The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Honors Day Ceremony
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Facility at the Miller Research Center

The following Animal and Veterinary Sciences awards were presented:

Elmer Towne Award
George H. Walker Award
Brian Hawley Scholarship Award
Donald J. Balch Award
American Society of Animal Science Award
The Brett Klein Memorial Scholarship
Triona Wilder Marno-Ferree Memorial Award
Animal and Veterinary Sciences Faculty Award
Distinguished Undergraduate Research

Elmer Towne Award
Presented annually by the Vermont Dairy Industry Association to that student whose work in the field of Dairy Science shows the greatest promise for providing the quality leadership exemplified by Elmer E. Towne in his life of service to the Dairy Industry.
Presenter:  Dr. David Townson for Dr. Julie Smith  

Sarah L. Zeger

Sarah made her interest in dairy clear early in her time at UVM. She has been a CREAMer, active in Dairy Club, and worked on a local dairy farm. She has also taken on leadership roles and positions in many organizations. She has been president of the Dairy Club, large animal events coordinator of the Pr-Vet Club, and chancellor of Alpha Zeta, the agricultural honors fraternity. And she is no slacker when it comes to academics. Sarah is heading to Ithaca this fall to complete her DVM at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with the goal of practicing dairy medicine.

It is clear based on Sarah's interests and accomplishments that she shows great promise for providing leadership to the dairy industry as did Elmer E. Towne.


George H. Walker Award
Awarded annually by faculty vote to members of the graduating class of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who have majored in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, who exhibit conspicuous merit in the studies pertaining to Dairy Science and especially in those courses relating to the production and/or processing of market milk, and who furthermore exhibit high and noble traits of leadership and character.
Presenter:  Dr. Norman Purdie

Miriam R. Lipschutz

Miriam Lipschutz is from Lexington, MA. During her time here at UVM she has assumed a number of leadership roles on campus and off: as a Student Leader for an Alternative Spring break trip that volunteered with food justice organizations in Vermont; as Vice President of Challah for Hunger and as a farmhand and educator at the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, MA. In addition, she did her distinguished undergraduate research on the addition of branch chain amino acids to the cow's diet and completed an internship in Quality Assurance at the Cabot Creamery. Miriam's career goals include ensuring food access while increasing food safety and reducing food waste.


Brian Hawley Scholarship Award
This award, in memory of Brian D. Hawley, an ASCI Graduate of UVM, is given to a deserving Vermont junior or senior in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department.
Presenters:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson and Dr. David Kerr

Katie L. Molind

Katie's hometown is Cabot, VT. She came to UVM after completing the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology at Vermont Technical College. She is an active member of the Fencing Team on campus, has volunteered for Vermont Spay and Neuter as well as with the Vermont Food Bank and Samaritan's Purse. She has completed over 800 hours of internships with veterinarians in both large animal and small animal practices. Katie intends to continue on to vet school and become a large animal veterinarian. She also intends to complete a Master's degree in Public Health.

Ryan M. Flannery

Ryan is a single father. He retired from the Coast Guard a couple of years ago and decided to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Before that he owned a small farm. He currently works as a large animal veterinary technician for Dr. Allison Cornwall in central Vermont. He really doesn't have any time for clubs and such. He began applying for veterinarian school this spring.

Melissa H. Helstein

Melissa Helstein hails from Waterford, Vermont. As a UVM student she participates in Pre-Vet Club, Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta and also helps out at the horse barn by volunteering at the Halloween Barn and the Easter Egg Hunt. She also helps out in her Upward Bound group as an advisor/mentor for high school students who are planning to attend college and she volunteers for on-campus events like apple pressing and note taking for classes. Melissa has completed internships at the Newbury Veterinary Clinic in Newbury, Vermont and at Littleton Pet Companion in Littleton, New Hampshire. Her interests are in helping owners better understand their pets and helping better the life quality of animals. Melissa's career goal is to attend veterinary school after graduation and then to hopefully work for ASPCA or an emergency clinic. Long tern Melissa hopes to combine her veterinary practice with a boarding facility and to work with local children with special needs and local community members.


