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Faculty, Staff Receive Excellence Awards
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MAILED: Aug. 30, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Chancellor Donald Mash and Foundation Chairman Patrick Quinn presented awards of excellence to five members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff during the opening meeting of the 1999-2000 academic year Aug. 30.
Each received a university medallion and $1,000 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.
Dr. Steven Tallant, associate professor of social work, is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship and is determined by alumni.
Tallant joined the faculty in 1994 after 20 years as an Air Force Social Worker. Before his 1994 retirement he was the Chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon. He earned a doctorate from UW-Madison and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah. His areas of expertise and publication include social support networks, stress management, social work with groups, group process, self-help groups, families, community needs assessment and alcohol and other drug abuse.
He currently teaches social welfare history, AODA and introduction to social work courses. An avid and energetic teacher, he is popular with students as these student comments indicate:
"One of the best instructors I've had."
"Makes class fun and exciting."
"So passionate about social work and this class."
He is an avid researcher and prefers to work collaboratively with students and fellow faculty members. He is currently working on an extensive research project with the Chippewa Valley Free Medical Clinic, to evaluate services. He worked with Donald Mowry from the social work faculty and student researchers on the community needs assessments for Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.
He has served on the University Senate for the past four years and holds membership on 13 university-related committees as well as serving the profession through local and state leadership in the National Association of Social Workers. He is the adviser for the Association of Student Social Workers and the campus honor society, Phi Alpha.
Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, is the Excellence in Scholarship Award recipient. This award recognizes research, productive and creative work, and professional participation and performance.
Hartsel joined the faculty in 1987, following two years of postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia. He holds a doctorate from Ohio State University and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio University. He has co-authored 18 papers in scholarly journals, eight of those with UW-Eau Claire undergraduate authors. His research collaboration with scientists at the French national research agency in Paris, France, is noteworthy. Most recently students accompanied him to do research there. His teaching and research projects have attracted more than $500,000 in grant support.
As a scholar Hartsel is a model of what a faculty member in an undergraduate institution should be, according to Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, chairman of the chemistry department. "All of his students have gone on to top professional and graduate programs or good jobs in the biological sciences, with many winning scholarships and awards along the way."
Cheryl Cutsforth, assistant professor, library services, is the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award in recognition of her activities outside the classroom which promote excellence in education and improve the university's public image.
Cutsforth, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1975, is a humanitarian committed to children, reading, library service and the welfare of animals. She is the secretary of the board of trustees of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and recently completed a term as secretary of the executive board of the Friends of the Public Library. As a result of her efforts as coordinator of the Friends' Give-A-Kid-A-Book project, more than 2,000 books were distributed to low income children in the area. Books and videos also were distributed to the Eau Claire Free Clinic, Bolton Refuge House, School Age Parents and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
The Eau Claire County Humane Association has recognized her 18 years of service by presenting her with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1986, the Ongoing Service Award in 1991 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1994. In addition, she volunteers her time to work with groups attempting to start humane associations in other areas, including Pepin and Chippewa counties.
Norman Card, electronics maintenance coordinator, Media Development Center, is the recipient of the Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award in recognition of leadership and dedication as a member of the university's 200-member non-teaching academic staff.
Card came to UW-Eau Claire in 1970 and was named electronics coordinator for the MDC in 1984. He manages the installation and maintenance of diverse technologies and systems across the campus. Classrooms, distance education facilities, campus radio, the foreign language lab and the television studio are among the facilities supported by Card and his staff. An expert in video and sound systems, he combines the technological components with aesthetic considerations to provide a product that is functional and appropriate to the room, helping faculty to incorporate technology into their teaching.
He has served on the University Senate, the Academic Staff Personnel Committee, the Telecommunications Advisory Group, WCWC Telecommunications Group, WONDER Technical Team and is the MDC representative on the Hibbard heating and air conditioning project. He participates in community organizations such as the Boy Scouts and the Canoe and Kayak Club.
Steven Slind, purchasing agent, Business Services, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing outstanding performance by a member of the university's 425-member classified staff.
In the eight years Slind has been employed on campus, he has demonstrated a commitment to the university that has resulted in savings realized during the procurement of goods and services for administrative offices and academic departments, and through a surplus program that redistributes used equipment throughout the campus. The surplus program generates revenue to departments through the sale of surplus items and alleviates a shortage of physical storage space on campus.
He is known for his personal work ethic and for making an extra effort to ensure the satisfaction of internal and external customers. Students are well served by the quality of purchases he makes on their behalf and by the example he sets as he works with them. Of special note is the effort he made to assist Central American students in their purchase of computer equipment. Colleagues view him as a professional and respect his knowledge about State regulations and the procedures necessary to adhere to them.


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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: Aug. 30, 1999