February 21, 2012

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Many of you have heard that Diane Rasmussen, who has served five deans as their executive assistant, is retiring from OSU effective February 29 after 22 years of service. She has kept the CVM dean's office running smoothly and professionally for more than 12 years and I want to take this moment to publically thank her and acknowledge her hard work and dedication. We will be welcoming Anissa Thomas from the Washington, D.C. Government Relations office who will be taking on Diane's responsibilities beginning the week of March 5.

Congratulations to all of our students who successfully matched into an internship or residency program through the VIRMP Matching Program. We are proud of all of you! We are especially pleased with those interns and residents who will be joining us in the college staring this summer. Out of 260 applicants, we are proud to have matched with our top choices in nearly every area. This is certainly evidence of the outstanding reputation of our clinical programs! 

We are getting ready to kick off a college-wide work group to review the college's veterinary medical education business plan. This is an important group, who will ultimately make recommendations for our college about our pre-veterinary requirements, and veterinary education and experiences. We need an in-depth examination of every aspect of how the college operates, and especially how our students are educated for a changing future including how to reduce debt load and ensure practice/society ready veterinarians. I look forward to this group's recommendations, and want to thank Dr. John Hubbell for agreeing to lead this important task force and Dr. Steve DiBartola for co-chairing this effort.

Staff members should mark their calendars for March 20 at noon in the VMC auditorium for the first-ever Staff Forum. This will be an opportunity for me to offer updates and to answer your questions. While we have quarterly faculty meetings, we will also have staff forums and/or college-wide forums in the future.

I also want to call your attention to the most recent issue of "Culturally Speaking" presented by college Culture Strategist Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard. The February issue offers a great summary of our recent Visioning Retreat and gives details about our next steps. The follow-up survey will be available next week; I hope you will all take a few minutes to review the material and respond to the survey. As we move forward with completing our vision statement and reviewing the values that matter to us, we need everyone’s input and support. 

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Building on existing programs and creating new partnerships continues to be one of our goals in the college. The steering committee of the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program met recently with representatives from the Food Innovation Center. This is the first combined meeting to discuss synergies, faculty research programs, and collaborative ventures. Our follow-up plans include looking for overlap of faculty involved with both programs, discovering areas of common interest, and further discussions with faculty to expand those common interest areas.

State and National Issues

We continue to try to keep Ohio State at the forefront of national issues. Last week, we met with Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of Veterinary Services, APHIS, USDA, and his executive team. We are exploring the training and educational needs of their organization, including graduate training, such as our MPH-VPH program, and other potential customized programs.

Alumni and Fundraising

I hope you had the chance to hear our alumnus NASA Astronaut Dr.  Rick Linnehan speak today. He provided a lively and engaging presentation about his space shuttle missions. He was in town for the John Glenn recognition dinner, and we appreciate his time sharing information.

Over the weekend, many Ohio State faculty and administrators participated in the annual Winter College event in Florida. This event is an opportunity for Ohio State faculty to offer presentations to alumni and donors who live year-round or spend the winter in Florida. Participants are always impressed by the variety of programs represented in the presentations, as well as the depth of expertise at Ohio State. The College of Veterinary Medicine hosted a special reception for our alumni, as well.

Upcoming Events

The annual Midwest Veterinary Conference opens this Thursday, February 24 and goes through Sunday, February 26. I know many of you are involved in our booth in the exhibit hall, as well as with giving lectures, participating in the referring veterinarian reception on Friday evening, and attending the Alumni Reception on Saturday night. Thank you in advance for representing our college and the Veterinary Medical Center at this important event. We also acknowledge Dr. Linda Lord who has served as president of the OVMA during the last year and she turns her duties over to the new OVMA president, Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, at the end of this meeting.

Dean Lonnie King