Jessica Gerdes, the assistant to College of Medicine Vice Deans Ken Roberts and Yvette Roubideaux, accepts her honors as 2015 WSU Spokane Civil Service Employee Excellence Award.

Two WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine employees have won university awards in the last few days for their fine work.

Today, Jessica Gerdes (third from the right in the photo) was honored as the top WSU Spokane civil service employee for 2015. Gerdes has had many roles during her 2 1/2 years in what is now the College of Medicine. She recently took a new position as the assistant to Vice Deans Ken Roberts and Yvette Roubideaux and to Special Advisor Mary Ann Clemens. Gerdes was joined onstage during this morning’s ceremony by her husband, two of her children, WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown and College of Medicine Founding Dean John Tomkowiak. She says she’s surprised and grateful for the honor and that she’s excited about the challenges her new position brings.

At Saturday evening’s WSU men’s basketball game in Pullman, Clinical Associate Professor David Conley was honored as the Provost’s Featured Faculty Member.

Conley has, for 20 years, taught human anatomy to WWAMI medical students, both in Pullman and Spokane. He also directs the anatomy lab in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the WSU Spokane campus.

“The energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of students motivates me constantly,” Conley said. “Anatomy is one of the foundations of medicine, so as a teacher of future health care providers, I feel a tremendous obligation to do my best, since WSU graduates will someday serve our communities and care for our fellow human beings. I can’t wait to work with future Cougar doctors in the new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.”

“Dr. Conley has won our teaching award so many times we’ve had to bar him from the competition,” said Ken Roberts, vice dean of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “The reasons are simple: Dr. Conley is an outstanding teacher, he is innovative, approachable and, most important, he cares about students and it is important to him that they learn. He’s one of WSU’s very best.”