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Three Faculty/Academic Staff Members
Announce Retirement from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: July 28, 2006

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

Bobby Pitts, associate professor of art & design, will retire in August after 18 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught various illustration courses, computer graphics and other studio art courses and regularly exhibited his own work, which ranged from watercolors drawings to digital and computer-enhanced photography. Many students benefited from his willingness to organize art field trips to Chicago and New York and to work collaboratively with them on a variety of creative projects. Pitts has also been very active in international and cultural exchange projects. He taught at Jinan University in China, sponsored international students in his home and hosted international students in the dorms. He also served as adviser to the Hmong Student Association for many years. Pitts earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Alaska and his master of fine arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Robert Sampson, professor of communication and journalism, retired in June after nearly 26 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He taught courses in organizational communication analysis, human resource development, small group communication, research methods and administrative communication and served as department chairman from 1980 to 1997. For ten years he supervised the selection and preparation of student commencement speakers, and he was also the elected university representative to the Wisconsin Communication Association Board. He was subsequently elected editor of the WCA newsletter and Journal of the Wisconsin Communication Association. Sampson is proud of the fact that students in his CJ 459 course have conducted organizational communication analyses for more than 30 local organizations. He earned his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University.

Donald Zeutschel, research coordinator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will retire in September after 27 years at UW-Eau Claire. Zeutschel's efforts in seeking external funds and assisting and encouraging faculty in the development of extramural grant applications contributed to a steady growth in non-state revenue, allowing UW-Eau Claire to continue its tradition of excellence. Zeutschel worked to insure the success of UW-Eau Claire's annual Student Research Day and selected and coordinated speakers for a noon forum series which showcased the research and scholarship of 214 faculty and academic staff members. In addition, he assisted in the development and implementation of efforts such as the faculty and academic staff "Report on Publications and Other Scholarly Achievements" and coordination of the contract agreement for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee veterinarian. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University.

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