Fall Semester is Upon Us

The CVM is getting ready for fall semester, always a busy time, and there are some important dates and reminders to help everyone get back into the fall groove:

  • Freshman Welcome Orientation is Monday, Aug. 12 and 120 first-year students and their families will be on campus. Let’s welcome the Class of 2017.
  • First-Year Student Orientation will begin Tuesday, Aug.13.
  • Fall semester classes @theCVM begin Monday, Aug. 19.

Be All There

Listen. Engage. Succeed.

We are all bombarded by a high volume of visual and auditory stimulation that is just a temping click away. The CVM wants to remind everyone – faculty, students and staff – to make a conscious effort to avoid distractions in the classroom, exam room, laboratory, and when engaged with a fellow member of the Auburn Family. The Auburn Creed says it best: “I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.” War Eagle!

5th Annual CVM Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony

Staff and Administrative employees of the CVM were recognized for their dedication and hard work that is vital to CVM’s success in educating students, animal care and research. In total, seven people were honored – five receiving Staff Recognition Awards, one Dean’s Award and one Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award.

Nominated by colleagues, the Staff Recognition Awards honor employees who consistently go above and beyond their normal job duties to support the CVM. Those recognized were: Sharron Barney, Clinical Sciences; Amy Bylsma, Dean’s Office; Derrick Calloway, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; Lori Carden, Pathobiology; and Lynda King, recently retired from Pathobiology.

The Dean’s Award, given to a non-CVM employee who performs duties for the college, was awarded to Raymond Anderson of Facilities. Anderson, who is retiring at the end of August, is a painter and has worked diligently on a number of projects in the CVM to ensure a welcoming atmosphere.

The Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award was given to Nancy Morrison, research associate at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center in the CVM. The award is given to honor a staff or administrative CVM employee whose contributions reflect the character, virtue and attributes of Czerkawski, who passed away in 2009.

The program also included recognition of employee’s longevity service to Auburn and the university’s Spirit of Excellence Award winner from the CVM.

Welcome New Employees

  • Eva Abarca, Clinical Sciences
  • Stephany Arrington, Clinical Sciences
  • Brett N. Augsburger; Pathobiology
  • Robbi Beauchamp, Administration
  • Rafael Obrador de Aguilar, Clinical Sciences
  • Alexandra M. Gillen, Clinical Sciences
  • Vicente Jose Herreria-Bustillo, Clinical Sciences
  • Serene Ruth Lai, Clinical Sciences
  • Allison Lape, Clinical Sciences
  • Leslie Erin Moore, Clinical Sciences
  • Amy Elizabeth Schkeeper, Clinical Sciences
  • Carrie Spivey, Clinical Sciences
  • Cody Ragsdale, Animal Health Performance Program
  • Ashley Randle, Scott-Ritchey
  • Roxanne Marie Rodriguez, Clinical Sciences
  • Erika Vinson, Clinical Sciences
  • Marike Visser, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Meet Our New Residents...

Pictured Left to Right: Leslie Moore, Rosemary Cuming, Eric Fish, Jennifer Koziol, Alex Gillen, Serene Lai, Natalie Fraser, Kari Chciuk, Noelle Bergman, Amy Schkeeper, Taya Marquardt

July 2013

Save the Date

  • Oct 15, 2013 –The CVM blood drive, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • April 10-12, 2014 – Annual Conference
  • April 11, 2014 – Dedication of the Wilford S. and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital


The start of classes will bring a familiar challenge – parking. While not nearly as congested as main campus, the CVM has some suggestions to make parking easier for faculty, staff and students:

  • It is important that employees use the appropriate A and B-zoned spaces so the CVM can maximize the C zone parking for student use.
  • The new asphalt lot on Simms and Morgan will be zoned C.
  • The 90 degree parking row nearest JT Vaughan will be zoned B.
  • A double row of spaces nearest Wire Road in the Greene Hall parking lot will be zoned B.

Cattle Production Conference at the CVM

More than 25 leaders in the beef industry will be addressing cattlemen Aug. 16 and 17 on the CVM campus. The theme of this year's Department of Animal Sciences Beef Cattle Conference regional conference is “Innovation, Efficiency and Effectiveness – Adapting Cattle Production For Greater Success”.

Faculty from the College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine will discuss management practices, nutritional decision making, health and reproductive practices, and market/marketing practices.

Speakers include: CVM Dean Calvin Johnson, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Alabama Farmers Federation President, Jimmy Parnell and Billy Powell of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Dr. Misty Edmondson, an assistant professor in the food animal section of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the CVM, will be among the speakers

The Conference is designed to provide members of the beef cattle community an update on current beef cattle topics critical to success as well as management skills for their farm or ranch that can improve the bottom line.

Construction Update

  • Ceiling finishes and sheetrock is ongoing on most areas on both floors in the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, scheduled to be completed in February 2014.
  • Exterior – The roof panel trim t is beginning on the north side; all glass is installed except the clearstory over the Community Practice area and the lobbies; the flat roof is 90% complete; metal panels are complete on the north; and the brick on the west is being finished.
  • Terrace Level – the ceiling is 80 percent complete, and ceramic tile flooring is 90 percent complete. Casework installation has begun and rails and working platforms for elevators have been installed. 
  • First Floor – Casework and ceramic tile is 90 percent complete; the epoxy floor is scheduled for installation Aug. 19. Several areas are in different stages: from wall-rough in, to sheetrock to priming and painting.
  • Second Floor – Sheetrock and ceiling framing is being completed in most areas.


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Did you get married, have a baby, win a teaching award, receive a grant for a study, publish your work in a professional journal, or, do you have immediate family serving in the U.S. Military? @the CVM is a monthly e-newsletter for faculty and staff and we would like to hear from you! Please send information to Janet McCoy -  mccoyjl@auburn.edu, 105 Greene Hall.

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