From Terry Etherton
Posted: December 17, 2010
Reflection is an activity that I engage in more than you might imagine. It provides me a means to assess the many, many accomplishments of the Department, evaluate how my many colleagues (including “me”) have done, and assess the countless activities, programs, and classes we conduct. Think of this reflection as a broad-based quality control program. This approach has been instrumental in further building the brand name of the Department. My assessment is that we are a world-class department and headed toward “higher excellence”.
One activity that I “look at” is the annual DAS tailgate, held this year before the PSU-Northwestern football game on November 5. It provides a terrific opportunity to “hear” what alumni and friends think of the Department, and to offer ideas for consideration. This year about 300 people showed up for the get-together. There were countless conversations, many of which conveyed how much the Department is appreciated. I am thankful for that. And, importantly, it reflects well on all the hard work my colleagues engage in to do the “greater good” for society. In short, it is richly-rewarding to know that our alumni and friends greatly value all that we do.
As always, the holiday season is a time to celebrate and savor -- to reflect. So, at this special time of the year, please celebrate all that you have. Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy new year!
Terry D. Etherton, Department Head and Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition