October 15, 2012

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

OSU has officially kicked off its Capital Campaign.  The silent phase of the Campaign ran from January 1, 2009 through September of 2012 and the public phase will continue through June 30, 2016.  The University goal is $2.5 billion.  Each college including CVM is part of the Campaign and is aligned to the larger Campaign.  The CVM goal is $75 million and our top 3 priorities are: $25 million for the expansion and enhancement of the Veterinary Medical Center; $10 million for support for students especially for scholarships; and $10 million for key faculty and staff positions.  Other goals are for specific programs, research, facilities and equipment. 

We had a very successful alumni weekend October 5 through October 7.  Our Capital Campaign Committee met at the College; the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society also and honored Drs. Robert Rainier, class of 1963 and William Flynn, class of 1991, with recognition awards for their significant contributions to the profession.  The College and the Society are forming a working group to consider future options for the Society based on recent changes to OSU’s Alumni Association and creation of the new Advancement model.  We held an alumni reception on Friday, October 5th and welcomed about 275 people back to campus.  We were pleased to have a number of faculty attend the reception which the alumni especially appreciated. We also hosted a special dinner at the Faculty Club for members of the Class of 1962 who were celebrating their 50th class reunion.  Prestigious teaching awards were presented to Dr. Laurie Millward (Lyman winner) and Dr. David Wilkie who was honored with the Fox Award.  On Saturday we enjoyed a lively and fun tailgate for the College, students and our alumni and friends.  There were about 350 attendees who enjoyed games, conversation, good food and entertainment including OSU cheerleaders, Brutus and our own CVM singing group, the Hoofbeats.  This wonderful weekend was topped off with a great OSU victory over Nebraska on Saturday evening. 

This week we are celebrating the National Veterinary Technicians Week.  Our College and the Veterinary Medical Center is fortunate to have a large cadre of technicians who are critical to our teaching, research and patient care missions.  Our Registered Veterinary Technicians, radiological technologists, ultrasound technologists, pharmacy technicians and medical lab technicians collectively and individually help make our college special and highly ranked.  We honor and thank all of our techs this week for their many outstanding contributions. 

We learned that CVM was also honored by Bayer Animal Health and was awarded one of the Bayer Excellence in Communications Award.  This award is both prestigious and helpful to the College as we continue to be national leaders in this area.  We will receive funds to support a student scholarship and further advance our skill building for students in communications.  We appreciate Joelle Nielson’s help in ensuring that our College was one of the pilot schools receiving this award. 

We welcome two new people to our team.  Mollie Hansen is the College Receptionist and replaces Priscilla Vitelli, who recently retired.  In addition Amanda Fark has accepted the position as our first Director of Career Services.  This position is part of Dr. Lord’s team and the first such office at a College of Veterinary Medicine in the U.S.  Our students need the support and experiences of Amanda as they make job and career decisions and enter the job market. 

Last week we visited with leaders at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who support and direct the Foundation's portfolio of agriculture and livestock projects and initiatives.  The Foundation has an interest in the concept of One Health and we helped facilitate discussions across the Foundation's units on the topic.  In addition, we did a radio show on One Health with the Ohio Farm Bureau last week. 

We are in the midst of a number of construction projects and planning activities.  Subway will be located in the basement of the VMC and construction will begin this week.  In addition the C-O6 project for research space in Goss, the lab animal space in Sisson Hall, the new student surgery area, the addition of new chiller for VMC and plans for the major enhancement and expansion of the VMC, as well as a few other projects are all being either planned or in the construction process.  We met with a campus FOD team to review and coordinate all these activities and ensure that all this work is integrated into our College plans and strategies. 

I apologize for being somewhat late in sending out these notes without Melissa Weber's support.  I'll continue to send out updates however and wanted to let everyone know that Melissa's chemotherapy has been quite successful to date and it was wonderful to see her during our recent alumni weekend.  To help support all the activities in our communications office, we also welcome Kathy Baird who will fill in for Melissa until her return. 

On a personal note, Sylvia and I are thrilled with the birth of Amelia, our beautiful 7 lb. granddaughter, who joins 2 older brothers ages 5 & 2 and we look forward to visiting them in Columbia, SC very soon. 

Sincerely,

Dean Lonnie King