October 3, 2007 edition

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The University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26 unanimously approved the plan for Carolina North to develop 250 acres of the nearly 1,000-acre site during the next half-century.

The trustees’ action clears the way for the plan to be reviewed and approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council.

The plan anticipates that 2.5 million square feet of building space will be completed over the first 15 years along the eastern boundary of the property bordering Martin Luther King Boulevard. The first of those projects will be a new 85,000-square-foot Innovation Center for which the University has already requested a special-use permit to begin construction.

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When visiting San Francisco, most tourists flock to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the internationally recognized symbol of the city, considered the engineering marvel of its age when the bridge opened in 1937.

Seventy years later, the San Francisco marvel that has caught the eye of Carolina’s Mark Crowell lies on the edge of the city in Mission Bay. Crowell is associate vice chancellor for economic development and technology transfer.

Once an industrial wasteland, Mission Bay is now home to a satellite campus for the University of California at San Francisco and, next to it, the burgeoning life science complex that is being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif.

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A philosopher who has interests in metaphysics and the mathematics of logic, a geneticist who is working to develop cancer therapies, a computer scientist who specializes in bioinformatics and data mining, and a historian who studies the African-American experience in the American South have received the 2007 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

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Seven Carolina employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions Sept. 24 at a luncheon at the Carolina Inn. Five people received the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and two received the Excellence in Management Awards.

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Campus-based tuition over the past decade has played a pivotal role in generating revenue to bolster faculty pay to keep Carolina competitive.

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University awards recognize 2007 employee excellence

Seven Carolina employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions Sept. 24 at a luncheon at the Carolina Inn. Five people received the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and two received the Excellence in Management Awards.

The Chancellor’s Awards were established in 1991 to recognize contributions made by University employees based on meritorious or distinguished accomplishments. Recipients receive a monetary award of $1,000, a special leave award of 24 hours and a framed certificate, presented by Chancellor James Moeser.

Winners of Chancellor’s Awards were:

bullet Angkana Bode, facility architect in Facilities Services;

bullet Betty Brown, acting director of outreach programs at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center;

bullet Virginia Carson, director of the Campus Y;

bullet Bruce Egan, manager of the ITS (Information Technology Services) Response Center; and

bullet Donna Redmon, associate University registrar.

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Chancellor's Awards

Chancellor James Moeser (center) stands with Chancellor’s Awards winners, from left:
Angkana Bode, Betty Brown, Donna Redmon, Virginia Carson and Bruce Egan.

The Chancellor’s Award winners also 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.

Bode
It is a given that Bode’s architectural designs are completed and tracked in a timely manner and that her project designs exceed client expectations, according to her coworkers in Facilities. She is known to be extremely responsive to client concerns, creative in her design solutions and a strong advocate for her projects and clients.

Equally impressive to her co-workers, though, is Bode’s unofficial role as caretaker of the division’s morale. She has organized the department’s appreciation celebrations, walking teams, retirement parties, baby showers and holiday gift exchanges.

As one nominator wrote, “She has a zest for life and she helps others wherever she can. ... Her ability to accomplish is phenomenal.”

Brown
Brown has been commended for her impact on science education across the state. “Her work through the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program alone would warrant strong consideration for this award. Factor in her many years as a teacher in the state, and you would have a hard time finding a more deserving individual for this honor,” a nominator wrote.

“Whether she’s writing innovative curriculum in the office, training teachers at workshops or helping students conduct experiments during DESTINY’s numerous annual visits to high schools across North Carolina, Betty has left her mark on the way science is taught and learned in this state. ... The people in this state will be reaping the fruits of her labor for years to come.”

Carson
Carson has been recognized for the excellence with which she approaches both her expected job responsibilities and the additional work she takes on — challenges like the Carolina United student leadership retreat and the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues initiative.

“For the last seven years, she also took on the huge challenge of raising almost $3.5 million and overseeing every step of the renovation of the Campus Y,” said a nominator.

Nominators described the fruits of her dedication and efforts as a “vibrant, creative home for student activity, campus dialogue and a University gathering place” and “a beautifully renovated, better-than-ever Campus Y building ready to meet the needs of this and future generations of UNC students working for social justice.”

Egan
Called a visionary and an inspiration to his staff, Egan has been cited for his devotion to his job, his co-workers and the University.

“As the manager of the ITS Response Center, Bruce demonstrates outstanding leadership, overseeing the first point of contact on campus for IT support,” said a nominator. “Bruce is dedicated … also to helping the Carolina community at large through the establishment and stewardship of the Carolina Family Scholarship.”

Another nominator said, “I have personally seen Bruce extend a hand up to those who are struggling with a personal crisis.  ... Many people have a desire to contribute to their community. Bruce turns that desire into action — in ever-increasing circles. ... The quest for excellence extends to serving not only your customers but also your colleagues.”

Redmon
Redmon, who has worked for the state for 20 years, has been commended as a valuable mentor to her co-workers.

“Donna has … managed to perfect the art of supervision. She is a mentor, friend and an inspiration to all those individuals that she supervises,” a nominator wrote. “Her patience, understanding and constant devotion to her department and the people of the state ... are second to none.”

Another wrote, “Donna has become extremely valuable — irreplaceable — as a project manager in the Office of the Registrar. She has also guided a very cohesive team to success. ... Donna’s work ethic, intelligence and sense of humor make her a very valuable colleague and friend.”

Excellence in Management Awards

The awards were established in 1998 to recognize accomplishments in management. Recipients receive a monetary award of $500 and a framed certificate, presented by Richard Mann, vice chancellor for finance and administration. Winners of Excellence in Management Awards were:

bullet Joe Bray, applications specialist with ITS; and

bullet Evelyn “Evie” McKee, business manager in the Department of Biostatistics.

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Excellence in Management Awards

Brenda Malone, right, associate vice chancellor for human resources, presents
Excellence in Management Awards to, from left, Joseph Bray and Evie McKee.

Bray
Known as the mastermind behind renumbering all the courses at Carolina, bringing them into the 21st century, Bray led the technology team through the years-long development and implementation of the new general education curriculum requirements.

Excerpts from his nomination letters include: “He creates a strong, healthy work environment in which all members of the group are happy to do their best. ... I have spoken with other people who work for Joe, and we feel that we have grown professionally and personally while working for Joe. ... Joe would tell you that his team makes him look good, but members of his team would tell you that it is Joe who has given us the savvy and the opportunity to excel.”

McKee
McKee, called a consummate professional by her colleagues, is responsible for research administration including effective allocation of resources and budgeting, and management of staff.

Nominators said that her “hard work, complete competence and willingness to do what is needed truly exemplify the scholarly mission” of the school. “She provides incredible customer service to the research community. ... She proactively helps the members of our department obtain grants funding, keeps us on schedule and lets us know about fruitful funding opportunities. One of the best resources she has provided is a streamlined procedure to use the University’s software for managing grants.”

Another said, “McKee is perhaps the most crucial single component to our department’s current and continued success.” 

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