The E.R. Cass: Correctional Achievement Award

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The E.R. Cass: Correctional Achievement Award

ACA's highest honor was bestowed upon Gwendolyn C. Chunn, Mary Q. Hawkes and George M. Phyfer (posthumously) at the E.R. Cass Awards Banquet, Aug. 11, in Denver. The following citations are printed as they were read during the event.

In 1966, Gwendolyn C. Chunn was teaching romance language and literature at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. In 1972, Chunn became the director of Shaw's records and registration and in 1973, she was named associate director of the University of North Carolina's (UNC) Project Upward Bound, in which she later designed and coordinated instructional components for summer residential programs. Three years later, she began working as a graduate teaching assistant at UNC. But in 1977, she went to work as a staff development specialist for the North Carolina Division of Youth Services (DYS), where she designed and delivered curriculum for statewide training for child care workers and other human service professionals.

From 1979 through 1988, Chunn served as DYS' chief of staff development and training, assistant director for administrative services and deputy director for institutional services. In 1989, she was appointed director of DYS and was responsible for the administration of programs, services and institutions operated or provided by the agency. This year, Chunn was named executive management development coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Throughout her career, Chunn's leadership has been recognized by her peers. In 1987, she was appointed to North Carolina's Juvenile Law Study Commission. In 1991, Chunn was named to the Family Centered Services Advisory Board and was a site visitor for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), as well as the project director for North Carolina's OJJDP-funded Minority Overrepresentation Grant. Under her guidance, five North Carolina training schools have been accredited by ACA. She represented the Department of Human Resources on the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and was appointed to the governor's Crime Commission and Juvenile Justice Planning Commission.

Chunn joined ACA in 1989 and in 1990, she was elected to the Board of Governors. Last year, she was elected treasurer. She has been a presenter, moderator and evaluator of ACA conference workshops. She also has participated on many panels and was the featured speaker at the Closing Breakfast of the 1998 Winter Conference.

Chunn's efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1983, she received the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources' Award for Outstanding Services and in 1984, she received a certificate from the North Carolina National Guard recognizing her numerous contributions. In 1987, she was recognized by the Secretary of Crime Control's Award for Excellence and the Governor's Award for Excellence. In 1992, she received the North Carolina Juvenile Services Association Distinguished Service Award.

Chunn holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University; a master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill; and has completed course work toward her doctorate degree.

Because of her devoted service to the field of corrections, ACA is proud to bestow its highest honor, the Edward R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award, upon Gwendolyn C. Chunn.

Mary Q. Hawkes

Dr. Mary Q. Hawkes has been in the corrections field for 40 years and her membership with ACA is in its 38th year. Hawkes first got a taste of the corrections world when she was five years old and her mother was appointed to the Board of Managers of the New Jersey Reformatory for Women. This early exposure stayed with her. She earned her master's degree in sociology in 1952 from the University of Kentucky and, 14 years later, earned her doctorate degree in sociology, with a concentration in criminology from Boston University.

Prior to earning her doctorate degree, Hawkes mentored college students who worked at the New Jersey Reformatory, first as an instructor of sociology and then as an assistant professor. …

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