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October 5, 2001

Shatava, Zeon Named Outstanding Faculty at UW-RF

Professor emeritus James Shatava and Associate Professor So-young Zeon have been named "Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year" for their colleges at UW-River Falls.

Shatava, who taught in the department of agricultural economics, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, was honored at the awards banquet for the college. He was nominated for the award by faculty from the College, with input from his students.

During his 30 years of teaching, he taught nearly 20 different courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, and some 5,000 students benefited from his expertise.

Upon his retirement last spring, Shatava said, "My hope is that I have contributed to quality undergraduate education by helping students develop a good framework for decision-making."

Said Dean Bill Anderson, "Jim has engaged students in the learning process in an exemplary way. He has prepared them very well for their careers by responding to their changing needs with an array of practical, real-life experiences."

Zeon, who teaches multicultural education, educational psychology and introduction to middle and secondary education in the College of Education and Professional Studies, was selected by a committee of three former recipients of the award, with input from students.

Her award included an honorarium of $250, to be used for any professional seminars, activities, books, software or classroom materials. Zeon teaches foundation of multicultural education, educational psychology and introduction to middle and secondary education, and is involved with grant-writing projects, research and service within the college.

Upon receiving the award, Zeon said, "There is an incredibly rich environment at UW-RF in which to pursue scholarship and to work with students. We are also encouraged to reach out and serve the community. This is the best atmosphere a professor could ask for."

Said Dean Karen Viechnicki, "So-young is always prepared and she fully participates in the college. She¹s concerned about students¹ welfare, and is a real student advocate. She is a pleasure to work with."

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