Lifelines - March 2014 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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March 2014 - Vol. 9, No. 3

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Megan Guyan and Erica HammanPair flies high on scholarships

K-Staters only students chosen this year for Air Force program.
Who is this dynamic duo?

Phi Zeta Research Day

Two students share their perspective of an annual event
*LIFELINES VIDEO FEATURE
Meet Rosemary and Ellen!

A Capitol Campaign

K-Staters join AVMA's legislative event in Washington, D.C.
What issues were addressed?

Dr. Tim Musch accepts the Zoetis Research Award

Illinois CVM honors Dr. Ronnie Elmore with alumni award

Pet Health Center starts Tweeting educational information and pictures

Lance Noll takes top honors at Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Class of 2015 announces 19th Annual Dog-N-Jog

Andrew Dame becomes CVM's Interim Director of Development

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Pair flies high on scholarships

K-Staters only students chosen this year for Air Force program
  Second-year student Ashley Kelican administers the Air Force oath to first-year students Megan Guyan (left) and Erica Hamman.  
  Second-year student Ashley Kelican administers the Air Force oath to first-year students Megan Guyan (left) and Erica Hamman. They were commissioned as first lieutenants on receiving a public health officer scholarship  

Two Kansas State University veterinary students recently earned their “wings.” First-year students Erica Hamman, and Megan Guyan have been sworn in as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The students were officially commissioned by being the recipients of the Air Force’s scholarship for public health officers in its Biomedical Sciences Corps. Their oaths were administered by second-year student Ashley Kelican who won the same scholarship last year.

Air Force Master Sgt. Brett Diaz, a recruiter from Oklahoma City, stopped in Manhattan to officially present this year’s scholarships.

“These were the only two scholarship recipients selected out of the entire nation this year,” Master Sgt. Diaz said. “Out of 14 applicants who qualified, these two stood out mostly because of leadership ability and community service. We’re looking at future leaders. Public health officers are our front line of defense. They go in to make sure it’s a safe environment before we send out troops.”

“At first I was nervous to apply since there would be no clinical work with animals,” Erica said. “I realized there are many different opportunities available with a degree in a veterinary medicine, not just the typical small animal or large animal veterinarian. This opportunity also allows me to step outside of my comfort zone and travel the world without the worry of paying off my student debts. At this point in time I believe I will make a lifelong career out of being a public health officer and look forward to this new beginning.”

“This program is an excellent fit for me because it is an opportunity to serve my country with the skill set I will attain at the College of Veterinary Medicine,” Megan said. “I feel I thrive in leadership positions and as a public health officer, I will have the ability to positively impact the health of airmen by being an effective leader. In addition, I find preventative medicine to be the most rewarding medicine. As a public health officer, it will be my duty to efficiently and strategically prevent illness. With a DVM degree, we have an excellent understanding of epidemiology that can be well-applied to human and animal populations.”

The scholarship pays tuition for the second, third and fourth year of veterinary school. Each student receives a monthly stipend of $2,200 for books and fees. During summer breaks, the students are on active-duty orders for 30 days. Upon earning a DVM, the students will be commissioned as captains at the O-3 level, and receive commissioned officer training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. They are obligated to serve three years of active duty and will be stationed according to preference and need.

“The selection of Erica Hamman and Megan Guyan for these scholarships reminds us again of the quality of our students and the veterinary educational experience we offer here at Kansas State University,” said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean of admissions, academic programs and diversity programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine. “We are grateful and proud that our students are willing to make this commitment to serve our country in uniform following graduation. Not only are we educating veterinarians, but we are also helping our students hone their leadership skills.”

Master Sgt. Brett Diaz and Dean Richardson congratulate Megan and Erica
Air Force Master Sgt. Brett Diaz and Dean Ralph Richardson congratulate Megan and Erica on winning this year's scholarships. These were the only two public health officer scholarships offered by the Air Force this year.

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Video Feature — Phi Zeta Research Day

  Rosemary Bayless  
  Fourth-year student and Phi Zeta vice president Rosemary Bayless introduces Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks via web conferencing. Weather complications hindered Dr. Hendricks' ability to travel and attend the lecture in person.  

