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Four faculty, academic staff members announce retirements

RELEASED: Dec. 16, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Four faculty or academic staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have announced their recent or upcoming retirements.

Dr. Irene Lazda, associate professor emerita of foreign languages, will retire after 25 years at UW-Eau Claire. She has taught in the areas of German language, literature, film, and culture and civilization; and English as a second language reading.

Lazda also was an instructor for the Summer Intensive English Program, served as coordinator of the department of foreign languages resource center from 1987-1995; and as acting chair of the foreign languages department from 1999-2001. She also served as faculty director-in-residence for the UW-Eau Claire semester abroad program in Rosenheim, Germany, in 1989, 1993 and 1996; the semester abroad program in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, in 2004 and 2008; and the Central Europe Travel Seminar from 2001-08.

Lazda has presented papers in all of her research areas, including Bertolt Brecht; German film; museum and memory studies; teaching with technology; reading skills in English as a second language; study abroad; the redefinition of national memory; and the identity in public space taking place in Germany and Central Europe. Her chapter, titled "The Alltag becomes Alltagsgeschichte: The House der Geschichte in Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the DDR Museum Berlin" appears in the book "Reworking the German Past: Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture," which was published by Camden House in 2010.

Lazda received her master's and doctoral degrees in Germanic languages and literatures from the University of Pittsburgh and was awarded the National Defense Education Act Title IV Doctoral Fellowship for 1964-67.

Lazda belongs to the Germanic Studies Association, American Association of the Teachers of German and International Brecht Society, serves on the board for the Museum of the 50-Year Occupation of Latvia in Riga, Latvia, and is a member of the local chapter of Amnesty International.

Dr. Maureen D. Mack, professor emerita of education studies, will retire after 31 years at UW-Eau Claire. She has taught in the areas of education assessment and evaluation; middle school methods; girls and women in education; education of children with learning disabilities and youth at risk; as well as a wide variety of graduate courses for teachers.

Mack's areas of research have included children/youth at risk; Wisconsin rural school history; girls/women's educational issues; collaboration and communication in special education/services. Her published research findings include the books "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women" and "Women of Madeline Island." Other publications include "Teaching: A Problem Solving Process" and "Collaborating and Communication in Special Education."

In 2006 and 2007 Mack was honored during UW-Eau Claire's Authors Celebration, which highlights the publication and performance accomplishments of faculty and staff. She received the Wisconsin Dedicated Service Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and was nominated for the national Pushcart Literary Prize for her essay titled "A Better Ending."

Her professional memberships include the National and Wisconsin Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts; National and Wisconsin Council for Exceptional Children; the teacher education division of the National and Wisconsin Councils for Learning Disabilities; and the Wisconsin Education Association. She has been active in the United Way, CESA 10, 11 and 12, and other advocacy organizations for children and youth.

Mack earned her bachelor of science degree in secondary education English/health education from what was then known as Wisconsin State University at La Crosse; her master of science degree in special education from UW-La Crosse; and her doctorate in special education from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Donald F. Reynolds, professor emeritus of mathematics, will retire after 19 years of service. He taught calculus, real analysis and topology, which was also his primary subject of research. He has published 20 articles in professional journals and books on subjects that include topology, number theory, statistics, electrical network theory and graph theory, and has conducted more than 100 professional presentations. Reynolds served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1992-95.

Reynolds earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas and his master of science and doctoral degrees from Texas Christian University. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, Sigma Xi and Pi Mu Epsilon and volunteers at The Community Table and Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of First Congregational UCC church and has achieved Bronze Life Master at bridge.

Constance J. Russell, associate registrar emerita, will retire after 35 years of service. Russell had previously served as registration manager and assistant registrar. She received the Excellence in Performance Award for administrative/professional academic staff in August 2010.

Russell holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in business administration from UW-Eau Claire. She belongs to the Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, previously serving as president of the organization; the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and the American Association of University Women. She also has served several terms as an academic staff representative on UW-Eau Claire's University Senate.

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