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December 2009 - Vol. 4, No. 12

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Drs. Dan Marcus and Derek MosierPair of professors win Iman Awards

Drs. Marcus and Mosier receive recognition for teaching.
Who are Mr. and Mrs. Iman?

Breaking ground in Olathe

Construction begins for new innovation campus.
Which building is first?

Students earn early admission

Program fast forwards undergrads through admission process.
Who made the cut?

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Oklahoma State honors Dr. Carpenter

Garrett Stewart joins SAVMA Executive Committee

Dr. Vern Otte preps for fourth trip to Iditarod

Cattlemen's Association honors alumnus Dr. Osburn

Buffalo soldier visits the VMTH

CVM dedicates Mara Conference Center

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Barb SelfUnder the Microscope
Barb Self, Senior Administrative Assistant, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Check it Out at the Library
Gina Scott certifies as Word specialist

News Ticker

Calendar of events

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Pair of professors win Iman Awards

Drs. Dan Marcus and Derek Mosier join distinguished group of teachers

With the holidays near, we really start to appreciate all the good things we have around us — one of those things being our superb faculty here at K-State. The Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards are given to two K-State faculty every year — one for research and the other teaching. Both of this year’s nominees are located in the College of Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Dan Marcus and Dr. Derek Mosier.

Recipients of the Iman Award are nominated by fellow colleagues. They have to be full-time faculty and are required to have a minimum of five years work at the university. Being a university-wide award, it is fairly uncommon to see both awards going to faculty in the same college. Each award winner receives $5,000.

Dr. Daniel Marcus, University Distinguished Professor in anatomy and physiology received the research award for the contributions he made in his field.

Dr. Blecha, University Distinguished Professor and department head for anatomy and physiology, had this to say “Dr. Marcus has established and maintained a firm international reputation as THE expert in physiology and biophysics of the stria vascularis.”

Dr. Marcus is nationally known for his research and experience dealing with deafness and other communication disorders. He has been with the university since 1998 and was deemed University Distinguished Professor in 2006. The Midwest has been home and workplace for Dr. Marcus all his adult life.

The teaching award was given to Dr. Derek Mosier professor of pathology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobiology. His teaching has been acknowledged through the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, Bayer Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award, and Student American Veterinary Medical Association Award for Teaching Excellence in the Basic Sciences.

“Derek has been an outstanding teacher and continues to perform superbly in the classroom year after year,” said Dr. M.M. Chengappa, University Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. “We are very fortunate to have faculty like Derek in our college.”

Dr. Mosier was born and raised in Manhattan. In 1990 he joined the K-State Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology where he participated in the residency training program. He currently resides here in Manhattan with his wife, Jessica and son Ben, who is in kindergarten.

- story by Tyler Nelssen


Iman Awards group
Dr. Dan Marcus, left, joins Dr. Derek Mosier, far right, in being honored by Dr. Ron and Rae Iman, center, who created a special award to honor outstanding K-State faculty.
Iman Award logo

CVM introduces 2009 class of Early Admit Scholars

Say hello to the 2009 class of Early Admit Scholars. These are K-State undergraduates who have passed the application process for early admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine. This year’s class was introduced in the Mara Conference Center in early November. They are all from Kansas except as noted: Samantha Belsan, Topeka; Gabriel Bensel, Shawnee; Alissa Berger, Wichita; Elizabeth Bolan, Ramstein, Germany; Daniel Crowe, Mulvane; Amanda Duvall, Ord, Neb.; Nicole Eberhart, Baldwin City; Chelsea Farrington, Goddard; Chad Foust, Webster, N.Y.; Lauren Geiger, Mound City, Mo.; Kaitlin Goldsby, Fishers, Ind.; Paula Guastello, Springfield, Va.; Megan Hanson, Salina; Anthony Hawkins, Silver Lake; Melanie Hinzpeter, Wildwood, Mo.; Rachel Hoppins, Wichita; Brittany Johansen, Waterloo, Neb.; Alyssa Jonson, Leawood; Diane Larson, Overland Park; Alexandria Leach, Holton; Allison McKiearnan, LaCygne; Ellen Ouellette, Rantoul; Samantha Schimming, Goddard (not pictured); Bobbi Shanks, Columbus; Carla Simpson, Olathe; and Lara Skoglund, Olathe.

Early Admit Scholars 2009
Front Row: Elizabeth Bolan, Rachel Hoppins, Alyssa Jonson, Brittany Johansen, Gabriel Bensel, Daniel Crowe, Lauren Geiger and Alexandria Leach. Middle Row: Chad Foust, Melanie Hinzpeter, Carla Simpson, Samantha Belsan, Megan Hanson, Diane Larson, Chelsea Farrington, Allison McKiearnan and Paula Guastello. Back Row: Alissa Berger, Nicole Eberhart, Lara Skoglund, Amanda Duvall, Anthony Hawkins, Kaitlin Goldsby, Ellen Ouellette and Bobbi Shanks


Breaking ground for the Olathe Innovation Campus

A groundbreaking held at K-State’s Olathe campus in November marks the university’s commitment to advancing animal health and food safety research and education in Kansas and the nation.

“K-State is the land-grant institution for the state of Kansas, and if you look back at the history of land-grant institutions, they were founded to meet the needs of the states in which they serve,” said Kirk Schulz, K-State president. “We have a special mission and role to play as we look toward the future of the state of Kansas, particularly when it comes to biotechnology and science.”

The first building on K-State’s Olathe campus will be the $28 million National Institute for Animal Health and Food Safety. It will house educational and laboratory spaces to support research, education and technology commercialization in animal health and food safety. The approximately 108,000 square foot building is being designed and built by 360 Architecture and the Weitz Company, and should be complete by late 2010 or early 2011.

At the ceremony, Dr. Dan Richardson, DVM 1977 and chief executive officer of K-State’s Olathe campus, thanked several partners who have helped make the campus a reality. The partners include the city of Olathe, which provided the land for the campus, and taxpayers of Johnson County, who approved a one-eighth cent sales tax to support the Olathe campus and other projects as part of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.

“We know the expectations here and we will return on that investment,” Dr. Richardson said.

K-State’s Olathe campus is the academic research presence within the Kansas Bioscience Park. The campus provides a direct link to K-State’s many resources while also giving K-State greater visibility and access to the heart of the Animal Health Corridor. Initially, the campus will focus on commercially viable applied research and technology discovery in animal health and food safety and security.

Dean Ralph Richardson, President Kirk Schulz and CEO Dan Richardson
CVM Dean Ralph Richardson, K-State President Kirk Schulz and Olathe CEO Dan Richardson shovel it up at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Olathe building
This is a rendering of what the Olathe Innovation Campus will look like.


Garret Stewart joins SAVMA Executive Committee

Garrett StewartAs an officer of a national student veterinary medicine organization, Kansas State University's Garrett Stewart would like to help his fellow veterinary medicine students at K-State and across the nation become more informed about the key national issues dealing with their profession today.

Garrett, a third-year veterinary medicine student from Washington, Kan., is serving on the Executive Committee of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association as the 2009-2010 information technology officer-elect and will become the association's information technology officer in 2010-2011. He won election to the post in July 2009.

The Student American Veterinary Medical Association coordinates student chapter functions, promotes the exchange of ideas and information among students, and represents its members in matters that concern them, both as students and as future veterinarians. The association represents more than 11,000 veterinary students worldwide, including more than 93 percent of all U.S. and Caribbean veterinary students. It is the students' voice to its parent organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"One of the reasons I ran was to become a source of information for K-State veterinary students and veterinary students nationally on organized veterinary medicine issues," Garrett said.

"The information technology officer is in charge of keeping all software programs used by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association up and running, as well as updating and modifying the association's Web section at the American Veterinary Medical Association's Web site," he said. "My job is to keep our Web section user friendly and keep information at the site up to date, such as on scholarships, loans, externship opportunities, veterinary legislative issues and other pertinent information."

Garrett also is in charge of all the computer hardware that his fellow Executive Committee officers use in their posts. The committee has monthly conference calls that last two to four hours, and it meets with the association's House of Delegates twice a year. The House of Delegates includes two student representatives from the association's 29 student chapters and three associate schools.

"I've always been interested in computer technology, though I wouldn't call myself incredibly computer savvy," Garrett said. "I got involved in information technology to help my family's farming operation."

