Nine Faculty, Staff Retire

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 15, 1997

Nine Faculty, Staff Members Retire

Nine UW-River Falls faculty and academic staff members have announced their retirements following the 1996-97 academic year.

They are: art Professor Douglas L. Johnson; agricultural engineering technology Professor Charles M. Jones; health & human performance Professor Warren Kinzel; business administration Professor Earl Monical; publications Director Liz Oostendorp; mathematics Professor Edward Rang; safety and security Director Chuck Riley; Hunt/Knowles Complex Director James H. Schmidt and Rural Development Institute Director James W. Stewart.

Art Professor Douglas L. Johnson retired after a 32-year career at UW-RF. Johnson came to UW-RF in 1965. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from UW-RF, a master's degree in art education from UW-Milwaukee and a master of fine arts degree in ceramics/glass from UW-Madison.

During his career at UW-RF, Johnson taught various art courses including ceramics and sculpture. In 1967, he began the glassblowing program which continues to be unique in the Midwest today. He sees this program as one of his greatest contributions to UW-RF.

Johnson has three of his sculptures displayed on the campus including: "Homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (1969, located in front of Hathorn Hall), "Bursting Urban Bondage" (with reinforcing rod from the Berlin Wall), and "Homage to Diversity" located in the Hagestad Student Center dining area. The most noticeable change Johnson has witnessed during his career is how the campus has grown rapidly while the budget has not.

Agricultural engineering technology Professor Charles M. Jones retired Jan. 8 after a 20-year career at UW-RF. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, a master's degree from Montana State University and a doctorate in crop and soil science from Montana State University.

At UW-RF, Jones was the department chair for 10 years, the recipient of the Alpha Zeta Distinguished Service Award, and the recipient of the UW-RF College of Agriculture and National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit, 1991-92.

Jones considers his most significant contribution to UW-RF to be good teaching and his service to the community as a stray voltage expert. He also received recognition of the department curriculum by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

"Interaction with students and actual teaching were extremely satisfying and rewarding experiences," Jones said.

Changes noticed the most during his career was the astonishing increase in administrative regulations and requirements, Jones said.

Health & human performance Professor Warren Kinzel retired after a 28-year career at UW-RF. He received his bachelor's degree at Drake University and his master's degree at Northern Colorado and has done advanced graduate work in outdoor education/recreation. He began teaching at UW-RF in 1969.

Kinzel's career highlights include coaching 14 All-Americans and one national champion (record holder), being a NAIA International coach for two years, and being named WSUC Coach of the Year. He has served five terms on the City Council and has taken five trips abroad.

During his tenure, Kinzel served as department chair for two years, developed 13 courses and one minor (outdoor education). He regards being able to practice what he teaches - his genuine care and concern for all students in his classroom - to be his greatest contribution to UW-RF. Kinzel said he "feels honored being a part of this University for 28 years."

The most noticeable changes Kinzel has seen during his career is lack of time, and increased paperwork and meetings.

Publications director Liz Oostendorp began her 28-year career at UW-RF in 1969. She holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University, a master's degree from the State University of Iowa and K-12 certification in art and speech from UW-RF.

Oostendorp's honors include: Woman of the Year by the local American Association of University Women chapter, 1977; Lions Club Citizen of the Year, 1980; UW-RF Chancellor's Award for Excellence, 1996: Excellence in Purchasing Award from the Wisconsin State Bureau of Procurement, 1997.

Her community involvement has included: River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, twice elected to Board of Directors, president in 1988; chaired River Falls Days in 1988 and 1990; and a charter member of the RF Economic Development Corporation.

Oostendorp has served on the River Falls Ambulance Commission from 1980-1993; Chippewa Valley Technical College Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Technicians 1978-1993, River Falls Ambulance 1973-1992; River Falls Hospital Board of Directors 1975-79, 1980-85; and Kinnickinnic Health Foundation 1984-89, 1994-present.

During her career, Oostendorp has seen a move toward better publications and better service in publications and in the copy center. Many of the things that are produced today could not have been done in any way when she began in 1969.

"I'm pleased to have been involved with the athletic conferences as they made their way to a combined men's/women's conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, " Oostendorp said. She has been the women's Faculty Athletic Representative since 1985.

The most noticeable change Oostendorp has seen during her career is the growth in both the number of faculty members and buildings on campus. Mathematics Professor Edward Rang retired in January after a 13-year career at UW-RF. He holds both his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Rang served as the mathematics/computer science department chair from 1986-91, in addition to teaching math and computer science courses. Rang considers beginning work on a book about differential equations to be his most significant contribution to UW-RF. With retirement, he hopes to complete work on the book.

Safety and security director Chuck Riley will retire July 7 after five years at UW-RF. He holds an associate degree in law enforcement from Shoreline Community College, Seattle, Wash., a bachelor's degree from Seattle University, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from UW-RF, and an educational specialist degree from UW-Stout, Menomonie.

Riley's career achievements include educating others through presentations on topics such as work-place violence and eye-witness identification and designing a comprehensive training program for the office of safety and security.

Riley considers establishing a Community Security Assistant Program, a student patrol program, as his most significant contribution to UW-RF. In addition, he worked to establish a student internship program for Wisconsin Law Enforcement certification.

Riley has noticed a redefining of the safety and security role during his career, including a better working relationship among all campus members to improve the quality of campus life while maintaining a safe learning environment.

Hunt/Knowles Complex director James H. Schmidt is retiring after a 33-year career at UW-RF. He holds a bachelor's degree from UW-RF and a master's degree from UW-Stout in Menomonie.

Schmidt began his career at UW-RF in 1964 as assistant director of Hagestad Student Center. He was named director of Hunt Arena is 1972 and has held building directorship roles up to retirement.

At UW-RF Schmidt served as coach of the UW-RF bowling team from 1966-71; was faculty advisor to the Women's Club Hockey Team, 1994-97; hosted the 1973 NAIA National Wrestling Tournament; hosted the 1995 NCAA Division II Hockey Championships; and served as UW-RF Camp Facilities Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs summer training camp from 1990-96.

In the community, Schmidt's involvement included: starting the American Junior Bowling Program in River Falls 1966-72; secretary of River Falls Lions Club, 1966-68; Secretary of Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, 1968-72; certified Special Olympics Coach; Senior Enlisted Advisor 934th Airlift Wing Minneapolis/St. Paul 1992-95; and retired Chief Master Sergeant Air Force Reserve, 1995.

Schmidt regards providing students with meaningful work experiences and acting as a mentor and counselor for them as his most significant accomplishment at UW-RF. "Internship is not a new word in my repertoire," Schmidt said. "It has been a way of life since I arrived on campus. Where else could a student learn to supervise a multi-million dollar sports facility while pursuing their degree?"

Changes Schmidt has seen during his career include the physical growth of the campus. "It was challenging and yet rewarding to be involved with the construction of three new buildings," he said, referring to the Student Center, Hunt Arena, and Knowles Center. His career involved staffing and supervising these facilities. Change also included the continued development of the Intramural Complex and the irrigation system and finally grass.

Also retiring are business administration Professor Earl Monical after a 27-year career at UW-RF, and Rural Development Institute director James W. Stewart after a 30-year career at UW-RF.

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