As the Colorado State University campus settles down into the daily rhythms of the fall semester, I’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate with you the beginnings of the new academic year and all the opportunities held within it, the opening of the Diagnostic Medicine Center, and the kick-off of The Campaign for Colorado State University.
While many people may consider January 1 to be the start of the new year -- and build their resolve around that date -- in an academic setting it is the first day of classes, when the slate is wiped clean and possibilities abound. I hope that you’re off to a strong start this fall and want to again welcome each of you to campus. I look forward to seeing everyone at the all-University picnic scheduled for Sept. 17 following the inauguration of our new president, Dr. Tony Frank, and new chancellor, Joe Blake (see related article).
This week, on Friday, Sept. 11, we also are celebrating the grand opening of the Diagnostic Medicine Center located at the South Campus to the north of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Everyone is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house where you will be able to get an up-close look at this world-class facility. The building is a showcase of new technology and green building design, providing a comfortable and productive work environment while being architecturally distinctive. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring this building from dream to reality (see related article).
Across the University, excitement is taking hold as we embark on the first capital campaign at Colorado State University. A goal of $500 million has been set and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is now at more than 85 percent of its $100 million goal as part of the University efforts. The Campaign for Colorado State University will increase student access to a world-class education through scholarships and fellowships, and provide funds to increase quality through enhanced facilities and investments in a variety of educational programs including endowed chairs. We need your help to achieve our goal, and I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress (see related article).
At the College this month, we also celebrate Dr. Simon Turner who recently was honored by the American Veterinary Medical Association with its Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. Throughout his career, Dr. Turner has conducted innovative studies that have made a real difference in cancer treatments, as well as osteoporosis and now new approaches to treating back and shoulder injuries. His real-world approach to discovery means improved treatment for people with debilitating conditions. Congratulations to Dr. Turner on this prestigious award (see related article).
In other news, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association will hold its annual convention from Sept. 17-20 at Keystone. Many of our faculty members will be presenting at the convention and we have a number of Professional Veterinary Medical students attending as well. Student costs are defrayed through the CVMA’s Send a Student program that provides $150 awards to offset the expenses of the convention. Veterinary professionals and faculty members help to support this program so that our students have the opportunity to attend professional meetings, meet veterinary decision-makers, and network with veterinary peers.
In other September activities, the CSU Fall Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 29 and 30 in Estes Park, and provides an opportunity for central administration, deans, department heads and program leaders to come together and set priorities for the coming year as well as build teamwork.
Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 13, I’d like to invite you to attend the Ag
Day barbecue and football game. I’ll be starting off the day participating
in a meeting with the President’s Agricultural Advisory Council where we’ll
also formally welcome Dr. Craig Beyrouty, the new dean of the College of
Agricultural Sciences. As chair of the search
committee for that position, I had the pleasure to get to know Dr. Beyrouty and I am looking forward to working with him as we explore how our colleges can move forward on new and existing joint programs and projects.
I hope you can get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Colorado and I look forward to seeing you on campus or at one of our special events.
Dr. Lance Perryman
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences