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CVM’s Ron Cott Earns Award for
Out-of-Classroom Contributions

Dr. Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of Missouri, presents Dr. Ron Cott, associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Development at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, with a 2012 Excellence in Education Award.

Ron Cott, associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Development at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, was named as one of this year’s Excellence in Education Award recipients. The University of Missouri Division of Student Affairs, in partnership with the MU Parents Leadership Council, presents the award to faculty, staff and administrators who are involved in out-of-class learning experiences with students and who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to student learning and development. These are individuals who have created innovative learning programs, served as organization advisors, mentored students, or played a role in helping student organizations realize their full potential.

Dr. Cott, MU CVM ’73, was recognized in particular for his efforts working with two programs at the College.

The Veterinary Enrichment Team Building Program, also known as VET, is an orientation program, which Cott initiated for the College. VET involves bringing incoming first-year veterinary students together for several days prior to the start of classes. During an intense three days of fun and educational activities the students learn about communication styles – their own , their classmates and their future clients – and develop skills, such as conflict resolution and teambuilding. They also have an opportunity to get to know their fellow classmates as well as faculty and staff at the College.

Cott was also commended for his contribution accompanying a group of veterinary students to South Africa so they could earn preceptorship hours while gaining experience in the care of exotic animals. For the past two years, the recipient has traveled with students to a game preserve where they spent several weeks assisting the game preserve staff veterinarian in providing medical care to a variety of wild animals. Among their experiences was spaying a full-grown female lion in the back of a pick-up truck. Cott will escort another group of students to the preserve in July.

Cott was one of 10 members of the MU faculty and staff to receive a 2012 Excellence in Education Award. Students and colleagues nominated a total of seven members of the CVM faculty this year. Other CVM nominees were: Frank Booth, professor in the Biomedical Sciences department; Craig Franklin, professor in the Veterinary Pathobiology department; Rebecca Johnson, associate professor in the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery department; Marie Kerl, associate teaching professor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery; Shannon Reed, assistant teaching professor, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery; and Kimberly Selting, associate teaching professor, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.

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Last Update: February 29, 2012