April 19, 2012
- As we prepare for one of Texas A&M's most revered
traditions, Aggie Muster, where we pause to remember those who have
passed in the previous year, I am reminded of another milestone
moment that contributed to making our college the special place it
is. As has been often said, we always build our future on the
accomplishments of those who came before us, so it is always
fitting to honor their memory. On April 16, 1916, 96 years
ago, "The Board of Directors established the School of Veterinary
Medicine as a part of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College. The school was authorized to award the degree of
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mark Francis was named
dean and professor of veterinary medicine and surgery."
- pg. 77, A Pictorial History of Texas A&M
University 1876-1976 by Henry C. Dethloff. The same history
book explains that "Veterinary Science" had been taught at A&M
since 1879 and Dr. Mark Francis of Ohio had been a professor in
that department since it was created in 1888. I appreciate Former
Dean Richard Adams letting me know about this important part of our
- Scheduled for Saturday, April 21st, is the grand
re-opening of the Memorial Student Center. Known as the "living
room" of campus, the renovation has been extensive and provides
many gathering opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. In
the process, connections to the important components of Texas
A&M history have been maintained and highlighted throughout the
complex. Please take time to visit the MSC and see what's new.
- In our own backyard, we have had the opportunity to open up our
college to family and friends on Parents Weekend. Our second year
veterinary students made the symbolic transition from classroom
learning to clinical application with the receiving of their white
coats in the annual White Coat Ceremony. It was a wonderful
weekend, and family and friends who have been supporting our
veterinary medical students were able to get a taste of what life
is like in veterinary medical school.
- Then, on Saturday, April 14th, we opened our doors
to the public with our 19th Annual Open House. What a
tremendous turnout with an estimated 10,000 guests in attendance. I
am always in awe of the amazing job that our students do to
accomplish such a large event. Through interactive exhibits and
demonstrations, our students are telling the story, not only of our
college, but also of our profession. Thanks and congratulations for
a job well done by this year's Open House chair, Kristen Turner,
and to the approximately 700 two-legged volunteers - our
veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate students who made this one
of the biggest and best events at CVM.
- Congratulations again to Tim Phillips, the newest Distinguished
Professor in CVM. This is a most prestigious honor.
Nominations from across campus are reviewed by a panel of Texas
A&M's previously recognized University Distinguished
Professors. Selection is based upon achievement of seminal
contribution or substantial leap forward in the discipline,
consideration as pre-eminent in field, and major impact of
scholarship. This is considered the highest honor bestowed by
Texas A&M on its faculty. Dr. Castiglioni and I have notified
Dr. Phillips personally. You are encouraged to attend the
reception to honor Dr. Phillips on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from
2:00-4:00 PM in the Mark Francis Room.
- Our students continue to achieve great success outside of the
walls of our college. Amelia Romoser, a graduate student in
toxicology, recently received the Association of Former Students
University Level Award for Graduate Research. Also, James (Will)
Frank, a PhD candidate in Dr. Gregory Johnson's laboratory, just
won the platform presentation competition at the 18th
Annual Texas Forum for Reproductive Biology. Congratulations to
both of these outstanding students and their faculty mentors.
- During our College Hour on April 13th, I was
pleased to provide updates on our recently approved Veterinary
Education Building. The Dean of the College of Architecture, Dr.
Jorge Vanegas, has been very supportive of this building project
and has freed up one of his faculty members, Dr. Valerian (Vallie)
Miranda, to help develop the Program of Requirements for our new
facility. Dr. Miranda will also involve graduate students
from the College of Architecture. Special thanks are extended
to Sam Wigington, Director of facilities, and his team, Heather
Quiram, Assistant Director, LeTisha Zepeda, Office Assistant, and
student workers, Laney Schorp and Stephanie Garcia.
- Many of our faculty, staff, and students are already engaged in
the planning of the new facilities. As the planning process
continues, the input we receive from each of you will be vital.
Each department has a representative serving to collect input from
faculty, staff, and students. Department representatives are:
John August - VSCS, Anton Hoffman - VIBS, Glen Laine - VTPP, Allen
Roussel - VLCS, and Roger Smith - VTPB. We have also created a
facilities website to keep everyone informed of our progress. On
this site there are two surveys, one for faculty and staff and one
for students - and we need your participation. You can access the
surveys at the following links:
- We really want the new Education Building to be the best. Over
the next few months, members of the CVM family are going to visit
leading facilities that represent the latest in design and
technology from academia, human medicine, and veterinary medicine.
As we travel from coast to coast, we will be bringing back ideas
that will put our new facility on the leading edge of educational
technology and building design.
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University