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Twenty Faculty or Academic Staff Members
Announce Retirements from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: May 10, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Twenty faculty or academic staff members have announced they will retire or have recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Mary Ellen Alea, adjunct assistant professor and senior lecturer emerita of English, will retire in May after 30 years at UW-Eau Claire. She began working in the Transitional Year Program, and after finishing her master's degree, with a specialty in American literature, she joined the English department faculty, teaching a variety of composition and introductory literature courses. She served twice as interim composition director, 1994-95 and 1996-98. She also served the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English as editor of the Wisconsin English Journal from 1992-95. Alea's lifelong interest in Plains Indian culture made her a major contributor to the development of the American Indian studies program at UW-Eau Claire, the first to offer that major in the UW System. She has subsequently taught many of those courses, including "American Indian Literature," American Indian Film" and "Expressive Culture," and she served as interim director of the AIS program during the director's sabbatical leave. Alea also served as chair of the Curriculum Committee during the six years required to overhaul and revise the entire English curriculum. Alea earned her bachelor's degree from Creighton University and her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Steve Baumgardner, professor emeritus of psychology, will retire in May after 34 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Baumgardner taught courses in general psychology, social psychology and positive psychology. His research interests were in work and career decision making and positive psychology. He developed the first positive psychology course at UW-Eau Claire in 2004, and there are now hundreds of courses offered in this area at colleges around the country and abroad. His textbook on the subject, "Introduction to the Research and Theory of Positive Psychology," is near completion and will be published by Pearson/Prentice Hall in the winter of 2008. It is one of the first review books of research and theory in this growing field. Baumgardner also authored two other psychology texts published in 1984 and 1990. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, his master's degree from Western Washington State University and his doctoral degree from Kansas State University.

Dr. Alan Gallaher, associate professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders, will retire in May after 18 years as a leader in curricular development and professional issues for undergraduate and graduate programming in his department. Prior to coming to Eau Claire, Gallaher taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the Medical College of Ohio and Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in neurology, aphasia and right brain damage, adult motor speech disorders and phonetics, and he supervises graduate students who work with neurologically impaired adults in the Center for Communication Disorders. Gallaher is currently the chair of the CDIS department personnel committee and serves as the CDIS director of clinical services and the CDIS graduate program coordinator. He has also served on the University Senate and on numerous departmental, college and university committees. Gallaher earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Madison, his master's degree from the University of Massachusetts and his doctoral degree from Northwestern University.

Dr. Cynthia Gray, associate professor of foundations of education and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education, will retire in May. She joined the faculty of UW-Eau Claire in 1998 after teaching at a number of other schools and universities around the country. At UW-Eau Claire, she taught courses in the social foundation of human relations; the history, legal and philosophical foundations of education; and collaborative leadership in education and human sciences. She also supervised classroom projects and independent studies focusing on video as a tool of inquiry and communication — one of her special interests and the topic of her doctoral research. Her undergraduate and earlier graduate work in communication disorders and speech science evolved into her special interests in teaching for social justice and culturally responsive classrooms. In addition to her many scholarly publications and presentations, she has been involved in the making of numerous documentaries, many as collaborative ventures with her students, on a wide variety of subjects, including "Termespheres: Total Worlds," which won the 'da Vinci Spirit Award" at the da Vinci Film and Idea Festival in Corvalis, Ore., in 2003 and was selected as the "Best of the Best" at the da Vinci Festival in 2005. Gray received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree from the University of Colorado, and master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Dr. Charles Hanson, associate professor emeritus of English, will retire in June after 31 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. He began teaching composition and American literature but taught a wide variety of courses over the years. He helped develop and teach the technical writing program, and he also proposed an autobiography course for the Honors Program and taught that course for more than 20 years. The personal narrative continues to be one of his favorite research topics. In addition, he taught the challenging "Critical Approaches to Literature" course for many years, helped develop and teach a two-semester course in world literature, and also taught courses on topics as varied as the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, Russian literature, the fantasy narratives of J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Faulkner and the Southern Literary Renaissance. Hanson loved to enrich his teaching with travel and four times represented UW-Eau Claire in study abroad programs in England, Denmark, Scotland and Latvia. He also organized and for many years led the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and he was active in and a frequent speaker at the Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild. Hanson received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University and his doctoral degree from George Washington University.

