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College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Receives
the MU Sinclair School of Nursing’s Interdisciplinary Award

Dr. Thomas Reilly, College of Veterinarian Medicine professor, was nominated by nursing students to receive the MU Sinclair School of Nursing’s Interdisciplinary award at the school’s annual spring banquet.

The Interdisciplinary Faculty Award for Excellence is designed to honor a deserving faculty member from outside the School who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching excellence, who has made outstanding contributions to the nursing program, and who has demonstrated support of the School of Nursing. Students nominate individuals who have made an impact on their education.

As a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Reilly stands out among faculty who educate nursing students before they begin their clinical work.

His enthusiasm, intellect and respect are conveyed in every class he teaches. Reilly’s innovative teaching approach includes holding countless study sessions arranged around the majority of the class’ schedules; knowing every student’s name and calling on them in class to test how well they understand the topic; and finding new and different ways of explaining topics when they aren’t being understood.

“Truly a mentor, counselor and friend, Reilly makes microbiology interesting and applicable,” said Rose Porter, dean of the school. “Nursing students have told me that once they were in Dr. Reilly’s class they didn’t look at education the same way. He cultivates minds like cultures on Petri dishes; and he looks for the weak spots to exploit and then strengthen.”

Nursing students said they’ve been able to achieve their greatest potential at Mizzou because of Reilly. They said his welcoming smile, engaging conversations, and unique teaching style were a blessing in their lives.Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the school were honored at the 18th Annual MU Sinclair School of Nursing Banquet held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo., on April 11. The event was held to recognize those individuals who have elevated the reputation, research, teaching and service at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

“The school’s annual banquet gives us a chance to honor those who have gone the extra mile and in the process elevated the bar of excellence in the field of nursing,” Porter said. “Dr. Reilly truly makes a difference in our nursing student’s careers and lives.”

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