August 7, 2012

College Updates

The college's third annual Focus-Forward Weekend was held on June 19-21, 2012. This year’s theme, "Ohio Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine: Strengthening Our Land-Grant Roots," reflects the important partnership that veterinary medicine and Ohio agriculture have shared for nearly 150 years. Speakers and participants discussed the ways that we can prepare veterinarians to meet the needs of animal agriculture and food systems, from the rural communities of Ohio to the global environment. This year's speakers included Dr. Leah Dorman, Director of Food Programs, Center for Food and Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Mr. Shaun Kennedy, Director, National Center for Food Protection and Defense; Dr. Andy Maccabe, Executive Director, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; Dr. Bobby Moser, Dean, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (FAES); and keynote speaker, Mr. David T. Daniels, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture. Thanks for their insights and the contributions of all the participants.

I am attending the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) annual convention in San Diego through August 7. I am meeting with deans of other veterinary colleges to discuss what is happening in the profession, especially its economic challenges. Several representatives from the college and I will then hold a reception in San Diego with about 70 alumni and friends, and will share with them the college’s recent accomplishments and future goals. After the AVMA convention, we will go on to the headquarters of the Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), a network of over 520 veterinary hospitals with more 1800 veterinarians, to discuss a potential partnership.

Last Thursday was the College "Kudos" Appreciation Lunch for faculty and staff, with a State Fair theme that included fair food (and funnel cakes!). This annual event is a wonderful way to express how much we appreciate the efforts of the faculty and staff here at the college, and to announce the College Distinguished Staff Awards. This year's winners were Kate Hayes-Ozello, grants management specialist; Ann Sanders, administrative associate in the Department of Preventive Medicine; Lorri Noce, program assistant in Educational Design and Systems; and April Pugh, assistant director of Student Affairs. Congratulations to the award winners, and a big thanks to all staff members for their dedication to our college. A special thank you goes to Kristi Pyke, our director of Human Resources, for organizing the Kudos event.

Sixteen students from the college's Summer Research Program attended the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium from August 2-15, hosted by Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Students attended several plenary sessions focused around this year's theme of "Comparative Medicine: The Key to Translation." Keynote speakers included Dr. Elias Zerhouni, president of Sanofi Research and Development; Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, veterinarian and star of several Animal Planet reality TV shows; Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Science at CSU; and our own college alumnus Dr. Ed Hoover, PhD, this year's recipient of the Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. Our students presented results from their summer research projects in three poster sessions. Also in attendance from the college were Drs. Patrick Green, Michael Oglesbee, and Jim Belknap, and Ms. Michele Morscher, who participated in planning sessions and workshops, and supported the students during their presentations. We look forward to hosting this symposium in 2016.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Interest continues to build regarding a combined and collaborative global health project among OSU's health sciences colleges. Several weeks ago representatives from these colleges, including myself and Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, visited two of Ethiopia's largest and most established universities to explore a "twinning" project with Ohio State. These universities, Addis Ababa and Gondar, have a similar group of health sciences colleges, hospitals and community-based services. We discussed capacity building, faculty and student training, and collaborative research activities. Faculty and researchers from these Ethiopian universities are putting together concept papers and we will then focus on several initiatives of mutual interest. Ohio State will be establishing a "getaway" in East Africa in the future to facilitate international work, and Ethiopia may be the country of choice for establishing a further OSU presence.

The health sciences colleges recently completed a third retreat and are creating a white paper or concept paper on our role at Ohio State and on our vision and future. This vision and concept paper will help serve as the foundation for planning, program development, building and facilities, and joint academic ventures. Inter-professional education and One Health strategies were especially emphasized. The health science colleges represent a strategic and influential alliance that is also key to the health and wellness discovery theme at OSU in the future.

The Life Sciences Network (LSN) is a new research-oriented resource at The Ohio State University, with a comprehensive web portal for life sciences graduate education and research. A partnership between the Graduate School, Office of Research, and the colleges of the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, FAES, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, the LSN is a great resource for students and researchers, and is headed by our own Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie. I recently was interviewed for a video about the LSN.

I also recently attended a breakfast at the Ohio State Fair honoring one of the university's most dedicated proponents and partners of Ohio agriculture, Dr. Bobby Moser, Dean of FAES. The event honored leaders in state agriculture. Dr. Bobby Moser has been a good partner of the college through the years, and we congratulate him on his accomplishment.

Alimni and Fundraising

On July 25, the college's Alumni Society Board held its regular meeting at the college. One of the topics addressed was creating a task force that will evaluate the alumni society model. The task force will report to the board in December and make its recommendation. An important note: Remember that Alumni Reunion Weekend is now Reunion-Homecoming Weekend, held Oct. 5-7, 2012. Class reunions will be held on Friday Oct. 5, followed by my State of the College Address on Saturday Oct. 6 and a tailgate party for the Buckeyes' matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Upcoming Events

Good luck to our college team and team leader Dr. Michelle Harcha at Pelotonia this coming weekend! The CVM Peloton includes: Dr. Sandra Barnard, Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Harold Bradley, Courtney Carey, Dr. Laurie Cook, Dr. Jim DeWille, Dr. Leigh Fenderbosch, Dr. Patrick Green, Dr. Michelle Harcha, myself, Dr. William Kisseberth, Dr. Rustin Moore, Dr. Michael Oglesbee, Dr. Rex Riggs, and Cindy Wagner.

New Student Orientation will be held on August 15-16 and convocation on August 17, 2012, for the entering Class of 2016. Semester classes begin on August 22.

This summer has been a busy, hot, and a short one! I hope you have found some time to relax and enjoy your favorite activities.


Dean Lonnie King