Dr. William Harms, associate vice chancellor emeritus-student services, will retire in September after 27 years at UW-Eau Claire. He joined the university in 1980 as director of recreation, following six years as associate director of recreation and intramural coordinator at Kansas State University. Harms was responsible for establishing a National Youth Sports Program at UW-Eau Claire in 1981 and has successfully authored many supporting grants for the program over the years. The free summer camp program offers recreation and enrichment activities for low-income children. Since 1994, Harms has led UW-Eau Claire's student services units, which include the Children's Center, Housing and Residence Life, University Police, University Centers, University Recreation and Sports Facilities, Athletics, and Parking and Transportation Services. He received his bachelor's degree from Kearney State College in Nebraska, his master's degree from Colorado State University and his doctoral degree from Kansas State University.

Jeannie Harms, senior student services coordinator emerita, Advising and New Student Initiatives, will retire in July after 27 years at UW-Eau Claire. She began her career at the university as a residence hall director, later worked in the media development center, and in 1987 became an academic adviser with Academic and Career Services. She was promoted to senior student services coordinator in 1997 and received the Advising Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association in 2001. She was an early proponent of first year experience courses, helping lead to the development of the current FYE program on campus, and she also championed the development of a new course in academic and career exploration. Harms and her husband, Dr. William Harms, also have been very involved in alumni events and served as campus campaign chairs for 2004-05, helping lead the drive to raise funds for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Harms received her bachelor's degree from Trinity University in Texas and her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Lucretia Mattson, professor emerita of accounting and finance, will retire in May after almost 32 years at UW-Eau Claire, where she taught tax, financial planning and introductory accounting courses. Her UW-Eau Claire honors include Peat Marwick Professor of the Year Awards in both 1989 and 1997; both the 2000 Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service awards; and the 2002 Faculty Mentor Excellence in Service Learning Award for her work with more than 40 students in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The Beta Gamma Sigma Business Student Honorary selected her as the Outstanding Professor in the College of Business for 2002. Mattson was also widely recognized for her service to outside agencies and professional organizations. In 1998 she received the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Achievement Award for her role in the statewide component of the CPA Vision Project, a national grassroots effort designed to give CPAs input into forging the future of their own profession. In 2001 she received the Educator of the Year Award from the American Women's Society of CPAs, and in 2003 the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency awarded her its Community Service Award for her work with the VITA program through Head Start. Most recently, in March 2007, she was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by WICPA. Mattson earned her bachelor's degree from Muskingum College in Ohio, her master's degree from Utah State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky.

Josette Migawa, senior lecturer emerita of foreign languages, retired in May of 2006. She served the university as a lecturer in Spanish and English as a Second Language for 21 years. Having lived in Mexico and Spain and traveled in Peru, Puerto Rico, Caracas, Brazil and the Philippines, she also taught courses such as "Survival Spanish for Work and Travel" and "Going International" for students interested in business opportunities with other countries. She was noted for her many contributions to both department and university affairs and her fervent support for UW-Eau Claire's language and culture study programs. She earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies.

Dr. Thomas Miller, professor emeritus of history, will retire in May after 40 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught European history, including courses in western civilization, the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Medieval period, and he also led majors seminars. His special areas of research included the German Reformation and early modern European social history, and he published papers and articles on those topics and the Lutheran family in the 16th century. Miller served as chair of the history department twice, most recently for a six-year period ending in August 2006, just prior to his department's recognition for Excellence in Teaching by the UW Regents. He also served the university as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for a total of nine years. He was recognized with a UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Academic Advising Award in 2006 and also received a Distinguished Service Award from UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs (formerly known as American Ethnic Coordinating Office) in 2000. Miller earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, his master's degree from the University of Iowa and his doctoral degree from University of Virginia.

