Celebrating 50 Years of Animals Among Us!
The 50th anniversary celebration of the University of Illinois College
of Veterinary Medicine was capped off by a fun-packed day featuring an
open house, symposium, gala banquet, auction, and dance. Enjoy the photos
from Saturday, April 10.
The theme for the day was “Animals Among Us.” T-shirts, note cards,
and commemorative hand-fired plates bearing this artwork were available
to those who attended Open House and the gala banquet. If you would like
to purchase any of these items, please call 217/333-2762.
Open House Puts Public in Touch with Veterinary Medicine
Explores Mystical Bond, Ethical Issues
Bash Entertains and Builds Support
Action Continues at Fall Conference
“Awesome” Open House Puts Public in Touch with Veterinary
students, led by VM-3s Lisa Wardisiani and Tina Villarete, did a wonderful
job of educating the public and promoting the veterinary profession
at the annual Open House. In fact, an 11-year-old girl from Pinckneyville,
Illinois, who hopes to be a veterinarian someday, took the time to write
a thank-you letter to the students. Open House was “awesome!” she wrote,
because “your students told me, taught me, and were so nice to me while
I was there.”
exhibit was top-notch this year, when the 50th anniversary celebrations
drew the largest crowd in recent memory, including quite a few alumni.
Volunteer judges had a very difficult time choosing the best exhibits.
The winners were:
• Small Animal Exhibits: Wildlife, Emergency medicine, Small animal
Large Animal Exhibits: Swine, Food animal surgery/anesthesia, Fistulated
• Basic Science Exhibits: Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Oncology/C.A.R.E.
• Demonstrations: Police dog, Equine.
In honor of the 50th celebration, an art show with drawings illustrating
the “Animals Among Us” theme and contributed by more than 600 area schoolchildren
was displayed in the Atrium throughout Open House. Dr. Ellen Paul and Carroll
Valli coordinated the show.
The students send special thanks to the organizations that provided
financial support for Open House this year: Abbott Laboratories, Eastern
Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Iams
Company, Illinois State VMA, Illinois Student Chapter of the American VMA,
Mississippi Valley VMA, Ralston Purina Company, Stockton Blackhawk Veterinary
Clinic, LTD, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, UI
CVM Alumni Association, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, and Waltham Brand
Symposium Explores Mystical Bond, Ethical Issues
Col. Gary Stamp (’70) , Commander, United States Army Veterinary Corps
(far right), served as moderator of the afternoon symposium held at Foellinger
Auditorium. Dr. Joseph Bielitzki, chief veterinarian for NASA and a 1976
Illinois graduate (left at table), and Mr. Roger Caras, president emeritus
of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (right
at table), spoke on the interactions between human beings and animals.
A panel of local experts—including (from left, next to Dr. Bielitzki) 3rd-year
veterinary student Eric Bergsten, humane society board member Harriet Weatherford,
and university lab animal expert Dr. Joseph Thulin (’88)—offered their
perspectives and helped respond to questions from the audience. The speakers
were featured on the local public radio station the day before the symposium.
Their presentations were recorded and broadcast on a community radio station
on Monday, May 31.
Anniversary Bash Entertains and Builds Support
Robert Twardock (’56), professor emeritus and chair of the 50th anniversary
celebration steering committee, served as master of ceremonies for the
evening. The Other Guys, an a cappella singing group from the University
of Illinois, regaled the crowd of nearly 300, including Dr. Small and
members of the first class shown here, with their tribute to the Morrow
Plots and other songs.
More than $16,000 in support of student scholarships was raised through
the silent and live auctions. Dr. Jim Hume (’71) presided over the auction,
with help from professor Dr. Randy Ott and a host of volunteer alumni and
Many items were contributed—and in some cases even crafted—by alumni!
Two impromptu auction items, the neckties of Roger Caras and Dr. Erwin
Small, brought an extra $775. Our sincerest thanks to all.
