by Heather Hamilton, Published February 24, 2009
YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to two former faculty and two staff members at its regular meeting Feb. 24. To be awarded emeritus status, faculty must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus faculty status upon retirement. Staff members who have at least 15 years of service may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement.
The faculty members granted emeritus status are:
Ernest Brandon, professor of music, who retired in 2008 after 33 years of service. Brandon, of Milan, was appreciated by his students for his vast knowledge of vocal technique and literature, his depth of musical understanding, as well as his kindness and patience. Brandon taught voice, singer’s diction and directed the EMU Women’s Chorus.
Bradon received his master’s degree in music education from Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College.
Jeanne Pietig, professor of teacher education, who retired in 2009 after 21 years of service. Pietig, of Ann Arbor, taught in the area of social foundations of education and supervised student teachers. Pietig showed outstanding service to Eastern Michigan by serving on 15 university-level committees, 14 college-level committees and 14 department-level committees.
Pietig received her doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German from the College of St. Catherine.
Staff members granted emeritus status are:
Sharon Draper, regional manager of EMU-Flint. Draper, who retired in December, was employed at Eastern Michigan for 22 years. A resident of Flint,
Draper mentored new managers, provided valuable input into continuing education’s leadership, and continued to maintain and grow enrollment.
William Johnston, manager of Courtside Café, who retired in February, was employed by Eastern Michigan for 19 years. Johnston, a resident of Ann Arbor, was devoted to his job and his staff. Johnston became a well-known employee at the Rec/IM by many students, employees and customers.