Update from the Dean
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Welcome to the December edition of E-Insight. Winter break is
almost here and we are working hard to finish out the fall semester. This
is a busy time of year for everyone, but we are making progress in a number
of areas. Here's an overview of a few things going on at the Office of
I am chairing the search committee for Vice President of Development
and University Relations. This month, our three candidates are on
campus for interviews and community forums, as well as to tour the
campus and meet with faculty and staff. The candidates, Mary Anna
Dunn, Dan Peterson, and Dan Hendricks are all highly qualified. An
announcement regarding the position is expected to be made in January
We have now completed the approval process for the South Campus master
plan and are in the final stages of planning for the 5-year capital
funding campaign slated to begin on Jan. 1, 2004.
Related to the capital campaign, on Nov. 5 we hosted the Capital
Development Committee of the Colorado State Legislature. This is the
committee that determines to which projects the state will dedicate
tax dollars. We were able to tour the committee through the Veterinary
Diagnostic Laboratory as well as our Large Animal facilities, enabling
them to see the compelling needs in these areas. At present, we are
requesting state funding for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
and the tour provided us a wonderful opportunity to make our case
before this important committee.
As I stated in the October E-Insight, the University is
working on a strategic plan for academic affairs, looking at where
the University wants to be 10 years from now. The vision is that CSU
will be a premier 21st century land-grant institution recognized among
the nation's finest universities for the quality of its faculty, the
impact of its research and outreach, and the intellectual development
of future leaders for a global community. Working groups are identifying
key goals and issues. These groups include the Steering Committee,
which will report to the Provost and Council of the Deans, and five
subcommittees. The subcommittees include Undergraduate Education,
Graduate Education, Research, Outreach, and Workload/Funding models.
I am chairing the subcommittee on Graduate Education and we are nearing
completion of our reports, which we will submit to the steering committee
on Dec. 17.
In alumni news, we hosted the golden graduates at homecoming in early
October. The Class of 1953 celebrated its 50th, along with graduates
from 1952 and below, and the Class of 1978 celebrated its 25th. We
had the opportunity to host a dinner for the graduates, give an overview
of what the College is doing, and enjoy the football game. We also
hosted an alumni reception at the American Association for Equine
Practitioners in November and had a great turnout.
Last month, I also gave a presentation in Colorado Springs to the
Colorado Cattleman's Association, where we discussed the College's
master plan as well as plans for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
That's all from the Dean's office for this month. Have a safe holiday
and we'll see everyone in January.
Dr. Lance Perryman
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences