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October 5, 2012

  • The Fall semester is in full swing and our college is buzzing with activity. This next week, we will have the opportunity to host some very special guests at the CVM. On Monday, Oct. 8th, the members of the Texas A&M Equine Initiative Development Council will be meeting to continue working on strategies that will support the development of the premier equine science program dedicated to research, education, service, and outreach in the nation.
  • Following the Equine Initiative Development Council meeting, I invite everyone in the CVM Family to join the Council members as we break ground on the new Equine Complex. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 am on October 9th at the site of the complex which is located on F&B Road just off of 2818. Members of the Board of Regents, Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin, Athletic Director Eric Hyman, and other distinguished guests from the equine industry will be present for this special occasion. Phase 1 of the new complex will house an education center, facilities for the Texas A&M Equestrian team, a cross country course for Texas A&M athletics, and potentially space for Parsons Mounted Cavalry.
  • We will also take time this next week to show our appreciation to members of the Executive Committee from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). Not only do some of our veterinary medical students serve in externships at the HLSR, but also this organization gives financial support to our college in the form of scholarships. In addition to sharing the latest news around the CVM with our guests, students who have received HLSR scholarships will have the opportunity to thank the committee members for their support. Afterward, we will be taking our guests on a tour of the college thanks to the help of our Vet Med Ambassadors.
  • I am excited to announce the selection of SHW Group/Cannon Design as the architectural team leading the design project for the construction of a new Veterinary Medical Education Building and Small Animal Hospital Expansion for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). This team was selected from a large number of architectural firms expressing interest in the project, after many months of visits with firms of interest, and after hours of formal interviews.  This group captured our attention immediately. Not only did they emit a quality of competence, creativity, and innovation, they seemed to understand our vision and the importance of this project to our future.  They recognized the significance of this once-in-a-lifetime construction project and their enthusiasm about our project was palpable. We would not have arrived at this pivotal point without the support of many. The leadership of our facilities director, Sam Wigington, and his team, has been notable.  We are enormously grateful for the essential support of Chancellor John Sharp, President R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M Facilities Planning and Construction, and all of the others involved in this process.
  • The One Health Plus initiative continues to move forward as one of the identified Grand Challenges by the university administration. As part of our commitment to One Health Plus, we have created a new position on our administrative team - Assistant Dean of One Health & Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Michael Chaddock, who most recently served as Deputy Executive Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, has been selected to serve in this unique role, and will be arriving in Aggieland very soon. He will be visiting College Station as he prepares to settle here, so please join me in extending some Aggie hospitality as we welcome Dr. Chaddock to our CVM family.
  • It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that one of our CVM Development Council members has passed away on October 3rd. Patsy Nichols, and her husband, Bruce, have been tremendous supporters of our college. A Celebration of Patsy's life will be held at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 6th at 1 pm. A private burial in College Station will follow. Patsy fought very hard against a massive viral attack, but is now no longer suffering. Join me in offering comfort and support for Patsy's family - Bruce, Travis, Katie, and the grandchildren - as they face this difficult time.
  • If you have not had the opportunity, please take time to stop by and bid farewell to John Scroggs, who has served as Chief of Staff for the CVM since January 2010. Today is his final day at the CVM, as he is moving on to a new position with the University of California, Berkeley. The strides we have made in creating a welcoming climate through increased diversity initiatives are a part of the legacy that he will leave behind. I know his decision to move to the West Coast was not easy - John is an Aggie in every sense of the word - but just as I hope he is a better person and professional for his time here, I know that the CVM is a better place for having had him as part of our family. We wish him all the best in this new chapter in his journey.

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