OSU Names Stratton Staff Award Recipient

The award was created to honor outstanding veterinary staff members for their dedicated service and key contributions.

Dr. Jean Sander, dean of the veterinary center, congratulates Dennis Clary, winner of the 2015 Stratton Staff Award.

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has named Dennis Clary as its 2015 Stratton Staff Award recipient. Clary is a member of the facilities maintenance team.

The award was established upon the retirement of Dr. Louie Stratton in 1989. Stratton, the former director of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, wanted the award to honor outstanding staff members for their dedicated service and many key contributions. Nominations are accepted from any employee of the center and selected by an ad hoc committee appointed by the dean.

Clary, who has been with the center for five years, is known for his vast knowledge of the center’s facilities and his willingness to tackle any project. He regularly participates in continuing education courses to expand his knowledge base, according to the university. Clary is also quick to volunteer to come in early, stay late and work on weekends if needed to lessen the impact and downtime on the center’s critical building systems, the university further noted.

OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Services also took the time to recognize other faculty and staff who have devoted many years of service to the center.

Longevity awards were given to the following employees:

  • Dr. Sahlu Ayalew, Veterinary Pathobiology, 15 years
  • Donna Denton, Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 15 years
  • Deanna Hankins-Bozarth, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 15 years
  • Lucy Kershaw, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 15 years
  • Dr. Lin Liu, Physiological Sciences, 15 years
  • Judy Branson, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 20 years
  • Marie Montelongo, Veterinary Pathobiology, 20 years
  • Brent Johnson, Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 25 years
  • Carolyn Rodebush, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 25 years
  • Brad Barnes, IT, 30 years

Service awards were given to faculty and staff members in recognition of milestones in their careers with the university as a whole. These included:

  • Jordan Anderson, Dean’s Office, 5 years
  • Dr. Kimberly Carter, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 5 years
  • Sam Hall, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 5 years
  • Jennifer Sisk-Miley, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 5 years
  • Dr. Lesa Staubus, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 5 years
  • Josey Whiteley, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 5 years
  • Sharon Worrell, Dean’s Office, 5 years
  • Rebecca Duncan-Decoq, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Tammy Henager, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Robin Hensley, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Kristi Howey, Dean’s Office, 10 years
  • Dr. Lara Maxwell, Physiological Sciences, 10 years
  • Carey McCully, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Dr. Mason Reichard, Veterinary Pathobiology, 10 years
  • Trevor Smith, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Delicia Timmons, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 10 years
  • Emily Cooper, Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 15 years
  • Dr. Paul DeMars, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 15 years
  • Dr. Reed Holyoak, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 15 years
  • Robin Wilson, Dean’s Office, 15 years
  • Dr. Jerry Malayer, Dean’s Office, 20 years
  • Sue Bickell, Veterinary Medical Hospital, 25 years
  • Joan Hubbard, Dean’s Office, 25 years
  • Dr. Lionel Dawson, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 30 years
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