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Four Retire From
MAILED: Dec. 19, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Four faculty or staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently announced their retirement. Each will receive emeritus status.
Laurie Gapko, technical services manager, University Centers and Programs, will retire in January 2003 after serving more than 33 years in various positions responsible for the development and administration of cultural and social programming on campus. Since 1980 he has managed technical services for campus programs and presentations, including events such as The Forum and Artists Series, Viennese Ball, film programming and community use of university space. With a special interest and expertise in theater and film, he has also served as an educator and resource person for various faculty members and student groups such as the University Stage Crew. In 1992 University Centers recognized him with its Outstanding Service Award. Gapko earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Eau Claire.
Walter Schaffer Jr., laboratory manager in the biology department, retired in October after a 29-year career at UW-Eau Claire, during which he served as director of the university biology department’s greenhouses, supervisor of the biology department’s animal care facility and curator of the James Newman Clark Bird Museum. He also taught a course in horticultural botany and appeared regularly on local television to give seasonal horticultural advice. Schaffer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University and an advanced degree in plant pathology from UW-Madison.
Thomas L. Schwartz, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, retired in November after 35 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Schwartz’s responsibilities included managing and overseeing fiscal operations and budget as well as building maintenance and remodeling for university housing. He also recruited and trained maintenance staff to provide service and repair to housing facilities. Schwartz earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire.
Dr. Sally Webb, professor of communication and journalism, will retire at the end of December after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for 37 years. She taught courses in organizational communication and often supervised student internships, receiving UW-Eau Claire’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 for her outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship. In 1998 she received the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate’s first Adviser of the Year Award, and in 2001 she received the American Ethnic Coordinating Office’s Distinguished Service Award. Webb received her bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University, her master’s degree from UW-Madison and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: December 18, 2002