April 22, 2011
- Thanks to all for their participation and support for all the
Homecoming Weekend activities. Meeting families and celebrating
with our faculty and students made this a truly special time for
- At the Outstanding Alumni Dinner, we recognized five former
students for their contribution to veterinary medicine. This year
we honored Dr. Eugene Thomas (Zeke) Skidmore, '56 of Hilltop Lakes,
Texas; Dr. Dwight D. King, '70 of Wharton, Texas; Dr. H. Richard
Adams, '66 of College Station, Texas; Dr. Albert S. Abdullah, '57
of Dalhart, Texas; and Dr. Glenn Blodgett, '74 of Guthrie,
- At the Outstanding Alumni Dinner, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, manager
of the Equine Division and resident veterinarian of Burnett Ranch's
6666 Ranch, received a special surprise. The Burnett Foundation
honored Dr. Blodgett with a $2.5M endowed position in our college,
the Glenn Blodgett Endowed Chair in Equine Studies. The gift
agreement is being finalized as we speak.
- In addition, more than 400 parents and students toured the CVM
and participated in our Parents' Weekend activities.
- This year, the Gentle Doctor Benefit transformed to a Gentle
Doctor Scholarship Luncheon. Donors expressed what it means to give
and student scholarship recipients expressed what it means to
receive scholarship support for their education in a setting where
donors and recipients met and visited. In addition, student groups
set up booths and sold Aggie CVM goods, which was profitable for
all. The event, attended by almost 600 people, also served as an
alumni gathering with the Class of '71 having the most impressive
attendance at more than 80.. While we received much positive
feedback on the new format, we will continue to evaluate this event
every year. In all, more than $21,700 was raised in support of
veterinary medical scholarships.
- On April 9, we opened our college to more than 10,000 visitors
for the 18th Annual Open House. This event gives the public a
chance to see inside the veterinary profession, and is completely
run by students. Congratulations to all the Open House student
leaders for yet another successful year.
- Muster was held last night on this campus and all around the
world. In Palestine, Texas our own Dr. Guy Sheppard was the Muster
speaker. Of course, he included our college in his remarks.
- Dr. James Womack was awarded a USDA grant for $14.2 million.
Womack's lab will take the lead for the first grant of $9.2 million
to study Bovine Respiratory Disease in beef and dairy cattle. The
second grant will be led by researchers at the University of
Missouri in collaboration with Dr. Womack's lab to study feed
efficiency in beef cattle. Participants from the CVM include Dr.
Noah Cohen, Dr. Loren Skow, Dr. Lawrence Falconer, Dr. Christopher
Seabury, Dr. Scott Dindot, and Dr. Alan Dabney.
- Recently, several of our graduate students were recognized for
their excellence in research at the Distinguished Graduate Student
Awards Ceremony. Danilo Landrock from Veterinary Pathobiology and
Rajeshwari Yog from Veterinary Integrative Biosciences won awards
for their Master's Research and Pamela Ferro from Veterinary
Pathobiology and Panos Xenoulis from Small Animal Clinical Sciences
won awards for their PhD research.
- Dr. William Klemm and I both will be recognized by the Auburn
University as Distinguished Alumni at the Auburn graduation
ceremony on May 10th. "War Eagle" will be punctuated by "Whoop," as
two of the three to be recognized are from Texas A&M.
Congratulations are also due to Dr. Deb Zoran, who will be featured
as an award-winning faculty member as part of the Teaching for
Tomorrow series from the Center for Teaching Excellence. Those
interested in viewing segments from the series may find it at http://vimeo.com/tamucte.
- World Veterinary Year is in full swing, so don't forget to mark
your calendars for April 27th when the next part of the WVY Lecture
Series is scheduled. Join us in the auditorium of the
Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building on main campus from 4-5:30
pm where a panel of veterinarians will discuss the present global
impact of veterinary medicine. Featured panelists are Dr. Clay
Ashley, Dr. Juan Romano, and Dr. Philippa Sprake
- Also, this next week we welcome back one of our own, Dr. Jim
Humphries. Dr. Humphries will be presenting a four-hour media
training program for our faculty, staff, and students entitled
"When the Media Calls". Dr. Humphries has extensive experience as a
veterinary journalist, and his program will be entertaining and
valuable. If you have not done so already, please mark your
calendar for April 25 from 8 am to noon. The seminar will be held
at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies Lecture Hall
next to the Stevenson Center. RSVPs should go to Angela Clendenin
or 862-2675). We look forward to seeing you there!
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University