Life on campus is busy as we continue to move forward on numerous construction projects. In September, I was pleased to participate in a beam signing ceremony at the new Diagnostic Medicine Center before the final steel beam was put in place. The building is rapidly taking shape and we can appreciate just how large a physical facility we will have for all of our faculty and staff members in diagnostic medicine. Each square foot is desperately needed, and I know everyone is anxious for construction to be complete.
In September, we also had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Building which will serve as the distribution center for the Hill’s pet food program coordinated through the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). I’d like to thank Hill’s for their contributions that made this building a reality and look forward to a continuing partnership.
Work is moving ahead on the parking lot and entranceway to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We apologize for any inconvenience as traffic into the hospital had to be rerouted, but hope things are flowing smoothly. By the end of November, the entranceway and parking lot construction should be completed and we think it will be worth the wait.
In other news, I’d like to congratulate Dr. Rodney Rosychuk, our dermatology and otology specialist at the hospital, on receiving the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association at its annual conference held this year in Denver. Dr. Rosychuk, who has been at Colorado State University for 25 years, is richly deserving of this honor for his work in teaching, research, and outreach (see related article). I’d also like to welcome our new department head Dr. Jac Nickoloff who took over the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences on Oct. 1. My thanks to Dr. John Zimbrick, who will be continuing on with the department in a non-administrative role, for all his hard work during the last five years as the department worked through a transition period.
This month, I’ll be traveling to Schaumburg, Ill., for the semi-annual meeting of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues. Also, mark your calendars for the Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting, scheduled for 4:15 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Hilton Hotel. I’ll be discussing the State of the College as well as other items of interest to members of the faculty and staff.
Finally, this month, Colorado State University will be celebrating its Homecoming and Family Weekend from Oct. 5-12. We will be hosting a dinner for our Golden Grads from the PVM Class of 1958 (and earlier) on Thursday, Oct. 9. On Friday, we’ll have a breakfast followed by a tour of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, also for the Golden Grads. Later that day, the Homecoming Parade will make its way around the CSU Oval and the College welcomes you to join us in our parade tent. We will be set up at 4 p.m., and the parade will run from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information on Homecoming events, visit www.homecoming.colostate.edu. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Lance Perryman, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences