It’s springtime in Colorado and, like everything changing and growing around us, the College is readying itself for a time of expansion and development. At the Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting on April 19, we’ll be updating everyone on what we can look forward to as we start construction on a number of projects.
We are very excited to share with each of you detailed information on upcoming projects, including why each project is necessary, what it will look like, when each project will start and finish, as well as overall cost and funding details. All three of Colorado State’s campuses with CVMBS facilities will be affected including the Main Campus, Foothills Research Campus and South Campus.
We also realize that while each project will enhance the College’s ability to fulfill its missions of teaching, research and outreach, new construction can create disruption to our every day routines and make life a bit more inconvenient for a period of time. So, during the meeting, we’ll also be talking about what the College and its partners are doing to mitigate inconveniences caused by the disruptive nature of new construction.
At the Faculty/Staff meeting, we’ll also meet new faculty hires, and faculty and staff will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions about College Committee reports that will be posted on-line ahead of the meeting. We hope to see everyone there and look forward to answering your questions about what is happening at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (see related article in this edition of E-Insight).
In other news, we now have firm dates from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) regarding next year’s accreditation site visit. The AVMA will be on site April 20-24, 2008, and we are now starting our full year of preparation for this important evaluation which occurs every seven years. The first step is a detailed self study that addresses the 11 standards required to be a fully accredited college of veterinary medicine (organization, finances, physical facilities and equipment, clinical resources, library and information resources, students, admissions, faculty, curriculum, research, and outcomes assessment). During the course of the self study, we will be asking for input from faculty and students as we collate our findings and prepare the final materials.
Finally, this month I will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, for the symposium "Partnerships for Preparedness: Future Directions for Schools of Public Health and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine," which will be held on April 22-24. Developed by the Association of Schools for Public Health (ASPH), in partnership with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the symposium is designed to increase the strong connection between public health and veterinary medicine. As president of the AAVMC, I’ll be opening and closing the symposium, as well as gathering information to bring back to the College, especially as we develop our own public health program in association with other public health education and service organizations in Colorado.
Have a good month and I look forward to seeing each of you at the faculty/staff meeting.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences