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Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 


Since 1997 the Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards have recognized staff members who have excelled in the performance of their duties as well as promoted team work and inspired excellence in others. Staff are nominated by their department and selected by an advisory committee. Awards are presented at the annual College of Veterinary Medicine back-to-school picnic and BBQ.


Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2004

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Charlie Powell

Charlie Powell
Senior Communications Manager
Veterinary Development and External Relations (VDER) office

"For the past 15 or so years, Charlie has performed the work of many. He remains steadfast in his personal crusade to tell the story of the hard-working people within the College of Veterinary Medicine to as many people as possible. ...it is his resourceful imagination that constantly affects the work he does, and the work of others around him. He is constantly coming up with innovative ways to come up with solutions or easier ways to accomplish a task."

Jan Luft

Jan Luft
Herds Manager

"She is one of the most efficient staff members on my team. Jan is always up to any challenge that comes her way. Jan is the first one to volunteer. She has great rapport with all of her co-workers, research staff and faculty and is effective in her communications. She has good team building skills and works hard to keep our team going in the right direction. She is very approachable, always having a smile and a laugh. She is very perceptive and sensitive to the feelings of others and is very professional in her attitudes and demeanor."

Richard Brown

Richard Brown
Lab Technician
Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

"Richard appears to be a mainstay in the sleep research group. He is a genuine inspiration to all he works with. He is patient and kind with co-workers and meticulous in his own performance. If ever there was a team builder Richard fits the bill to a "T". He is always building self-esteem and camaraderie among his co-workers in his lab and in the entire department. He is flexible and easy-going even on the worst of days or when his work load is especially heavy."

Kurt Westensee

Kurt Westensee
Technical Systems, Veterinary Information Systems

"Kurt exhibits a great attitude and commitment to his work and often works outside his normal job duties doing whatever it takes to get the job done and done right. His willingness to take on additional responsibilities has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the College. His leadership, organizational, and communication skills are major assets to the College and our customers."

John Vander Schalie

John Vander Schalie
Associate in Research

"John puts his competitive spirit into his work. He competes against himself to be as efficient as possible in completing tests to ensure the fastest turn around time for clients, while still maintaining accuracy." "When the workload is heavy... he maintains a positive attitude, sets priorities, and tackles the workload with an attitude of 'we'll do the best we can'. He is not afraid or unwilling to admit to his mistakes, modeling the highest ethical behavior. "John treats everyone with the same friendly manner.. He is always willing to teach others..."





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