MAILED: May 22, 2000
Eight University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members have announced plans to retire this spring and summer. Each of the retiring faculty members will receive emeritus status.
Dr. Marjorie Bottoms, professor of nursing systems, will retire this month after 15 years of service at UW-Eau Claire. Bottoms taught nursing administration and leadership courses. She also served as chair of the department of nursing systems and associate dean and educational administrator of the School of Nursing. Bottoms played an active role in the American Indian nursing program. She earned a master's degree from DePaul University in Illinois and a doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Philip Chenier, professor of chemistry, will retire from UW-Eau Claire in June after 30 years of service. Chenier taught organic chemistry and industrial chemistry and was the chemistry department chair from 1983 to 1987. He received grants for research and teaching totaling $800,000 and has supervised more than 35 students in undergraduate research. His work has been published in more than 30 research and educational journals. Chenier earned his doctorate from Loyola University in Illinois.
Gerald Conner, associate professor of journalism, will retire in June after 23 years at the university. He taught classes on mass media law, ethics, opinion writing and freedom of expression. Conner also was adviser for The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper. He has a master's degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, another master's from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Hamline University of Law in Minnesota.
Sandra Dirks, associate professor of nursing systems, joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1973. She taught various courses such as medical-surgical nursing, theoretical foundations of nursing, and management and leadership in nursing. She also spent a year as the assistant to the associate dean of the School of Nursing. Dirks conducted research in the areas of clinical decision making by nurses, strategies for testing clinical competencies of registered nurses, and pain and its alleviation. She received a master's degree from Boston University.
Dr. David Lund, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will retire after being a member of the university community for 34 years. Lund, who began his career in 1966 as a member of the mathematics department, chaired the department from 1990 to 1995 and served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995 to 1999. He earned two master's degrees and a doctorate from UW-Madison.
Mary Mero, associate professor of kinesiology and athletics, will retire this month after teaching at UW-Eau Claire since 1969. She served as assistant to the chair of the physical education department for four years and designed and developed the internship program for kinesiology majors with an exercise management or exercise science emphasis. Mero was UW-Eau Claire's first women's gymnastics coach and women's diving coach. Under her leadership, UW-Eau Claire held the first gymnastics national championships for women on campus in 1982. She also was the director of UW-Eau Claire's Girl's Gymnastics Camp, which was the first girls' sports camp in Wisconsin. Mero earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Marjorie Oleson, professor of nursing systems, will retire in this month after teaching in the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing since 1984. Oleson earned her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire and her doctorate from Rush University in Illinois.
Morton Sipress, associate professor of political science, will retire this month after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for 34 years. In addition to teaching several political science courses, he conducted research in the areas of the use of technology in political science instruction, political parties and elections in Wisconsin, and government budgeting in Wisconsin. Sipress earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 22, 2000