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2008-09 Annual Report 2008-2009 Annual Report - School of ...

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Cultivating Excellence

Cultivating Excellence Emmet and Toni Stephenson are both LSU alumni The Stephensons are strong supporters of higher and cat people. After graduation they moved out education. To continue their support of LSU SVM , of state, but they remained loyal Tiger fans, watching the Stephensons donated $1 million to enhance LSU football games with their Siamese cat, Ivan. SVM’s institutional advancement program. Thanks to their foresight and generosity, LSU SVM now has Like animal lovers everywhere, in the aftermath of a talented and dedicated group of advancement Hurricane Katrina the Stephensons were glued to professionals who work together tirelessly to tell the their television set, watching the School’s story to the world. “The horrors of the loss of human and The days when state support and days when state support and animal lives unfold. Through the tuition covered all of the costs of state tuition covered all of the costs universities are gone, so every public news media, they heard of an of state universities are gone, school needs to reach out to donors. organization, Best Friends Animal so every public school needs to Sanctuary, which was sending ~ Emmet Stephenson reach out to donors,” said Emmet. personnel and supplies to Baton Rouge and New Orleans to assist. Wanting to help “Gratitude for the animal rescue during Katrina is what financially, the Stephensons tried to phone the group initially prompted our gift, but we have since learned and eventually got a recording saying they were in more about the teaching and research of the vet school. Louisiana and that anyone who wanted to help should We did not know so much LSU SVM research results phone the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “Having in innovative treatments for both humans and animals. graduated from LSU in 1967, neither of us knew that They do a wonderful job every day, and we applaud LSU had a vet school since it was founded after we their efforts. It is our honor to help such a fine cause,” left. We immediately contacted the School of Veterinary he said. ■ Medicine and sent a donation,” Emmet said. 12

Through Philanthropy . . . [John] would have been honored to know that he helped make this facility possible for the State of Louisiana. ~ Alta Franks Providing a modern disease isolation facility for horses and other large animals has long been a goal of the Equine Health Studies Program. While improving several areas of the Large Animal Clinic, including a new Intensive Care Unit and a Lameness and Performance Evaluation Unit, the push to construct a state-of-the-art disease isolation facility has consistently been a high priority. Through the generosity of the Alta and John Franks Foundation, this disease isolation facility will be a reality. This facility will provide LSU SVM with a necessary component of the comprehensive Large Animal Clinic and also help maintain accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The new facility will be named in honor of the late John Franks, a Louisiana native who was a revered horseman known throughout the world of Thoroughbred racing. Mr. Franks campaigned many stakes winners and was a four-time recipient of the internationally recognized Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner of the Year. “John really enjoyed the competitive nature of horse racing and I think he would have been honored to know that he helped make this facility possible for the State of Louisiana,” said Mrs. Franks. The private donation from the Alta and John Franks Foundation along with state matching dollars provided the necessary funding, and the new facility will be dedicated in the summer of 2010. “This facility would not have been possible without the generous support of private donors,” said Dr. Peter F. Haynes, dean of LSU SVM. “We are extremely grateful to all who have contributed to this effort―and there were quite a number that gave in some way. But the core of the realization of this new facility can be attributed to the generosity and impact of the legacy of Mr. John Franks.” ■ 13

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