University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Honors Day Ceremony

Friday, April 19, 2013


The following Animal Science awards were presented:

Elmer Towne Award
George H. Walker Award
Donald J. Balch Award
American Society of Animal Science Award
The Brett Klein Memorial Scholarship
Animal Science Faculty Award
Triona Wilder Marno-Ferree Memorial Award

The following College Awards were presented to Animal Science students and/or faculty:

2013 New Achiever Alumni 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. Julie Smith  
Julie Smith and Melissa Woolpert
Melissa E. Woolpert
(pictured with Dr. Julie Smith)
Melissa is from Monterey, California. While at UVM, she has received a URECA award for her research in the Barlow lab on multi-locus sequence typing Staphylococcus aureus isolates from automatic milking dairy cow farms. She was first author on a paper published from that project. She has volunteered as an instructor and coordinator of the 4-H veterinary science program; is working as the assistant herdsperson at Conant's Riverside Farm in Richmond; and is also at Miner Institute this semester participating in the Advanced Dairy Management program. Melissa's long-term goal is graduate school where she plans to study the relationship between dairy nutrition, cow comfort, and facilities design and management.


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 Science, 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. André-Denis Wright, Chair
Noelle Schariest
Noelle Schariest
(pictured with Dr. Julie Smith)

Noelle is from Hawley, Pennsylvania. While earning her BS degree here at UVM, Noelle has been involved in a number of projects including Pre-Vet Club where she's served as Secretary for the last two years; been a volunteer teacher for the 4-H Veterinary Science program, and has served as foster care provider for Save a Death Row Doggie animal rescue. Noelle also participated in Summer CREAM 2012. She will be attending the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall and hopes to have a mixed animal vet practice.


Donald J. Balch Award
This award is presented annually to that student making the greatest contribution to the equine or companion animal activities of the Department of Animal Science.
Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson and Dr. Betsy Greene
Dr. Jenny Wilkinson, Shannon Emmons, and Dr. Betsy Greene
Shannon M. Emmons
(pictured with Drs. Wilkinson and Greene)

Shannon is from South Berwick, Maine, but may be more at home at the Miller Research Center. She's a Horse Barn Coop member, recently serving on its Executive Committee. She's helped run events at the horse barn such as Healthy Horse Workshops and Homecoming Weekend and she is the ASCI Department's official Farm MC for Admitted Student Visit Day Tours. In her spare time she is a coordinator for Pets Helping People, a volunteer group that brings dogs to visit senior citizens. She completed an internship at TNT Equine and then went back the next summer as an employee. Shannon will be going to Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this fall.

Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson

Kirsten Weberg with Dr. Betsy Greene
Kirsten Weberg
(pictured with Dr. Betsy Greene)

Kirsten, who is from East Aurora, New York, is a scholar and athlete. She runs with the varsity track and field and cross country teams and has served as co-captain of the cross country team. Kirsten has volunteered for the last six years at a therapeutic riding center in her home town. In addition, she's completed internships at the Buffalo Zoo Reptile House and several at small animal veterinary practices. Kirsten plans to run professionally and eventually attend vet school.

Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson
American Society of Animal Science Award
Presented annually to sophomores, juniors, and seniors whose academic record, scholastic efforts and character warrant recognition as the future leaders in the field of Animal Science:
Presenter:  Dr. André-Denis Wright, Chair
Seniors: 

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Ashley Ackert
Ashley M. Ackert

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Christopher Alling
Christopher R. Alling

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Kalii LaRochelle
Kalii M. LaRochelle

(not pictured)
Kaitlin E. Lee

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Rebecca McBride
Rebecca McBride

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Noelle Schariest
Noelle Schariest

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Gabrielle R. Tetschner

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Kirsten Weberg
Kirsten A. Weberg

Juniors:  

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Kaitlin M. Benoit

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Evelyn Bulkeley
Evelyn A. Bulkeley

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Brittany J. Colbath

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Shannon Heath
Shannon B. Heath

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Roberta Hemmer
Roberta L. Hemmer

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Jillian Minuto
Jillian S. Minuto

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Samuel Scheu
Samuel E. Scheu

(not pictured)
Sarina M. Selleck
Sophomores:

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Sarah E. Colando

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Benjamin Daggett
Benjamin P. Daggett

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Mandy Erdei
Mandy L. Erdei

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Ashley McCoy
Ashley R. McCoy

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Samantha Monck
Samantha L. Monck

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Lillian Rogers
Lillian I. Rogers

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Laurel K. Saldinger


The Brett Klein Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to CREAM Student Herd Advisors for fall 2012 and spring 2013 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 '12/'13 CREAMers and in passing on the CREAM tradition!
Presenter:  Dr. Norman Purdie

Recipients:  Fall '12

Rebecca McBride
Eric D. Pratt
Andrea L. Rusilowicz

Rebecca McBride is from Long Island, New York. She's been active in Pre-Vet Club, serving as small animal events coordinator, secretary and now president. She's also been involved in the 4-H Vet Science teaching program. As a CREAMer, Rebecca has participated in Dairy Challenge, an interscholastic competition focusing on all aspects of a dairy business. Rebecca will be attending Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall and plans to become a small animal specialist and teach at a veterinary medical school.

