May 23, 1996
Eight Faculty Retire at Semester's End
Eight faculty members at UW-River Falls have retired with the conclusion of the Spring 1996 semester.
The are: English Professor Robert Beck; speech communication and theatre arts Professor Jerald Carstens; art Professor Don Miller; psychology Professor Charles Stewart; math and computer systems Professor Bruce Williamson; health & human performance Professor Judy Wilson; heath & human performance Professor Ed Brown; and music Professor Jeanne Wold.
Professor Robert Beck retired after a 35-year career at UW-River Falls. Beck came to UW-RF in 1961. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nebraska, and he did graduate work in American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
During his career at UW-RF Beck served as the director of freshman English from 1962-1977 and also served on the state committee that produced the Freshman English Placement Test. He received a grant that enabled him to establish writing labs that incorporated the use of peer tutors. In 1988 he was named Teacher of the Year in Humanities.
Changes Beck has noticed during his career at UW-RF include the physical growth of new buildings and grounds and the loss of unity and solidarity between faculty and students that he says may have resulted from this growth.
Speech communication and theatre arts professor and former department Chair Jerald Carstens also retired from the University after a 31-year career.
Carstens started his career at UW-RF in 1965. He received his degree in speech communication in 1965 from the University of South Dakota. He has also taken numerous additional courses in speech communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At UW-RF Carstens has served as forensics director, chair of the department of speech communication and theatre arts, and chapter president of The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals. He has also served on the Faculty Senate, chaired its curriculum committee and served on many other committees.
In addition, Carstens has served seven years as a supervisor on the Pierce County Board. He has done research in several areas and received the International Listening Association Research Award in 1992.
Carstens regards his work advising students and interns as one of his most significant accomplishments at UW-RF. "I feel a pride in the impact I had on their college and professional careers," he said.
He is also proud of the development of the speech communication and theatre arts department under his chairmanship in the 1970s. During this period, the department moved from primarily a teacher-training program to areas in business communication and mass communication, which comprise the department's largest curricular areas today.
During his career, Carstens said he has seen the focus of the University switch from teacher training to liberal arts. The University also has much more administration and formal procedure today than when Carstens first arrived. Furthermore, he said, he has witnessed much change for the better in the campus' physical facilities.
Art Professor Don P. Miller came to UW-RF in 1965 and is retiring after 31 years at the University.
Miller received his bachelor's degree at the Art Institute of Chicago and his master of fine arts degree at Tulane University.
As an artist, Miller often works with computer imagery. He incorporates the use of ink jet printers and video cameras into his work, and his final products are computer prints and mixed media constructions. His work has been displayed in two solo shows, one at the UW-Whitewater Gallery and another at the Unity Unitarian Gallery, St. Paul. His work has also been presented in a national show at the Walt Whitman Cultural Art Center, Camden, N.J.
As part of his responsibility for UW-RF's painting studio, Miller has seen his students produce high-quality work during the past few years. He says he is proud of his art students and the effects he has had on them, and he says their success is the main reason he has enjoyed teaching.
"I enjoy helping to lead students on the path to the discovery of their personal imagery and seeing their excitement and obsession in making art," Miller said.
Psychology department Chair Charles W. Stewart is retiring after a 30-year career at UW-RF.
Stewart received his bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the Wisconsin State College-River Falls and his master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at UW-RF in 1966.
Stewart has participated in many different areas of the University during his career at UW-RF. He has chaired the psychology department for the past six years and has taught 14 different psychology courses, teaching over 11,000 students with a yearly average of over 350. He has generated over 33,000 student credit hours with a yearly average of approximately 1,100.
In addition to his work in the psychology department, Stewart has served on over 21 different University committees and chaired several of them. He spent 10 years on the Faculty Senate and served on the executive board for four of those years. He has also served on many college and departmental committees and chaired some of them. He served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of the Twin City Alumni Association.
Changes Stewart has seen during his career include changes in administration. He has served under one University president, E.H. Kleinpell, one interim president, Richard Delorit and two chancellors, George Field and Gary Thibodeau. He has also served under three different College of Education deans: Gordon Stone, Daniel Brown and Larry Albertson; one interim dean, Kathleen Daly; and one Arts & Sciences Dean, Neal Prochnow.
During Stewart's career the psychology department has been located in two different colleges: the College of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences.
Technology has affected Stewart greatly in the last 30 years, "Changes that have affected me the most on a day-to-day basis are the proliferation of photocopy equipment and the introduction of personal computers," Stewart said. "The psychology department is now on its fourth generation of computers."
Changes Stewart has witnessed that have affected the University as a whole include the merger of the Wisconsin State University-River Falls into the UW-System in 1971. A change that has affected the department is its move into Centennial Science Hall in 1978-79.
