's degree from UW-Stout.
Dr. Billie Earl Sparks, professor emeritus, mathematics, retired in January with 35 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Sparks specialized in the development of mathematics education courses and earned a national reputation, receiving weekly calls from school officials and teachers seeking advice on math curriculum development, assessment, staff development and other issues related to teaching math in elementary and secondary schools. In addition to teaching, he gave more than 500 speeches, workshops and in-service sessions for math teachers and received more than $300,000 in extracurricular grants aimed at improving the teaching of mathematics. Sparks earned his bachelor's degree from Arkansas Polytechnic College and his master's and doctoral degrees from the George Peabody College for Teachers.
Dr. Paul Vanderheiden, professor emeritus, accounting and finance, will retire in July after 21 years at UW-Eau Claire, 28 years of total state service, including time at UW-Milwaukee. He taught a variety of finance courses, including courses on financial principles, management, analysis, institutions and markets; long-term financial management; and investments and portfolio management. Vanderheiden published a number of articles in professional journals, often in collaboration with his UW-Eau Claire colleagues. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, his master's degree from UW-Oshkosh and his doctoral degree from the University of Florida.
Michael Weber, associate professor, art & design, will retire in May with 12 years of service. He taught at Beloit College prior to joining the UW-Eau Claire art faculty to teach ceramics and 3-D design. He is a member of the National Ceramics Council for Education of Ceramic Arts and has conducted research in large ceramic sculptures and wood-fired ceramics, which resulted in a collaboration with a UW-Madison professor and UW students to create an anagama (a Japanese style) wood fire kiln designed by Weber. The special kiln, now one of three, is near his studio in Bayfield County, where he conducts special workshops for ceramics students. Weber has exhibited his ceramics extensively in New York and Japan as well as at other galleries in the United States and Spain. Since 2001 Weber also has involved his students in community outreach by helping them to coordinate the creation of hundreds of ceramic "Empty Bowls" to raise money to stock a local food pantry. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison.
Dr. Thomas Wineinger, professor emeritus, mathematics, will retire in June with 34 years of service. The early years of his career were spent primarily working in the area of fluid mechanics in industry, applying numerical methods to problem solving. Those interests carried over to his teaching career, and at UW-Eau Claire he was a leader in the area of numerical analysis, primarily responsible for the current sequence of the university's numerical analysis courses as well as one of the primary individuals involved in the development of the discrete math course, one of his later interests. Wineinger also co-authored an algebra text and a computer-assisted instructional algebra program. From 1995 through 2003 he was chair of the mathematics department. He received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and his master's and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University.
- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau