July 24, 2014

Former Eastern Michigan faculty, staff receive emeritus status

by Ward Mullens, Published September 21, 2010

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YPSILANTI - Five former faculty members and nine staff received emeritus status from the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents at is regular meeting Sept. 21.

The Board also granted honorary emeritus status for meritorious service to Frank Jones, professor of coatings, who served the University for 14 years.
Faculty and staff who have served the University for at least 15 years can be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement.
Faculty granted emeritus status are:

Michael W. Homel, of Ann Arbor, professor of history and philosophy. Homel served on the faculty for 40 years, from 1970-2010. "He has served as a model teacher, a productive scholar, and an industriously helpful colleague," wrote one colleague who nominated Homel. "His departure from active teaching is a loss that the history section will feel for some time to come."

Kristy Meretta, of Ann Arbor, professor of music and dance. Meretta served on the faculty for 23 years, from 1987-2010. "For more than 30 years, she has been an exemplary colleague," wrote the person who nominated Meretta. "Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the highest standards in teaching, service and scholarly and creative activity." Aside from being an accomplished musician, Meretta was one of the primary forces behind the fundraising efforts for Pease Auditorium.

William A. Miller, of Dexter, professor of history and philosophy. Miller served on the faculty for 39 years, from 1971-2010. "Professor Miller is a good colleague and a committed administrator of academic curriculum development," wrote the person who nominated Miller for emeritus status.

Jay Weinstein, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology. Weinstein served on the faculty for 24 years, from 1986-2010. Weinstein served as the department head twice (from 1986-1990 and 2004-2006) and served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Science and several other professional journals. "Jay has had an indelible impact on many students who have gone on to successful careers in and out of academia, and his departure from our faculty creates a void that will be felt by all," wrote his nominator.

Ronald Mark Westrum, of Ann Arbor, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology. Westrum served on the faculty for 38 years, form 1972-2010. "Dr. Westrum is a concept innovator associated with the study of information and created such concepts as the pathological/bureaucratic/generative typology, "requisite imagination," and "hidden events." He also was the founding member of the International Society for Cryptozoology and the Society for Scientific Exploration, which involves the study of scientific anomalies.

Staff granted emeritus status are:

Brian Anderson, of Ann Arbor, former director of the EMU Office of Research Development. Anderson has 16 years of service. During Anderson's tenure, the University increased the volume of grant and contract activity from $8.9 million in 1994 to $16 million in 2010.

Glenda Cornette, of Belleville, advancement services. Cornette has 30 years of service. "Glenda has been a true asset to the advancement services department," wrote the person who nominated her. "Her knowledge of the systems, procedures and especially the donors, has been particularly helpful."

Marsha K. Downs, of Ann Arbor, senior secretary for the physical plant. Downs has 25 years of service. "Marsha was always cooperative and willing to help resolve problems and come up with solutions," wrote the person who nominated her.

Gerald Hartenburg, of Ypsilanti, instrument technician for biology. Hartenburg has 40 years of service. "Gerry Hartenburg has been a superhero with a capital 'S' in the biology department," wrote his nominator. "He is a man of few words, but remarkable capabilities."

Clara Jean Hoedema, of Ypsilanti, University advising and career development center. Hoedema has 29 years of service. "Ms. Hoedema is a warm, caring person who makes people feel welcome and valued the instant they speak to or meet her," wrote the person who nominated her.  Her efforts were recognized with a Gold Medallion Award as the outstanding clerical in 2004.

Beverly Lemke, of Willis, parking administrator, parking and safety. Lemke has 18 years of service. "Beverly has always been very dependable and willing to lend a hand," wrote her nominator. "She is an outstanding EMU, employee who is dedicated to the mission and values of this institution."

Dennis Allen Paul, of Ann Arbor, plumbing supervisor for the Rec/IM. Paul has 32 years of service. "In his 30 plus years here at EMU he has earned a doctorate in the plumbing of EMU," wrote the person who nominated Paul.

Mary M. Smith, of Milan, senior account specialist for student business services. Smith has 30 years of service. "Mary is an outstanding EMU employee who is dedicated to the mission and values of this institution," wrote her nominator. "Mary is always willing to open her window during her lunch hour to answer a student question."

Judy Williams, of Ypsilanti, advancement services at the EMU Foundation. Williams has 30 years of service. "Judy has been a true asset to the advancement services department at the Foundation," wrote the person who nominated her.

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