We are off to a fast start this fall semester, welcoming our new students and returning students back from summer break, as well as kicking off our Colorado State football season with a big game against the University of Colorado, our in-state rival. I like to think that we didn’t lose so much as we just ran out of time to win. Better luck to the team next year!
September is always a busy month on campus with students getting into the rhythm of classes and extracurricular activities, and special events filling up our calendars. On Sept. 15, President Tony Frank will deliver the Fall Address and host the University Picnic. On Sept. 16 and 17, the Fall Forum for University administrators will take place in Estes Park, where we will be getting a sense of the direction President Frank would like to steer the University as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and how we as a University can best navigate through a changing climate of funding and state support.
I’m looking forward to the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Convention which will be held at The Ranch (the Larimer County fairgrounds) in Loveland from Sept. 23 to 26. It’s a treat to have the convention so close to Colorado State University this year, giving our students and faculty members the opportunity to participate more easily and our alumni to visit us on campus with a short drive north. The College will be hosting an alumni reception on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the convention and I look forward to seeing you there.
In August, it was my great pleasure to attend a very special ceremony at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We gathered together to honor some of the true pioneers in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at a special street naming ceremony. The next time you are on South Campus, take notice of the street signs. You’ll see Booth Road, Cross Drive, Gillette Drive, Jensen Road, Niswender Road, Phemister Road, and Tietz Drive. I invite you to learn more about these unique individuals and the role they played in creating one of the nation’s most preeminent college’s of veterinary medicine, as well as the nation’s leading institution of its kind in biomedical and veterinary research.
In August, we welcomed our new DVM Class of 2014, as well as our many graduate students and undergraduate students in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. I met many of you at our orientation activities and truly enjoyed getting to hear about your academic goals during your time here at CSU. I send each of you my best wishes for a successful academic year and hope to visit with you again soon.
Dr. Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences