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Six Classified Staff Members Announce Their Retirement

RELEASED: May 17, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Six classified employees at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently retired or will retire this spring or summer.

Nancy Christenson, a program assistant 1 and clerical assistant in Admissions, will retire in July. She joined UW-Eau Claire in 1991 as a clerical helper 2 in the Development office. In 1992, she took a position in Admissions and has spent most of her 14 years as a limited-term employee in that department. She also has provided office support to the physics and astronomy department and the Education Outreach Office.

Kathryn Colbert, an IS comprehensive services specialist, retired in May after 28 years in Computing & Networking Services. She started as a management information specialist 1 trainee in 1977 and was promoted to a management information specialist 2 six months later. She continued to advance in this classification series throughout her career. Colbert was selected for the Classified Staff Committee for Professional Development in 1986.

David Hoffe, a purchasing agent program supervisor, will retire in July after devoting 35 years to the university's purchasing functions. He began his career in the Business Office as an educational services intern. His working title at that time was assistant purchasing agent and disbursements head. By 1975, David was promoted to a management position as administrative assistant 4-supervisory purchasing manager. He continued to advance through the purchasing classifications to his current position as supervisor of the purchasing program.

George Johnson, a maintenance mechanic 1 in University Recreation, retired in April after 14 years with the university. He was hired as a laborer and divided his time between the grounds crew and the heating plant. In 1994, while in the heating plant, he received a Certificate of Commendation from the State Employees Suggestion Board. George transferred to University Recreation in 1996, where he started as a facilities repair worker and later became a maintenance mechanic.

Richard Kock, a craftsworker supervisor in Facilities Planning and Management will retire in June after 31 years with UW-Eau Claire. He started as an electrician in February 1974 and devoted 18 years to that position. In 1992 he was promoted to his current position, which involves supervising the University's staff of electricians.

Connie Stafford, a program assistant 2 in business communication and management information systems, will retire in May after 27 years at UW-Eau Claire. She began working for the university as a limited term typist in the music department in 1978. She continued working as a limited term employee in various office support positions until 1984, when she was hired as a program assistant 1 in business outreach. In 1988, Stafford was reclassified to program assistant 2 and has provided support to three different areas since that time, including Continuing Education, the department of music and theatre arts, and the business communication and management information systems areas in the College of Business.

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