Janna Lamey, manager of the Graduate Education Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine was recently recognized with a George Peter Award for Dedicated Service.
These awards honor staff members who “consistently demonstrate a high degree of excellence in the performance of their duties” and prove “their willingness to extend themselves to help others and go above and beyond the normal expectations of their job responsibilities.”
Lamey was applauded by more than 100 faculty, colleagues, friends, and family May 20 when she became the 176th recipient of the award. Michael Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, credited Lamey with giving the graduate programs of the College a unifying structure and the graduate students a hub and center of focus. Robin Davisson, professor in biomedical sciences and director, graduate field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, said that Lamey was instrumental in the successful launching of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program in 2002 and in its subsequent administration.
Lamey is the “glue that keeps a lot of us on track and together,” said Linda Nowak, associate professor of neuropharmacology and director of the DVM-Ph.D. program, noting Lamey’s ability to give individualized attention to anyone who comes to her for help.
“Janna embodies all of the qualities recognized by the award,” said her supervisor, Robert Gilmour, the college’s associate dean for research and graduate education. In their nomination letter, Cornelia Farnum, the James Law Professor of Anatomy, and Karla Stucker, postdoctoral associate, said that Lamey is able to “establish a special, individual relationship with each person. ... Her second true gift is the gift of infectious enthusiasm.”
Cornell Vice Presidents Mary Opperman and Susan Murphy and Employee Assembly leaders also spoke on behalf of the recipients, as did various other members of the Cornell community.
The George Peter Award for Dedicated Service, created in 1980, is Cornell’s longest running and most prestigious university-wide peer-nominated award. It is named for the late George Peter, Cornell’s tireless staff advocate and first employee-elected trustee; the program is overseen by the Employee Assembly.