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Five UW-Eau Claire Faculty Members to Retire in January 2009

RELEASED: Dec. 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Five members of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have announced they will retire in January 2009.

Michael Christopherson, professor emeritus of art & design, will retire after 28 years. He taught classes in sculpture and other three-dimensional media. An active artist, he has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., and he has participated in more than 100 juried and invitational exhibitions. He also has organized 12 exhibitions of national, regional and local artists, representing everyone from the well-trained to outsider and folk artists. He collaborated with many students, helping bring their work to public prominence. Christopherson earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master of fine arts degree from Washington University.

Dr. J. Brady Foust, professor emeritus of geography, will retire after 26 years. He taught classes in cultural, economic and urban geography; business geographics; and geographic information systems. He was chair of the geography department from 1973-1982, and again from 1994-2006. Foust has published three books and many articles, primarily in the area of retail site location, and made more than 50 presentations at meetings of professional organizations such as the Association of American Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education. As a senior partner of Matrix Research, a private consulting firm, he was responsible for implementing and managing applied geography projects for a variety of companies, an experience he brought to the classroom. Foust received his bachelor's degree from Stetson University, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. William Frankenberger, professor emeritus of psychology and director of the Human Development Center and school psychology program, will retire after 32 years. He has taught a variety of classes ranging from general psychology to behavior modification to supervision of graduate students in school psychology practicums. In 1995, he received the Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and in 2000 he received the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Scholarship Award. In 2007, he received the Excellence in Service-Learning as a Faculty Mentor Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association. He has been an active participant in faculty-student research collaboration with numerous collaborative professional presentations and publications. Nearly all of his publications include students as co-authors. In addition, he has served as the primary investigator on numerous funded projects. Information from his attention deficit disorders studies has been featured in many popular publications such as USA Today, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, the Christian Science Monitor and others. Frankenberger received his bachelor's degree from UW-Platteville, his master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University and his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University

Gloria Hochstein, senior lecturer emerita of English, will retire after 31 years. Her teaching assignments reflected her eclectic interests; she taught classes in English composition and grammar, American literature, popular culture, women's fiction and science fiction, among others. She has been recognized for her dedication to her roles as adviser for the annual English Festival and the English alumni newsletter, The Afterword. She also has been the long-time adviser to Theta Zeta, UW-Eau Claire's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Under her guidance, Sigma Tau Delta flourished and was named an outstanding chapter by the national organization for 2006 and 2008. She also has been recognized for her dedication to helping students grow and develop. In 2007, she established a scholarship to support students in out-of-class experiences, such as attending and presenting at professional conferences, to encourage them to take risks and grow as individuals. Hochstein earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College and her master's degree from the University of Arizona.

Dale Gable, senior lecturer of foreign languages, will retire after more than 17 years at UW-Eau Claire, where she taught classes in Spanish and English as a Second Language. She led student travel groups to Costa Rica and Mexico, and has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central and South America and Spain. She also taught Spanish for work and travel through UW-Eau Claire's Office of Continuing Education and has shared her expertise with the community through Spanish classes at Eau Claire's historic Ager House and the L.E. Phillips Senior Center. She is frequently asked to interpret or translate in the community. Gable earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, a master's degree from Middlebury College and her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification from Hamline University.

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