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June 20 , 2006
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EMU Regents approve 19 staff appointments

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 19 staff at its regular meeting June 20.

            Of the 19 appointments, seven (37 percent) are female and 12 (63 percent) are males. The group includes 15 Caucasians (79 percent), three African Americans (16 percent) and one Asian (5 percent).

            Those receiving appointments are:

Darryl Sczepanski, of Saginaw, vice president for advancement and executive director,  EMU Foundation.  Before coming to EMU, Sczepanski was vice president, university advancement at Kettering University from 1998-2006. Prior to that, he was director of advancement in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sczepanski received his master’s degree in public relations/journalism from Ball State University and his bachelor’s degree in journalism/business administration from Central Michigan University.

Derrick Gragg, Jr., of Fayetteville, Ark.,  athletic director, intercollegiate athletics. Prior to coming to EMU,  Gragg was deputy athletic director, senior associate athletic director and associate athletic director at the University of Arkansas from 2000-2006. Before that, he was assistant athletic director at the University of Michigan from 1997-2000. Gragg received his doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. He received both his master’s degree in sports administration and his bachelor’s degree in human development from Vanderbilt University.

James O’Neil, of Baltimore, Md., assistant football coach, intercollegiate athletics. Before coming to Eastern Michigan, O’Neill was a defensive backs/punt return coach for Towson University from 2005-2006. Prior to that, he was a defensive graduate assistant/assistant defensive backs coach at Northwestern University from 2003-2005. O’Neill received his master’s degree in science from the University of Albany and his bachelor’s degree in sports management/business administration from Towson University.

Jarvis Adams, of Ypsilanti, assistant football coach, intercollegiate athletics. Previously, Adams was a  defensive graduate assistant coach for Eastern Michigan University from 2004-2006. Adams received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern University.

David Trakul, of Grand Ledge, employee relations director,  human resources. Previously, Trakul was a labor relations specialist with the Lansing School District from 2002-2006. Before that, he was a labor relations specialist for the State of Michigan Family Independence Agency from 1985-2002. Trakul received his master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University and his bachelor’s degree from the Detroit Institute of Technology.

Sheilah Larnhart, of Newport, administrative secretary, University Marketing. Before coming to EMU, Larnhart was a board member and corresponding secretary to the president of the board of Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down, Inc., from 2003-2006. Prior to that, Larnhart served in a variety of positions, most notably office coordinator/personal secretary to the dean of nursing at Madonna University from 1995-2002. Larnhart received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Siena Heights University.

Michael Yauk, of Whitmore Lake, program associate, information assurance platform, Center for Regional and National Security. Previously, Yauk was an instructor and electronic crimes facilitator/network administrator for the Center for Regional and National Security from 2003-2006. Yauk received his bachelor’s degree in network and information technology administration from Eastern Michigan University. (have to double check, supposed to receive this month)

Jacqueline Nichols, of Sterling Heights, project coordinator, The Learning Center. Before coming to EMU, Nichols was a student counselor at Oakland University from 2005-2006. Prior to that, she was agency coordinator for Communities in Schools in Detroit from 2001-2005. Nichols received her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Southwest Texas State University.

William Harris, of Chelsea, Web and technical operations assistant, WEMU. Previously, Harris was a writing tools engineer and technical writer for Apple Computer, Inc., from 1990-2004. Harris received his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan.

            • Keith Jason, of Westland, financial aid adviser, financial aid. Previously, Jason was a customer service representative for Chrysler Financial Services from 2005-2006. Prior to that, he was a program coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Eastern Michigan University from 2003-2005. Jason received his master’s degree in educational leadership and his bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Eastern Michigan University.

            • Michael Buchholz, of Michigan Center, Web analyst/programmer II, ICT-enterprise applications and integration. Previously,  Buchholz was a Web developer for PowerOne Media in East Greenbush, N.Y., during 2005. Before that, he was a Web developer for the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law from 2004-2005.  Buchholz received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Siena Heights University.

Jian Wang, of Ypsilanti, senior technology analyst, Institutional Research and Information Management. Previously, Wang was a Unix/Window systems administrator for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., from 2005-2006. Before that, he was a systems/applications administrator at Computer Task Group, Inc., in Southfield, from 2002-2005.Yang received his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in computer science, both from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China. He also has another master’s degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University.

Others receiving appointments are:

Tracy Pytlak, of Redford, payroll practitioner I.

Sharyn Hoard, of Plymouth, secretary II, School of Health Sciences.

Camille Humble, of Milan, postal clerk, administrative support services.

Renee Gauthier, of Ypsilanti, police dispatcher, parking.

James McKee, of Saline, custodian, custodial services.

Robert Dawson, of Adrian, groundsperson, grounds, walks and roadways.

Cherie Burkheiser,of Ann Arbor, accountant I, grant accounting.


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