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Fourteen UW-Eau Claire Classified Staff Members to Retire

RELEASED: May 9, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Fourteen members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's classified staff recently retired or will retire this spring.

James Brun, a senior power plant operator in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in August after 24 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Brun began as a power plant operator 3 and in 1996 was given his current title. His responsibilities include staying up-to-date with operations to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the power plant.

Corinne Charlson, retired after 21 years of service to the UW-Eau Claire's Alumni, Development and Chancellor's offices. Charlson started as an LTE clerical assistant 2 and worked in that capacity until 1989, when she took a permanent position as a program assistant 1 in the Alumni office. She also provided support to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Chancellor's office and received several promotions to program assistant 2, 3 and 4. In 2005, she received a new title of university services program associate (B) and continued to provide support in the areas of event coordination and assistance to the Office of Chancellor as well as responsibilities for the Foundation office.

Mary Corneiller, a university services associate 1 in the University Recreation and Sports Facilities, will retire in June after 30 years of service to the state of Wisconsin. She first held several LTE positions at UW-Eau Claire and then became a typist in the music department. She later moved to elementary education as a stenographer 3. In 1979, she left UW-Eau Claire to join the division of transportation in the Eau Claire Highways Office as a typist. She returned to UW-Eau Claire in 1980 as a permanent typist in the department of recreation. In 1988, she was reclassified as a program assistant and, in 2005 she became a university services associate 1. In that position, she provides assistance to staff and students at the sports facility.

Katherine Jewell, a long-time staff member in the Human Development Center, will retire in June after 21 years at UW-Eau Claire. Jewell began in the HDC as an LTE clerical helper 3. She held various positions over the years, including program assistant 1 and clerical assistant 2. Since August of 2005, she has been a university services associate 2. She administers grant accounts; helps supervise graduate assistants, Blugold Fellows and work study students; and handles a variety of other activities.

Judy Knoll, academic department associate (B) in the English department, will retire in May after 24 years at UW-Eau Claire. Knoll started with the state of Wisconsin in 1979 as a seasonal clerical assistant in the Eau Claire Job Service office for the Wisconsin Department of Industry Labor and Human Relations. In her five years at DILHR, she served as a service assistant 1 and job service assistant 2. She then transferred to UW-Eau Claire, where she joined the English department as a program assistant 1. In 1999, she became a program assistant 2 and in 2005 became an academic department associate (B). Her responsibilities include maintaining files for the department Personnel Committee, helping schedule courses, staff, and facilities; and functioning as a crucial point person for the department.

Lee Marek, a groundskeeper for Facilities Planning and Management, retired in February after 22 years at UW-Eau Claire. He started as a locksmith 2 and later became a locksmith-journey. In 2002, he transferred to a groundskeeper position, helping to maintain landscaping and lawns and work on projects such as the disc golf course and Hibbard bike parking project.

Nancy McFaul retired in February after 18 years with the state of Wisconsin and 15 years at UW-Eau Claire. She was a senior library services assistant in McIntyre Library. She began at UW-Superior as a library services assistant 2 and later transferred to bibliographic services at UW-Stout, where she became library services assistant 3. In 1992, she transferred to UW-Eau Claire in collection development at the McIntyre Library. She became a senior library services assistant in 1994.

Cynthia Mudrak, an academic department associate (B) in the sociology department, will retire in May after 29 years at UW-Eau Claire. She began with the state of Wisconsin as a stenographer 1 in the Materials Development Center at the department of rehabilitation and manpower services at UW-Stout. In 1972, she left state service, returning in 1979 as a typist at UW-Eau Claire. Over the years she was reclassified and promoted to program assistant 1, 2 and 3. She became an academic department associate (B) in 2005. She coordinates and assists the department chair and manages the sociology department

Sharon Nergaard, university services associate 2, retired from UW-Eau Claire in December 2007 after seven years. She started at UW-Eau Claire as an LTE clerical assistant 2 in the University Service Center. She worked in various positions, including as a financial specialist 1 in cash management and a program assistant 1 in University Centers and the Blugold Card Office. In 2005, she went to the Activities and Programs office, where she coordinated a variety of programs, including the Viennese Ball, commencement ceremonies and the Artist's Series.

Ronald Peterson, PE/sports equipment area coordinator for University Recreation and Sport Facilities, retired in February after 22 years with the state of Wisconsin and nine years at UW-Eau Claire. Peterson started as an institution aid at Northern Wisconsin Center for the Department of Health and Social Services, and later became a resident care technician. In 1999, he transferred to UW-Eau Claire to work in the Hilltop Recreation Center. He later moved to the equipment and laundry area of the McPhee/Olson complex.

Eddie Porter, groundskeeper for Facilities Planning and Management, retired in April after 26 years with the state of Wisconsin and nine years at UW-Eau Claire. He started at Northern Wisconsin Center as an institution aid and later became a resident care technician. In 1989, he came to UW-Eau Claire as a floating custodian and weekend worker in Zorn Arena. In 1999, he transferred to the art department and in 2000 to Housing and Residence Life. In 2000, he moved to a groundskeeper position, also working in the heating plant. In 2001, he took a full-time position on the grounds crew, where he maintains landscaping and grounds equipment.

Samuel Slota, security officer 2 for Parking and Transportation, retired in June 2007 after 18 years at UW-Eau Claire. He began his state service as a building maintenance helper 2 at Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled. He transferred to UW-Eau Claire and was promoted to a security officer. He performed maintenance and repair on parking meters, collected money from meters and tickets from drop boxes, and assisted with enforcement, special event parking and projects.

Sue Ann Warden, IS business automation specialist in the Records and Registration office, retired in March after 32 years with the state of Wisconsin and 29 years at UW-Eau Claire. Warden started as an LTE at UW-Stout in the Graduate College and Vocational Education. In 1974, she was hired permanently as a typist 2 in the Admissions office. In 1976, she transferred to the School of Home Economics as a Typist 2 and then left state service in 1977. She came back as a typist at the Records and Registration office at UW-Eau Claire in 1979. In subsequent years, she was promoted to program assistant 1 and 2. In 1985, she became a management information technician 1 in the library and was later promoted to management information technician 2. She transferred back to Records and Registration in 1988. She was reclassified several times and in 2000 was named senior IS business automation specialist.

James Weber, grounds crew lead, will retire in June after 21 years with the state of Wisconsin and 13 years at UW-Eau Claire. Weber started as an LTE worker at UW-Stout and worked in several areas before gaining a permanent position in 1991 as a stock clerk 1 in the university stores department. In 1995, he transferred to UW-Eau Claire as a groundskeeper. In 2000, he was promoted to a facilities repair worker 3 in the carpenter shop in Facilities Planning and Management. In 2001, he became grounds crew chief and later grounds crew lead. Weber served a dual role: Part of the year he led construction projects and landscaping maintenance, and in the winter he operated and maintained auxiliary plant equipment.

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