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Retirees Honored at Reception
MAY 6, 2005--Thirteen faculty and staff from the University of Wisconsin-River
Falls were honored at the All Campus Service and Retirement Reception
on May 2.
"UW-RF takes pride in a campus culture of close, supportive professional
relationships and high quality work leading to an excellent education
for our students," said Interim Chancellor Virgil Nylander. Retirees
Sally Berkholder began working as a career counselor at UW-RF in 1998.
Berkholder received both her bachelor's degree and master's degree from
UW-RF in education with an emphasis in counseling. In her first year of
employment at UW-RF, Berkholder received a Service-Learning Award for
her efforts to inform students about service-learning and provide information
to nonprofit agencies. She is an active leader in Discovery Night, a program
that provides career development support for students who are unsure about
their role at UW-RF. She also has conducted professional development seminars
for student teachers. In 2003-04, she was part of a team that received
an institutional enhancement grant through the UW-RF Faculty and Academic
Staff Development Program for Academic Staff Council activities. Although
Berkholder is officially retired, she is still working as a counselor
in Career Services. "I'll be here as long as I'm having fun. This
is a great work environment and I work with such a wonderful staff,"
said Berkholder, who lives in New Richmond. "This job has been so
Keith Borgstrom came to UW-RF 1999 as a senior media technician/chief
engineer for TV services. He attended Northwest Electronics Institute
in Minneapolis, was a Russian translator in the Air Force during the Cold
War, and worked for 10 years at the Nevada Test Site where he was the
supervisor of a closed-circuit TV crew that filmed the testing of atomic
devices. He was head of video surveillance and flew around the site in
a helicopter filming the underground tests. Serving on his high school
reunion organizing committee, Borgstrum is gearing up for his 50th reunion
in Pine Island, Minn., this summer. He plans to do plenty of lake fishing
at his cabin up by Duluth, which has been in his family for 40 years.
He also plans to ride two of his five motorcycles and fix the other three.
He and his wife, Karen, who works with special needs children, have three
adult sons and nine adult step-children and live near Ellsworth.
Professor Janna Cowen began teaching at UW-RF in 1979. Cowen holds a B.A.
from Kearney State College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln in economics. Her teaching and research interests are
in the areas of government regulation of business, labor economics, and
determinants of self-employment for women. In 1987 she was the Distinguished
Teacher at UW-RF and in 1988 received the College of Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Teacher in the Social Sciences award. In 2003, Cowen was selected
from among 12,000 faculty in the UW System to receive the Regents Teaching
Excellence Award. Cowen and fellow UW-RF Professor Jackie Brux co-authored
an economics textbook titled, "Economic Issues and Policy" and
have been revising the book for its second edition. "I like students,
and I like the one-to-one contact with students. It's very rewarding when
you see them five or 10 years later and they are doing well," said
Cowen, who lives in rural River Falls.
Eunice Filkins began her career at UW-RF in 1988 as a limited-term employee
in the agricultural education department. She subsequently worked in the
departments of plant and earth science, health and human performance and
animal and food science. When she moved into permanent status, she began
working in the career services office. She then became the program assistant
for the department of economics when it was housed in Kleinpell Fine Arts
Building. For the last four years she has continued in that position in
South Hall for the College of Business and Economics. In reflecting on
changes at UW-RF, Eunice identified the growth and development of technology
and noted that "conquering technology" was one of her accomplishments.
Filkins, who lives in River Falls, views her retirement as an "extended
vacation" and is looking forward to more time for volunteer work,
quilting and spending time with her grandchild.
Tom Hawk began working at the University in l976 when he was hired as
an experimental herd assistant with the laboratory farms after working
on a farm near Sisseton, S.D. Before coming to River Falls, Hawk served
in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the supply ship, Niagara Falls, stationed
off the coast of Vietnam. Hawk received the National Defense Service Medal,
the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. and the Republic of Vietnam
Campaign medal. Hawk has worked with all aspects of herd management on
the University's farms. He also helps demonstrate herd management to students.
Hawks says one of his best memories of UW-RF will be "working with
young people on the farms." Hawk plans an active "retirement."
He and a friend will shear sheep–a business that will keep them
traveling year from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Thomas Jensen, associate professor of communicative disorders, came to
UW-RF in 1999. He received a B.S. from Mankato State University, a M.S.
from UW-Madison and a Ph. D from the University of Cincinnati in speech
language pathology. Jensen's professional interests are in acquired disorders
of language and cognition and medical speech language pathology. Most
of his professional experience has been in the medical center and medical
education environments. He teaches courses in speech systems, cleft palate,
dysphagia, acquired disorders of language and cognition as well as case
discussions in diagnosis and treatment. He has also presented seminars
through the office of outreach and graduate studies including Senior Outreach
Studies. "I think my most significant accomplishment at UW-RF has
been preparing graduate students for the real world," said Jenson.
"I'm going to miss them terribly." Jenson looks forward to the
spontaneity of retirement. "I don't have any specific plans for retirement,
and that's the beauty of it," said Jenson.
Patricia L. Karnowski
Lee Karnowski joined the UW-RF teacher education faculty in 1985 after
completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum at Miami University of Ohio. She earned
a B.S. degree from California State University-Northridge and an M.S.
from the University of Colorado, both in elementary education. Her university
teaching has been enriched by her considerable experience teaching pre-school
through 6th grade in Ohio, Colorado, California and in Belgium, England
and France. Lee’s research interests and published articles interests
cover a wide range of education issues, including writing and reading
pedagogy for elementary students, models of learning, teaching gifted
students, and developing literacy through multicultural literature. She
examined integrated learning models in British teacher training during
a 1994 sabbatical. Karnowski's success as a teacher was affirmed by her
students when she was named UW-River Fall’s Distinguished Teacher
in 1985. She lives in Woodbury, Minn.
