Lifelines - March 2013 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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March 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 3

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Dr. Ronnie Elmore answers questions at K-State's 150th birthday kickoff eventDiversity recognition

Dr. Ronnie Elmore is recognized with Iverson Bell award.
Why was he chosen?

Snow greets Alumni Fellow
Dr. Terry McElwain visits campus just as blizzard arrives, but he took time to tell us about his latest activities.
See what Dr. McElwain has been doing

Graduate student earns first prize

The CVM is well-represented at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit.
What was her presentation about?

CVM faculty earn promotions

Pet Friendly license tag launches

Scenes from the SCAVMA talent show

Veterinary Health Center communications update

Meet the authors of 'Zoobiquity' - March 13

CVM joins K-State in celebrating its sesquicentennial year

K-State begins sesquicentennial celebration

K-State 150: 50 year career recognized with naming of veterinary sciences building in 2000


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Steve WaldronUnder the Microscope
Steve Waldron Lead Network Administrator, Computing and Technology Support

Check it out at the Library
Meet Angela Long-Claycamp, the new senior administrative specialist

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New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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The Iverson Bell Award sounds for Dr. Elmore

AAVMC presents award to Dr. Ronnie Elmore for his commitment to diversity
  Dr. Ronnie Elmore interacts with students in front of the CVM’s display at K-State's Sesquicentennial Kickoff.
  Dr. Ronnie Elmore interacts with students in front of the CVM’s display at K-State's Sesquicentennial Kickoff.  
  Dr. Ronnie Elmore and Dr. Lila Miller  
  Dr. Elmore hosts Dr. Lila Miller, vice president for veterinary outreach for the ASPCA, who spoke at the college about diversity issues and shelter medicine in December 2010.  

Kansas State University Associate Dean Ronnie G. Elmore is being awarded the Association of American Veterinary Medical College’s (AAVMC) 2013 Iverson Bell Recognition Award for his extraordinary contributions to advancing inclusion and diversity in academic veterinary medicine.

His achievements were celebrated on Friday, March 8, during the AAVMC’s 2013 Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, as part of the biennial Iverson Bell Symposium, the oldest symposium dedicated to promoting ethnic, gender, and racial diversity in the veterinary medical profession.

In nominating Dr. Elmore for the award, Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine wrote that, “There has never been a time in the history of this college when the number of underrepresented students is as large as what we are currently experiencing. This is due almost exclusively to Dr. Elmore’s faithful and extensive travels to historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. Dr. Elmore’s devotion and dedication to a more integrated and culturally aware veterinary profession is inspiring to all of us who share his vision.”

Dr. Elmore is a prolific writer, having published more than 250 journal and magazine articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has written a weekly column for Copley News Service for more than 30 years. He created an elective course at KSU, “Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society,” which is designed to help students develop an awareness and appreciation of diversity in all of its dimensions in order to communicate effectively with those from cultures that are different from their own. Dr. Elmore is also an in-demand speaker on diversity topics and many credit him with raising awareness of the need to address a lack of diversity in the veterinary profession.

Dr. Elmore has served as the associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity programs at KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine for more than 20 years.

The AAVMC’s award is named in honor of Iverson Bell, DVM, who left an outstanding legacy of leadership and contributions in the promotion of opportunities for minorities in veterinary medical education. Dr. Bell spent more than 30 years working as a veterinarian and civic leader in Terre Haute, Ind., and was a vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA.)


Snow greets the CVM’s Alumni Fellow

  Dr. Terry McElwain  
  Dr. Terry McElwain  

Dr. Terry McElwain, Pullman, Wash., has been selected as the 2013 Alumni Fellow for the K-State CVM. His campus visit was impacted by the recent snowstorm, postponing the seminar he was scheduled to deliver.

Dr. McElwain received a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and a D.V.M. degree in 1980, both from Kansas State University. He completed a residency and NIH postdoctoral fellowship in Pathology from 1981 to 1986, and then a Ph.D. in infectious diseases and immunology in 1986, all at Washington State University. He was named a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1985. Since 1993, Dr. McElwain has been director and executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a state, regional and national diagnostic facility for animal and zoonotic diseases and core reference laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism (LRN) at Washington State University. Dr. McElwain holds an academic appointment as professor and serves as associate director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.

