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March 20, 2007
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EMU Regents grant emeritus status to four

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

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

Staff granted emeritus status are:

  • Sandra Baker, operations service specialist senior, ICT, retired after 26 years of service.

Baker had an unwavering work ethic, provided first-rate customer service to those that EMU serves, and was always pleasant and courteous to EMU’s constituents, said Rocky Jenkins, who nominated her.

  • Maria Davis, library assistant, Halle Library, retired after 36 years of service.

Davis, of Ypsilanti, was a dedicated member of the University community and a diligent employee of the library, said University Archivist Rosina Tammany, who nominated Davis. Davis worked in the archives since 1978 and, for 18 of those years (1980-1998), was the sole collector of the University’s historical records.

  • Manuel Jose Norman, senior platform specialist, ICT,  retired after 25 years of service.

Norman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of London.

Norman, of Ypsilanti, joined EMU’s Computing Department in January 1980 as the manager of technical and user services. In July 1985, he became a senior systems programmer. When several departments were merged to form ICT, Norman was promoted to senior platform specialist. Norman had a number of accomplishments, including installing and maintaining the first campus-wide UNIX system in 1987; and developing a system  to create and maintain UNIX accounts for students where required by a course. This system is still in use today.

Faculty granted emeritus status are:

  • John Cooper, Jr., assistant professor, department of computer science, retired after 26 years of service. Cooper received his doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree, all from Michigan State University.

Cooper, a founding member of the department of computer science, was one of the members of the department of mathematics who taught some of the earliest courses in computer science offered at Eastern Michigan University.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Cooper taught many computer classes for majors. He also volunteered to teach the large-lecture computer literacy class.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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