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September 30, 2011




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Veterinary College Honors Staff for 2011 Excellence Award

URBANA - Faculty, staff and graduate students of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in Illinois, were honored for service excellence and length of service in a ceremony held September 29.

Thirteen people received awards for excellence in various categories. The awards and winners were:

* Yan Sun, a graduate student in the Department of Pathobiology, received the Edward W. and Lois G. Voss All-Round Excellence Award for Graduate Students for a graduate student conducting research in pursuit of a master's or PhD degree in immunology, molecular biology, or biochemistry in the College's Department of Pathobiology.

* Dr. Patrick Roady, a resident in the Department of Pathobiology, received the Dr. Walter E. Hoffmann & Dr. Ann L. Johnson Resident Teaching Excellence Award, presented to an outstanding graduate student or resident in training for an AVMA- recognized specialty board.

* Dr. Brent Wallig, a resident in the Department of Pathobiology, received the Dr. Ted and Mrs. Carroll Valli Award for an outstanding Ph.D. candidate already holding a DVM.

* Dr. Thomas Graves, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger All-Around Excellence Award in recognition of faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

* Dr. Levent Dirikolu, an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences, received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, presented to a current faculty member conducting research that shows promise of attaining or has attained national recognition.

* Dr. Sidonie Lavergne, an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of an instructor who presents material with enthusiasm, dedication, clarity, and creativity.

* Dr. Clifford Shipley, clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and interim assistant director of the Agricultural Animal Care & Use Program, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Service Excellence Award for outstanding committee work, clinical service and continuing education.

* Dr. Anne Barger, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology, Dr. Levent Dirikolu, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences, and, Dr. Robert O'Brien, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, were the first recipients of the Dr. Erwin Small Teaching Excellence Awards in Veterinary Medicine. Recipients of the Dr. Erwin Small Teaching Excellence are selected by third- and fourth-year veterinary students annually for their excellence in teaching.

* Lisa Shipp, a senior veterinary research specialist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, received the Terry and Judy Rathgeber Academic Professional Excellence Award for outstanding performance by an academic professional staff member.

* Dee Bergman, an administrative assistant in the Dean's Office, received the Robert and Lucy Graham Staff Excellence Award for a staff employee who has made significant contributions to the College. This was Ms. Bergman's second time receiving this award.

* Judy Sims, an office manager in the Office of Public Engagement, received the Shirley A. Seets Staff Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence in job performance and service.