The University announced the recipients of the 2020 Chancellor's Awards on Wednesday, recognizing students, faculty and staff who have demonstrated leadership and academic achievement during their time at UNC.
“These are extraordinary times, and they call for extraordinary people to rise to the occasion,” Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in his video address to the recipients of the awards on Wednesday.
The Chancellor’s Award Ceremony was originally planned for April 15, but canceled due to COVID-19. The Chancellor’s Awards committee is exploring options to provide public recognition according to its website.
To highlight the recipients, the committee reached out to them for photos of themselves and statements about who influenced and inspired them at UNC. These were posted on the Chancellor’s Awards website and the Carolina Union Instagram, said Beth Morris, a committee member and associate director of the Communications and Creative Services Department housed in the Carolina Union.
Spencer Barnes, an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, is a recipient of the Student Undergraduate Teaching Award. He said receiving the award was a great honor and he appreciates the students who nominated him.
“It speaks to the type of experience I’ve attempted to give my students throughout the years I’ve been at Carolina,” he said. “I try to challenge them and give them the best instructional experience possible.”