April 7, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

We have lots of good news this week. Congratulations to everyone involved in Saturday’s Open House! What a tremendous success. The students' hard work was evident – as was the support of our Office of Student Affairs. I especially want to acknowledge April Pugh, director of Admissions and Recruitment, who kept things running smoothly, and will organize the delivery of the hundreds of pounds of pet food that was donated by visitors.

Congratulations also goes out to Dr. Tom Wittum, professor in our Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, who was just honored as a Distinguished University Scholar for his work in infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. This designation is typically bestowed on fewer than six faculty across the entire university. He will be honored at an event next week, as well as during halftime at a home football game this fall.

I want to acknowledge another important student event that took place last week: the first inter-professional health summit. Students from all seven health sciences colleges participated and heard a great talk by Dr. Catherine Lucey, currently at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Thanks goes to Noelle Diana, second year vet student for her efforts in organizing this important event.

I hope you’re planning to attend tonight's important student Town Hall meeting, featuring keynote Michael Dicks, director 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.

College Initiatives

Several initiatives are underway to continue to prepare our college for the future. As many of you know, Dr. Steve DiBartola is retiring on June 30. In preparation for that transition, a review committee will consider how the administration of our curriculum will continue. They had their first meeting last week. In addition, Dr. Michael Oglesbee, chair, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, has agreed to chair the search committee for the next chair for the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Along with those two efforts, we are also working with a "Think Tank" to examine new methods for greater success in our VMC and VMC-Dublin. Part of that effort includes a recently posted position in marketing and business development.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Are you aware that the university is moving all college email to the university's email system? In May, our college will undergo this shift, replacing our existing system (firstname [dot] lastname [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu) with a centralized email service that uses your current name [dot] # [at] osu [dot] edu. This shift to a centralized system will give us integrated e-mail and calendaring tools across all Ohio State units and departments, including a global address list that includes all faculty, staff, and students, as well as meeting rooms and other service resources, in the same web-based access to email that you currently enjoy through Outlook. Over the next several weeks, look for additional communications from VIS about this service, the migration process, and schedule. You can learn more about the University E-mail Service and the Enterprise E-mail project online at emailproject.osu.edu. Send your questions to our IT Service Desk at 614-292-4146, or ITServiceDesk [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu.

Next week we will be welcoming a delegation from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. They will be meeting with faculty from all the health science colleges, taking tours, and developing strategic partnerships with Ohio State. This is part of the Ohio State Health Sciences/Ethiopia partnership, and we look forward to introducing them to our campus.

State and National Issues

The AAVMC hosted their annual conference in March, "One Health in Veterinary Medical Education." More than 60 presentations from more than 90 presenters included examples of integrated clinical experiences, research and medical technology, and cross-disciplinary teaching methods. You can read the summary here.

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, April 25 De-Stress Day for Students

Sunday, April 27: White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, May 3: Student Honors and Awards; Oath and Hooding

Sunday, May 4: Commencement


Dean Lonnie King