Southeastern bestows emeritus honors on four faculty

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Emeritus winners
by: Rene Abadie

EMERITUS FACULTY NAMED – Southeastern Louisiana University honored several members of its faculty at its Friday convocation with emeritus recognition, one of the highest honors the university conveys on faculty and administrators. Receiving the designation were, from left, Accounting Professor Pierre Titard, Chemistry Professor Linda Munchausen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Don Elbers. Not shown is Professor Marc Riedel of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

     HAMMOND – Four retired members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s faculty were recognized with emeritus status in recognition of their distinguished and extraordinary service at the university Faculty-Staff Convocation held Friday (Jan. 6).
     Southeastern President John L. Crain recognized chemistry professors Don Elbers and Linda Munchausen, Sociology Professor Marc Riedel, and Accounting Professor Pierre Titard. The emeritus title is one of the highest honors the university bestows.
     Elbers is a Southeastern graduate who joined the faculty in 1976 after earning his doctorate at LSU. In addition to teaching, he maintained the instrumentation of the department, a valuable service considering a chemistry department is highly dependent upon its instrumentation. In 1981 he was named the university’s Director of Technical Services. He returned to the department in 1996, teaching and once again maintaining the department’s infrastructure, especially with regard to student safety.
     Munchausen is another Southeastern graduate who returned to teach at her alma mater after receiving her doctorate from the University of Arkansas and conducting research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She was appointed acting head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 1994 and as department head in 1995. The author of 13 scientific publications, she has served as president of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. In recent years, she has become dedicated to high school science research, working with the Region 8 Science Fair and directing the Louisiana State Science Olympiad.
     Riedel is an internationally-recognized scholar who has made major contributions to the study of violence and homicide. He has authored or co-authored 12 books. One of his works, “Criminal Violence: Causes, Patterns, and Prevention,” is the standard text used by criminologists and professors nationwide. He has contributed 30 chapters to other books and has had more than 35 articles published in scholarly journals. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and his participation on the boards of professional associations and research bodies underscores the respect he has earned by his peers.
     A certified public accountant who joined the Southeastern faculty in 2000, Titard has served as Faculty in Residence and Special Government Employee for the New Orleans Division of the FBI, assisting in the investigation of financial crimes. He received an award in 2011 from the FBI for his development of innovative and efficient processes in addressing white collar crimes. Titard is recognized by his colleagues for the care he shows for his students. He meets individually with each student every semester.

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