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Student aid staff sings Crutchfield's praises
Huq appointed APPLES Service Learning Program director
Bartner, dramatic art lecturer, dies at 55
Decorations & Distinctions
Star Heels


Student aid staff sings Crutchfield's praises

Described as a "banker, a counselor, an adviser, a mentor and sometimes a pastor," Doug Crutchfield's main job in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid is that of senior accountant. But he's also the office purveyor of candy bars, and his Vance Hall office is the site for an occasional "recess." One day he's moving furniture, another he's starting someone's battery or "doing taxes for a former, and very ill, co-worker."

And now he's the latest winner of the University's Robert R. Cornwell Unsung Hero Award. He received the award, a plaque and a check for $100 at a reception held in Wilson Library.

The award goes annually to a current, full-time, permanent faculty or staff employee who has provided significant service in support of the University over a long period of time and, generally, from a background position. Excellence in the quality of work performed is the standard used for selecting the recipient, but of equal importance is the likelihood that the employee's work has gone unnoticed by much of the University community.

Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, nominated Crutchfield for the honor "on behalf of the entire staff." In her nominating materials, Ort suggested that Crutchfield's name and the phrase "Unsung Hero" are interchangeable, based on the way his "values and work ethic" exemplify the award.

Crutchfield has been with Carolina since 1978, and he maintains complete financial records for the annual student aid program of approximately $140 million.

Ort said he is "particularly effective in dealing with students. ... He is creative in resolving problems experienced by students; he is resourceful while honoring the rules."

In addition, Ort said, "Doug performs all of [his] duties, and supports his co-workers, with generosity of spirit and great humility. Perhaps it is because of that humility that we think him especially deserving of the ... Unsung Hero Award, for he is truly ours in this office."

The award is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) in recognition of the late Robert R. Cornwell who served as the University's associate registrar and as research associate in the OIR for more than 20 years. He died in 1994 in active service of the University, and the award was established to honor him and to recognize the long-term contribution he made to Carolina.

Those interested in contributing to the Robert R. Cornwell Unsung Hero Award Fund may do so by sending checks payable to UNC-Chapel Hill to the Office of University Development, CB# 6100.

Huq appointed APPLES Service Learning Program Director

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton has announced that he has appointed Jenny Huq as director of Carolina's APPLES Service Learning Program, effective March 1.

Huq previously served as assistant director of APPLES and has served as interim director since Mary Morrison left the position last fall.

"We are delighted with the job Jenny has done as interim director," Shelton said, "and we know she will take APPLES to an even higher level of excellence in the future."

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University in Massachusetts, Huq worked in administrative positions with the YMCA in Arizona, California and South Dakota before coming to Chapel Hill in 2001.

The APPLES acronym stands for "Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service." APPLES plans and coordinates service-learning courses and oversees other student programs, including Alternative Fall and Spring Break, and Spring and Summer Internships.

Bartner, dramatic art lecturer,
dies at 55

Saura Bartner, Carroll Kyser guest lecturer in the Professional Actor Training Program of the Department of Dramatic Art, died Feb 25. She was 55.

She was a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method that helps people discover new balance in their bodies by releasing unnecessary tension. She also taught at Trinity Repertory Conservatory and at Rutgers University. She earned her bachelor's from Rutgers and her master's from Columbia University.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Aaron, a son Shem and daughter Nataw Bartner-Aaron.

Funeral and shiva services have been held; a memorial Havdalah service is tentatively planned for March 29, 7:45 p.m., at Beth El Synagogue in Durham. A memorial also is planned at her daughter's home on April 13 at noon.

For more information on memorial services and contributions, e-mail

Decorations & Distinctions

Hans Paerl

Kenan professor of marine and environmental science at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Paerl received the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography's G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award at the society's annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Paerl was honored "for contributing to understanding of aquatic microbial processes, for documenting linkages among the atmospheric deposition of nitrogen, coastal eutrophication and harmful algal blooms and for crossing traditional research boundaries within freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems."

Charlie Tuggle

Assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Tuggle has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in communications and journalism at Argentine Catholic University.

Star Heels

The following employees have received recognition as Star Heels through the month of February:

AmyLynn Bliem
Haifa Shahin-Johns

John Le

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Diane O'Connor
Susan D. Phillips

Molecular Biology
Susan McMahan
Steve Thacker

Sue Forrest

Operative Dentistry
Shannon Blake
Andre Ritter

Pam Alston
Bella Chauhan
Kim Collins
Tammie Johnson
Yuvanka McCrimmon
Jane Salm

Editor's Note: The Star Heels Award Program is sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Winners each receive a $20 gift certificate. For more information on the Star Heels program, contact Employee Services at 962-1483.


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