The campus has quieted down in the last couple of weeks now that Spring Commencement activities have come and gone, and the University has settled into its summer schedule. I’d like to wish each of our graduates congratulations on their achievements. From our undergraduates to our graduate students, from our Professional Veterinary Medical students to our combined degree graduates, we have so many students who have accomplished so much during their time at Colorado State University. The future is bright for each of our talented graduates and we wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
Though campus life has slowed, June will be a busy month at the College. On June 12 and 13, we will be hosting WICHE’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council’s Annual Meeting. This two-day meeting is an opportunity for the WICHE partners to get together and discuss programmatic elements, emerging needs in the field of veterinary medicine, as well as administrative processes, veterinary education criteria, and manpower needs. While they are here, members of the council also will tour the Anatomy Laboratory, Equine Reproduction Laboratory, and James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We look forward to welcoming them to campus.
Also in June, I will be traveling with Paul Maffey, our Director of Development, doing some development work and meeting with long-time friends of the College. On June 25, we will be down in Denver for a special reception celebrating collaborative cancer research. The reception, at the Anschutz Medical Campus, will pay tribute to the 20-year cancer research collaboration between the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The presidents of both universities will be in attendance and scientific experts from both universities will speak about how the partnership between CU and CSU is changing the face of cancer research.
On a more somber note, we would like to acknowledge those in our community impacted by the recent severe weather that resulted in much devastation and the loss of one life in the nearby community of Windsor. We had several members on our faculty and staff who had some damage to their homes but, thankfully, it was material damage and not lost lives. Given the size and power of the tornado, and accompanying hail and wind, the losses could have been much more severe. If you are interested in helping victims of the tornado, a fund has been established and is being administered by the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County. You can make a donation at the foundation’s Web site at www.cfsgwc.org.
I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing our returning students in the fall.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences