MAILED: Aug. 22, 2000
Chancellor Donald Mash and Foundation Chairman Larry Weber presented awards of excellence to six members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff during the opening meeting of the 2000-2001 academic year Aug. 21.
Each of the award recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.
Dr. Allen Keniston, professor of psychology, is one of two recipients of this year's Excellence in Teaching Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship and is determined by alumni.
Keniston joined UW-Eau Claire in 1982, after completing his doctorate in child psychology at the University of Minnesota. He also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University.
Keniston is known for his interactive and student-centered teaching style that uses critical thinking exercises, study aids and other techniques to engage students in the learning process. He teaches developmental psychology courses including child psychology, adolescent psychology and the cognition course. He also teaches the department's measurement course and in the past has taught general psychology, including a collaborative Honors course and First Year English course.
"Allen has contributed broadly to our teaching needs," department chairman Larry Morse says. "He always considers students' needs. He will open up his courses to overloads if he knows a student needs a course to graduate on time. If he has a group of students who have a particular interest area, he will take on an extra section of a course."
Keniston is one of the department's most active participants in student/faculty collaborative research, directing dozens of students in independent or research apprentice studies each semester. He has collaborated with P.J. Kennedy, director of Counseling Services, in conceptualizing and directing the Counseling Research Group, and has independently formed another group of students and colleagues known as the Exercise Research Group. He also is an active researcher in the area of effective teaching. His research has led to many new and creative classroom activities and demonstrations.
"This work has been well received by external peer review," Morse said, adding that Keniston is a regular presenter at the Mid-American Conference for Teachers of Psychology and has published articles in the Teaching of Psychology Journal. "He and his students have made multiple presentations at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference and at UW-Eau Claire's Student Research Day."
Keniston was elected as the department's lead adviser and one of two faculty mentors to the department's new peer-advising program. He was one of the first faculty members in his department to implement computer-based interactions as a means of advising students. In 1998 he was recognized for providing exceptional advising and service to students with disabilities.
He served on the University Senate from 1998-99 and advises the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Lutheran Students Association and the Psychology Club. In 1998 he was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and is a recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow service award.
Dr. Lucretia Mattson, associate professor of accounting and finance, is the other recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and also was chosen for the Excellence in Service Award, which recognizes her activities outside the classroom to promote excellence in education and improve the university's public image.
Mattson joined UW-Eau Claire in 1975. She is a certified public accountant, a certified financial planner and a registered investment adviser with the state of Wisconsin and the Securities Exchange Commission. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Muskingum College in Ohio and a master's degree in accounting from Utah State University. She took a leave of absence during the 1978-81 academic years to complete her doctorate in business administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches personal financial planning and various tax courses as well as courses in the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneurship Program.
In addition to her teaching duties at UW-Eau Claire, Mattson teaches three CPA review courses, works with tax clients and has been active in the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1981. She is only the second female in the 95-year history of the WICPA to serve as president and the organization's third educator.
As president-elect of the WICPA, Mattson took the lead within the state of Wisconsin in the CPA Vision Project, an ongoing effort to get accountants nationwide to predict how their profession might change in the next 15 years and to begin planning accordingly. She continues to serve on the 16-member national CPA Vision Team, charged with helping to reposition the profession for the future.
Mattson has played an active role in several community and service organizations, including the adviser for the Student Accounting Society Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project, a nationwide community service project whereby accounting students work with the IRS to provide free tax preparation assistance to the elderly, low income and cognitively disadvantaged individuals. She is involved in the Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Cognitive Disabilities; Camp Friedenswald, a summer youth camp; Northwest Regional Genetics Project board; March of Dimes; and Arthritis Foundation.
A colleague wrote in a letter of support, "The outstanding manner in which Lucretia has served her profession has brought much awareness and credibility to UW-Eau Claire. This same effort represents the very essence of the word 'service' service to her students, service to her fellow faculty members and service to the public. The accounting profession is better and brighter than ever thanks to Lucretia Mattson."
Dr. William Frankenberger, professor of psychology and director of the Human Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, is the Excellence in Scholarship Award recipient. This award recognizes research, productive and creative work, and professional participation and performance.
Frankenberger, a faculty member since 1979, has led efforts in interdisciplinary scholarship, has excelled in his own research and has continually mentored students toward outstanding scholarship. He is a productive scholar with 30 published articles in professional journals and one book. His interdisciplinary team has received 19 intramural and 23 extramural grants, and he has co-authored 13 publications with students.