Garrett's family runs Mid Continent Farms in Washington. The 2,500-head cattle operation uses a variety of technologies, including cloning, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, Internet sales and live online auctions. It has a Web site to help market its livestock and services at

Garrett has been active with the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine's chapter of the Student Veterinary Medical Association since his first year as a veterinary medicine student. He was elected K-State's freshman-junior delegate to the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, a two-year position, and has served on the association's Governmental Affairs Committee and as the association's liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Association's Political Action Committee's policy board.

He also helped organize the student association's first D.C. Legislative Fly-in, and is currently helping to organize the second event. For the fly-in, three student representatives from the 28 accredited veterinary medicine colleges in the U.S. are flown to Washington, D.C., and are exposed to the political side of veterinary medicine by learning about the legislative process and lobbying.

Garrett is the son of K-State alums Greg and Debbie Stewart, Washington. He plans to be actively involved in agriculture advocacy, organized veterinary medicine and food animal medicine after earning his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from K-State in 2011.


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Oklahoma State veterinary college honors Dr. Carpenter

It’s been an exciting year for the K-State CVM’s Dr. Jim Carpenter. This past summer he went on a first-time wildlife excursion to South Africa, which we reported on in the August issue of Lifelines. This fall he learned he was being selected for a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from his veterinary alma mater, Oklahoma State University. The award was presented Oct. 30 in Stillwater, Okla.

“It was a great honor,” Dr. Carpenter said. “I have long been indebted to the OSU faculty for encouraging and supporting me in my passion of zoological/wildlife medicine. As stated when I accepted the award, I only hope that I have and will continue to encourage and mentor veterinary students at K-State as well as the OSU faculty has supported me.”

Dr. Carpenter is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife ecology at OSU in 1970 and his DVM in 1974. He has developed an internationally-recognized zoological medicine program at K-State and has trained 33 interns and residents as well as countless veterinary students in this specialty.


Dr. Jim Carpenter (center) receives alumni award
Dr. Dianne Nail, OSU Veterinary Alumni Society president, presents a 2009 alumni award to Dr. James Carpenter, center, joined by OSU Veterinary Dean Michael Lorenz.

Dr. Otte prepares for fourth trip to Iditarod Race

Dr. Verne Otte, DVM 1975, recently visited K-State and gave a presentation on his upcoming trip to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. This will be Dr. Otte's fourth trip to the Iditarod as a volunteer race veterinarian. Dr. Otte is the owner of the State Line Animal Hospital in Leawood, Kan.

Dr. Otte answers questions.
Dr. Vern Otte answers questions about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race during a presentation to the K-State Student Chapter of the AVMA.



Sled dog
Dr. Vern Otte shared video from his previous trips to Alaska where he volunteered as a race veterinarian.

California Cattlemen’s Association honors alumnus

The California Cattlemen’s Association has presented its highest honor to veterinarian and educator Dr. Bennie I. Osburn. He earned his DVM at K-State in 1961.

Dr. Osburn, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award Nov. 13 at an annual banquet of the California Cattlemen’s Association and California CattleWomen, Inc.

According to Cattlemen’s Association criteria, “The award is given to an individual who is not engaged in beef cattle production as a primary occupation, but to someone who has made significant contributions to the California beef cattle industry. Recipients may be allied industry leaders, government or university officials, legislators, or others.”

Dr. Osburn serves as dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis — a position he has held since 1996. He oversees the school’s teaching, research and service programs, among them the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, Veterinary Medicine Extension, the Veterinary Medical Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, and the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.

In Dr. Osburn’s scientific career, he has emphasized the health and welfare of food animals, particularly cattle and sheep. He has been involved in key discoveries about food animal viruses including the bluetongue virus and border disease virus, developmental immunology, congenital infections and food safety.


Dr. Bennie I. Osburn
Dr. Bennie I. Osburn, class of 1961, is the dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He was given the Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award in November by the California Cattlemen's Association.

CVM dedicates Mara Conference Center

The Practice Management Center has a new name: Mara Conference Center. The room, which is on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall was renamed in honor of Dr. Jack Mara, a longtime friend of the CVM. Dr. Mara, a 1951 Cornell University DVM graduate, was the director of veterinary affairs for Hill's Pet Nutrition in Topeka. He worked with the CVM on many projects during his career with Hill's. Dr. Mara passed away in 2003.

