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Six UW-Eau Claire Faculty or Academic Staff Members Announce Retirement

RELEASED: Dec. 8, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff members have recently retired or have announced they will retire soon. All have or will receive emeritus status.

Patricia Christopherson
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Patricia Christopherson, associate dean emerita of the College of Education and Human Sciences and a professor of social work, retired in October after almost 29 years of service. She served as the director of internship for the department of social work 1990-94 and was department chair 1993-96. She also worked as a clinical social worker at the Counseling Center on campus for several semesters. She was appointed acting associate dean of the school of Human Sciences and Services in 1999, and following the reorganization of schools and colleges at UW-Eau Claire she assumed her present title. Christopherson has been a member of the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Task Force on Children in Need and newsletter editor for the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. Recently, she has been active in the development and funding for the Community Based Service Training Partnership, which has provided continuing education for social workers in northern and eastern Wisconsin counties. She earned her bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and subsequently conducted research at the University of Oslo in Norway under the auspices of a Fulbright Hays Research Grant. She later earned two masters degrees from UW-Madison.

Dr. Leonard Gibbs, professor emeritus of social work, retired in November after 28 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. He has experience in psychiatric social work and for many years did research relating to more efficient targeting of treatment for alcoholics, a subject he became interested in while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Over the years he has been a frequent contributor to professional journals in social work and related disciplines. Gibbs is particularly interested in social work research and critical thinking and has completed two books linking these areas. In the mid 1980's he directed an innovative series of faculty workshops at UW-Eau Claire aimed at helping faculty explore ways to help their students develop critical thinking skills. Gibbs won the University-wide Excellence in Scholarship Award in 1992. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from UW- Madison.

Christopher Lind
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Dr. Christopher Lind, assistant vice chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, will retire in February after 13 years at UW-Eau Claire and 17 years with the UW System. Lind directed the internal and extramural grant activities of UW-Eau Claire, providing faculty and academic staff with government and private funding source information, assisting in the development of grant proposals, and administering scholarly activity funds. During his tenure, extramural sponsored program support for research, public service and instruction doubled, with research funding alone growing ten times. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Lind held a similar post at UW-Stevens Point for four years, and prior to that held several different positions as a research scientist and program manager for the U. S. Air Force and an international research and development officer for the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London. Lind received his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and his master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison.

Kay Magadance, senior policy and planning analyst, Institutional Planning, will retire in January 2006 after 31 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Magadance worked in the Student Affairs office from 1974 until 1979, when she joined the Registrar's office as coordinator for student data systems. In 1985 she was promoted to manager of student records and in 1988 to the position of assistant registrar. In 1991 she was recognized with the Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award. In July 1994 she was named senior institutional planner, a position she held until being promoted to her current position. Magadance was instrumental in the development and implementation of the student academic records system, transfer credit evaluation, degree audit and demand analysis systems, and the registration system. She also developed a data warehouse and query library to provide the university with greater access to management information. Her leadership helped provide relevant and reliable data to university administrators and academic leaders for use in decision making. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire.

Diane  Omtvedt
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Diane Omtvedt, a senior clinical nurse specialist in the Student Health Service, will retire in February 2006. She has served as a nurse practitioner in the area of women's health care at Student Health Service over the past 20 years. She also has been a participant in the School of Nursing Outreach educational programming and has worked with nurse practitioner graduate students in the area of gynecology. Omtvedt has a passionate interest in wellness concepts and patient education and empowerment, which led her to an in-depth study of Chinese medicine. She is now one of only a handful of nurse practitioner-acupuncturists in the country. She will retire to her private acupuncture practice in Eau Claire and will continue to offer qigong and other participatory health classes through UW-Eau Claire's recreation department. Omtvedt received her R.N. degree from Rochester Community College, her O.G.N.P. certification from the University of Washington at Seattle, and her diplomate and master's degrees in acupuncture from the Northwestern Health Sciences University/College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Daniel Perkins, professor of communication and journalism, will retire at the end of December after 23 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. Perkins taught classes on communication in the information age, communication criticism, film and television, freedom of expression, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, listening, public address, and professional and public speaking. His scholarly work included research, publications and presentations at national and international conferences on representations of Native Americans in the media, political mobilizations of Native American peoples, cultural information and empowerment, and the politics of media representations. He served on the American Indian Studies Advisory Committee and the Forensics Advisory Board, among others. Perkins received his bachelor's degree from the UW-Stevens Point, his master's degree from Southern Illinois University and his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa.

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