Baseball signed by 40 retired major league baseball players.
Donated by Dr. Richard Nye (’76), $300
Stained glass art depicting a cat, by Dr. Emil Baukert
Two award-winning nature photos by Dr. Larry Friedman
(’61), $1,125 total
Two wildlife art works by Jim O’Toole of Macomb, Illinois,
$165. Donated by Dr. Charles Francisco (’89) and Ken Goodwin of Hoechst
Wood carving of veterinarian and calf created by Dr. Al
Day (’61), $975
Two framed nature photographs by Dr. Jeffrey Chemelewski
Terra cotta sculpture of a bear created by Dr. Kathy Connell
One week at a condominium in Snow-mass, Colorado, $800.
Donated by Dr. Lloyd C. (’55) and Mrs. Jean Helper.
One night’s stay at the Tara Point Inn, a bed and breakfast
in Grafton, Illinois, $200. Donated by Drs. Darrell (’55) and Jim (’55)
Blue Dog, William Wegman print, signed and numbered, $275
Watercolor of round barns by Carroll Valli, $496
Four original signed cartoons by Robert M. Miller, featuring
pets and vets, $1,300 total
Two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to any destination
in the continental United States, $800
Denver Broncos Extravaganza Package! Two admissions to
regular season game and catered pre-game party, on-field passes, and laser-autographed
Two Wilson Signature Series Footballs signed by the 1998
Chicago Bears, $160 each
Two limited edition Chicago Bulls Championship basketballs,
Color picture of Roy Rogers and Trigger, autographed by
Roy Rogers, $575
National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Limited Edition Collector
Series Belt Buckle, $125. Donated by Dr. William Barnes (Ont. ’59)
Two street banners commemorating the 50th Anniversary
of the College of Veterinary Medicine, $400 each
Symposium speaker Roger Caras (above left) examines the
description of a live auction item during the reception hour, while (from
left) 3rd-year student Kjersten Holms, Dr. Gordon Baker, and Shirley Hull
browse the framed bandana selections. Photo by Brian Stauffer.
Top bids on the celebrity-signed bandannas:
Joan Baez, $70
Jon Bon Jovi, $50
Jim Davis (Garfield cartoonist), $90
Mike Ditka, $250
Elizabeth Dole, $85
Harrison Ford, $175
Bob Hope, $50
Elton John, $250
Art Linkletter, $50
Reba McEntire, $150
Joe Montana, $250
Luciano Pavarotti, $150
Richard Petty, $40
General Norman Schwarzkopf, $55
Siegfried and Roy, $50
Auction Action Continues at Fall Conference
Walter Payton and Elizabeth Taylor are among the celebrities whose signatures
grace items on the auction block at the Thursday evening banquet at Fall
Conference for Veterinarians, October 14, 1999. As with the 50th anniversary
auction on April 10, the Auxiliary of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical
Association will help coordinate the auction and proceeds will go toward
student scholarships. If you have items to submit for the auction, please
call auction committee chair Jean Rehn, 630/920-8431.
Also taking place at Fall Conference, one student from each of the four
veterinary classes will received a $1,000 scholarship from money raised
at the April auction. The remainder of the proceeds have been used to create
the “ISVMA Auxiliary 50th Anniversary Scholarship Endowment” to support
Look for information on registering for Fall Conference, which will
feature banquet speaker Illini basketball coach and former star Rob Judson,
in the mail in mid-July or call the Continuing Education-Public Service
office at 217/333-2907.
Our thanks to the following for sponsorship of the 50th Anniversary
Gala Auction at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Platinum Sponsorship: Ralston Purina
Gold Sponsorship: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Hill’s Pet
Nutrition College Feeding Program
Silver Sponsorship: Elanco Animal Health, Iams Company,
Schering-Plough Animal Health, University of Illinois Alumni Association
Bronze Sponsorship: Hoechst Roussel Vet