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Eleven UW-Eau Claire Faculty Members Announce Their Retirement

RELEASED: May 12, 2006

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

Dr. Gale Crouse, professor emeritus of foreign languages, will retire in May after 18 years of service. He taught French classes and was chair of the foreign languages department from 1987-1998. He also taught English as a second language and English as a foreign language from 1987-2002. He published numerous articles that focused on the foreign language teaching profession and methods, wrote book reviews for journals such as the Modern Language Journal and French Review, and was editor and publisher for the four annual publications of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2003-05. His awards include the Distinguished French Educator Award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French in 1992 and the Wisconsin Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers in 1995. Crouse received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and his master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison.

Dr. Michael Cunningham
Dr. Michael Cunningham

Dr. Michael Cunningham, pianist and professor emeritus of music, will retire in May after 33 years of bringing music to UW-Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. Cunningham taught a variety of theory and composition courses, ranging from freshman and sophomore theory and ear training to private composition; Baroque and Renaissance counterpoint; orchestration; electronic music; and band arranging and American popular song. He composed more than 200 works, including operas, orchestral pieces, and compositions for recitalists or musical theater, many of which were premiered at UW-Eau Claire and have since been recorded and performed around the world. He authored eight books, including "The Inner World of Traditional Theory." He's listed in Who's Who in America, and has received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Cunningham, who also served two years in the U.S. Army, earned a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

Dr. Beverly Dretzke, professor emerita of psychology, retired in January after 18 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She taught courses in educational psychology, general psychology, statistics, psychological measurement, and research design and analysis. She published articles dealing with research on teaching and learning, as well as texts on the use of statistical software. UW-Eau Claire psychology students benefited from her mentoring and her work assessing the worries, concerns, and learning outcomes of psychology majors. Dretzke also is an avid musician, performing on the recorder as a soloist and with numerous community chamber ensembles. She earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison and a master's degree from George Washington University. Dretzke is now employed full-time as a research associate with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus.

Dr. David Franks, professor emeritus of special education, will retire in May after 25 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He has been the coordinator of early childhood and handicapped education in the department of special education since 1981, and he chaired the department from 1991-95. Over the years he's contributed to numerous educational initiatives aimed at improving special education in Wisconsin. He's been recognized with many awards, including the first Victor Contrucci Service Award for Developmental Disabilities from the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities; the Outstanding Service Award from the Division on Early Childhood, Wisconsin Federation, Council for Exceptional Children; the Eau Claire Area School District Friend of Education Award; and the UW-Eau Claire School of Education Teacher Educator of the Year Award. His presentations and publications helped train the next generation of special education teachers. Franks earned a bachelor's degree from Wisconsin State University-River Falls and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Paul Graber
Dr. Paul Graber

Dr. Paul Graber, professor emeritus of kinesiology, will retire in May with 14 years of service to the university. He came to UW-Eau Claire in 1992 as chair of the department of physical education and athletics. He oversaw completion of a task force study for a new curricular design and departmental name change. In the new department of kinesiology, Graber oversaw or initiated other changes, including reallocation of space in McPhee Center to provide new facilities; institution of a new major emphasis in movement science; and expansion of the exercise management emphasis. He taught classes such as concepts in kinesiology, senior seminar capstone courses, management concepts, minorities and inequities in sports, school physical education, and karate. Graber earned a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, a master's from Fort Hays State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Utah.

Dr. William Hannaford
Dr. William Hannaford

Dr. William Hannaford, professor emeritus of management and marketing, will retire in May after 30 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in marketing and management, including marketing principles, technology and applications; international marketing; marketing management, professional selling, sales management, strategic marketing, and current problems in marketing. He was instrumental in developing new field experience and hands-on courses for students, was faculty adviser for the collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association, and authored a textbook and numerous articles. He is the president of Northwest Research Associates, serving business clients in this region. Hannaford earned his bachelor's degree from Denison University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University.

