Welcome to Colorado State University and the 2009/2010 academic year at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Welcome to our returning students, as well as to our new students, faculty members and staff. The future is bright with possibilities and we look forward to providing you with an outstanding educational experience, and exceptional opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.
This fall, the College welcomes 138 students into the Professional Veterinary Medical Program, as well as six students into the MBA/DVM combined program, three students into the MSPH/DVM combined program, one student into the DVM/PhD program, and seven students into VetPrep. As of Aug. 18, the College has 141 confirmed new students and 28 transfer students for CVMBS undergraduate programs in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; Department of Biomedical Sciences; and Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. The College also has 107 newly admitted students to its non-PVM graduate programs. Three students began the VetStart program and the Food Animal Veterinary Career Incentive Program has five students enrolled.
If you have been gone from campus during the summer, we have news to share both from the University and the College. This summer, the University’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Tony Frank as President of Colorado State University, and Joe Blake as Chancellor of the Colorado State University System. We are still waiting for an announcement regarding the appointment of a permanent provost, but expect that to come early in the fall semester.
The College is especially proud to see Dr. Frank at the helm of the University as he began his career in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is now providing steady and stable leadership to the University, especially in a time of budgetary challenges. We look forward to making great strides as a College and University under the guidance of Dr. Frank.
In other news, this summer saw the long-awaited completion of the Diagnostic Medicine Center at the South Campus. We are celebrating the building’s opening with a formal ribbon cutting and open house on Friday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m. All are invited to attend and get a look at this incredible facility, from its state-of-the-art laboratories to its innovative use of art in public spaces. We hope you’ll join us for the ceremony followed by building tours and refreshments.
Another construction project that is making progress is the new parking garage at the intersection of Prospect Road and Centre Ave. While we may still see some congestion and rerouting from the construction, we hope that traffic will be able to flow through the area uninterrupted in short order. Parking will be available in the garage starting in spring semester with the facility being fully completed in late 2010. The garage does require an A permit, but there is no additional charge to park inside.
I look forward to a productive and rewarding year, and also look forward to seeing each of you on campus.
Dr. Lance Perryman
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences