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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

• To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
• To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
• To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

SAVE THE DATE:  Holiday Luncheon on December 14, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 911-915
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:30 Business meeting and Announcements  
10:30 - 11:00 Ryan Bamford
UMass Director of Athletics
UMass Athletics: Building Champions in the Classroom, Competition & Community
11:00 - 12:00 Gerald McFarland
Professor Emeritus
History Department
Discovering My Inner Novelist

Ryan Bamford, UMass Director of Athletics since March 2015
A 2000 graduate of Ithaca (N.Y.) College, Bamford began his college administration career at Springfield (Mass.) College. He has also served at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Octagon Sports Marketing, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Bamford spent eight-plus years at Yale, serving the last five as Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Prior to his arrival in Amherst, Bamford spent four seasons at Georgia Tech, the last two as Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Gerald McFarland, Professor Emeritus, History Department
B.A., History, U.C. Berkeley, 1960 and PhD from Columbia University. Research focus in nineteenth-century U.S. history, approaching the 1812-1920 period from a variety of angles: political history, social history, borderlands history, and urban history. He is the author of 5 Books in his field. Since retirement in 2008, he has published 3 Novels-- "The Brujo’s Way", "What the Owl Saw", and "The Last of Our Kind"--in the Buenaventura Series--that have a realistic historical setting in early eighteenth-century Spanish New Mexico. He was awarded College of Humanities & Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award in 2002.



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