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 The official newsletter for the faculty, staff and students of
K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine
September 2007 - Vol. 2 No. 9
Top Stories

New Web site brings opportunities, technology

World Rabies Day recap

Cat Town

CVM provides educational entertainment at state fair

Russell Cain: Soccer Player, Future Veterinarian

Alum donates rare books

Regular Features

Check it Out at the Library
Reaching for Excellence

Under the Microscope:
Stephanie Barrett - Rodent Colony Supervisor, Animal Resource Facility

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals

Lifelines back issues

Lifelines bonus - Web site only Extra stories and photos*

*Not included in the print or PDF versions of Lifelines.

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Lifelines bonus - Web site onlyNew Web site brings opportunities, technology

(bonus; extended story)

Thanks to the hard work this summer of a knowledgeable Web developer and a tech-savvy veterinary student, visitors to the Frontier Web site can now gain a wealth of information in a variety of formats.

The Frontier program for the historical studies of border security, food security and trade policy is a part of Food Safety and Security at K-State: http://fss.k-state.edu. The program includes researchers from K-State and New Mexico State who work together to better understand complex issues related to the food system..

Dr. Justin Kastner, assistant professor of food safety and security, is the K-State coordinator of Frontier. He worked with CVM Web developer Steve Toburen to provide the Web site’s content, including historical and current interdisciplinary aspects of food security, border security and trade policy. The multimedia Web site was built by Steve over the course of three months and was finished in August.

“We find that students are becoming increasingly reliant on iPods and other gadgets,” Dr. Kastner said. “That is why we decided to not only create more content for a Web site, but also distribute some of that content via ITunes.”

Ryan Bradburn, sophomore veterinary student, worked alongside Steve to bring podcasting and video capabilities to the site. The site features articles, audio, video and polls, as well as links to the Frontier iTunes Podcast.

“In today’s world of technology and life-on-the-go, the Frontier site puts concise and relevant information in a format that’s easy to access,” Ryan said. “Visitors can download audio and video files to listen to or view at their leisure. They can subscribe to a podcast and be informed when new updates are available. The site puts information in a format readily available for the public and other researchers.”

Steve and Ryan established a system for recording and publishing podcasts that allows Dr. Kastner to produce and post them on his own in just a few minutes. Dr. Kastner is able to record phone interviews, group conversations in the office and PowerPoint lectures and easily upload them to the Frontier site.

“The site is a valuable resource providing information on publications, commentaries and conference papers, as well as providing a teaching tool for Dr. Kastner,” Steve said. “In addition the site provides news feeds and links to other resources both on and off campus. As time goes on and new content is added I believe the site will evolve to provide additional benefit to the college.”

Visitors can check out the Web site and subscribe to the podcast at: http://frontier.k-state.edu.

Frontier Web site
The new face of the Frontier Web site:

Steve and Ryan
Steve Toburen (left) and Ryan Bradburn developed the Frontier Web site over the summer. Steve was in charge of the Web site's development, and Ryan worked on the site's multimedia content.­­


Lifelines bonus - Web site onlyWorld Rabies Day recap

(with bonus pictures)

by Mylissia Stukey, WRD Event Coordinator

With the local events of World Rabies Day behind us, countries all over the world, including the United States, are still hosting events for the inaugural year. Sixty-two countries have participated in World Rabies Day promoting education and raising funds for the Rabies Alliance. In the United States, 27 veterinary colleges hosted events with Kansas State University leading the initiative. The local events were a big success!

Approximately $3,100 has been raised, and approximately 200 rabies titers have been received. Kids of all ages came to our local events and had a great time. Efforts are now under way for planning next year’s World Rabies Day. Rabies kills an average of 100 people a day. Through the World Rabies Day incentive, money has been raised and public awareness has been spread. Thousands of vaccines have been donated for a high mortality rate area. Our efforts along with 61 other countries are already making a difference. A big thank you goes out to everybody involved for making World Rabies Day a success.


WRD Willie

World Rabies Day photos by La Brisa Photography

WRD kids




  Cat Town


Lifelines bonus - Web site only
CVM provides educational entertainment at state fair

(with bonus pictures)

The CVM and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association sponsored the Birthing Center at the Kansas State Fair Sept. 7-16. Guests watched cows, chickens and sows give birth throughout the week. Children were able to pet the baby animals. Fourth-year students assisted Dr. Mike Apley with the birthing of twin calves at the exhibit, pictured below (left to right) Ali Eitzmann, Stephanie Kessler, Dr. Mike Apley, Marty Moravec and Keith DeDonder.




