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Six Staff, Faculty Earn Massey Awards for Service

Six employees have been selected by Chancellor Carol L. Folt to receive the 2014 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most coveted distinctions the University gives faculty and staff.

The late C. Knox Massey ’25 of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by University employees. In 1984, he joined the families of his son, Knox Massey Jr. ’59, and daughter, Kay Massey Weatherspoon, in creating the Massey-Weatherspoon fund. Income from the fund supports the Massey Awards and Carolina Seminars.

Each recipient receive a $7,500 stipend.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Danny Bell, program assistant in American Indian and indigenous studies, department of American studies. Bell also is an adviser to the Carolina Indian Circle and the Native American Law Student Association and is a member of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes. He is noted for working to ensure that members of all eight of North Carolina’s independent tribes feel welcome on campus.
  • Ray Dooley, a professor in the department of dramatic art. A veteran actor, Dooley is noted for bringing to the classroom and to PlayMakers Repertory Company stage experience that has spanned film, television and stages across the U.S. and abroad. During his 24 years at Carolina, Dooley has been chair of the drama department and currently leads the Professional Actor Training Program, the department’s MFA in acting.
  • Larry Gallo Jr., executive associate athletic director in the Athletics Department. Gallo, with 16 years of service to Carolina, has decades of experience in higher education. His nominators called him the glue that holds the Athletics Department together, noted as a leader, mentor, colleague and friend to all.
  • Schenika Rone Garland, a housekeeper assigned to Stacy Residence Hall. Garland has served the University for nearly 10 years and is noted for caring about the people in “her building,” learning all students’ names during the first week of school and greeting them daily while going about her work.
  • Julie Pendergraph, recruiting services manager and assistant to the director in the University Career Services. Pendergraph has been with University Career Services for 41 years, with a dedication also measured in the level of customer service she is noted for providing students, employers and co-workers. Pendergraph assumed full responsibility for the on-campus recruiting program in 1990, guiding hundreds of employers in finding employees among Carolina’s students through about 5,000 interviews each year.
  • Gloria Thompson, a housekeeper assigned to the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Thompson, a member of the facilities team for more than 15 years, is known for her initiative in going beyond her assigned duties.

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