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College of Veterinary Medicine Holds 6th Annual Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698,

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:

  • Crisanta Cruz-Espindola, an analytical chemist in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, has worked at the CVM for eight years. Cruz-Espindola was noted for her problem solving skills, innovation and, above, persistence and patience. “The equipment used in her position is expensive, complex, and integrated among different systems that must all talk to one another,” the nominator wrote. “Crisanta must be a software technician and programmer, an electrician and a plumber. She has a great sense of humor and a gentle, calming demeanor that lightens the load of even the most hectic of days.”
  • Karen Galik, an administrative support associate in Canine Detection Sciences, has been at the CVM for 11 years. “Karen's qualities are particularly worthy of recognition because they not only focus on competence, dedication and intelligence, but because she also excels in people qualities such as excellent interpersonal skills, positive rapport with all levels of staff and an exemplary attitude,” her nominator wrote.
  • Jeanie Roberts, an ultrasound coordinator in the Radiology Service, has worked at the CVM for 12 years. Roberts works with three radiologists, knowing each of their person protocols. “Some of her duties include proper shaving of an animal prior to an exam as well as assistance in needle biopsies and aspirations,” the nominator wrote. “She is in charge of scheduling clinic cases and ultrasound classes for the underclassmen all the while making sure the classes do not coincide with lecture times. Jeanie is known for going out of her way to track down cases.”

Dean’s Award

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.

  1. Crisanta Cruz-Espinsola, Dr. Dawn Boothe and Dean Calvin Johnson

  2. Karen Galik, Dr. Jim Floyd and Dean Calvin Johnson

  3. Dean Calvin Johnson, Jeanie Roberts and Kim Bryan

  4. Diana Turner and Dean Calvin Johnson

  5. Dr. Ed Morrison, Shelly Aono and Dean Calvin Johnson

  6. Terry Fischer and Dr. Jim Floyd

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