Todd Georgi Receives Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students

The UNL Teaching Council and the Parents Association bestowed on Dr. Todd Georgi a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students at a reception hosted by the Teaching Council on Friday, February 7, 2014.  This certificate is given to a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to a student's life at UNL.  This is the 26th year of this recognition reception.  Congratulations, Dr. Georgi!

Dr. Doug Rogers Retires from SVMBS after 26 Years of Service

Dr. Doug Rogers is retiring effective April 4th, 2014, but his last day on campus was March 14th.  He is retiring after 26 Years of dedicated service.  He plans to move to his newly completed  retirement home in Estes Park, Colorado, and enjoy his many outdoor hobbies – especially fly fishing.  Marijana Bradaric also made the cake for Dr. Rogers.  It featured a fondant fisherman, who looked a lot like Dr. Rogers, sitting on the edge of a stream reeling in a big catch!  Happy retirement, Dr. Rogers!

Rendering of Veterinary Diagnostic Center
Rendering of Veterinary Diagnostic Center

Update on the Status of the New UNL Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

By Don Beermann, Interim Director School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
April 2, 2014

During the 2012 session, the Nebraska Legislature approved, and Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation to build a new 40,582 net and 65,624 gross square feet NE Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Total project cost approved is $45,644,000, of which $4,150,000 is to come from private or other funds. The $45,644,000 will be appropriated over ten years in financial bonds, but allocated only if the university successfully raises its share. That target is very near completion.

The University of Nebraska System Board of Regents, on January 24, 2014, approved hiring RDG Planning & Design, an architectural firm out of Omaha, NE, to design the new VDC building. The new VDC will be located on East Campus, just off East Campus loop and northwest of the Life Sciences Annex.  Personnel from RDG and SRG Partnership conducted a "kickoff" WebEx meeting on January 31, and subsequently met three times with a "working group" of faculty and staff in the SVMBS in February to begin design work. They also shared with SVMBS faculty and staff slides and information gathered from recent visits to five other Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.  The current working group travelled with RDG and SRG Partners staff to visit the VDC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on February 25. Their VDC was new in 2006 and has a similar case load as the VDC.

An intensive week of day-long work sessions gathering facility lab-specific function information and review of space organization and allocation occurred March 18 – 21. Review and verification of an updated Program Statement, equipment list, and new floor plan vignettes will occur the first week of April. Site development review and utilities discussions will follow the second week in April, and plans will be submitted for UNL internal review May 2 - 16, 2014.

The target for submitting an Intermediate Design for review by the Board of Regents is August 15, 2014. Construction documents will be developed between November 3, 2014 and March, 2015. Bidding for construction is targeted for March, 2015, with construction to occur from April, 2015 to May, 2017. The target for occupying the building is June, 2017.



Meeting time and place will be 4:00 p.m., 145 VBS