Three College of Business faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 21.
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Provost Steven Tallant presented 2007 Excellence Awards to LaNette Flunker, senior lecturer of management and marketing; Dr. Jack Hoggatt, assistant dean for student affairs, professor and chair of the business communication department in the College of Business; and Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for external affairs, College of Business. Other university award recipients were Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology; Pamela Scheible, publications and scheduling specialist in Registration Services; and Dr. Vicki Snider, professor of special education.
LaNette Flunker, who joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1998, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Alumni select the award recipient. Flunker's former students described her as enthusiastic, supportive, caring and "someone who really has student interests at heart." They cited her use of real-life examples in the classroom and her ability to get students involved through presentations, role plays and group work as further evidence of her teaching excellence. Flunker has taught every undergraduate marketing course in the university catalogue, as well as an online MBA foundation course. In addition to teaching and advising 70-plus students, Flunker frequently collaborates with her College of Business colleagues on various research projects. She also organizes the UW-Eau Claire Sales Competition, an annual event that determines which UW-Eau Claire marketing students will compete at the National Sales Competition, and coaches the UW-Eau Claire team at the national event. Her teams have consistently placed in the top 10 at the event.
Jack Hoggatt, a member of the business faculty since 1979, is the UW-Eau Claire 2007 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee. His scholarly record includes more than 40 books and an additional 50 publications ranging from journal articles to book chapters. For many years Hoggatt led the business education program at UW-Eau Claire, which was known nationwide for its curriculum and outstanding preparation of future K-12 teachers of business education. That same program, now modified to provide business communication education to a wider audience, serves more than 2,000 students in the university's College of Business. Under Hoggatt's leadership, more than 20 percent of UW-Eau Claire business students receive a business communication certificate to complement their major field of study. Part of the certificate's requirements is completion of the Student Professional Development Program, which includes seminars on career planning, professional appearance, professional etiquette and job campaigns and prepares students for their transition to professional life. "Dr. Hoggatt's philosophy of education places an emphasis on both mentoring and motivating his students to help prepare them for a successful career in business and, more importantly, in life," wrote Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in a letter nominating Hoggatt for the award.
Gretchen Hutterli, who has worked in the UW-Eau Claire College of Business for nearly 25 years and served as assistant dean for external affairs for the past 14 years, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff. In addition to her role as the first female assistant dean in the College of Business, Hutterli has been a marketing instructor, student organization adviser, small business consultant and instructor and summer orientation adviser. She also has advised 30 to 100 marketing and business administration students per year since 1983. As assistant dean, she markets the College of Business and individual departments to prospective and current students and donors, plans and ensures the success of numerous college events and manages the college's alumni relations. Her fundraising efforts have brought in more than $3 million, including matching gift money, for the college and its programs. She was named 1999-2000 Outstanding Public Employee by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce for her leadership on various chamber committees, including two Chamber accreditation committees. Her leadership in the recent redesign of the College of Business Web site was honored with a Gold Award at the 2005 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education regional conference.
Each honoree received the University Medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Three of the awards — the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Performance awards for classified and academic staff — are funded by Markquart Chevrolet, Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation of Eau Claire funded the awards honoring the nominees for the Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award and the U.S. Professor of the Year Award.
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