“I am honored to be selected as the 2013 Alumni Fellow for the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Dr. McElwain said. “Over 30 years ago, I completed my DVM degree – the second of two degrees from Kansas State University. To be recognized by the institution that provided the foundation for a career that has rewarded me many times over is humbling. My heartfelt thanks are extended to the KSU community for this honor.”

Watch our interview with Dr. McElwain below:


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Students impress at Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Kelly Foster wins first prize for research about bovine viral diarrhea virus transmissions
  Kelly Foster
  Kelly Foster presents her award winning research.  
  Tanner Miller and Gov. Brownback  
  Tanner Miller answers questions from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.  
  Kirk Schulz and Tera Rooney  
  K-State President Kirk Schulz listens as Tera Rooney shows her research poster.  

Kelly Foster, graduate student in biomedical sciences, was recently named the KansasBio winner for her research presentation at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit. Kelly’s poster was titled “Bovine viral diarrhea virus transmissions from persistently infected cattle to non-persistently infected cattle when commingled: An evaluation of serum neutralizing antibody titers.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Daniel Thomson, Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine and professor of clinical sciences.

Two other CVM graduate students of Dr. Thomson’s, Tera Rooney and Tanner Miller, were also finalists representing K-State in the Capital Graduate Research Summit. The summit provides an opportunity for the students to present their research and to demonstrate to legislators how their work is making a difference.

Kelly’s research focuses on understanding how bovine viral diarrhea virus is passed from persistently infected cattle to naive cattle on farms where these animals are commingled. Nearly 1 percent of all cattle are born persistently infected with the virus and serve as a virus reservoir in cow herds and feedlots in the U.S. Kelly conducted a 28-day trial to collect and analyze samples for the virus presence. She found that animals with high starting titers had shorter viremia and a decreased virus load. Additionally, naive cattle picked up the virus from the persistently infected cattle within 24 hours of exposure. Kelly’s research indicates the importance of proper immunization of cattle before entering the feedlot.

“Bovine viral diarrhea virus is a biologically and economically important disease that impacts cattle in Kansas,” Foster said. “The virus causes compromising of the immune system, leading to other diseases, such as bovine respiratory disease complex. These diseases cause economic losses because of decreased cattle performance and mortality losses in the beef industry. Our research will provide insight on bovine viral diarrhea virus prevention and biosecurity management to improve cattle health and producer profitability.”

Kelly Foster, Tera Rooney, Tanner Miller and Dr. Dan Thomson
Kelly Foster, Tera Rooney, Tanner Miller and Dr. Dan Thomson



Phi Zeta Day celebrates student research

  Dr. Tilahun Yilma  
  Dr. Tilahun Yilma, director of the International Laboratory of Molecular Biology (ILMB) at UC Davis, delivers the keynote address at Phi Zeta day. His presentation was on "Strategies for Enhancing the Safety and Efficacy of Recombinant Vaccines."  

The annual Phi Zeta Day was held on Tuesday, March 5. As always, the event featured posters and presentations from students and distinguished professors. The day concluded with a reception to initiate new members, as well as recognize research and scholarship accomplishments.


Izabela Ragan
Third-year student Izabela Ragan explains the finer points of Interferon-Induced Guanylate Binding Protein 1.


Dr. Blecha, Dr. Scott and Dr. Richt
Dr. Frank Blecha (left) and Dr. Jürgen Richt present the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Excellence in Research to Dr. H. Morgan Scott, veterinary epidemiologist in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. Dr. Scott holds the E.J. Frick professorship. The Zoetis company is formerly known as Pfizer.



CVM faculty earn promotions

Congratulations to CVM faculty members on their recent promotions. From left to right: Dr. Maria Ferrer was promoted to clinical associate professor; Dr. Laura Armbrust and Dr. Jishu Shi were promoted to full professor; Dr. Amy Rank earned tenure and was promoted to associated professor; Dr. Elizabeth Davis was promoted to full professor; and Dr. Matt Miesner was promoted to clinical associate professor.

Congratulations to CVM faculty members on their recent promotions. From left to right: Dr. Maria Ferrer was promoted to clinical associate professor; Dr. Laura Armbrust and Dr. Jishu Shi were promoted to full professor; Dr. Amy Rank earned tenure and was promoted to associated professor; Dr. Elizabeth Davis was promoted to full professor; and Dr. Matt Miesner was promoted to clinical associate professor.



