November 14, 2011
- By now you have heard the news. We have received a copy of the
letter of notification from Chancellor John Sharp to President
Bowen Loftin that President Loftin's request for Permanent
University Funds (PUF) for his top priority at TAMU has been
granted. A $120M commitment will allow construction of a new
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Education Building and
Small Animal Hospital Expansion. This past Friday at College
Hour, our Director of Facilities, Sam Wigington, Dan Kennedy Texas
A&M University System Director of Project Planning, and I
shared the latest updates on CVM facilities including the new
building. Sam has already begun meeting with constituent groups to
prepare for the design and construction of the new building.
Faculty, staff, students, and others will be involved at all
important steps. Our department heads have been given a list of
questions to be answered - the program of requirements - to begin
the space assessment process. Sam will contact student groups, so
that each class and each student organization will be represented
in the process. We will also be putting together a resource group
of outside practitioners and asking them for input. At the February
2012 Board of Regents meeting the building project will be
presented as part of the Capital Plan for final BOR approval. At
that time we can begin to engage the TAMU Council on the Built
Environment and we will set a date to officially break ground.
For those of you who were unable to attend today's College
Hour, you can find it on the web at /college-hour. We will also develop a
place on our website to keep all involved and informed.
- Each year The Houston Chronicle newspaper holds a strategic
planning retreat. This year they made a special request to visit
the CVM as their retreat kick off. On Sunday, November 6, the
editorial staff of The Houston Chronicle newspaper arrived in
Aggieland, hosted by the communications team from main campus. Two
of our CVM student ambassadors, Joe Pluhar and Emily Murawski , led
the CVM tour. David Marquez described the technology and
treatments available in our new Diagnostic Imaging & Cancer
Treatment Center. John Scroggs, Sam Wigington, and Angela
Clendenin volunteered their Sunday to make sure all went well - and
it did. Joe, Emily, and David were just as we have all grown to
expect of these students - they were perfect. The Houston team
members commented a number of times on the poise, professionalism,
and knowledge of our veterinary students. They were most impressed
by the sample of wonderful things going on in our college and
expressed interest in helping tell our story. They specifically
want to do stories on our research. This tour has turned into a
wonderful connection for our college.
- This past Thursday, Dr. Ian Tizard attended a luncheon
celebrating Dr. Michael Criscitiello from Veterinary Pathobiology,
who has been named as a Montague-CTE Scholar for 2011-12. According
to the Center for Teaching Excellence website, "The Montague-CTE
Scholar award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member,
one selected from each College, based on their early ability and
interest in teaching. Awardees receive a $6,500 grant to encourage
further development of undergraduate teaching excellence. There are
more than 150 Montague-CTE Scholars on the TAMU campus today."
Congratulations to Dr. Criscitiello.
- On November 7, I attended a breakfast to thank the members of
the Staff Awards committee for putting on such a wonderful ceremony
this year. I also had the opportunity at the breakfast to thank
this year's staff awards winners and Pear Enfield award winner for
their service and commitment to our college. It's true - people
make us successful. Our college is fortunate to have so many
hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff that make this place
- On November 8, representatives from Pfizer Animal Health met
with the CVM Administrative Team to discuss possible collaborations
and areas of funding. They will generate a list of possibilities
for further exploration. They also met with Jodi Korich and
her team to advance the Veritas initiative.
- The Veterinary Emergency Team is now on the web. A dedicated
page for the VET has been added to the CVM website at /vet. Please make sure to
visit it soon if you haven't already. There is information about
the team, news and updates, links to photos and a very moving video
from their deployment in September to the Bastrop Complex fire. On
November 1, they gave an excellent presentation to the BVVMA. The
VET also recently received recognition from President R. Bowen
Loftin for their efforts in rescuing and treating animals affected
by the wildfire.
- On November 2, the Council of Deans met again with
representatives of the Board of Regents, this time with Regent
Elaine Mendoza and Regent Jim Schwertner . I will tell you
about the Regent visits in more detail when we are together, but
they are committed to Texas A&M.
- VLCS has been working with an external consultant to identify
ways to ensure ongoing success of the VMTH. On October 27,
VLCS presented some of their recommendations to the Hospital Board.
The Hospital Board will continue to meet with them to hear the rest
of their recommendations.
- On October 25-26, I went to Ft. Worth for a Board of Directors
Meeting of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum, for the
awards luncheon for new inductees, and for the opening of the
Sandra Day O'Connor exhibit. We were able to visit with her
personally. This exhibit is worth seeing. The exhibit that will
follow this one will be one on ---- veterinary medicine.
- On October 24-25, the Equine Initiative Development Committee
meeting was held at the Hagler Center and members toured the CVM.
The plans for the new facilities were shared with them.
- Tomorrow, November 15, we will have some very special visitors
at our college. The annual Retired Faculty Brunch is scheduled for
that morning in the Mark Francis Room. Please make an effort to
come by and extend a warm welcome to these special members of our
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University