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Four Faculty or Academic Staff Members
Retire from UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: July 23, 2008

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

Dr. Judith Blackstone, counseling psychologist emerita, will retire in September after 28 years in UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Services. She counseled students and staff and led counseling groups or seminars on personal concerns including depression, eating disorders, chemical dependency, co-dependency, sexual abuse and relationships. She also supervised master and doctoral level practicum and internship students. For the past 10 years, Blackstone collaborated with the Academic Skills Center to teach a success seminar for students readmitted to the university after being suspended, offering traditional study skills as well as individually tailored plans for academic success, and she also collaborated with Dr. Blaine Peden to develop and teach a class called "Ethics for Psychologists." She participated in many aspects of university governance, serving a total of 14 years on the University Senate, as well as on many other committees and work groups. Blackstone earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison.

Leslie Foster, assistant professor emerita, library services, and head of government publications, retired in July after almost 40 years at UW-Eau Claire. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison.

Elizabeth Richmond, associate professor emerita, library services, retired in July after almost 20 years at UW-Eau Claire. Richmond was known for enthusiastically embracing technology, co-authoring one of the early attempts to bring order to the information anarchy of the burgeoning Internet. That online book, "Business Sources on the Net," won the national Meckler Award for Innovations in Technology in 1995. She was also co-designer of McIntyre Library's first Web page and the first Web page for distance education students. Her experience helping students understand the complexity of Web information led her to develop the guide "Ten Cs for Evaluating Internet Resources," which has been cited by the American Library Association and used by educators worldwide on their Web sites. She was also involved in many ways in making the library more user friendly, coordinating the first library tours for new students and library open house events for faculty. She spoke at library conferences throughout the state and nationally on issues of assessment, business resources and information literacy. Richmond earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison.

Dr. Mehdi Sheikholeslami, professor emeritus of accounting and finance, retired in May after 20 years at UW-Eau Claire. A certified management accountant, he taught courses in managerial accounting and developed and taught a new course on financial statement analysis. His research interest was in financial forecasting and he made presentations at many national and international conferences, often collaborating with his students on research projects. He served on the University Senate and was also a member of the College of Business Curriculum Committee. Sheikholeslami received his bachelor's degree from Shiraz University in Iran and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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