Diet Coke toast in honor of Dr. Mara
Neil Thompson, CEO of Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Dean Ralph
Richardson share a Diet Coke toast in honor of Dr. Mara, as
this was his favorite beverage.
Mara Dedication
Dean Ralph Richardson is joined by Dr. Janet Donlin, chief of the veterinary business channel for North America for
Hill's Pet Nutrition., Suzan Harrison, president of Hill's and Neil Thompson, Hill's CEO in dedicating the new Mara
Conference Center in honor of Dr. Jack Mara.


Under the Microscope

Barb Self, Senior Administrative Assistant, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Barb Self

Place of birth: Columbus, Ga.

Family Information: Widowed, two children, two grandchildren

What's your favorite way to spend a day off? Simply relaxing and reading.

What has been one of your biggest personal highlights for 2009? One of my highlights was seeing the look on my father-in-law's face as he toured the equine department here at the College of Veterinary Medicine.(See story below.)

What is something you like to collect? Porcelain angels.

Looking forward to 2010, What do you hope the new year brings? Harmony!!!!!

Under the Microscope logo



Buffalo soldier visits the VMTH

Self family at the VMTH
In late October, the VMTH hosted a special visit from Barb Self’s family, including her father-in-law, Nolan Self, who was a Buffalo Soldier in the 9th and 10th horse cavalry. Barb, a senior administrative assistant in the VMTH, arranged a tour for Nolan as a gift for their 67th wedding anniversary. Pictured from left: Barb’s son Mark Self Jr., mother-in-law Wilma Self, Dean Ralph Richardson, Barb, Nolan and Barb’s brother-in-law Curtis Self.


Check it Out at the Library

Gina Scott certifies as Word specialist

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore
Many of the computers in the College of Veterinary Medicine have been updated to Microsoft Office 2007 with many of us using the newer version of Microsoft Word in this program suite in our document production. Significant changes have been made in the 2007 version.

Gina Scott, DISC instruction coordinator, has been most helpful in answering questions about the changes. Gina is exceptionally well-qualified to answer questions due to her expertise. In October, she attended the Conference on Information Technology in Detroit where she was tested in Office Word 2007. After successfully passing the test, she received her certification as an application specialist in Word 2007. Passing this test required Gina to study approximately 40 hours by reviewing questions and documentation concerning this application. Without review, the test would have been difficult to pass due to the large amount of material that is covered.

I recently asked Gina about some of the differences between Word 2003 and Word 2007. One change is that Word 2007 has a new user-interface which is very different from previous versions of Word. Some options are now under different headings and groupings. All of the functionality is the same but there are many more styles, macros and options. Document mapping and reference building are much enhanced in the new version. Also more emphasis has been placed on the professional look of documents.

Gina has demonstrated through her testing and certification that she has a thorough knowledge of Word 2007 and will continue to work with faculty, staff, and students as they pursue the many options available in this new version of Word. As you start using Word 2007 and questions arise, Gina will be available to work with you by offering individual and group instruction as well as answering specific questions as they arise.

Please visit the Veterinary Medical Library Web site: for help on this and other subjects.



News Ticker

Dr. Michele Borgarelli presented at the International Meeting on Canine and Feline Cardiovascular Diseases in Naples, Italy, Dec. 10, 2009. The topics presented were: “Screening Guidelines for the Dilated Cardiomyopathy,” “The hypokinetic heart: Is it always a dilated cardiomyopathy?” and “Natural History and prognosis for dogs affected by chronic mitral valve disease.”

Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the local VMA Meetings in Kerrville and New Braunfels, Texas, on Nov. 10 and 11. He presented the topic: “Modulating the progression of CKD: ACEI and beyond.”



Calendar of events

Jan. 8, 2010: Bull Evaluation and Management Conference, Frick Auditorium- Mosier Hall*

Jan. 23, 2010: Canine Care Workshop, Frick Auditorium- Mosier Hall*

Jan. 30, 2010: SCAAEP Winter Conference on Equine Laminitis, location TBA*

Feb. 27, 2010: Small Animal Emergency Medicine Conference , location TBA*

Feb. 27-28, 2010: 3rd Annual Equine Reproduction Conference for Horse Breeders , location TBA*

* More information about Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events can be found at the VMCE Web site.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Deborah Baker - KSVDL
Dr. Lindsey Blevins - VMTH

Thanks and goodbye to:

Xi Li - DMP


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The editor is Joe Montgomery,