Eric Pratt is from Fairfield, Maine. He's served as treasurer of Dairy Club and as a member of the Student Alumni Organization's Communications Committee. Eric also volunteers as a Big Buddy to a child in the Burlington Community. Currently, Eric's working as an intern with Von Trapp Farmstead Cheese where he's an assistant cheese maker and learning about all aspects of farm produced food products. He plans to work full time at Von Trapp's and plans to attend graduate school the following year.

Andrea L. Rusilowicz is from Killingworth, Connecticut and plays trumpet in the UVM pep band. Andrea also is involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Helene Langevin's lab doing pig care and management and assisting with her research on lower back pain. She also volunteers for Pets Helping People, socializing and exercising greyhounds and bringing them to senior homes to do animal therapy. In addition, Andrea did an internship at Essex Veterinary Center. Andrea will attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall, so her career goal is to become a veterinarian. She hopes to pursue a veterinary career specializing in companion animals and exotics.

Recipients:  Spring '13

Dylan J. Devino
Danielle N. Semick

Dylan Devino is from South Hero, Vermont where he's volunteered with a local vet and worked on a goat farm and a Jersey cow farm. He is currently doing undergraduate research in the Zhao lab investigating the associations of polymorphisms of glucose transporters with milk performance in dairy cattle. Dylan has been active in Pre-Vet Club. He plans to attend vet school and hopes to either have a large animal practice or become a military veterinarian.

Danielle Semick is from Wantagh, New York and has been involved in CREAM, although she is not an ASCI major. She is a member of the Biochemistry Society and is doing an undergraduate research project in the Kraft lab. She has volunteered in the larger community as a Hurricane Irene relief worker and as an animal assistant at ECHO. Danielle's goal is to go to veterinarian school.

Brett Klein recipients with Dr. Norman Purdie.
Rebecca McBride, Eric Pratt, Andrea Rusilowicz, Danielle Semick,
and Dylan Devino with CREAM Faculty Advisor, Dr. Norman Purdie


Animal Science Faculty Award
In recognition of scholastic performance, outstanding achievements in undergraduate research, and service to the Department of Animal Science.
Presenter:  Dr. Andre-Denis Wright, Chair
Christopher R. Alling
Chris is from Upton, Massachusetts. He served as CREAM's Mastitis Liaison in 2011, is involved in undergraduate research in the Barlow Lab doing research on a bovine teat end biodiversity project. He's also participated in two alternative spring break projects, a migrant education project teaching English to migrant farm workers here in Vermont and collaborated in the Huertas Project, planning and planting a vegetable garden with Spanish-speaking dairy workers, and has also interned in a veterinary hospital. Chris has been accepted at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine and is thinking about pursuing a mixed animal practice. In the meantime, he will travel to Latin America to speak some Spanish!

Rebecca McBride

Rebecca is from Long Island, New York. She's been active in Pre-Vet Club, serving as small animal events coordinator, secretary and now president. She's also been involved in the 4-H Vet Science teaching program. As a CREAMer, Rebecca has participated in Dairy Challenge, an interscholastic competition focusing on all aspects of a dairy business. Rebecca will be attending Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall and plans to become a small animal specialist and teach at a veterinary medical school.

Dr. Andre-Denis Wright with Animal Science Faculty Award recipients, Christopher Alling and Rebecca McBride
Dr. André-Denis Wright with Animal Science Faculty Award
recipients, Christopher Alling and Rebecca McBride

Triona Wilder Marno-Ferree Memorial Award
This award is presented to the student or students who possess a genuine love of horses and display the energy and enthusiasm shown by Triona for UVM Horse Barn activities.  
Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Wilkinson with Dr. Betsy Greene

 Dr. Jenny Wilkinson, Kelsey Bentz, and Dr. Betsy Greene
 Kelsey L. Bentz

Kelsey is from Suffield, Connecticut and has been a member of the UVM Horse Barn for four years along with her horse Hustler. She is also a member of the Horse Barn Coop's Executive Committee. Her future plans are to continue her education and attend vet school to become a large animal veterinarian.


COLLEGE AWARDS

2013 New Achiever Alumni Award

Recipient:
 Emma H. Wall '01, G '4, PhD '08

Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Vogelmann

Dr. Thomas Vogelmann and Dr. Emma Wall
Dr. Thomas Vogelmann and Dr. Emma Wall



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:

Recipients and Projects:


December Graduates:

Hannah M. Lachance, Animal Science Program - "Bacterial Diversity in the Rumen of Impala from Pongola South Africa". 
Mentor:  Dr. André-Denis Wright

May Graduates:

Lyndsey R. Hayden
, Animal Science Program -  "The Link between Innate and Acquired Immune Responses to Intramammary Staphlococcus Aureus Infections."
Mentor: Dr. David Kerr

Sean K. O'Neill,
Animal Science Program - "Examining the Gut Microbiota of the American Black Bear (Ursus americanas)."
Mentor:  Dr. Andre-Denis Wright

Distinguished Undergraduate Researchers
Distinguished Undergraduate Researchers

Photos courtesy of Jane Kennedy O'Neil

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