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Sept. 21, 2007
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EMU Regents grant emeritus status to six staff, seven faculty members

YPSILANTIThe Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to six former staff members and seven former faculty members at its regular meeting Sept. 21.

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.

Staff members granted emeritus status are:

  • Rosalyn Barclay, director of counseling services in the Department of University Health Services, who retired in July 2007 after 26 years of service.

Barclay, a resident of Ann Arbor, received her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University, joining the EMU staff in 1981. For two and a half decades, Barclay increased services without increasing staff levels through such initiatives as “We’ve Got Your Classes Covered,” a program designed to reduce canceled classes utilizing stand-in lecturers; and the “Counselor-in-Residence” program, which brings doctoral psychology students into residence halls to provide counseling support directly to students living on campus.

She is the recipient of awards recognizing innovation in professional administration and has delivered numerous presentations on counseling center administration across the country. In addition to her service to EMU, Barclay also served on the boards of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Michigan Psychological Association.

  • William Barnett, manager of audio visual services in the Department of Student Affairs, who retired in July 2007 after 34 years of service.

Barnett, of Whitmore Lake, came to EMU as a freshman in 1967, quickly becoming active in campus life. Serving as student representative for the dedication of Pray-Harrold in 1969, he also took an active role in many student advisory boards. He completed two degrees by 1972, joining EMU’s Office of Student Life later that year.

During his professional career at EMU, he produced more than 100 concerts and thousands of events on campus, served as advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and worked closely with Campus Life Council. In addition to managing the event planning office in McKenny Union his last 10 years, Barclay served as head of operations for Student Leadership and the new student orientation program, and contributed to the planning of the new Student Center.

  • Catherine M. Cart, manager of accounts payable in the accounting department, who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service.

During her service to EMU, Cart, of Ann Arbor, developed a reputation as a problem solver, often bringing departments together to implement new systems and to resolve processing problems. She led the Banner Finance Implementation Team with a talent for merging new technologies, best practice standards and EMU business practices. Post retirement, Cart continues to serve EMU as director of advancement services for the EMU Foundation.

  • Michael G. Nastos, evening music announcer at WEMU and music librarian, who retired in July 2007 after 17 years of service.

As the evening voice of WEMU (89.1 FM), Nastos, of Ann Arbor, helped develop the radio station’s jazz format, garnering esteemed respect within the EMU and Ypsilanti communities. During his time at EMU, he contributed to several national music trade magazines and local newspapers, and served as “Jazz Datebook” editor when not on the air.

Beginning as a part-time volunteer student employee in 1979, Nastos served as the evening host for more than 27 years.

  • Jane Martin Olilla, secretary in the department of communication and theatre arts, who retired in July 2007 after 24 years of service.

Olilla, of Pinckney, served EMU with loyalty and dedication to the department, faithfully executing her duties by consistently exceeding the expectations of her position.

She served as the principle resource concerning departmental policies and processes, earning high respect both within her department and throughout the EMU community.

  • Paul Dean Webb, director in the office of international students, who retired in July 2007 after 24 years of service.

Known in the industry as a “walking encyclopedia of immigration law,” Webb, of Saline, served EMU as an advocate for international education. A 43-year veteran in the field of international advising, Webb served as chairperson of the Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE) in 1989, 1990 and 2001. His presentations about immigration laws and international “F” and “J” visas at regional and state conferences educated many international student advisers in the field.

Webb was awarded the David Horner award for Exceptional Service at the 2004 MAIE conference.

Faculty members granted emeritus status are:

  • Michael J. Brabec, professor, department of chemistry, who retired after 22 years of service.

Brabec, of Ann Arbor, served as the center of EMU’s biochemistry and toxicology program for more than two decades, including one year as acting department head. He was a dedicated and popular teacher and research director. He recruited and supervised research students and served as a role model for junior faculty in increasing the emphasis upon student-centered research in the department.

Brabec received his bachelor’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Wyoming.

  • William Cline, professor, department of foreign languages and bilingual studies, who retired after 37 years of service.

Cline, of Ypsilanti, was interim department head from 1990-91, and served on various departmental, college and university committees for nearly four decades at EMU. He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master’s degree and doctorate in Spanish literature and Hispanic linguistics, respectively, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was employed as an instructor and lecturer before joining EMU.

A proponent of technology in education, Cline was among the first faculty members at EMU to use the Web in his instruction, ultimately producing and publishing language arts curricula utilizing a variety of interactive technologies. He earned the Non-Hispanic Educator of the Year award through the Office of Hispanic Education, Michigan Department of Education, in 1981.

  • John L. Ginther, professor, department of mathematics, who retired after 42 years of service.

Ginther, of Saline, joined EMU as associate professor in 1965 and was promoted to full professor in 1970. He was noted for his hands-on methods and illuminating applications of mathematics in daily life. Ginther wrote 12 books, more than 40 articles and numerous professional presentations.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science and music from the University of Toledo, teaching middle and high school in Toledo before going on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He also is an accomplished clarinetist, serving as a member of the Ann Arbor Civic Band for more than 30 years and the Toledo Symphony for more than 50 years.

  • Roger C. Gledhill, professor, department of accounting and finance, who retired after 30 years of service.

Gledhill, of Pinckney, received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He received a second master’s degree and his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University before joining EMU in 1976.

He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses as professor of decision sciences until 2006. He is a member of Mensa International and of several honorary fraternities.

  • Steven Kirby, professor, department of foreign languages and bilingual studies, who retired after 16 years of service.

Kirby, of Ypsilanti, joined EMU as department head in 2001 after a national search, continuing in that capacity for five years. He then continued his research and scholarly activity, most recently completing a CD-ROM book of texts and concordances of the “Libro de buen armor, (2004).”

He published approximately 40 papers at national and international conferences, and has written numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. He is well known nationally and internationally as a scholar of “Don Quixote.”

  • Susan K. Pfoutz, professor, department of nursing, who retired after 19 years of service.

Pfoutz, of Ann Arbor, received her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan, joining EMU in 1988.

She was instrumental in developing the master of science in nursing program and four of the program’s original courses, and served as the resident expert in community health nursing at EMU for many years. Pfoutz also worked to extend the availability of graduate education to EMU regional centers and provided distance education through interactive television in Jackson and Flint.

  • Nancy Prince, assistant professor, department of nursing, who retired after 22 years of service. Prince, of Ann Arbor, received her bachelor’ and master’s degrees from Wayne State University, before joining EMU in 1985. During her time at EMU, Prince served as a role model for new faculty, often team-teaching and sharing her expertise with others.

She holds dual certification as a nurse practitioner in Family Health and Women’s Health; and volunteers at Hope Clinic, a free medical and dental clinic, and the Monroe County Health Department.


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