We are a few weeks into the 2007/2008 academic year and I’m pleased to say that the College is off to a good start. The faculty and staff affiliated with the Office of the Dean have made a smooth transition to our temporary quarters in the Student Services Building, and work is underway on our offices in the Anatomy/Zoology Building. On the negative side, we are somewhat scattered in the new location but, on the plus side, we’re all getting a little extra exercise as we navigate the hallways, corners, nooks and crannies of one of the campus’ older buildings.
In our temporary offices, we were delighted to host the first-year veterinary students with a reception. What a pleasure having our students back on campus and we extend a warm welcome to returning and new students to the CVMBS family. We heard many positive comments about Orientation Week, especially from veterinary students who participated in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program’s retreat at CSU’s Pingree Park campus. The faculty and staff of the Dean’s office, and their significant others, also enjoyed grilling and serving hot dogs and hamburgers for students attending Vet Fest, our “welcome back and nice to meet you” picnic.
Construction work continues full-speed ahead at CVMBS facilities on both the Main Campus and the South Campus. Asbestos remediation work at the Dean’s Office in the Anatomy/Zoology Building has been completed and the construction crew is beginning the work to expand our offices out the west side of the building. On the South Campus, parking lot construction is well underway and we plan to complete new parking areas on the west side of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in October, begin construction to improve the client parking lot, and break ground on the new Diagnostic Medicine Center. You can read more about construction activities in this month’s related story as well as check the web site http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/cvmbs/southcampusconstruction.pdf, for regular updates.
In other news, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association will be holding its annual conference this month and we will have many faculty, staff and students attending the meeting as well as presenting. On Monday, Sept. 10, the College will host an afternoon break where cake will be served in honor of the College’s centennial anniversary. Relating to the anniversary, I did want to draw your attention to an opinion piece on the 100-year anniversary that ran in the Rocky Mountain News last month. If you’d like to read the article, just click on the following link: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/denver/speakout/2007/07/a_century_to_be_proud_of.html#more.
As the days get shorter and leaves begin to fall, we are settling down into the rhythm of the new academic year. Though we’ve been through many changes during the past month, we are excited for the future those changes will bring. I hope you have a great September and look forward to sharing our progress with you next month.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences