The College of Veterinary Medicine/Department of IPN was given the
2007 Safety Committee Award of Excellence for their performance
during the 2007 calendar year.
In part, the college/department conducted an emergency evacuation
drill in McCoy and Wegner Hall in May of 2007. This involved
the evacuation of over 100 staff and faculty from several different
departments in the Veterinary and Pharmacy College as well as the
Health Sciences Library. This was the first scheduled alarm
evacuation drill in that area in several years. In the
process, the flow of employee evacuation and the building and
communications between different areas has been improved.
The water in McCoy hall was deemed non-potable. All fountains,
except one, have been dismantled in McCoy and "non-potable" signage
has been placed on the water outlets. A potable water line was
run to the water fountain across from the Pratt Lounge and is
functioning for the building. In other CVM buildings, lines
were traced and potable water has been plumbed into appropriate
areas (Bustad second floor, staff break room). Non-potable
water signage was also posted on water outlets in all classrooms and
labs throughout the Veterinary and Pharmacy College buildings.
The IPN department, also added improvements to ADA issues in Wegner
Hall (doors, ramps and parking), fire alarms to McCoy Hall, and the
Wegner Hall ducts were cleaned to help eliminate some health
concerns for employees in that building.
Much of the credit in the IPN department for identifying these
deficiencies and working to rectify them go to the department safety
committee and to Becky Morton for her leg work in recognizing and
According to Becky, "In 2006 we were at the lowest level, and now in
2007 we moved to the highest level (for safety concerns). That was
one of my goals; to bring IPN to a better place on safety issues.
Now we need to maintain that level."