University Bulletin
Vol. 50, No. 34Seventeenth Week • Spring Semester • May 12, 2003

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UW-Eau Claire names associate dean for the
School of Education

Research Day awards announced

Service recognition and retirement reception set for Tuesday

Pay raises for classified staff approved

Commencement set for May 17

Faculty and academic staff members retire

Alumni Association to present awards May 17



Summer Bulletin to begin June 9
This is the final issue of the University Bulletin for the 2002-03 academic year. The Summer Bulletin will be published weekly during the eight-week summer session beginning Monday, June 9. The summer publication will carry official notices, calendar items, faculty and staff news and other news briefs.

Items for the Summer Bulletin should be sent by mail or e-mail to Liz Wolf Green,, News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication in the following week's issue.

Publication of the University Bulletin will resume with the Aug. 25 issue to coincide with the official opening of the 2003-04 academic year. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire names associate dean for the
School of Education
Katherine RhoadesKatherine Rhoades has been named associate dean of the School of Education at UW-Eau Claire.

Rhoades has been interim associate dean since July 2002. Provost Ronald Satz announced May 9 that, upon the recommendation of College of Professional Studies Dean Mark Clark, Rhoades will become the associate dean of the School of Education beginning
July 1.

"Katherine Rhoades has proven to be an effective leader in the School of Education," Satz said of the appointment. "Under her guidance, I am confident that UW-Eau Claire will continue to do an exceptional job of preparing students for careers in education."
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UW-Eau Claire Research Day awards announcedVisitors viewing Student Research Day posters
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with the support of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation recently announced the awards from UW-Eau Claire's 11th annual Student Research Day, April 28.

The day highlights student research accomplishments and the role faculty and academic staff play as mentors in the scholarly activity process, said Christopher Lind, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration. Full story including student and faculty award recipients.
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Service recognition and retirement reception set for Tuesday
The university community is invited to attend a reception honoring retiring faculty and staff and those who have been with the university for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years. The event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Go to top of page

Pay raises for classified staff approved
Represented classified staff at UW-Eau Claire are among an estimated 1,000 state workers in Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn counties who after waiting nearly two years for pay raises will get them retroactively under 19 contracts approved by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations. The contracts won overwhelming approval Tuesday, May 6, and were signed by Gov. Doyle the following morning. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire commencement set for May 17
Spring commencement exercises for 1,107 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held May 17 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Full story. Go to top of page

Fourteen faculty and academic staff members retire from UW-Eau Claire
The following faculty or academic staff members will retire from UW-Eau Claire after the spring 2003 semester. All will receive emeritus status:

  • Thomas Bergmann, professor of management and marketing
  • Rodney B. Hudson, associate professor of music and theatre arts
  • Stephen R. Katrosits, professor of art
  • James E. LaBarre, professor and department chair of management information systems
  • Ann M. Lapp, dean of students and director of Academic and Career Services
  • Leonard A. Larsen, professor of computer science
  • Ivar Lunde Jr., professor of music
  • Nanette G. Lunde, professor of music
  • Ronald Mickel, professor of history and director of the university Honors Program
  • Mary A. Meiser, professor of English
  • Robert Nelson, professor of allied health professions
  • Daniel Norstedt, associate professor, library services
  • Cleo Powers, associate professor, library services
  • Richard D. Snyder, associate professor of mathematics

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UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards May 17
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to eight alumni and friends of the university at a special luncheon and ceremony May 17.

Dr. Sara Laun-CannonDr. Sara Laun-Cannon, a 1991 zoology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation. Laun-Cannon received her medical degree from UW-Madison in 1995 and served her pediatric residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore. She is now a full partner at The Children's Clinic, Portland, a private clinic of 20 pediatricians.

Dr. Michael Knetter will be one of three recipients of the President's Award, which Dr. Michael Knetterrecognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Knetter, a 1983 economics and mathematics graduate of UW-Eau Claire who also earned a doctorate in economics from Stanford University, was named dean and professor of finance, investment and banking at the UW-Madison School of Business in July 2002.

Dr. F. Charles Mace also will receive the President's Award. Mace received his master's degree in school psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 1979 and his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1983. His professional career has been devoted to developing effective methods to assess and teach children with learning and behavioral problems.

Dr. Phillip ZivnuskaDr. Phillip Zivnuska also will receive the President's Award. Zivnuska, who maintains a private dental practice in Wichita, Kan., received a mathematics degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1974, when he also was honored as the university's Outstanding Senior Student. Dr. John Drawbert

Dr. John Drawbert will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Drawbert is an Eau Claire orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.

Issa JethaIssa Jetha will be one of two recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Jetha, an instructor in mathematics at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Wash., and Lake Washington Technical College, Kirkland, Wash., received both a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire, in 1971 and 1980, respectively. Kevin Keane

Kevin Keane also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Keane, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, now is assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Charles ThompsonCharles Thompson, a 1958 geography UW-Eau Claire graduate, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award. The award is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities, who have made a positive impact through dedication to service and whose lives are a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence." Thompson is CEO of Riverwood Condominium Development in Wisconsin Dells and was secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation from 1991-2000.

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