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Fourteen Classified Staff Members Retire
from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 12, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Fourteen classified staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have recently retired or will retire soon.

Judith Agema, a University Services associate in the English department, will retire in May. She has held various limited term office support positions on campus since she started as a clerical helper in the Office of Field Experience in 1990. Soon after that she transferred to the economics department, where she worked until 2002. She has also worked in the communication disorders department, the American Ethnic Coordinating Office and the Development Office. Agema has been providing office support to the English department for four years.

Edward Brown, a buildings and grounds superintendent in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in May. He started working for the university in 1972 as an educational services assistant-business manager of University Centers, leaving after nine years. In 1997, he returned to the University as a building and grounds superintendent for Facilities. For the past nine years he has managed several areas, including custodial services, grounds, central stores, fleet vehicles, and facilities risk management.

Daniel Ely, a custodian in Housing and Residence Life, will retire in May. In 1983 he began working in McIntyre Library as a building and maintenance helper. A year later he transferred to Schofield Hall and in 1997 he transferred to his current position, keeping residence halls clean for UW-Eau Claire students.

Rita Gundry, a medical laboratory technician in Student Health Service, will retire in September. She was hired in 1987 as a limited term laboratory technician. Ten years later she obtained a permanent position and for the past19 years had contributed to the health of the student population.

Dennis Hughes, a shipping and mailing clerk in mail services, retired in April. He has been working for that department since 1983, leading the work of the mail services staff and maintaining accounting records for that department.

David Lawrence, a custodian, retired in January. He was hired by Custodial Services in 1993 and devoted 13 years to making Hibbard Humanities Hall a clean and inviting environment for students and staff.

Christina Nelson, an academic department associate in the kinesiology department, retired in March. She began her career as a typist for the UW Center for Health Sciences in 1977. She transferred to UW-Eau Claire as a program assistant in Records and Registration in 1986, moved to the department of communication disorders in 1987 and then to kinesiology in 1990.

James Olinger, a maintenance mechanic in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in July. He was originally hired in 1982 as a limited term building and maintenance helper in the physical plant. In 1987, he secured a permanent maintenance mechanic position at the UW Center for Health Sciences. Later that year, he transferred back to UW-Eau Claire as a maintenance mechanic in University Recreation. Olinger transferred to his current position in 1995.

Nancy Olson, a medical technologist in Student Health Service, will retire in September. She started as a laboratory technician in Student Health Service in 1976. In 1981 she was promoted to the medical technologist position. She has been working in the laboratory, caring for the health needs of the student population, for the past 30 years.

Nancy Paulson, a financial specialist in Business Services, will retire in August after 32 years at the university. Her first position was as a typist in the Financial Aid Office. She transferred to the Controller's Office in 1976. Four years later, Paulson became a fiscal clerk in the Parking Office, later transferring to a position in the University Service Center and back to the Controller's Office in 1988. She was reclassified as a financial specialist, and the department later became the accounts payable area of Business Services.

Catherine (Corrigan) Peltonen, a university services associate in University Centers and Programs, retired in January. She began her state career as a typist at the Department of Transportation in 1981. In 1989, she transferred to the UW-Eau Claire department of chemistry as a program assistant, transferring two years later to her final position as a program assistant in the Student Organizations Complex.

John Sawicki, a purchasing agent in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in May. He started as a limited term power plant operator in 1986. He secured a permanent position soon afterward, and in 1991 transferred to his current position.

Gene Trainor, a custodian in Housing and Residence Life, will retire in June. He was first hired as a custodian in 1992 and later transferred to his current position, where he has served for seven years.

Kari Tubbs, a program assistant advanced in Student Services, will retire in August after 34 years at the University. She was first hired in 1970 as a typist in Admissions, later transferring to the English department and then six years later to the history department as a program assistant. Tubbs attained a higher-level office support position in the Office of Student Affairs in 1988 and six years later transferred to the vice chancellor's office in Academic Affairs. In 1995, she transferred to her current position, supporting Associate Vice Chancellor William Harms.

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