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UW-Eau Claire Recognizes Faculty, Staff Retirees
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MAILED: May 14, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- Faculty and staff from a number of departments will retire from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this spring and summer. All the retiring faculty will receive emeriti status.

Dr. Daniel Rice, professor of philosophy and religious studies, will retire in May after 27 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. Rice has earned an international reputation for his research related to Reinhold Niebuhr. He was instrumental in the university's development of a major in comparative studies in religion. Rice earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's and doctorate from Drew University.

Dr. Bruce A. Jannusch, professor of philosophy and religious studies, will retire in May after 29 years on UW-Eau Claire's faculty. Jannusch's research areas include American pragmatism and Wittgenstein studies. He chaired the philosophy and religious studies department for six years. He's a member of the American Philosophical Association and the American Association of University Professors. He earned an associate's degree at Elmhurst College in Illinois, a master's from Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri, a master's from Washington University in Missouri, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Norma Briggs, associate professor of adult health nursing, will retire in June after 22 years at the university. In addition to teaching adult health nursing classes on the UW-Eau Claire campus, Briggs is coordinator of the School of Nursing's Marshfield satellite program. She chaired the adult health nursing department from 1984-90, and was the director of the School of Nursing's graduate program from 1983-84. Briggs earned a nursing diploma from the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio, a bachelor's degree from Marquette University, a master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her doctorate from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Jack Lauber, professor of history, will retire in May after teaching 30 years at UW-Eau Claire. Lauber was chair of the history department from 1982-90. Among his areas of research are 18th century Russia and the Stalin era. He taught courses in Russian history, East Asia history and Western civilization. Among his professional affiliations are memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the American Historical Association and the Midwest Slavic Association. Lauber earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He completed his postdoctoral work at Florida State University.

William Pearson, professor of art, will retire in June after 31 years on the faculty. Pearson taught foundations, drawing and printmaking. His area of specialization is silography, a waterless lithographic printing process. Pearson has participated in more than 150 exhibitions. He earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master's from South Illinois University.

Douglas Pearson Jr., professor of English, will retire from UW-Eau Claire in June after 34 years. He served as chair of the department from 1975-1986. Pearson was responsible for the "Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops," and was critical in developing an exchange program between UW-Eau Claire and King Alfred's College. He has represented UW-Eau Claire in the London Study Center, the Study Center in Denmark, and as a resident director of the Wisconsin in Scotland Program. Pearson earned his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and his master's from UW-Madison.

Dr. Carol Fairbanks, professor of English, will retire in May after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for 26 years. Fairbanks' areas of specialization include Canadian, African American and Japanese literature, as well as prairie literature and women in literature. She was the first Women's Studies coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, serving in the role from 1977-79. In 1987, Fairbanks received UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Scholarship Award. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, her master's degree at UW-Eau Claire, and her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Paul Hilbrich, professor of music and theatre arts, will retire in May after a 29-year career at UW-Eau Claire. Hilbrich taught courses in music history. He is a member of the American Musicalogical Society. Before joining UW-Eau Claire's faculty, Hilbrich taught at public schools in Maryland and Kentucky, and taught at Ohio University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hardin Simmons University in Texas, his master's from Baylor University in Texas, and his doctorate from Ohio University.

Associate Professor of English Blagoy Trenev will retire in May after 20 years on the faculty. Trenev's areas of specialization include grammatical structures, American literature and stylistics. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1977, Trenev taught in Bulgaria and Nigeria. Trenev earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral equivalency degrees at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

Dr. Patricia Ostmoe, professor of nursing systems, will retire from UW-Eau Claire in June after 15 years. She served as dean of the School of Nursing from 1982-1995 and was acting vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1989-90. Ostmoe has served on numerous university committees including the Task Force on Nursing and Health Services for the 21st Century and the Faculty Personnel Committee. She is a member of the Wisconsin Nurses' Association and the Sigma Theta Tau-Delta Phi Chapter. Ostmoe earned her bachelor's degree at the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota, her master's from the University of California at San Francisco, and her doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Sandra Sweeney, professor of nursing systems, will retire in August after 15 years. Among her areas of research are nursing as a discipline and changing paradigms of leadership. She holds professional memberships in the American Military Surgeons of the United States, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Lamba Theta and Phi Delta Kappa. Sweeney earned her nursing degree at Mercy Hospital in Iowa, her bachelor's degree at Saint Ambrose College in Iowa, and her master's and doctorate at the University of Iowa.

Dr. James Egan, professor of economics, will retire after 27 years. He taught numerous courses related to money and banking, and is a member of the board of directors at a local bank. He served as editor of "Annual Editions: Money and Banking," a supplementary text for college students. Egan participated in study abroad programs at Harlaxton, Monterey, and in the Wisconsin in Scotland Program. Egan earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Indiana, a master's degree from Purdue University and a doctoral degree from Syracuse University.

