EMU regents grant emeritus status to six former faculty, three staff

by Leah Shutes, Published June 06, 2010

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YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to six retired faculty members and three staff members at its regular meeting June 15.

Faculty and staff members may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement if they have at least 15 years of service. Faculty and staff members granted emeritus status are:

Barry Avedon, of Saugatuck, professor in the department of art. He retired from Eastern Michigan in December 2009 after 43 years of service. Avedon was nominated for teaching of art students, as well as non-art majors, at all levels. He had an extensive  exhibition record in both regional and state-juried exhibitions. He was known for using an exuberant color palette, and A careful balance between representation and abstract in his drawings, media pieces and paintings. Avedon also served on a number of departmental committees, coordinated faculty in his area and served as union steward for the department.

Geraldine Green, of Allen Park, professor of mathematics. She retired from Eastern Michigan in May 2010 after 21 years of service. During her time at EMU, she was highly involved with the University’s mathematics educational group and ran several successful regional conferences for math teachers. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan, Green had a distinguished career as an elementary classroom teacher. During that time, she served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served as president for the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Gary Hammerberg, of Manchester, assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences. Hammerberg will retire from Eastern Michigan in August 2010 after 27 years of service. Hammerberg was nominated for his research and 10-year management of EMU’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, where he was its sole faculty member. His research ranged from molecular to recruiting strategies for the profession. Hammerberg was known for his continued support of his students and fellow faculty.

Charles Monsma, of Ann Arbor, professor of political science, will retire from Eastern Michigan in August 2010 after 39 years of service. He was nominated for his dedication to the University and to his students. He has worked as a consultant for a number of different government agencies and co-authored “Eastern Michigan University’s Economic and Social Impact Study 2009” with Raouf Hanna, department head and professor of economics. Monsma also helped create and develop the master of public administration program, which has trained numerous government and nonprofit managers throughout Michigan.

Mohammad Sabki, of Ann Arbor, professor of political science. He will retire from Eastern Michigan University in September after 41 years of service. His nomination, supported by many other faculty members, focused on his work and reputation with his students. While at EMU, Sabki taught countless students, quickly becoming an adviser for those with an interest in politics, particularly within the Middle East.

Sandra Yee, of Plymouth, associate dean of Learning Resources and Technologies (now Halle Library) and former faculty member. She retired from Eastern Michigan University in August 2001 after 19 years of service. She was nominated for her dedicated service to the University. Yee began at EMU as a lecturer, and soon became a full-time faculty member. She worked as assistant dean of media and instructional support services from 1985-1990 and department head from 1990-2000. In 2000, she was appointed associate dean in learning resources and technologies. Yee served on numerous University committees, including Chair of the New Library Building Committee. Later, she became associate dean of the university library. In 1999, the Michigan Library Association honored Yee as Librarian of the Year.

Staff members granted emeritus status are:

Patricia Hooley, of Milan, information tech analyst for the division of information technology. She retired from Eastern Michigan University in April 2010 after 17 years of service. She was nominated for her strong work ethic and dedication to the University. Hooley provided excellent customer service for the IT department, known for her positive attitude and support of her peers and colleagues.
Stella Switala, of Ypsilanti, senior secretary for the military sciences and leadership department. She retired from Eastern Michigan in June 2010 after 22 1/2 years. She is nominated for her professionalism and willingness to help. Switala was the first person that prospective students and their parents would meet when interviewing with the military science department. She received many compliments on her performance in helping students schedule classes as well as planning meetings and events, including the military ball. In addition, Switala also worked with the EMU Foundation as coordinator and manager of endowment accounts.

Daneen Zureich, of Ypsilanti, administrative assistant and licensing coordinator for the communications department. She retired in 2002 after 19 years of service. She was nominated for her dedicated work with the University. Zureich worked for six different departments in her time at EMU. She ended her career in the marketing department, where she worked as a secretary, licensing coordinator and planned and coordinated  special events at EMU. Additionally, she worked on two Eastern Michigan University presidential inaugurations and a visit from former U.S. president Bill Clinton. She also dedicated much of her time to volunteer work for the University. In 1989, Zureich was presented with the Division of Student Affairs’ Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in the secretarial category.

Leah Shutes

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