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Sanders Receives Howes Award at February UNCRFA Meeting

John & Ann Sanders (left) pictured with Jim Peacock, Sam Magill, Bo Howes, and Mary Howes

The UNC Retired Faculty Association presented the second Jonathan B. Howes Lifetime Achievement Award to John L. Sanders, at the membership meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. RFA member Sam Magill introduced his friend and classmate, best known for his leadership of the Institute of Government (now the School of Government) over a period of thirty years.

Sanders was instrumental in building a strong, supportive relationship to the State legislature and other offices of State government. In between stints as Institute director, he served as Vice President for Planning of the University System Office between 1973 and 1978, during which he played a central role in the development of the University’s first long range plan In 1961 he was instrumental in designing the State’s community college system as a part of the Governor’s Commission on Education Beyond the High School. From 1968 to 1969 he worked with the North Carolina Constitutional Commission. His contributions to other institutions and processes include significant involvement with the planning of physical facilities and grounds at UNC-Chapel Hill and historic structures in Raleigh and elsewhere in the state.

William Friday once said of Sanders, “When you speak about John Sanders, you speak about the most sterling example of public service of anyone I know.” In addition to his service to the University and the State of North Carolina, he has also served as mentor to hundreds of student leaders, helping shape their successful careers.

University Plans Jim Gallagher Memorial Site

gallagherUNC Chapel Hill and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute are planning a special Conference Room to honor the life and legacy of James J. Gallagher, former Director of FPG and a Past President of the UNCCH Retired Faculty Association. He was also Kenan Professor of Education at UNCCH for over 45 years.

The Conference site will be designed and constructed within the main FPG Research Building. The FPG will provide part of the funds. The balance of funds will be donated by colleagues, associates, friends and family of Jim Gallagher. Fund raising for the needed $25,000 will be coordinated by Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, RFA member and long time FPG Research Scientist and colleague of Jim Gallagher, and Don Stedman, a long time friend and associate and Past President of RFA.

If you wish to donate $25 , $50 , $75  or more to the fund, send a check to Don Stedman, RFA, at the Friday Center by April 15, 2017 or follow this link to make your gift online (on that page scroll down to the Funding Opportunities section, then James J. Gallagher Conference Room).

“Support FPG” button, then “James J. Gallagher Conference Room”.

RFA helps international scholars through ARLIS

Retired faculty member Bobbie and her husband Lynn Lubker hosted international visiting scholars Dr. Sathish Raja (India) and Dr. Jinsong Pan (China) through the Academic Retirees as Liaisons for International Scholars program, sponsored by Carolina’s Association of Retired Faculty. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Visiting scholars find
home away from home

When Sathish Raja met former Carolina Clinical Professor Bobbie Lubker and her husband Lynn, he never imagined how strong their relationship would grow.

“We’ve become close friends, more like a family,’’ said Raja, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s something I never expected.

“I feel like I’m at home – a second home in the U.S.”

Last year, Raja, of Bangalore, India, and dental researcher Jinsong Pan of Shanghai, China, met the Lubkers through the Academic Retirees as Liaisons for International Scholars (ARLIS) — a new program organized by Carolina’s Retired Faculty Association (RFA) that pairs former faculty with scholars coming to campus from other countries. While the program’s intent is largely to assist the scholars with acclimation to campus life and American culture, the overriding result can be a feeling of a home away from home for the scholars.

Lubker, former RFA president, began thinking about forming ARLIS after years of hosting international AFS high school students, and social work and Rotary Scholars.

Carolina has wonderful student programs, she said, but there was an opportunity for retired faculty to do more to support post-docs, visiting faculty and other scholars.

So Lubker contacted Elizabeth Barnum, director of Carolina’s International Student and Scholar Services. They sent an email to RFA members seeking mentors, and more than 25 members — including a former dean, faculty members, researchers and a past chair of the faculty — volunteered for the initial 12 mentor spots.

When they invited international scholars to apply to participate, 56 responded. The selected scholars and retired faculty mentors were matched at a reception in spring 2016, with some RFA mentors working with multiple scholars. Scholars do not live with retired faculty, but meet in many places for coffee and conversation.

Barnum said the matches were made, in some cases, with shared interests or research expertise in mind. They also considered factors such as how relationships could span from professional, scholarly support for younger scholars to a more collegial relationship for older scholars.

Through the mentors, professional support can include:

  • help with grant writing
  • CV update and revision
  • how to address faculty members
  • how research authoring works
  • guidance on the faculty review and promotion system
  • referrals to others who might help with something outside of the scholar’s area of expertise
  • suggestions on free campus offerings such as movies, lectures and other events
  • advice on issues, department politics, resources and cutting-edge research.

Support also extends to discussions of everyday living – transportation, customs, dating, children – often over casual meals. Mentors have arranged museum visits, swim outings for scholars’ families and walks through nearby forests.

Raja, 29, who also lived in Germany and England, said the program has broadened his thinking: “Before coming to the U.S., my thoughts were that Americans always move fast forward with no time for cultural activities or family. I met Bobbie and Lynn, and those stereotypical thoughts were totally shattered.”

After the program’s first few months, ARLIS is evaluating ways to make the program even better.

One thing that won’t change: “Relationships,” Lubker said.

“Scholars all say that the most rewarding part has been relationships, not just with their faculty friend, but with the other scholars they’ve met. Many find themselves in an American home for the first time, but they’ve also gotten to know scholars from other countries. And they rely on each other.”

Story by Scott Jared and photos by Jon Gardiner, Office of University Communications
Published January 19, 2017 

2017 Howes Award

Call for nominations for the 2017 Howes Award

The Retired Faculty Association of UNC Chapel Hill announces a call for nominations for the 2017 Jonathan B. Howes Lifetime Achievement Award to honor the life and work of Jonathan B. Howes and to reward civic engagement and public service by faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Selection criteria

  • Any retired faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is eligible.
  • Service and achievements both within the University and beyond in the wider community that have consistently exceeded the professional expectations for faculty.
  • Recognition by faculty and administrative colleagues for his or her judgment, ethical values and courage in the pursuit of worthy goals.

Complete the form below or download the nomination form here. Nominations will be accepted until 5 pm Friday, December 16, 2016.

Jonathan Howes Award Nomination Form

  • Please give the names and contact information of at least two additional references who support your nomination.
  • Please attach a letter of recommendation here. The letter must include a brief bio of the nominee and state how he/she meets the award criteria.


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For more information, visit Friday Center Professional Development and Enrichment Programs.