September 6, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Congratulations to Dr. Mo Saif, emeritus faculty member and former director of the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) in Wooster. He was elected to the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Hall of Honor this year in conjunction with the 18TH WVPA Congress held in in Nantes, France. The Hall of Honor recognizes poultry veterinarians and scientists who have made substantial contributions to poultry health.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Have you seen the latest information about the university's Discovery Themes initiative? During the summer, the Discovery Themes leaders and Faculty Advisory Boards finalized lists of "grand challenges" within each of the theme areas of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness. The “challenges” will help identify potential areas for Discovery Themes investment. Now, they are finalizing a two-stage RFP process. The initial phase of this process should be released on September 16. The college is in an excellent position to participate in this process with strength in several of the Discovery Themes areas. Remember that Kate Hayes-Ozello, grants specialist in our Office of Research and Graduate Studies, is available to support our efforts in responding to the RFP for this program.

State and National Issues

We are working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture including Dr. Tony Forshey, alumnus and state veterinarian for Ohio, to set up a process to inform our students about potential career opportunities in government. Many of the veterinarians currently in both state and federal agency positions will be eligible for retirement beginning next year, and we want to make sure our students are prepared to both meet the needs of the people of Ohio and nationally, as well as take advantage of career paths they may not have considered.

I am looking forward to two upcoming opportunities to talk with people about One Health. This Sunday, (9/8), I will speak with members and volunteers of the Ohio Wildlife Center. Our alumnus Dr. Don Burton started the OWC more than 20 years ago, and the program has expanded to include an additional facility in Powell. Many of you may be volunteers for the OWC, and I hope you’ll participate in this event.

Dr. Jeff LeJuene, director of FAHRP, is hosting a Science Café in Wooster also focusing on One Health. The Science Cafes offer an opportunity to make the public more aware of science. Many sessions have been held around campus for the past two years, and have initiated provocative discussions on current issues from global warming to the age of the universe. This is a great opportunity to engage people in the Wooster area and I want to thank Dr. LeJuene for initiating the program.  I will also take advantage of this visit to meet with our faculty at FAHRP.

Alumni and Fundraising

Drs. Rustin Moore, Liesa Stone, Linda Lord and I are headed to West Virginia next week to hold a community conversation with area practitioners as we well as host a CE session for those veterinarians in attendance. The CE portion of the evening will include Drs. Julie Byron (Management of urinary incontinence in dogs); Cory Brown (Medical management adrenal tumors in dogs) and

Laurie Cook (Management of intervertebral disc disease in dogs). We haven’t been to this area in a number of years and look forward to renewing friendships, updating alumni and practitioners on college activities and services, and connecting with veterinarians in West Virginia.

Upcoming Events

Did you know the renovation of Goss Lab and new laboratory space is nearly complete? We’ll be showing off this space to our alumni at a special "Grand Opening" on Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m. during Reunion-Homecoming Weekend.

And speaking of Reunion-Homecoming Weekend, I hope many of you will plan to participate in the events of the weekend, starting with the reception on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the tent on our lawn in front of VMAB, and even the tailgate on Saturday from 12:30-3 (prior to the football game). For interested faculty and staff the college will cover your registration; therefore, there is no charge to attend, but you must RSVP to Lauren Lammers, events specialist and CE coordinator, at 614-688-8433 or Lauren [dot] lammers [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu. It means a lot to our alumni to reconnect with the faculty and staff they remember, as well as meet new college personnel. Please check with Lauren if you have questions and I hope to see you at these events.


Dean Lonnie King