August 15, 2011
CVM NewsCalendar is a biweekly newsletter for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Please submit news and calendar items to Sue Kirchoff, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- Pets memorialized at annual Memories Garden event
- TRC sees increased number of gifts; credits e-communications, social media
- Safety training scheduled for August 23
- Synergy published
- Graduate program kicks off new academic year
- CVM part of consortium leading teaching and research initiative in China
- Facilities Management launches new team-cleaning model today
- 'Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life' to be offered this fall
- CVM Web traffic report, July 2011
- Registration now open for Farm to Table study program in Costa Rica
- Faculty and staff news
- Goldsmith and Minicucci are new directors of veterinary public health residency program
- Student news
- Six students present posters at Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
- Paul Syverson to receive AABP Amstutz Scholarship
- In the news
- Food Safety News quotes Shaun Kennedy
- Dr. Sue Lowum interviewed for U of M Expert Alert
- Coverage of bone cancer research continues
- Clinical Investigation Center
Pets memorialized at annual Memories Garden event
About 75 guests attended the annual Veterinary Medical Center Brick Dedication and Memorial Ceremony at the Nestlé Purina Memories Garden on August 4, when 19 new bricks in memory of beloved pets were installed. Hosted by Dean Trevor Ames, representatives of the College's advancement team, and Jeannine Moga, director of the Veterinary Medical Center's Social Services program, the event included an invocation and music by Duke Addicks, chairman of the Shakopee American Indian Center; welcome and closing remarks from Dr. David Lee, director of the Veterinary Medical Center; a short talk about the human-animal bond by Jeannine; guests of honor Rosemary Klass and Simeon; the dedication of each of the 2011 memorial bricks; and a reading by Deb Armstead-Haak, customer relations coordinator. Proceeds from the program help support the Veterinary Medical Center's Social Services program.
Learn more about the Memories Garden
TRC sees increased number of gifts, credits e-communications, social media
The current economy has been tough on nonprofits, as many people tighten their belts. But the number of annual gifts to The Raptor Center (TRC) has steadily increased from 2,500 to almost 3,100 in the past four years. Great news—but what gives?
Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director, says that TRC has done several things to expand its base of donors, with a particular focus on the use of e-communications and social media to connect with people.
“By being very intentional with our content—providing interesting stories and images—as well as our delivery and timing of e-communications, we have maintained an extraordinarily high click-through rate for our e-mail updates and seen a consistent number of people going from the e-mail to our online giving site,” she says.
One key to success is capturing the e-mail addresses of potential donors and adding them to the system. TRC also saves by creating its own marketing messages in-house.
“This has been an internally managed system – that is, we did not hire external consultants or marketing advisors, but did it with TRC staff, exceptional student workers with marketing experience, and valuable input from the College’s advancement staff,” Julia says.
Safety training scheduled for August 23
A safety training session covering biological safety cabinets, fume hoods, and biosafety issues between the CVM and Minnesota State Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in 135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. The biological safety cabinet and fume hood training will be conducted by Betty Kupskay of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, and Dr. Carol Cardona of the CVM will review practical biosafety measures. This training will be added to online PeopleSoft training records and is appropriate for staff who work with biological safety cabinets or fume hoods, have concerns about biosafety issues and the State Fair, or work in labs or clinics where biosafety awareness is heightened. Lab-specific training should always be relied upon to learn about risks and safety procedures in specific labs, since each lab or clinic may work with different agents and have different exposure risks.
To RSVP for the August 23 safety training session, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/CK5DCPC.
The summer 2010 issue of Synergy, the newsletter of the Animal Cancer Care and Research program, is now online at www.cvm.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/documents/asset/cvm_asset_350560.pdf. The biggest issue of Synergy yet, the 13-page newsletter features clinical trials in veterinary oncology, with contributors from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Translational Medicine, Masonic Cancer Center, and School of Medicine.
Graduate program kicks off new academic year
About 30 veterinary medicine and comparative and molecular biosciences graduate students gathered for a barbecue to kick off the new academic year on August 3. To view photos from the event, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/gradprog/home.html.
CVM part of consortium leading teaching and research initiative in China
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is part of an international consortium of veterinary schools in the United States and United Kingdom that is working with industry to establish an outreach program in China to promote education and research. In addition to the CVM, the International Veterinary Consortium for China (IVCC) comprises the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Science, the Royal Veterinary College, and three other U.S. veterinary schools—Iowa State, California-Davis, and Kansas State—together with Pfizer Animal Health. It aims to support improvement in China’s veterinary education practices and to strategically improve animal productivity, welfare, and veterinary public health through cooperation with partner institutes in China. Over the next three years, the consortium will introduce outreach activities in dairy and pig health and postgraduate opportunities and training in veterinary public health. CVM Dean Trevor Ames will be attending an international symposium hosted by the consortium in China in October. To learn more about the consortium, go to http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/169/6/138.2.full.html.
Facilities Management launches new team-cleaning model today
After months of planning, Facilities Management will be implementing a new team-cleaning model today. In the team model, tasks are divided among specialists who concentrate on fewer responsibilities. While team size varies, the typical squad is comprised of four technicians:
- Point technician–first to arrive, checks for unusual conditions, empties trash and recycling, cleans marker boards, dusts, spot cleans surfaces and walls
- Vacuum technician–vacuums hard floors and carpets, replaces seating as required
- Restroom technician–cleans restroom fixtures, floors, and walls
- Utility technician–final squad member in space, removes large debris, changes light bulbs, cleans stairs and entryways, cleans elevators, uses riding equipment, inventories supplies, and communicates squad successes/challenges to supervisor
This means you will likely see more than one Facilities Management person cleaning your space. There will be three primary custodial shifts: 5:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (first shift), 5:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (second shift), and 9:30 p.m.-5:00 a.m. (third shift). Facilities Management will also have several “policers” on duty between the first and second shifts to respond to immediate needs. If you have concerns, call the Facilities Management call center at 4-2900 or contact Tim Gordon, CVM facilities manager.
'Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life' to be offered this fall
The College of Continuing Education will be offering the course "Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life" this fall. The course was developed to serve the interests of employees who are in or approaching the later phases of their primary careers and want to explore and actively create the next stage of their lives. It will consist of four sessions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., on October 22 (Saturday), November 5 (Saturday), November 18 (Friday), and December 2 (Friday). All sessions will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus. For information about course topics, eligibility, cost, funding, and registration, visit www.cce.umn.edu/university-encore-transitions/.
CVM Web traffic report, July 2011
Top 10 CVM Web pages
By number of visits, July 2011
(Data from Google Analytics)
College of Veterinary Medicine: 29,882 visits
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 11,761 visits
Veterinary Anatomy: 6,231 visits
Veterinary Medical Center: 5,390 visits
The Raptor Center: 5,285 visits
Education and Student Services: 4,739 visits
Equine Center: 3,645 visits
Minnesota Urolith Center: 2,796 visits
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department: 2,467 visits
Veterinary Continuing Education: 2,077 visits
By the numbers
Visits to the CVM home page came from 8,309 people in 92 countries and territories; 21 percent were new visits. Visitors spent an average of 1:15 minutes on the site.
Registration now open for Farm to Table study program in Costa Rica
In this week-long program (October 31- November 4, 2011), participants will explore the food system from farm to table in Costa Rica. The program will include site visits along the food supply chain and discussions with private sector and government leaders. For more information and to register, go to http://www.cahfs.umn.edu/meetings_and_events/farmtotable2011/home.html.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Goldsmith and Minicucci are new directors of Veterinary Public Health Residency Program
Drs. Tim Goldsmith and Larissa Minicucci have been named co-directors of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Public Health (VPH) Residency Program, a two-year program during which veterinarians gain specialized clinical training in veterinary public health practice.
From its beginning in 2002, the VPH residency program has strived to become the premier experiential veterinary public health training program in the U.S., and formal recognition for the residency program has been received from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. To date, 19 veterinarians have completed the residency program and have gone on to pursue careers in public veterinary practice, including positions in federal and state government, higher education, and professional veterinary and agricultural organizations. To learn more about the VPH residency program, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/cahfs/Educational_Programs/home.html.
Student news (top)
Six students present posters at Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
Dana Cobert, Jon Dean, Joshua Montel, Lori Ouzoonian, and Laura Pritzker from the College's Summer Scholars Program and Alex Primus, who was part of the Cornell program this summer, presented posters at the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium hosted by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine August 5-6. Jill Schappa, who had participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) program this past year, made a presentation on behalf of the HHMI program (a year-off program to participate in research full time) to the 450 attendees. The symposium also included a competition for the Young Investigator Award sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This year, Carrie Finno, a CVM Summer Scholars alumna, was awarded second place in this competition. Carrie is a 2004 alumna of the CVM and a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of California, Davis.
Paul Syverson to receive AABP Amstutz Scholarship
Veterinary student Paul Syverson will be awarded the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Amstutz Scholarship at the annual AABP meeting in St. Louis on September 22. The AABP 's most prestigious scholarship, the Amstutz Scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated outstanding attributes that the AABP believes are important for a successful career as a veterinarian in animal agriculture. The $7,500 scholarship is primarily supported by membership efforts and the AABP's belief in helping the next generation of food animal veterinarians. This year, there were 64 strong applicants for the award. Nine scholarships were awarded.
In the news (top)
Food Safety News quotes Shaun Kennedy
"Food Defense: The Other Side of Safety," an article in Food Safety News, featured an interview with Shaun Kennedy, director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. The story is online at www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/food-defense-the-other-side-of-safety/.
Dr. Sue Lowum interviewed for U of M Expert Alert
"U of M Vet Offers Tips to Keep Dogs Safe in Extreme Heat," a U of M Expert Alert, quoted Dr. Sue Lowum, assistant clinical professor. The Expert Alert is online at www1.umn.edu/news/expert-alerts/2011/UR_CONTENT_349597.html.
Coverage of bone cancer research continues
Bone cancer research by Dr. Jaime Modiano and his team continues to receive coverage, most recently in—
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
Tuesday, August 23
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
This session will cover biological safety cabinets, fume hoods, and biosafety issues between the CVM and the Minnesota State Fair. To RSVP, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/CK5DCPC.
Wednesday, August 24
Celebrate U! Appreciation Event
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Northrop Plaza and Lawnspace
For details, visit www1.umn.edu/ohr/wellness/celebrateu/.
Friday, August 26
Hill's Pet Food Distribution
7:00-9:45 a.m. and noon-2:45 p.m.
Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Friday, September 2
College Exhibit at Minnesota State Fair
Visit the College of Veterinary Medicine exhibit in the University of Minnesota Building on Dan Patch Avenue
Tuesday, September 6
First day of classes
Saturday, September 17
Allen D. Leman Swine Conference
RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota
For details, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/adl/
Thursday, September 22
Inauguration of President-designate Eric W. Kaler
Ted Mann Concert Hall
For details, visit https://events.umn.edu/Inauguration-of-President-designate-Eric-W-Kaler-013219.htm.
Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
St. Louis, Missouri
For details, visit www.aabp.org/meeting/.
Saturday, September 24
Fall Raptor Release
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, Minnesota
You can help important research efforts. For information about clinical studies currently enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center, visit the Clinical Investigation Center Web site at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
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