Celebrating Allison Legge – 2017 Massey Award Winner!
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” said Chancellor Folt, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., at the annual C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon at the Carolina Inn on Saturday. “You only need a heart full of grace, and a soul generated by love.”
Carolina is known for our great student body and outstanding faculty, but if you’re interested in joining our community one day, we think it’s important that you know about the countless dedicated staff members who will walk with you. From housekeeping to maintenance to administrative staff, they are committed to your success, and will extend daily efforts (hearts included!) to make sure you you have the best possible experience here.
Six of these employees were honored for their work on Saturday, and one of them, we’re delighted to announce was our own Allison Legge, Interim Registrar and Senior Associate Director for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. For all of us, Allison epitomizes what it means to have a soul generated by love. With characteristic humility, upon learning of her award, the woman on campus who is known as the “mother” of Connect Carolina, an online gateway for University administrative systems, said “I can’t believe I am so lucky as to be given an award for the work I love so much!”
After receiving her award, Allison lifted the hearts of everyone by reminding us of the African concept of Ubuntu, the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others. What a lovely idea — and one that both affirms and redeems us, I think.
A favorite metaphor in our office (thank you Ashley Arthur!) to describe Allison is a hummingbird. She may be little but she is fleet and efficient, and brings tremendous joy wherever she lands. She is also the last person to ever seek an award of this type, just the sort of person who deserves it. And the ability to honor her in this way is a gift of the best kind, and for this we thank the late C. Knox Massey and his family from the bottom of our hearts. Your generosity ensures that the University’s deeply-ingrained mission of public service will continue for years to come.