Update from the Dean's Office
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
It is with a heavy heart that I welcome you to the January edition of
E-Insight as we have recently received news of the tragic death
of our beloved colleague, Dr. Alan Tucker. Grief and sorrow have filled
our halls and offices as so many of us who knew, admired, and counted
Dr. Tucker among our friends struggle to understand what has been taken
from us and to cope with the sadness we feel so deeply.
We are keeping to the tasks at hand - to our work - but also are constantly
reminded of what we have lost. Over time, we know our grief and sadness
will subside, and life will go on as it always does. But, for now, take
the time to show appreciation to a colleague, show your family how much
you care, and keep the Tucker family in your thoughts. We hope, too, you
will be able to join us at Dr. Tucker's memorial service scheduled for
Tuesday, January 13, at 4 p.m., in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.
We will pay tribute to Dr. Tucker and mark his passing with a celebration
of his remarkable life.
There are a few additional items I would like to share with you from
the past month and looking ahead into January.
In December, we interviewed three candidates for the Vice President
for Development and University Relations. After these visits, the
steering committee prepared a final report which we delivered to Dr.
Penley on December 16. We now await his final decision and the outcome
of negotiations. This position is especially important to the College
as we move into the silent phase of fundraising for capital improvement
projects at the South Campus. Having the support and energies of the
Vice President for Development and University Relations is essential
to achieving our goals and building the College to meet and exceed
the challenges of the next 25 years.
On December 19, we were visited by Dr. Maureen McCarthy, the Director
for Research and Development in the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. McCarthy stopped by the University for a town hall meeting and
then toured our Biosecurity Level 3 laboratory at the Foothills Research
Campus and the Colorado State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at
the South Campus. She was especially interested in the digester system
we have in place that is enabling research in and testing for chronic
wasting disease. We hope this type of continued awareness and exposure
of our research abilities and facilities will lead to additional funding
opportunities for Colorado State.
On January 6, we were visited by members of the Colorado Commission
on Higher Education. We gave a presentation on the South Campus development
project and toured them through the Flint Animal Cancer Center and
the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
On January 9, the University paid tribute to Dr. Wendell Nelson,
former director of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
with the unveiling of a statue at the hospital. The statue was donated
by Dr. Nelson's friends, family and colleagues. Dr. Nelson came to
Colorado State in 1965 as an Assistant Professor. What followed was
38 years of distinguished service to the College of Veterinary Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences as a surgeon, biomedical educator, scientist,
and administrator. Dr. Nelson served as Director of the James L. Voss
Veterinary Teaching Hospital from 1990 until his retirement in 2003.
I'd like to welcome our students back to campus. I hope you had a safe
and relaxing holiday break, and that you are looking forward to resuming
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences