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news@CUMMINGS School is sent via e-mail from the Dean as a monthly newsletter to Cummings School faculty, staff and students with information from each department about publications, grants, presentations, awards and other news from our campus community. Please send news and accomplishments to your department for the next issue of news@CUMMINGS School. Additional suggestions or submissions can be sent to Nancy Meyer [].


Dear Cummings Community,

In August 2006 when I arrived in Grafton, a welcome reception was held on the lawn of the then un-renovated Building 16.  It was energizing and a bit scary to be taking on the role of dean in a place far from home. Last week many of you took the time to gather in nearly the same spot to share “laughs and memories” in the now renovated Agnes Varis Campus Center. With thanks to my favorite event plotting colleagues (Nancy Meyer, Susan Brogan and Steve Libuda), we focused on chocolate and sweets and a chance to talk informally. Your well wishes and kind notes meant a great deal to me. Thank you for your friendship.

As I move into a new role at Tufts, I think about Cummings School’s achievements over the past 12 years. New or renovated bricks and mortar are visible reminders of the school’s progress and include addition of the Tufts Ambulatory Service building in Woodstock, CT (now Tufts Veterinary Field Service), Agnes Varis Campus Center and Auditorium, New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory, Large Animal Isolation Unit, and Equine Sports Medicine Complex, and renovations of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, pathology necropsy suite, Alden Teaching Laboratory in the Loew Building, Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic at Worcester Technical High School, Cummings Support Center and, soon, the beginnings of the Multi-purpose Teaching and Simulation Laboratory. Each project took a diverse team to plan and create physical facilities that enable students, faculty and staff to achieve our school’s vision. Congratulations to each of you for making these projects happen.

Buildings are only as good as those who work within and it’s appropriate that Cummings 2020 Strategic Plan prioritizes people and their aspirations as our most important goal. Our faculty, staff and students excel at clinical service, research, teaching and active citizenship. It has been a privilege to watch and work with you to advance in each of these areas.

I’m proud that Cummings School’s impact is felt well beyond Grafton through collaborations with Tufts colleagues in Medford, in Boston at Tufts School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center, and nationally through an array of research partners and the CTSA One Health Alliance. And we continue to uphold a long tradition of internationalism at Tufts through our global One Health footprint extending from Africa to Southeast Asia to Bangladesh and beyond.

I will miss colleagues and friends who have served as my role models for active citizenship and commitment to advancing animal and human health and well-being.  The school thrives because you care deeply about what you do.

Accreditation review is around the corner and Cummings School is evaluating strengths and tackling challenges. With a focus on comprehensive curriculum review and revision, the school is poised to advance teaching innovation and experiential learning for our professional and graduate students and clinical trainees.

I encourage you to embrace the search for a new dean of Cummings School and to provide your input to the process. I am sincerely grateful to Dr. Joyce Knoll for taking on the dean ad interim role. Her knowledge of the school, commitment to teaching and collegiality will serve the school well.

Thank you for a wonderful 12 years and please consider stopping by Ballou Hall in Medford!


Dr. Kochevar


In October 2018 Cummings School will be evaluated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) as part of a regular cycle accreditation review. The maximum time period between site visits for fully accredited schools is seven years and our last site visit occurred in October 2011. As part of the upcoming review, a site team will visit Cummings School for four days to learn about our people, processes, programs, facilities and outcomes.

Our accreditation review begins with submission in August 2018 of a comprehensive self-study of the school based on the eleven COE standards. Preparation of the self-study report has already begun with lead authors and working groups organizing information on: Organization (Kochevar), Finances (McManus), Physical Facilities and Equipment (Poteete), Clinical Resources (Rentko), Library and Information Resources (Like), Students (Berman), Admissions (Tseng), Faculty (Pasquale and Knoll), Curriculum (Frank and Sutherland-Smith), Research (Anwer) and Outcomes Assessment (Frank and Wetmore).

