One Health clinic opens in Wilmington. I’ve blogged about the concept of One Health previously, but as a refresher, the term is applied to a transdisciplinary approach to health research and outreach that involves human, animal and environmental health factors. The three are inextricably linked. I’m very pleased to tell you about a One Health community outreach project in Wilmington, Delaware, spearheaded by Dr. Kristin Jankowski, from the Delaware Humane Association, and faculty and students from the College. Dr. Jankowski has done an amazing job coordinating a new clinic located at the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, where pets get free care when patients arrive for their medical appointments. As shown in the photo, it takes volunteers from throughout the region to make the clinic work – our pre-vet students from UD, vet students from U Penn, the Delaware Humane Association, and a number of regional veterinarians who donate their time and talent. The experience is as real as it gets for our pre-vet students, and many have signed up several times, giving up their weekends to help pets in need. The pets receive a complete exam and preventative medications and vaccines, for the first time in many cases. This is a great example of UD engaging with the local community, and I am proud of Lesa Griffiths, Ryan Arsenault, Annie Renzetti, Amy Biddle and others who have helped coordinate with Dr. Jankowski to make this happen. You can read more about the project here.
Progress on Worrilow. In the last Blog, I announced that we were moving forward with next phase of the design and planning for Worrilow Hall ahead of schedule. We have made good progress since September. We have completed the basic design of the building, floor by floor, and we are now beginning to design individual labs, common spaces, and mechanical systems. Faculty, staff and students have been through two stages of interviews, providing a detailed needs assessment. The overall concept is to move to fewer, but larger shared labs, which has been shown to increase research collaboration and efficiency of space utilization. We will improve the student experience greatly by redesigning four teaching labs and outfitting them with new equipment and cabinetry so they’ll be learning in the best environment possible. SmithGroup JJR is our architectural firm, and they’ve built buildings like this all over the country (see examples here).
We’ve raised another $850,000 in the last few weeks, leaving a gap of under $2.0 million to reach the $10 million fundraising target. Major contributions toward this sum came from two alumni who wish to remain anonymous. Charles and Pat Genuardi made a generous contribution toward the Creamery/Food Pilot Plant in Worrilow, and this facility will be named for them. Dr. Bernie Murphy, an alum and Advisory Board member, has made a generous gift and will name one of the laboratories in Worrilow to honor his father. Since May, over 40 people have dedicated their annual gift to Worrilow, giving this project one of the highest participation rates in the college. Words cannot express our gratitude toward these and other donors as we close in on our goal!
UD Launches $750 million campaign. Well, it’s official. The capital campaign at UD is underway. Delaware First launched on November 10, 2017 during a week filled with gatherings, celebrations, food and plenty of giving. Our UDairy Creamery lent a hand by making a Delaware First ice cream flavor, which was a big hit (made with blueberry to reflect UD’s colors!). Gifts to UD total well over $500 million already, as the “silent phase” of the campaign started a few years ago. The public phase of the campaign will end in 2020. On the night of the kickoff, $45 million was pledged to support the graduate college, the biopharma building, and athletics. The $25 million gift supporting biopharma was one of the largest gifts in UD history.
In the College, we stand at $34 million raised toward a goal of $40 million, thus we’ve had a great silent phase and look forward to exceeding our goal through the public phase of the campaign. I am glad to say that the participation rate of CANR faculty, staff and students is several points above the UD average, showing that our own people are committed to the programs supported by philanthropy. Thanks to all of you in the CANR family who have made a gift!
Retirements, searches and personnel changes
- In the last blog, I failed to mention that Annie Renzetti joined CANR as a Temporary Instructor of Animal and Food Sciences in August (sorry Annie!). She has taught courses in equine science on a part-time basis for two years, and we’re very pleased that she is now full time as the students absolutely love her teaching. She is a practicing equine veterinarian and brings vast knowledge, enthusiasm and authenticity to our pre-vet program.
- Jonathan Leith joined the CANR family as the Dairy Manager last summer. Jonathan replaces Richard Morris in this role, who has retired. Jonathan worked previously at a large USDA research dairy in Beltsville, Maryland, and he has brought a number of new ideas and management practices to our dairy operation.
- Chunbo Fan has accepted our offer to become an Instructor of Statistics. She will help launch the new online Master’s program in Applied Statistics this spring. She has three degrees from UD, including an MS from the department she’ll be joining. Dr. Fan had been working for Astra-Zeneca since she received her PhD from UD a few years ago.
- We have six other searches in progress for faculty:
- Two tenure-track faculty in Food and Agribusiness Marketing; this will be a dual hire and it is currently in the applicant pool stage.
- A tenure track faculty member in Statistics, also in the applicant pool phase.
- One Health animal sciences faculty – also a dual hire with one dedicated to anatomy/physiology and the other to immunology. Applications are now being accepted.
- Applied Plant Pathology: this position will focus on diseases of agronomic crops and will be housed at the Carvel Center in Georgetown. It is just getting underway and with any luck, we’ll be accepting applications before the holiday season.
- Alice Moore has accepted a position with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Alice worked for the Director of Cooperative Extension for many years and was active with our Collegiate FFA students. We appreciate many years of great service Alice, and best of luck in the new position!
- Former dean Robin Morgan has been appointed interim Provost of the University as of October, 2017. We wish Robin success in this challenging role, and welcome someone with a vast knowledge of agriculture and natural resources to the provost’s office!
This is the last blog for 2017, which turned out to be a great year for the college in terms of enrollment, building projects, research discoveries, community engagement and other areas of academic life. Please join us for the CANR Holiday party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th in the Townsend Commons to celebrate and give thanks for another great year. Bring your family – we’ll have activities for kids and plenty of food, drinks and ice cream! Have a blessed holiday season. The blog will return in January.