â€œEndow a Chair (or maybe a table)â€ Campaign
guys! Remember me? Itâ€™s been a long time since Iâ€™ve seen or
spoken with most of you â€“ but I hope youâ€™re well.
Iâ€™ve begun to contact former students
in each class Iâ€™ve taught at WSU.
Iâ€™m hoping that at least some of you
will be willing and able to help with an
issue I think important. As you
might guess, it has to do with teaching
and veterinary students â€“ the passions
of my professional life.
This past summer (2008), the WSU College of Veterinary
Medicine staved off a movement to close the Vet Med (Health
Several people worked hard to prevent this â€“ because of the
detrimental effects it would have on our program and our
students. The branch closure movement reflects increasing
financial pressures on university libraries and the changing
role of libraries in general in an increasingly digital world.
It is not unique to WSU.
Our dean at the time, Warwick Bayly, stepped in and gained us
at least a three year reprieve. Dean (now Provost) Bayly and
Dean Bryan Slinker
believe, like me, that the college needs a viable library, that
our students and faculty need a professional librarianâ€™s
support, and that our students need a clean, open, comfortable,
and modern place to study and interact.
As part of the deal to keep our library open, it will be
reduced in size. However, we have also begun to re-create
it as a more student-centered, study-friendly space. We
are selectively moving out many seldom used scientific journals
and old textbooks to create space for tables and chairs,
comfortable sofas, and modern workspaces. The heavily used
reserve section will be preserved, and weâ€™ve set aside a student
group study room with whiteboard, DVD player and computer.
The BCU media collection that so many of you used has been
converted to DVD format and moved to the library where it will
be accessible for more hours.
Hereâ€™s where you come in.
Even as weâ€™re creating space for our students, we donâ€™t have
the furniture to fill it. The college has already invested
heavily to keep the library open, but canâ€™t afford much more
(especially now that the financial crisis has hit the state and
university so hard.) You can see where Iâ€™m going â€¦
So, for the first time in my career, I am reaching
out to a group of my former students and friends â€“ people I
think I knew best or somehow connected with best â€“ and asking
for some financial support.
With the collegeâ€™s consent, Iâ€™ve started a program Iâ€™ve
called the â€œEndow a Chair (or maybe a table) Campaign.â€.
Many of you are now in a position to make a significant
donation, and all are able to donate something. Likewise,
your practice may be able to donate or to match your personal
donation. The funds raised will be used exclusively to make our
library (recently renamed the â€œAnimal
Health Libraryâ€) a better place for our DVM students, aka
your future colleagues. Your contributions will be used
ONLY to purchase chairs, tables, perhaps some comfy study
seating or a flat screen monitor, etc. for use by our student
For anyone who donates enough to purchase a significant piece
of furniture, we will affix a small plaque that reads, â€œDonated
by Dr. __________, Class of ____.â€ Likewise we will start
a wall plaque entitled â€œFriends of the Animal Health Libraryâ€
and add an engraved nameplate honoring anyone who donates $250
or more. Weâ€™re hoping that as our new student-centered
library space takes shape, you will want to stop by and see it â€“
and maybe see your name or your clinicâ€™s name on what you
We also invite contributions from classes or groups of
friends within a class. We could have some fun with
plaques and nameplates on those! How about â€œDonated by the
Back Row, Class of 1996â€?!!
Please think about this. Regardless of whether youâ€™re
able to donate or not, please think also about
contacting me via email or phone. Iâ€™d like to hear from each
of you and to know â€œHow it all turned outâ€. Also feel free
to spread the word to friends, classmates and other alumni.
If you are using the WSU CVM web site to view this message,
you can click on the â€œGiving Opportunitiesâ€ link to see how to
make a donation. Please designate any contributions to
my small account â€œThe
Creativity in Teaching Fund â€“ Library fundâ€.
Please rest assured that I will make sure every gift goes to
THIS designated cause â€“ to help our students. You have my
With affection and respect â€“ your old Sys Path professor,
Stephen ("Steve") A. Hines, DVM, PhD
Berger Keatts Distinguished (can you believe it?) Professor -
for excellence in teaching
Originally written: November, 2008
Updated: February, 2009