Auburn, Alabama —
Staff and administrative employees were recently recognized by Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for their dedicated work and support of the college.
Six Auburn University employees were honored – three receiving Staff Recognition Awards, one each receiving the Dean’s Award, the Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award and the Regina Rodriguez Williams Award.
Recognizing that faculty and administrative employees are vital to the college’s success in educating students, animal health care and research initiatives, the College of Veterinary Medicine created an employee committee to thank employees who consistently and consciously go beyond their normal work activities in support of the college.
The program also recognized employee’s longevity service to Auburn and the university’s Spirit of Excellence Award winner from the college.
Staff Recognition Awards
The Staff Recognition Awards were given to:
The 2014 Dean’s Award was giving to Diana Turner, senior development officer in the Office of Development, assigned to work on behalf of the CVM. The Dean’s Award is given to a non-CVM employee who performs duties for the college.
Turner, who has worked with the CVM for more than 20 years, “has become an established part of our college's veterinary family,” the nominator wrote. “She is constantly working for our college and as a result, Diana has established excellent working relationships and interactions with many of our college's alumni.”
The Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award
Shelly Aono, a research associate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, received the Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award, given to honor a staff or administrative College of Veterinary Medicine employee whose contributions reflect the character, virtue and attributes of Czerkawski, who passed away in 2009.
Aono is recognized by CVM faculty and staff as a “go-to person for molecular and histo-techniques,” her nominator wrote. “These services provide an integral basis for the success and productivity of several research laboratories. Shelly is truly an exception that has provided a wealth of assistance and expertise to all who request. She has an impressive work ethic and maintains the highest professional standards. “
Regina Rodriguez Williams Award
Terry Fischer, chief canine instructor in the CVM's Canine Performance Sciences, for four years, was selected for the Regina Rodriguez Williams Award, a new award for the CVM to honor the late Williams.
While Fischer’s duties include supervising the training of canines for a wide variety of projects and purposes -- detection of explosives, biological substances, narcotics, microbes, and some items which are officially classified secret -- he has the parallel and equally important responsibility to supervise, train, monitor, mentor, and continually develop a cadre of junior-level canine handlers, trainers, and volunteers. “Without exception, every CPS project depends on Mr. Fischer's active participation and management,” the nominator wrote.