Eastern Michigan regents grant emeritus status to six former faculty, staff members

by Pamela Young, Published February 15, 2011

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

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

New emeritus faculty members are:

Kathleen Branson Hillegas of Ann Arbor, associate professor of nursing, who retired Sept. 1, 2009 after 28 years of service. Hillegas was nominated for her exemplary work as a teacher and researcher. She specialized in maternal-child health, with an emphasis on the effects of maternal alcohol use on maternal-fetal attachment.

Ray Lucas of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, university library, who passed away Aug. 13, 2010 after 25 years of service. Lucas was honored posthumously. He joined EMU in 1985 as video director for media services. He later joined the faculty, a position he held until his death. Lucas was respected for his professional expertise. He was involved with numerous regional initiatives, most recently the Washtenaw Literacy Project and the University-Community Practicum for the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative.

Rosina Tammany of Ypsilanti, professor, university library, who retired Aug. 31, 2010 after 27 years of service. She began her library career at EMU in 1983 and joined the faculty five years later. She served as head of monograph acquisitions and was in charge of university archives.  She also supervised historic preservation graduate students who processed the archival collection. She encouraged research by introducing classes to available materials and oversaw the re-establishment of the archives in Halle Library.

New emeritus staff members are:

Sharon Balduf, of Ypsilanti, career assistant II in university advising and career development center, who retired June 30, 2010 after 30 years of service. During her 30-year career at EMU, Balduf also worked in human resources and continuing education. She was nominated for being a wonderful source of departmental information, with a reputation for accurate answers to inquiries at the Career Services Center and for effectively working with employers interested in hiring EMU graduates.

Candice Fayaz, of Ann Arbor, senior academic adviser, university advising and career development center, who retired June 11, 2010 after 30 years of service.  During her 30 years at EMU, Fayaz served students in a variety of roles while in financial aid, continuing education, the graduate school, McKenny food service, business and finance, and most recently the academic advising center. As an academic adviser, she worked on behalf of international students and helped them transition to EMU and the U.S.

 Laurie Novak, of Milan, custodian, who retired July 7, 2010 after 31 years of service. She was nominated for her dedicated work in the physical plant and service to the Rec/IM facility where she was responsible for the pools. She worked in several buildings around campus and was noted for going above and beyond for the students, faculty and staff in her abilities as a plant staff employee.


Pamela Young

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