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$50M Gift to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

This was a historic day for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. At a lunch-time gathering, OSU President Ed Ray announced that a donor has made a $50 million gift commitment to the college that will support Oregon State veterinary medicine teaching, research and service in powerful ways.

This is the largest gift in the university’s history and is an incredible testament to the achievements and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, students and many friends of the college. In recognition of this remarkable act of generosity, the college will now be known as the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.

Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school and eventually established a dermatology practice in Southern California.

As Dr. Carlson is quoted in the press release, “[Our pets] give us a special comfort and support that allows us to embrace life more fully. I wanted to do something that would enrich that experience and help us better understand and care for our ‘best friends.’”   Dr. Carlson’s generosity will have both short- and long-term impacts on our work.  Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, a pressing need, as many of us know firsthand.  In addition to this construction, his legacy will touch generations of veterinarians with an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college.

I am proud to continue the work of fellow deans, advancement professionals and colleagues.  I look forward to celebrating with each of you the many great accomplishments to come from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary programs across the country.

Sincerely,
Susan J. Tornquist
Lois Bates Acheson Dean

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2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Nominations are now open. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2018.

Eligibility is open to any college- or university-based communications officers primarily engaged with the management and operation of the communications program at an AAVMC member institution. Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution may submit a nomination. See full details at the link above.

For more information visit: http://www.aavmc.org/Awards/Communications-Award.asp

Or click here for the Nomination Form

Conference Materials Added

Videos, PowerPoint presentations, handouts and samples shared during the conference are being uploaded daily. Check back regularity for updates to the 2017 Conference Page.

Post-Conference Survey

For those who attended the 2017 AVAP Conference, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the conference to be used to help us plan for the 2018 conference in Denver!

2017 Post-Conference Survey

2016 AVAP Business Meeting Minutes

Conference member attendees, please take a few minutes to review the 2016 AVAP business meeting minutes and advise of any corrections.

AVAP 2016 Meeting Minutes final

Deadline for approval is Friday, Aug. 11.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact AVAP President Gretchen Morgan at: [email protected]

 

June President’s Note

Cheryl CobbsAnother academic year has come to an end for most of us. With it, comes an opportunity to pause, celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and recharge ourselves before the cycle begins again.

By nature we tend to look forward to what is next: the next deadline, the next task, the next visit, the next meeting, the next ask, the next article to write, the next alumni event to plan. Or we look back at what didn’t get done and, perhaps, feel badly. Seldom do we stop to assess — to see where we are and where we have been.

Reflection is an essential part of learning, and, as a lifelong learner, I encourage you to take a time to ask and reflect on these questions. You may also want to consider a team exercise of discussing these questions.

  • What did you accomplish this year that you are proud of?
  • What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  • What are the three most important things you learned this year?
  • In what areas do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  • Were there any “aha” moments this year?
  • What did you learn about yourself this year?
  • Is there anything you learned this year that you want to apply to the future?

Learning new skills is another way to recharge yourself. This year’s AVAP conference, July 19-21, provides just this type of experience — offering thought provoking presentations on a variety of topics: alumni programs, building donor pipelines, marketing, developing a culture of philanthropy, donor communications and donor relations. Invest in yourself and plan to attend the conference to be inspired by experts, look more creatively at your programs and network with some of the most innovative advancement professionals in the country! You’ll be glad you did as the next academic year begins.

It’s not too late to register! We hope to see you there. http://www.avaponline.org/2017-conference/

Cheryl Cobbs, MA, CFRE

Meet the 2016/2017 Executive Committee

During the 2016 AVAP Conference Business Meeting, the following individuals were elected to lead our organization in the next year. If you might be interested in joining the leadership team, contact Cheryl Cobbs.

2016-2017 AVAP Executive Committee

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs
Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley
Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Thank you to Pam Jones and the 2015-2016 Executive Committee!

AVAP_2015-2016_Executive_Committee_07.15.15

L to R: Eliana Mijangos, Cheryl Cobbs, Jodi Peeler, Jo Ann Winn, Pam Jones, Lynne Haley, Gretchen Morgan, Jonathan Burton, Sherrie Whaley

Visit the Contact Page for more information about past AVAP leaders.

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AVAP President Update

September 21, 2015

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

Greetings from the AVAP Executive Committee. We hope this email finds you well! The purpose of this letter is to provide a brief update on several outcomes from our business meeting in Boston and our progress toward this year’s goals. Please communicate with any of the executive committee members if you have comments, feedback or advice.

