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March 19, 2012

  • The BIMS graduate program review has been completed. Thanks to Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary for overseeing this review, all who helped him prepare the document, and all who contributed to the review team meetings. A final report is expected soon.
  • The planning process for the new Veterinary Education Building and Small Animal Hospital Expansion is moving full speed ahead. Numerous architecture firms interested in bidding to design the new building have visited our college and received tours. The new building will be located approximately where the current aviary for the Schubot Center for Exotic Bird Health is housed. Relocating the Schubot Center will be the first step in our construction phase. Plans have been submitted to the university's Council on the Built Environment to relocate the aviary adjacent to the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center. The education building and boulevard entry will impinge on the Equine Reproduction Barn and Building 1147 (Terracon), respectively. We will continue to work closely with the faculty and staff affected by this relocation to identify alternative facilities as the process moves forward.
  • Prior to Spring Break, I attended a full-day retreat hosted by the Provost. Discussions included future budget scenarios for the university, as well as good news from the previous year. The deans were invited to present highlights and accomplishments from their college from last year. It is always a pleasure to share with others what you are accomplishing in CVM.
  • Texas A&M was well-represented at the 2012 AAVMC Annual Conference. Dan Posey was immersed in an educational session on food supply veterinary medicine. Kenita Rogers met with other associate deans on relevant topics. Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary met with other associate deans and participated in research meetings at NIH. I spent one day on the Hill visiting with our Texas legislators. Some of the pertinent congressional funding issues include NIH funding, formula funds for animal health & disease research, agricultural and food research initiative, the veterinary loan repayment program, regional centers of excellence in food supply veterinary medicine, and national animal health laboratory network. The highlight of the AAVMC meeting was watching Anton Hoffman receive the National Pfizer Teaching Award and hearing him present his philosophy of teaching.
  • In 2011, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) created a planning group called the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), and tasked the group with creating a strategic plan for the future of veterinary medical education. I was honored to serve on the Board of Directors with two other deans (Dr. Bennie Osburn from UC Davis and Dr. Willie Reed from Purdue), three members of the Council on Education, and three members of licensing boards. Three national meetings were held with the largest group and broadest representation ever gathered to discuss veterinary education. The recently released Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible represents the results of this effort. The final version of this plan can be found at the following link: http://www.aavmc.org/roadmap. Many member institutions have already begun to incorporate recommendations in the document in their own strategic planning process. Earlier this week, the AAVMC released a second document summarizing information that highlights the activities that the AAVMC and member colleges are undertaking that complement the recommendations in the NAVMEC report. Examples can be seen at the link: http://www.aavmc.org/NAVMEC/NAVEMC-is-Working.aspx.
  • On April 2-5, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) site team will visit Texas A&M University. Provost Karan Watson informs us that it is very important for faculty, staff, and students to be knowledgeable of SACS accreditation. As part of this process, a document that reaffirms our commitment to a lifetime of learning has been created. The Aggies Commit document (which may be accessed at http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/quality-enhancement-plan/qep/AggiesCommit82411.pdf) outlines the approach to identifying programs that enhance the learning environment and measuring the success of these programs over time. Some of the areas of focus include undergraduate learning and research, global learning and diversity, learning communities, internships and capstone projects, and writing intensive courses.
  • The Dean of Faculties has created a new committee named the Academic Civil Rights Investigation Committee (ACRIC) that is tasked with investigating violations of civil rights in our academic community. Civil Rights violations and the ACRIC are governed by University Rule 08.01.01.M1 (found at http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.pdf), which was approved on Feb. 29 of this year. It also covers University SAP 08.01.01.M1.02 (found at http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/08.01.01.M1.02.pdf), which was enacted on Jan. 20. Each college was asked to submit two names to serve on this committee, and we have selected Dr. Lynn Ruoff, clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, and Dr. William Moyer, professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, as representatives from our college. One of the highest core values of Texas A&M University is that of selfless service, and I appreciate Drs. Ruoff and Moyer serving.
  • This is a big week at the College. This Friday starts with a Bridges Academy presentation by Jim Hermann. Friday afternoon includes Honors Convocation at 1 pm and White Coat Ceremony at 3:30 pm. The Outstanding Alumni Dinner is Friday night at 6 pm at Miramont.
  • Saturday starts off with CVM Parent's Weekend, followed by the annual Gentle Doctor Scholarship Luncheon. Please make plans to join us at the Gentle Doctor Luncheon for fun, food, and fellowship as we recognize those who have contributed to scholarships benefitting our students, as well as those students who have received scholarship support for their veterinary medical education. The event will be held at The Zone at Kyle Field on March 24. Lunch will be served buffet style beginning at noon with a brief program at 1 pm. Reservations can be made online at /homecoming/gentle-doctor-luncheon or by calling the Development Office at 979-845-9043.
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is winding down and the members of the HLSR Board of Directors have always been strong supporters of our college. Our presence at HLSR is extensive. Friday before Spring Break was Aggie Night at the rodeo. Reveille VIII was a VIP guest at the CVM booth, and posed for photos with visitors. Thank you to Beth Johnson and the Continuing Education team for coordinating our exhibit this year, and for all of the faculty, staff, and students who took their time to participate by staffing the booth. Each of you does an outstanding job of putting a face on our college for all those who visit the HLSR. Thank you!

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