Outstanding PVM Staff Honored at Annual Awards Program
July 21, 2017
Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony for 2017 featured awards and recognition for a total of 20 staff members. Held in Lynn 1136 Wednesday, June 28, the program began with the presentation of the Outstanding Staff Award, which has been given since 1988, when the award was initiated with a gift from the late PVM alumnus Carl Osborne (PU DVM '64) and his wife Lynn. The Outstanding Staff Award recognizes excellent performance by the College of Veterinary Medicine's non–faculty, full–time employees.
This year, two Outstanding Staff Awards were presented by Dean Willie Reed. The first was given to Dennis Barnett, systems engineer in the Department of Veterinary Administration. Dean Reed praised Dennis for providing outstanding customer service and meeting the IT needs of PVM faculty and staff members. Dean Reed also read letters of support that commended Dennis for having "...the rare ability to translate technical information and communicate it in a way that less–technically proficient faculty and staff can understand..." Dennis also was recognized for his problem solving skills, his willingness to volunteer, and his dedication to getting the job done with a good attitude and a smile.
Dean Reed then presented the next Outstanding Staff Award to Dr. Kauline Cipriani, director of the PVM Office for Diversity and Inclusion, congratulating her and thanking her for all she has done for the College and the profession. "You not only have accomplished much through your work with our faculty, staff and students, and through establishing successful new programs... you also have made a measurable impact on diversity and inclusion within our College and nationally in the veterinary medical profession," Dean Reed said. He also read from letters of support, which praised Dr. Cipriani for being welcoming; for truly caring about making Purdue a diverse place for students, faculty and staff; and for being "...passionate about developing and delivering diversity and inclusion programs which support faculty, staff and students."
Next, Dean Reed presented the 2017 PVM Outstanding Research Staff Award to Donna Griffey, RVT, veterinary research technologist in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The award is for a non–faculty research staff–member. Donna was recognized for making outstanding contributions to Purdue Veterinary Medicine equine research while also using her expertise and abilities to provide excellent support for the College's teaching and service missions through her work in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and the Large Animal Hospital. In particular, she was commended for contributing to the success of a large number of research projects, especially equine studies in which she conducted treadmill tests on 475 horses and helped perform more than 1,000 lung function tests since PVM's Equine Sports Medicine Center opened in 1996.
The awards ceremony continued with the presentation of certificates to staff members who completed the Online Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. The program was developed in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges through PVM's Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.
"Diversity and inclusion are key components of our College's values and culture," Dean Reed said. "We are proud of these individuals for their dedication in promoting a collegial work and learning environment enhanced by diversity." To successfully finish the online certificate program, the participants completed a series of online modules; gained life experiences through volunteer community service and activities such as attending cultural events and lectures in the community or national or regional meetings focused on diversity and inclusion; and reflected on their experiences. They also submitted a capstone paper on how they will use the information gained in this program to strengthen diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.
Congratulations to the following staff–members who received the certificates of completion: Lauren Bruce, VTH / ADDL marketing and communications manager, Department of Veterinary Administration; Kathleen Burke, teaching technologist, Department of Comparative Pathobiology; Juan Zamora–Moran, secretary for the Office of International Programs, Department of Veterinary Administration; and Amanda Weaver, health information technician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The award ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Bravo Awards, which recognize substantial accomplishments achieved by employees that extend well beyond regular work responsibilities. These awards are for concrete or measurable goal achievement or contribution, for which the employee receives no other honor, award or compensation. Award winners may be recognized in any of four categories: Moving the University Forward; Innovation and Creativity; Operational Excellence; and Fiscal Stewardship. Congratulations to the following recipients:
Adrianne Fisch — for exemplary contributions to operational excellence as the program manager in the College's Office of Engagement;
Jan Goetz — for accomplishments in operational excellence as account clerk in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences;
Crystal Hagan — for operational excellence in her role as veterinary technologist for the Bovine Ambulatory Service;
Lexie Hayenga — for exceptional dedication and operational excellence in Lifelong Learning; in the Department of Veterinary Administration;
Bill Kielhorn — for his accomplishments in operational excellence as technical support analyst in the Department of Veterinary Administration;
Jason Lee — for operational excellence and fiscal stewardship as database administrator and system programmer in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital;
Jesse Mabbitt — for operational excellence in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences where she serves as the graduate and international programs coordinator;
Nicholas O'Neill — for operational excellence in his role as technical support analyst in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital;
Gloria Powell — for operational excellence in her role as administrative assistant and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences;
Gabrielle Shafer — for operational excellence in her role as histology technician for the Center for Comparative Translational Research in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology;
Cassandra Simmons — for operational excellence in her role as small animal surgery technologist in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital;
Marisol Uribe — for operational excellence in her role as administrative assistant in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion;
Steve Vollmer — for innovation and creativity, operational excellence and fiscal stewardship in his role as computer systems manager in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients! Photos of the award recipients were taken by professional photographer Ed Lausch.
Writer: Kevin Doerr, firstname.lastname@example.org
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