SOM Staff Member Earns Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award

Jeff McQueen received the UNC system-wide award for his service to UNC and the local community.

Named for service-oriented UNC President Erskine Bowles, recipients of this award are chosen from across the 17 institutions and affiliate groups that fall under the UNC umbrella.  Nominees must display exceptional customer service in their work at UNC while also demonstrating "acts of giving to the campus and community."  According to the selection criteria, recipients should also be able to demonstrate "achievements (that) are of a magnitude that greatly exceeds the normal accomplishments of a staff employee."

These criteria fit Jeff McQueen to a T.  Jeff's accomplishments while on the clock include his contributions to growing the SOM's Standardized Patient program during his time in the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center (CSPSC).  When Jeff saw an opportunity to help students brush up on their clinical skills through more targeted simulations and feedback, he started the Clinical Skills Assistance Program, helping to increase students' confidence and to prepare them for success in the clinic.

When not on campus, Jeff works closely with a number of community groups.  Besides volunteering to increase food security for local communities and advocating for LGBTQ rights and local families facing the threat of deportation, Jeff started a project called OFF RAMP HUNGER to provide food and basic hygiene needs for local homeless communities.  Jeff is also an active member of his church, Hillsborough United Church of Christ.

His hard work and accomplishments aside, Jeff is also a joy to work with for the Standardized Patients, faculty, and staff across campus who work with the CSPSC on learning and assessment events through simulation.  He is truly an asset to the UNC community and beyond, making him a worthy recipient of the honor of the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award.

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