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April 22, 2011

  • Thanks to all for their participation and support for all the Homecoming Weekend activities. Meeting families and celebrating with our faculty and students made this a truly special time for everyone.
  • At the Outstanding Alumni Dinner, we recognized five former students for their contribution to veterinary medicine. This year we honored Dr. Eugene Thomas (Zeke) Skidmore, '56 of Hilltop Lakes, Texas; Dr. Dwight D. King, '70 of Wharton, Texas; Dr. H. Richard Adams, '66 of College Station, Texas; Dr. Albert S. Abdullah, '57 of Dalhart, Texas; and Dr. Glenn Blodgett, '74 of Guthrie, Texas.
  • At the Outstanding Alumni Dinner, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, manager of the Equine Division and resident veterinarian of Burnett Ranch's 6666 Ranch, received a special surprise. The Burnett Foundation honored Dr. Blodgett with a $2.5M endowed position in our college, the Glenn Blodgett Endowed Chair in Equine Studies. The gift agreement is being finalized as we speak.
  • In addition, more than 400 parents and students toured the CVM and participated in our Parents' Weekend activities.
  • This year, the Gentle Doctor Benefit transformed to a Gentle Doctor Scholarship Luncheon. Donors expressed what it means to give and student scholarship recipients expressed what it means to receive scholarship support for their education in a setting where donors and recipients met and visited. In addition, student groups set up booths and sold Aggie CVM goods, which was profitable for all. The event, attended by almost 600 people, also served as an alumni gathering with the Class of '71 having the most impressive attendance at more than 80.. While we received much positive feedback on the new format, we will continue to evaluate this event every year. In all, more than $21,700 was raised in support of veterinary medical scholarships.
  • On April 9, we opened our college to more than 10,000 visitors for the 18th Annual Open House. This event gives the public a chance to see inside the veterinary profession, and is completely run by students. Congratulations to all the Open House student leaders for yet another successful year.
  • Muster was held last night on this campus and all around the world. In Palestine, Texas our own Dr. Guy Sheppard was the Muster speaker. Of course, he included our college in his remarks.
  • Dr. James Womack was awarded a USDA grant for $14.2 million. Womack's lab will take the lead for the first grant of $9.2 million to study Bovine Respiratory Disease in beef and dairy cattle. The second grant will be led by researchers at the University of Missouri in collaboration with Dr. Womack's lab to study feed efficiency in beef cattle. Participants from the CVM include Dr. Noah Cohen, Dr. Loren Skow, Dr. Lawrence Falconer, Dr. Christopher Seabury, Dr. Scott Dindot, and Dr. Alan Dabney.
  • Recently, several of our graduate students were recognized for their excellence in research at the Distinguished Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. Danilo Landrock from Veterinary Pathobiology and Rajeshwari Yog from Veterinary Integrative Biosciences won awards for their Master's Research and Pamela Ferro from Veterinary Pathobiology and Panos Xenoulis from Small Animal Clinical Sciences won awards for their PhD research.
  • Dr. William Klemm and I both will be recognized by the Auburn University as Distinguished Alumni at the Auburn graduation ceremony on May 10th. "War Eagle" will be punctuated by "Whoop," as two of the three to be recognized are from Texas A&M. Congratulations are also due to Dr. Deb Zoran, who will be featured as an award-winning faculty member as part of the Teaching for Tomorrow series from the Center for Teaching Excellence. Those interested in viewing segments from the series may find it at http://vimeo.com/tamucte.
  • World Veterinary Year is in full swing, so don't forget to mark your calendars for April 27th when the next part of the WVY Lecture Series is scheduled. Join us in the auditorium of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building on main campus from 4-5:30 pm where a panel of veterinarians will discuss the present global impact of veterinary medicine. Featured panelists are Dr. Clay Ashley, Dr. Juan Romano, and Dr. Philippa Sprake
  • Also, this next week we welcome back one of our own, Dr. Jim Humphries. Dr. Humphries will be presenting a four-hour media training program for our faculty, staff, and students entitled "When the Media Calls". Dr. Humphries has extensive experience as a veterinary journalist, and his program will be entertaining and valuable. If you have not done so already, please mark your calendar for April 25 from 8 am to noon. The seminar will be held at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies Lecture Hall next to the Stevenson Center. RSVPs should go to Angela Clendenin (aclendenin@cvm.tamu.edu or 862-2675). We look forward to seeing you there!

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