Report on Outcomes from our Business Meeting – July 14, 2015, AVAP Conference, Boston, MA

  • We are following up on our 501-c-3 paperwork. We’ll have more to report in the future.
  • The new bank account transition is in process.
  • The Chris Gruber Memorial Scholarship Pledge Installment was paid at $1,000

Report on Progress Toward 2015/2016 Goals

Goal One: To continually improve the educational foundation of AVAP for the benefit of its members

  1. Strategically use the listserv to pose questions that are relevant to current issues.
    1. The Executive Committee has put together a schedule to post discussion starters on the listserv each month starting in September and running thru May with a break in December.
    2. For September’s topic, Jo Ann Winn just posted helpful tips on listserv etiquette.
  2. Provide support to those who wish to create educational fora for the benefit of our members.
    1. Danielle Ford has begun a bi-monthly conference call option – (Topic on August 20th – Reunion Weekend; Topic coming up on October 15th – Grateful Client Programs)
    2. Please let us know if you wish to prepare something similar, and we will assist.
  3. Support our on-site conference committee with all aspects of the upcoming conference.
    1. Eliana Mijangos, Conference Chair, is working with her committee and has made progress on the logistics and budget plan. She has also formed a sub-committee to work on the conference program and content.
  4. We hope to increase conference attendance by 3-4% (4-5 additional conferees), so let us know if you have any ideas to accomplish this.
    1. We received a 53% return on survey responses. It was slightly lower than our target of 60%, but we will aim for this number next year. Thank you for taking the time to respond, and we are grateful for your feedback! Results are posted on the AVAP web site.
    2. Please save the date! The conference will be on August 9th and 10th.


Goal Two: To collaborate with our respective institutions and AVAP’s partner organizations to ‘come into view’ on the major opportunities and challenges facing veterinary medicine

  1. Meet with the AAVMC leadership to identify 1-2 specific goals that AVAP and AAVMC can partner on in the coming year.
    1. Two goals have been identified and are being vetted with the executive committee on both sides. We will be in contact with AVMA; there will be more to report on both collaborations in the coming months.
  2. Promote the participation of (a minimum of) 5 deans to attend next year’s conference.
    1. We will be posting information on next year’s conference on the website in ample time to share with your deans.
  3. Define 1-2 tasks to support cross-communication between AVAP and AVMA in support of our conference at San Antonio.
    1. More to report as the year unfolds.

Please let us know if you have any comments on these goals. We look forward to the coming year!

Best regards,
Pam Jones
Phone: 970.491.3932
Mobile: 970.219.4913
[email protected]

Greetings from Pam Jones, 2015-2016 AVAP President, and goals for the year ahead

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

It is a privilege to serve as AVAP president this year. Thank you for this opportunity!

Between the ever-present preparations for the upcoming semester, the pace of our regular work, and planning summer breaks with family and friends, I hope that you were able to find a little time to reflect upon the 2015 AVAP Conference in Boston last week. The conference was true to its theme, “Navigating Seas of Change”; it was a great mix of perspectives and insights on best practices for how we approach the future to benefit our institutions. A heartfelt thanks to this year’s conference committee, and we are grateful to Jonathan Burton and Lorraine Daignault of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts for their leadership. Thank you.

You will also find that we have an exceptional group of talented and passionate individuals on our executive committee. We are fortunate to have committee members who are continuing on with us as well as new members. Also please join me in applauding Jonathan Burton for his exceptional work as president last year. His many contributions are evident as he ‘passes the gavel,’ and I am grateful for the course he has set for AVAP.

This is an exciting time for our organization. As advancement professionals, we possess a unique position within our institutions, whether our roles are fundraising, alumni relations, or marketing and public relations. Today we are able to think about our future in new ways, thanks to the many wonderful leaders who have shaped AVAP for the past 27 years. How do we best tackle our primary objectives as an organization – to aid, benefit, and improve the skills of development, public relations, and alumni relations – while at the same time bring into view the impact we make to support veterinary medicine? As I look to the past to inform our goals for the upcoming year, I pose the following questions:

How do we continually improve the educational foundation of AVAP for the benefit of its members?
Goals for 2015-2016
o Strategically use the listserv to pose questions that are relevant to current issues.
 Action: Post an opportunity or issue each month starting in September.
o Provide support to those who wish to create educational fora for the benefit of our members.
 Action: Support Danielle Ford’s online discussions on grateful client programs.
 Action: Support others who may wish to create similar offerings.
o Support our conference partners (thank you, Texas A&M!) to design and organize next year’s conference in San Antonio.
 Action: Work closely with the conference chair, Eliana Mijangos, and the Texas A&M team to assist them with the conference.
 Action: Increase attendance at next year’s conference by 3-4%.
 Action: Encourage a minimum of 60% participation in the survey responses for Boston in order to understand the membership’s needs for San Antonio. The feedback survey is live, so we encourage all to complete it while the conference is still fresh in our minds!

How do we best collaborate with our respective institutions and AVAP’s partner organizations to ‘come into view’ on the major opportunities and challenges facing veterinary medicine?
Goals for 2015-2016
o Meet with the AAVMC leadership to identify 1-2 specific goals that AVAP and AAVMC can partner on in the coming year.
o Promote the participation of (a minimum of) 5 deans to attend next year’s conference.
o Define 1-2 tasks to support cross-communication between AVAP and AVMA in support of our conference at San Antonio.

Please let us know if you have any comments on these goals. We look forward to the coming year!

Best regards,

Pam Jones
[email protected]
Phone: 970.491.3932
Mobile: 970.219.4913