Other Distinguished Staff Awards
Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Awards Betsy
Wheeler with the 2012 WSVMA Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award
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
Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Awards Mr. Doug
Blake with the 2010 WSVMA Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award
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.
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.
Receives the Dr. Gordon H. Keown Award for
outstanding performance and dedication as a staff member of the Equine
Receives the Sponsored Programs
Administration Service Award.
Heather Cochran is the September 2009 Crimson Spirit Award
Barb Robbins Earns the Extra Miles Award posted May 4,
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
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
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
Earns the Extra Miles Award posted May 28,
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
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 -
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.
(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.
For information on the WSU President's award, please go to:
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.
Recognized for providing
live-saving first aid measures to a choking victim
Mike Malcolm and Pam Robertson Receive Safety Awards - August 2005
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
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.
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.
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
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.