University Distinguished Staff Awardee: Dr. Kate Hayes-Ozello

colleagues enjoy the surprise announcement of University Distinguished Staff award.

From left: Carolyn Speicher, assistant director of Event and Guest Operations, Schottenstein Center, and member of the DSA Selection committee; Michele Bondurant, Kate Hayes-Ozello, Tom Ozello

Last week, Dr. Kate Hayes-Ozello was honored with a University Distinguished Staff Award. On Thursday, April 11, she was surprised by a visit from the University Office of Human Resources. Staff colleagues and her husband Tom were in on the secret and participated in the presentation.

"What’s going on?" said Dr. Hayes-Ozello. "Tom is here, so I know something is up!"

Program Manager Michele Bondurant presented her with a certificate and a tin of cookies. She received a one-time cash bonus, an annual increase in salary, and will be invited on to the field during halftime at a football game in the fall. All Distinguished Staff, Distinguished University Professors, Teachers, and Scholars will participate.

Dr. Hayes-Ozello has been a staff member of the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 27 years. According to her letter of nomination, she started 1985 in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Mathes, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (now Veterinary Biosciences).

Dr. Hayes-Ozello received her AB from Miami University (microbiology) and then pursued her MS and PhD (retrovirology/immunology) degrees at Ohio State, completing her dissertation in 1993. While a graduate student, she also was the laboratory supervisor for the Mathes lab. As Research Scientist, she was Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH grants ($2.9 million in research expenditures from 2000-2010) and has authored or coauthored 37 peer-reviewed manuscripts and one book chapter. She has presented her work at national and international scientific meetings since 1990.

Since 2003, Dr. Hayes-Ozello has been Co-Director along with Dr. Charles Brooks, of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Core. In this capacity, she has trained and consulted with dozens of students and faculty on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology and general laboratory procedures.

In her position as College Grants Specialist and Research Administrator, Dr. Hayes-Ozello assists with the submission of more than 50 grants annually, manages a portfolio of over $11 million in research expenditures representing 250 active projects and 60 college investigators.

Dr. Hayes-Ozello’s contributions to the college and the university do not stop in the office. She has been an active supporter and participant in the Susan G. Komen and Pelotonia fundraisers for cancer research. In 2011, she started the first ever College choir, the Hoofbeats, to bring together faculty, staff, students and friends of the College who share a love of choral music.

Outside work, Dr. Hayes-Ozello is a Girl Scout Leader, active in her sons’ Boy Scout Troop, volunteers with the Dublin Crew (rowing) Boosters, Dublin Jerome High School Wrestling

Boosters and Integrity Cheer Elite Boosters. She has been a board member and adult leader in the Christ the King-St. Catherine’s Appalachia Mission project for the past seven years, dedicating a week each June to help the poorest in Scioto County, Ohio. She also is a long-time member of the Columbus Celtic Choir and the Columbus Shamrock Club.

She has been recognized for her outstanding service to the college (VBS Staff Award, Ingalls’ Award for Service, and College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Staff Award). She clearly embodies the characteristics of dedication, collegiality, professionalism, integrity and strong work ethic that are expected for the University Distinguished Staff Award.

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