We invite Cummings community to learn more about the accreditation process and to actively engage in preparing the school for evaluation and for the site visit. To that end, one standard will be explained in each of the upcoming e-newsletters.

Standard 7, Admission

The college shall have a well-defined and officially stated admissions policy. The policy shall provide for an admissions committee, a majority of whom shall be full-time faculty members. The committee shall make recommendations regarding the students to be admitted to the professional curriculum upon consideration of applications of candidates who meet the academic and other requirements as defined in the college’s formal admission policy.

Subjects for admission shall include those courses prerequisite to the professional program in veterinary medicine, as well as courses that contribute to a broad general education. The goal of preveterinary education shall be to provide a broad base upon which professional education may be built, leading to lifelong learning with continued professional and personal development.

Factors other than academic achievement must be considered for admission criteria.

Questions relating to Cummings School’s self-study report or the accreditation site visit should be directed to Dr. Susan Pasquale (Faculty Affairs), Dr. Nicholas Frank (Academic Affairs) and Dean Deborah Kochevar. Visit the school accreditation website here.

Thank you for embracing the opportunity to learn about veterinary accreditation and for helping Cummings School prepare for a productive engagement in the process.


Jill Gallagher, research technician in Dr. Bridges’ lab, was accepted into the doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience Program at UMass Medical School and will start this fall.

April 22-28 was National Lab Week, a time of recognition of clinical laboratory staff across the nation. The pathology lab staff was treated to daily food treats including Panera bagel breakfast and ice cream sundaes as a small thank you for all the great work they do every day. We are fortunate to have such a skilled and dedicated staff that understands the positive impact they can have on the treatment and maintenance of patient health.


Stephanie Pollen, Clinical Trials vet technician, joined the department on April 9 to become part of the Clinical Trials Office team of Diane Welsh, Michelle Willette and Kim Majoy.  Please welcome Stephanie as she becomes familiar with the hospitals and campus.

Congratulations to Dr. Deb Linder and Ms. Lori Muhr for completing the Boston Marathon—what an achievement!

Pavarotti GS, Boudrieau RJ. Treatment of a paediatric distal femoral malunion deformity. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2018

Dr. Deborah Linder received a grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation to support Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (TIHAI).

On behalf of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Emily McCobb applied for and received a grant from PetSmart Charities, Inc. for a program entitled, “Tufts Shelter Medicine Program Shelter-Based Spay Neuter Rotation.”

Dr. Cyndie Webster participated in the Central Mass Science Festival at the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg/Leominister on April 14.  A fun time was had by all as she discussed comparative anatomy of dogs and horses with over 100 kids and their parents.

Dr. Michael Kowaleski traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, from April 13-14 and attended the AOVET International Board Meeting. Dr. Kowaleski also traveled to Columbus, OH, April 19-22, as course chairman of the AOVET Advanced Course in Fracture Fixation where he directed labs and delivered presentations.

Dr. Randy Boudrieau traveled to Columbus, OH, from April 18-22 for the AO North America (Advanced Program), Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management. He instructed labs and covered topics such as complex acetabular fractures, techniques for ALPS Locking Plates, and gunshot fractures. He also was a moderator for radiograph discussion groups.

Dr. Leslie Sharkey served as a locum in the clinical pathology laboratory at the University of Florida from April 9-20. While covering a maternity leave, she supervised and organized rounds for the three UF clinical pathology residents including mentoring preparation of a case presentation for ASVCP (myxosarcoma in a bearded dragon!) and reinforced her skills in the cytology of exotic species and infectious disease. Her last week serving as locum will be May 7-11, during which she will present a seminar on evaluation of clotting disorders in dogs, cats, and birds using novel clot waveform analysis.


Our beloved teaching mare, Myriah’s Marvel, was euthanized this month because of severe unresponsive anterior enteritis. Myriah contributed to the education of numerous students during her time at Cummings School and she will be missed. Many thanks to LAMS and HLA staff who provided excellent care throughout her illness.

