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Seventeen Faculty and Staff Members Retire from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 17, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Seventeen faculty or academic staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently retired or will retire this spring or summer.

David A. Baker
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Dr. David A. Baker, professor emeritus of music and chair, department of music and theatre arts, will retire in June with 30 years of service. Recognized for teaching effectiveness by the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences, Baker taught classes in music theory, composition, music history and literature and has chaired the department of music and theatre arts since 1992. In 1998 he was granted a sabbatical to compose his first symphony: A Symphony of Psalms. His work currently includes compositions for a variety of large and small media, including two symphonies and four major choral compositions. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the College Music Society. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and his master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University.

Margaret Barnard, a preschool teacher in the UW-Eau Claire Children's Center, retired last July with almost 14 years of service. As a member of the academic staff, she was granted indefinite status in 1998. Barnard was recognized as a dedicated teacher of young children, as well as a leader and role model for the many future teachers who worked with her in the Children's Center. She had previously taught elementary school and preschool and served as a consultant to a Head Start Preschool Education Program 1986-87. She received a bachelor's degree from UW-Superior and a master's degree from UW-Stout.

Gary E. Bartlett
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Gary E. Bartlett, administrative program manager III emeritus, will retire in August with 20 years of service. Bartlett joined UW-Eau Claire in 1985 as director of University Centers. In 1996 Bartlett assumed his current responsibilities as parking and transportation services coordinator, as well as a position with the athletic department and University Recreation, which involves scheduling all facilities and coordinating maintenance in the McPhee/Olson complex and the outdoor areas of Simpson and Bollinger Fields. Bartlett also coordinated the sport camp program from 1992-2002. He has been very active in the Association of College Unions-International, and in 1998 the new professional leadership award in Region 8 was named for him: The Gary E. Bartlett New Professional Award. Bartlett earned his bachelor's degree from Central Washington State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

Wilma Clark
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Dr. Wilma Clark, associate dean emerita of student affairs and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English, will retire in July with 26 years of service at UW-Eau Claire and 33 years in the UW system. As dean she worked with a network of faculty, advisers, department chairs and student support services staff to help students regain and maintain good academic standing. She also worked with colleagues to develop an orientation program for new advisers in the college of Arts and Sciences. During her time in the English department, she taught classes in technical writing and editing, a program she helped revise after a sabbatical internship as a technical writer with 3M, as well as classes in English composition and grammar. Her research areas included understanding the connections between writing, learning and cognitive development and numerous writing-across-the-curriculum projects. Clark received her bachelor's degree from Allegheny College, her master's degree from Western Michigan University and her doctorate from Michigan State University.

Bruce Dybvik, a distance operations specialist in the Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center, retired in December 2004 with seven years of service. During his time at UW-Eau Claire, Dybvik said the experiences he enjoyed the most included teaching video production classes for the communication and journalism department, working with international student assistants performing distance education duties for the TLTDC, and working with faculty, staff and students to promote video production through the Video Instruction and Production and I-Tech Labs. Dybvik received his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Stanley Ediger, instructional program manager in the Mathematics Lab and senior lecturer emeritus in mathematics, will retire in May after 21 years of service. Ediger has been noted for his tireless work helping returning adult students to achieve mathematical competence, as well as his commitment to the supervision of UW-Eau Claire's mathematics tutoring facility, which gives future mathematics educators their first opportunity to help others to succeed in math. Ediger received bachelor's degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, and a master's degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Patricia Garber
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Patricia Garber, associate professor emerita of adult health nursing, will retire in May with 36 years of service. She taught classes on several topics in the area of psychiatric/mental health nursing, including crisis intervention and mood disorders; holistic health and related modalities such as therapeutic touch and relaxation; treatment of pain; and graduate level courses in advanced theory and nursing practice with adults. Her research centered on alternative treatment modalities and mind, body, spirit connections. In 1996 she became a certified Healing Touch Practitioner. In 2001 she received the Ihle Family Award for Caring and in 2002 the Patricia M. Ostmoe Award for Excellence in Clinical Instruction. Garber received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire.

Elizabeth Hicks, director emerita of services for students with disabilities, Educational Support Services, will retire in July with 17 years of service. She joined UW-Eau Claire in 1987 as clinical instructor in the Human Development Center, supervising student teachers in special education and evaluating graduate students' special education work in a clinical setting. From 1988 to 2001 she was academic coordinator for services for students with disabilities. She became director of the division in 2001. She has been involved in all aspects of services for students with disabilities, from developing, analyzing and evaluating programs, materials and services to initiating new programs and services, offering advocacy for staff and students and providing outreach to secondary schools and prospective students and their families. This year she received UW-Eau Claire's Diversity Advocate Award. Hicks received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Josephine Ingle
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Dr. Josephine Ingle, professor emerita of mathematics, will retire in May with 26 years of service. As a mathematics educator, Ingle has focused on the preparation of future K-12 teachers and has been active in the professional development of practicing teachers. She is particularly proud of her role as an adviser and in the past year has served as one of three lead advisers in the mathematics department. She participated in the AMP project, served on the committee that prepared advising guidelines for Arts and Sciences faculty, and helped initiate a lead adviser program in the mathematics department. Ingle has worked with the Eau Claire School District on several grants and has been active in two statewide projects designed to create a network of higher education faculty who prepare mathematics teachers. In 2003, she was honored as a Distinguished Mathematics Educator by the Wisconsin Mathematics Council. Ingle completed her bachelor's degree at Mount St. Scholastica College and earned her master's and doctoral degrees at George Peabody College for Teachers.

