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UW-Eau Claire Honors Eight Faculty,
Staff Members with Excellence Awards

RELEASED: Aug. 21, 2007

2007 faculty/staff excellence award recipients
UW-Eau Claire's 2007 faculty and staff excellence award recipients are (left to right) Analisa DeGrave, Pamela Scheible, Jack Hoggatt, Vicki Snider, Gretchen Hutterli, Rose-Marie Avin, J. Brian Mahoney and LaNette Flunker. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — Eight University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 21.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Provost Steven Tallant presented 2007 Excellence Awards to Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics; Dr. Analisa DeGrave, assistant professor of foreign languages; LaNette Flunker, senior lecturer of management and marketing; Dr. Jack Hoggatt, assistant dean for student affairs, professor and chair of the business communication department in the College of Business; Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for external affairs, College of Business; Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology; Pamela Scheible, publications and scheduling specialist in Registration Services; and Dr. Vicki Snider, professor of special education.

Avin, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1987, received the Excellence in Service Award. She has been committed to serving UW-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley and the national and international community throughout her tenure at the university. In addition to her full teaching and student advising load in the department of economics, she has chaired and served on numerous committees at UW-Eau Claire, served as faculty adviser for two student organizations (UNICEF-Eau Claire Chapter and the Hunger Project), participated in the "Breakfast with a Professor" series, and served terms as both president and vice president of the University Women's Association. In the Chippewa Valley, she has made educational presentations on Haiti to elementary and middle-school students, organized a local fundraising effort for women's centers in Nicaragua and helped bring three Nicaraguan women from the centers to Eau Claire to give a talk on domestic violence. Outside the Chippewa Valley, she was the Midwest representative of the International Association for Feminist Economics, a founding member of the Women's Empowerment Project of the Wisconsin Coordination Council on Nicaragua, a judge for the student essay contest sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis, an editorial board member for the journal Feminist Economics and featured speaker at an International Women's Day in Madison.

DeGrave, who joined the foreign languages department in 2003, received the Excellence in Advising Award. The award is given to faculty or instructional academic staff who the Faculty Awards Committee thinks has put forth exceptional effort to establish excellence in academic advising. A Student Senate committee makes the nominations based on the results of a survey of current students. DeGrave teaches Spanish and Latin American studies courses in language, literature and culture. She advises between 40 and 70 students a semester. She also has participated in faculty/student collaborative research projects, the findings of which were presented at UW-Eau Claire's annual Student Research Day. "For Dr. DeGrave, advising is not a one-way street but an evolving process of give and take, involving not only her and her students but also her colleagues, both in the department and across campus," said Johannes Strohschank, foreign languages department chair. "Thus, she has established a dense network of advising support that provides her students with a depth and breadth of expert opinions. When students seek her out they will not only learn about the right class to take or the proper way to read their degree audit, they will be let into a life of never-ending intellectual curiosity, international cultural pride and humility, self-discipline, and sheer humanity. This is why Dr. DeGrave's students succeed."

Flunker, who joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1998, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Alumni select the award recipient. Flunker's former students described her as enthusiastic, supportive, caring and "someone who really has student interests at heart." They cited her use of real-life examples in the classroom and her ability to get students involved through presentations, role plays and group work as further evidence of her teaching excellence. Flunker has taught every undergraduate marketing course in the university catalogue, as well as an online MBA foundation course. In addition to teaching and advising 70-plus students, Flunker frequently collaborates with her College of Business colleagues on various research projects. She also organizes the UW-Eau Claire Sales Competition, an annual event that determines which UW-Eau Claire marketing students will compete at the National Sales Competition, and coaches the UW-Eau Claire team at the national event. Her teams have consistently placed in the top 10 at the event.

