Cornell Receives University-Wide Awards For Dedication To College, Students

Dr. Karen Cornell and Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez Jr. holding her award
Dr. Karen Cornell and Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez Jr.

Dr. Karen Cornell, associate dean for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Professional Program, has received two university-wide awards this spring for her dedication to excellence and student success.

She was recognized with a university-level Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of administration from the Association of Former Students on April 25 and a John J. Koldus, III Faculty and Staff Achievement Award from the Division of Student Affairs on May 4.

“Dr. Cornell is uniquely dedicated to ensuring our veterinary students succeed not only in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program but also as future veterinarians and community leaders,” said Dr. John August, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. “She is more than deserving of these recognitions and is vital to the success of our college.”

The university-level Distinguished Achievement Award is given to one administrator each year who exhibits a high standard of excellence and is held in high esteem by their colleagues. During the April 25 ceremony, Cornell received a cash gift, engraved watch, and commemorative plaque.

The John J. Koldus, III Faculty and Staff Achievement Award is given to two individuals each year who have a strong interest in overall student development and success, which includes advocating for students, supporting student well-being, and having a personal interest in enhancing the student experience. At the May 4 ceremony for this honor, Cornell received a memento and a $1,000 donation to a student organization of her choice.

In addition to her role as associate dean, Cornell serves as the CVMBS’ interim director of the CVMBS’ Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Earline & A.P. Wiley Endowed Veterinary Chair. She has been a faculty member at the CVMBS since 2016 and teaches a variety of subjects, including diagnostic radiology, anesthesiology, and small animal surgery.

She has previously been recognized with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Student AVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award and the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, as well as the Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Honors Award from Purdue University.

Watch Cornell’s award presentation from the May 4 ceremony here and a recording of the full ceremony here.


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