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May 4, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Judy Anderson, an associate professor of nursing, was named Viterbo University’s 2009 Teacher of the Year at the annual Rose Awards ceremony April 29.

Known as both a talented lecturer and a gifted facilitator of active learning strategies, “she genuinely cares” and students feel “respected and encouraged to make the most of their educational opportunities,” wrote students who nominated her for the award.

Anderson earned a Ph.D. in nursing from Widener University in Pennsylvania. She teaches various graduate and undergraduate nursing courses at Viterbo.

Neil Rouse, assistant director of instructional and information technology, was named Employee of the Year. Rouse implements, administers, and maintains campus information systems and network infrastructure, as well as assists users in diagnosis and support of campus technology issues.

“No matter how difficult the task or how big the problem, Neil maintains his determined attitude while remaining calm and polite,” said a fellow employee who nominated him for the award. “He is also committed to the student-first approach of the university, and he does what it takes to support those values.”

Other Viterbo employees honored at the Rose Awards were:

  • Wayne Wojciechowski, assistant academic vice president, received the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to a person who has served the university for more than 20 years, typically in more than one capacity.
  • Jeff Stolz, professor of theatre, was presented with the Alec Chiu Award, which is awarded for exceptional work at Viterbo to foster and develop scholarly opportunities for both students and faculty.
  • School of Nursing staff members Brandy Cleveland and Bobbi Hundt were presented with the Pax et Bonum Award, which is given in recognition of demonstrating the Franciscan values of service, respect, hospitality, stewardship, and joy throughout the Viterbo community.
  • Deb Murray, associate professor of psychology, received the Father J. Thomas Finucan Exemplar of Mission Award for her demonstrated exemplary dedication to the mission of the university.
  • John Schroeder, associate professor of education, was presented with the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for his work with students.
  • Receiving a Servant Leader Award was Timothy Schorr, associate professor of music.
  • Receiving Outstanding Adjunct Professor Awards for their respective schools were James Ford, School of Adult Learning; Todd Ondell, Dahl School of Business; Gregg Hilker, School of Education; Holly Saunders, School of Fine Arts; Ruth Davis, School of Letters and Sciences; and Jane Steingraeber, School of Nursing.

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