According to Stewart, the University has faced unique problems during each decade he's been here.
"During the 1970s, UW-RF conducted a study to measure the effects of shutting down our own campus," Stewart said. "In the 1980s we addressed the problem if inequities in salaries by developing a Salary Catch_Up plan, and now in the 1990s we are reacting to the reallocation of the supply/equipment and salary budget ratios."
Mathematics Professor Bruce M. Williamson retired after 31 years, coming to UW-RF in 1965. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., in 1956, a master's degree in mathematics education from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1965, and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Minnesota in 1972.
While at UW-RF Williamson served on Faculty Senate from 1968-1974, was listed among those chosen for Who's Who in American Education in 1991, served as president of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council from 1989-1990, and was named UW-RF Mathematics and Science Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1989.
Williamson also served on the River Falls City Council from 1973-1982 and was president of the Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, congregation in 1992. He currently chairs the River Falls Housing Authority and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.
Among his most significant accomplishments, Williamson includes his work with over 200 prospective middle school and high school teachers and 30 graduate schools from 1972-1993. During this time he also represented UW-RF and mathematics education on over a dozen state committees or task forces.
From 1984-95 Williamson served on the problem writing committee for the State High School Math Contest. He chaired the committee from 1987-93. Williamson also founded the Western Wisconsin Mathematics Contest for area high schools and was involved in the contest from 1978-93. He has given over 50 professional talks at national, state and local meetings and has delivered over a dozen lectures on campus, including two for cable access, as a resource speaker about mathematics. In the early 1980s Williamson founded and co-hosted an equity conference for girls in grades 7-12. He also directed the College for Kids program for one year and taught in the program for eight years.
The most significant change Williamson has seen during his career at UW-RF is the change in technology.
"When I joined the staff we had a course listed in the catalog on the slide rule, and the mathematics department shared a huge IBM 1620 computer with UW-Stout," Williamson said. "Now the hand calculator has greater power than the old computer, slide rules are museum pieces and students graduating without some computer capabilities are extremely limited in terms of the quest for jobs."
Williamson has also noticed a change in the types of students who attend UW-RF.
"The major change in terms of students is that they are older, have traveled more and often have chosen a five- or six-year college career because of work, career indecision or travel," Williamson said.
Professor Judy Wilson is retiring after a 30-year career at UW-River Falls. She received her bachelor's degree form the University of Maryland, her master's degree from Penn State University and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
During her career at UW-RF Wilson coached the College North Association field hockey team in 1972. In 1978 her team won the Wisconsin state championships and was a Midwest regional AIAW qualifier. She was named field hockey Coach of the Year in 1982 and tennis Coach of the Year in 1988.
Wilson was also a founding member of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC). She served as conference president in 1982, 1985 and 1990 and served as a representative to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) executive board from 1986-1991.
Wilson sees her role in the development and growth of the UW-RF women's athletic program from the late 1960s to early 1990s as one of her most significant contributions to the University.
The most noticeable changes Wilson has witnessed during her career include changes in the landscaping of the campus grounds and the increased use of technology in UW-RF health and human performance classes.
Music professor Jeanne M. Wold retired after a 33-year career at UW-RF. She received her bachelor's degree in voice and music education from St. Olaf college in 1952 and began teaching at UW-RF in 1963.
Some of her career highlights include performing as a soprano soloist throughout the Midwest and appearing as a soloist on two European concert tours. Some of her former students have won Metropolitan Opera auditions, and one is presently singing with the Metropolitan Opera.
Over the years, many of Wold's students have sung professionally in many areas of the country, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Michigan, Indiana and Minneapolis, and one is currently under contract with a company in Basel, Switzerland.
Other former students have continued to perform in major choral organizations and as soloists in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest. Several are involved in the world of professional entertainment, and a few have gone on to graduate school and been successful in the musical performance area.
In Wold's eyes, her greatest accomplishment at UW-RF has been her effect on students.
"During my tenure at UW-RF, I have felt sincere affection for the students and for the University," Wold said. "I have also felt great enthusiasm for teaching beginning voice students how to stand on their own two feet when they graduate from this institution."
Health & human performance Professor Edward Brown joined the University in 1969. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University, his master's from from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate at the University of Utah.
During his tenure, he served as department chair for four years, and was the interim chair in 1996. His other administrative assignments have included serving as Dean of Men, Associate Dean of Students, and Dean of Students.
He has taught a variety of health and recreation courses, including archery, bowling, tennis, wellness, health consumerism, biomechanics, nutrition, history of physical education and athletics, and the psychology of coaching.
Brown twice has been recognized with a Service Award by the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, received a Certificate of Achievement in drug education by the National District Attorneys' Association, and was the honorary director of the national wrestling tournament for the NAIA. He also was active in public service, including serving 17 years on the City of River Falls Police Commission.