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2015 President’s Membership Letter
Dear fellow Veterinary Alumni,
I would like to thank The Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society members for their support last year. The primary objective of our society has always been and remains the advancement of the best interests of our veterinary college among its students, faculty, staff, and friends. Of equal importance is the fellowship among our membership.
The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society adopted a new non-dues membership model last year. Although all alumni are now basic members of the Society, one can become a sustaining member through an annual tax-deductible gift of $50 or more to any College of Veterinary Medicine fund. This donation will be applied towards the $75 minimum gift required for sustaining membership in The Ohio State University Alumni Association. An annual gift of $3,000 or more qualifies for President’s Club membership, creating the opportunity to purchase season football tickets. Our membership model is the same model recently adopted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association two years ago. In the first year of the new model we have seen a 20% increase in the number of college alumni giving and a 37% increase in the amount of total gifts to the college.
We are excited to announce the Alumni Society’s continued support of the College’s White Coat Ceremony for the incoming fourth-year class. The Alumni Society in previous years made a donation to the college to support this event, however, this year we are providing the opportunity for alumni to sponsor a student by donating $100 to purchase a white coat. Each coat sponsor can include a personal message to be placed in the coat pocket, another excellent opportunity to develop a relationship with a student/future alumnus. To date, more than 50 alumni have supported this effort, and if you have not yet done so, we encourage your participation to help us reach our goal of sponsoring all 160 students in next year’s class. For information, please contact Bonnie Bates at the college (bates [dot] 6 [at] osu [dot] edu).
There is a lot of excitement at the veterinary college as ground was broken and construction started last fall on the new addition to the Veterinary Medical Center. This is part of the $30 million project that will be completed in four phases over the next few years. This project is much needed with Phase One including a newly renovated ICU, additional offices and expanded learning spaces. Phases Two through Four include an expanded lobby and reception area, additional patient exam rooms, and state of the art clinical, surgery and teaching spaces.
At the 2014 Reunion Homecoming Weekend last October, four well deserving alumni received the Alumni Society Recognition Award for their exemplary work in the veterinary profession and their communities. The recipients were Drs. Don Noah, Michael Huerkamp, John Hubbell, and Michael Cornwell.
On behalf of the Alumni Society Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you for your past donations to the various veterinary college funds. We encourage you to continue with such generosity and to give special attention to the fundraising for the Veterinary Medical Center, sponsorship of the White Coat Ceremony, and the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Affairs Program Support fund.
Rob Brenneman, DVM ’84 (whahdocrob [at] yahoo [dot] com)
President, Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society