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Pfeiffer University presents 2012 Starnes Awards to exemplary faculty and staff

Starnes Malloy Hraczo 3resizedPfeiffer University has awarded its 2012 Starnes Awards for Outstanding Achievement to Dr. Patrick Malloy, assistant professor of accounting, and Rebecca Treece Hraczo, coordinator of international students and scholar services and assistant director of study abroad.

The awards, which are endowed by a 1995 gift from the late Ruth Peeler Starnes '30, provide recognition to faculty and staff members of Pfeiffer University who make significant contributions in academic, service, humanitarian or athletic endeavors.

“One of Pfeiffer's greatest enduring strengths is its people,” said Michael C. Miller, president. “We are extremely grateful that the generosity of the Starnes family allows us to recognize exemplary performance of faculty and staff members who go the extra mile to make an impact on the lives
of their students and colleagues.”

Dr. Patrick Malloy, recipient of the Starnes Faculty Award, has taught accounting at Pfeiffer since 2009. Committed not only to encouraging and supporting his students toward academic and life success, he actively and enthusiastically recruits new students to Pfeiffer. Passionate about providing students with opportunities for “real world” experience, he spearheaded the implementation of the IRS-supported Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which allows students offer tax-preparation assistance to individuals and families with household incomes of less than $50,000, and the Cost Project with the Small Business Center in downtown Albemarle, which pairs students with entrepreneurs who seek assistance with the financial aspects of their businesses.

Rebecca Treece Hraczo, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Pfeiffer in 2004 as well as a master's degree in Leadership in 2006, is the recipient of the Starnes Staff Award. She has served Pfeiffer University for more than two decades in a variety of roles; currently coordinating the details related to international opportunities for Pfeiffer students who study abroad and students visiting from other countries.  Recent accomplishments include developing and distributing podcasts for newly admitted international students; publishing an international student handbook; leading the university through F1 certification with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which allows Pfeiffer to bring international students to campus; and heading a committee that examines and makes decisions about internationalization at Pfeiffer. She also teaches a class that is part of the Pfeiffer Journey program for all freshmen.

Nominated by their peers, this year's candidate pool also included Nick Chabra, associate professor of business;  Ann Crutchfield, professor of education; Linda Daily, data entry representative; Douglas Downs, adjunct professor; Luke Dollar, associate professor of biology; Dana Hanson, assistant dean of student services; Susan Luck, professor of business administration; Rebecca McQueen, director of residence life; Patrick Meadors, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy; Ramanda Medlin, business office manager, Charlotte; Vernease Miller, professor and director, health administration programs; Joel Vickers, professor of health administration; and Philip Wingeier-Rayo, associate professor of religion.

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