Hodgepodge Grill and Food Truck Comes to VetMed

A food truck is now on the CVM campus providing hot meals to students, faculty, staff and clients.

Hodgepodge Grill, owned by Jason & Dawn Stoker, serve a variety of lunch items -- tacos, sliders, wraps, burritos and hot dogs -- available 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The truck is located on the front lawn, near the construction trailers. 

"We hope to be able to make our new customers at the CVM as happy and well-fed as our former customers," said Stoker, whose truck was formerly located on Samford Avenue. "We sell only fresh cooked meals, not left-overs or pre-made meals."

Check out the Hodgepodge Grill on Facebook! Support the Hodgepodge Grill and the CVM's effort to bring hot meals to campus.

CVM General Staff Meeting Nov. 13

The CVM will hold two General Staff meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Overton Auditorium, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to accommodate faculty and staff schedules.

Dean Johnson will be speaking and surveying faculty and staff to gain valuable information to create a strategic plan for the CVM.

There will be time for individuals to meet one-on-one with benefit representatives. If you have questions about the University’s Open Enrollment program, please bring necessary paperwork. The enrollment period – for Flexible Spending Accounts; Health, Dental & Vision, and Cancer and Supplemental Life and Disability policies – ends at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Help the CVM Demonstrate “The Power of We”

Support the United Way Campaign because WE are all in it together.  The CVM’s United Way Campaign, “The Power of We,” is underway and to date $10,690 has been committed by CVM faculty and staff. The Department of Clinical Sciences has the most participants; and APP has donated the largest amount of money. It’s not too late to contribute through a one-time payment or payroll deduction, or receive a bill from the United Way.  Contact one of the CVM volunteers:  Hattie Alvis, APP; Lisa Carter, AHPP; Joni Coffman, SRRC; Karie Dalton, IIT; Teri Dunaway, DCS; Paula Johnston, LAH; Kathy Kidd, Path; Mark McClendon, AUESPP; and Karla Meadows, Admin.

Celebrate your Auburn Spirit with the CVM

  1. Two weekends remain in November to enjoy the fall spirit and football game weekends. Football, Fans and Feathers educational program is held at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 before a home game and features a variety of birds of prey. Tickets are $5 for the 4 p.m. program, held at the Southeastern Raptor Center Amphitheater.
  2. The CVM Development office hosts a Vetmed tailgate beginning three hours before kickoff Nov. 16 vs. Georgia and Nov. 30 vs. Alabama on the Campus Green (near Parker Hall). Stop by and greet alumni, talk to prospective students and hang out with fellow faculty, staff and students. Refreshments are provided while they last.

New to the CVM Family

New employees include: front row: Casey Milton and Jennie Bruel; second row: Elizabeth Stickelmaier and Charlotte Brightwell; third row: Gwen Avery, Holli Thompson, Colin Morrison and Walter Rush; and back row: Chris Smola, Chris Cox and Dusty McKendree. 

Welcome new employees:

  • Gwen Renee Avery, Clinical Sciences
  • Jenny Burell, Clinical Sciences
  • Charlotte Brightwell, Clinical Sciences
  • Chris Cox, Information and Instructional Technology
  • Lauren M. Downing, Clinical Sciences
  • Sherry Johnston, Clinical Sciences
  • Dusty McKendree Adminstration
  • Ivy McCraine; DCS, Clinical Sciences
  • Sidney Cross McKathan, Clinical Sciences
  • Casey Milton, Clinical Sciences
  • Colin Morrison, Clinical Sciences
  • Walter Franklin Rush, Administration
  • Chris Smola, Administration
  • Elizabeth James Stickelmaier, Clinical Sciences
  • Holli Thompson, Animal Health and Performance Program


  • Elizabeth Crandall, Clinical Sciences, Assistant Director, Raptor Rehabilitation
  • Marianne Hudson, Clinical Sciences, Assistant Director, Raptor Training and Education

November 2013

Upcoming C.E.

Online registration is required.

  • Nov. 15 – Radical Sabbatical, “Ophthalmology - Opening the Window Towards the Retina”
  • Nov. 22 – Radical Sabbatical, “Community Practice - It's All About the Money: Effective Communication and Tip and Tricks to Increase Profits in Your Practice”

Student Policy eHandbook Now Online

The eHandbook for students is now online.

You can reach this link by clicking on the “Student eHandbook” link in the left column on the CVM Community web page.

Beat Bama Food Drive

CVM faculty, staff and students collected 3,453 pounds of food to donate to the East Alabama Food Bank. The Beat Bama Food Drive continues until Nov. 25, so it’s not too late to donate!

Blood Drive Results

The October CVM Blood Drive was a great event -- 38 pints were donated and 46 people present.  Thank you all!

Fall Activity Photos Online

Fall is filled with activities for CVM faculty, staff and students, and the following events were captured by CVM photographers– the annual Dean’s Tailgate, Trunk or Treat, and Dress-Up Day. Check out our Facebook page and see your CVM friends celebrating fall!


The college has launched a Fan Page on Facebook. Search for "Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine."

You must be a Facebook user to view our page. To post CVM news, upcoming events, honorary awards, grant awards, etc. (with photographs), please send your information to Janet McCoy.

Veterinary Medicine Tweets News

Make the College of Veterinary Medicine part of your Twitter feed. Keep up to date on the latest information and events by following the college @AuburnVetMed on Twitter. On Facebook search for “Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.”


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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