Dr. Richard Buck, associate professor of foundations and library science, will retire in May after 25 years on the faculty. He has taught courses in administration of media programs and selection of media. He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls, and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

William Meiser, associate professor of kinesiology, will retire in May after 29 years at UW-Eau Claire. Meiser's areas of specialization include elementary physical education, sports medicine, leisure and sports activities, and track and field. In addition to teaching, he also has coached men's track and men's gymnastics, and served as the athletic trainer from 1968-1977. Meiser earned his bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse and his master's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Jean Crowe, associate professor of biology, will retire in May after 33 years on the faculty. In addition to teaching biology courses, Crowe also has been responsible for observing biology majors during their student teaching semester. During the spring semester of 1995, she taught several biology courses in Scotland as a participant in the Wisconsin in Scotland Program. In 1988, Crowe was given a faculty improvement grant to travel to the Galapagos Islands. She earned her undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and her master's at the University of Michigan. She completed graduate courses at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Thomas Barth, professor of political science, will retire in May after 34 years. Barth was instrumental in redefining the university's political science major, and in developing its criminal justice and public administration programs. He served as acting chair of the department in 1991-92, and has been the pre-law adviser for many years.

James Bollinger, assistant chancellor for facilities planning and management, will retire after 27 years. Among Bollinger's many accomplishments at UW-Eau Claire was the creation of Stein Fields, an athletic complex shared by the university and the city of Eau Claire. Before joining UW-Eau Claire's staff, he taught in Port Washington, Wausau and Eau Claire public schools. He's a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. Bollinger earned his bachelor's degree at UW-Eau Claire and his master's degree at UW-Madison.

Dr. Kenneth Heilman, professor of psychology, will retire in June after 32 years. He served as chair of the psychology department from 1992-94. He has taught courses in consumer, industrial, introductory experimental and advanced experimental psychology, as well as courses in buyer behavior, industrial personnel testing and research methods. He's a member of the American Psychological Association, the Midwest Psychological Association, and the Chippewa Valley Personnel Association. Heilman earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his doctorate from Purdue University in Indiana.

Dr. Dean Nelson, professor of chemistry, will retire in May after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught general and inorganic chemistry, and a methods class in the department of curriculum and instruction. Nelson is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Wisconsin Science Teachers Association. His areas of research include chemical education curriculum development. He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, his master's from the University of Northern Iowa, and his doctorate from the Colorado State University.

Dr. Joel Klink, professor of chemistry, will retire in June after 34 years. He served as chair of the chemistry department from 1978-83. His research areas include synthesis of energetic materials and synthesis of sterically stabilized polymers. Klink has taught courses in general chemistry, organic and advanced organic chemistry and polymers. In 1988, Klink received the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award. Klink's professional affiliations include the American Chemical Society and the Council on Undergraduate Research. Klink earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate at Ohio State University.

Keith Daniels, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will retire in May after 34 years. Daniels' areas of research have included nuclear physics and electronics. Daniels founded the men's cross country team at UW-Eau Claire, and served as its coach for 25 years. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University in Ohio.

Dr. James Benning, professor of psychology, will retire in May after 40 years at UW-Eau Claire. Benning has taught general psychology and educational psychology, psychology of adjustment, and theories of counseling. He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado-Greeley.

Dr. Glenn Thompson, professor of foundations and library science, will retire in May after 27 years. He served as department chair from 1972-1990. In 1992, Thompson was awarded a sabbatical in 1992 to serve as a visiting professor in the Extension Department at the Distance Education University and the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Costa Rica. Thompson earned his bachelor's degree from Augustana College in South Dakota, his master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and his doctorate from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Orville Bierman, professor of mathematics, will retire in May after 26 years. He is a member of the Mathematics Association of America and the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, and serves on the State Executive Committee of the Association of UW Professionals. He earned his bachelor's degree at Mankato State University, and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Utah.

Dr. Roger Quealy, professor of curriculum and instruction, will retire in July after 30 years on UW-Eau Claire's faculty. In 1986-87 Quealy received a teaching appointment in Malaysia, and has been a participant in the World Congress on Reading in Hamburg and German. He has been active in the International Reading Association and the Wisconsin State Reading Association. He earned his doctorate at Indiana University.

Dr. Richard Weld, associate professor of special education, will retire after 25 years at UW-Eau Claire. Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire's faculty, Weld served as director of the Intensive Training Center at the Northern Wisconsin Colony and Training School in Chippewa Falls. Weld earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, and his master's degree and doctorate from UW-Madison.

All the retirees will be recognized during UW-Eau Claire spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 24.

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Updated: May 14, 1997