Dr. Winifred Morse, professor emerita of adult health nursing, will retire in May after almost 26 years at UW-Eau Claire. She has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to adult health nursing, including advanced nursing theory and practice and human responses to chronic illness, disability and end of life transitions. Morse is a registered nurse, registered dietitian and also a Reiki master practitioner, and she has stayed active as a part-time home-care nurse. In addition to nursing education and nutrition, her areas of interest and expertise include gerontology, end of life issues, Alzheimer's disease and caregiver support, and she has presented and published on these and other topics many times over the years. Morse received a Support Group Award (with Karen Danielson) from the Indianhead Chapter of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association in 1999. She received the Ihle Family Award for Caring in 2006 and the Sigma Tau Leadership award in 2007 for her work in end of life issues. She has been active in the Delta Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, supervised numerous graduate students and also was an active and successful grant writer. Morse received her bachelor's degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University and UW-Eau Claire, and her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

Damian O'Brien, admissions counselor emeritus, will retire in May. He joined the staff of the Admissions office in 1978 and spent the last 30 years promoting the university and educating prospective students, parents and high school counselors about UW-Eau Claire and college life. He wrote the campus newsletter for prospective students and parents for the past 18 years, and he also supervised production of the first two videos made for the Admissions office. O'Brien specialized as a multicultural recruiter in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and others on campus, was a co-founder and member of the Hmong Action Coalition, and served as the first adviser to the Hmong Student Association. He also participated in a campus exchange between the Rosebud Reservation and UW-Eau Claire to educate himself about the Lakota Sioux. He served as adviser to the Campus Greens and later to the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and over the years he served on many committees, including the University Senate, the Academic Staff Grievance Committee, the ESL and Commanding English Committee, the Committee for Students with Disabilities and others. O'Brien attended four different colleges and was active in many peace and justice issues before earning his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1977.

Dr. Duane Oyen, professor emeritus of economics, will retire in May after almost 31 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as courses on business fluctuations and money and banking, which were his particular areas of interest and research. His textbook, "Business Fluctuations and Forecasting," was published in 1991. Over the years he made numerous professional presentations, wrote book reviews, and chaired or served on a variety of committees, including the Faculty Senate and the economics department personnel committee He served as adviser to the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society from 1985 to 2007. Oyen received the 1989-90 UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award; the Honored Faculty Award from the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society in 1994-95 and 1999-2000; and the Roma Hoff Outstanding Honor Society Adviser Award in 1997-98. In 2001-02 he received a Distinguished Service Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Luther College. Oyen received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

Karen Pope, associate professor, library services, will retire in July after 15 years at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library. Most recently, she coordinated the library instruction program as information literacy and reference librarian after working for 10 years as a government publications librarian. Prior to coming to the university, she was head of reference and documents librarian at Kentucky State University's Blazer Library and cataloger for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Historical Society. She also taught secondary English and Language Arts in Kentucky, Florida and New Mexico. Pope has been active in several campus organizations, including Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice and Women in Higher Education. She coordinated the WHE Take Your Daughter to Work program at UW-Eau Claire for many years. She also has been an active contributor to and occasional instructor for the Women's Studies program at UW-Eau Claire, served two terms on the Commission on the Status of Women and coordinated several annual Women's History month celebrations. She is an active member of the American Association of University Women. Pope earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certification from the University of New Mexico and her master's degree from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor emerita of music, has served UW-Eau Claire for more than 35 years and has been the coordinator of the voice and choral area since 1998. Her teaching areas include applied voice, pedagogy, diction, voice literature and opera workshop. An active performer, she has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Florentine Opera, the Minnesota Bach Society, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Summer Musicals, the Chippewa Valley Symphony, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and others. She also premiered six operas and numerous songs written by UW-Eau Claire faculty members Michael Cunningham and Ivar Lunde. In 1993 Proctor Duax founded and served as first chair of the steering committee of the Friends of Music of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, which has funded countless musical programs, performances and purchases of musical instruments since its inception. She is a charter member of the Wisconsin State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has served in numerous leadership positions. As a NATS board member, she spent six years organizing and coordinating the Student NATS program, fostering its growth from five chapters to more than thirty chapters nationwide. Proctor Duax holds a bachelor's degree from Austin College in Texas, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Katherine Rhoades, dean emerita of the College of Education and Human Sciences and associate professor of foundations of education, will retire in September after 11 years at UW-Eau Claire. She taught courses in the social and cultural foundations of education, as well as women's studies and honors program courses, and her research interests included women, poverty and public policy; multicultural education; and power, privilege and inequality in social institutions and systems, especially those related to education. Prior to joining the UW-Eau Claire faculty, she taught at the college level and was also a grant development specialist and the coordinator of a women in transition program. Rhoades has been recognized with many awards over the years and was most recently invited to participate in a Women's Leadership Roundtable at Oxford University in the summer of 2007. UW-Eau Claire honors include a service award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and a 2000 Professor of the Year Award from the UW-Eau Claire Future Teachers Club and Kappa Delta Pi. This year she also received a School of Education Alumni Achievement Award from UW-Madison, which also awarded her a Matthew H. Willing Outstanding Dissertation Award in 1995. Rhoades also has served as president of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, a master's degree from UW-Stevens Point, and a master's and doctoral degree from UW-Madison.

