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March 16, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU regents grant emeritus status to two faculty

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to two faculty, one posthumously, at its regular meeting March 16.

To be awarded emeritus status, faculty and staff must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement. Emeritus status was granted to:

Katherine Strand Evans , professor, department of communication and theatre arts (1973-2003). Evans, of Manchester, retired Sept. 1, 2003, after 30 years of service to EMU. Evans was a costume designer of exceptional talent who designed and built costumes for more than 120 productions. She demonstrated a rich blending of detailed research, sensitive collaboration with fellow designers and directors, great imagination and superb craftsmanship. Evans has a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Ohio University.

Constantine Nicholas Raphael , professor, department of geography and geology (1967-2004). Raphael, of Ypsilanti, died Feb. 21 after 37 years of service to EMU. He was a coastal geography specialist interested in a variety of geographical disciplines. He taught many of the physical geography classes, several of which he helped to create.

During his career, Raphael was a visiting lecturer to Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Korea. He was also a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Geographic Society.

Raphael had a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate from Louisiana State University.


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