Pet Friendly license tag launches




Scenes from the SCAVMA talent show

The annual SCAVMA talent show was held Feb. 12. Students preformed their diverse talents in front of the student body at the Little Theater in the Union. Dr. Poole was the MC, with Dr. Wilkerson, Dr. Z and Dr. Erickson judging the contest. There were dance performances, singing, instrumental music, bird calling, juggling, blow gun shooting, balloon animals and original song writing. 

In addition, each class nominated three men to help raise funds and generate interest for The Josh and Friends charity, that is the charity supported by the national Student AVMA organization. The men creatively held bake sales, raffles, silent auctions, played the guitar between classes, and offered to shave their beards to raise funds. The whole student body was inspired by the fundraisers, and donations totaled almost $1500 to benefit children that impacted by the Josh Project. The fundraiser culminated at the talent show where Nick Henning was crowned the top fundraiser for The Josh Project.

Students dance at the talent show

Talent show singer

Dr. David Poole gets ready to announce the winner



Veterinary Health Center communications update

VHC is now on Facebook

The Veterinary Health Center is taking new initiatives to provide client education and communication opportunities online.

The VHC has established a Facebook page with the goal of increasing interactions between clients, donors, friends and referring veterinarians. The page will highlight daily happenings, as well as provide information from our expert veterinarians on animal health care. We encourage faculty, staff and students to go online and “like” the new page at

In addition to the Facebook page, the Pet Health Center is beginning an e-newsletter “PawPads” for monthly distribution to Pet Health Center clients. This will feature advice from our PHC veterinarians, as well as news, tips and events. Join the list by subscribing at or on the VHC Facebook page.


Meet the authors of 'Zoobiquity' - March 13

  Zoobiquity book cover  
  Meet 'Zoobiquity' authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers March 13 at noon in Frick Auditorium.  

What does a flamingo’s heart attack, a dolphin’s diabetes or a jaguar’s breast cancer mean for you? Join internationally-recognized "Zoobiquity" authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers for a free lecture to learn what animals can teach us about our health and the science of healing.

Wednesday, March 13 at Noon
K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Frick Auditorium

Geared towards students and professionals in the health fields; attendees will learn how the veterinary approach in animals can inform and guide physicians challenged by the same issues in human patients. A lecture intended for the general community will take place that evening at 7 p.m. at Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo.

Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of Sunset Zoo and several Kansas State University entities including the College of Veterinary Medicine, Academic Excellence Fund, College of Human Ecology and Department of Human Nutrition.

Learn more about the book at For more information contact Sunset Zoo at or 785.587.APES(2737).




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CVM continues celebrating K-State's sesquicentennial year

  K-State Sesquicentennial Logo  

The year 2013 marks a milestone for Kansas State University: its 150th birthday. This is a celebration of the past, present and future for America’s first land grant institution and Kansas’ first public university.

K-State invites the entire family to celebrate its achievements and its Wildcat spirit. Visit for a full calendar of activities and events. Watch upcoming issues of Lifelines and Healing Hands as we will help by celebrating the CVM’s proud role at K-State.




K-State begins sesquicentennial celebration

Kansas State University celebrated its sesquicentennial on Feb. 14 with a kickoff event looking back at 150 years of colleges, academic departments and other facets of university life. The CVM was proud to be a part of this momentous occasion by hosting a display during the event at Ahearn Field House.

Dr. Justin Kastner
Dr. Justin Kastner speaks to students about CVM accomplishments. The college's display is now located on the second-floor bridge between Trotter and Mosier Halls.

Sesquicentennial displays
A collection of displays in Ahearn Field House celebrates the history of K-State.

Dr. Jane Brunt and Mal Hoover
Left: Dr. Jane Brunt, DVM class of 1980, and Mal Hoover, the CVM's certified medical illustrator, stand next to the CVM's wildcat statue that Dr. Brunt donated to the college and Mal decorated. This was one of 30 entries in the 'Wildcat March' exhibit for K-State's 150th birthday celebration. The statue is now on display in the first-floor lobby in Trotter Hall (outside the dean's office).





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K-State 150: 50 year career recognized with naming of veterinary sciences building in 2000

  Dr. Embert Coles  
  Dr. Embert Coles was hired as an assistant
professor in 1954 and continued to serve
the College of Veterinary Medicine and
K-State until 1993.
  Coles Dedication Ceremony  

John, David and Allison Coles, Provost James R. Coffman, Kay Coles, Dean Ralph C. Richardson at the dedication ceremony for Coles Hall in June 2000.