The Tufts Veterinary Field Service (TVFS) Spring Equine Client Meeting was held on March 29 in Pomfret, CT. Dr. Julia Wilkinson presented, “Equine Lameness,” with a focus on objective lameness evaluation. Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño presented, “Updates on Equine Endocrine Disease.” This meeting was co-sponsored with Boehringer Ingelheim.

The TVFS Dairy Producer Meeting was held April 17 in Brooklyn, CT. Dr. David Hernke spoke on Early Replacement Heifer Management.

The service also held Calving Training, in both English and Spanish, on April 24, in Lebanon, CT. Dr. Erin King went through the stages of labor, how to know when it is OK to assist, most common presentations and how to correct them, and when to know to ask for help. Dr. King’s work is funded by a Teaching Seed Grant. She presented her project in a talk entitled, “On-Farm Hispanic Labor Trainings and its Impact on Worker Job Satisfaction and Performance” at a Campus-Wide Work in Progress on April 4.

Guardian Genetics is collaborating with Tufts Veterinary Field Service to breed the “next great cow.” Veterinarians trained and certified in the process transfer the embryos and oversee the health of the surrogates through calving.

Scott Brundage and Stephanie Bertrand from the Tufts Farm attended the 35th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale at the Livestock Evaluation Center in Furnace, PA. A Cummings Simmental Bull named “Tazer” sold in a bull auction on March 31. Tazer has been at the Livestock Evaluation Center since last October, where he was evaluated against his peers for his weaning weight, weight per day of age and overall average daily gain. He also had a breeding soundness exam. He passed the evaluation and sold with 103 other bulls where breeders from all around the northeast come to buy bulls. The Pennsylvania Bull Performance Testing Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to promote a higher level of performance genetics within the beef industry.

The Tufts Farm sold two Belted Galloway Heifers on April 21 at the 28th Annual National Belted Galloway Sale in Fryeburg, ME. Heifers, TSVM Olivia and TSVM June sold to two different eager buyers, excited about their futures. Scott Brundage brought the two heifers up to the sale where buyers from around the country came to buy quality breeding stock.



Elzoheiry M, Da’dara AA, deLaforcade AM, El-Beshbishi SN, Skelly PJ. The Essential Ectoenzyme SmNPP5 from the Human Intravascular Parasite Schistosoma mansoni is an ADPase and a Potent Inhibitor of Platelet Aggregation. Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 2018 Apr 18. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1641715.

Dr. Patrick Skelly presented on “Schistosomes and Schistosomiasis” in the Parasites: Expert Cell Biologists and Immunologists spring-2 course at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston on April 9.

Dr. Diafuka Saila-Ngita traveled to Bukavu, DRC, from March 30 to April 2 to train final year students in Infectious disease and Anti-Microbial Resistance.

Dr. Hellen Amuguni traveled to Kampala, Uganda, April 9-14 for the Annual Year 5 work planning workshop for OHCEA partner universities. A three-day workshop was held to engage the deans, focal persons, and activity leads from the School of Public Health, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and facilitators from the OHCEA Secretariat to create a plan for Year 5 to advance the GHSA Road Map goals regarding pre-service and in-service training.

Drs. Hellen Amuguni and Linda Jarvin traveled to Douala, Cameroon, April 14-20, to facilitate the pedagogic platform implementation process in Cameroon. The first part of this process was a three-day pedagogic platform meeting that was held in Yaoundé. At this meeting some of the key areas of focus were the rationale for the platform, the organization of the pedagogic platform, competencies to be covered, the specific learning outcomes and assessments, the model of training for the facilitators online and face to face, as well as the establishment of an ongoing process of support for the platform.

Dr. Diafuka Saila-Ngita traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, from April 14-20 to facilitate Rwanda’s Year 5 work planning 3-day workshop. It was held to engage the deans, focal persons and activity leads from the Université des Montagnes (UdM) and the University of Buea (UB), to create a plan for One Health Workforce for Year 5 to advance the Cameroon GHSA Road Map goals regarding pre-service and in-service training, as well as community-based implementation of the skills and experiences acquired from the previous years’ activities.

