College of Veterinary Medicine

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Other Distinguished Staff Awards


Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Awards Betsy Wheeler with the 2012 WSVMA Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award 

Betsy WheelerThe 2012 Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award went to Betsy Wheeler, a long-time technician in the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the oncology section.  Nominated by Dr. Janean Fidel, she says Betsy, “…has the single best work ethic in the VTH,” a tribute to her professionalism.







Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Awards Mr. Doug Blake with the 2010 WSVMA Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award

Doug BlakeMr. Blake is the lead PSR at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) Reception desk and manages, under the supervision of Dr. Harmon Rogers, the Veterinary Business area and reception desks that interface with the public by phone and in... person. Mr. Blake supervises staff, conducts continued training of his staff and strives to see that clients and patients referred to WSU's VTH receive the best possible care and communication possible. With a staff of over 100 in the VTH, 45 faculty and 26 interns and residents, there are a great number of pressures and needs with which Doug must interface on a daily basis. The range of expectations from the Faculty to the State of Washington to most importantly, the students, clients and referring veterinarians is broad and considerable. Mr. Blake labors away with a positive attitude and is committed to continuous improvement in our service. Mr. Blake works with a great deal of pride and principle to make the program work more effectively, day in and day out.


Becky Morton, Department Administrative Manager, IPN Receives the Dean's Team Player Award which is Given to an individual who has worked tirelessly to help colleagues to become more productive.






Rachel Jensen Receives the Dr. Gordon H. Keown Award for outstanding performance and dedication as a staff member of the Equine Division.

Jeanne Jensen Receives the Sponsored Programs Administration Service Award.


Heather Cochran is the September 2009 Crimson Spirit Award winner.

Barb Robbins Earns the Extra Miles Award posted May 4, 2009

The DEAN'S EXTRA MILE AWARD is "given to an individual who has gone the 'extra mile' for their college, and colleagues, on many occasions."  I chose one of our long-time staff members in Student Services to receive this award this year.  Barb Robbins has been going the extra mile for students, staff, and faculty since I was a veterinary student.  For those of us around the college the last 3+ decades, it seems like there has never been a time that Barb wasn't helping us all succeed.




Lauri Kramer, Fiscal Specialist II for IPN, was honored at the WSU Sponsored Program Administrators March 18 (2009) one-day conference with the Grants and Contracts Contribution Award. Details



Rebecca Morton has been named one of five recipients of the annual President’s Employee Excellence Awards. The awards recognize civil service and administrative professional staff for outstanding contributions regarding productivity of the unit; innovative problem solving; positive working relations; and community service.

Morton is described as the genuine “go-to” person in IPN. She is commended by faculty for anticipating needs and solving problems before they even arise.
Her coordination of people and projects and ability to bring her team on board testify to her exceptional relations with co-workers. Her interest in students extends to her hosting international students in her home during the holidays. She gives time and commitment to areas outside the office, including WSU’s Work-Life Committee and the Commission on the Status of Women.


Mike Malcolm Earns the Extra Miles Award posted May 28, 2008

The Dean’s Extra Miles Award is given to an individual who has gone the "extra miles" for their college, and colleagues on many occasions.

The award was presented at the Celebration of Excellence on May 16, 2008.




Sandi Brabb honored with Administrative Professional Contribution Award

Sandra (Sandi) Brabb, Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program was selected from 11 nominees to receive The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC)'s Administrative Professional Contribution Award at a reception Thursday, May 8, 2008 .  This award recognizes WSU administrative professional (AP) individuals who have contributed beyond their expected or required performance in their area/unit, for the university and the community by making a unique difference and/or their efforts have had a far reaching impact.

A second award went to Joanne Greene, Associate Director for Programs, University Recreation nominated by Brad Stewart. 

The APAC also recognized the other AP nominees and nominators for their outstanding efforts and service.  They were John Brabb, Crop and Soil Sciences nominated by Bill Pan; Mark Brownell, College of Sciences nominated by Mary Sanchez-Lanier; Rosanne Chandler, School of Music nominated by Gerald Berthiaume, Charles Argersinger and Greg Yasinitsky; John Haugen, Creamery nominated by David Dean; Joe Jacobs, Health and Wellness Services nominated by Donna Hash; Laura Lahne, Center for Civic Engagement nominated by Dan Allbery and Kristin Sergeant; Rebecca (Becky) Morton, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience nominated by Bryan Slinker; Debi Robinson-Smith, Women’s Resource Center nominated by Kintisha Williams and Joan Opyr; and Barbara Smith, Department of Entomology nominated by Richard Zack.