April Cummins
CVM student April Cummins


Melissa Haase holds a baby chick.


Lifelines bonus - Web site only Russell Cain: soccer player, future veterinarian

(Extended story, pictures)

Growing up, Russell Cain had two dreams for his future: to play professional soccer and to be a veterinarian. After several years of soccer success, Russell is now accomplishing the second part of his childhood dream as a first-year student at the CVM. Russell tells us his story:

Did you always want to be a veterinarian? 

Yes, there were two things I wanted to do as a kid: play professional soccer and be a veterinarian.

When did you start playing soccer?

Age 6. I watched my older brother play and I just had to do it too.

Where did you go to college?

Florida International University (FIU). I received a bachelor’s in religious studies.

How did you break into professional soccer?

I had been playing semi-pro since I was 14. The owner of the Miami Breakers, a pro team, approached me at FIU and asked if I wanted to play for him as well as let him represent me. So I played unpaid for them until I finished my 4th year of college soccer. Then I officially turned pro. 

What professional teams did you play for?

The Miami Breakers are a part of the Premier Development League (PDL) which is the 3rd division in the U.S. I spent two seasons unpaid while in college and two seasons paid after college. Next I played for the Miami Fusion, which was a part of Major League Soccer (MLS) (1st Division) before they moved the franchise to another city. I played for the United States National Beach Team which is comprised of the best beach players in the country. It travels and plays against other countries’ teams just like the World Cup. The Nashville Metros was the final team I played for competitively before retiring. It was a part of the A-League which is like 2nd division.

Where did you travel while playing soccer?

I’ve been to almost every state in the U.S. repeatedly. I have also been to Europe and South America to play. It was a lot of fun, but we ended up traveling so much that we really would forget what city we were in. Pretty much every other week out of the year we were either on a bus or a plane heading somewhere.

Tell us an interesting story from your travels.

I’ve got some pretty sweet stories, but I’ll try to pick a good one. When I traveled with the U.S. Beach Team to Sao Paolo, Brazil, we were mobbed like rock stars. Our team bus had a police escort, but was stopped about one mile outside of the stadium because there were so many fans there was no way traffic could possibly get through. The crowds would rush the bus and bang on the windows, asking for any gear that we had to give them. They were waving American flags and got so excited that they started rocking our bus back and forth. We finally made it to the stadium where we beat Italy 5-2. On the way back to the bus, we were swarmed again by fans. We gave them everything we had in terms of gear and actually made it back to our bus with only our underwear. It came out in the papers the next day: a picture of most of our team running to the bus in our undies.

Why did you retire?

I stopped mainly due to injury. My knees were shot and I tore my quad in half while in Nashville.

What did you do after retiring?

I decided that since I had already fulfilled one dream in my life it was time to obtain the other. I started at a vet clinic in the kennel (the bottom of the bottom). I ended up moving back to Mississippi where I met my wife, Jenny. She actually hired me at the first clinic we ever worked at together. Funny thing is we actually got fired for dating…but we ended up getting married and having two little wild men, Meelan, 4, and Brennon, 2.

What brought you to veterinary school?

She knew that I wanted to go to vet school, and she was actually the one who pushed me into pursuing it. I started taking pre-requisite classes at night while working during the day. It took us about 2 ½ years of full-time work and school to finish up. Those were definitely the tough years. However, since we both shared the same dream, it made it a little easier. Anyway, we applied; got the call from K-State, and the rest is history.

What are your goals for the future?

To be honest, my professional goals are going to take a backseat to my family. I really just want to watch my kids grow up and be as much a part of their lives as possible. Ideally, I’d love to specialize in small animal surgery. I love veterinary medicine, but I love them more. However, I’m thrilled to be here and pursuing my immediate goal of becoming a doctor. Everything else will fall into place.  

Russell Cain today, as a CVM freshman.

