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2001 Honors: College of Veterinary
C.W. Smith, professor emeritus of veterinary clinical medicine, was
selected by the third- and fourth-year veterinary students to receive
the Teaching Excellence Award for presenting material with enthusiasm,
dedication, clarity and creativity and for integrating subject concepts
into the framework of the curriculum. Smith retired as chief of small
animal surgery last August after working at the college for 31 years.
Service Excellence Award
William Tranquilli, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, won the
Service Excellence Award for outstanding committee work, clinical service
and continuing education. Individuals can be nominated for this award
by their departments and by regional veterinary medical associations.
Research Excellence Award
Paul S. Cooke, professor of veterinary biosciences, received the Research
Excellence Award, given in recognition of the quality and quantity of
publications, research awards and outside recognition of his work.
Chicago VetMed Association Outstanding Instructor
Members of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association who graduated
from the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in the past two years, selected
Ted Lock, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, for the associations
Outstanding Instructor Award.
Dr. Gordon and Helen Kruger All-Round Excellence
Allan Paul, professor of veterinary pathobiology and coordinator of
Continuing Education-Public Service/Extension, received the Kruger Award.
This award signifies excellence in the colleges three-fold mission
of teaching, research and service.
Shirley Seets Staff Excellence Award
Dee Bergman, administrative assistant I, veterinary medicine administration,
received the Seets Staff Excellence Award, which recognizes full- or
part-time permanent non-academic employees in the college with at least
three years of service and demonstrated excellence in overall job performance
and service. Seets retired as business manager II in 1998 after 34 years
of service with the college.
Helen and Dr. Norman Levine Award
The Helen and Dr. Norman Levine Award recognizes research productivity
and excellence among young faculty members at the college. Nicole Ehrhart,
professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received this honor.
Academic Professional Award of Excellence
Kimberly Meenen, assistant director of development, won the Academic
Professional Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding performance
and professional excellence at the college.
Kurt A. Grimm, research associate and visiting instructor, veterinary
biosciences, received the Boley Award, established in honor of Lloyd
E. Boley, former hed of the clinics and dean for students. The award
is presented to an outstanding resident studying an AVMA-recognized
specialty in the college.
Dr. Robert and Lucy Graham Award
The Graham award went to Joyce Amacher, supervisor of the Word Processing
Center (retired). Awarded annually since 1957, this honor goes to a
staff employee who has made outstanding contributions to the college.
Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence
Rex Hess, professor of veterinary biosciences, won the Pfizer Animal
Health Award for Research Excellence. It is presented to a faculty member
for research that shows promise of attaining or that has attained national
Carl J. Norden Outstanding Teacher Award
Aslam Hassan, professor of veterinary biosciences, received the Carl
J. Norden Outstanding Teacher Award. This award, presented at the end
of the spring semester, recognizes outstanding teaching ability as well
as character and leadership qualities. Pfizer Animal health sponsors
the award, which is presented annually to an exceptional faculty member
at each of the nations 27 veterinary colleges.
Resident Teaching Excellence Award
John Silbernagel, teaching associate, veterinary clinical medicine,
was honored with the colleges Resident Teaching Excellence Award.
For the first time, the college presented this award, which recognizes
teaching excellence by a resident, intern or graduate student in training
at the college for an AVMA-recognized specialty board. Candidates are
nominated by a faculty member and voted on by the colleges second-
third- and fourth-year veterinary students.
Dr. Joseph O. Alberts Award
Peiyong Zhai, veterinary biosciences graduate student, received the
Dr. Joseph O. Alberts Award. Created in memory of a former head of veterinary
pathobiology, the award is presented on the basis of faculty nominations,
an outstanding record and a research paper.
Dr. Paul B. Doby Award
William A. Meier, veterinary pathobiology graduate student, won the
Dr. Paul B. Doby Award for oustanding research on infectious disease
that is applicable to the livestock industry.