Trustees honor 10 faculty with emeritus status

Ten faculty members were granted emeritus status by the board of trustees at the May 5 meeting.

Emeritus status is conferred in recognition of distinguished service to the University. To be designated as emeritus, individuals must have been at the University for at least 10 years and been recommended by their department for the designation. The recommendation then proceeds to the respective dean, the vice president for academic affairs and to the Honorary Degrees and Commemoratives Committee, before going to the trustees.

• Dr. Donald Boren, who will retire June 30, is a professor of legal studies in the College of Business Administration. He joined the Bowling Green faculty in 1976. A specialist in constitutional and health care law and bankruptcy, Boren has been director of the college’s health care administration program since 1983. He was chair of legal studies from 1989-97 and chair of the former legal studies and international business department from 1997-2002. He also chaired Faculty Senate in 1985-86.

• Dr. Lawrence Daly, who will retire on June 23, is a professor of history in the Classical Civilization Program. A specialist in ancient history, Daly has introduced three generations of BGSU students to the history of Greek and Roman civilizations since joining the faculty in 1965. He also holds a law degree from the University of Toledo.

• Dr. Glen Frey, who will retire June 30, is an associate professor of geography. An atmospheric scientist, he is a specialist in climatology, drought, acid rain and climate impact. He has taught at BGSU since 1968. Frey has devoted much effort to collecting and archiving weather data for the area, and has provided weather information and analysis to individuals and organizations within and outside the University.

• Dr. Mary Jane Hahler, an assistant professor of humanities and romance languages at BGSU Firelands, will retire at the end of the academic year with 36 years of service. She has taught French, Spanish and, recently, Canadian studies. From 1989-94, she was associate dean of Firelands and was chair of faculty from 1987-89 and 1997-2000. She was also director of the BGSU academic year abroad in Madrid in 1978-79. She received Firelands’ Link to Progress Award in 1989 and its Distinguished Teacher Award in 1988.

• Dr. Sally Kilmer, a professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, will retire this summer. A specialist in early childhood education, she joined the former department of home economics in 1979, with a joint appointment to the Graduate College. Always active in curriculum development in the school, she was coordinator of the Early Childhood Studies Program from 1997-2002, and of the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Preparation and Early Childhood Education programs from 1985-2002. She has brought recognition to BGSU through her service to the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the U.S. Committee on Early Childhood Education, helping to set national standards.

• Dr. Steven Ludd, a professor of political science, will retire July 1. Since joining the faculty in 1976, he has taught courses for pre-law students on constitutional and administrative law and the judicial process. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1976, he earned his juris doctorate from Syracuse in 1972. In 1984, he designed BGSU’s Student Legal Services—the first pre-paid legal service program for university students in Ohio. Winner of the 1983 Master Teacher Award, Ludd has been the pre-law advisor to political science majors since 1988.

• Dr. John Makay, a professor of interpersonal communication, will retire May 31. Makay first taught at BGSU from 1968-70, then left to serve as a faculty member and department chair at Ohio State University and the State University of New York at Geneseo. He returned to BGSU in 1991 as a full professor and chair of the interpersonal communication department. He was instrumental in the formation of the School of Communication Studies and became its first director in 1995. Makay has taught almost 30 undergraduate and graduate courses and chaired 76 dissertation and thesis committees at BGSU. He is known nationally and internationally for his many articles and books on rhetorical theory and criticism and freedom of speech.

• Steven Moorhead, a lecturer in visual communication and technology education, will retire at the end of the academic year. He has been on the faculty since 1988, full time since 2000. He has advanced technology education at BGSU and provided a professional linkage to the technology education community, having occupied leadership roles in the Northwestern Ohio, Ohio and International Technology Education associations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, and was nominated in 1998 for Ohio Teacher of the Year.

• Dr. David Newman, a professor of chemistry, will retire at the end of the academic year. A faculty member since 1965, Newman has taught courses ranging from introductory classes for non-science majors to advanced classes in chemical thermodynamics and physical chemistry for graduate students. His mentoring of more than 50 master’s-level students was a factor in the department’s receiving national acclaim for developing a highly successful master of science program in chemistry. He has produced upward of 50 scholarly publications and books and has often been invited to present at national and international forums. Newman has been a leader in faculty governance, having been chair, vice chair and interim chair of Faculty Senate. In 2002, he was awarded the Faculty Senate Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the BGSU community.

• Dr. Raj Padmaraj, a professor of finance, will retire June 30. He came to BGSU in 1969 as a graduate assistant in marketing and rose to chair the former Department of Finance and Insurance from 1981-85. Widely published in professional journals, he also authored five instructor manuals on financial management. He worked with the Executive MBA Program in the College of Business Administration preparing and grading validation tests. He has been the director of the National Association of Investors Corporation, Northwest Buckeye Council, since 1985. Padmaraj received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 1993 from Faculty Senate.
May 8, 2006