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August 27, 2004


New Hires and Promotions at UW-RF

Nearly 70 new hires and promotions at UW-River Falls will add a fresh perspective to the 2004-05 academic year, which begins on Thursday, Sept. 2.

"We're always delighted to have new staff join the University," says Chancellor Virgil Nylander. "We're looking forward to another positive year, and the new additions to our faculty will only add to the college's success." New hires and promotions are listed by colleges and/or departments. Some individuals were hired spring semester but will begin their first full academic year fall semester.

Administration/Academic Support
Office of Human Resources: Katherine Schultz, director, M.A. St. John’s University, B.A. St. Norbert College. Academic Success Center: Amy Lloyd, academic staff advisor, M.A. Cleveland State University, M.S. St. Cloud State University, B.A. College of St. Benedict; Tyra Nelson, multicultural student advisor; B.A. University of Northern Iowa. Chalmer Davee Library: Susan Ginter-Watson: academic archivist I to academic archivist II. Brad Gee: academic librarian to senior academic librarian. Leadership Center: Timothy Ryerson, staff associate student services coordinator, M.Ed. Hardin-Simmons University, B.S. UW-Stevens Point; Jason Neuhaus, academic staff student services coordinator, M.S. Mankato State University, B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. University Advancement: Julie Stucky, associative administrative specialist, B.S. Mankato State University. Student Health Services: Nicole Haakinson, academic staff advisor, M.S.E. UW-River Falls, B.A. UW-Eau Claire. Wisconsin in Scotland: Timothy Dohmen, administrative program manager, M.A. University of St. Thomas, B.S. St. Cloud State University. Facilities Management: Charleen Valenzuela, custodian (floater); Ronald O'Hair, custodian (floater); Carol Matara, custodian (Ag Science); Susan Bischof, IS network services-professional; Esekiel Mendoza, power plant operator; Mark Gills, maintenance mechanic; William Jones, power plant operator. Student Services Center: Yulonda Oliver, custodian-Parker; Mark Carr, custodian-Hathorn; Connie Frantz, custodian-McMillan. Office of Financial Assistance: Lana Delsart, IS business automation-senior. Office of Accounts Receivable: Brenda Aumock, financial program supervisor.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Animal and Food Science: Dr. Donatus Amako, visiting professor, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, M.Sc. Dalhousie University, B.Sc. Federal Polytechnic; Amber Qureshi, instructional academic staff, M.S. McGill University, B.S. McGill University. Plant and Earth Science: Janelle Glady, instructional academic staff, M.S. Michigan State University, B.S. UW-River Falls. Lab Farms: Harry Larson, assistant director of lab farms, B.S. UW-River Falls. CAFES Internship Office: Connie Simpson, program assistant.

College of Arts and Sciences
Art: Todd Anderson, instructional academic staff, M.F.A. University of New Mexico, B.F.A. UW-Madison; Peter Mak, assistant professor, M.F.A. Arizona State University, M.A. City Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, B.A. Valley City State University; Petronella Ytsma, instructional academic staff, M.A. Michigan State University, M.A. University of Stockholm, B.A. Calvin College. Biology: E. Katherine Miller, promoted to professor. Chemistry: Lisa Kroutil, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. English: James Austin, instructional academic staff, M.F.A. University of California/Irvine, M.A. Iowa State University, B.A. Wittenberg University; Matthew Bissell, instructional academic staff, M.A. University of Chicago, B.A. St. Olaf College; Joseph Fischer, instructional academic staff, M.A. University of St. Thomas, B.S. UW-River Falls; Sarah Matthey, instructional academic staff, M.A. University of St. Thomas, B.A. University of Minnesota; Dr. Vladimir Pavlov, assistant professor, Ph.D. Odessa State University, M.Ed. Rutgers University, M.A. and B.A. Azerbaijan State Institute of Foreign Languages; M. Laurel Walsh, instructional academic staff, M.F.A. Hamline University, B.A. UW-Milwaukee; Jennifer Brantley, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. History: Dr. Kiril Petkov, assistant professor, Ph.D. New York University, M.A. State University of New York-Albany, B.A. University of Veliko Tarnovo. Journalism: Dr. Tracy O’Connell, assistant professor, Ed.D. University of California-Los Angeles, M.A. UW-Stout, B.A. UW-River Falls; Patricia Berg, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure; Colleen Callahan, promoted to associate professor. Marketing Communications: Stephen Olsen, promoted to professor. Mathematics: Dr. Ioana Ghenciu, assistant professor, Ph.D. University of North Texas, M.S. and B.S. University of Bucharest. Modern Languages: Amanda Castro-Spinelli, instructional academic staff, M.A. University of Minnesota, B.A. University of Minnesota. Political Science: Wes Chapin, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Physics: Frank Hunte, instructional academic staff, Ph.D. University of Minnesota (currently in progress), M.S. Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, B.S. Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University; Dr. Matthew Vonk, assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, B.S. Hope College. Speech, Communication and Theatre Arts: Dr. Jennifer Willis-Rivera, assistant professor, Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, M.A. Bowling Green State University, B.A. University of California-Irvine; Barbara Werner, promoted to professor.

College of Business and Economics
Business Administration: Dr. Jude Rathburn, assistant professor, Ph.D. Arizona State University, M.B.A. Arizona State University, M.C. Arizona State University, B.A. Marquette University; Dawn Hukai, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Computer Science/Information Systems: Arpankumar Jani, instructional academic staff, Ph.D. University of Minnesota (currently in progress), Bachelor of Engineering S.P. University, India. Economics: Oliver Unal, instructional academic staff, M.S. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, B.S. College of Agriculture-Erzurum, Turkey; Pascal Ngoboka, promoted to professor. Small Business Development Center: Chris Bye, director; Lori Clark, program assistant.

College of Education and Professional Studies
Counseling and School Psychology: Carol Robinson, instructional academic staff, M.S.T. UW-River Falls, B.S. Northwestern University. Health & Human Performance: Jamie Herrick, instructional academic staff/coach, M.S. UW-LaCrosse, B.S. UW-River Falls; Crystal Lanning, trainer/instructional academic staff, M.S. University of Kentucky, B.S. Winona State University; Dr. Martha Brennan, instructional academic staff/coach, Ph.D. Texas A & M University, M.A. Louisiana State University, B.S. Louisiana State University. Teacher Education: Dr. Michael Miller, assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, M.S. George William’s College of Aurora University, B.A. University of Michigan; Mary Donaldson, instructional academic staff, A.B.D. and M.A. St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, B.S. UW-River Falls; Corey Mohan, academic staff lecturer, M.S. UW-River Falls, M.SW. West Virginia University, B.S. University of Illinois-Champaign. Health and Human Performance: Deb Allyn, promoted to professor. Teacher Education: Margaret Phinney, promoted to professor; Terri Crotty, promoted to professor. Patricia Radle, program assistant.

Outreach and Graduate Studies
Outreach: Sharon Sabatke, instructional program manager, M.S. UW-Stout, B.S. UW-Eau Claire. Graduate Studies: Kristine Tappe, program assistant. Interim Appointments: Katrina Larsen: appointed interim director of Outreach Programs; Dr. Douglas Johnson: appointed interim director of Graduate Programs.

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