One of the biggest award ceremonies happens every year at this time, but it doesn’t have a red carpet or fancy evening wear. Participants are more likely to wear lab coats and safety goggles, yet each award recipient usually has a long list of people to thank consisting of major professors, research assistants and other collaborators.

Phi Zeta Research Day shines a spotlight on the research efforts of graduate students working towards DVM, MS, MPH and/or Ph.D. degrees at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The annual event is organized by the Sigma Chapter of Phi Zeta, a professional society whose name is based on the Latin word PHILOZOI, which means "love for animals."

Held March 4, the day’s events included oral and poster presentations describing basic or clinical research as well as clinical veterinary case reports.

“Phi Zeta Research Day is a great way for the College of Veterinary Medicine to recognize the valuable research contributions by our students and faculty,” said Dr. Kate KuKanich, president of the Kansas State University Sigma Chapter of Phi Zeta and assistant professor of small animal internal medicine. “The research presentations by our students this year were of excellent quality and reflected the variety, depth, and value of research emerging from the college. We encourage students to get directly involved in research programs with our faculty, and we hope these experiences will inspire them to incorporate research in their future veterinary careers. The combination of a veterinary degree and hands-on research training makes our students uniquely qualified to be highly successful and valuable researchers able to provide ongoing advancement of veterinary, human and public health.”

Watch our video profile below and see the link for the full list of award winners.

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Dr. Tim Musch accepts the Zoetis Research Award

  Dr. Tim Musch  
 

Dr. Tim Musch is the recipient of the 2014 Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.

 

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University presented its highest research award during its annual Phi Zeta Research Day activities on March 4: The 2014 Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Tim Musch was chosen as this year’s award winner. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and he is a professor of Kinesiology and the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the College of Human Ecology.

Dr. Musch teaches both graduate and undergraduate exercise physiology on main campus and also teaches Veterinary Physiology 1 and 2 in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He co-directs the Clarenburg Cardiorespiratory Research Laboratory with Dr. David Poole and his fields of research include chronic (congestive) heart failure and how this disease affects skeletal muscle blood flow, oxygen delivery and function.

“Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in the United States today, and individuals that have suffered a heart attack, valvular disease or chronic hypertension will develop the syndrome known as chronic (congestive) heart failure (CHF),” Dr. Musch said. “The hallmark of CHF is exercise intolerance which can produce large reductions in the work capacity and standard of living of individuals (including dogs and cats) afflicted with this disease. Our research laboratory is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction that occurs with this disease and possible therapeutic treatments (including exercise training, nutritional supplements and drug treatments) that may be used in helping this patient population).”

“Dr. Musch is a talented and sincere researcher, teacher and mentor with an extremely high level of commitment to his professional career and to the development of research professionals,” said Dr. Michael Kenney, head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. “His recent and established physiological ‘footprint’ is outstanding as evidenced by his seminal contributions to understanding vascular regulation and muscle function in health and disease. The Department of Anatomy and Physiology has a fundamental role in acquiring new knowledge to further the understanding of physiology, health and pathophysiology, and Dr. Musch has been an outstanding contributor to our research program. I am extremely pleased that Dr. Musch was honored with the 2014 Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.”

Last year, Dr. Musch won the Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year award presented by the American Physiological Society, which is the most distinguished national physiology teaching award. Dr. Musch has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.

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A Capitol Campaign: K-Staters participate in AVMA’s legislative ‘Fly-in’

  Kelsey Sparrrow and Brittany Koether  
 

Kelsey Sparrow, left, a first-year veterinary student at Kansas State University, and Brittany Koether, a third-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The two were participating the American Veterinary Medical Association's Legislative Fly-In.

 

Two days in the nation’s capital will have a lasting impact on two students from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. On a break from learning how to treat animals, first-year student Kelsey Sparrow and second-year student Penelope Burchfiel received lessons on how to work with people -- in this case U.S. senators and representatives.

In all, 71 veterinary students from different universities and 29 veterinarians participated in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Legislative Fly-in held Feb. 10-11. During the two-day event, students learned about current bills related to veterinary medicine under consideration in the House and Senate, and how to lobby on behalf of their profession.

