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April 4, 2012

  • In the last two weeks, we have had the opportunity to recognize many people from our college for the tremendous impact they have made on education and on the veterinary profession. Two faculty members from the Veterinary Integrative Biosciences were recognized with Association of Former Students University Level Distinguished Achievement Awards. Dr. Barbara Gastel received the only award given campus-wide in the category of Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education, and Professional Development. Dr. Jane Welsh was one of two awarded across the campus for Graduate Student Mentoring. We also are pleased to announce that Edward Massingill, of Custodial Services, was honored for his great efforts and outstanding job in large animal surgery. What a tremendous accomplishment for these members of our CVM family.
  • In addition to the two university level awards, we were also able to honor other faculty and students when we kicked off Homecoming Weekend with the Honors Convocation. In all, 82 students and CVM faculty were recognized for their achievements. That was followed up with the Outstanding Alumni Dinner. This year, we honored Dr. John R. Herbold '69, Dr. JoGayle Howard '80 (awarded posthumously), Dr. J. Michael McFarland '85, Dr. Harold D. Putnam '60, Dr. Ronald O. Stried '71, and Dr. Michael A. Walker '72. The next day at the Gentle Doctor Scholarship Luncheon, faculty from each department that won awards in the past year were recognized.
  • After an internal search, Dr. Allen Roussel has accepted the position as department head for Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Dr. Roussel has been at Texas A&M since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1986. Roussel is a gifted leader ready and able to work with VLCS faculty and staff to build upon the progress made under the leadership of Dr. Bill Moyer and to move the department forward to meet the challenges of the changing environment of both veterinary medical education and the veterinary profession.
  • Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary and his team - Dr. Ashley Seabury, Robin Benbow, and David Kessler as they recently completed an external review of the Biomedical Sciences graduate program. While the official report will not be available until later in April, initial discussions with reviewers have been very positive and demonstrate that we have a program of which we can all be proud. We will, of course, share the final report once it has been received.
  • As an important reminder, the time has come for the official Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation site visit at Texas A&M. The reviewing team will be here April 2-5, and team members will be visiting many locations around campus. To prepare for the visit, it is imperative that we are all familiar with the Texas A&M Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Information about the QEP can be found at the following link: http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/quality-enhancement-plan, and a brief presentation can also be found on the kiosks in the main lobby and the lobbies in both the Small and Large Animal Hospitals. Be sure to take a few moments to review the presentation to be prepared for the accreditation visit. Please be aware that members of the reviewing team may stop individuals in the hallway and ask about the QEP, so we need to stay informed. If you haven't already, please review the presentation on the kiosks or visit the Provost's QEP website listed above.
  • Things continue to be very busy around the CVM, and if you haven't already done so, be sure to mark your calendar for the 19th Annual Open House. This completely student-run event is scheduled from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 14th. There will be lots of new things to see this year, as well as old favorites such as Teddy Bear Surgery. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
(979) 845-5053