Hello Colorado State University students, faculty, and staff,
Welcome to the start of a semester like no other. It’s usually the most hopeful (and busy) time of year as we greet students, prepare course content, and generally gear up to deliver on our mission of improving the health of animals, people and the planet. The pandemic has helped remind us how connected we all are. Deep connections will sustain us as we work through these global challenges right here in Fort Collins.
Many of us have been on campus all along, working in labs, clinics, offices, and classrooms on essential research, teaching, and service. Others have shifted to home offices set up on dining room tables or in basements, connecting with colleagues in a never-ending stream of video meetings. Some faced the painful reality of suspending their work in the early days of the pandemic. I know it’s been hard, both professionally and personally. And we are still facing so many unknowns, but we will face them – in our masks, of course – and we will prevail.
Dr. Mark Stetter is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
When our incoming students applied to study in our college, it was way before the COVID crisis hit. I am grateful and hopeful that great young minds have come to CSU to learn about science and health, an area that is urgently important to the future of our world. Our students are critical to our future, and our faculty and staff are helping to chart that future. Together, right now, we are developing new solutions to pandemics and global health issues that affect animals and humans. That gives me hope!
So, welcome aboard and welcome back, everyone. Let’s get started.
Dr. Mark Stetter
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science