President's Column-The Emeriti Times - Fall 2010

Welcome to the Fall 2010 issue of The Emeriti Times.

Agnes O'Connell

 It is with considerable amazement and delight that I can report that we are celebrating the third year of the MSU Emeriti Association and all goes well. We now can build on our past, enjoy the present, and look forward to a robust future.

The Association happily celebrated its third year at the Fall 2010 meeting with a complimentary lunch, tour of the impressive facilities of the new Cali School of Music, and an excellent concert at the Leshowitz Recital Hall.  The memorable concert featured operatic arias and songs from the Broadway stage sung by Michael Rider, tenor, and accompanied by the pianists Brian Holman and Mary Pinto.
At present, The Emeriti Times, the electronic journal of our Association, includes enlightening articles with an international theme.  The four distinguished contributors illuminate their international/cultural experiences, insights, and analyses in a variety of settings:  Asia, Europe, and North America.

Drs. Franke and Michelli describe their individual experiences in different areas of Asia.  Dr. Richard W. Franke, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, writes about finance, culture, the self-reliance program, language, and the division of labor in Kerala, a region in southwest India and his resultant published scholarship. 

Dr. Nicholas M. Michelli, Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Human Services, and currently Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York reveals insights that he gained while in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing teaching and discussing democracy and social justice, the diverse meaning of ideas, and the Chinese translation of his book on Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice (written with David Keiser).
Dr. Margaret Mukherjee, Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology and Dean Emeritus of Graduate Studies shares her experiences in Central Europe.  While building her import rug business, Dr. Mukherjee attained valuable insights into the history, traditions, and economy of Romania.
Dr. Steve Seegmiller, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics underscores the complexities of Mexico, North America.  Dr. Seegmiller acquired his insights and analyses of the culture, history, language, traditions, geography, and population while living in Mexico six months each year.
Building on the foundation of our past and looking forward to a strong and  expansive Emeriti Association, we presently are seeking nominations (self-nominations are fine) for four officers of the Association (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), two Members-at-Large, and committee chairs (e.g., Programs/Speakers and University and Public Relations) for two-year terms.  Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to Dr. Ree Arnold, Nominations Chair (  Elections will be held in the early Spring.

Among the many new ideas under consideration for the near future are:

(1) Establishing an Awards Committee to facilitate recognizing and honoring distinguished emeriti for their outstanding contributions made since retirement in an array of areas:  scholarly or professional work, research, teaching, education or community service, editorial posts or committees.  One example:  a “Distinguished Emeritus/Emerita of the Year Award” would laud the advancement of knowledge or the application of knowledge.

(2) Defining the criteria and process for emeritus/emerita status and determining how to increase that designation for deserving retiring University members.

It is noteworthy that the UCLA Emeriti Association, founded in 1967, ranks as one of the most successful in the nation primarily because of the dedicated efforts of its volunteers.  Will you contribute to the success of the Montclair State University Emeriti Association by volunteering?  To do so, contact me at:
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season,
Agnes O’Connell, PhD, President

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