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Spring, 1987 Volume 9, No. Message From the Dean Dean J. W. Alexander Dear Colleagues: It seems that anytime the Oklahoma legis- 'ure is in session that higher education is the ^o-nter of discussion. This is a very critical time for our College as further budget reductions and the lack of a salary program could make it impossible to retain quality faculty and to con¬ tinue to support all of our current research, teaching, and extension programs. We are hopeful that the leadership of our legislature will find a way to use the state's resources to ensure a quality educational program for all our citizens without undue burden on the taxpayers or the students. The College is interested in making signifi¬ cant and meaningful contributions to the state's economic recovery, especially in those areas Plexus has been published at the request of alumni and friends of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Comments on this issue and suggestions for future ones are encouraged. Contact the Dean's Office, 205 Veterinary Medicine Buildine—OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078. Phone—405-624-6648. KJ.W. Alexander, Dean Eric I. Williams, Editor Printed and distributed by Oklahoma State University as authorized by the Dean of Veterinary Medicine. 1,750 copies printed at a cost of $1384.77 directly associated with agriculture and the ani¬ mal industry. In order to seek as much input as possible I have organized a Dean's Advisory Group which will provide me and other faculty with counsel on matters of mutual interest and concern. The following individuals have accepted an appointment to this group: Dr. Glenn Anderson, Dr. Mike Barrie, Dr. Ross Clark, Dr. Paul DuBois, Dr. Brian Espe, Dr. Bob Gwin, Dr. Kay Helms, Dr. Joe Howell, Dr. John Manley, Dr. Ben McKinley, Dr. Harold Miller, Dr. Larry Nolen, Dr. Jack Taylor. We will have the inaugural meeting this sum¬ mer or early fall. One of our primary areas of emphasis has always been in the area of food and fiber ani¬ mal medicine. We realize that this is a some¬ what changing field with a greater emphasis being placed on population medicine and somewhat less on individual animal care. In order to offer a modern educational and serv¬ ice program I have asked a special task force to review all aspects of our food animal teach¬ ing, research, and service programs. On March 9 and 10 the group of Dr. Harold Amstutz (Pur¬ due University), Dr. Paul DuBois, Dr. Don Wil¬ liams, and Dr. Eric Williams will be carrying out this mission which we hope will involve all of our food animal clinicians and researchers, selected students, and administrators. I personally look forward to having these gentlemen on the campus and to their advice and guidance as we plan for the future. We had a very successful inaugural break¬ fast for our College Alumni Board of Directors last fall. I shall look forward to working with your representatives for the benefit of the College and our profession. This is the time of year during which the Col¬ lege holds admission interviews and it is appropriate that we express our sincere appreciation to all those who give of their time and talents in this process. During 1987 an ad hoc admissions committee made some signifi¬ cant changes in our procedures and policies. These changes were later accepted by the entire admissions committee, my office, and our central University administration. I feel the cur¬ rent process is a more easily understood one which will help to ensure fair and equitable treat¬ ment for all applicants. Statistics tell us that the most reliable predictor for success in profes¬ sional school is the undergraduate GPA of the student. I know this was on the minds of our admissions committee whom I feel has success¬ fully found a process that will allow a greater emphasis on academic achievements without decreasing the importance of personal charac¬ teristics brought out in the student interviews and other related categories. I hope many of you will have an opportu¬ nity to be at this year's AVMA convention where Dr. Sam Strahm will announce his candidacy for president-elect. The time is now for all of us to get behind this most deserving man who has given so much of himself to our profession. S—Support O—Oklahoma's S—Sam Sincerely, J. W. Alexander, D.V.M. Dean Forthcoming Events Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. College Alumni Reception at the AVMA Convention in Chicago (more information later). Thursday, October 29, 1:30 p.m., thru Friday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. Annual Fall Conference. Friday, October 30 (evening), Class reunions. Saturday, October 31 (Homecoming). 8:00 a.m.: College Alumni Board of Directors breakfast. 12:00 noon: College Alumni luncheon, Okla¬ homa Room, followed by Annual Business Meeting. 6:30 p.m.: OSU v Kansas State University, Lewis Field.
|Title||Plexus v9-no1; Spring, 1987|
|Subject||Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; Oklahoma State University-Alumni and alumnae; Newsletters|
|Description||Plexus was published (1979-1997) at the request of alumni and friends of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.|
|Publisher||Stillwater, OK : Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine|
|Contributors||Joseph W. Alexander, Dean; Williams, Eric, Editor|