Donald J. Balch Award
Presented annually to that student making the greatest contribution to the equine or companion animal activities of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
Presenters:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson and Dr. David Kerr

Alice V. Symington

Alice Symington has been involved in the UVM horse Barn Co-op for two years. She was also involved in an Autism Research Study in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Last summer she volunteered at a free medical clinic which provides health care to those who are uninsured, close to her home in Bedminster, New Jersey. Alice's future career goals are to attend nursing school and become a nurse practitioner, and of course, to always have horses in her life!

Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson

SaraJane P. Harrington

SaraJane Harrington, who is from Villanova, Pennsylvania, has a wide range of interests. She has been Education Chair of UVM's Feed Good chapter and volunteered to feed baby goats at the Pine Island Community Farm, Co-Captain of the UVM Cheerleading team a member of UVM's Alpha Zeta chapter, as well as a member of UVM's Mortar Board. In addition, she did undergraduate research in the Kerr Lab on the Interplay between bovine immunology and genetics. SaraJane has completed an internship as a Veterinary/Research assistant in the Department of Medical Genetics at the university of Pennsylvania Veterinary College. She hopes to go to veterinary school and pursue a career as a companion animal veterinarian for both small mammals and exotics focusing on canine, feline, and reptilian species.

Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson
American Society of Animal Science Award
Presented annually to sophomores, juniors, and seniors whose academic record, scholastic efforts and character warrants recognition as the future leaders in the field of Animal Science:
Presenter:  Dr. David Townson
Seniors: 

Sara R. Friedman
Melissa A. McCole
Lexie N. Merguerian
Laurel K. Saldinger
Taylor M. Schoonover
Ken B. Wesley
Sarah L. Zeger



Juniors:  

Delaney N. Douglas
Miriam R. Lipschutz
Brooke Madnick
Katie L. Molind
Sarah N. Scott
Jen Jen A. Yu

Sophomores:

Ellie R. Beltran
Kelsey L. Bullock
Emily H. Dillon
Ashley K. Heaney
Willa C. Richmond
Sarah E. Scocozza
Addison G. Spitzer



The Brett Klein Memorial Scholarship
Presented to CREAM Student Herd Advisors for the Academic Year 2015-16 with a big thanks for their time and effort! The award is presented for their dedication, responsible leadership, and friendly attitude that Brett exemplified as a 1990 CREAMer as well as for their excellence in teaching and advising the CREAMers and in passing on the CREAM tradition!
Presenter:  Dr. Norman Purdie

Recipients:  
    Summer '15

Kathryn A. Abisla

Kathryn is from Gardner, Massachusetts. She is a member of Pre-Vet Club, the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and the agricultural fraternity Alpha Zeta. Katie has volunteered for All Breed Rescue for three years and took part in Alternative Spring Break this year volunteering at the Horsepower Therapeutic Riding Center in Colfax, North Carolina. CREAM was a major factor in why Katie chose to attend UVM and being a member of CREAM and then acting as a TA and teaching other students have been among her most memorable experiences at UVM. Katie is applying to veterinary school this year, and hopes to become a veterinarian behaviorist.

Courtney B. Glotzer

Courtney is from Boca Raton, Florida and some of her volunteer work was with Green Mountain Animal Defenders and Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center in South Africa. She was a medical care intern at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Courtney plans to get a Master's degree in Animals and Public Policy and then go on to veterinary school.

Emma Hurley
(no bio provided)
    Fall '15
Petty Kim

Petty is from Methuen, Massachusetts. She is active in the Tae Kwon Do Club, as a Learning Skills Tutor, and a Chemistry recitation Leader. Petty has participated in a variety of events through Mortar Board Honors Society and Alpha Zeta Honors Society. This past winter she volunteered at the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Conference. She has served at the Humane Society of Chittenden County as a Medical Intern, and interned at SVF Foundation in Rhode Island. Petty also did undergraduate research on "Delineating the Incorporation of Dietary Fatty Acids into Various Tissues." She will be attending Tufts Cummings Veterinary School and is planning on working in shelter medicine.

Samantha J. Traficante

Samantha is from Kingston, Massachusetts. She is involved in Alpha Zeta, Dairy Club, and the Equestrian Team. She volunteered for All Breeds Rescue. Samantha has also worked on horse and dairy farms in the area. Her career goal includes working in the field of large animal reproduction.

