Eleven members of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine community recently joined the Alpha Omicron Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the most exclusive leadership honor society at Virginia Tech.
The campus-wide society recognizes superior scholarship, leadership, and character; emphasis is placed on development of the whole person, as a member of both the college community and society at large.
Ten students of the veterinary college and one college staff member were tapped for initiation:
- Stacie Boswell of Blacksburg (Class of 2009);
- Catherine Clark of Laurel, Md. (Class of 2010);
- Michelle Creamer of Bracey, Va. (Class of 2010);
- Valery Drenning of Saxton, Penn. (Class of 2010);
- Laura Fontana of Hockessin, Del. (Class of 2009);
- Ray Gracon of Monrovia, Md. (Class of 2009);
- Michael Hickey of Baltimore, Md. (Class of 2009);
- Sara Hyink of Blacksburg (Class of 2009);
- Julie Nozynski of Poquoson, Va. (Class of 2010);
- Victoria Brianna Wilson of Chesapeake Beach, Md. (Class of 2010); and
- Lynn Young of Christiansburg, Va., the college’s director of alumni relations and student affairs.
The circle also welcomed its new faculty advisor, Dr. Judi Lynch of Christiansburg, Va., and faculty secretary, Dr. Lud Eng of Blacksburg, Va.
Lynch is the director of special initiatives at the college and Eng is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and the assistant dean for strategic innovations.
The Alpha Omicron Circle was founded in 1933. Over its 74 years at Virginia Tech, the circle has initiated only 2,428 members, including every university president since Julian Burruss.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world