March 24, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, 

College Updates

It’s that time of the year when we start to reflect on our accomplishments, and especially some of the people who have made our work possible. We are nearing many important milestones such as White Coat and Oath and Hooding. Please note the dates listed under Upcoming Events below. 

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who will be recognized at the Oath and Hooding ceremony:

  • Michele Morscher, William L. Ingalls Award for Outstanding Service
  • Dr. Tatiana Motta, Creativity in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Stephen DiBartola, Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Dr. Alicia Bertone, Charles Capen Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Ian Davis, Zoetis Excellence in Veterinary Research Award 

The following Distinguished Alumni will also be recognized:

  • Dr. Kerry L. Ketring, (DVM 1972, completed residency 1975), is being recognized for his many contributions to veterinary Ophthalmology and his dedication to the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Dr. Peter L. Nara, (MS in Physiology and Pharmacology, 1979, DVM 1984, and PhD in 1986), is being recognized for his dedication and success in basic and translational research as well as his entrepreneurial spirit. 

Congratulations to all of our award winners this spring. We will be looking forward to recognition of our students’ accomplishments at their awards and recognition event as well. 

Campus Updates and Partnerships

The emphasis on the Discovery Themes continues with a new lecture program featuring eminent scholars who are authorities on the Discovery Themes areas. Remember also that the deadline for proposals for current initiatives – emerging and re-emerging diseases, materials for a sustainable world, and food to improve health – is May 2.  By this Friday (3/28) a designated faculty team leader must submit his or her name, a draft proposal title, and the selected area of submission to rfpdiscoverythemes [at] osu [dot] edu. Upon receipt, the team leader will receive a personalized ePortal link required for the proposal submission.

Are you familiar with Yammer? It’s a web-based networking tool for people within organizations to share information. Ohio State has its own account, and  the Discovery Themes team has created a page that will allow faculty and staff to interact and discuss the second Discovery Themes Request for Proposals in a quick and easy manner. To participate, create a free Yammer account at and log in to your account to access the Discovery Themes page:

State and National Issues

Last week, I spent several days working with the AAVMC in Washington, D.C. In addition to participating in their conference, “One Health in Veterinary Medical Education”, we spent a day on Capitol Hill visiting our congressional representatives to explain important veterinary concepts to our legislators. 

Alumni and Fundraising

Have you seen the information about our new membership model for our Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society? In December, members voted to follow The Ohio State University Alumni Association model, which grants membership status to all alumni, and encourages them to support a fund of their choice in order to attain a status of “sustaining member.” Throughout its history, the Alumni Society has depended on annual dues to fund its operations and programming. Now, the College of Veterinary Medicine will provide a small amount of financial support to help the society broaden its engagement with all alumni through new benefits and services. The constitutional changes provide all College of Veterinary Medicine graduates basic level membership and annual membership dues will be discontinued. Alumni can become Sustaining Members of the society each year through tax-deductible gifts of $50 or more to any fund of their choice within the college. We believe alumni will embrace this new membership model and view it as an opportunity to more directly support preferred programs in the college, while participating in a committed and influential alumni group for our college.

Upcoming Events

I hope you have marked you calendars for the following important dates:

  • Saturday, April 5: College Annual Open House, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, April 7: Student Town Hall meeting, featuring keynote Michael Dicks, head of the AMVA’s new Veterinary Economics Division, and  a panel discussion that will include Jack Advent, executive director of the OVMA, Benjamin Campbell, assistant professor of management and human resources in the Fisher College of Business. Everyone in the college is encouraged to attend this important presentation.
  • Thursday, April 17: Research Day, keynote presentation by Dr. Carol Reinero, an associate professor in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Sunday, April 27: White Coat Ceremony
  • Saturday, May 3: Student Honors and Awards; Oath and Hooding
  • Sunday, May 4: Commencement