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October 31, 2011

  • Excitement is in the air with the recent news that we have been approved for $120 million in Permanent University Funding (PUF) for the construction of a new Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Education Building and Small Animal Hospital Expansion. These important projects will be presented as part of the Capital Plan to the Board of Regents at their February 2012 meeting for final approval. While people make programs and the basis for great teaching is great teachers, excellent facilities make our jobs more enjoyable and expand our horizons and capabilities. This investment in our college is a sign of confidence that we will make significant returns on the investment. We will continue graduating the highest quality veterinarians, prepared to meet the diverse demands of our profession and to serve the needs of Texans and society in general. As we move forward into the design phase of this new addition to our CVM campus, we will ensure that our built environment nurtures creativity and collaboration, and that it incorporates the latest in educational technology in classrooms and laboratories.
  • I want to thank everyone involved in helping our college get to this point - your administrative team - your associate deans, department heads, and hospital director, the staff in the Dean's Office, John Scroggs, Lauren Pluhar, Sam Wigington, and members of the CVM Master Planning Task Force. I also ask that if you happen to see Chancellor John Sharp, President R. Bowen Loftin, Provost Karan Watson, or any members of the Board of Regents, please thank them. The process of requesting PUF money for our new building was competitive, and this decision represents recognition of the important role that veterinary medicine plays not only within our university community, but also to the State of Texas and beyond. I thank every faculty member, staff member, and student who through their daily works contribute to the value of our College.
  • On November 11, 2011, College Hour will be devoted to facilities. The CVM's new Director of Facilities, Sam Wigington, and I will be presenting information on the CVM Master Plan as well as our new Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Education Building and Small Animal Hospital Expansion.
  • 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 important for faculty to be knowledgeable of SACS accreditation. To supplement other informational sessions, Dr. Pam Matthews, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will prepare a white paper briefing the most pertinent information for faculty, staff, and students.
  • The Aggies Commit document 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.
  • As the date for the accreditation review visit nears, we will continue to engage in conversations with university administration and will be providing an updated FAQ in the near future for faculty, staff, and students. Also, Department Heads will be discussing SACS accreditation during upcoming faculty meetings.
  • I am pleased to inform you that the Board of Regents is engaging in two-way dialogues on campus. Regents will meet with Deans at regular Council of Deans Meetings. Regent Jim Schwertner was the first to do so and I look forward to sharing some of his comments with you.   In an impressive presentation, Regent Schwertner restated his commitment to and support of Texas A&M University, and to listening to members of the administration and the faculty about how to continue advancing the mission of our university. He continues to find ways to strengthen relationships between the Board of Regents and the Texas A&M University community.
  • The Dean of Faculties Office has officially released the request for proposals from the colleges for programs that support Activity 2 - Integration of Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Activities into the Learning Experience, which is part of the Distribution of Reallocation Funds for FY12. The present RFP gives $1 million in recurring funds to support up to 10 proposals annually. Minimum criteria include: engage at a minimum 100 undergraduate students (or 50 graduate students) per academic year, involve at least two colleges or schools from Texas A&M-College Station, integrate active research or creative activities in the learning experience, must have an experiential component beyond the classroom setting, define learning outcomes and describe methods to assess and evaluate effectiveness, and include a plan for sustainability beyond the funded period to ensure that the proposed project can be institutionalized. Pre-proposals have been submitted to the CVM administrative team and are currently under evaluation.  The deadline for submitting fully-developed proposals is December 8, with an announcement of which proposals were selected for funding planned for January 2012. The Dean of Faculties Office has established websites with more information on the reallocation plan - http://dof.tamu.edu/content/request-proposals , and for this specific RFP http://dof.tamu.edu/node/824 .

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