BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2008 – Virginia Tech has named Jesse Fallon, a resident of Spring Mills, Pa., as the Outstanding Graduate in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Fallon has excelled academically and currently ranks sixth in his class. He is the Class of 2008 Vice President, and has served as president of the Private Veterinary Practitioners Club and as a Graduate Student Assembly Representative. He is also a member of the Companion Animal Club and the Food Animal Practitioners Club. In addition, he serves as an Executive Board Member of the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
The Outstanding Graduate award is presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. This award is co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.
The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their quality credit average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 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 college 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
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Southside, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.
Written by Stephanie Haugen-Ray.