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Honor Societies Tap
Three from CVM

Fourth-year College of Veterinary Medicine student Laura Wineinger applauds after Dr. John Dodam, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, removes a hood covering the head of Dr. Ron Cott and revealing him as a new honorary inductee in the Rollins Society. Moments earlier Wineinger had been announced as a society 2012 inductee. Dr. Tony Mann, professor at the CVM, also participated in the ceremony, leading Wineinger to the stage and removing her hood.

Three members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine community were recently inducted into campus honorary organizations during the 85th annual Tap Day. Six organizations – LSV, Mortar Board, Mystical Seven, Omicron Delta Kappa, QEBH and Rollins Society – announced their new members who were tapped into the organizations during a ceremony held at Jesse Hall.

Upper-class and graduate students are eligible to be tapped based on exemplary academic performance, extracurricular activities, scholarship, leadership and service. Faculty and staff members also may be “honor tapped” in recognition of their contributions to students. The identity of the honorees is kept secret until they are led, hooded, to the stage. One by one they are introduced, their accomplishments are described, and their hoods removed revealing the new inductees.

Fourth-year CVM student Laura Wineinger was selected for membership in the Rollins Society. The Rollins Society was established in 1994 by the Graduate and Professional Council. The society recognizes graduate and professional students who have significantly advanced the well-being of self-defined communities beyond the scope of their academic work. The society takes its name from James S. Rollins, a former Missouri senator considered the “Father of the University.”

The Rollins Society also selected Dr. Ron Cott, CVM associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Development, for an honorary tap into its organization.

Luis King, an alumna of the CVM who is now pursuing graduate studies at the College, was tapped, in absentia, into Mortar Board. The Friars Chapter of Mortar Board was established in 1918. The organization provides opportunities for continued leadership development while promoting service to the University and encouraging lifelong contributions to the global community.

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Last Update: February 29, 2012