  Coles Hall  

Editor's Note: In honor of K-State's sesquicentennial, 1863-2013, Lifelines and Healing Hands will be running a series of articles on notable moments and people in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Coles Hall, formerly the Veterinary Medical Sciences Building, was completed in 1972 as the first component of the $28-million Veterinary Medical Complex. It was originally occupied by the Diagnostic Laboratory, the Toxicology Laboratory, and offices and research laboratories for faculty in the departments of Anatomy and Physiology, and Infectious Diseases. The latter was renamed the Department of Laboratory Medicine in 1975. Coles Hall currently houses research laboratories and offices for the faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and faculty from the renamed Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.

Dr. Embert H. Coles Jr. was born to Embert H. and Neva B. Coles in Garden City, Kan., Oct. 12, 1923. He spent much of his youth in Colby where his father was director of the Kansas State Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Coles received the DVM degree in 1945 from K-State, and a master's degree in 1946 from Iowa State University. He was an instructor at Iowa State until 1948. Dr. Coles was a veterinary practitioner in Colby, Kan., from 1948-53. He used an airplane to call upon distant clients and became known as "the flying veterinarian."

In 1954, Dr. Coles joined the K-State faculty as an assistant professor and simultaneously continued his studies, receiving his Ph.D. in 1958. Dr. Coles was promoted to associate professor in 1958, and to professor and head of the Department of Pathology, Parasitology and Public Health in 1964. In 1968, the department was divided, and Dr. Coles continued as head of the Department of Infectious Diseases. During that period, he was chair of the building committee that developed the overall plans for the veterinary complex and the specific plans for Coles Hall. In 1970, Dr. Coles was named dean/ faculty of veterinary medicine and chief of party, KSU/AID Project, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He served K-State in that capacity until 1972, when he returned to Manhattan and resumed his position as professor of clinical pathology and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases.

In 1982, Dr. Coles resigned from departmental administration and after a short sabbatical leave, returned to teach clinical pathology and a course in Immunology; he also assumed the position of Director of Federal Research Programs until 1984.

Dr. Coles retired in 1985, and in 1986, he was awarded the Certificate of Honor by K-State for his many contributions to the university and his profession. In typical fashion for Dr. Coles, retirement was only the beginning of a new career as a consultant internationally to veterinary colleges, other agencies, and as a clinical pathologist for a large commercial veterinary clinical laboratory. From 1987 until just prior to his death on Aug. 13, 1993, Dr. Coles served as part-time assistant for financial affairs to the dean.

As a researcher in microbiology, Dr. Coles was author of numerous papers, and he was truly a pioneer in the field of veterinary clinical pathology. He was a charter member of the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathologists, and was that organization’s first president. Dr. Coles’ text, "Veterinary Clinical Pathology," first published in 1967, provided the how and why for many veterinarians to learn to use diagnostic testing in their practice. Four editions of this text were published, the last (1986) in several languages. Dr. Coles co-authored "Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: Interpretation and Diagnosis," (1992), and had co-authored a program of computerized algorithms for veterinary diagnosis which he continued to edit for improvement throughout his final year.

Under the Microscope

Steve WaldronSteve Waldron Lead Network Administrator, Computing and Technology Support

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Family: My wife DeAnn. We have two children. Our son, Nathan, is a junior at MHS, and our daughter, Andie, is a freshman at MHS.

Pets: We have two dogs and three snakes.

Where is the coolest place you have been on for spring break? Spending the week enjoying the sun and ocean at Coco Beach, Fla.

What is your favorite spring time activity? Being outside walking, camping and/or fishing.

What part of K-State history do you find most interesting? I would have to say K-State sports.

How did you first become interested in working with computers? I’m not sure of the first time but growing up I was always fascinated by computers and knew I that’s what I wanted to do.

How has the use of computers allowed the college to advance? Computers and the Internet have improved the colleges ability to communicate, share data and conduct research with others around the world.

Who is a person who inspires you? My Wife. The things that are most important in my life, faith, family and career, have been achieved with DeAnn’s encouragement and support.