Dr. Stan Fenwick traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 23. Stan has been involved in development of the Veterinary Public Health Masters with Nong Lam University for the past year and the final workshop, which he was asked to attend as consultant to the project, was held from April 26-28th in Hue. Prior to that the Dean asked Stan to spend two days at the veterinary facility to give talks on One Health and Zoonoses to staff and the Advanced Veterinary Program students.


The New England Federation of Humane Societies (NEFHS) was held on April 7-9 in Nashua, NH:

  • On April 8, Dr. Emily McCobb presented, “The Community Medicine Movement in Veterinary Medicine: How innovative models are providing accessible care to underserved communities across the country.” She also presented, “Trap, Neuter, Return: the past, present and future” with Stacy LeBaron and Margaret Slater.
  • Seana Dowling-Guyer presented “Showcasing Adoptable Pets Through Photos and Videos: Increasing Visibility, Interest, Traffic and Maybe Adoptions Too” on April 9.

Lucy Spelman, DVM, DACZM, presented “Art Can Save a Panda” on April 11 during which she spoke about bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained and informed public support for animal conservation. This was part of the Animal Matters Seminars of Spring 2018: The Intersection of Art and Animals Series. About 58 people attended, between those joining us in the lecture hall, and those joining us remotely through WebEx and Facebook Live. The seminar was recorded and is available online here and was covered by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Danika Oriol-Morway MAPP15, and Sanctuary Director, Foster Parrots, presented, “Feral Arts! A Parrot Sanctuary Mixing the Arts and Animal Welfare,” on April 19. During this seminar, she spoke about how Foster Parrots, a wildlife sanctuary in Hope Valley, RI, is creating a space in which the arts are used to broaden opportunities for the individual to contribute to the animal welfare and conservation movements. About 45 people attended, between those joining us in the lecture hall, and those joining us remotely through WebEx and Facebook Live. The seminar, which was also part of the Animal Matters series, was recorded and is available online.

Patronek G, Crowe A. (2018). Factors Associated with High Live Release for Dogs at a Large, Open-Admission, Municipal Shelter. Animals, 8(4), 45, doi: 10.3390/ani8040045

Eighteen MAPP students traveled with Drs. Allen Rutberg and Jennifer Jackman to Salem, MA, on April 23 for the conference, “Compassionate Conservation: Rethinking Large Carnivore Policy in Massachusetts,” held at Salem State University. The conference was co-sponsored by the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit of the Bates Center for Public and Global Affairs at Salem State University and Tufts CAPP. At the conference:

  • Dr. Allen Rutberg moderated and Dr. Jennifer Jackman was on the panel for “Ecological and Human Dimensions of Large Carnivores.”
  • Dr. Jennifer Jackman moderated the panel discussion, “What should compassionate conservation policy for large carnivores look like in Massachusetts?”

On April 26, Dr. Allen Rutberg attended “Celebration of Jan Dizard” at Amherst College in Amherst, MA. Dr. Rutberg presented a tribute speech at the event. Mr. Dizard has been a Senior Faculty Fellow for the Center for Animals and Public Policy since 1995, and was the keynote speaker for the first MAPP commencement ceremony in the fall of 1996.

Some MAPP students during Q & A. Photo by Elizabeth Brooke Drs. Rutberg and Jackman with Jonathan Way, PhD, Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research on a panel for “Ecological and Human Dimensions of Large Carnivores”. Photo by Elizabeth Brooke

Thanks to the generous support of the Lawrence Fund, Tufts Shelter Medicine and Dr. David Schwarz from the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team organized our seventh week long course in Disaster Medicine Awareness and Response during the week of April 23.  This year’s class was the largest so far with twenty V18, six V19,one MAPP student and  two faculty veterinarians and one visiting intern attending.  Topics included animal sheltering in disasters, local and international responses in natural and manmade disasters and triage.  Student participated in a variety of lectures and hands on activities and field trips.  Presenters included Diane Robinson from Atlanta Humane Society, Dr. Schwarz, Dr. Melissa Mazan, Dr. April Paul, Dr. Frederic Cantor from USDA, Shannon Walajtys from IFAW, Dr. Yoanna Maitre V02, Dr. Lori Gordan from Task Force One,  and Dr. Liz Williamson from MVMA and VMAT.

