The College of Applied Sciences and Arts hosted its annual Emeritus and Retired Faculty Luncheon Oct. 29, at Flames Eatery and Banquet.
Emeritus and Retired
Journalism and Mass Communications and Recreation professors enjoy lunch with a retired faculty member and a student.
Lee Walton, a retired Kinesiology professor, talks about a family trip to the Grand Canyon at the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Luncheon on Oct. 29.
Faculty were invited to join Assistant Chair of Kinesiology Shirley Reekie and Associate Dean Greg Payne for a tour of some of the newly completed construction on campus. About a half dozen faculty members participated in the tour of the newly renovated Yoshihiro Uchida Hall and the new Student Union.
“This is one of our favorite events to host each year because it gives us a chance to catch you up on what has been going on in CASA and around campus and also for us to hear what you’ve done this past year,” said Interim Dean Alice Hines in her welcome.
The highlight of the program included three College of Applied Sciences and Arts students who attended summer study abroad programs who shared how the experience left a strong impression on them. The students speakers included Aly Mauro, an Occupational Therapy student, Mia Gonzalez, a Journalism and Mass Communications student and Michael Celso, a Social Work student. The students each received the Helen L. Stevens Faculty-Led Program Scholarship, helping to off-set $500 of the cost of the summer programs. The College is currently working to develop more scholarships to support study abroad opportunities for students.
Emeritus and retired faculty from seven CASA departments, including some that have merged with other departments, attended the luncheon with current faculty from nine of the departments offering updates on their activities. The attendees included a former dean and emeritus faculty member, Robert Moore, who taught in the Division of Technology. Moore, who is in his mid-90s, said he recalled hiring Helen Ross Mico, a retired Health Science professor in attendance, and Lee Walton, a retired kinesiology professor in attendance.
Gail Evans, a former faculty member in the department of kinesiology, has been designated as an emerita professor at San José State University. Evans worked in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for 18 years before she took an administration position on campus. She served as the associate dean of undergraduate studies from 2001-2008 before departing to take a position as the dean of undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University.
Shirley Reekie, the chair of the Kinesiology department, said it is especially exciting to have Evans as an emerita professor as she is also an alumna of the department. She received a bachelor’s of science in women’s physical education, followed by a master’s and a PhD in women’s physical education from Washington State University. She joined the faculty at SJSU in the 1983.
Upon her retirement from SFSU, SJSU President Mohammad H. Qayoumi formally conferred upon her the status of Professor Emerita in September. Emeritus professors are listed in the university catalog, have a permanent identification card and have many of the same privileges as active faculty members. The College of Applied Sciences and Arts maintains an emeritus faculty office for use when emeritus faculty from the College visit the SJSU campus.