May 23, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Many congratulations are in order for faculty, staff, and students in the college who are being recognized for their hard work and commitment.

Congratulations to our new Distinguished University Professor Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, Department of Veterinary Biosciences. This permanent, honorific title is bestowed by the Office of Academic Affairs on a competitive basis to no more than two full professors per year who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, scholarly or creative work, and service. Dr. Rikihisa’s research has led to commercial recognition, as well as membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations to our staff award winners who were presented with their plaques at the Staff Appreciation Lunch last Friday! Trudy Busby in Educational Systems and Design, and Jacqueline Nolting, research associate in Animal Influenza Ecology and Epidemiology Research Program. Look at our website for some pictures from the event.

Congratulations to our Promotion and Tenure Committee for a great job sending forward our outstanding faculty who have received the following excellent results:

The following faculty are recommended for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure: Rebecca Garabed and Gustavo Schuenemann in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and Bianca Hettlich, Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The following faculty member is recommended for promotion to the rank of Professor-Clinical: Judy Hickman-Davis, Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The following are recommended for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor-Clinical: Carrie Freed, Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Andrew Niehaus, Veterinary Clinical Sciences. All of these appointments are pending Ohio State Board of Trustees approval, which should take place on June 6, 2014.

In addition, the following reappointment of clinical faculty were also approved: Turi Aarnes, Kathleen Ham, Judy Hickman-Davis, Phillip Lerche, and Andrew Niehaus.

Congratulations to the entire college on receipt of a partnership award from the Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC). Presentation of the award occurred last week during their Wildnite for Wildlife fundraising event held at the Ohio Union. Dr. Don Burton, alumnus of the college and founder of the OWC, as well as Animal Care Unlimited, his veterinary practice, was honored by Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, who announced that OWC’s Nature Education Center in Powell would be named in honor of Don and his wife Susan.

Congratulations to our Schweitzer Fellows! Sara Dewitt, Class of 2016, was honored at the recent Celebration of Service event which brought together the entire 2013-2014 co-hort of fellows in the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellowship program. DeWitt worked with Lifecare Alliance in support of their Senior Petcare Program, which includes access to the Ohio State Veterinary Outreach Program for clients with pets that need veterinary care. Second year veterinary student Colleen Shocking Dent was recognized as a fellow for the 2014-2015 school year. Her project focuses on protecting pets and people during cases of domestic violence.

Congratulations to the entire college (again), for recognition by the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s “Medicine and the Arts” program. Drs. Michelle Harcha and Kate Hayes-Ozello accepted a certificate on our behalf for receipt of a Sir William Osler, M.D. Award, which celebrates collaborations in Medicine and the Arts. Their recognition event was held last week, celebrating five years of this program, which recognizes art’s role in supporting healing during treatment and recovery.

Marketing and Advertising

You may be aware that the VMC is undertaking an advertising campaign to raise awareness for the VMC and the VMC-Dublin. Television commercials and radio spots will start airing in mid-June. Several print ads will appear in local papers and magazines throughout the summer.

College Budget Discussion Meetings

Thank you to those of you who attended the first of our summer discussions about the college budget. Dr. Rustin Moore, associate executive dean, has created a group in CVM Community, and added the handouts for easy reference. Click on “Documents” on the right side of the page to see the list. All of the upcoming sessions will be held in the VMC Auditorium from 3:30-5 p.m. The dates to remember are: Tuesday, 6/10 (Topic: college expenses); Wednesday, 6/25 (Topic: Five-year strategic priorities and the budget gap); Wednesday, 7/23 (Topic: Brainstorming ideas to close the budget gap); and Wednesday 8/13 (Topic: Summary, and next steps).


Dean Lonnie King