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Memorial Service Scheduled for Former Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald N. Satz

RELEASED: March 9, 2006

Ronald Satz
Ronald Satz

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus community will honor Provost and Vice Chancellor Emeritus Ronald N. Satz during a memorial service from noon-1 p.m. Monday, March 13, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow the memorial service in the lobby.

Satz, 62, died March 7 following a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The campus memorial service will follow visitation and funeral services planned for Sunday, March 12. Visitation is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Satz was a part of the UW-Eau Claire campus community for 22 years, serving in a number of faculty and administrative positions, including as provost and vice chancellor from May 1, 1999, until his retirement Oct. 17, 2005.

"UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the world of higher education have lost a brilliant scholar, an adept administrator and a faithful friend," Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson said. "Ron Satz embodied the university's motto of excellence. His vision and passion were instrumental in helping make UW-Eau Claire one of the finest public regional universities not only in the Midwest but in the nation."

Donald J. Mash, UW System executive senior vice president and UW-Eau Claire chancellor emeritus praised Satz for his many accomplishments.

"Ron Satz made countless contributions to UW-Eau Claire's success over a distinguished career spanning more than two decades," Mash said. "His dedication to the university was unsurpassed. Ron rightfully took great pride in UW-Eau Claire's many 'marks of excellence,' which he led, nurtured and supported.

"Ron's courageous battle with his illness was Herculean. He and Chris engaged in and managed extraordinary and often unimaginable challenges over so many months in the hope of a remission and a cure. Sadly, it wasn't to be."

Rick St. Germaine, professor of history, remembered Satz for his scholarly research in support of Native American treaty rights. "Ron Satz was more than a hero to the Lake Superior Ojibwa. He was a stellar ally, compatriot, and dear friend who will long be remembered in the hearts of Ojibwe, HoChunk, Potawatomi, Menominee, and Oneida Indians throughout the Midwest," St. Germaine said.

"Ron Satz was held in high esteem by thousands of Lake Superior Ojibwa Indians, along the lines of very special Americans before him – Veda Stone, Gaylord Nelson, and Hubert Humphrey."

In his letter to Larson announcing his retirement, Satz said his years at UW-Eau Claire were rewarding and enjoyable. In particular, he noted the pleasure he took in assisting faculty, academic staff and students with their research, creative activity and professional development needs, and in assisting in promoting an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

During his years at UW-Eau Claire, Satz held numerous administrative positions including: provost and vice chancellor (1999-2005); founding dean of the College of Professional Studies (1995-99); founding dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services (1994-1995); and dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1983-1994) while concurrently serving as founding director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration (1988-1995). Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Satz was dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Under Satz's leadership, the undergraduate research program grew so successful that the Board of Regents named UW-Eau Claire as the UW System's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration.

An American Indian historian with a specialty in Indian treaties and treaty rights, Satz taught history classes and he continued his scholarly activities. He served on several editorial boards including the American Indian Quarterly. He was a consultant of Indian history and treaty rights to several American Indian tribes and organizations, including the Native American Rights Fund, the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

In 1991, Satz was nominated for the Human Rights Award of the Equal Rights Council of the state of Wisconsin for his work to promote better understanding of American Indian reserved treaty rights. In 1993, he was recognized by the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction for his commitment to the advancement of American Indian studies in Wisconsin's public schools and for promoting an understanding among K-12 students and staff of the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin. In 1995, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. presented him with its Excellence in Service Award. In 1996, the Wisconsin Library Association honored his Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty with its Distinguished Document Award.

In 1998, the Wisconsin Ojibwa tribes presented Satz's award-winning book, Chippewa Treaty Rights, into evidence before the U. S. Supreme Court in the Mille Lacs Case. The case resulted in the vindication of Chippewa treaty rights. Following the announcement of this legal victory, Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwa tribal elder John Anderson honored Satz by giving him an Ojibwa name, Wasbishka Ogitchida ("The White Warrior [for treaty rights] and Earth Protector"), in a traditional naming ceremony.

Satz earned his undergraduate degree in political and social sciences from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, his master's degree in history from Illinois State University in 1967, and his doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1972. He received post-doctoral research fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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