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Sept. 16, 2008
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EMU regents grant emeritus status to two faculty, four staff members

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to two former faculty and four staff members at its regular meeting Sept. 16. To be awarded emeritus status, faculty must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus faculty status upon retirement. Staff members who have at least 15 years of service may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement. The faculty members granted emeritus status are:

Susan C. Kattelus, professor of accounting and finance, who retired in 2008 after 18 years of service.  Kattelus, of Ypsilanti, served as the department head for accounting and finance for six years. She is the author of numerous publications including the premier journal of the accounting discipline – “The Accounting Review.” She also is the author of the widely-used textbook, “Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities,” and is a nationally-known authority in the area of governmental accounting.             Kattelus earned her doctorate from Michigan State University; a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University; and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Judith A. Olson, professor in the school of health sciences, from 1991 – 2008. Olson, of San Diego, CA., has been called a dedicated educator, researcher and practitioner who has provided leadership and guidance to generations of occupational therapy students.

She earned a doctoral degree from Wayne State; a master’s from Columbia University; and a bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College.

Olson began teaching at EMU in the occupational therapy program in 1991. She has served as a faculty member, program director, department head of The Associated Health Professions, and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Olson is a well-known scholar in the area of mothering occupations. She was awarded the College of Health and Human Services’ Everett Marshall Award for Outstanding Service in 2007.

Staff members granted emeritus status are:

Dawn Clark, secretary in the department of psychology. Clark, who retired in November 2001, was employed at Eastern Michigan for 30 years and rendered exceptional service to a number of departments. She also served as secretary to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 12 years.  She is a resident of Ann Arbor.

Donna Heine, occupational therapy fieldwork coordinator.  Heine, who retired in June 2008 after 29 years, coordinated clinical placements for occupational therapy students. Heine joined the occupational therapy program as an instructor in 1980, teaching in the undergraduate program. She was named fieldwork coordinator in 2000.  An Ann Arbor resident, she is the author or co-author of seven publications.

Marsha Kolar, office supervisor for the division of information technology. Kolar, a resident of Ypsilanti, retired Aug. 1. During her 28 years at EMU, Kolar has worked in a variety of departments, including the EMU pharmacy, the library, faculty development and information technology.

Karen O’Clair, staff nurse, university health services. O’Clair, of Willis, Mich., has worked at EMU for 17 years. She was nominated for emeritus status because of her excellent clinical skills with a strong customer service focus. While at EMU, O’Clair led a drug assistance program for uninsured students.  In that role, she helped students obtain support so they could receive needed medication. She is a graduate of the St. Luke School of Nursing in North Dakota.


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