3rd Annual Staff Recognition Awards Presented

The College of Veterinary Medicine presented the third annual Staff and Administration Recognition Awards ceremony on August 3 in Greene Hall.

The program’s purpose is to formally recognize outstanding performance and accomplishment by college staff employees, as well as to recognize longevity. Five staff awards, the Dean’s Award, the Czerkawski Award, and awards for longevity were given. 2010-2011 Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, including Bill Lacy, an Auburn University Employee of the Year, were also recognized.

Dr. Charles Hendrix, chair of the 2011 Staff Recognition Awards Committee, and Teri Dunaway, committee member, served as emcees for the event.

Glenn Horne

Clinical Sciences/Anesthesia 
Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award

GLENN HORNE is the second recipient of the Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award. The award was created in 2009 and presented posthumously to Debbie Czerkawski who was an integral part of the clinical pathology lab and the college for eight years. The award is to reflect spirit, enthusiasm, and character.

Glenn Horne served as the entire small animal anesthesia service from 1992 until the college hired anesthesiologist Dr. Jacob Johnson in 2007 and additional anesthesia techs. From fall 2009 to today, Horne, in addition to his role as chief anesthesia tech, fills the full time job of supervisor of surgical services. Since August 2010 Horne has acted as head of small animal anesthesia while Dr. Johnson serves in Afghanistan, therefore working three positions.

“Being the entire anesthesia staff for 15 years is ‘over and above’ in my opinion,” said Dr. Ron Montgomery who presented Horne with the special award. “Glenn assuming the additional responsibility of a full time supervisor surgical services position and filling the anesthesiologist’s leadership role is remarkable. That these areas are functioning better than ever is extraordinary.”

“Glenn is a technician and a teacher,” said Dr. Ralph Henderson. “He knows his field, he advances his field, and he brings others along with him by giving positive reinforcement and instruction. I have spent many hours listening to him advise anesthesia situations to concerned techs and students. He is always calm and smooth. He empowers.”

Regarding altruism, “Glen sacrifices himself for the rest of us. He truly cares for the department,” said Dr. Henderson. “He keeps a light heart and chuckle. He spreads them around liberally and he lifts us up on heavy days.

“Most of all we all call Glenn a ‘Good Friend’ and what better description of the winner of the Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award.”

Kaye Storey

Staff Recognition Award

KAYE STOREY is coordinator of admissions/student services in the Office of Academic Affairs. Her performance skills in efficiency, productivity, client services, management, organization, and communication are the reasons why she is recognized.

Dr. Juming Zhong, an associate professor in Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology (APP) presented Storey with her award. For the past two years he has served on the college’s Admissions/Standards Committee and has worked with her. “I am so impressed by her outstanding performance for the admissions process,” said Dr. Zhong. “As an admissions coordinator, she takes care of all the application documents for more than 800 candidates each year. She also keeps communications with each candidate and arranges interview schedules for more than 300 candidates.”

“She is tireless in her work during the interviews,” said APP Associate Professor Dr. Tim Braden. “I have seen many days in which the interview process lasted until 7 or 8 p.m., but Kaye was still working with the students and their families as hard as she was at the beginning of the day. I believe even the students who do not receive admission offers have a warm feeling in their hearts because of Kaye and her efforts on their behalf. She is truly an ambassador for the College of Veterinary Medicine.”

Mandy McCracken, president of the class of 2014, also nominated Storey. When McCracken applied to Auburn a friend said she could rely on Storey for anything. “He explained his class referred to her as ‘Mama Kaye’ because she took care of anything they needed. With so many people being so far from home and many for the first time, it is comforting to know there is somebody you can go to when you need something,” said McCracken.

It is Storey’s passion for helping students that makes her a great asset to Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Donna Shiver

Staff Recognition Award

A medical lab technologist, DONNA SHIVER is a member of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory. Shiver is responsible for performing all laboratory tests, maintenance of specific lab instruments, maintenance and interpretation of control data and issues, and entering data into the teaching hospital’s management system (UVIS). Shiver is noted as having exceptionally high standards for performance of all her responsibilities. “She has a ‘sixth sense’ as to the flow of work through the lab and where she is most capable of being helpfully productive,” said Dr. Elizabeth Welles, director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and who presented the award to Shiver.

It is Shiver’s sunny and cheerful attitude that makes the lab environment a positive one. “She makes the lab a friendly family-affair place to work by bringing home-cooked food and small presents for everyone at holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Welles. “She is a good listener and offers commonsense and concrete advice in the resolution of laboratory and personal issues alike.

“Donna’s greatest attribute is she is a ‘people person’. Here at the college there is a constant parade of animals in need of adoption owing to one unfortunate issue or another, and faculty, staff, and students are always stepping up to do their part to provide love and care for these needy animals. Well, Donna adopts people. She can meet and converse a short while with a person and almost instantaneously determine the level of need in that person. She takes the individuals under her wing and guides, advises, and in general is there for them as needed. She is giving of time, food, social interaction, transportation, and above all, concern for the basic well-being of her ‘adopted people.’ This world would be far more peaceful and joyful if everyone emulated Donna.”

Sue Schoonhoven

Staff Recognition Award

For 20 years, SUE SCHOONHOVEN has been an exceptionally reliable, competent, and collegial member of the office staff in the Department of Pathobiology. As an office administrative associate, she coordinates purchasing, accounting, and travel requests. “There are seldom any situations that Sue cannot handle with confidence and ease,” said Acting Dean Calvin Johnson who presented Schoonhoven with the recognition award. “In my experience in working with Sue to develop custom budget reports, sole source justifications for purchasing, and day-to-day updates of research account activity, she has always strived to meet my requests in the most timely and efficient way possible – and the results have been excellent. She has a pleasant and friendly demeanor that instills a strong sense of confidence in her work.”

Schoonhoven’s work supports approximately $1.5 million in extramurally funded research expenditures and over 75 travel requests per year.

Dr. Bernhard Kaltenboeck joined Auburn’s faculty in 1994. “Over the years, I have come to deeply appreciate Mrs. Schoonhoven’s quiet ‘no drama’, but extremely reliable, way of handling critical issues,” he says. “Her accurate execution of tasks is very important for faculty and Mrs. Schoonhoven has countless times salvaged my own incomplete requests so they could be filed in a timely manner. Her reliability is combined with a very pleasant, always friendly demeanor that makes one comfortable asking even for the ‘impossible,’ which she frequently delivers.”

Schoonhoven is responsible for finances for many of the research programs in Pathobiology. “She quietly works behind the scenes,” said Dr. Vicky Van Santen. “Her reliability and helpful attitude are essential for smooth day-to-day operation of our research programs, contributing to our productivity, and overall sense of satisfaction.”

Schoonhoven also received a longevity award recognizing 20 years of service to Auburn University.

Karen Wolfe

Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology 
Staff Recognition Award

A dedicated staff member for more than 25 years, KAREN WOLFE’s excellent performance in the technically difficult area of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is truly impressive, states Dr. Ed Morrison, head of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology and who nominated Wolfe for the staff award. Providing quality TEM observations is challenging, time consuming, and requires a great deal of accuracy and patience. “Karen readily gives of her time and efforts to produce the highest quality science for the PI. That is and has been her ultimate effort,” said Dr. Morrison.

Recently Wolfe was asked to increase her role at the college by taking responsibility for the TEM facility. “She recognized the importance of this resource to the research, teaching, service/outreach, and faculty recruitment mission. As a consequence, the service has maintained significant contributions to many investigators,” Dr. Morrison said.

Wolfe has also played a significant role as teacher and mentor. New graduate students, staff, and faculty have benefitted greatly by Wolfe’s patience and expertise in the field of electron microscopy and molecular science. She earned her master’s degree while working full time and attended several workshops returning with new procedures to enhance and improve research quality and productivity.