Dr. Susan Haugen, professor emerita of accounting and finance, will retire in August, with 21 years of service to the university. An active teacher and scholar, she has conducted research in accounting and computer information systems, accounting education, and fraud and white-collar crime issues. She developed several MBA courses dealing with fraud. Her work utilizing mobile technologies such as cell phones to support distance education has received national attention. Haugen serves on the editorial review boards of several professional journals and has served as national director for Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor society for financial information students and professionals. For more than 15 years, she's served as faculty adviser for the Zeta Omicron chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Accounting Society at UW-Eau Claire. She received the Computer Educator of the Year Award from the International Association for Computer Information Systems in 2004; the KPMG Professor of Accounting Faculty Award in 2005-06; and the Excellence in Service-Learning as a Faculty Mentor award in 2006. Haugen was elected president of MBAA International for 2006-07 and has been on the board of directors of Royal Credit Union since 1990. She earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, a master's from UW-Stout and a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Yui Tim Ho
Dr. Yui Tim Ho

Dr. Yui Tim Ho, professor emeritus of biology, will retire in May after 34 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He taught nine different courses, primarily dealing with genetics and biostatistics, his two areas of specialization. His sense of humor and creative teaching style earned him a reputation as a popular and effective teacher, demonstrated by an Effective Teaching Recognition Award from the School of Arts in Science in 1988; a Professor of the Year Award in 2000; and the Vic and Eileen Cvancara Outstanding Teacher Award, selected by the Biology Student Honor Society, in 2002. Ho served as faculty adviser to the UW-Eau Claire Chinese Student Association for more than 10 years, opening his home to many Chinese students. In addition, he has served as the biology department library bibliographer and chair of the department's scholarship and social committees. Ho earned a bachelor's degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Barbara MacBriar, associate professor emerita of family health nursing, will retire in May after teaching 16 years at UW-Eau Claire. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing, with a focus on the care of children with acute and chronic illnesses. Before joining the UW-Eau Claire faculty, she was a staff nurse and clinical coordinator at Children's Hospital of Milwaukee, a staff nurse at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, a professor of nursing for the Carroll College /Columbia College of Nursing joint program and an assistant professor of nursing at UW-Milwaukee. Her research interests include the socialization of students into the nursing profession; the development of a wellness assessment tool for school age children, for which she received a Midelfort Award; and the influence of nursing instructors on the decision making choices of their students. MacBriar earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee, her master's degree from UW-Madison and her doctoral degree from Marquette University.

Dr. Larry Morse, professor emeritus of psychology and chair of the psychology department, will retire in June after 29 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Morse, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1977, has served as department chair for 12 years. He taught classes and conducted research in applied behavior analysis and the experimental analysis of behavior, an area of psychology that has received increased attention in recent years. Besides serving UW-Eau Claire students, Morse also shared his expertise with community members, teaching parenting classes as well as behavioral psychology to adolescents at the annual Summer Science Institute. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University and his doctoral degree from Western Michigan University.

Dr. August Rubrecht
Dr. August Rubrecht

Dr. August Rubrecht, professor emeritus of English, will retire in May, after 35 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He taught classes in English rhetoric and style; history of the English language; structure of the English language; American dialects; early British literature; Chaucer; and general literature courses. As a linguist, his research focused on dialectology, phonology, history of English, and English usage and stylistics. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, he was a dialect researcher for the Dictionary of American Regional English. However, Rubrecht, an Arkansas native, was probably best known for his interest in storytelling and humor. Many of his stories are set in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri and draw on the storytelling traditions he learned there. In addition to entertaining students, faculty and locals with his humorous tall tales, he has also participated in the five-state Northlands Storytelling Network and performed in other venues such as the Florida Folk Festival and the Storytelling Festival on Martha's Vineyard. He earned his bachelor's degree from Arkansas Polytechnic College (now University) and his doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

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