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Jan. 20, 2004
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Eastern Michigan University grants emeritus status posthumously

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to two deceased staff members at its regular meeting Jan. 20.

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

Staff granted emeritus status include:

Mary C. Brooks, director, risk management and worker's compensation (1978-2003).

Brooks was serving her 25 th year at EMU when she died in October.   She joined the University in 1978 as a budget analyst.   Within a few months she was promoted to the position of manager of service operations.   Later she served as assistant to the vice president for business and finance and then director of risk management and worker's compensation. She was an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants, serving in leadership roles on several of its committees.  

One of Brooks' most significant accomplishments was helping to create the Michigan Higher Education Group Self-Insurance and Risk Management Facility, now known as Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (M.U.S.I.C.).   Brooks earned a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in 1977 and a master's degree from Central Michigan University in 1981.   She was a resident of Detroit.

Velma G. Clarke, administrative associate, College of Arts and Sciences (1975-2003).

Clarke was serving her 30 th year as an EMU employee when she died in May.

Clarke joined the EMU staff in 1973 as a senior admissions officer.   She was promoted in 1977 to administrative associate in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she remained throughout her career.  

Clarke assisted in the development and implementation of administrative policies and objectives, including promotions, tenures, sabbatical leaves and departmental budgets.   Her work brought her into contact with every department and program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and with virtually every other administrative unit in academic affairs and within the University.

Clarke was a Golden Life member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.   She also was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Association of Blacks in Higher Education.   Clarke earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Fisk University in Tennessee.   She was a resident of Ann Arbor

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive, metropolitan 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.

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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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