The calendar still says summer, but the quickened pace and increased level of activity on campus tell us fall is here—and with it, the optimism and enthusiasm that mark a new academic year. I am delighted to welcome you back to CU Anschutz, or to welcome you for the first time.
We enter the new year building on remarkable momentum from the past year. Here are some highlights:
- After 18 months of work, and with the involvement of more than a thousand people, we are nearing completion of the Campus Master Plan. Pending approval by the regents in a few weeks, we will have a plan for how the physical campus will evolve to best support our aspirations for even greater research, education and teaching. Stay tuned for more details.
- From feedback we’ve received through the master planning process, we have recognized a need to create stronger campus community. This semester we are establishing new traditions to make the campus a more engaging place to be, including food truck Wednesdays and the first-ever CU Anschutz Block Party on Sep. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bonfils Circle, in front of Building 500.
- We are (finally!) about to install main campus entry signage. Look for large “monument” signs along Colfax before the end of the year.
- We’ve taken the initial steps toward our goal of better supporting research and clinical operations on campus. First, we’ve been gathering your input on how to make the Office of Grants and Contracts more efficient and effective. We’ve also been working to create a new Clinical Trials Office, to better integrate the work of our faculty and our affiliated hospitals. And finally, we’ve begun investing in vital systems to build the future of personalized medicine and bioinformatics, including creating a Clinical and Research Enterprise Warehouse information database. These combined initiatives will enable us to be more nimble and effective in both our research operations and our clinical work.
- In collaboration with the hospitals on campus, we’ve begun work on a marketing campaign, one that will enable all of us to use a single voice to describe the amazing work going on every day here. We will be developing an advertising campaign this fall, similar to that just launched for the Denver Campus.
I am excited about the direction we’re taking and the promise the new academic year holds for this remarkable community. Thank you for your important work; I’m grateful to be a part of it.
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor, Anschutz Medical Campus