Dean Willie Reed and PVM Students Honored by Black Graduate Student Association

Dean Willie Reed accepts the Distinguished Service Award from Black Graduate Student Association President Shana Hardy.
Dean Willie Reed accepts the Distinguished Service Award from Black Graduate Student Association President Shana Hardy.

Dean Willie Reed received the 2016 Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) Distinguished Service Award at the association’s annual banquet April 9. The award honors individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to Black Higher Education within the state of Indiana.  To be considered for the award, which is presented annually, an individual must be nominated by a BGSA member.  The designated honorees have all shared a commitment to play vanguard roles in the struggle to equip tomorrow’s leaders of African descent with the requisite intellectual attainment, technological skills, humanitarian focus, and social commitment and political consciousness so that their scholarly and societal contributions can be more enlightened and enduring than that of the previous and current generations.

The award presentation was part of the 15th Annual BGSA Awards and Recognition Banquet.  Also honored were BGSA members, including several from Purdue Veterinary Medicine, who have completed or will complete the requirements for graduate or professional degrees this academic year.  The PVM students recognized were Corina Collins and Stara Robertson, of the DVM Class of 2016, and graduate student Moriah Hurt, who will complete her M.S. in Animal Welfare in August.  The BGSA is a non-profit student organization committed to the unification of its members through the facilitation of programs that strengthen the community of Black graduate and professional students across disciplines.

Additional Faculty Recognition

Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members received a variety of awards and honors during the spring semester, as detailed below:


The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions at its April meeting, including promotions for several Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members. The promotions are effective with the 2016-17 academic year.

To Associate Professor:

To Clinical Associate Professor

To Full Professor

Golden Egg Award:

Dr. Pat Wakenell, avian diagnostic pathologist with the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL), and faculty member in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, received the 2016 Golden Egg Award from the Indiana State Poultry Association in recognition of her many contributions to the Indiana Poultry Industry.

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Recognition:

Three Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumni, including PVM faculty member and Director of Student Services Jim Weisman (PU DVM ’97), have been elected to significant leadership roles in the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).  Dr. Weisman was selected to serve as the delegate from Indiana to the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Maria Cooper (PU DVM 2011) is the IVMA President-elect, and Dr. Nathan Rich (PU DVM 2006) was elected as Vice President.

PVM Faculty Recognized at Purdue Faculty Awards Convocation:

Several Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members were recognized for receiving University honors during the annual Purdue Faculty Awards Convocation April 25.  The invitation-only event highlighted a range of faculty honors given since last year's convocation, including University awards, Fellow awards, and distinguished and named professorships achieved since April 2015.

PVM faculty members were recognized at the event for receiving the following Purdue University awards and honors:

  • Clifford Kinley Trust Award – Dr. Maggie O’Haire, Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction, Department of Comparative Pathobiology.
  • University Faculty Scholars – Dr. Larry Adams, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Dr. Wendy Townsend, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; and Dr. Sherry Voytik-Harbin, Professor of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Distinguished Professor – Timothy Ratliff, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Pathobiology, and the Robert Wallace Miller Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.
  • Scholarship of Engagement Fellow – Dr. Andrew Woolcock, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

The Faculty Awards Convocation also included recognition of faculty receiving national and international awards as well as college awards.  Click here to view a full list of the awards and honors published in the printed program.  The awards are divided into the categories of Teaching, Research and Scholarship, Leadership, and Engagement, and are grouped on the basis of whether they are university, college, or national and international honors.

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