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Faculty, Staff Honored for Years of Service

MAY 12, 2008--Faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls were recognized for their years of service to the state of Wisconsin at the All-Campus Service and Retirement Reception Thursday, May 1.

"Today's retirees and service honorees represent more than 1,700 years of service," said Chancellor Don Betz at the reception. "They are models for all of us to continue UWRF's commitment to excellence in educating our students and serving Wisconsin."

Those faculty and staff retiring during 2007-08 included:

Sandra Crace of River Falls has been an employee of UWRF for the past 38 years and worked in the Student Affairs office. Many students and staff recognize her for taking their I.D. pictures among other duties.

Joy DeWyre of Ellsworth has provided more than 30 years of service to UWRF. For the first three years, she worked in the accounts receivable office and then spent more than three decades in the human resources office. In her most recent role as payroll and benefits supervisor, DeWrye has been one of the best known and most frequently called people on campus. She considers her greatest accomplishment as helping to create a payroll system and working with the campus community.

Phil George of River Falls began working at UWRF in 1977 and retires as director of the Academic Success Center and a professor of animal science. George received the UWRF Distinguished Teacher Award in 1988 and the College of Agriculture Outstanding Teacher in 1989. He was the chair of the Faculty Senate for five years and was also the chair of Animal and Food Science department for five years. George also received the Alpha Gamma Rho Brother of the Century award in 2004 and National Outstanding Chapter Advisor in 2003. He earned a B.S. from Fresno State University, an M.S. from California State University-Fresno and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University. George considers his most significant accomplishment as helping to contribute to the growth of students in and out of the classroom and his help with the development and implementation with the Student Support Services and McNair Scholars program.

Thomas Goerke of River Falls is a professor of animal science. He has taught as the university since 1975. Prior to teaching, Goerke received a B.S. from UWRF and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He received the UWRF Distinguished Teacher Award in 1981.   Goerke believes the biggest change he has witnessed at UWRF is the campus expansion since he enrolled as a student in 1964.

Margarita Hendrickson of River Falls is a professor of Spanish within the Modern Language department, where she has been teaching since 1986. She earned a B.A. from Louisiana State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans , and a certificate in French language from Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Hendrickson served three terms in Faculty Senate and was a member of he Executive Committee of the Association of UW Professionals. In the community, Hendrickson taught "Poetry on the River Workshops" for young people through the Community Arts Base of River Falls with support from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Robert Samarotto Memorial Grant, and a Hugh J. Andersen Foundation Grant. She also founded the UWRF Spanish Club and advised the newly formed Capoeira Club (Afro-Brazilian music/martial arts). Hendrickson considers her mot significant accomplishment as having played a role in the success of her students, especially with supervising and advising internships and study abroad projects.

Ruth Kalms of River Falls has been employed at UWRF for 27 years and is an associate professor in the Social Work Program. She began at UWRF as a faculty member in sociology department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Kalms has chaired and served on countless university committees including serving as chair of the curriculum committee during the transition from a quarter to semester system. She is also the advisor of the Student Social Work Association. Kalms has also provided leadership to numerous professional associations, including the League of Women Voters and her current tenure as president of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. Kalms earned a B.S. from UWRF and an M.S. from UW-Madison. She says she is most proud of her efforts in leading and obtaining the Bachelor of Social Work program for UWRF, developing a unique annual social work visitation program for graduate programs across the country and into Canada; and providing hands-on experience for students including the interviewing of professionals, testifying and speaking before legislative bodies and legislators, researching numerous content areas, and setting up service-learning projects to improve the community and assist community groups.

Sheue Keenan of River Falls is a professor of chemistry and has been an employee of UWRF since 1977. She also served as an advisor for both UWRF's pre-medical society and pre-pharmacy club. She earned her B.S. at National Taiwan University and her Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Kenneth Kromrey of Fall Creek has been an employee of UWRF since 1988 and served as a public safety officer on campus. Since retiring, Kromrey has enjoyed his free time and spent much of it fishing and antiquing.

Jeanne Meier of River Falls has served as an office associate for 23 years and has been a trusted contributor to information technology services in the Davee Library for the past decade. She considers her greatest accomplishments at UWRF to be learning about emerging technology in order to help the faculty and staff perform their jobs more effectively, and the role she has played in teaching the students that have come to UWRF.  

Individuals were recognized at the lunchoen for their years of service as well. Those recognized for 35 years of service include: Alice Cernohous of River Falls, office of the vice chancellor for administration and finance; William Cordua of River Falls, plant and earth science department; Debra Marek of Roberts, registrar's office.

