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CVM Dean Presents Impact and Years
of Service Awards

MU CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson presents a Dean’s Impact Award to admissions advisor Kathy Seay.

CVM Alumnus Dr. Tony Martin received an Impact Award for his decades of support to the College.

Dr. Ron Cott received a Dean’s Impact Award for his leadership contributions as a member of the CVM faculty.

Dr. Carolyn Henry (second from left) accepted a Dean’s Impact Award presented posthumously to her late husband Dr. Jeff Tyler by Dr. Neil C. Olson. Also pictured are two of Dr. Tyler’s children.

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson presented this year’s Dean’s Impact Awards to four individuals during a reception to recognize staff members for their years of service to the College and University held May 20. The annual Impact Awards, which were first presented in 1993, recognize individuals who have made major contributions that have had a significant positive impact on college programs.

Admissions Advisor Kathy Seay received the award given to a member of the college staff. Seay began her career at MU in 1981 becoming admissions advisor for the CVM in October 1998. In her position, Seay helps prospective veterinary students negotiate the application process, evaluates transcripts, computes academic scores, organizes interviews and assists the Admissions Committee. She also works with students in the PreVet Scholars and AgScholars programs to chart their progress and organize their activities. Olson noted that Seay is also known as a “designated mom” for many of the College’s students, dispensing chocolate, Kleenex and counsel when needed.

CVM alumnus Tony Martin, ’77, received the Dean’s Impact Award presented to an individual not employed at the College. Martin is employed as the animal health manager of MFA’s Feed Division headquartered in Columbia. Olson noted Martin’s stalwart support of the College and long history of service to the veterinary profession citing the countless hours Martin has contributed by serving on numerous committees. Martin has given his time to helping the College by assisting the Admissions Committee for seven years, the Alumni Planning Committee and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Advisory Committee, as well as several other groups.

Dr. Ron Cott received the Dean’s Impact Award presented to a faculty member.  Cott is also a CVM alumnus who joined MU after working as a private practitioner for more than 20 years. Cott was named the associate director of Development in1996. Since 2001, he has been the associate dean for Student and Alumni Affairs. In 2008, he took on the additional responsibility of serving as the director of Development. Olson commended Cott for the exceptional manner in which he fills both positions and the helpful, supportive and caring reputation he as among the veterinary students. Cott also organizes and develops numerous activities, most notably the Veterinary Enrichment and Teambuilding program that serves as an orientation for new students. Cott has also had a positive impact on the College’s reputation through his work on the state and national level in organized veterinary medicine. For example, he has served in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates representing the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Olson broke with tradition during this year’s awards and presented two Impact Awards to faculty members. Olson presented an award posthumously to Dr. Jeff Tyler, who died unexpectedly last spring. In announcing the award, Olson noted Tyler’s professional and scholarly interests included, “Creation of an environment which fosters diversity, service to society and scholarly excellence. Integrated food supply medical education including clinical medicine, production medicine, veterinary public health and international agricultural development.” Tyler was a valuable contributor to the Food Animal section of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He championed the inclusion of the College of Veterinary Medicine in MU’s Masters of Public Health degree program.  He saw the program through its early stages to one that is nearing full accreditation and garnering national recognition. His support for diversity included founding a residency training program in food animal medicine targeted toward minority candidates.

Also recognized during the reception were staff members who received Years of Service Awards.

Dean’s Office:
Janice Seagraves, five years, Kim Bussard, 10 years, Stephanie Bossaller, 15 years, Chris Shaw, 20 years,  Donna Stearns, 20 years, Teresa Seidel, 20 years, and Greg Kelly, 25 years.

Biomedical Sciences:
Bobby Colley, 25 years, and Susan Novinger, 30 years.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory:
Abel Vega, five years, Ellen Wolfe, 10 years, Geri Hegstad, 20 years, Irene Ganjam, 20 years, Jeff Peters, 20 years,  Rose Amann, 20 years, Rankin Martin, 25 years, and Cherie Chapman, 25 years.

Veterinary Medicine and Surgery:
Jay McCallie, five years , Michael Behle, five years, Kacey Lundy, five years, Margaret Ashbaugh, five years,  Jodi Beetem, five years, Sarah Bullard, five years, Lori Freie, five years, Donna Barnett, five years, Robert Rankin, 10 years, Mary Flanders, 15 years, Karen Siegler, 15 years, Charlotte McKenney, 20 years,  Jennifer Polkow-Haight, 20 years, Deborah Tate, 20 years, Priscilla Foster, 25 years, and George Baylor, 30 years.

Veterinary Pathobiology:
Susan Caraker, five years,  Heath Berg, five years, Jennifer McMullen, five years, Susan Cushing, five years,  Janelle Lawrence, five years, Shannon Primm, 10 years, Earlene Newcomb, 20 years, Greg Purdy, 30 years, and  Jan Nicholson, 30 years.

 

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