April 23, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Congratulations to Kate Hayes-Ozello, grants specialist in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, who just received a Distinguished University Staff award. You can read details of the award and her accomplishments during her 27-year tenure with the College of Veterinary Medicine here.

Congratulations to the following faculty members whose promotions were recommended during our annual review for Promotion and Tenure. They have been approved by the Provost, effective September 1, 2013: Armando Hoet, promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure (Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine); Renukaradhya Gourapura, promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure (Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Food Animal Health Research Program, OARDC); Stefan Niewiesk, promotion to the rank of professor, (Department of Veterinary Biosciences); Cheryl London, promotion to the rank of professor, (Department of Veterinary Biosciences); Paivi Rajala-Schultz, promotion to the rank of professor, (Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine); Edward Cooper, promotion to the rank of associate professor-clinical (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences); Joshua Daniels, promotion to the rank of associate professor-clinical (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences); and Julie Byron, promotion to the rank of associate professor-clinical (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences).

We celebrated our annual "Advances in Veterinary Research Day" on April 10. Thanks to Michele Morscher for her organizational skills and Dr. Tom Wittum, who served as faculty chair of this year’s event. You can see a list of student travel award winners here. This year, two of our graduate students, Dr. Famke Aeffner and Dr. Andy Bowman, were selected to present their research. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Beth Lautner, director of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories and former director of the Plum Island facility. We had over 80 posters presented and it was a wonderful showcase for veterinary and graduate students who were engaged in research projects.

This week is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a critical role in veterinary and medical care. Please show your appreciation and recognize the important work done by our colleagues in: Applied Pathology, Blood Bank, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Comparative Pathology & Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource including the Histology/Immunohistochemistry Laboratory, Cytometry Core, Diagnostic and Clinical Microbiology Service, Infectious Disease Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, and the Tissue Bank.

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Gemensky-Metzler, professor – clinical, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, who recently completed the President and Provost's Leadership Institute (PPLI). This professional development program focuses on long-term faculty leadership development.

Our DVM students participated recently in Legislative Day, in partnership with the Government Relations representative from the OVMA, at the Ohio Capitol. They met with legislators from their districts and discussed pertinent bills affecting veterinary medicine, including the governor's proposal to tax veterinary services in the overall budget bill. There are often animal welfare issues, state funding of higher education, especially the impact on student debt, and other legislative concerns that impact us as veterinarians and citizens. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about the process and the importance of being involved. We hope to include even more students next year. My thanks to Dr. Linda Lord for helping to organize this event and to OVMA for allowing us to participate with them.

Our recent Town Hall meeting on April 10 was an important session for the college. Listening and responding to our students’ concerns is a priority for the college and for me. Students deserve to know about the college, and are interested in our activities and operations. We will continue to meet with each class each semester to continue open discussions about issues important to all of us and plan the next Student Town Hall this coming fall semester.

Alumni and Fundraising

We welcomed 85 donors and student scholarship winners to a special dinner on April 18. We host this annual event to thank our generous friends of the college and show our appreciation for their support of our programs. It was a great opportunity for students to meet and thank some of their benefactors. Thank you to Jenny Bergman, stewardship and alumni coordinator in our Office of Advancement, for her work organizing such a successful event.

Our Advancement team has been working closely with Michael Eicher, senior vice president for University Advancement. He is new to the university and despite his extensive experience raising money for higher education he has never before worked with a veterinary college. We are enjoying his enthusiasm about our work, and look forward to working with him as he refines strategic priorities for fundraising for the university.

Upcoming Events

The Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Career Award will be presented on Thursday, April 25. The keynote speech, “Deciphering the Anatomy of a DNA Invasion Machine: the Retroviral Integrases," by Dr. Anna Marie Skalka will be given at noon in 115 BRT. Read more about the event here.

The White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union. Many family members attend this wonderful event to help our third-year students celebrate entry into their clinical year.

An Open House will be held at our new OSU Veterinary Medical Center at Dublin on April 24th.  The Open House will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for our College members and then we welcome referring practitioners from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Oath and Hooding will be held at the Mershon Auditorium, Saturday, May 4th at 8:00 p.m.


Dean Lonnie King