Serving 30 years include David Andress of River Falls , facilities management; Bradford Bergeron of River Falls , facilities management; Mark Bergland of Prescott , biology; Brian Copp of River Falls , sociology, anthropology and criminal justice; Beverly Eloranta of River Falls , student affairs; Kathryn Ernie of Hudson , mathematics; Ronald Gavin of River Falls , facilities management: David Heberlein of River Falls , art; Gorden Hedahl of River Falls , communications studies and theatre arts; Douglas Johnson of River Falls , office of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and graduate studies office; Debra Koehler of River Falls , human resources; Larry Larson (picture above, right, with Chancellor Betz) of River Falls , facilities management; Linda Matzek of River Falls , registrar's office; Marlys Nelson of River Falls , information technology services; Michael Padgett of St. Paul , art.            

Those receiving recognition for 25 years of service include: Elaine Baker of River Falls , information technology services; Robert Butler of River Falls , agricultural engineering technology; Manville Kenney of River Falls , facilities management; Greg Koehler of River Falls , facilities management; Don Leake of River Falls , mathematics; Linda Nowak of River Falls , Chalmer Davee Library; Pamela Rudesill of River Falls , facilities management; Roxanne Schneberger of River Falls , facilities management; Stanley Schraufnagel of River Falls , agricultural economics; Deb Toftness of River Falls , University Communications; Ann Welniak of River Falls , Chalmer Davee Library.

Attaining 20 years of service include Ahmad Abuhejleh of River Falls , computer science and information systems; Linda Alvarez of River Falls , academic success center; Jennifer Borup of Hudson , social work; Patrick Branigan of River Falls , facilities management; Charles Corcoran of Stillwater, Minn ., accounting and finance; Dennis Cosgrove of Spring Valley , plant and earth science; Joseph Hagedorn of Minneapolis , music; Steve Moore of River Falls , accounting/accounts payable; Timothy Nissen of Hudson , sociology, anthropology and criminal justice; Pascal Ngoboka of Oakdale, Minn ., economics; Faye Perkins of River Falls , College of Education and Professional Studies; Donald Petzold of St. Paul , geography and mapping sciences; Brian Smith of River Falls , plant and earth science; Kathleen Svoboda of River Falls , College of Arts and Sciences dean's office; Hamid Tabesh of River Falls , Economics; John Tobiasz, of Spring Valley , facilities management; Marshall Toman of River Falls , English; José Vega of Hudson , teacher education.

Marking 15 years of service include Sharon Fowler of River Falls , English; Randy J. Johnston of Oak Park Heights, Minn ., art; Kevin McLaughlin of River Falls , chemistry; Terrence Mannetter of River Falls , modern language; Magdalena Pala of River Falls , chemistry; Charles Rader of River Falls , geography and mapping sciences; Alice Reilly-Myklebust of River Falls , student affairs; Geoffrey Scheurman of River Falls , teacher education; Susan Tarr of River Falls , health and human performance; Kristin Tjornehoj of Hudson , music; Joanne Weeks of River Falls , information technology services; Cynthia Yunker of River Falls , accounting/accounts payable.

Those receiving 10 years of service include D. Torrion Amie of Burnsville, Minn ., Upward Bound Program; Craig Carlson of New Richmond , information technology services; Linda Culhane of Lakeland, Minn ., communicative disorders; Jodie Deshler of Hudson , biology; Ellen DeWolf of River Falls , Chalmer Davee Library; Yunge Dutton of River Falls , registrar's office; Susan Freiermuth of River Falls , plant and earth science; Lavonne Halverson of Oak Park Heights, Minn ., facilities management; Steve Herrem of Hudson , information technology services; Erick Hofacker of Plum City , mathematics; Dawn Hukai of Woodbury, Minn ., accounting and finance; Mark Johnson of River Falls , academic success center; Steven Kelm of River Falls , animal and food science; Cheryl Kloss of River Falls , facilities management; Joan Kratt of Spring Valley , political science/journalism; Lisa Kroutil of River Falls , chemistry/biotechnology; Dianne Monteith of River Falls , chancellor's office; Nathan O'Connor of Ellsworth , animal and food science; Steve Stocker Jr. of River Falls , student affairs; Andris Straumanis of New Brighton, Minn ., journalism; Monica Voiles of River Falls , admissions; Mark Watrud of River Falls , laboratory farm.



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