“I believe a keen awareness and understanding of the implications of public policy and participation in the process of policy-making is an inherent requirement to truly fulfill the obligations we take on in the veterinarian’s oath,” Kelsey said. “Changing legislation affects how we care for our patients in a variety of ways that may be unapparent to those who are actually making and voting on legislation. We have the power to bring awareness to elected officials of the negative or positive implications of policy change.”

After discussing these issues with fellow Fly-in attendees and AVMA governmental relations leaders, the participants met at their respective Senate and House offices to explain the AVMA’s positions and ask for co-sponsorship of several bills including the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and the Horse Transportation Safety Act.

“These visits not only brought attention to the aforementioned bills but also helped develop relationships that will allow for future dialogue on legislation,” Kelsey explained.

The participants also heard from veterinarian and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), who is one of the co-founders of the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

“We are very fortunate at the AVMA to have a well-established Governmental Relations Division based in Washington, D.C., that tracks more than 50 legislative issues on behalf of the association, but their work can only go so far,” said Dr. Clark Fobian, AVMA president. “Our nation’s leaders want to hear how bills in Congress affect their constituents, and the AVMA Legislative Fly-in gives AVMA members and veterinary students a unique opportunity to come to the U.S. Capitol to share their personal experiences and advocate for bills that will enhance the veterinary profession and protect animal health and welfare. We are very excited to see so many veterinary students and veterinarians step forward to take part in the political process and help shape laws for the future of veterinary medicine.”

This year’s Legislative Fly-in was sponsored by the AVMA, the Student Veterinary Medical Association and Banfield Pet Hospital. It is the sixth time AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division has hosted this event.

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About 100 students and veterinarians participate in the AVMA's 2014 Legislative Fly-In including two K-State CVM students: first-year student Kelsey Sparrow and second-year student Penelope Burchfiel.

 

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It's time to brush up on brushing your pet's teeth

  Dr. Marjory Artzer and Linnea Morley  
 

Dr. Marjory Artzer begins a dental exam on a cat with assistance from Ross University student Linnea Morley, who is at K-State for her clinical rotations along with other Ross and St. George University students.

 

Dr. Marjory Artzer, assistant professor of clinical sciences at the Veterinary Health Center, says annual dental exams and regularly brushing your pet's teeth is the best way to prevent periodontal disease.

If you are worried about your ability to brush your pet's teeth, Dr. Artzer suggests starting slow.

"Don't think just because you can pick up a toothbrush, you're going to be great right off the bat," Dr. Artzer said. "You need to acclimate yourself and your pet to getting used to the toothbrush and toothpaste."

Start by putting toothpaste created for pets on your finger or a washcloth and wiping the animal's teeth. Then work your way up to a toothbrush. Make sure brushing their teeth goes along with something that makes their tail wag.

"I would encourage people to couple it with something their pet enjoys so if they like to get their teeth brushed, they can brush their teeth and then brush their hair," Dr. Artzer said. "If they like to play ball, you can brush their teeth then play ball. You can give them a little treat so pets are rewarded for allowing you to brush their teeth."

Regular dental care is about more than just a shiny smile. Being familiar with your pet's mouth helps you find other potential concerns.

"It's not uncommon for pets to have broken teeth, masses in their mouths, or other things that you might not be aware of unless you are looking in their mouth," Dr. Artzer said. "Brushing their teeth is a good way to be familiar with what's going on in their mouth."

The VHC provides comprehensive oral assessments and cleanings. For more information, contact the center at 785-532-5700.

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Fourth-year student digs deep for externship opportunity

Fourth-year student Taylor Tungseth just finished up a two-week externship at Veterinary Business Advisors Inc. (VBA) in Whitehouse Station, N.J. During the externship, Taylor was immersed in and subjected to the ‘trenches of veterinary medicine’ according to Dr. Charlotte Lacroix, owner and CEO of VBA.

“Essentially I sat in on conference calls with clients to listen and take detailed notes on legal and human resources advice from Dr. Lacroix,” Taylor explained. “I also spent those two weeks drafting a paper and Powerpoint presentation on the legal aspects of veterinarians and wildlife – or more specifically, what veterinarians are allowed to do with nondomestic wildlife at their clinic. Dr. Lacroix speaks to veterinarians across the country, and it is my understanding she will be using what I have drafted as the framework for upcoming CE talks and lectures to student as well.”

