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September 3, 2004


College of Business and Economics Names Outstanding Faculty

The College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls held its award ceremony Aug. 28 and honored three outstanding faculty members. The college presented assistant Professor Claire Kilian with the Outstanding Teacher Award; assistant Professor Anthony Varghese with the Outstanding Research Award; and Ellen Schultz with the Outstanding Advising Award.

Kilian earned a B.A. in psychology and anthropology from UW-Madison. She continued her education with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in labor and human resources and organizational behavior. She joined the UW-RF CBE in 2000 and is currently an assistant professor in business administration.

Dean Barbara Nemecek, says, "Claire KilianŐs excitement about teaching is demonstrated by how involved she is in the activity of teaching. She's amazing in the classroom, advising student organizations and working with students on independent projects. Claire makes learning fun."

During her career, Kilian has taught many courses including Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Leadership and Ethics. Kilian has contributed numerous articles and reviews to several publications and presented allied research material at annual meetings held throughout the Midwest for the Society for Case Research.

Kilian has also provided her research for books, manuals and case studies concerning business-related ideas and practices. Among her mounting intellectual contributions, Kilian is also member of several University committees, including Graduate Programs, Assessment and International Studies. In addition, Kilian is founder and advisor of the student organization for the UW-RF Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management.

Varghese is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Information Systems, who joined UW-RF in 2002. He received a B.S. from the UW-Platteville in electrical engineering and continued his education with an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Nemecek says, "Tony Varghese is the ideal research scientist. He excels at creating new knowledge and thrills sharing new applications with his students." Varghese has taught various courses such as Data Structures, Operating Systems and Structure of Programming Languages.

Varghese also does consulting for Medtronic, Inc. and Physiome Science. Throughout his career, Varghese has contributed various articles to several publications and given numerous presentations across the nation.

Varghese is a committee member for the Faculty Development, Technology Planning and Policy, and the advisor for the Association for Computer Machinery, which allows students interested in increasing their computer field knowledge to do so with hands-on experience. Varghese current research is concentrated in ion channels and mathematical modeling of heart cells.

Schultz has had a continued relationship with UW-RF since she received her B.S. in broad area business administration with a minor in economics from the University in 1981.

She began working with UW-RF in 1985 as an office administrator, and she has also worked in academics in River Falls as an instructor at the Chippewa Valley Technical College and as a volunteer coordinator for the Rocky Branch Elementary School.

She became a UW-RF academic advisor in 1995. Schultz advises nearly 300 freshmen and sophomores for the College of Business and Economics. She works one-on-one with UW-RF students to help them select a major or find an internship.

Schultz has worked on several University committees including Student Affairs, Curriculum, Chancellor's Award and currently, Supplemental Advising Team. She also is a member of both the Wisconsin and National Academic Advising Associations.

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