Six employees have been selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp
to receive 2011 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, one of the most
coveted distinctions the University gives faculty and staff.
The late C. Knox Massey 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., and
daughter, Kay Massey Weatherspoon, in creating the Massey-Weatherspoon fund.
Income from the fund supports the Massey Awards and Carolina Seminars.
Thorp will honor the recipients, who were chosen from
nominations from the campus community, at an awards luncheon on April 9. Each
will receive a $6,000 stipend and an award citation.
This year’s recipients are:
D. Brown, James L. Knight Distinguished Professor in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication;
Gonzalez-Crespo, interpreter in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center;
M. Marsh, environmental technician in Housekeeping Services;
Meares, director of corporate and foundation relations in the Office of University
Shelton, head coach of women’s field hockey in the Department of Athletics; and
Sudderth, landscape installation supervisor in
Praised as “the epitome of a University citizen,” Brown has
made a tangible difference at Carolina since she joined the faculty of the
journalism school in 1977. Her impact also has been felt beyond campus, with
committee service spanning from the local community to the White House.
A former chair of the faculty (1994–97), Brown has served as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities' Academic Leadership Program. She has
also chaired the UNC Task Force on Future Promotion and Tenure Policies and
Practices, the University Child Care Committee and the Faculty/Staff
Development Campaign. Brown currently serves as a member of the Chancellor's Naming Committee.
She developed and now leads the journalism school’s
undergraduate honors program and has earned national renown for her research
into the media’s influence on teen tobacco and alcohol use, aggression and
Gonzalez-Crespo has been praised for bringing comfort, care
and compassion to the Hispanic community through his work as a Spanish
interpreter in UNC Lineberger and the N.C.
By helping patients and their families overcome language and
cultural barriers, he is an important advocate for Latino health, increasing
the number of minority cancer patients participating in clinical trials,
directing patients to the emotional, therapeutic and financial resources
available to them, and helping non-Spanish-speaking physicians understand their
patients’ needs and concerns.
“The Hispanic patients feel welcomed into the UNC Hospitals
system and are well-supported because of his efforts,” a colleague wrote.
“Patients are able to effectively communicate their needs to the medical staff
and likewise receive treatment with a clear understanding.”
In appreciation of her warmth, friendliness and outstanding
work ethic, 20 residents of the Teague/Parker and Avery residence hall
community nominated Marsh, praising her ability to create a
“home-away-from-home” in their residence halls.
“Ms. Helen goes far beyond what’s expected to form personal
relationships with our students,” wrote one nominator.
“As a residential adviser, I know the trouble many students
have in adjusting to life away from home. Ms. Helen has significantly eased
this transition for many. Her positive attitude and compassion are truly
Marsh’s high standards and excellent attitude motivate those
around her. “She is always willing to go the extra mile,” wrote one student.
Meares’ commitment to securing funding for Carolina expands
opportunities in every area of the University experience.
Nominated by two deans, two associate provosts and an
associate dean, Meares has been described as “…a tireless and extremely
effective advocate of the University’s mission to serve the people of North
Carolina, the nation and the world.”
Currently, he is working to acquire funds for
Innovate@Carolina, an initiative to make Carolina a world leader in launching
University-born ideas that benefit society.
Among Meares’ other achievements in his 13-year Carolina
career, he has helped raise funds supporting low-income students, encouraging
community college transfer students, stimulating private enterprise and
promoting civil rights.
“Heels on three … one-two-three … Heels!” School spirit and
teamwork: For Carolina’s field hockey head coach, this post-game cheer is as
much work ethic as it is inspiration.
Nominated by colleagues and the parent of a student-athlete,
Shelton has led Carolina to six NCAA championships, 16 ACC championships and 27
winning seasons. Her leadership and success have led to five national Coach of
the Year awards and eight ACC Coach of the Year awards.
“Coach Shelton knows no boundaries,” wrote a colleague. “She
always sees a higher level and is perpetually working to be better and greater.
She shines as a beacon of greatness for
the University and is as dedicated as anyone can be to the Tar Heel tradition.”
For 26 years, Sudderth has contributed to the beauty of
“Tom’s knowledge of plant material and site preparation and
his dedication to detail have transformed the UNC campus into a world-class
leader,” wrote a colleague. “When you see the beautiful plantings on campus,
Tom saw the vision first.”
In recent years, Sudderth implemented landscaping for a
campus master plan, conserving landscapes around building renovations and
creating harmonious installations on
“He is a creative master landscaper who treasures the
past and innovates to keep the campus looking beautiful,” a nominator said. In
addition to his work at Carolina, Sudderth served as president of the N.C.
Landscape Association in 2000.
This year’s ceremony will include a tribute to the late
Douglass Hunt, who collaborated with Massey and former Chancellor Christopher
Fordham to create the awards. Hunt served as chair of the Massey Awards
committee from its inception in 1980 to 2002 and was a recipient. He died Jan.