On April 28 the class was invited to visit Massachusetts Task Force One which is the FEMA disaster response unit for our region, based in Beverly.  We were welcomed by the director of the task force and got instruction from the team support veterinarian Dr. Gordon.  The task force’s 240 members are ready to respond at a moment’s notice and includes 12 search and rescue dogs.  Pictured here are some of the class in front of the 9/11 memorial which provides inspiration for the work of the task force.  A huge thank you to Dr. Schwarz for volunteering to organize and coordinate the class.


Through the first three quarters of FY17-18 (July 2017-March 2018) our faculty submitted a total of 118 grant applications to Federal (39), State (1), Corporate (29) and private nonprofit (49) agencies requesting a total of $50.15M. During the same period, a total of 51 grants were funded by Federal (17), State (0), Corporate (12) and private nonprofits (22) for a total cost of $5.11M and indirect cost recovery of $1.88M. Note that there is usually a 6 to 9 month delay between application and funding decisions.

Cummings school will host the 2019 NVSS. This is an annual three-day event highlighting research conducted by veterinary students at North American and selected European veterinary schools. A program committee composed of Drs. Cyndie Webster, Liz Rozanksi, Giovanni Widmer, Sawkat Anwer and Ms. Susan Brogan has been established to plan for the event. Interested faculty, students and staff, please contact Dr. Anwer. The 2018 NVSS will be hosted by Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, August 2-4, 2018.

Dr. Sawkat Anwer attended an AAVMC-organized meeting to discuss the logistics of future National Veterinary Scholars symposiums. This meeting, held in Houston, TX, on April 9, clarified the role of AAVMC, host institutions, and the national organizing committee.


Congratulations to Anika Farina V18 and Makoto Sakamoto V19 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Civic Life. The awards recognize outstanding student accomplishment in community service and civic leadership and celebrates the diverse meanings of citizenship and public service that Tufts seeks to support. Anika and Makoto founded “Cummings Thrive,” a club designed TO allow veterinary students to develop the social, academic, and leadership skills that they need to thrive in the veterinary curriculum, especially as first-years. Anika is also Junior Delegate of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association at Cummings. As a first-year, she was one of two Cummings students selected to attend the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE), a weeklong introduction for veterinary students to developing leadership skills. Makoto was also one of two students selected to attend the Veterinary Leadership Experience conference. He is also a Veterinary Education Review Committee Representative and has served as President of the Wildlife, Aquatic, Zoo, Exotic (WAZE) student club at Cumming School.

Read about the 2018 Presidential Award recipients, and click on each link to watch his or her award presentation. You can also visit the Facebook album for photos of each winner and more pictures from the ceremony.

Congratulations to Ms. Alexandria Hicks-Nelson V18, recipient of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) Veterinary Student Award Program (VSAP). Alex was one of five senior veterinary students who received a plaque, one year’s membership in ASLAP and a copy of the 3rd edition of the ACLAM Laboratory Animal Medicine textbook, as well as a monetary award. The VSAP is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by recognizing current senior veterinary students who have demonstrated significant interest and potential in the field.

The Brookline MA Health Department held its annual rabies clinic on March 24 at the Town Hall, offering low cost rabies vaccinations and microchipping for dogs and cats to the community. The clinic would not have been a success without the help of four students from Cummings School: Amanda Oppold V21, Rafaella Susara V21, Ben Piven-Kehrle V20 and Petty Kim V20 (pictured from left to right below). Not only did students microchip and register animals for the first time, but also provided a ‘check your chip’ service to ensure previously microchipped dogs and cats could still be scanned successfully. The Brookline Health Department and community is grateful to the volunteers for their efforts and hope to work with more Tufts Veterinary Students at future rabies clinics.


