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In 1991, Alexzine A. Whitted had been with the University six years. She worked more than two years as secretary in the international center before joining the Campus Y, which is based in the Division of Student Affairs. The Y is the largest student organization on campus with [more] than 700 students involved in 32 Campus Y committees.

Whitted maintained financial records and managed the office while sharing with students her knowledge of budgeting, organizing, planning and other activities. Her award citation said students called Whitted “the heart of the Y.”

Within the University, Whitted was campus advisor to Zeta Phi Beta sorority, a member and former steering committee member of the Black Faculty-Staff Caucus and volunteered for the Carolina Testing and Orientation Program Sessions, a summer program for incoming freshmen.

UNC students recognized Whitted “as an invaluable resource and catalyst for continued growth outside the classroom” by inducting her into the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1989. Selection is based on outstanding achievement in character, loyalty and service to the University.

“It says much about her that, in the more than 20 years she has supervised work-study students, she hears every year from every single student who ever worked with her, and they hear from her,” her award citation said.

Whitted’s father, Lewis Atwater, received the Massey Award in 1981. Atwater retired in the fall of 1990 after 35 years with the University, including 22 at the Institute of Government.

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