July 2014 Deans Corner
 Kornegay Named TIPS Director

Kornegay Named TIPS Director

Dr. Joe Kornegay, a professor in the departments of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and Veterinary Pathobiology has been appointed director of the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS).



Dr. Sandee Hartsfield Retires from CVM

Dr. Sandee Hartsfield, head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, retired June 20, 2014. He leaves a legacy of excellence in service, having been recognized with many awards during his time with the college, including the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award on both the college and university levels. He was recently honored by Small Animal Clinical Sciences and at an Executive Council meeting by Dr. Green and the department heads for his work and service to CVM. We hope to still see him in the halls of the college!


Dr. Matt Miller Retires as Director of TIPS

Dr. Matt Miller, Director of TIPS, retired on June 27, 2014. Dr. Miller plans to remain engaged in TIPS, as this will allow him the opportunity to continue his work as a PI on important contracts and grants. Dr. Miller has had a long and successful career at Texas A&M in the CVM and he will be missed.  He was recently honored at an Executive Council meeting by Dr. Green and the department heads for his work and service to CVM.

August Named Associate Dean of Faculties

August Named Associate Dean of Faculties, Director–Center for Teaching Excellence

Dr. John August, professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS) has been named the new Associate Dean of Faculties for Texas A&M University. He will also serve as the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence starting September 1.


Kerwin Named Interim Head of VSCS

Kerwin Named Interim Head of VSCS

Dr. Sharon Kerwin has accepted the position of Interim Head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS) following the retirement of Dr. Sandee Hartsfield on June 20.


PEER Veterinary Students Promote STEM and Diversity in Public Schools

PEER Veterinary Students Promote STEM and Diversity in Public Schools

Our veterinary students have been busy lately spreading the word about veterinary medicine. They have presented to 1,992 students and 70 teachers at 12 public schools on topics such as “Careers in Veterinary Science,” “Human Impact on Wildlife,” “Cell Theory and Taxonomy,” “Comparative Anatomy,” “Life as a Veterinarian,” and “Animal Behavior”. In mid-June, students traveled to San Antonio to present to over 100 high school students and spent the afternoon with a SeaWorld veterinarian.



Kenita Rogers and Belinda Hale Attend Wharton School Leadership Workshop

Dr. Kenita Rogers and Ms. Belinda Hale participated in the Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program on June 23-26 at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.



Students Travel to Africa for Study Abroad

Dr. Linda Logan and Dr. Jim Derr returned this month from leading a two-week study abroad trip to Africa.



BIMS holds New Student Conferences

The 865 students enrolled as BIMS majors for the fall attend new student conferences this summer. The number of enrolled students is up by 114 from last year.



Office of the Governor Receives Update on CCOB

On June 17, the Office of the Governor's Compliance and Oversight Division met in College Station with the CCOB regarding the Emerging Technology Fund award and received a detailed update of the status of the project. 



One Health Funding Requests

The college submitted three proposals for the Heep Matching Funds program to the provost on Friday. The proposals asked for support for four One Health research proposals (on behalf of One Health Campus Council), for One Health Fellows (graduate students), and for a One Health Endowed Chair/Professorship.



64th Annual James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man

The 64th Annual James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man (DIN) was held June 25-27, 2014 in Irving, Texas, and the college was well represented. Dr. Jeffrey Musser and the conference curriculum committee wish to personally thank and recognize those from the college who presented at the conference.



Media Training in August

Learn the basics of how to respond to media inquiries, take control of the interview, be proactive versus reactive, craft your message to include key points, and work cooperatively with the media to make sure your messages come across the way they were intended.


 Aviary Update

Avian Complex Update

The avian complex is nearing completion and is on schedule to open at the end of July.



Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex Construction Begins
July 1

Independence Day (University Holiday)
July 4

New Student Conferences
July 8–10

Faculty Mentor Workshop
July 22

The Media is Calling! How do you Answer?
August 1

Bovine veterinarian health conference
August 3

Third-year cardiology resident Dr. Randolph Winter won a resident research award for his oral abstract presentation at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum earlier this month. His topic, Biologic Variability of N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide and Cardiac Troponin I in Healthy Dogs and Dogs with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease, is from research funded by an AKC grant. Congratulations to Dr. Winter!

Special thanks to Belinda Hale and Misty Skaggs for compiling the data for our Effective Initiatives report. The college has submitted our Effectiveness Initiatives to the leadership of the university and to the PwC Leadership Steering Committee. The purpose of the initiatives is to improve effectiveness through consolidating service delivery and/or staffing. In order to assist in its deliberations and to provide useful information on best practices, the college compiled an inventory of  new and ongoing initiatives and responded to the request by the deadline date.

Curious About Case-Based Online Learning?

Discover a new way of learning with a sample case study from Veritas, a partnership between Texas A&M University, Cornell University, and Zoetis.


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