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Nine More Retire From
UW-Eau Claire In June and July

MAILED: Aug. 13, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  In addition to those announced in May, nine more University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff members retired in late June and July. All received emeriti status.
         Dr. Robert Barganz, professor of curriculum and instruction, retired in July after 31 years as a member of the elementary education faculty at UW-Eau Claire. He was involved in research pertaining to teaching standards funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and in recent years he helped lead the effort to make it possible for more American Indian students to earn education degrees, serving as campus liaison between UW-Eau Claire, the Lac du Flambeau School District, The College of Menominee Nation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and American Indian education students. Barganz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as his doctorate from UW-Madison.
         Ronald Buckley, photo systems specialist in the Media Development Center, retired in July after 18 years at UW-Eau Claire. A skilled portrait photographer, Buckley took official studio portraits of UW-Eau Claire’s faculty and staff and also photographed many of UW-Eau Claire’s theatre performances. Buckley received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point.
         Dr. Rita Kisting Sparks, professor of nursing systems, retired in July after 35 years as a teacher and administrator at UW-Eau Claire. In addition to teaching classes in medical surgical nursing, nursing research and transitions to advanced practice nursing, Kisting Sparks served as department chair; assistant dean of continuing education, nursing; and interim associate dean and educational administrator of the School of Nursing from 2000-02. She also received a number of awards for leadership, service, teaching, and faculty creativity and scholarship during her time at UW-Eau Claire. Her research areas included problem solving, coping, chronic illness and mentoring/preceptoring. Kisting Sparks earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison, her master’s degree from the University of Colorado and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
         Dr. Carol Klun, professor of allied health professions, retired in July after a 30-year career as a teacher and administrator at UW-Eau Claire. Besides teaching classes in epidemiology, immunology, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology and introduction to medical technology, Klun held a number of administrative positions over the years, including director of the division of allied health professions from 1981-95, associate dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services from 1995-2001, interim dean of the College of Professional Studies from 1999-2001 and interim associate dean of the School of Education from 2001-02. She also served as thesis adviser to 47 students receiving master of science degrees in medical technology. Klun received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire, her master’s degree from The Ohio State University and her doctorate from Northwestern University.
         Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, professor and chairman of the chemistry department, retired in July. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1973 to teach classes in general and inorganic chemistry and biochemistry, Pladziewicz served as a visiting professor or research fellow at several prestigious universities and research institutes in the United States, Australia and Sweden. During his years at UW-Eau Claire he won numerous awards for his contributions to teaching, service and scholarship and was the author or co-author of grants totaling approximately $1.5 million. Pladziewicz received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and his doctorate from Iowa State University. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University.
         Dr. John Tinker Jr., professor of geology, retired in June after 33 years of teaching in the UW System, including 20 years at UW-Eau Claire. Courses he taught included environmental geology, water resources, physical hydrogeology, chemical hydrogeology and computer modeling in hydrogeology. During his time at UW-Eau Claire he was an active grant writer, obtaining research project funds from agencies like the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He also was a regular participant in the university’s Earth Day activities and well known in the community for his interest in groundwater protection issues. Tinker earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of North Dakota.
         Dr. Margie Stone, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, retired at the end of June after almost 16 years at UW-Eau Claire. She taught in public schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota before joining UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education, where she supervised student teachers and also taught a variety of courses, including general teaching methods and language arts and middle level methods and curriculum. She established and edited The Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education journal and published numerous articles in other state and national education journals. WAMLE honored her with their outstanding service award three times. Stone received her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, her master’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and her doctorate from UW-Madison.
         Jim Vance, director of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office, retired in July after 14 years at UW-Eau Claire, part of a 30-year career with the UW system. During his time at UW-Eau Claire he was responsible for numerous diversity initiatives, including the development of programs and policies to help recruit and retain multicultural students, faculty and staff; the establishment of new grant programs to support faculty/institutional interests in multicultural programming; the expansion of precollege programming; the creation of a new fund-raising program to enhance funding for cultural programs; and an increase in the number of multicultural and diversity scholarships awarded. He also served as a university instructor and guest lecturer, helping students understand a variety of multicultural issues relating to a wide range of fields, including communication and journalism, education, history, English, music and theatre arts, social work, sociology, women’s studies and nursing. Vance received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Stevens Point.
         Dr. Karen Woodward, associate professor of foreign languages, retired in June after 18 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. She taught French language and literature courses and also taught beginning Spanish for a number of years. Woodward was particularly interested in projects aimed at increasing students’ oral competency in French, developing classroom materials to accompany foreign television broadcasts and computer programs for use in first-year French courses. She received a UW System Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship to support this work. Woodward received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree and doctorate from UW-Madison.

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Updated: Aug. 13, 2002