    Spring '16
Jessica S. Bachmann

Jessica is from Ira, Vermont. She is involved in Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta, where she serves as scribe, and Pre-Vet Club. She is involved in undergraduate research in the Barlow Lab. Jessica has also been involved in a number of volunteer opportunities through Alpha Zeta and has long-term involvement in 4-H. She interned at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center and at Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists. Being involved in CREAM has been an incredible learning experience for Jessica who hopes to continue on to veterinary school after UVM to pursue large animal medicine.

Delaney N. Douglas

Delaney is from Stow, Massachusetts. She is a member of Pre-Vet Club, Dairy Club, and the Ski and Snowboard Club. Her CREAM group helped prepare the new barn and get the cows adjusted in their new home. Delaney helped out with the 4-H Dairy Challenge in the fall and the 4-H VetSci program. She has interned at Townsend Veterinary Hospital and has also completed an internship at the Boston Museum of Science in their Live Animal Center. Delaney is planning to apply to veterinary school in the fall with an eye toward practicing small animal medicine.


Triona Wilder Marno-Ferree Memorial Award

Presented to the student who possesses a genuine love of horses and displays the energy and enthusiasm shown by Triona for UVM Horse Barn activities.  
Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson


Carly A. Cingolani

Carly grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts riding and showing Morgan horses. She is a member of the American Morgan Horse Association where she serves on the Young Adult Collegiate Committee and is a member of the New England Morgan Horse Association. While working to prepare her 3-year old horse to qualify for the 2015 Morgan Grand National and World Championships, she took on a little side project: transforming a nervous "project horse" into a calm, kid-friendly horse and was able to sell him for his owners. Her career goals include becoming a Morgan horse trainer or working in equine rehabilitation. Carly eventually wants to earn a Master's degree in equine nutrition.

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Faculty Award
In recognition of scholastic performance, outstanding achievement in undergraduate research, or service to the Department.
Presenter:  Dr. Jana Kraft
Laurel K. Saldinger
Laurel is from Los Altos, California. She is active in many organizations on campus as Vice President of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, and of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, both of which entail a great deal of community volunteerism; as a member of the Equestrian Team, as Distractions editor for 1.5 years at the Vermont Cynic as a Tutor at the Learning Coop for 3 years in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and has TA'd for Biochemistry 1, the Biochemistry Lab, and Chemistry 32. She has completed a Distinguished Undergraduate Research project entitled, "Delineating the change in rumen microbial communities as cows move from indoor feeding to a pasture-based diet." Laurel has interned at VCA Blossom Hill in San Jose, California and Peninsula Equine in Portola Valley, California. She will be attending UC Davis Veterinary School and hopes to earn a Ph.D. there as well as a DVM.

Laurel Saldinger with her three awards.
Laurel Saldinger with her three awards.


Distinguished Undergraduate Research
The Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes students who, in addition to pursuing their regular course of study, conduct original research. This research is done under the immediate supervision of a faculty member. Undergraduate research is an introduction to the methods involved in the advancement of knowledge that is fundamental to the goals of a university. It is with pleasure and pride that the College of Agriculture and Life Science honors the students who participated in this program:

Presenter: Dr. David H. Townson

Recipients and Projects:


Abbey Earle -- "Cryptosporidium Diversity of Species Infections and Temporal Infection Patterns on a Teaching and Research Herd."
Mentor:                John W. Barlow, Ph.D.

Sydney Friedman -- "Global DNA Methylation in the Liver of Vermont Bobcat (Lynx rufus)."
Mentor:                Stephanie D. McKay, Ph.D.

Laurel Saldinger -- "Delineating the changes in rumen microbial communities as cows go from indoor feeding to a pasture-based diet."
Mentor:                Jana Kraft, Ph.D.

Sarah Zeger -- "The Effects of Feeding Coffee Grounds to Dairy Cattle on the Bovine Milk Protein Profile."
Mentor:                Sabrina L. Greenwood, Ph.D.



Tom Vogelmann presenting the NACTA award to Jenny Wilkinson.

The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tom Vogelmann, presented the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit to ASCI Senior Lecturer, Dr. Jenny Wilkinson.


A departmental barbeque followed the awards ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Jane Kennedy O'Neil