Former CVMBS Dean Honored by Montana State University for Transformative Leadership
Dr. William Tietz, former Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University (1971-1977), was honored for his terms as Montana State University president during the school’s homecoming weekend on Oct. 4.
During his time as CVMBS Dean, Tietz was instrumental in the expansion of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) program and obtaining state and national funding to construct one of the nation’s finest veterinary teaching facilities, known now as the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Similar to his efforts at CSU, Tietz worked tirelessly for 13 years to overcome financial barriers to transform MSU to the modern research university it is today. His transformative leadership at MSU resulted in a 200 percent growth in research, an advanced technology park, an honors program and presidential scholarships, and funding to construct a visual communications building, Animal Resources Center, and MSU Museum of the Rockies expansion.
Remembering a Prominent Immunologist and CSU Alumnus, Leo Lefrançois, Jr.
Dr. Leo Lefrançois suffered a heart attack and passed away while hiking with his wife and colleague in the Italian Dolomites on July 20, 2013. Lefrançois was born January 6, 1956.
Lefrançois’ love for science began with his accumulation of a large chemistry set in high school, which he used to satisfy his interest in combustion and model rockets. After high school, Lefrançois attended Colorado State University and received a B.S. in microbiology and medical technology in 1978, with a certificate from the Malden Hospital Medical Technology Program in Malden, Mass. He completed his doctorate in microbiology and immunology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lefrançois was an active member of the American Association of Immunologists, serving as an ex-officio member of the AAI Council, program chair for the AAI annual meeting, and chair of the AAI Program Committee. As chief of the Division of Immunology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Lefrançois was influential in forming the Department of Immunology in 2005, of which he was named chair in 2011.
His legacy lives on through his remarkable discoveries and lessons. He trained 18 Ph.D. students and 15 postdoctoral fellows, and many of his discoveries are of such fundamental importance that they are outlined in modern immunology textbooks used in classrooms across the U.S.
Dr. Sue VandeWoude Named President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Dr. Sue VandeWoude, CVMBS Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, will be named president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine during the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences national meeting in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 27 – 28, 2013.
VandeWoude has been involved in veterinary research for more than 20 years. Before taking on her current role as an associate dean, VandeWoude served as Director of Laboratory Animal Services for four years and continues to serve as Director of the Comparative/Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program. VandeWoude’s laboratory studies Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and a variety of agents that infect domestic and nondomestic cats.
In her lab and as a professor of comparative medicine, she trains all levels of university students in modern techniques in molecular virology, data interpretation, and fluent reporting of results. Her interests include veterinary and graduate research training and animal welfare issues.
Friend of the FACC Funds Award after Receiving Excellent Service from Lynda Reed
A donation from a ‘friend of the Flint Animal Cancer Center,’ established an award to commemorate Lynda Reed’s decades of excellent service to the FACC and the VTH community. The donation was given to acknowledge the exceptional quality of service one client had received from Reed.
Reed, the FACC Director’s Assistant, recently celebrated her 25-year milestone with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, holding a variety of administrative positions.
“Lynda Reed is a very special member of our college,” said Dr. Rodney Page, FACC Director. “Any day you have the privilege to interact with Lynda is a good day.”
The first annual Lynda Reed Excellence in Service Award will be given in the fall of 2013 to a person who exemplifies the positive attitude, integrity, and desire to help others that Reed showcases daily. In addition to receiving $500, award recipients will be recognized at an annual FACC event and college-wide forum. Any member of the CVMBS community who has been at Colorado State University for at least one year is eligible for the award. Nominations should be forwarded to Page at Rodney.Page@colostate.edu by November 15, 2013.