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Chris Grugel honored for enhancing Carthage’s quality of life

  • Chris Grugel
June 16, 2021

Carthage congratulates Chris Grugel, whom the Quality of Life Committee has named 2021 Person of the Year.

As an instructional technology librarian, Mr. Grugel connects students and faculty with research and technology resources. He also oversees the College’s learning management (Schoology) and digital imaging (Onbase) systems and coordinates the library liaisons to various academic departments.

“Chris has been a calm, trouble-shooting presence for all of our technology needs, which has been particularly important during remote and hybrid learning,” said Professor Angela Dassow, chair of the selection committee. “This year would have been significantly more difficult without being able to rely on Chris.”

Nominations from faculty, staff, and students are invited each spring. The Person of the Year Award honors faculty and staff members who have:

  • significantly enhanced the quality of life for their fellow Carthage community members
  • brought the Carthage community together for a common purpose
  • introduced or highlighted an aspect of our community life that might have otherwise been overlooked
  • underscored for many what is best about being a part of the Carthage community

Mr. Grugel previously received the inaugural Distinguished Staff Award in 2014.

“Chris typifies what it is to be a Carthaginian, a librarian, and a caring person. I can’t imagine anyone caring more about the success of our students and the effectiveness and efficiency of faculty and staff,” says Carol Sabbar ’82, director of library and instructional technology services. “Chris is ‘pathologically helpful,’ always looking for the best solution that will make everyone’s life easier.”

In addition to his library roles, Mr. Grugel manages the Snap-on ACE Climbing Wall in the TARC. He has served on the Staff Council and many College-wide committees, including those overseeing COVID-19 response and Title IX.

“Chris is one of the most talented, enthusiastic, and modest colleagues with whom I have worked,” says Professor Dennis Munk, former director of the Teaching Commons. “While he is known for the guidance he provides us all, it is his ability to observe and listen that allows him to understand every challenge and provide just what is needed.”