Donations to Cummings Veterinary Fund are applied to Cummings School’s areas of greatest need. We extend our appreciation to leadership donors from our Board of Advisors who supported Cummings Veterinary Fund this month: Sean S. Padgett and his spouse Ann-Meg White, and Hugh M. Mainzer V90. We also extend our thanks to Cummings Veterinary Fund supporters John Fitzgerald, and David Lee-Parritz V83 and his spouse Aviva Lee-Parritz M88.

We are grateful for the support of an Anonymous donor who made a bequest intention pledge in support of the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals

TUVAA Spring Meeting
Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association (TUVAA) held its spring meeting on April 11. Alumni engaged in concentrated conversation focused on building better community engagement, developing student mentorship ideas, and strengthening a commitment to professional development for alumni and students. TUVAA is actively encouraging alumni to get involved, attend a meeting or volunteer for an upcoming community service event.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Angie Warner who was selected as the 2017 Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame inductee and to Dr. Cheryl Blaze who was selected as the 2018 Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame inductee. They will be presented with their awards at the Alumni Reunion dinner scheduled for May 12.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rosalind Rolland V84 who was selected as the 2017 Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni and to Dr. Robert Marini V84 who was selected as the 2018 Tufts University Veterinary Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni. They will also be presented with their awards at the Alumni Reunion dinner.

Second Student and Alumni Networking Night
The Alumni Office and the Student Veterinary Business Management Association held a second student and alumni networking night at Lookout Farm Brewing Co. in Natick, MA, on April 25. Alumni and students were able to network and establish new business connections and professional friendships.

 Alumni Reunion
Alumni Reunion will be held May 12, 2018. All campus faculty and staff are invited to attend, register here. Stay up to date on the latest Cummings School alumni events here.


Joey Rea V21 hosted a group of 14 Junior Girl Scouts on April 7. Visitors enjoyed an educational presentation on careers in veterinary medicine, a farm tour and learning about different tools used in veterinary medicine.

Asjah Fezio V21 gave a 40-minute presentation about being a veterinarian to Grafton Elementary School students on April 13. Asjah participated in the EdCamp career fair where students chose what they would like to learn more about: veterinary medicine was a topic with a lot of interest!

Rachel Prestigiacomo V21 met with a group of six girls and four leaders from the Berlin Girl Scouts on April 13. She gave a presentation called the Journey to Vet School, followed by a case study. They then headed out to the farm for a tour, where they saw cows and sheep. The group especially liked looking at the alpacas from a distance.


Throughout the month of April, Cummings School celebrated Diversity Month with a variety of diversity-oriented programs that encouraged communication and learning, and celebrated cultural traditions.

Diversity Month kicked off with Alpha Psi’s Tie Dye Extravaganza. This colorful event was held on the lawn in front of the campus center and encouraged people to take a break to tie dye t-shirts together. The Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) club collected responses from the Cummings community about what gives them hope, as well as over 75 “Happy Springtime” notes for the homebound Meals on Wheels recipients in the Worcester area. The Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity (TVCD) held a productive meeting that reflected on past and future efforts. Cummings Gather and Alpha Psi planned an informal networking event which attracted more than 40 attendees. People gathered on the patio of the campus center and enjoyed a beverage or two!

The festivities continued with CVF’s “Compassion and Culture in Veterinary Practice,” a compelling lunchtime panel discussion that addressed conflicts related to religious beliefs and veterinary medicine. Story Night, sponsored by TVCD and MC’ed by Cindy Cesar V19, was full of emotion as its theme was Family – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! Cummings Hosts International (CHI) and Veterinarians for Global Solutions (VGS) offered a festive Spring international holiday potluck that featured a delightful panel discussion and delicious food. The Spanish Club and Student Wellness Committee held a fun and energetic event where community members to learn how to dance salsa and bachata. The second Annual Cadaver Exchange on the Tufts Boston Campus was co-sponsored by New England Students for One Health and the SAVMA One Health Committee. This program brought veterinary, medical and dental students together to learn some comparative anatomy. Diversity month concluded with the screening of a documentary that depicted Spanish culture and history and featured a decadent popcorn bar.