Lidia Mullenax came to the University in 1988. She was an office manager
in the Financial Aid Office and served as a resource support technician/systems
coordinator upon her retirement. "She is a nationally recognized
expert for PowerFaids, a financial aid information software," said
Dave Woodward, director of financial aid. She served on the College Board's
national advisory board as a technical consultant and had presented information
at College Board national conferences. Mullenax also supervised the Veterans
Services Office and worked with students of color as an advisor, mentor
and friend. She was a recipient of the UW-System Woman of Color Award
in the early 1990s and was recommended for an Exceptional Performance
Award. An active artist, Mullenax took many classes from art faculty at
UW-RF. She now lives in her native Columbia, South America.
Rain, sleet or snow, Jerry Niedermyer delivered the mail on campus for
more than three decades. Before coming to River Falls, Niedermyer took
business classes at Chippewa Valley Vocational Technical Institute after
graduating from high school in Spring Valley. Niedermyer came to campus
in 1969, took a year of classes at UW-RF, and worked as a custodian in
Hathorn Hall for about three years. He then transferred to the postal
services department from which he retired. He received an Upper Deck Team
Award from the Student Center in 1993, and in 1995, Niedermyer and Karen
Gilbertson were the first recipients of the newly created Chancellor's
Award for Excellence for Classified Staff. In 2004, the UW System Board
of Regents and the state of Wisconsin recognized him for 35 years of service.
Niedermyer said that over the years one of the most noticeable changes
was the drop in inter-campus mail when e-mail was instituted as well as
the computerization of mailings. He and his wife Margaret plan to travel,
boat, hunt and fish during retirement as well as do some home remodeling.
"We have flown to Washington to see my son Scott, but we plan on
taking our first road trip there this summer," says Niedermyer, who
has three grown sons and lives in River Falls.
John Nierengarten has been a mainstay of academic computing services at
UW-RF for more than 20 years. Nierengarten received a B.A. degree in mathematics
from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. in computer science from
the University of Missouri-Rolla. After serving as an officer in the U.S.
Air Force, he was employed at UW-La Crosse managing academic computing
services. At UW-L he was involved in the development of a regional computing
instructional network, which was eventually supplanted by personal computers.
Nierengarten became involved in this new phase of computer technology
in 1978. In 1983 he was hired as UW-RFs’ director of academic computing
services. As director, Nierengarten helped acquire and implement various
computer systems, networks and computer labs. He also served the wider
region as a representative on the WiscNet Board, which eventually obtained
an National Science Foundation grant to connect to the Internet all UW
four-year campuses, technical colleges and the state's independent colleges
and universities. In 1997 when all campus IT services were merged, he
became associate director of information technology services. Among Nierengarten's
significant accomplishments were assisting with that merger, getting UW-RF
connected to the Internet, and developing campus computer labs, the ITS-Davee
Library complex and technology enhanced classrooms. Nierengarten lives
in River Falls.
Roger Swanson's UW-RF association began when he came here from Luck, Wis.
as an undergraduate. He completed his B.S. at UW-RF, majoring in agriculture
and chemistry, and then received his M.S. from South Dakota State University.
His Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona in agricultural chemistry
and soils. After joining the UW-RF faculty in 1968, Swanson taught undergraduate
and graduate soil science courses, ranging from soil fertility, soil chemistry
and soil physics to water conservation, water pollution control and hydrology.
He has taught summer National Science Foundation graduate institutes and
environmental education seminars at UW facilities in Pigeon Lake and Clam
Lake. In an administrative capacity, Swanson directed the Extended Degree
program in broad area agriculture. He was an assistant and associate dean
of College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Studies and also served
as acting dean of that college. He also was the Dean of Graduate Studies,
Continuing Education and Summer Session. He has traveled to Poland, Mexico
and Taiwan to work in international student exchanges and cooperative
programming. "Serving in so many different responsibilities over
so many years has brought me in contact with many talented students, top
quality faculty and responsible administrators," said Swanson, who
lives in Somerset. "They have all had a positive influence on me,
and I hope in some small way I have influenced them. UW-RF will always
be part of my life and I hope to be able to continue an association as
Steve Thompson retired in 2004 after 30 years with the University. He
most recently worked in custodial services and had seen the inner-workings
of every building on campus. Thompson, who lives in Baldwin, says he most
enjoyed working with University staff. A veteran, Thompson received several
awards for his armed forces service including the Good Conduct Medal,
Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal,
and Vietnam Service and Campaign medals.
Lyndon Weberg came to UW-RF in 1968 as an assistant professor of mathemtics/computer
systems, teaching elementary to middle-level mathematics at UW-RF. Prior
to coming to the University, he worked at Control Data Corporation, Sperry-Univac,
and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He holds a B.S. in mathematics
from UW-RF, a M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota,
and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and Century University in
Albuquerque, NM. In 1993, his research helped create early three-dimensional
computer models of the prostate to help cancer researchers at the Mayo
Clinic. He is formerly a visiting scholar in the department of statistics
at the University of Arizona-Tuscon, instructor at Arizona State University,
and an associate professor/assistant to the dean at Tuscon University.
Over the years he also served as a reviewer for mathematics, statistics
and computer science manuscripts and textbooks for West, Harper and Rowe,
Addison-Wesley and W.C. Brown publishing companies. In 1993-94 he was
a research specialist for Vice President Al Gore's GLOBE environmental
project at the University of Arizona. He is currently a post-doctoral
research associate at the University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center.
His research focuses on prostate and breast cancer, funded in part from
the National Institutes of Health. He lives in Tuscon.
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