October 28, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Last weekend's Reunion-Homecoming events were well-attended and well-organized. I want to thank all of you – faculty, staff and students - who participated in the activities over the weekend. Our alumni appreciated spending time with everyone. I especially want to acknowledge Lauren Lammers and Bonnie Bates in our Advancement office for their outstanding planning. Congratulations to Drs. Susan Barrett and Andy Niehaus who received alumni teaching awards, as well as our four Alumni Recognition Award winners: Drs. Maurice Docton (DVM 1978), Martin Hines (DVM 1946), Michael Hockman (DVM 1966) and Steve Reed (DVM 1976). You can read more about all the award winners on our webpage. A new tradition started this year as well: We awarded medallions to our 50-year class reunion members. The Class of 1963 was really appreciative of this gesture.

Congratulations to both of our Veterinary Medical Centers – here on campus and the VMC-Dublin - for their recent AAHA accreditation.

Speaking of accreditation, you are all probably aware that this week is our seven-year site visit for AVMA Accreditation. The team arrived at the college Sunday evening for a welcome reception and will spend four days touring the college, including our outstanding Marysville Large Animal Services clinic, the VMC-Dublin, our program at Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS), and Finley Farm. Their visit culminates with interviews with University Provost Joe Steinmetz and Interim President Joe Alutto. In addition to recognizing Dr. Steve DiBartola, who has been leading our preparation efforts, I want to thank Michele Morscher for her assistance on planning the logistics for the committee's visit. I also need to thank everyone in the Veterinary Medical Center, especially Director Karin Zuckerman, and building manager Stan Highley. Many other people have spent extra hours in preparation and I hope you all know how much your efforts are appreciated. I think we're well prepared and anticipate a great visit with the AVMA Accreditation Team.

Were you a runner or a walker? Yesterday, October 27th was the 8th annual "Vets 4 Pets" 5K hosted by our Class of 2015. This year, the money raised will be donated to the Capital Area Humane Society.

Did you notice the new banners on the light poles on John Herrick Drive and in front of the VMC on Vernon Tharp Street? The Herrick Drive banners were designed by Tim Vojt, our extraordinary medical illustrator.

The leadership team in the college continues to develop our "Pathway to the Future." We will be providing regular updates about the process on CVM Community under the "Dean's Corner." (log in with your name.#) Part of our process in determining what we should "keep doing, stop doing and start doing" is reviewing and evaluating all of the outstanding suggestions submitted during "Dialogues with the Dean." The full list of ideas is now available on CVM Community. Look in the "Dean's Corner" under "Documents."

Campus Updates and Partnerships

It's "Bucks for Charity" season. This is an opportunity for the Ohio State community to show our support for many worthy organizations and causes. I know many of you support diverse organizations in Central Ohio and this is a chance to join with colleagues and show the strength and generosity of Ohio State. If you have questions about the process of donating, or the organizations available for support, please contact berdawn [dot] hutchinson [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu">Berdawn Hutchinson (Veterinary Biosciences) or lara [dot] lacey [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu (Lara Lacey) (Veterinary Clinical Sciences).

Alumni and Fundraising

We will be emphasizing collaboration and identifying new corporate partners for research and development ventures in the future. Representatives from Henry Schein visited last week, and over the weekend we welcomed a team from Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) for exploration and discussions.

Our Capital Campaign Committee met last week to provide support and ideas for our college fundraising efforts. Members include alumni Drs. Bob Hummel, Boyd Epperson (and his wife Ann), and Ira Niedwiske (and his wife Jill), as well as college friends Diane Brennan, Teckie Shackleford, and Barbara Trueman. This is an outstanding group of business experts and donors to our college, and we appreciate their time and input in our on-going efforts to raise $75 million by the end of the campaign in 2016. We currently have raised about $39 million.

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, November 10, Ohio State is sponsoring a race called the "Four Miler" that ends at the 50 yard line in Ohio Stadium. The route includes John Herrick Drive and Coffey Road. Access to the college and the VMC will be available via the Sisson Parking Lot from Olentangy River Road. Campus Police will be on hand to direct traffic between approximately 9 and 11:30 a.m. You can get details and see the map on our college calendar.


Dean Lonnie King