UNCSA staffer Jack Waters receives Governor's Award

UNCSA employee Jack Waters was one of nine state employees honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence Oct. 29 during a ceremony in the N.C. Museum of History. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina.

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Segment on Jack Waters starts at 18:14 mark on the Governor's Award for Excellence video.

Seven-year employee Waters, building environmental services supervisor in Facilities Management, was recognized in the Public Service category, for his support of local nonprofits through charity-focused motorcycle rides.

Since 2010, Waters has played a major role in coordinating the annual Ride for Angels for Hospice of Davidson County. The event attracts hundreds of motorcyclists and is a major fundraiser for the organization. From 2011-14, Waters spearheaded the Josh Harris Veterans’ Festival in honor of U.S. Navy SEAL and Lexington native Josh Harris, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2008. Funds raised each year benefited families at the Fort Bragg Fisher House, a temporary home for families visiting injured soldiers, and Give to the Troops, an organization that sends care packages to soldiers in combat areas. Waters’ involvement with the Harris family continued when he collaborated with filmmaker and UNCSA graduate Joe Cornelius to create a documentary about Harris. Waters shared the film with Lexington Senior High students and others in the community.

Waters' commitment to veterans and their families continues with his latest motorcycle community event, Big Bikes 4 Purple Hearts. Funds donated to the Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation support an annual dinner to honor Purple Heart veterans and Gold Star families. The dinner, supported by local law enforcement, businesses and veterans’ groups, recognizes many aging veterans, including those who served in World War II or Korea. Waters works tirelessly to help those in his community and inspires others to do the same. By incorporating motorcycle rides into his charity work, he draws a diverse group of supporters dedicated to helping those in need.

Waters has served on the UNCSA Staff Council and its Special Events Committee, at one time chairing the committee and spearheading on-campus events that honored veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces. He was the recipient of the 2018 Staff Outstanding Community Service Award.

Contact: Marla Carpenter

Nov. 11, 2019

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