Two School of Medicine Employees recognized by University for contributions

Rebecca Owen, administrative manager for the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center, won a Chancellor's Award for government service. Christene Tashjian, project coordinator in Allied Health Sciences, won an Excellence in Management Award. The two were among seven UNC employees honored by the university this year.

Two School of Medicine Employees recognized by University for contributions click to enlarge From left front, UNC Vice Chancellor for HR Brenda Malone, Todd Nicolet, Lisa Daley, Chancellor Holden Thorp, Lori Harris, Michael O’Connor and Christene Tashjian. From left back, Rebecca Owen, Christopher Martin, and Meredith Weiss.

Rebecca Owen, administrative manager for the Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center, won a Chancellor’s Award for government service. Under Owen’s watch, the CF center has grown from a funding base of $300,000 in 1998 to its current $14 million in annual expenditures. It has principally been through her tireless devotion to the federal grants/private foundation/industry funding mechanisms, as well as rigorous forward budget planning, that the center has been able to fulfill its research and therapeutics mission.

The Chancellor’s Awards were established in 1991 to recognize University employees’ meritorious or distinguished accomplishments. Recipients received a monetary award of $1,000, 24 hours leave and a framed certificate presented by Chancellor Holden Thorp. The winners also become the University’s nominees for the Governor’s Award, the highest honor a state employee can receive. Chancellor’s Awards are presented in one of six categories: outstanding state government service, innovation(s); public service; safety/heroism; human relations; and other achievements.


Christene Tashjian, project coordinator in Allied Health Sciences, won an Excellence in Management Award. She became the project coordinator for the Early Development Project at a challenging time when the project had been without a coordinator for several months. She has helped take it from a three-year pilot study with fewer than 25 participants to a complex, $2.5 million, four-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Education with 60 participating families and the potential for twice that many.

The Excellence in Management Awards were established in 1998 to recognize accomplishments in management. Recipients received a monetary award of $500 and a framed certificate presented by Meredith Weiss, associate vice chancellor for business services and administration.

Click here to read about the other award winners.

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