College Station, TEXAS—At the college’s centennial holiday reception on Dec. 9, 2016, in the Faculty Commons area of the VENI building in the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC), Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), recognized the college’s achievements and CVM faculty and staff for their accomplishments.
During the reception, Dr. Green awarded five Dean’s Impact Awards. The Dean’s Impact Award is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the college. Recipients can be within the college, from the campus, from the TAMU System, or friends of the college. Dr. Green deemed the centennial year of 2016 to be an appropriate year to start this prestigious award and this final event of the centennial year to be the best time to recognize these outstanding individuals. Dean’s Impact Award recipients included John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, Dr. Karan Watson, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Texas A&M University, Dr. Charles W. “Doc” Graham ’53, Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University, Outstanding Alumnus of the CVM and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, business owner, and friend of the college, Dr. Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean of the CVM, Ms. Heather Quiram, Interim Director of Facilities at the CVM.
Chancellor Sharp was recognized for his vision for Texas A&M and its CVM, his creativity, enthusiasm, and drive in supporting the only veterinary school in the state of Texas. Dr. Watson was recognized for her outstanding service as Provost and tireless advocacy for the CVM. Dr. Graham was acknowledged for his selfless service to the CVM and for substantially promoting important college initiatives, such as the Equine Initiative and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center Statewide Partnerships. Dr. Rogers, who works closely with Dr. Green on a daily basis, was recognized for her numerous impacts on the CVM in her roles as Associate Dean of Professional Programs and now Executive Associate Dean, including advancing diversity, conflict resolution, and mediation training at the CVM. Heather Quiram was recognized for her excellence in managing facilities, most notably her outstanding organization and dedication to the completion of the VBEC which celebrated its grand opening in November 2016.
Each Dean’s Impact Award recipient was given a beautiful bronze of Reveille running with a foal. These original, custom designed bronzes were crafted by the artist, Lisa Perry, who was also the artist for the 1 ¼ life size bronze horses adorning the front lawn of the VBEC.
During her closing remarks, Dr. Green expressed her gratitude and pride in belonging to the CVM: “This is the most exciting and positive place I’ve ever been,” Dr. Green said. “I love being here and I thank each one of you for all you do to make the Texas A&M CVM such a special place.”