EMU Board of Regents grants emeritus status to five staff, five faculty members
YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to five former staff members and five former faculty members at its regular meeting Nov. 14.
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:
Carrico, an Ypsilanti resident, attended EMU for two years. Of her 33 years of service, Carrico served 20 years in the athletics department.
Costanza, a resident of Belleville, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University. During his time at EMU, Costanza served three key administrative areas: University Computing, Human Resources and Academic Affairs. He continues to donate several hours each week to the EMU Credit Union.
Rauch, of Ypsilanti, received his bachelor’s degree in social studies in 1976 at EMU. She has worked as a library assistant, audiovisual lab technician, technology acquisitions supervisor and project administrator. Rauch also served EMU as a grants project administrator through the Department of Teacher Education.
Trochet, a resident of Ypsilanti, joined the EMU Center for Community Education, serving in a variety of clerical roles. During the 1980s, Trochet served as secretary to department heads in mathematics, physics and astronomy, and history and philosophy. She was also recognized for her exceptional contribution to Snow Health Center operations.
Ward, of Belleville, joined the physical plant grounds crew in 1970, before being promoted through a series of positions, ultimately retiring as physical plant director. During this time, he designed and built a baseball field, which later became the women’s varsity softball field; worked to renovate several campus structures, including the Village complex; and was involved with the new Student Center. Ward received the Citizens Citation from the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department in 1978 for heroism as one of two EMU employees who rescued eight people from a burning building.
Faculty members granted emeritus status are:
Langer, a resident of Ypsilanti, received her bachelor’s degree at University of Colorado, her master’s degree at Boston University, and her doctorate at Stanford University. She published three books and more than 50 articles in scholarly journals. Langer received numerous awards, including the 1984 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association and the 2004 EMU Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher Excellence Award.
Nelson, of Ypsilanti, received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Buffalo, her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and hr doctorate from Kent State University. She came to EMU with extensive experience in primary and secondary education, and was noted for her extraordinary service as an adviser and mentor. Nelson was a key architect of EMU’s recent revision of the Elementary Education Program, as well as the new General Education Program.
Neuhaus, a resident of Gregory, received his bachelor’s degree at Gettysburg College and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. Neuhaus developed a reputation for developing policy with the welfare of those most affected in mind. Known for his unrelenting work ethic, he was an integral part of numerous department and college committees and initiatives.
Riccinto received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from Michigan State University. An accomplished and highly respected conductor, accompanist and professor, Riccinto directed EMU’s University Choir, Chamber Choir, Measure for Measure and the Plymouth Oratorio Society, among others. Known as a man passionate about his art, Riccinto is remembered as a tireless recruiter and supporter of EMU voice students. His generous financial support as director of choral activities allowed many struggling voice students to participate in competitions and auditions nationwide. As a result of his efforts, EMU has the distinction of having at least one National Association of Teachers of Singing winner each year for the past five years. Additionally, he is credited with bringing prestigious artists, including world-renown soprano Elly Ameling, to perform or present master classes at EMU. He was a member of the board of directors of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association and conducted, on three occasions, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Trochet, of Ypsilanti, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from EMU, and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His service included 17 years as department head, working to develop an active research program. As a result, the department now boasts research labs in modern optics, plasma physics surface science and laser physics. Known for his concern for students, Trochet is credited with recruiting and mentoring physicists who might not otherwise have chosen physics as a career path.
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 careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
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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