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Brooks Award for Public Service Given to Sandler
Eugene S. Sandler (right), professor emeritus, UNC School of Dentistry, was awarded the eighth annual Ned Brooks Award for Public Service by the Carolina Center for Public Service. This is the Center's highest honor. Named for Brooks, a faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, this award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and promoted the involvement and guidance of others.
Sandler joined the faculty in September 1979 as the dental director of a new ambulatory care dental program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which continues to serve as a national model of collaborative involvement in community health services. From 1993 until his retirement, he served as director of the Extramural Programs (renamed Dentistry in Service to Communities or DISC) program and, once again, fashioned the University program into a national model. His support helped launch the ENNEAD Society of Dental Volunteers, a student initiative encouraging community service, such as free dental clinics in underserved areas.
Sandler worked with AHECs across the state to place students through DISC.