Marks 2000 Fall Conference
Attendance at the 2000 Annual
Fall Conference, held October 4 and 5, reached an all-time high of 306
practitioners. Nearly 500 registrants, speakers, faculty, students,
and guests took part in the 42 continuing education sessions or attended
lunches or the banquet.
After lunch on Thursday,
the Class of '52 presented its first annual scholarship. Class member
Dr. Robert Whalen presented the $2,000 award to third-year veterinary
student George Eales. The scholarship goes to an outstanding student
who plans to enter into food animal practice.
Next Dr. Barbara Ann Hanek-Reshke
('90), Alumni Association president, called the annual meeting to order.
She named Dr. Rhea Volk Morgan ('76) as the recipient of the Dr. Erwin
Small Veterinary Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in practice,
teaching, research, or involvement in organized veterinary medicine.
Dr. Morgan, who is boarded in veterinary ophthalmology and veterinary
internal medicine, is chief of staff at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital
in Springfield, Mass. Her long and distinguished career includes appointments
at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Angell
Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, and Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine
in Grafton, Mass.
Dr. Kenneth W. Albrecht
('67) received the Service Award in recognition of meritorious service
to the veterinary profession. Dr. Albrecht practices in Newton and Olney,
Ill. Dr. Albrecht has been active in organized veterinary medicine at
the regional, state, and national level. He has served as president
and treasurer of the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
and currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Illinois State VMA
as well as serves as SIVMA representative there.
The Alumni Merit Award went
to Dr. Brian J. Gerloff (MSU DVM '78, PhD '85), owner since 1985 of
Seneca Bovine Services in Marengo, Ill. The merit award is given in
recognition of Dr. Gerloff's accomplishments in practice, contributions
to the progress of veterinary medicine, and good citizenship and community
service. He has published articles and chapters and given invited lectures
in dairy nutrition throughout his career. In addition, he has been active
in his community through service to the school board, 4-H Foundation,
Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Dr. J.B. Bruederle ('91)
is the 2000-01 president of the Alumni Association.
At the Thursday evening
banquet, third-year student Natalie Marks and second-year student Abe
Trone received $1,000 scholarships from the Auxiliary of the Illinois
State Veterinary Medical Association. The scholarships, which are funded
by auction proceeds and donations, are awarded on the basis of a written
application, financial need, and extracurricular activities. Silent
and live auctions during the banquet raised nearly $5,000 for the scholarship
Dr. Robert Whalen and George Eales
Drs. Brian J. Gerloff, Barbara Ann Hanek-Reshke, Rhea Volk Morgan, and
Kenneth W. Albrecht
Natalie Marks and Abe Trone
Connect at Fall Conference
For the first time
at Illinois, annual Fall Conference formally brought together veterinary
students about to enter the job market and veterinary employers with
positions available. Skill-building workshops for students and employers
culminated in a well-attended job fair the evening before Fall Conference
Forty employers attended
the job fair at the Urbana Holiday Inn, representing private small,
exotic, large, and mixed animal practices; national corporate veterinary
organizations; and government and nonprofit organizations. They came
from throughout Illinois and from as far away as Massachusetts and Minnesota.
Earlier that day 27 veterinary employers had attended a workshop on
"How to Attain, Train and Retain Key Employees," led by Dr. Doug Yanik,
assistant dean of Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. Sheldon Rubin ('68),
owner/director of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago; and Dr. Christine
Merle ('96), from the College Continuing Education-Public Service group.
More than 75 veterinary
and veterinary technician students visited the job fair. On the Saturday
before, about half these students had attended a two-hour workshop on
resume-writing and interviewing skills led by Dr. Merle and a speaker
from the Campus Career Center.
Students and employers counted
the inaugural job fair a success.
"I thought it was great,"
says fourth-year student Ann Griffin. "It made me excited again about
getting out into practice." Employers came away with several resumes
for openings in their practice or organization.
The Office of Academic and
Student Affairs worked hard to organize the job fair and related workshops.
Snacks and refreshments at the job fair were paid for through exhibitor
fees and a grant from Ralston Purina.