EMU regents grant emeritus status to three faculty members, one staff member

by Alyssa Eckles, Published April 20, 2010

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to three retired faculty members and one retired staff member at its regular meeting April 20.

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

David Geherin, of Ypsilanti, professor of English language and literature, retired from Eastern Michigan in January 2010 after 41 years of service. Geherin was nominated for his contributions to the English language and literature department as well as his personal achievements. Geherin taught 29 undergraduate and graduate courses during his time at EMU and designed seven European cultural history tours. He has been a member of the honors faculty since its inception, and has published five books, two of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Geherin has been a mentor to new faculty and assisted several department heads.

Max Kanagy, of Ypsilanti, professor in the School of Engineering Technology, passed away Jan. 26, 2010. Kanagy was nominated for his contributions to his department. During his time at EMU, Kanagy served as the head of the business and technology education department, associate dean and interim dean. He was the program coordinator for the computer aided manufacturing (CAM) program for several years. Kanagy also contributed his time and skills to better computer numerical control (CNC) laboratories, acquiring donations for equipment, and installing and wiring equipment himself. Kanagy provided 25 years of service to EMU.

Thomas Soyster, of Northville, professor in the School of Engineering Technology, retired from Eastern Michigan in August 2009 after 27 years of service. Soyster was nominated for his work and leadership within the department. Soyster has served as a faculty member, a department head and a program coordinator. He kept up to date on developments in his area of expertise and made courses relevant for students and accessible to working adults.

Jeanette Hassan, of Ypsilanti, director of benefit programs, retired from Eastern Michigan in April 2010 after 24 years of service. She was nominated for her contributions to programs and her positive relationships at EMU. Hassan had exceptional interpersonal skills and was issue-focused in her work. She was a key member of the Undergraduate Symposium Advancement Committee and worked on the EMU employee recognition program. Hassan was an important part of contract negotiations for faculty, lecturers, professional/technical employees and clericals.


Alyssa Eckles

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