Becky Morton named “Mentor of the Year" for AP staff - April 2008

Congratulations to IPN's Financial Manager, Becky Morton, who was named “Mentor of the Year" for AP staff during the Women and Leadership Forum April 2.  Becky was nominated by office staff Lauri Kramer and Laura Kinslow.  IPN members Barbara Sorg, Sandra Brabb, and Pam Colbert were nominated for the same award and were also honored at the forum.  The awards began in 2005 in conjunction with the 10th Annual Women & Leadership Forum sponsored by the Women & Leadership Alliance.  More than 65 nominations were received, with all nominees being recognized at the Forum and in the Outstanding Mentors Stories booklet provided to all attendees.


Sandra (Sandi) Brabb, Assistant Director for the Neuroscience Undergraduate Program, was honored in March 2007 for her service to WSU by receiving one of the annually awarded President's Employee Excellence Awards.  The award was presented at a special ceremony, where Sandi was also given an honorarium for her service to WSU.
Sandi has been a staff member at IPN since April of 1992, when she began as an assistant to the chair.  She has served on many search and other committees, served as Chair of the Staff Senate, and has also been instrumental in women's and other important issues on the WSU campus.

Recently named Assistant Director for the undergraduate Neuroscience program in the Department of IPN, Sandi has worked diligently to build the program and keep it in the limelight through her efforts at marketing the Neuroscience Program, advising undergraduates, Kids' Judge and other outreach programs, plus planning and implementing numerous activities that have helped to build and advertise this successful program.  Sandi spends hours traveling for recruiting, advising, and making presentations to students and prospective students in this program.

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Teri Olson receives the Dr. Gordon H. Keown Award  posted August 2007

This award recognizes the outstanding performance and dedication by a staff member of the Equine Division in providing exemplary care to patients and in supporting the efforts of the clinical faculty to this end. Teri is a Scientific Instructional Technician and Equine Surgery and Equine Dental Technician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.


  Colleen Engel

Recognized for providing live-saving first aid measures to a choking victim




Mike Malcolm and Pam Robertson Receive Safety Awards - August 2005

At the university-wide annual safety conference on August 11, 2005, two members of the College of Veterinary Medicine received the top two individual awards and the CVM safety committee received the highest category of safety committee award.

Mike Malcolm received the Environmental Health and Safety Leadership Award for his outstanding efforts in safety, security, emergency planning and response, and environmental activities.

Pam Robertson from WADDL received the Certificate of Appreciation Award for her outstanding safety work and the enthusiasm she demonstrates for the safety and welfare of your college and its staff.

The CVM Safety Committee was selected to be recognized as a committee that excelled in achieving or making significant progress toward the goals of maintaining and enhancing a safe and healthful workplace at Washington State University.

The VCS, WADDL and VMP safety committees received silver awards for excellent performance throughout the year.




The College of Veterinary Medicine benefits from the efforts of 40 volunteers who work in various jobs. The efforts of these volunteers are much appreciated.


Ms. Shirley Sandoval receives the 2004 Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award from the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) posted October 2004

Ms. Shirley Sandoval was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in recognition of her distinguished support to the veterinary profession  The award was presented at the association’s annual conference in Yakima.

Paul  Johnson is awarded the Science Libraries' Service Award May 1, 2002
On Monday, April 29th the 2nd WSU Science Libraries’ Service Award was awarded to Paul L. Johnson (PJ), Instructional Laboratory Supervisor for the Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology Department, during a ceremony at 4pm in the Veterinary Anatomy Museum, 270 Wegner Hall.

Since 1987 Johnson has worked closely with Libraries’ faculty and staff in salvaging numerous water-damaged books and journals from WSU Libraries using a freeze-drying process.
The Science Libraries Service Award is awarded to a WSU faculty or staff member who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to the Science Libraries.

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