This message appeared in the February 2017 issue of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Bulletin.
sesquicentennial activities culminating in May 2018
From all of us at your College of Veterinary Medicine to all of you in the CVMA, congratulations on reaching your 120th year!
I enjoyed celebrating with you on November 19 at the AMA’s impressive International Museum of Surgical Science. The historical setting was a perfect venue for “Honoring the Past” of one of the oldest veterinary associations in the world, and for taking in the tremendous strides medical science has made.
The second half of your anniversary theme—“Shaping the Future”—is equally vital as you use this organizational milestone to highlight your association’s work to promote the veterinary profession and the wellbeing of animals. I am looking forward to continuing to learn about CVMA as your commemorative year unfolds.
On February 28, the University of Illinois too will kick off a milestone celebration. Our campus was founded 150 years ago. Under the banner of “Shaping the Future Since 1867,” Illinois will be hosting sesquicentennial activities for the next 15 months, culminating with graduation in May 2018.
I invite you to participate in the many opportunities to celebrate the university’s founding. By visiting the sesquicentennial website, 150.illinois.edu, you can find out what’s planned and upload photos, video, audio, stories, and quotes about your experiences and memories at the university under the “Share Your Story” tab.
I especially encourage you to attend the college’s planned celebrations. We’ll be at the AVMA conference in Indianapolis. Come see us in the exhibit hall July 22 to 24, and keep an eye out for a special alumni reception event with 150th flair.
The 150th will also be part of our Fall Conference on October 26 and 27. That is Homecoming Weekend here in Urbana, so book your rooms early and plan to stay for the game against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Our world-class university, like your mighty organization, will be focusing on the future as we commemorate our past. Your college’s immediate future, as detailed in our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, is rapidly evolving. In 2017 we’ll hire an internationally recognized head for our new research-focused department, integrate our new 3T MRI unit into our specialty services, reinvigorate our equine services, move ahead on installing a linear accelerator, and launch a capital campaign.
In all these endeavors, we appreciate the partnership of our old friend, the CVMA.
—Dean Peter Constable
Note: The photo above shows members of our first class, the Class of 1952, learning bacteriology from Dr. Harold Bryan, who is second from left in the foreground.