Faculty Mentor Awards 2012

Faculty Mentor Award winners

Faculty Mentor Award winners with the alumni who nominated them: Left, Dr. Chris Sablynski with Anthony Young '12; center, Dr. Lohit Tutpalli '74 with Dr. Kishori and Dr. Madhukar Chaubal; and right, Marie-Clare Treseder '11 with Dr. Bett Schumacher

Aug 30, 2012
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Pacific Faculty Honored as Mentors

The Pacific Alumni Association held its 5th annual Faculty Mentor Awards Ceremony at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House.  The Faculty Mentor Award is presented to University of the Pacific faculty members who, through their personal and professional relationships, have mentored students and encouraged alumni to mentor students by providing educational internships and career opportunities. Four faculty members were recognized with the commemorative Golden Apple at the luncheon on August 26, 2012: emeriti professors Madhukar and Kishori Chaubal and current faculty members Chris Sablynski and Bett Schumacher.

Chris Sablynski

Eberhardt School of Busines sassociate professor Chris Sablynski was nominated by former student Anthony Young '12.

"Chris Sablynski is an outstanding faculty mentor that provides a safe and supportive learning environment in and out of the classroom," says Young. "He is by far one of the most passionate professors I have experienced in my four years at Pacific."

"Dr. Sablynski serves as faculty advisor to the Eberhardt School's Student Association and was instrumental in the launch of a student research lab," says Dean Lewis Gale. "In the time he has been with us, he has consistently earned the highest student teaching evaluations and is recognized by the faculty as one who is engaged in active learning both in and out of the classroom."

Since coming to Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business in 2009, he received the "Graduating Seniors Faculty Recognition Award" two years in a row in 2010 and 2011. He has helped many former students with job searches, helping to make connections for potential employment, and writing graduate school letters of recommendation. Many of his former students have gone on to prominent graduate schools.

"Chris, as his students call him, is the professor that you will not only remember in 50 years, but you will give thanks to for giving you the tools and confidence to find your own success," Young says.

Madhukar and Kishori Chaubal

Emeriti faculty members Madhukar Chaubal, medicinal chemistry, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Kishori Chaubal, biology, College of the Pacific, were nominated by former student Dr. Lohit Tutupalli '74.

Known to the students as Dr. Madhu and Dr. Kishori, the Chaubals were exemplars of the mentor role. Madhu came to Pacific in 1964. Kishori, who earned her PharmD at Pacific in 1977, began teaching at the University soon afterward. Dr. Madhu was the advisor to the pharmacy fraternity Kappa Psi and the Rho Chi pharmacy honor society. His door was always open for students to stop in or just say hello as they passed his office. Many of his former students still keep in touch with him.

"He mentored both graduate and undergraduate students with the same fervor, yet with a personal touch," says Tutupalli of Dr. Madhu. "Both of them were always available to listen to your problem, professional or personal, and advise you."

Dr. Kishori served as advisor to pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy and to foreign students from India. They both did much to help foreign students adjust to life at Pacific, providing guidance and encouragement, and welcoming them often to their home.

"The Chaubals were devoted to helping Pacific students learn, grow and develop into caring health and science professionals," says Dean Phillip Oppenheimer. "Their combined tenure of nearly 60 years at Pacific has left a visible mark on the alumni who were privileged to be taught, mentored, coached and sometimes parented by them. Their example of providing an open heart and home have inspired other faculty to do the same." 

"The tradition of caring, opening their home to students and building life-long friendships was the hallmark of the Chaubals. Without question, their mentoring contributed to our professional and personal growth, which enabled most of us to become what we are today," Tutupalli says. 

At their retirement in 1999, both Dr. Madhu and Dr. Kishori received the Order of the Pacific, the highest honor given by the University.  

Bett Schumacher

Bett Schumacher, currently deputy to President Pamela A. Eibeck, came to Pacific in 2005 as part of the Mentor Program, now Pacific Seminars, and then moved into the Visual Arts Department as a professor of art history and director of the Reynold's Gallery, where she supervised independent study courses in gallery management. She was nominated by former student Marie-Clare Treseder '11.

Treseder says Schumacher has been the most instrumental mentor in her life. Schumacher encouraged Treseder to take on the gallery management internship program and helped her get her first internship at an art gallery in San Francisco. Schumacher also mentored her through her senior project, curating her first art exhibit in Reynold's Gallery.

"She guided me through every step in my collegiate career," says Treseder. "I owe my career as a curator, artist and futurist entirely to her guidance and enthusiasm. She is my inspiration."

Schumacher has inspired many students to pursue a major and career in visual arts and has mentored many students, sometimes multiple students at a time, in the gallery management internship program. For the students who have had the good fortune to be mentored by Dr. Schumacher, she continues to inspire them and encourage them to pursue their goals with her guidance and enthusiasm.

Though she spends most of her time outside of the classroom these days in her current administrative role, fortunately for her students, she still finds time to devote to the classroom as a professor in the Honors Program.

To see previous honorees or find our more, visit Faculty Mentor Awards on the Pacific Alumni Association website.