Thank you to the clubs and organizations (mentioned above) that participated in Diversity Month 2018. Also, a special thank you to the Office of the Provost for generously supporting our diversity and inclusion initiatives.


The annual interdepartmental staff retreat took place on April 27. This year’s theme was “Tufts’ Perks Employees May Not Know (Enough) About.” The day was split into morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate work schedules. Cally Ritter, LICSW, from Tufts’ EAP All One Health, gave an interactive talk about stress at each session where the attendees could use their cell phones to take polls that then displayed on the PowerPoint screen. Other campus employees gave brief talks about opportunities on campus of which attendees may not be aware such as: Susan Brogan (Open House and CE events); Lori Muhr (Running/Walking club); Suzanne Ukpong (Cummings Host International); Kim Gaspie and Sherry Castonguay (Dog Walking/Adoption); Deb Gibbs (Paws for People/Walk with Me); Nancy Meyer (Arts and Culture Council); Betsy Like (Community Garden and Library Loaning); Jess Zorge (Wildlife Babies program). Jim Phillips offered a hayride around the Tufts Farm during which participants learned about the Farm Meat and Egg sales program. All attendees were given a handout explaining where to go to find details of other Tufts perks such as cell phone service discounts, travel discounts, pet insurance, dog food discounts, hospital discounts and many others. All attendees joined together for a lovely luncheon provided by the Dean’s Office. Dr. Joyce Knoll, soon to be interim Dean, spoke to the attendees during their lunch break to thank staff for all that they do.

It’s almost time to begin planting the Cummings Community garden, an organic vegetable garden on campus that is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone else affiliated with the university. If you are interested in participating in the garden this year, email Betsy Like to be added to the listserv. Whether you are returning gardener or just curious about the community garden, we’d love to have you join us.


In a news segment for WCVB (ABC Boston), Sam Telford provides his take on predictions around the upcoming tick season and offers advice on preventing tick bites: Full clip reports are distributed monthly via the Grafton listserv, though you can find a selection of press clips at: Please contact Taraneh Pettinato,, with any questions.


Nicholas Depasquale – Client Liaison – FHSA
Danielle Ferrara – Client Services Assistant – FHSA
Carlee Morin – Staff Assistant/Veterinary Assistant Ambulatory – DEPH
Deirdre Murphy-Andrutis – Client Services Assistant – FHSA
Stephanie Pollen – Clinical Trials Veterinary Medicine – CS
Kim Remillard – Anatomy Lab Manager – BS

Welcome to all!


Patriots’ Day Holiday this year was not a holiday for one of the employees of C&W Custodial Services. Salvadore Rivas was called in to deal with extensive water in one of the Loew Center’s restrooms. While working on that, a student library employee saw him and told him about a different problem in the library staff bathroom. After cleaning up the first mess, Salvadore searched two additional buildings for a plunger to take care of the library problem. In recounting this to library student employees, many of the students realized that “it had to be Salvadore, because he’s so nice and always helps us whenever we need anything!” This information was passed along to Brian Gallagher, Salvadore’s supervisor. Brian shared the story with his own boss, who recommended that Salvadore receive the Spot Award for April, which is given monthly to a C&W employee for outstanding work. Besides presenting Salvadore with the award, Brian will highlight Salvadore’s honor in his monthly report. Thank you to the students, who spoke so highly of Salvadore, and especially to Salvadore, for his unfailing willingness to help wherever and whenever he is needed.

news@CUMMINGS School would not be possible without the efforts of faculty, staff and students who submit items of interest, department and unit managers who collect submissions, and Gail Zamarchi and Tara Pettinato for timely edits. Special thanks to Ms. Nancy Meyer, editor, and Ms. Cynthia Malone, production editor, for leading these efforts and making this monthly newsletter possible.