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May 18, 2012

  • We have much to be proud of in our college, but graduation day just seems to top them all. On Thursday, May 10, we graduated 129 veterinary medical students. Each of these students enters the veterinary profession well prepared to make a positive impact on the health and welfare of animals. On Saturday, May 12, the Biomedical Sciences program graduated 167 undergraduates, many of whom will move on to professional schools, such as veterinary medicine, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy. In addition, 15 graduate students walked across the stage for commencement. Some of these will continue on with further graduate training, while others will embark on careers that could include research or teaching. Our graduates, DVM and BIMS, have worked hard and achieved much during their academic careers here in our college, and we anticipate their future contributions.
  • While the DVM Class of 2012 walked across the stage to enter their first jobs, our newest fourth year students graduated from classroom training to a full year of clinical rotations. It's time for them to begin applying all they learned to real world situations. This is an exciting milestone in the education of our veterinary medical students, and we wish them well during this demanding, yet rewarding, year ahead.
  • This year we are offering a new required rotation for our fourth year students that is the first of its kind in the world to be offered at a college of veterinary medicine. This past Monday, the first group of students began a rotation in veterinary emergency response. This new rotation is designed to teach our students to take on leadership roles addressing animal issues as part of a disaster response plan in their communities. Using technology, such as Second Life and video simulations, the instructional team is able to create as close to real disaster scenarios as possible. As our students build these skills, after graduation they will be equipped to make an impact on their communities in times of greatest need. Another notable component is the use of virtual technology of Second Life. The educational technologies and methodologies are ever evolving and it is a point of pride that our faculty are employing them.
  • This year has brought many reasons to celebrate. On April 26th, we honored Dr. Tim Phillips of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences for his selection as a Distinguished Professor with a reception in the Mark Francis Room. Phillips and the four other recipients in 2012 join only 64 faculty members at Texas A&M who hold this prestigious title. Receiving this honor is a testament to Dr. Phillips' accomplishments in making the world food supply safer. We appreciate his commitment, hard work, and success. We congratulate him for earning Distinguished Professor.
  • Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Garry Adams. This past week, we were notified that Dr. Adams will be recognized at this year's American Veterinary Medical Association annual convention with a Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. Only one person each year receives this award, and not only does it honor the significant contributions of Dr. Adams' research to the veterinary medical profession, but also it brings honor and recognition to our entire college. Congratulations to Dr. Adams on this achievement.
  • Our Creative Technologies and Public Relations team has been recognized for their work. At the recent annual Brazos Bravo awards put on by the Brazos Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, the CVM was well represented. An Award of Excellence was received by Angela Clendenin, director of public relations, for her media relations effort covering the Veterinary Emergency Team's response to the Bastrop Complex Wildfire. Artists VeLisa Bayer and Jennie Lamb received an Award of Excellence in publication design for the Legislative Proposal Book for the new Education Building. VeLisa also won an Award of Merit for the logo design for our Paws to the Pavement Cancer Walk that was held this past September. Congratulations to the team for all their hard work!
  • If you haven't already done so, please make plans to join us for the 13th Annual CVM Picnic. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, May 25th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Covered Lameness area adjacent to the Large Animal Hospital. This has been an exciting year of growth and success, and the picnic is a perfect way to celebrate the accomplishments of our CVM family with food and fellowship. RSVPs need to be turned in by May 18th to Kathie Smith in the Dean's Office via phone (845-5051) or email (ksmith@cvm.tamu.edu). I hope to see you there!
  • To be successful at what we do takes the hard work of many. One example is the recent effort of the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines Committee. This group has been reviewing the guidelines we use to put forth candidates for promotion and tenure. Over the course of the last few months, they have been tasked with rewriting some of these guidelines. Under the leadership of Drs. Roger Smith and Claudia Barton, the team has been finalizing their recommendations. These recommendations will then be taken to the Deans and Department Heads for review and approval. Once this step has been taken, these guidelines will be sent out to the faculty for review and for a vote. We should be able to have these draft guidelines out to the faculty within the next couple of weeks, so please watch for more information. Faculty input is an important part of the process.
  • Another team that has been working diligently on preparing our college for the future is the Strategic Plan Working Group. This team has been meeting and developing a strategic vision for the college over the last couple of years. As a result of their work, we are excited to announce that we will be holding a five-day strategic planning conference scheduled for the week of June 16th - 20th. Each day of the conference will be focused on a different area of our core missions as a college. All are invited to take part in the discussions by attending all or part of the sessions. We look forward to having input from the CVM Family as a part of this conference.  More specific details will follow soon.
  • There is talk around campus about salary increases this year for faculty and staff.  While a specific plan is not yet available, I offer this information to keep you as updated as possible.  There will be merit raises this year.  It appears at this time that there will be a pool of 1.5% from recurring funds and 1.5% from non-recurring funds.  The 1.5% recurring must be generated by the units from their recurring budgets.  The 1.5% non-recurring funds will come from central campus.  All salary increases must be based upon merit. As we get further information, we will let you know.  What we do know is that we value people as our greatest asset, and while we have been struggling with and will continue to struggle with how to distribute a small pool by merit in a way that helps and does not adversely affect morale, we ultimately concluded that we must do what we can, when we can for our people.

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