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From Terry Etherton

Posted: December 1, 2007

The Holiday Season is one of excitement – a time for reflection. As I look back at the past year, it is clear that the Department continues to grow and “accelerate”; accelerate in a way where more is being done by faculty, students, and staff. And, what is being done is occurring at a remarkably high level that is being recognized nationally and internationally. Much of this is captured in this issue of Hoofprints.

Dr. Terry Etherton The Holiday Season is one of excitement – a time for reflection.  As I look back at the past year, it is clear that the Department continues to grow and “accelerate”; accelerate in a way where more is being done by faculty, students, and staff.  And, what is being done is occurring at a remarkably high level that is being recognized nationally and internationally.  Much of this is captured in this issue of Hoofprints.

Our undergraduate major is thriving and continues to be the most popular (based on size) in the College.  We have expanded our equine science program, added courses to our small animal science course portfolio, and remodeled our biotechnology teaching program.  As you will read herein, our judging teams have excelled!  Our four undergraduate student clubs are highly accomplished and, in my opinion, are at the “top of the stack” nationally.  This all resonates in a way that is most positive for our marketing efforts.  I spend a lot of time engaged in “branding” activities-- that is, promoting the Department activities, and the incredible portfolio of teaching, research and extension programs that we conduct.  All of these programs occur as the result of the incredibly hard work the Department employees put forward.  I am fortunate to be able to work with a very, very dedicated and talented cohort of colleagues! 

The Holiday season is a special time of the year to celebrate.  I encourage you to enter the New Year eager to pursue all that is possible in a way that moves society forward in a positive manner.

Happy Holidays!

Terry D. Etherton
Department Head and
Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition