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Faculty, Staff Excellence Awards
Presented During Opening Meeting
of the Academic Year
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MAILED: Aug. 26, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — Chancellor Donald Mash and Foundation Chairman Joseph Mirr presented awards of excellence to six members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff during the opening meeting of the 1998-99 academic year Aug. 24.
Each received a university medallion and $1,000 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.
Dr. Gregory Conderman, associate professor of special education, is the Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. The annual award is determined by alumni and recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship.
Dr. Susan Moch, professor of family health nursing, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, recognizing research, productive and creative work, and professional participation and performance.
Sandra Dirks, associate professor of nursing systems, received the Excellence in Service Award in recognition of activities outside the classroom which promote excellence in education and improve the university's public image.
Hilda Moleski, foreign student adviser in the Center of International Education, and Jodi Thesing-Ritter, residence hall director, are the recipients of Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Awards in recognition of leadership and dedication as members of the university's 200-member non-teaching academic staff.
Sandra Kressin, administrative and support services division manager in Facilities Planning and Management unit, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing outstanding performance by a member of the university's 427-member classified staff.
Profiles of each recipient follow:
Greg Conderman came to UW-Eau Claire in 1993 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His commitment and contributions to students include teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, supervising student teachers, co-directing the summer LEAP clinic, and completing independent studies with students each semester. He has over 50 advisees of his own and advises in the summer when other advisers are gone. He also advises several student groups, including Kappa Delta Pi, which was selected as the 1996 UW-Eau Claire Student Organization of the Year.
Dean Ronald Satz describes Conderman as a "true teacher-scholar" because of his involvement with research and publication. He has had more than 40 articles published since he came to UW-Eau Claire, including 17 in peer-reviewed national journals. His current research, which involves an undergraduate student, is a survey of practices of secondary special education teachers in Wisconsin. On the department and school level he is active on committees which directly affect students. At the university level he served on the Assessment and Executive committees last year.
Susan Moch, a nursing faculty member since 1988, exemplifies UW-Eau Claire's mission to match scholarly activity and teaching. She includes colleagues and students in her research programs. Her research interests include working with women who have experienced breast cancer and testing interventions with that group. She is also exploring how research and nursing practice do or should mesh with one another.
A sought-after national and international speaker on her research, she recently spoke in New Zealand and made it possible for her student researchers to attend. She is well published in scientific nursing journals and has authored a book for the general public about the experiences of women with breast cancer.
Sandra Dirks has been a member of the nursing faculty since 1973. Known for her dedication to service, she established the campus chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society for nursing. She served as president of the district association of the state nursing association and has been intensely involved in the UW System's Collaborative Nursing Program, which provides access to the baccalaureate degree for registered nurses. A nursing colleague from one of the other institutions in the Collaborative Nursing Program writes, "It is fair to say that without Professor Dirks' thoughtful scholarship and contributions, the Collaborative Nursing Program project would not have been accomplished." One of the initiators of the Chippewa Valley Health Clinic which provides free health services for regional citizens, she has been active in every phase of development and operation of the clinic and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
Since joining UW-Eau Claire in 1994, Hilda Moleski has become known for her fierce yet altruistic commitment to her work. She believes in the importance of providing opportunities for foreign students to study at UW-Eau Claire, both for the benefit students derive as well as the opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students, who often have not been widely exposed to people from other cultures and traditions. She has made a genuine difference in successfully recruiting international students. Thanks to her efforts, the university has added a number of students from the former Soviet bloc. Known for her compassion in dealing with individuals, she has worked to develop an outstanding orientation program for international students and to integrate them within the greater Eau Claire community.
Jodi Thesing-Ritter has been at UW-Eau Claire since 1994. Known for her personal approach, open mind and flexible style, she works effectively with a wide range of people. Students, parents, colleagues, supervisors and others were united in their praise for her accomplishments. "From loaning spatulas to organizing events to counseling individuals and groups, Jodi leads by example rather than directive. Students recognize that she values and respects them," one colleague wrote. Highest praise comes from students themselves, one of whom says, "She is the coolest hall director because she treats her staff and residents like adults but says it's OK to make mistakes if you learn from them." She is the adviser of the residence life diversity task force called MOSAIC, which received the university's Outstanding Student Organization Award in 1988.
Sandra Kressin has been employed at the university for seven years. She provides the backbone of systems support for the entire facilities operation. While revolutionizing that system, she managed to enlist the support of people who would be most affected by the proposed changes. Sandy is adept at working with students — including them as part of the team, exposing them to real life applications and making their jobs part of their education at UW-Eau Claire. Within the greater Eau Claire community, Sandy set up the accounting system for the State Regional Arts Council, volunteers in the youth ministry program and as a Sunday school teacher at her church, and is a Girl Scout leader. In recommending her for this award, the selection committee stated their belief that Sandy has the perfect combination of ability, professionalism and dedication to the university.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: August 26, 1998