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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
NEWS RELEASE
News Bureau ē Schofield Hall 201 ē Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
fax: (715) 836-2900
Eleven Faculty and Staff Members
To Retire from UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Aug. 2, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE ó Eleven faculty and staff members from a number of departments have recently retired or will retire this fall with emeritus status from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         Richard M. Dirks, associate professor and director of information technology resource integration since 1997, retired in July after 30 years at UW-Eau Claire. From 1971-to 1996 he served as television coordinator and later as video and distance education coordinator in the Media Development Center, and from 1996-1997 he was granted a leave of absence to serve as director of distance education for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Dirks received his bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
         Robert Fuller, associate professor and director of the Media Development Center, retired in July after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire. Prior to becoming the director in 1992, he served in a variety of positions in the MDC. Fuller was also an instructor for numerous National Technical Instructor Institute workshops over the years. He received his bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
         Diane M. Gilbertson, director of University Centers and Programs, student services unit, is retiring in August after holding a number of different positions over the course of her 26-year career at UW-Eau Claire, all involving university recreation, activities or programs. She began in 1975 as a physical education instructor and womenís tennis coach. Gilbertson received her bachelorís degree from UW-Oshkosh and her masterís degree from UW-La Crosse.
         Ronald Keezer, associate professor of music, retired in July after almost 32 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught percussion and jazz classes at UW-Eau Claire and was well known in the community as a performer, director and award-winning music educator. He received both his bachelorís degree and masterís in teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire.
         Stephen Kurth, associate dean of the School of Education, retired in July after 33 years at UW-Eau Claire. Prior to becoming associate dean, Kurth served as a professor of physical education, director of menís athletics from 1975-92 and chair of the department of physical education and athletics from 1985-92. In his early years at UW-Eau Claire he coached both football and basketball. Kurth received his bachelorís degree from UW-Eau Claire, his masterís from Washington State University and his doctorate from the University of Oregon.
         William F. Mellien, professor of theatre, is retiring in August after 18 years at UW-Eau Claire. Over the years he taught a wide variety of classes involving many aspects of theatre and stagecraft, served as both technical director and director of theatre, and was involved in 94 major productions during his time at UW-Eau Claire. Mellien received his bachelorís degree from North Central College, and masterís degrees from the University of North Dakota and Humboldt State University.
         Kathleen M. Mitchell, associate vice chancellor for business and student services, is retiring in August after 22 years of administrative service at UW-Eau Claire. She served in several capacities over the years, including affirmative action officer and special assistant to the chancellor. Mitchell is an anthropologist and taught courses in anthropology and general sociology at several institutions before coming to UW-Eau Claire. She received her bachelorís degree from Marquette University and masterís and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
         Marjorie R. Smelstor, professor of English, is retiring in August after 11 years at UW-Eau Claire. She joined UW-Eau Claire in 1990 as provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs, served as interim chancellor from January through June 1998, and in recent years returned to the classroom. Smelstor received her bachelorís degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph and her masterís and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison.
         David L. Steele, associate professor of management and marketing, retired in June after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for almost 32 years. He taught courses in business law, legal environment, labor law and international business law. He was instrumental in developing the international business emphasis at UW-Eau Claire. Steele received his bachelorís degree and law degree from UW-Madison.
         Roger L. Thiede, associate professor of geography, retired in July. He came to UW-Eau Claire in 1975 and taught a wide variety of geography classes, including in recent years English Second Language classes for international and U.S. students. For 27 years he co-authored ďWorld Regional Geography,Ē a college level regional geography textbook. Thiede received his bachelorís degree from UW-Madison and his masterís and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington.
         Janice B. Wisner, director of the News Bureau at UW-Eau Claire since 1992, is retiring in September after serving in various positions in the News Bureau for 16 years. As news editor she was instrumental in developing UW-Eau Claireís first computerized news release system, and as senior editor and director led two major renovations of the UW-Eau Claire Web site, the development and implementation of editorial and graphic standards at the university and implementation of an integrated marketing communications program. Wisner received her bachelorís degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, and studied journalism at the University of Minnesota.
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Updated: Aug. 2, 2001