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Update from the Dean’s Office
It is with some relief that I welcome you to this month’s edition of E-Insight. We have survived the election season and are enjoying a brief respite before the holiday season kicks into high gear and our students approach the end of the first semester. At the Office of the Dean, we have been busy with promotions and tenure, continuing work on the University’s Strategic Plan, Homecoming activities, the Glover Gallery celebration and so much more.
I’d like to draw your attention to several articles in the November E-Insight. The Strategic Planning Update will detail where we are at in the University Strategic Planning process, and what steps remain to be taken. The Strategic Plan will function as an operational manual for the University in the years to come, ensuring that we share common goals and are working in concert to achieve those goals. While this process has been time-consuming and arduous, it is vitally important to the continued success of the University. A web site has been established; http://www.president.colostate.edu/strategicplanning/, with working drafts of the Strategic Plan and other pertinent information. Your input is welcome during this period of public comment as we are in the phase of plan review and refinement.
On Oct. 19, I presented the State of the College address during the Fall 2004 Faculty and Staff Meeting. I’d like to thank all those who attended and I appreciated your comments on how the College can best achieve its goals and objectives. An overview of that presentation is in this month’s E-Insight for those of you who were unable to attend the meeting.
Another article of particular interest to me this month focuses on the expansion and development of the College’s infectious disease and equine reproduction facilities at the Foothills Research Campus. While much of our attention and development efforts have been focused on the South Campus Plan, we are experiencing a resurgence in capital investment at the Foothills Research Campus led by the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory and Bioenvironmental Research Building expansion, and by the Center for Disease Control’s new construction. This facility expansion positions the College extremely well to continue to be a leader in federally funded infectious disease research, building on our expertise and commitment to finding solutions for global health concerns. We also need one additional basic sciences research building on main campus, and have identified funds for the initial planning of this building.
In October, we also celebrated Colorado State University Employee Appreciation week. Many units sponsored luncheons and other events to honor employees marking service milestones. I’d like to congratulate all members of the College and thank them for their service to the College and to the University. You make our success possible.
This month, I’ll be traveling for donor meetings as well as to Colorado Springs for the 54th Annual Mid-Winter Conference of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday and hope that all of you enjoy your time off and have a safe journey to wherever your travels may take you.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD