For her service and commitment to Auburn University, pathobiology professor Mary K. Boudreaux is the recipient of the 2009 Pamela Wells Sheffield Award. The award is to be presented during pre-game ceremonies Sept. 5 at Auburn’s home football game against Louisiana Tech.
The award, named in memory of 1965 graduate Pamela Wells Sheffield, recognizes women who show extraordinary service and commitment to the university and to the Auburn family.
Dr. Boudreaux received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University in 1979 and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in the field of pathology in 1986. A member of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty for 23 years, she recently directed the Veterinary Scholars Research Program, overseeing the activities of veterinary students working in research laboratories during the summer.
Boudreaux and husband Calvin Cutshaw have established an award endowment honoring former Auburn clinical pathologist Pat Teer ’59, who died in 2003, and recently began to endow an award in honor of the late Joe Spano, another clinical pathologist who served the university for many years. Boudreaux and Cutshaw also have contributed financially to several Auburn programs, including the Veterinary Scholars Research Program, the Department of Pathobiology Graduate-Student Support Fund, and a College of Engineering scholarship fund.
Dr. Boudreaux served as secretary of the University Senate in 2000, has chaired numerous campus committees, and assists in conducting student-athlete exit interviews. “Auburn University student-athletes are highly motivated, and while here they not only mature into adults, but also develop excellent time-management skills and a sense of community that will benefit them forever,” she said. “I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interact with veterinary students and student-athletes at Auburn University and to be part of the environment that is preparing the next generation of leaders and accomplished scientists.”
The Office of Alumni Affairs coordinates the selection of this Auburn Athletics and Auburn University award.