PVM Hosts Alumni at NCAA Hall of Champions

July 28, 2017

Dean Willie Reed and several PVM alumni pause for a photo-op at a sculpture depicting college football players, who were bedecked in a combination of Purdue and veterinary medical gear for the Purdue Alumni Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.
Dean Willie Reed and several PVM alumni pause for a photo-op at a sculpture depicting college football players, who were bedecked in a combination of Purdue and veterinary medical gear for the Purdue Alumni Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.

More than 200 Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumni, faculty, staff and students turned out for the Purdue Alumni Reception held at the NCAA Hall of Champions in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention in Indianapolis Friday evening. Co-sponsored by the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association, the event gave the attendees a chance to check-out the beautiful facility and interactive displays, while also enjoying food and fellowship and participating in special activities, including a free-throw shooting contest with Dr. Jonathan Webster (PU DVM '17) winning the adults division with nine shots total. Current 7th grader and future DVM Class of ‘31, Anna Brackmann (related to Dr. John Scamahorn of the DVM Class of 1972), took top prize in the youth division. Guests also heard an update on the College from Dean Willie Reed and explored a variety of booths featuring displays about Veterinary Teaching Hospital specialties and various College programs.

The constant din from talking and laughter attested to the fun times everyone enjoyed at the reception. A total of 36 adults and five children participated in the free-throw competition, refereed by Dr. Steve Thompson, clinical associate professor of small animal community practice. Faculty and staff set-up special displays showcasing such areas as physical rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital, Priority 4 Paws and the Veterinary Technology Program. Veterinary students also raised funds through the sale of PVM clothing and specialty items from the Vet Shoppe. The Indianapolis venue definitely was a hit. Alumni in attendance at the reception represented a wide range of classes, from recent graduates to the most senior alumni.

Special thanks to members of the PVM Engagement Team who coordinated and helped with the reception, led by PVM Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events Susan Xioufaridou.

Dr. Steve Thompson, in his role as referee, watches a free throw by alumnus Ed Willard (PU DVM ’63) during the Free Throw competition at the Purdue Alumni Reception in the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Dr. Steve Thompson, in his role as referee, watches a free throw by alumnus Ed Willard (PU DVM '63) during the Free Throw competition at the Purdue Alumni Reception in the NCAA Hall of Champions.

 

Dr. Bob Jackman (PU DVM ’64) and his wife Karen with fellow Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduate Terri Sajdera (PU AS-VT ’85). Dr. Jackman was helping at the booth for the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital, which was one of several College exhibits at the Purdue Alumni Reception.
Dr. Bob Jackman (PU DVM '64) and his wife Karen with fellow Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduate Terri Sajdera (PU AS-VT '85). Dr. Jackman was helping at the booth for the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital, which was one of several College exhibits at the Purdue Alumni Reception.

 

Dean Willie Reed with (left-right) Lara Uriadko, Rachel Cumberbatch and Jennier Direnzo, all of the DVM Class of 2011.
Dean Willie Reed with (left-right) Lara Uriadko, Rachel Cumberbatch and Jennier Direnzo, all of the DVM Class of 2011.

 

Brittany Laflen (far left), RVT, small animal surgery/neurology technician, and Jessica Bowditch (far right), RVT, rehabilitation and neurology technician, help at the Neurology and Physical Rehabilitation booth. Attendees who documented that they visited all the booths were eligible for a free prize.
Brittany Laflen (far left), RVT, small animal surgery/neurology technician, and Jessica Bowditch (far right), RVT, rehabilitation and neurology technician, help at the Neurology and Physical Rehabilitation booth. Attendees who documented that they visited all the booths were eligible for a free prize.

 

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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