Awards Recognize Seven UNC Employees for Excellence, Leadership

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Seven UNC employees have been recognized for their outstanding contributions — five receiving the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence; two the Excellence in Management Awards.

This year’s Chancellor’s Award recipients are:

  • Angkana Bode, facility architect in Facilities Services, of Raleigh;
  • Betty Brown, acting director of outreach programs at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, of Elon;
  • Virginia Carson ’71, director of the Campus Y, of Chapel Hill;
  • Bruce Egan, manager of the ITS (Information Technology Services) Response Center, of Chapel Hill; and
  • Donna Redmon, associate university registrar, of Graham.

The Chancellor’s Awards were established in 1991 by then-Chancellor Paul Hardin to recognize meritorious or distinguished contributions made by University employees in devotion to duty, innovation, public service, safety and heroism, human relations or other achievements.

Recipients receive a monetary award of $1,000, a special leave award of 24 hours and a framed certificate, presented by Chancellor James Moeser. This year’s winners were recognized at a luncheon in their honor.

In commending Bode for the award, her facilities coworkers noted that her architectural designs are completed and tracked in a timely manner and that her project designs exceed client expectations. She is known to be extremely responsive to client concerns, creative in her design solutions and a strong advocate for her projects and clients.

Brown has been commended for her impact on science education across the state through the Destiny Traveling Science Learning Program, writing curriculum, training teachers and helping students conduct experiments during Destiny’s many visits to the state’s high schools. Said one nominator: “The people of this state will be reaping the fruits of her labor for years to come.”

Carson has been recognized for the excellence with which she approaches both her expected job responsibilities and the additional work she takes on — challenges such as the Carolina United student leadership retreat, the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues initiative and helping raise the money for and oversee the renovation of the Campus Y.

Egan has been called a visionary and inspiration to his staff; he has been cited for his devotion to his job, his co-workers and the University. Egan is noted for demonstrating outstanding leadership, from overseeing the first point of contact on campus for IT support to helping the Carolina community at large through the establishment and stewardship of the Carolina Family Scholarship.

Redmond, who has worked for the state for 20 years, has been commended as a mentor, friend and inspiration to those she supervises. Noted for her patience, intelligence, work ethic and sense of humor, Redmond is described as a valuable, “irreplaceable” project manager in the Office of the Registrar who has guided a cohesive team to success.

Chancellor’s Award winners become the University’s nominees for the State Employees Awards for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive. Egan has been tapped for a statewide award in the category of Public Service. He will be among 15 state employees honored Oct. 15 in a ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

Chancellor Moeser also recognized this year’s Excellence in Management Award recipients at the luncheon in late September. The awards were established in 1998 to recognize accomplishments in management. Recipients receive a monetary award of $500 and a framed certificate.

The 2007 winners of the Excellence in Management Awards are:

  • Joe Bray, applications specialist with ITS, of Carrboro; and
  • Evelyn “Evie” McKee, business manager in the School of Public Health’s department of biostatistics, of Graham.

Bray is known as the mastermind behind renumbering all Carolina courses, bringing them into the 21st century. He led the technology team through the multi-year development and implementation of the new general education curriculum requirements. Said a nominator: “He creates a strong, healthy work environment in which all members of the group are happy to do their best.”

McKee, called a consummate professional by her colleagues, is responsible for research administration including effective allocation of resources and budgeting, and management of staff. Her efforts to proactively help colleagues obtain grant funding and keep them on schedule were noted. “She provides incredible customer service to the research community,” said one nominator.

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