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October 2011

Dr. Foradori Recognized for Outstanding Consulting

Auburn University held its sixth annual Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence Ceremony Oct. 4 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The awards presented at the ceremony are the highest honors the university gives to faculty and this year honored the outstanding academic achievements of 20 faculty members. Auburn University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger hosted the event and Bob Howell, WSFA-12 evening anchor, was master of ceremonies.

College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Chad Foradori received the External Consulting Award which recognizes outstanding faculty contributions to government, business, and industry through consulting.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Foradori earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Before joining the Auburn faculty in 2010, he was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

His research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of reproduction; specifically, what factors mediate the release of gonadotropin releasing hormone, or GnRH, and the subsequent release of gonadotropins from the anterior pituitary.

Dr. Foradori calls Auburn a well-established and nationally known center for reproductive research and says he came to Auburn because he was eager to work beside respected reproductive physiologists and to further his research in a dynamic environment.

Pratt-Carden Drive Dedicated

A dedication ceremony for Pratt-Carden Drive at the Southeastern Raptor Center took place Oct. 28. The newly paved road is named for 1953 veterinary medicine alumnus Dr. Bruce G. Pratt and his daughter, Sarah "Tosh" Carden, a 1993 Auburn horticulture graduate, both of Beaufort, S.C.

The mission of the Southeastern Raptor Center is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned birds, and to educate the public about raptors – their habitats, conservation, and ecology. Auburn University President Jay Gogue and members of the veterinary college attended the ceremony in celebration of this important upgrade of the Raptor Center grounds.

October CVM Orientation

Attending the CVM orientation session on Oct. 5 were, front row, Kelley Bourke, clinical veterinary fellow, Equine Source Plasma Project; and Sharon Jones, quality assurance specialist, Equine Source Plasma Project. Back row, Margaret Trudrung, canine instructor, Animal Health and Performance Program; Wayne Eliasek, canine instructor, Animal Health and Performance Program; and Nancy Wagner, client advocate, Clinical Sciences.

Guten Tag!

On October 7, 16 people from the state of Brandenburg in Germany visited the college. Edzard van Santen (photographed far left) of Agronomy and Soils in the College of Agriculture hosted the group which included farmers and others associated with agriculture. Dr. Fred Hoerr gave a tour of the State Diagnostic Lab and Dr. Thomas Passler, the Large Animal Teaching Hospital. Dr. Haroldo Toro and Dr. Vicky van Santen talked to the group about research efforts at the college concerning poultry disease.

Beat Bama Food Drive

The Beat Bama Food Drive is Auburn University’s annual competition with the University of Alabama to collect and donate food before the Auburn v. Alabama game on Nov. 26. Donations from Auburn benefit the East Alabama Food Bank. Last year Auburn defeated Alabama by donating a record-breaking 234,116 pounds of food which fed 30,000 families. This year the goal is to collect 271,000 pounds of food. Online donations are also accepted:

The deadline for donating is Nov. 21. To learn more, visit


Historic House Dedicated as Auburn University Cary Center

Christine Kneidinger,

Auburn's second oldest historic residency, the Halliday-Cary-Pick home, was officially dedicated as the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies for the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. 

The Cary Center, now housed in the historic home, was generously gifted to the college by Frances Pick Dillard (left), a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board, and her family, to promote the expansion of the college’s already successful philanthropic efforts.

Dr. Charles Cary, the founder of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and its first dean, bought the home from the original owner in 1897. For students and faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Cary’s archives and other artifacts significant to the field will permanently remain in his home office.

Annual Open Enrollment

It's that time again! Annual Open Enrollment gives employees an opportunity to review their existing benefit plans to evaluate any anticipated needs and to make adjustments for the upcoming plan year.  Employees who do not initiate a change during open enrollment for optional health, dental, vision or cancer insurance will automatically continue their coverage as is into the next plan year.  However, continued participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts requires re-enrollment each year.

All eligible employees should have received open enrollment information at their campus addresses. Please visit our website at for additional information.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 18, 25

  • Football, Fans, & Feathers
  • 4 p.m.
  • Southeastern Raptor Center

Nov. 19, 26

  • CVM Tailgate Tent
  • 3 hrs prior to kickoff
  • Campus Green across from Allison Lab parking lot

Dec. 8-9

  • J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference
  • 20 hours C.E. 
  • CVM Campus

Auburn University Campus Safety Guide Available

Auburn University Campus Safety Guide Available
A copy of the Auburn University Campus Safety Guide (Annual Security and Fire Safety Report as required by the Federal Jeanne Clery Act and Higher Education Opportunity Act) is now available online. The Campus Safety Guide includes information on institutional policies concerning campus safety, such as policies about alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security at (334) 844-8888 or by e-mail at

Safety First – Important CVM Contacts

Animal Bite Report Form

  • AU First Report of Injury (CCMSI), 866-931-0502
  • Paula Dawson (612 Hoerlein), 844-8513
  • Leslie Leak (135 MacAdory), 844-6003
  • Teri Dunaway (612 Hoerlein), 844-5316

Hospital Safety Officer

  • Dr. Sue Duran, 844-8012

Risk Management

  • Donna Tucker, 703-8186

Zoonotic Disease Consultation

  • Dr. Jim Wright, 844-2670

Occupational Safety Physician

  • Dr. Garth Stauffer, 821-7788

Student Clinic

  • Auburn University Medical Clinic, 844-4416

Construction Update

The Overton Auditorium-Goodwin Student Center classroom/educational wing expansion is scheduled for completion by the contractual deadline of January 14.

Overton exterior

Glass continues to be installed with brick work nearing completion. Pre-cast is at 80% with repair work remaining. The existing roof is being removed with a metal roof complete in two weeks. 

Overton interior

Door frames are installed and painted. Tile is being installed in the bathrooms. Interior glass will be one of the last items to install. The clerestory has been closed.  

Research barn

A certificate of occupancy has been received, however, work remains. The exterior overhang soffit is at 75%. Concrete slab has been poured. A work order for waxing the floors is pending. 

Congratulations to...

  • Emily Graff and Cinzia Mastrorilli who successfully completed their American College of Veterinary Pathologists board examinations (clinical pathology specialty).
  • Dr. Dougie Macintire on her wedding on Oct. 16. Dr. Macintire, the P.B. Griffin Distinguished Professor in Emergency Critical Care Medicine, has decided to retire Dec. 1. “I will be starting a new chapter in my life,” says Dr. Macintire. We wish her the best on her new path. 
  • Kris Robertson Street (Office of Academic Affairs) and her husband Brad on the birth of their son, Nathaniel Thomas, on Nov. 6.

Our Condolences To...

  • Jason Chavers in Information and Instructional Technology upon the death of his wife Carrie Chavers on Oct. 25. Carrie had battled adrenocortical carcinoma for the past two years.


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