Dr. Dale A. Johnson, associate dean emeritus of the College of Business and professor of management information systems, will retire in July after 18 years of service. Prior to becoming associate dean, Johnson taught classes in telecommunications, information systems analysis and design, and electronic business. His research areas included electronic business and data networking and he is a member of the World Future Society. In 1997, he delivered an address on the impact of telecommunications technology on economic development on behalf of the United Nations at the Economic Development Summit in Aruba. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire he was CEO of Centex Incorporated and assistant dean, division of Urban Outreach, at UW-Milwaukee. He received his bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and his master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Milwaukee.

Thomas King
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Dr. Thomas King, professor emeritus of communication disorders, will retire in June with 17 years of service. He taught various classes in communication disorders, augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology, and he supervised undergraduate and graduate students in the AAC clinic within the Center for Communication Disorders. He founded and helped organize the annual Wisconsin Conference on AAC and AT and was elected first state president of the Wisconsin Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The author of numerous articles and two widely used textbooks in the fields of AAC and AT, he is working on a third book. He also is the co-founder of Morse 2000 Worldwide Outreach, a collaborative outreach in assistive technology. King received his bachelor's degree from UW-Madison, master's degrees from both UW-Eau Claire and UW-Superior, and a doctoral degree from Clayton University.

Dr. Robert Langer, professor emeritus of mathematics, will retire in June with 30 years of service at UW-Eau Claire and 34 years in the UW System. He taught a variety of algebra and calculus courses, history of mathematics, statistics, numerical methods and analysis, and many others. He formed a research partnership with colleague Dr. Mohammed Elgindi, and together they published many professional articles, including, in the past five years, several involving undergraduate student/faculty collaborative research. They also were awarded a number of applied research grants from the UW System. Langer received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

John Melrose
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Dr. John Melrose, professor emeritus, management information systems, will retire in July with 35 years of service. He taught courses on information systems in business, managing information technology, systems analysis and design, and project management. His research areas include issues in online course delivery, the status of information processing instruction in Wisconsin high schools and project management utilization in business. He authored or co-authored three books and published a number of scholarly articles. He was involved in the International Association of Computer Information Systems and was a past president of the Wisconsin Business Education Association. Melrose received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire, his doctoral degree from University of Montana and conducted post-doctoral work at both Indiana University and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Allan Moose, senior lecturer in mathematics, will retire in May after four years of service at UW-Eau Claire. He taught classes like "Statics" and "Dynamics," designed primarily for pre-engineering students, as well as a short course in calculus. For the past three years, he has collaborated with Dr. Vicki Whitledge on research involving applications of the Inverse Problem of the Calculus of Variations. During his time at UW-Eau Claire, he also gave several seminars for Physics Thursday presentations. He plans to go on doing research and writing after his retirement. Moose received his bachelor's master's and doctoral degrees from Adelphi University.

Barbara Stevens, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, and associate professor emerita, library services, will retire in July after 36 years of service. Stevens, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1969 and quickly gained a regional reputation as an outstanding librarian, held a variety of positions, including reference librarian, periodicals librarian and coordinator of bibliographic instruction. Since 1987 she has co-taught an honors course she proposed and developed: "Critical Thinking in Writing and Research." In 1996, she became director of affirmative action and has since been recognized for her dedication to advocacy for underrepresented populations on campus and recruitment of a more diverse faculty, as well as her ability to mediate difficult situations. She has remained a leader in the American and Wisconsin Library Associations and also has been very active in faculty governance. Stevens earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Jean Wilcox
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Jean Wilcox, career counselor emerita, Career Services, will retire in July, with 24 years of service. Wilcox joined UW-Eau Claire as an academic adviser in 1981. In 1987 she was promoted to her current position as a career counselor and manager of the Career Discovery Center. Wilcox was recognized as a master career counselor by the National Career Development Association in 2002. She developed and taught a class titled "Academic and Career Exploration" at UW-Eau Claire, made presentations at conferences for the NCDA and the National Academic Advising Association, and was a book reviewer for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Wilcox also served as the academic staff representative to the UW system from 2001 to 2005. She received her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and her master's degree from UW-Stout.

Steven Zantow
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Steven Zantow, financial aid counselor emeritus, will retire in July with 34 years of service. He joined UW-Eau Claire's academic staff in 1971 has a head resident in Towers Hall, Housing and Residence Life, before moving to the Financial Aid Office. Zantow has been recognized for his dedication to serving students and his support of the entire Financial Aid Office staff, as well as his commitment to increasing diversity on campus by giving special assistance to students and their families throughout the financial aid process. The athletics department and the Center for International Education have also been grateful for Zantow's special attention and support. He received the Academic Staff Service Award and in 2002 was given a Distinguished Service Award by the American Ethnic Coordinating Office. Zantow received his bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse and a master's degree from Winona State College.

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