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UW-Eau Claire Faculty, Academic Staff Members
Announce Retirements

RELEASED: May 12, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Eight faculty or academic staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have recently retired or have announced they will retire soon. All will receive emeritus status.

Dr. Linda Carpenter, professor emerita of communication sciences and disorders, will retire in July after nearly 24 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. After working as a visiting instructor at UW-Eau Claire from1976-78, she spent the next 10 years as a researcher, lecturer and clinician in California and then rejoined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1988. She taught an undergraduate course in phonological disorders and graduate seminars in assessment, phonology and discourse. She also supervised students working with preschoolers in the Center for Communication Disorders and graduate students assessing children and adults through the Human Development Center. Carpenter's other interests include multicultural aspects of communication development and disorders, and interdisciplinary education and service delivery. From 2003-08 she served as the coordinator for the Network for Excellence in Teaching at UW-Eau Claire. She was active in professional organizations, authored numerous grants and journal articles and has published two books. Carpenter earned her bachelor's degree from George Washington University, her master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her doctoral degree from the joint doctoral program of the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles.

Larry Glenn, senior media specialist emeritus in Learning and Technology Services, will retire in September after more than 31 years at UW-Eau Claire. His primary responsibilities involved providing audio engineering services and instructional support. He has been particularly noted for his skill in recording concerts large and small for students, faculty and guest artists in UW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department. He has also been active in social issues as a member of the Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice organization. Glenn earned a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College and an associate degree in industrial electronics from the Chippewa Valley Technical College.

John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, will retire in June after 32 years of service to the university. He taught courses in creative fiction and nonfiction writing, English composition and American literature. Over the years he has developed a national reputation with the publication of three nonfiction books, the most recent being "A Northern Front: New and Selected Essays," as well as numerous essays and articles in magazines like Harper's, Sports Illustrated, Audubon and Outside. For the last three years he also published a regular column in Wisconsin Trails magazine. He has received an Excellence in Scholarship award and a Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor Award from UW-Eau Claire, and his work has been recognized outside Eau Claire with a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Friends of American Writers award, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, a Minnesota Book Award, a Council for Wisconsin Writers award and several awards from the Wisconsin Library Association. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his master of fine arts degree from the University of Alaska.

Marilyn Kanne, outreach program manager emerita in the Continuing Education office, retired in March with 32 years of service. She joined UW-Extension in 1976, providing program support for noncredit seminars for small business, business and industry and national technical instructor institutes. In 1985, she repackaged seminars for small business owners and managers into the Supervisory Management Certificate Program, which has since served more than 10,000 people. When the Small Business Development Center was established at UW-Eau Claire, she assumed the role of business education coordinator, developing, marketing and coordinating seminars. In 2004 she was selected by her peers as the Outstanding Wisconsin SBDC staff member, receiving the State Star Award with winners from other states at the Association of Small Business Development Centers national conference. Kanne was cited as a pioneer in developing the broad mix of continuing education course offerings needed by small businesses throughout west central Wisconsin. She served as interim director of the SBDC from 2006-07. She was an active member of the National Association of Female Executives and the Northwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Rick Richmond, administrative program manager emeritus in Learning and Technology Services, will retire in August after more than 20 years at the university. His expertise was in computer systems administration and management, library information systems and computer technical support. He advised the university on policy matters involving copyright, confidentiality and computer security and served as adviser to the Student Technology Commission. He also served for a time as interim associate director of McIntyre Library and as the McIntyre systems librarian. Richmond was active in many campus and professional organizations, including the University Senate, the American Library Association and the Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice organization. He also served on a variety of committees on campus. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Nicholas Smiar, professor emeritus of social work, will retire in May after 20 years of service to the university. Although a professor in the department of social work and chair of the department for seven years, his varied background in classical languages, philosophy, theology and social welfare led him to teach classes in several disciplines at the university, including social work, sociology, philosophy, and religious studies, as well as for the honors program. He brought to his classes expertise in international social work, child and youth care work, psychiatric social work, the history of social welfare and criminal justice, social welfare policy analysis and community and organizational development. Nine years ago he began a social work internship program in South Africa that UW-Eau Claire students have described as "life changing." He has also served as an educator and consultant to more than 5,000 social workers in practice, teaching workshops on professional ethics and boundaries and dedicating the proceeds to the Social Work Development Fund. He is also a director and co-owner of Professional Assault Crisis Training and Certification, a program that provides professionals with the necessary understanding and skills to avoid or reduce the need for restraints in working with clients. Smiar earned a bachelor's degree from Meinrad College, a master's degree from the University of Chicago and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Dr. Lois Taft, professor emerita of nursing, will retire in May with 13 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She was a classroom and clinical instructor from 1986-90, moved to the Chicago area where she remained active in nursing for 10 years, and then returned to UW-Eau Claire in 2000 as an associate professor, teaching global health and cross-cultural health courses. She served as the chair of the nursing systems department from 2005-07 while also teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in advanced practices and nursing research. Over the past few years she has continued to serve partially in an administrative role as interim chair of the department of nursing. She has also been active in scholarly work, publishing numerous journal articles, presenting papers and posters at professional conferences, and participating in collaborative research with students. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards from UW-Eau Claire, including a Teaching Scholar Award, a Community Leadership Award from Sigma Theta Tau, the OWL Award for outstanding teaching, mentoring and encouraging of nontraditional students, the Suzanne Van Ort Award for Faculty Creativity and Scholarliness and the Rita Kisting Sparks Service Award. Taft earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire and her doctoral degree from Rush University.

Dr. Karen Welch, assistant professor emerita of English and director of composition, will retire in July after 22 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. She began as an instructional academic staff member in 1987 and continued to teach full time while pursuing her doctoral degree in composition studies, which she earned in 2001. She became the interim director of composition until 2005, when she joined the faculty permanently as an assistant professor and director of composition. She taught college writing at all levels, technical writing, women's literature and women's studies courses. With the support of numerous internal grants, she became a champion of writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines and the establishment of a University Writing Center to serve all students. Most recently she guided the composition program through a program review and led the way in establishing assessment techniques. She published and presented widely in her fields of interest and also served on numerous campus committees and work groups, including the University Senate. Welch received her bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire and her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

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