2019 UNCG Nominee
Dr. Tom Martinek
Although he had already made important strides researching learned helplessness and the effect of the perception of teachers on children in physical education, Dr. Tom Martinek Sr. wanted to do more.
So, he made a change.
In the early 1990s, he started seeking work that would more directly impact the children he studied. He began to transition to more hands-on research and service, directly engaging with schools and communities to use sports to aid at-risk students.
This highly impactful work is being recognized with a high honor: He is UNCG’s nominee for the O. Max Gardner Award, which each year honors one faculty member in the UNC System who “has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”
What is the O. Max Gardner Award?
This is the highest faculty honor awarded by the UNC Board of Governors and has been given annually since 1949. This award was established by O. Max Gardner’s will to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” Those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale. One faculty member from each university in the UNC System may be nominated.
Recipients are nominated by their chancellors and one winner is selected by the Board of Governors. The nominee from each university is due to the Board of Governors Committee each year during the fall semester and the award is presented as part of the Board of Governors meeting held in the spring. Deadline dates vary.
Who was Oliver Max Gardner?
Oliver Max Gardner (22 March 1882 – 6 February 1947) was the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1929 to 1933. Prior to becoming Governor, Gardner was elected as a state senator from Cleveland County, North Carolina and as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1917-1921).
We invite you to learn more about this great man of North Carolina by exploring the Governor O. Max Gardner website.
YEAR NOMINEE AREA OF WORK
1949 Louise B. Alexander Education, Political Science, History
1954 Franklin H. McNutt Education
1956 Mereb E. Mossman Sociology
1960 Richard N. Current History (Lincoln Scholar & author)
1962 Randall Jarrell Literature (poetry), English
1966 Lois Edinger Education
1971 Naomi G. Albanese Home Economics
1974 Mary E. Keister Early Childhood Education
1976 Eloise R. Lewis Nursing
1979 Richard Bardolph History
1986 Fred Chappell Literature
1996 Vira R. Kivett Gerontology, Human Dev. & Family Studies