Dr. Kenneth Schmidt, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction, will retire in June following almost 22 years of teaching courses in social studies education; the historical, legal and philosophical foundations of education; and classroom practices at UW-Eau Claire. Before joining the university faculty, he was a teacher and principal in public schools and an assistant professor at Arkansas Technical University. His research areas included the origin and development of teacher preparation programs in the United States and teaching practices in light of emerging technologies. He made many state and national presentations on these and other subjects and traveled to make international presentations in England and Japan. Schmidt served as chair of the department of curriculum and instruction from 1993 to 1996, and also hosted many visiting faculty and exchange students from the North East Wales Institute and King Alfred's College. In 1989 he received a Joseph J. Malone Fellowship from the National Council for U.S.-Arab Relations to conduct a study tour to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. Schmidt received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Milwaukee and his doctoral degree from Syracuse University.

Kathleen Tank, administrative program specialist in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, retired in June 2006 after almost 16 years at UW-Eau Claire. Prior to joining the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2004, she served as a program assistant and a financial specialist at the university. In Nursing she managed the personnel budget and made many contributions to streamline the workings of the college, including the development of a skill lab data base, an electronic nursing student record system, and a searchable data base for materials and supplies for the clinical simulation and skills laboratory, which she developed in collaboration with nursing faculty. She also coordinated the annual fall Nurse Alumni Homecoming Walk and the spring Nursing Honors Luncheon. Tank earned two bachelor's degrees — one from Southwest State University and another from the University of Minnesota.

Bruce Taylor, poet and professor emeritus of English, will retire in May after 35 years at UW-Eau Claire teaching a variety of English and creative writing courses. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines such as Poetry, The Chicago Review, The Nation and the New York Quarterly, and over the years he has published a number of poetry collections, including "Idle Trade: Early Poems" in 1979, "The Darling Poems" in 1982, "This Day" in 1993 and "Pity the World: Poems New and Selected" in 2005. Shortly after the publication of "Pity the World," Taylor received a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Other awards include a 2004 Excellence in Scholarship Award from UW-Eau Claire, a 1993 Bush Artist Fellowship, a 1983 Fulbright Hays Award to lecture at Koreyo University in South Korea and a 1981 Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Writing Fellowship. Taylor has also served as editor for a number of poetry collections, and in 2001 he co-edited, with Patti See, "Higher Learning: Reading and Writing about College." Taylor earned his bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and master of arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Michael Wilson, professor emeritus and chair of the department of accounting and finance, will retire in June after 28 years at UW-Eau Claire. He taught a wide variety of accounting and finance courses and was instrumental in changing and updating the accounting curriculum, including the development of a financial statement analysis course and a senior-level course serving both accounting and finance majors. As chair of the department, he led his colleagues through several transitions, including the merging of the accounting and finance departments and faculty into one department and the implementation of changes resulting from increased requirements for accounting majors taking the CPA examination. Wilson also served on the College of Business Dean's Council, University Senate and numerous other committees. Over the years he served as faculty adviser to a number of groups, including the Student Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Accounting Society Scholarship Investment Corporation. Wilson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Central Missouri State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri.

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