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April 29, 2004

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Joyce Heil, a veteran member of the nursing faculty known for her dedication and commitment to her students and profession has been named Viterbo University’s 2004 Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony held on campus Thursday, April 29.
“Joyce has an incredible amount of energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and passion for teaching,” said Sheryl Jacobson, a fellow member of the nursing faculty.
Heil, an assistant professor of nursing, has taught at Viterbo from 1978 to 1986 and again from 1997 to the present. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Viterbo College in 1972 and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from St. Louis University. She is known for her love of both nursing and her students. “First and foremost, Joyce is an outstanding teacher,” said Earl Madary, chairperson of the religious studies and philosophy department. “She is an excellent model of a health care professional, and more importantly, she is an excellent model of a “Viterbo” nurse and all that implies.”

In addition to teaching, Heil brings years of practical experience to the classroom. She is also a published author and has served in numerous community service organizations. “My life and student’s lives are better because we know Joyce,” Jacobson said. “She is truly the best of the best, in nursing, teaching, and the way she lives out her life.”
Other Viterbo employees honored at the special Rose Awards Ceremony were:

  • Jennifer Anderson-Meger, social work, received the Alec Chiu Award for her work in social work to “recognize, foster, and stimulate faculty members’ efforts to engage students in scholarly activities.” She began at Viterbo in 1993.
  • Marilyn Jaekel, university nurse, was presented with the J. Thomas Finucan Award for her exceptional contributions to furthering the mission of Viterbo University. She began her duties in 1987.
  • Mary Hassinger, dean of the School of Letters and Science, received the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has served the university for more than 20 years, typically in more than one capacity. She started at Viterbo as a chemistry professor in 1983.
  • The Computer Center (Instructional Information Technology) received the Pax et Bonum award in recognition of its skill in demonstrating the Franciscan values of service, respect, hospitality, stewardship, and joy throughout the Viterbo community. Congratulations to the members of the computer center.
  • Michael Ranscht, director of programs and operations of the Fine Arts Center, received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. Ranscht has been at Viterbo since 1993.

Servant Leader Awards for leadership and service were given to:

  • Marsha Momoi-Piehl, human resources director
  • Sheldon Wagner, athletic trainer
  • Joseph La Mere, athletic trainer
  • Dorothy Leonard, natural sciences administrative program specialist

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