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Classified Employees Announce
Retirements from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 10, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Seven classified employees at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have announced they have retired or will retire soon.

Jeff Johnson, a craftsworker supervisor in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in November after 23 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He started working for the university as a facilities repair worker in 1984 and was later promoted to a carpenter position. In 1994 he became the craftsworker supervisor, overseeing daily operations for a crew of painters, carpenters, locksmiths, and facilities repair workers since that time. Johnson also coordinates and provides estimates for construction projects.

Judy Johnson, an office operations associate in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in May after 34 years of service. Her first position with UW-Eau Claire was as a stenographer in the sociology department, from 1964 to 1967, and again from 1970 to 1973. She came back to the university in 1979 as a limited term clerical assistant and secured a permanent office support position in the facilities office in 1982. She assists with fleet vehicle operations and the work order system.

Mary Kemp retired in February after 10 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She transferred from UW-River Falls to an office support position in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (formerly known as the American Ethnic Coordinating Office) at UW-Eau Claire in 1998. Later that year, she transferred to the foundations of education department, where she provided office support for eight years.

Derold Schubert, a shop supervisor in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in July 2007. He transferred to UW-Eau Claire from Taycheedah Correctional Facility in 1998. He has been the shop supervisor and associate director for building maintenance for nine years. During his time with facilities, he has managed the carpentry, mechanical, electrical and plumbing shops, and has provided engineering and project management assistance to the university.

Rita Sorkness, a library services assistant retired in April. She transferred from UW-Stout to UW-Eau Claire in 1979. For the past 27 years, she has worked as an archives assistant in the Special Collections department of McIntyre Library. In this position, she assisted in archiving the historical records and rare books housed and preserved in Special Collections. Sorkness also participated in instruction and outreach activities and provided office support to the department.

David Steagall, a facilities maintenance specialist in Facilities Planning and Management, retired in February after 30 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. He held various limited term positions on campus until he was hired as a recreation room attendant in 1978, and later he began doing maintenance for University Recreation. In 2001, he transferred to a maintenance position in the electrical shop of Facilities Planning and Management, where he repaired campus mechanical and electrical equipment and assisted in inventory and installation of electrical systems and equipment.

Lucille Van Beek, a university services associate in Records and Registration, retired in February after 27 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She began working for the university as a typist in Health Services in 1981. In 1990, she was promoted to a program assistant position in the University Bookstore. She transferred to Records and Registration three years later, where she was responsible for maintaining student enrollment files and processing registrations

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