2011 UGA Alumni Association Awards
Mary Frances Early (MEd ’62, EdD ’67)), Professor Han S. Park, H. Perk Robins and the family of Charles S. Sanford Jr. (AB ’58) were honored by the UGA Alumni Association in April for their continuing support of the university.
Alumni Merit Award: Mary Frances Early was the first African American to graduate from UGA, earning a Master of Music Education and Specialist in Education degrees. She taught music in Atlanta public schools, winning the Teacher of the Year Award twice and receiving the Star Teacher of the Year award. She later became coordinator of music for the Atlanta Public School system as well as the first African American to be named president of the Georgia Music Educators Association. After retiring from Atlanta public schools in 1994, Early continued her career in education by serving as an adjunct professor of music at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. In 1997, she became chair of the Music Department at Clark Atlanta University. She retired in 2005. At UGA, an annual lecture and a professorship have been named in her honor.
Faculty Service Award: Han S. Park is a professor of public and international affairs and the founding director of UGA’s Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis). During his 40 years of service to UGA he has worked as an educator, a peacemaker and a humanitarian. Over the years Park has worked passionately to promote peace in a divided Korea. As a humanitarian, he has single-handedly helped hundreds of separated families to locate and reunite with their long-lost family members. Through Globis he has helped expand the global awareness and literacy of American students through study abroad programs in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Under his leadership, Globis has also developed interdisciplinary certificate programs in global studies to prepare students to meet challenges of the emergent global era.
Friend of UGA Award: H. Perk Robins came to UGA in 1973 as vice president for development and university relations. Hired by President Fred C. Davison, Robins helped develop UGA’s first real development initiative. Prior to UGA, Robins was director of development at Ball State University in Indiana and later executive vice president of the Ball State University Foundation. In 1987, Robins was tapped by President Charles B. Knapp to head UGA’s Third Century Campaign. He left Athens in 1988 to initiate development at Georgia Southern University. He retired from Georgia Southern in 2005.
Alumni Family of the Year Award: The Charles Sanford Jr. family history at UGA goes back more than 100 years. Charles Sanford Jr.’s grandfather, S.V. Sanford, came to UGA in 1903 to teach English and was later named president of the university. He was responsible for moving the football field from Herty Field to where it stands today and was instrumental in raising funds to build the stadium that was later named in his honor. Charles’ father, Charles Sanford Sr., graduated from the University in 1921. Charles and his wife, Mary McRitchie (BS ’59), both graduated from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In 1991, they established the Charles S. Sanford Sr. Chair in Business to honor Charles’ father. In 1993, they pledged a lead gift of more than $1 million to build the Business Student Center at the Terry College. In 1997, Sanford Hall was completed and named in honor of the Sanfords’ contributions to Terry College and UGA.