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May 7, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Associate professor Bill Reese was named Viterbo University’s 2010 Teacher of the Year at the annual Rose Awards ceremony May 6.

“Bill Reese is an amazing, outstanding teacher,” wrote one of a number of students who nominated him for the award. “He is willing to go out of his way for students at all times. He is really an inspiring person.”

Reese was also honored with another of Viterbo’s top awards, the Father J. Thomas Finucan Exemplar of Mission Award, for his demonstrated exemplary dedication to the mission of the university. Reese teaches various religious studies courses and is the chair of the religious studies and philosophy department at Viterbo. He also teaches in the servant leadership program and has chaired the university’s annual Humanities Symposium for a number of years.

Sue Danielson, coordinator of health services, was named Employee of the Year. A registered nurse, Danielson provides medical care to Viterbo students, conducts numerous health education activities and immunization clinics, and trains employees and resident assistants in CPR and other medical procedures.

“Sue takes great pride in providing quality educational events to the members of the Viterbo community,” wrote a fellow employee who nominated her for the award. “It is obvious she has a deep and genuine concern for the health and well being of students and employees. She has a great attitude, and a very positive and upbeat personality.”

Other employees honored at the Rose Awards were:

  • Roland Nelson, vice president for enrollment, received the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to a person who has provided outstanding service to the university for more than 20 years, typically in more than one capacity.
  • Susan Cosby-Ronnenberg, associate professor of English, was presented with the Alec Chiu Award, which is given for exceptional work at Viterbo to foster and develop scholarly opportunities for both students and faculty.
  • Global Education department members Beth Moore and Susan Pham received 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.
  • Anna Sanders-Bonelli, assistant professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice, was presented with the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award for her work with students.
  • Shelly Stoppel, assistant coordinator and instructor for the Master of Arts in Education program in Iowa, was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Academic Advisor Award for her work with students.
  • Receiving Servant Leader Awards for outstanding leadership were Sara Cook, assistant dean of the Dahl School of Business and director of the Master of Business Administration program; Marlene Fisher, associate professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice; Carolyn Hanoski, administrative assistant for the School of Letters and Sciences; Deane Hatteberg, assistant professor of nursing; and Julie Larson, director of audiences services for the Fine Arts Center.
  • Receiving Outstanding Adjunct Professor Awards for their respective schools were Margaret Andersen, School of Letters and Sciences; William Ault Brinker, School of Fine Arts; Gary Van Domelen, Dahl School of Business; Karen Gleason, School of Graduate, Professional, and Adult Education; Karen Matzke, School of Nursing; and Terry Visger, School of Education.

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