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UW-Eau Claire Honors Outstanding
Faculty and Staff

RELEASED: Aug. 23, 2005

2005 Excellence Award recipients
UW-Eau Claire's 2005 Excellence Award recipients include
(l-r): Dr. Garry Running, Dr. Susan Turell, Dr. Roger Selin, Dr. Gloria Fennel and Christopher Kirchman. Not pictured is Dr. Patricia Quinn. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 23 during the opening meeting of the 2005-06 academic year.

Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Chairman David Anderson and Lee Markquart of Eau Claire presented the awards. Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.

Dr. Roger Selin, professor of accounting and finance, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship. Alumni select the award recipient. Selin also received the award in 1974.

Alumni noted Selin's meticulous classroom preparation, his love of teaching and his commitment to ensuring that students receive the best education possible. He brings the theories and practice of accounting alive by relating accounting to real-life situations, alumni said.

But alumni said that Selin's real strength as an educator transcends the classroom. He's always available to help students with homework, review exams, offer career advice, discuss personal problems or offer words of encouragement.

"Roger Selin is the most dedicated teacher I have encountered in my nearly 40 years in higher education as a student and a faculty member," said Dr. Michael Wilson, chair of the accounting and finance department. "This award could not go to a more deserving educator who truly embodies the university's motto of 'Excellence.'"

Dr. Garry Running, associate professor of geography and anthropology, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which recognizes research, productive and creative work, and professional participation and performance. The recipient is selected by the Faculty Awards Committee from nominations received.

Running's work spans a variety of disciplines including soil geomorphology, the use of field equipment in geomorphology, geoarchaeology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. His results have added significantly to the understanding of complex geomorphic landscapes.

Running has received more than 33 grants, including major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the U.S. Department of Education. He has an international research record of more than 160 publications, conference presentations, invited lectures and student-faculty presentations.

Of particular note is Running's participation in the Study of Cultural Adaptation in the Prairie Ecozone program, funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The five-year grant, which was awarded to study human-environmental interaction on the Canadian Prairies, is the largest ever given for geoarchaeological research in Canada. With additional funds from UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, 17 UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students have participated in this collaborative research project.

Dr. Gloria Fennell, associate professor of social work and chair of the social work department, received the Excellence in Advising Award, which recognizes effective advising qualities and practices.

Fennell, who joined the faculty in 1998, is recognized as a stellar adviser — one who willingly sees walk-in students and transfer students. For several years, she's served as a summer orientation adviser. She also has been a faculty adviser to numerous directed study projects, has taken students to Native American reservations and to Washington, D.C., for cross-cultural experiences, and has served as faculty adviser to the Association of Student Social Workers.

Fennell has a bachelor's degree in social welfare from Aurora College, a master's degree in social work from George Williams College and a doctorate from Loyola University.

To identify an Excellence in Advising Award recipient, Student Senate leaders sent a Web-based survey to students asking them to nominate advisers. Based on the nominations, the Student Senate Academic Affairs Commission forwarded names to the Faculty Awards Committee, which then sent e-mails to the nominees' advisees asking them to complete a survey. The committee then selected a recipient.

Dr. Susan Turell, associate professor of psychology and women's studies program coordinator, received the Excellence in Service Award. The award recognizes activities outside the classroom that promote excellence in education and improve the university's public image. The recipient is selected by the Faculty Awards Committee from nominations received.

Turell, whose career is rooted in service, has done much to promote awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and other social problems traditionally viewed as "women's issues." Through her work in the community, she helps survivors of incest, domestic abuse and sexual assault find a voice for their healing.

Turell serves on the boards of directors for the Chippewa Valley Citizens for Choice and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, LGBT Task Force, and the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties. She's involved in a Delta grant project, which is coordinated through the Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls, for violence prevention targeting rural youth. And she assists the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services review its mental health crisis services.

A recent recipient of the 2005 Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Turell worked with UW-Eau Claire's Sexual Assault Task Force to help create the university's Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, which is open to university students and community members.

Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the special assistant for external funding for the associate vice chancellor of student development and diversity, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award. The award recognizes leadership and dedication as a member of the university's 200-member non-teaching academic staff.

A member of UW-Eau Claire's academic staff since 1983, Quinn has served the university in a number of roles. She has established and administered student support and academic programs, developed curriculum for interdisciplinary programs, and taught courses in a variety of disciplines. Her efforts have resulted in the development of programs for adult, low-income and special need students, as well as the McNair Scholars program.

Quinn has secured millions of dollars in grant funding for UW-Eau Claire. Three of her grants were awarded perfect scores by the board of readers, something rarely achieved by grant writers.

Christopher Kirchman, a police officer for University Police, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award recognizing outstanding performance by a member of the university's 425-member classified staff.

Kirchman, who has worked at UW-Eau Claire for 12 years, has built a rapport with other law enforcement agencies and has gained recognition for UW-Eau Claire through his work with the Chippewa Valley SafeKids Coalition, of which he is a founding member. He participates in safety checks off campus and organizes an annual car seat check at the University Children's Center.

As a police officer, Kirchman works with students and university staff to enforce policies and laws to maintain a safe community. As a field training officer, he's responsible for shaping the work ethic and performance standards of new officers. An investigator for the University Police, he'll soon complete instructor development training that will certify him to teach other law enforcement officials how to conduct safe traffic stops.

An active community member, Kirchman volunteers in the First Offender Program, the Pediatric Health Fair, the Children's Center and the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Law Enforcement Booth.

Three of the awards presented are being supported by Lee and Mary Markquart on behalf of Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The Markquarts have made a commitment of more than $100,000 to build an endowment that will fund three of the excellence awards in perpetuity and to provide annual funding for these awards while the endowment builds. The three awards supported — the excellence awards for classified and academic staff and the Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty — each recognize one of the university's employee groups.

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JB

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