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Fourteen Faculty and Academic Staff
Retire From UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  May 9, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - Fourteen faculty or academic staff members have recently retired or will retire from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire after the spring 2003 semester. All will receive emeritus status.

Dr. Thomas Bergmann, professor of management and marketing, assistant dean of student affairs for the College of Business and director of research for the College of Business, will retire in May with 28 years of service. Bergmann taught courses in human resource management, entrepreneurship, compensation theory and administration and a variety of graduate courses; has scholarly interests in the areas of conflict resolution, the development of high-performance teams, leadership and mentoring; and was a former director of the MBA program. He received an Excellence in Scholarship Award in 1991 and was recently awarded a Faculty/Academic Staff Member Excellence in Service-Learning Award in recognition of the dozens of service-learning students he mentored through projects that encourage them to be better leaders and managers. He also mentored faculty members and encouraged faculty research. Bergmann received his bachelor's degree from Loras College, Iowa, his master's degree from Loyola University and his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

Rodney B. Hudson, associate professor of music, will retire in May after 32 years of teaching applied trombone and brass techniques for music education majors and serving at various times as director of Concert Band, Marching Band and Symphony Band. Recognized as an exceptional performer and as a dedicated instructor and mentor, Hudson contributed to the strong reputation enjoyed by UW-Eau Claire's music program and saw many of his students go on to successful careers as teachers or professional musicians. He assisted with music programs in community schools by serving as a clinician and adjudicator. He earned bachelor's degree from Minot State College and two master's degrees from the University of Iowa.

Stephen Katrosits, professor of art, will retire in June after 35 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught painting and drawing, foundations color theory, contemporary art and advanced studio 2-D. His areas of interest and expertise include painting, contemporary art history and art theory. In addition to producing and exhibiting his own work, Katrosits was a leader in bringing local, state and nationally recognized artists to campus, as well as organizing and leading department art trips, providing students opportunities to visit museums and galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee and New York. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Milwaukee.

Dr. James E. LaBarre, professor and department chair of management information systems, will retire in July after 33 years of teaching business and business teacher education at UW-Eau Claire. For the last 24 years, he taught management information systems. He co-authored 40 textbooks on information processing and computer programming; directed several curriculum projects in computer information systems, accounting and office administration; and embraced technology and related instructional techniques for classrooms. Known for his "open door" policy, he's counseled to countless students. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mayville State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Dakota. He did post-doctoral work in management information systems at Indiana University.

Ann Lapp, dean of students and director of Academic and Career Services, will retire in July with 34 years of service. She started as an instructor in organizational and interpersonal communication and public speaking in the department of communication and journalism, but has held numerous administrative positions at UW-Eau Claire, including director of Educational Opportunity and director of Student Support Services. She has written or co-authored numerous grants, totaling about $1.5 million annually, and is a member of the Provost's Leadership Council. She has a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and a master's from UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Leonard A. Larsen, professor of computer science, will retire in May after 32 years of teaching. A founding member of the computer science department, Larsen taught a variety of courses involving his areas of expertise, including data structures and database systems, programming languages and Descrete mathematics. He was instrumental in helping form and continually update UW-Eau Claire's computer science program. Known for his eclectic interests, Larsen's outside activities have ranged from videotaping nesting eagles in Putnam Park to building a private chapel and rebuilding a seven rank pipe organ for it. He has a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.

Ivar Lunde Jr., professor of music, will retire in May after 35 years of service. Before joining UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1968, he was the principal oboist for the Norwegian National Opera. He taught applied oboe, saxophone and bassoon, woodwind techniques and ensembles, applied composition, and music theory and technology. He continued to teach and perform in the United States and Europe. He conducts the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, is a former conductor of the University Band and University Chamber Orchestra, and performs with the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and Les Favorites. In retirement, he plans to continue composing, performing and working with a sound and video studio/small publishing venture he owns and operates. Lunde was educated at the Akadamie Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, and earned a master's degree at the Oslo Conservatory of Music in Norway.