Check it Out at the Library

Meet Angela Long-Claycamp, the new senior administrative specialist
By Carol Elmore
Angela Long-Claycamp
Angela Long-Claycamp

We are happy to introduce our new Veterinary Medical Library senior administrative specialist, Angela Long-Claycamp. Angela is very visible in the library since her desk is behind the information desk. She manages activities at the front desk and supervises and hires our library student workers.

Angela grew up on a farm near Frankfort, Kan., and was active in 4-H. She graduated from Frankfort High School and went on to graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology. Angela worked her way through college by working at K-Mart in Manhattan and eventually became an area manager, key carrier and human resources specialist. She developed many skills in hiring and supervising employees at K-Mart. One of Angela’s more unusual jobs was during her high school years when she worked as a room painter. She said that painting correctly is a little more difficult than most people think. Angela most recently worked at the AIB (American Institute of Baking) where she was in food audit services. This involved coordinating and facilitating the certification of food manufacturing and processing facilities. She was responsible for setting up audits and editing documents and reports that were produced after audits. She worked with clients in the U. S., Mexico and Canada.

Angela is married and takes an active role helping her husband in his hobby of home brewing. They attend many regional beer festivals. She said her husband is working to develop his own special dark brew and hopes to perfect that in the near future. She and her husband like to go camping and love tent camping best of all. She has two 6-year-old, adopted barn cats named Mitts and Roxanne who have totally different personalities. Mitts can be mean sometimes, but Roxanne is usually nice.

Angela says that learning all the intricacies of circulation and library procedures is challenging, but fun, and she is anticipating becoming proficient in them. She enjoys working with veterinary students and faculty and also enjoys hiring, training and working with all of our student workers. If you haven’t met Angela yet, be sure and introduce yourself to her the next time you visit the library.

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


News Ticker

Andrew Dame
Welcome to Andrew Dame, the CVM's new associate director of development.

The CVM welcomes Andrew Dame as the new associate director of development, working in the Alumni and Development Office with Director of Development Chris Gruber. Dame graduated from Emporia State University in 2003 and received his MBA from Emporia in 2005. He’s spent his career working in the field of higher education fundraising, beginning in the annual giving department at Emporia State University. Dame has also worked for the University of Northern Colorado Foundation and most recently the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., where he worked as both the director of annual giving and the director of development.


Lindy Singular
Student worker Lindy Singular wins this year's Miss Rodeo.


Lindy Singular, student worker in Ward Services, was just crowned Miss Rodeo K-State at the College Rodeo. As Miss Rodeo K-State, she will represent the University at a variety events in the upcoming year.


Dr. Thu Annelise Nguyen has been chosen by the director of the NIH to be on the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a four year term. Congratulations!

Dr. Kate KuKanich, assistant professor of clinical sciences; Ramandeep Kaur, graduate student in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; Dr. Lisa Freeman, adjunct professor in anatomy and physiology; and Dr. Doug Powell, professor of food safety, published “Evaluation of a hand hygiene campaign in outpatient health care clinics” in the American Journal of Nursing.


Calendar of events

General College/Alumni Events

March 13: Meet the Authors of ‘Zoobiquity,’ Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, at 12:00 p.m. in Frick Auditorium and at 1:30 in the Mara Conference Center. (Schedule subject to change.)


Continuing Education events

June 1-5: 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, NEW Location!! Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center, Manhattan


Instructional Technology and Design Workshops/Seminars

Workshops/seminars start at 3:30 pm in the Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall except the one on March 8 in Mosier E-107. Go to  or call 532-4335 for more information and online registration.

March 26: Using a Template to Format Thesis and Dissertation, by Gina Scott

April 2: Using EndNote to Manage Bibliographies and References, by Gina Scott

April 19: Facilitating Teaching and Learning with Concept Maps, by Dr. Hong Wang


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Dr. Sabarish Indran, Post-doctoral Fellow, DM/P
Roxann Blasi, Health Care Technician, VHC
Lori Garwick, Assistant Specialist, Dean's Office
Lori Gilmore, Manager/Administrator, A&P
Angelina Butler, Administrative Assistant, DM/P
Samantha McCool, Accountant, Business Office
Maria Ortega, Research Associate, A&P
Dr. Nora Schrag, Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences
Dr. David Rethorst, Instructor, Clinical Sciences

Thanks and Goodbye to:

Dr. Huigang Shen, Post-doctoral Fellow, DM/P


Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery,, and Rebecca Martineau,