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Eight Faculty and Academic Staff Members to
Retire from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Eight faculty or academic staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have recently retired or will retire soon. All have received emeritus status.

Dr. Kenneth De Meuse
Dr. Kenneth De Meuse

Dr. Kenneth De Meuse, professor emeritus of management and marketing, will retire in January 2008 after 17 years at UW-Eau Claire. De Meuse, who led the management area for a number of years, taught undergraduate and graduate courses on topics such as organizational behavior, organizational development and change, and leadership. He also led outreach seminars and workshops. His research areas include organizational restructuring and downsizing, team dynamics and effectiveness, and organizational leadership. He has published four books, 40 refereed journal articles, and 40 technical and research reports. His most recent book, "50 More Things You Need to Know: Best People Practices for Managers and HR Professionals," was published this year. In 2006, he received the Midwest Business Administration Association International McGraw-Hill/Irwin Distinguished Paper Award. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, De Meuse was CEO and president of The Human Side, a consulting firm in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse, a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee.

Mimi King, associate professor emerita, McIntyre Library, retired in September after 16 years at UW-Eau Claire. As head of the library's reference department, she provided instruction and assistance, and promoted information literacy to students in classrooms and at the Reference Desk. She coordinated interlibrary loan services and supervised the periodicals public service area. She regularly contributed to Off the Shelf, a library newsletter. King maintained a strong record of scholarship, making presentations to various groups and at professional conferences. She served on many university committees. She earned a bachelor's of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Kosower

Paul Kosower
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Paul Kosower, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts, will retire this month after 37 years of service. He was the conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra, and taught classes in applied cello and organ, chamber music, music theory and appreciation, and classic piano. An active performer, he made his New York City debut at Town Hall, and has presented organ and cello concerts in cities throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, the Manitowoc Symphony and others. He often performs in concerts broadcast on public radio stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. Locally, he was a soloist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and served as minister of music for several local churches. He earned bachelor's degrees in cello and organ, and a master's degree in cello from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Thomas Moore, assistant professor emeritus of computer science and senior information processing consultant for Learning and Technology Services, retired earlier this month after 24 years. He joined the computer science faculty in 1983, teaching courses and later serving as department chair. In 1986, he received a $30,000 faculty development grant from Cray Research of Chippewa Falls to continue his computer science studies. In 2005, he transferred to Learning and Technology Services, where he worked with the development unit on the Administrative Systems Migration project. He served on the project steering team and the change control board. He developed facilities, accounting and personnel applications that were migrated to MiBlugold. He also managed the Web e-portfolio application. Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, he taught computer science and mathematics at Whitefish Bay High School. Moore earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio's Miami University and a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee.

Janice Morse, administrative officer emerita for Academic Affairs, will retire in March with 30 years of service. She came to UW-Eau Claire in 1978 as a financial aid counselor, and later was promoted to assistant director and then associate director of Financial Aid. In 1990 she received UW-Eau Claire's Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award for her achievements in the Financial Aid Office and her overall contributions to the university. In 1992, she was selected for a position in Academic Affairs. As administrative officer, she was a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Council. She was responsible for coordinating academic staff personnel policies, procedures and issues. She supervised program assessment activities, administrative unit and administrator reviews, worked with foreign faculty on work authorizations, coordinated Winterim and Summer Session course offerings, and contributed to many other administrative initiatives. Morse earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University.

Mary Ryan-Miller
Mary Ryan-Miller

Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean emerita for Student Development and Diversity, will retire in April after 23 years of service. She joined the academic staff in 1985 as associate director of University Centers for Activities and Programs. She was later promoted to associate dean of student development in the Office of Student Development and Diversity. In 1988, she received a professional development grant and was selected to participate in the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. She served as coordinator of the National Student Exchange program. As a member of the NSE Council, she was elected as the central region representative from 1999-2002. Ryan-Miller also served as coordinator of New Student Orientation for 11 years. In 2007, she received the Student Development and Diversity Excellence Award. Ryan-Miller received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison.

Dr. Roger Tlusty
Dr. Roger Tlusty

Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor emeritus of foundations of education, will retire in January 2008 after 29 years of service. A former middle and high school teacher, he taught undergraduate courses in social studies curriculum and methods; history, philosophy, legal and social foundations of education; and human relations. He taught graduate classes in instructional supervision theory, cooperative learning, grouping in the classroom, curriculum construction, critical thinking, research seminars, teaching to multiple intelligences, and technology integration. He coordinated early field experiences for teaching students and supervised student teachers. His research included curriculum history and social studies curriculum development. He received the Biennial Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society for the Study of Curriculum History. With an interest in technology integration, Tlusty collaborated with a local school district to create the Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley, a Web-based teaching resource. Tlusty was an active grant writer, bringing thousands of dollars in outside funding to the university and area school districts. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire and his doctoral degree from UW-Madison.

Dr. Anne Utschig, professor emerita of English, will retire in January 2008 after 21 years. She taught linguistics classes on the history and structure of the English language, including offerings in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. She was director of English graduate studies for 12 years, and was a member of many university and department committees. She was the adviser for the multidisciplinary language studies minor. In 1999, she received the Dedicated Faculty Adviser Award. She was designated an Outstanding Teacher in the English department four times. Her research was in syntactic language universals. She presented her findings at many regional and national conferences. She earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee, and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

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