UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

2007 Gayle Dodge and Joe Langer

2006-07

Gayle DodgeGayle Dodge

Gayle Dodge, of Ellsworth, received the Chancellor's Recognition Award for Classified Staff.

Dodge has a degree from Eau Claire Technical College, and worked for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before transferring to UWRF after she was married in 1972. She worked in the accounts payable department for three years then took a few years off to spend more time with her children. She then returned in 1982 to part-time position in the parking office. In 1985 she transferred to a full-time position in the agricultural economics and agricultural engineering departments and plans to retire from that position in the next few years.

She is actively involved with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and the Hearing Loss Association of Western Wisconsin and was a past coordinator of her church's food booth at the Pierce County Fair. 

In a nomination letter, David Trechter of the Survey Research Center on campus, wrote, "Gayle is simply integral to the functioning of both departments with which she works. ... Without a doubt, Gayle Dodge is the best [program associate] with whom I have had the pleasure of working.

Joe LangerJoe Langer

Joe Langer, of Hager City, also received the Chancellor's Recognition Award for Classified Staff.

Langer, who graduated from the Delavan School for the Deaf in 1983, is a custodian in the Chalmer Davee Library, a post he had held for 21 of his 22 years as a campus employee. Langer's library co-workers such as Brad Gee offered this praise in nominating him for the award: "... Joe's work ethic is contagious. There is no justification for being slothful in the presence of a man who is hefting chair onto tables as if they were matchsticks - and this after having completed the morning chores on the farm."

Library Director Valerie Malzacher had this to say: "Joe is one of the most hard-working, dedicated, friendly and helpful individuals that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I came to realize just how dedicated Joe is when were challenged with two years of library remodeling."