Above and Below: Russell Cain playing soccer



Alum donates rare books

Dr. Bill Lumb (CVM  July 1943) donated three family heirlooms to Hale Library: a Geneva Bible dated 1599, a King James Bible dated 1682 and “Philadelphia Vocabulary” dated 1787. The Geneva Bible came over  from Yorkshire and has been in Dr. Lumb’s family for centuries. The books are available for public viewing in Hale Library’s Special Collections. Here, Dr. Lumb is pictured with associate professor Roger Adams.


Under the Microscope: Stephanie Barrett, Animal Resource Facility, Rodent Colony Supervisor

Stephanie BarrettPlace of birth: Asheville, North Carolina

Favorite place to shop: Big cities. I am not one who particularly likes to shop just for the fun of it.

If you could be any musical artist, who would it be? Bach. I would not want to be second best; I strive for the best in everything.

Biggest pet peeve: Rude people who gossip and disrespect people in their absence.

If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? Anthony Hopkins. He seems down-to-earth and can play any role well.

Favorite way to relax: Constructive and creative outlets

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Sydney, Australia


Lifelines bonus - Web site only    Dr. Davis named K-State Professor of the Week

DavisDr. Davis was named K-State Professor of the Week at the Aug. 8 home football game vs. San Jose State.



Check it Out at the Library: Reaching for Excellence

Carol Elmoreby Carol Elmore

The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has recently begun a certification program for Kansas public library administrators called Reaching for Excellence. There are four levels to the program beginning at level one for administrators with five years of library experience continuing through level four, which is for administrators holding a master’s degree in library science. Level three is an especially challenging level because it requires either an undergraduate degree, a graduation certificate from the three-year KPLACE Institute taught by faculty of the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, or 400 documented contact hours of library training. Many of these 400 hours have been available through a program of the SLK called LEEP, which sets up strict guidelines for defining what would be considered suitable continuing education and library training courses.

Mary Girard, Librarian I at the Veterinary Medical Library, has recently completed the required 400 hours of library training and has received her certificate from the SLK granting her certification as a public library administrator. Mary provides library services to our veterinary faculty and coordinates all library services and collections.     

Because of her skill and training, Mary is able to perform many library services for faculty, such as literature searches, document delivery and reference service. Mary is able to do these services with great skill and accuracy, and can thus free up time for our faculty, so that they can spend more time on teaching, research and service instead of doing their own library work. We encourage our faculty to take advantage of the many ways Mary can help them with their library needs.  

Contact Mary at facultyservices@vet.k-state.edu for faculty library requests.


CVM News Ticker

Jose and Lisa Bras welcomed Jose Jr. on Aug. 18.

Jason and Wendy Grady welcomed Reese Elizabeth Grady on Aug. 29.

Dr. Vanessa Clark (CVM 2007) has joined Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn’s lab as a master’s student. Vanessa will study feline diabetes.

Amy Brusk received academic honors for the 2007 spring and summer semesters. Amy is working part time on her master’s degree in agribusiness and expects to graduate in May 2009.

Dr. Brad White spoke Aug. 28 at the Montgomery County Veterinary Association in Independence, Kan., on Veterinary Cooperatives.

Dr. James Carpenter was  invited to present six hours of lectures at an International Conference on Zoological/Wildlife Medicine, Universidad CES, Medellin, Colombia, Sept. 6-8, 2007. Veterinarians from four South American countries attended.

Drs. Bob Larson, Dan Thomson, Hans Coetzee and Shelie Laflin presented at the AABP 40th Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sept. 20-22.

Dr. Mike Apley presented a seminar on Sept. 24 to Bayer in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Drs Coetzee and Gehring
participated in a subsequent discussion titled "PharmCATS."

Dr. Carla Carleton (CVM 1977) was named the 2007 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation. The award recognizes special effort and achievement. Dr. Carleton is a board-certified equine theriogenologist and teaches at Michigan State University. Carleton


New Arrivals
Bhupinder Bawa - DM/P
Mrinal K. Ghosh - DM/P
Brandy Gowdy - DM/P-VDL
James R. Hartigan - DM/P-VDL
Cathleen A. Hanlon - DM/P-VDL

Recent Departures
Davis Weinstein - DM/P-VDL
Kazihiro Nakaya - A&P


"Lifelines" is published each month by the Development and Alumni Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine

Editors are Joe Montgomery and Amy Jo Wright, jmontgom@vet.k-state.eduajwright@vet.k-state.edu

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