Nanette Lunde, professor of music, will retire in May after 34 years of teaching applied piano, applied harpsichord, class piano and Baroque performance practice, an area of emphasis she helped develop. She coordinates Les Favorites, a period instrument ensemble, and has performed as a harpsichord recitalist in the United States and Europe. Her performances are often heard on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her publications include "The Continuo Companion," an anthology in facsimile for basso continuo instruction and a text for class piano instruction. She is a past president and founder of the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a master's from Northwestern University School of Music, and two degrees from Akadamie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Mary A. Meiser, professor of English, will retire in May after 27 years. With expertise in the theory and practice of writing, Meiser has been a leader in English education for more than 25 years, supervising student teachers, working with the Department of Public Instruction to design standards documents and curricular guides, authoring books, and designing and organizing professional development workshops for students and teachers. She provided many years of service to the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and has received numerous awards, grants and honors. She earned a bachelor's from St. Norbert College, a master's from UW-Eau Claire, and master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Dr. Ronald Mickel, professor of history, director of the Honors Program and coordinator of the Network for Excellence in Teaching, will retire in July with 42 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Besides teaching history courses, he established and served as faculty adviser for Lambda Omicron, the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honors society; developed an honors program for history majors; and served as the history department chair for 10 years. His longtime interest has been in United States intellectual and cultural history, but his recent work has focused on honors concerns and teaching and learning issues. He earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Nazarene College and master's and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University.

Dr. Robert Nelson, professor of allied health professions, will retire in June with 31 years of service. As UW-Eau Claire's first full-time environmental health faculty member, he played a key role in program planning and course development for the baccalaureate program in environmental health and created lasting affiliations with governmental agencies and industry. He took the lead role in establishing national accreditation of the undergraduate program, one of only 24 in the nation, and in developing the graduate program. His research interests have ranged from water quality studies to mosquito surveillance, and he has collaborated with many students in applied research projects. His "wall of fame," which includes photos of each of his graduating classes, attests to his affection for and pride in his students, who have gone on to work for a variety of local, county, state or private health agencies. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Daniel Norstedt, associate professor, library services, retired in December 2002 with more than 30 years of service. He joined UW-Eau Claire in 1972 as coordinator of managerial analysis and went on to serve in key administrative positions in a variety of university offices, including the Office of Institutional Studies, Administrative Computing and Personnel Services, before bringing his expertise to staff and students in the reference area of the McIntyre Library. He continues to be active after retirement, volunteering his time to work with UW-Eau Claire students to develop a Web site and internship positions for the New York chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, a non-profit organization he became involved with through his friendship with a UW-Eau Claire alumnus. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and a second master's degree from UW-Madison.

Cleo Powers, associate professor, library services, will retire in June with more than 31 years of service. She was responsible for the Center for Reserve and Instructional Media and main circulation departments at McIntyre Library, but has served in a variety of positions over the years, including acting automation librarian, head of public services, periodicals public services librarian and acting director of the library. She is active in professional organizations, chairing and serving on committees for the Wisconsin Library Association, the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians and other local and state organizations. At UW-Eau Claire she offered her expertise on issues ranging from the re-definition of the baccalaureate degree to the improvement of the audiovisual collection for women's studies to distance education. Powers earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and her master's degree from UW-Madison.

Dr. Richard Snyder, associate professor of mathematics, will retire in May after 16 years of service. He taught algebra, precalculus, calculus and analysis and was one of the first faculty members to use graphing calculators in the classroom. He served on numerous committees at the local and state levels, bringing to all his efforts an approach characterized by careful planning and implementation followed by careful assessment of effectiveness. Snyder served for 10 years as the editor of the Newsletter of the Wisconsin Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He earned a bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster, a master's degree from the University of Arizona and a doctoral degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.
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