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Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members to retire

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members have announced their retirement.

Dr. Darwin Wittrock
Dr. Darwin Wittrock

Dr. Darwin Wittrock, professor emeritus of biology and department chair, will retire in January after 34 years. He taught animal biology, human biology, invertebrate zoology, microtechniques, electron microscopy and parasitology. Wittrock's research includes electron microscope studies of parasites and surveys of wildlife for parasites. He has published 22 scientific papers in parasitology and three laboratory manuals used in introductory biology courses at UW-Eau Claire.

Wittrock served as biology department chair from 1992-97, in spring 2001 and from 2007-09. He also served as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2007. Wittrock was named the UW System Wisconsin Teaching Scholar for 2002-03. In 2003 he received the Student Recognition Award for excellence in teaching and support of students with disabilities. In 2006 Wittrock received the Victor and Eileen Cvancara Outstanding Teacher Award in biology. He is a member of the American Society of Parasitologists and the Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists. Wittrock earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University.

Donna Raleigh
Donna Raleigh

Donna Raleigh, strategic projects manager emerita, retired in November after 32 years. She served as strategic projects manager for Learning and Technology Services and as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Sciences, where she taught computer science, English and education and media technology. Raleigh conducted research on writing and revision using word processors and best strategies for online learning. She has published numerous articles and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences, primarily on the subject of integrating technology into the teaching and learning process.

Raleigh was twice recognized as outstanding Kiwanis adviser by the UW-Eau Claire Chapter of Circle K International. She is a member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Kappa Phi, the Small College Computing Symposium and UW System Learning and Technology Development Council. Raleigh also is vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire, past president of the Eau Claire County Adult Leaders Association and a Wisconsin Public Radio volunteer. She earned two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

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