His research concerns two topics the reliability and validity of criteria for determining learning disability among children, and the effects of the drug Ritalin on academic performance among school children. As one of the top researchers in the nation regarding the effects of Ritalin, he has been interviewed for national news organizations such as the PBS news program Frontline and USA Today. He also has been instrumental in helping UW-Eau Claire develop a Reservation Partnership Model with the Lac du Flambeau's Family Resource Center and Tribal School.
He holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Platteville, a master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University and a doctorate from Ohio State University. In 1995 the Carnegie Foundation named Frankenberger the Wisconsin Professor of the Year. He also volunteers as a search and rescue pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, taking risks for the common good.
Frankenberger's program of research is an excellent example to his colleagues, according to Dr. Susan Moch, professor of nursing. "He epitomizes the UW-Eau Claire excellence in student/faculty collaborative efforts through his publications, teamwork with colleagues and students, and his continued persistence in seeking knowledge," Moch said.
Dr. Mona Majdalani, associate professor in curriculum and instruction, is the first recipient of the University Advising Award. This award, which will be given annually, recognizes effective advising qualities and practices.
Majdalani joined the faculty in 1994. She has her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York in Albany and her master's and doctorate from Texas A&M. Her areas of expertise include assessment, math education and technology. She currently teaches assessment in grades 1-9 and mathematics methods courses.
Majdalani advises graduate students as well as nearly 75 undergraduates. She assists in advising math minors and majors, and advises prospective students and pre-transfer students in elementary education. She has played a lead role in the curriculum and instruction department's advising sessions for elementary education majors and in the student admissions processes for elementary education programs. In addition, Majdalani has participated in summer orientation advising, advising workshops for education advisers and a Freshman Year Experience course, which includes several advising themes.
She has chaired the School of Education scholarship committee for two years and is the faculty co-adviser for Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education.
Majdalani is an exemplary adviser in a very complex system, wrote Dr. Stephen Kurth, associate dean of the School of Education, in a letter of nomination. "Dr. Majdalani takes her responsibility for advising very seriously and she continues to do this while being an excellent teacher, scholar, student teaching supervisor, professional and respected colleague," Kurth said.
Rita Webb, coordinator of UW-Eau Claire's Adult Opportunity program, 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.
Webb came to UW-Eau Claire in 1989 as the coordinator of the Women's Studies Office's Challenges and Choices Program. In 1990-91, Webb was a program manager and writing specialist in the Academic Skills Center. She then moved to the Upward Bound Program, working as the assistant director from 1990-93 and as acting director in 1994. In 1994, Webb became a member of the academic advising team, serving as student services coordinator.
Webb created a "Back to School" program for returning adult students, and played a major role in the success of the first two Community Information Nights.
"As a non-traditional student adviser, she is a caring, concerned advocate," a colleague said in a letter of support. "She makes the university seem a little smaller and a lot more friendly for students who often are very apprehensive about coming back to school."
On campus, Webb is the adviser of the Sigma Gamma Zeta II, the non-traditional student honor society. She was named Organization Adviser of the Year in 1998 for her work with that group. She also is involved with the Single Parent Scholarship Program, Student Parent Network, the UW-Eau Claire Chapter of Amnesty International and the Vice Chancellor's Committee on Non-traditional Students.
Her community activities range from serving on the board of directors for the Feed My People Food Bank to working with indigenous women's organizations on anti-poverty projects.
Webb earned her bachelor's degree from the Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., her teaching certification from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and her master's degree from UW-Stevens Point.
Shelli Manning, program assistant supervisor in the Housing and Residence Life Office, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing outstanding performance by a member of the university's 425-member classified staff.
Manning, who joined UW-Eau Claire 21 years ago, is known for her personal work ethic and for making an extra effort to ensure the satisfaction of students and their parents. She demonstrates a successful ability to coordinate and oversee the complex task of matching an ever-increasing number of student housing applications with the finite number of spaces. The complexity of this task has increased with the addition of hotel spaces over the last several years and then with the addition of Chancellors Hall. She designed and implemented the logistics by which students applied for and ultimately signed contracts to live in Chancellors Hall, where there were nearly 800 applications.
Manning is continuously aware of the needs of the university customers and consistently performs at an exemplary level, according to Chuck Major, director of Housing and Residence Life. "She is always concerned about improving service to our student customers and their parents. She sets high, but attainable, standards for all staff that report to her, and her peers, as well as other staff, continuously and comfortably look to her for advice and assistance," Major said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 22, 2000