Wolfe has earned the respect of the faculty and administration for efforts that go far and beyond the call of duty. If a grant deadline is approaching, she gives willingly of her time, energy, and expertise to enhance the PI’s effort. “Karen has always put the department and the college first and foremost in producing the highest quality research,” said Dr. Morrison. “Her efforts are a significant contribution to the high quality research produced by our faculty. Karen has been a ‘team player’ since I have known her for more than 20 years, and she clearly continues this posture.”

Kimberly Hand Bryan

Clinical Sciences/Radiology 
Staff Recognition Award

KIMBERLY HAND BRYAN, a diagnostic imaging technologist, joined the radiology section eight years ago. “Kim is a registered radiologic technologist who performs diagnostic radiography, CT scans, and MR imaging studies. She continually seeks to improve her skills. She is registered both as a diagnostic radiologic technologist and a mammographer,” said Betty Files, chief radiologic technologist and a 2010 staff recognition award winner who nominated Bryan. “Continuing education is required by our registry, but we are not allowed to use veterinary C.E. to fulfill this requirement, so Kim keeps up with her C.E. by attending ‘human’ conferences and uses directed readings and subsequent testing to fulfill her commitment to her profession.”

Bryan leads radiology orientations at almost every rotation change. During each clinical rotation, she uses patient exams to teach students and she handles animals with tenderness and compassion. “She is generally available to any radiologist or resident who seeks her advice, even after hours,” said Files. “I consider her my right hand.”

A 2010 Spirit of Excellence Award winner, Bryan is also active in community service participating in events such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

In nominating Bryan, Clinical Pathology Resident Dr. Emily Graff wrote:

In 2010 Kim inspired me to run a half marathon with her. We wanted to set a goal and accomplish it together. We trained together and met in the mornings at 5 a.m. to run. Kim motivated me to stay on track with my training even though it was tough. Knowing Kim would be there inspired me to get up and go! When the time came to run the half marathon, Kim was unable to join me. I know how much she wanted to be there and how frustrated she was at circumstance beyond her control…I know that without Kim’s support (and 5 a.m. wake-up calls!), I would not have made it. I thought of her the entire 13.1 miles. I still think of her every time I think of someone who is dedicated, giving, hard-working, compassionate, and kind.

Colleen Daly

Graduate student, Health and Human Performance 
Dean’s Award

COLLEEN DALY, a graduate student in Health and Human Performance in the Department of Kinesiology and the primary instructor for the college’s faculty-staff fitness program, is the recipient of the Dean’s Award. This award recognizes individuals who are not full-time employees of the College of Veterinary Medicine or Auburn University, yet provide exemplary service to the college.

“Colleen is a shining example of an Auburn employee, who while not directly employed by the College of Veterinary Medicine, helps make the college a better, more enjoyable, place to work,” said Dr. Bruce Smith.

The fitness program began in January 2009 and Daly has been involved since the beginning. “She faithfully comes to our campus up to 12 times a week to lead various exercise classes for our faculty and staff, three mornings at 6:30 a.m., every day at noon, and four days a week at 5 p.m. Colleen is very dedicated to this responsibility,” said Dr. Vicky Van Santen.

“Colleen has balanced various fitness levels, physical strengths, orthopedic issues, and medical problems within the same class. She has challenged me to levels I never thought I could go, making me believe in myself,” said Natalie Royer.

Adds Dr. Smith, “Colleen has a wonderful, cheerful attitude, combined with just the right amount of ‘toughness’ to inspire people to put out a little more effort than they are comfortable with, and thus make progress. She is welcoming to beginners and motivating to those who have been in the program. She makes it a point to get to know the people in the program, not just in terms of their exercise needs and wants, but also who they are and what they do. In the process, she has become an integral part of the CVM Family.”

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