Hoggatt, a member of the business faculty since 1979, is the UW-Eau Claire 2007 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee. His scholarly record includes more than 40 books and an additional 50 publications ranging from journal articles to book chapters. For many years Hoggatt led the business education program at UW-Eau Claire, which was known nationwide for its curriculum and outstanding preparation of future K-12 teachers of business education. That same program, now modified to provide business communication education to a wider audience, serves more than 2,000 students in the university's College of Business. Under Hoggatt's leadership, more than 20 percent of UW-Eau Claire business students receive a business communication certificate to complement their major field of study. Part of the certificate's requirements is completion of the Student Professional Development Program, which includes seminars on career planning, professional appearance, professional etiquette and job campaigns and prepares students for their transition to professional life. "Dr. Hoggatt's philosophy of education places an emphasis on both mentoring and motivating his students to help prepare them for a successful career in business and, more importantly, in life," wrote Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in a letter nominating Hoggatt for the award.

Hutterli, who has worked in the UW-Eau Claire College of Business for nearly 25 years and served as assistant dean for external affairs for the past 14 years, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff. In addition to her role as the first female assistant dean in the College of Business, Hutterli has been a management and marketing instructor, student organization adviser, small business consultant and instructor and summer orientation adviser. She also has advised 30 to 100 marketing and business administration students per year since 1983. As assistant dean, she markets the College of Business and individual departments to prospective and current students and donors, plans and ensures the success of numerous college events and manages the college's alumni relations. Her fundraising efforts have brought in more than $3 million, including matching gift money, for the college and its programs. Her leadership in the recent redesign of the College of Business Web site was honored with a Gold Award at the 2005 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education regional conference.

Mahoney, a member of the geology faculty since 1994, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award. In 13 years, he's established a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded earth science research program. Mahoney has authored or coauthored 80 research articles, and he has been an invited presenter at three Geological Society of America Penrose conferences, including the 1999 conference in Winthrop, Wash., for which he was the principal organizer. Mahoney has supervised master's theses for several UW-Eau Claire geology alumni who continued on to graduate school, and he has participated as a faculty mentor in 68 student/faculty collaborative research projects with UW-Eau Claire students. He's acquired more than $1.3 million in external research funds, including awards from the government of British Columbia, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Wisconsin Technology Initiative and the National Science Foundation.

Scheible, a publications and scheduling specialist in Registration Services, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award. Scheible, a UW-Eau Claire employee for 32 years, coordinates academic space and course scheduling, curriculum file maintenance and production of UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate and graduate catalogues. Her duties have transformed and expanded in recent years due to the implementation of new scheduling software. Because of her mastery of the software, she has been invited as a panelist at the users' group national conference three times in recent years. She also was invited, along with a coworker, to present at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers annual conference. Scheible has been active in university organizations and committees, and she recently collaborated with a faculty member to establish a new service-learning opportunity for students. She also has been an active volunteer in the local community and with Blugold athletics. Scheible's "dedication and devotion to the university climate not only at UW-Eau Claire but also within the community is clearly evident," the award nominating committee wrote.

Snider, a member of UW-Eau Claire's special education faculty for 21 years, is UW-Eau Claire's nominee for the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Snider has received several prestigious teaching honors, including UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Teacher Educator of the Year Award. She has contributed to the body of knowledge in her field through a range of juried publications. Her recently published book, "Myths and Misconceptions About Teaching: What Really Happens in the Classroom," received positive reviews, including one in Columbia University's "Teacher's College Record." Snider has been committed to sharing her research expertise with students, both in the classroom and through faculty/student research collaborations. Two of those collaborations received first- and second-place awards at UW-Eau Claire's Student Research Day. Snider has advised as many as 80 students in a year, served on many university committees and mentored numerous graduate students. For 20 years she also has directed or co-directed the Learning Enhancement and Progression Clinic, a summer program offered cooperatively by UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Area School District to provide instruction in reading, mathematics, written expression, spelling, study skills and social skills to K-12 students who need extra assistance and specialized attention.

Each honoree received the University Medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Three of the awards — the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Performance awards for classified and academic staff — are funded by Markquart Chevrolet, Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation of Eau Claire funded the awards honoring the nominees for the Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award and the U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

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