MAILED: Aug. 7, 2000
Eight University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members have announced their retirement plans. Each has received emeritus status.
Charles Brenner, associate professor of library services, joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1987 and retired in July. During his time at UW-Eau Claire, Brenner served as senior information processing consultant for the Media Development Center from 1993-97, director of Computing and Networking Services from 1991-93, director of academic computing and acting director of administrative computing from 1988-91, and director of academic computing from 1987-88. He also occasionally taught a computer science course. Brenner is a member of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Edmund Elworthy, director of annual giving and development operations, will retire in August after serving UW-Eau Claire for 35 years. He began his career in 1965 as a head resident and counselor at UW-Eau Claire. Elworthy worked full time in Counseling Services from 1968-72 where he directed the summer orientation program and provided counseling and academic advising. After serving as associate director and director of development, he was named director of annual giving and development operations in 1984. Elworthy, a member of several professional and community organizations, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive through the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Elworthy received his master's degree from the University of Iowa.
Roger GroeneWold, director of admissions, retired in July after serving UW-Eau Claire for 30 years. He began his career at UW-Eau Claire in 1970 as an admissions counselor. After serving as assistant and associate director of admissions, he was appointed director of admissions in 1983. GroeneWold has been active in the state and national associations for collegiate registrars and admissions officers, the Wisconsin State ACT council, and the national and state associations for college admissions counseling and foreign student affairs. He received his master's degree from UW-Stout.
Harvey Gunderson, professor of management and marketing, retired in July after 26 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Since starting in 1974 Gunderson has taught operations management and management science and, at one time, was chair of the department of management and marketing and assistant to the dean. This year Gunderson received the Owen Marshall Academic Adviser of the Year Award, and in 1996 he was recipient of the UW-Eau Claire American Ethnic Coordinating Office Diversity Award. He earned his master's degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from UW-Madison.
Sarah Harder, associate professor of English and coordinator of women's studies, retired in May after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for 32 years. Harder specializes in women's studies, college writing, literature and drama. She has coordinated the women's study program since its inception in 1984. As a speaker and seminar organizer, Harder has made more than 150 presentations to U.S. and international groups, and has completed numerous trips to the former Soviet Union to organize training seminars. She has completed research and wrote several articles on women's issues. Harder was named the first faculty recipient of the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Service Award in 1984. She received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University.
Ann Klein, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, retired in July after 10 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Klein taught social studies methods, gifted education, curriculum, general methods, women studies and human relations courses. She has received several awards including the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997 and the Danforth Scholar award in 1989. Her areas of research and writing include gifted education and social studies education. Klein earned her master's degree from the University of California-Los Angeles and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.
Willard (Bill) Korn, chair of the management information systems department, retired in June after being a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire since 1968. Korn, who was appointed department chair in 1995, recently participated in a faculty exchange program at Southern Cross University in Australia. During his tenure with the university, Korn has served on numerous UW-Eau Claire committees as well as the UW System Committee on Information Processing Systems and the State Vocational Advisory Board for Information System/Data Processing Programs. Korn is a certified data educator and a certified data processor. He received his master's degrees from the University of North Dakota and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He also attended a post-graduate advanced faculty development institute sponsored by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business in 1987.
James Oleson, a career counselor for Academic and Career Services, retired in July after working at UW-Eau Claire since 1969. Oleson, a retired U.S. Army colonel, belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers, Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers and the Society of American Military Engineers. Oleson served as the advisor for Beta Upsilon Sigma and in 2000 was honored with the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award. He received his master's degree from UW-Madison.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 14, 2000