I hope you are having a productive summer with time for family and friends, and are enjoying the outdoors during these warmer months. On campus, we have been appreciating the beauty of the season and the different pace that comes after the excitement of commencement ceremonies has waned and preparations for greeting our new students in the fall have not quite begun in earnest.
In July, rather than the bustle of pedestrians and bicycles, CSU is alive with the noise of new construction, renovations and repairs. For our College, work is moving forward on the new Diagnostic Medicine Center, which has become quite noticeable in the skyline behind the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
July also will see some travel for development work, as well as travel to the 145th American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Convention in New Orleans from July 17-22. On Monday evening, July 21, the College will host an alumni reception and we are looking forward to seeing many of our DVM graduates in attendance. During the AVMA convention, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) also will hold its meetings. I will be finishing up my AAVMC leadership responsibilities, handing over the title of past-president to my successor.
In other news, I do want to inform everyone that we now have new department heads for the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS), as well as the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP). Dr. Ed Hoover, a University Distinguished Professor and former Head of the Department of Pathology (pre-MIP), took over as Chair of MIP on July 1 and we wish him the best of luck in his new position. In ERHS, Dr. Jac Nickoloff will be joining us on October 1 as Department Head, coming from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque where he is currently a Professor in and was formerly Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Nickoloff to our campus this fall.
Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing many of you in New Orleans later this month at the AVMA convention.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhDDean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences