Professor Jane Thrailkill was recently honored with the first annual Manekin Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Honors Carolina in recognition of her impact on the undergraduate population at UNC. The award was recently endowed by UNC alumni and supporters Robert and Vivian Manekin in an effort to highlight the excellence of UNC educators. The unique selection process of the award places students at its center, allowing them the opportunity to voice the acheivements of their instructors. In his introductory speech, Robert Manekin noted that Professor Thrailkill represents the endowment's pedagogical philosophy: "To be more than an instructor; to be a mentor, a friend, an inspiration." The Department congratulates Professor Thrailkill on her acheivement.