Three Faculty Honored at
PVM Awards Celebration
The annual Purdue Veterinary Medicine Awards Celebration,
held September 10 as part of the PVM Fall Conference, included
the presentation of three awards for outstanding faculty members.
The Veterinary Technology Outstanding Teaching Award,
sponsored by Elanco, was presented to Dr. Pete Bill (PU DVM
’80), assistant dean for academic affairs, teaching and learning,
and professor of veterinary pharmacology. The award is for an
instructor in the clinical portion of the Veterinary Technology
Associate of Applied Science degree program, who is selected on
the basis of a vote by the veterinary technology students, who are
to consider the teacher’s ability to clearly communicate course
content to students; facilitate skill acquisition; motivate students;
demonstrate a continued willingness to facilitate student learning
outside of the formal classroom, laboratory, and/or clinic setting;
counsel and mentor students; and provide a positive role model.
Dolores L. McCall Professor in Comparative Oncology and
Director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program Deborah
Knapp (PU MS ’88) received the Alumni Faculty Award for
Excellence. The award was conceived in the early 1980s after
the College’s Alumni Liaison Committee and Class of 1964
alumnus Dr. Carl Osborne and his wife Lynn encouraged the
College to create an award to recognize faculty excellence. Dr.
Osborne, who came back for his Golden Anniversary Class
Reunion, was on hand for the award presentation. The recipient is
selected by a committee of faculty and alumni from nominations
submitted by faculty. Dr. Knapp was nominated for excellence
in research scholarship. In particular, she was recognized for
being regarded as the international authority on transitional cell
carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder in dogs; having firmly
established TCC in dogs as a highly relevant model for invasive
bladder cancer in humans; conducting pioneering studies of
cyclooxygenase (cox) inhibitors as treatment agents in dogs; and
serving as an outstanding teacher and mentor.
Dr. Mark Hilton (PU DVM ’83), clinical professor of food
animal production medicine, received the Raymond E. Plue
Outstanding Teacher Award, which was established by Dr. Plue,
a member of the DVM Class of 1968. Each spring, alumni in
the three most recent graduated classes are invited to submit
Dr. Mark Hilton shows his award obelisk to Dr. Billy Hooper, whose influence as
a teacher inspired Dr. Raymond Plue (PU DVM ’68) to create the Raymond E.
Plue Outstanding Teacher Award.
(left-right) Drs. Mark Hilton, Deborah Knapp and Pete Bill received awards for
excellence during the annual Awards Celebration.
nominations to the College’s Alumni Liaison Committee, which
recommends a recipient to the Dean. Nominations are to be
based on consideration of several factors, including the recipient’s
honesty, integrity, humility, and empathy for the student, client,
and animal; understanding of the importance of his or her
attitudes on a student’s learning; effort at instilling professionalism
in students; willingness to always make time for fostering
questioning by students; competency as a principal research
investigator; and ability to instill enthusiasm in students in their
disciplines, encourage and instill a love for lifetime learning and
advocate advanced degree work. In presenting the award, Dean
Willie Reed explained that in addition to a beautiful crystal
obelisk, the award includes proceeds of the award endowment
established by Dr. Plue.
Dr. Carl Osborne and his wife Lynn, who together inspired the creation of the
Alumni Faculty Award for Excellence, attended the awards celebration with
their son, David, and their assistance dog.