Greetings esteemed colleagues!
The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is working hard to grow, adapt, and engage more of you in the activities that interest and resonate with you. For the 2016-2017 academic year, we began a new student engagement activity, increased Society participation in an existing activity, awarded 44 scholarships, continued our annual Golf Outing with a new community service twist, and saw our efforts rewarded by the OSU Alumni Association.
- Get the Scoop with recent graduates provides each current veterinary class with a volunteer panel of recent graduates for a one-hour question and answer session, complete with Graeter’s ice cream.
- Dinner for 12 Buckeyes is an Ohio State Student Alumni Council-sponsored event that the Alumni Society participates in four times per academic year. Our reserved dinner table matches 6 alumni with 6 members of a current veterinary class and provides the opportunity for networking and conversations.
- Our annual Golf Outing began a new tradition of food donations to support Buckeye Food Alliance, a recently formed Ohio State student food pantry to help combat food insecurity.
- During the annual Alumni Association’s Clubs and Societies Leadership Symposium, our Society received OSU Alumni Association’s highest recognition as a Scarlet Society for successful completion of events in five of seven required categories.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, the Society has continued Get the Scoop and Dinner for 12 Buckeyes, partnered with SAVMA to start a new opportunity to help defray the expenses of veterinary students attending the annual SAVMA symposium, and participated in World Kindness Day, packaging meals to combat local food insecurity as well as support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
We continue our support of the College’s incoming student orientation; this fall we welcomed the Class of 2021! Alumni were on hand to meet new students at the mixer, as well as at the Organizations and Activities fair. This provides their first introduction to some of our fantastic alumni. We also continue our support of the White Coat Ceremony, which provides every third-year student a lab coat as they transition into clinical rotations for their fourth year. Please consider sponsoring a white coat for a third-year student; detailed information is enclosed.
If you want to learn more about these activities, or if you already participate in activities that you would like to invite the Alumni Society and your colleagues to join you in supporting, please contact me or Bonnie Bates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for all that you do!
Susan J. Reed, DVM (’90), DACVPM
President, Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society