Taylor also participated in some nonveterinary activities, such as helping to shovel the walk as seen in the accompanying photograph, but he found the overall experience of the internship to be very rewarding.

“I highly recommend this externship for any fourth-year student at K-State, regardless of whether or not they are considering owning a practice someday,” Taylor said. “The legal nuggets and contacts I have gained, even in two weeks, have been amazing.”

Dr. Lacroix encourages other K-State veterinary students to contact VBA about externship opportunities. “We would love to have other students from Kansas extern with us,” she said.

Fourth-year student Taylor Tungseth
Fourth-year student Taylor Tungseth clears snow for the office of the Veterinary Business Advisors Inc. in Whitehouse Station, N.J., while on a two-week externship. Taylor also had the opportunity to work inside the office where he said he gained valuable legal insights and contacts. (Photo courtesy of VBA)

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Pet Health Center starts Tweeting educational information and pictures

Pet Health Center fish hook case
The Pet Health Center announces a new Twitter account, @KSUPetVets, where they share educational information for clients and success stories about unique and interesting clinical cases (only with prior permission from the client), such as this dog with a fish hook stuck in its mouth. The clinicians were able to successfully extract the hook, and posted several pictures to share the story. To follow the Pet Health Center Twitter account, go to: https://twitter.com/KSUPetVets. Also be sure to follow the College of Veterinary Medicine Twitter page here: https://twitter.com/KSUCVM, and encourage colleagues, family and friends to follow these sites for all the latest news and information. 

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News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association

VMAA logoClass Reunion Photos

Last year's class reunion photos were taken by University Photo Services. To order go to http://ksuphoto.zenfolio.com/vet2013 . If you need help, please call Photographic Services under the Department of Communication and Marketing at K-State. Their number is 785-532-2535 or email photo@k-state.edu . The College of Veterinary Medicine also has a class reunion photo form available online http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionphoto.pdf .

Class Biographies

Class Biography order forms are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine website at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionbio.pdf . Thank you for submitting your updates.

20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Save the date, June 9, 2014, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Find more information at our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/golf/golf.htm

Two alumni recognized at Western Veterinary Conference

The VMAA recognized Dr. Leonard A. Sigdestad with a 2014 Alumni Recognition Award at the Western Veterinary Conference held in Las Vegas on Feb. 17. Dr. Sigdestad was born in Webster, S.D. where he grew up on a farm. He had a love for animals at an early age. During his youth he was very active in 4-H and FAA. He was a state FAA officer and was awarded the American Farmer Degree. He did his undergraduate work at South Dakota State University and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1967. He was inducted into Alpha Zeta, an honorary agriculture and veterinary medicine fraternity. Upon graduation he became an associate at Aberdeen Veterinary Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D. In 1968, he purchased the Loma Linda Animal Hospital where he practices today. See Dr. Sigdestad's full bio at this link:
http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/awards/Sigdestad
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Dr. Leonard Sigdestad, Debbie Eisner and Dean Ralph Richardson
Dean Ralph Richardson congratulates Dr. Leonard Sigdestad as a 2014 Alumni Recognition Award recipient at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. They are joined by Debbie Eisner.

A posthumous presentation was made in honor of Dr. Jerry Doornbos who passed away in January.He was a lifetime resident of Scott City, Kan., where he was a veterinarian, farmer and stockman. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1960 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1962. He passed away Jan. 7, 2014, and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who passed away in June 2013.See Dr. Doornbos'' full bio at this link: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/awards/Doornbos.htm
Stuart Doornbos and Dean Ralph Richardson
Dean Ralph Richardson greets Stuart Doornbos after recognizing his late father, Dr. Jerry Doornbos, who passed away in January.

 

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Class of 2015 announces 19th Annual Dog N Jog

Dog N Jog logoThe Class of 2015 would like to announce that registration for the 19th Annual Dog N Jog set for April 12th is now open! There are several ways to register including on our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/events/dognjog/ If you have any questions, contact Brad at brobert@vet.ksu.edu. We look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s event!


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Lance Noll takes top honors at Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Lance Noll presents his rearch at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Lance Noll, master's student in veterinary biomedical science, presents his award-winning poster at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka.

Congratulations to Lance Noll, master's student under Dr. T.G. Nagaraja. Lance was one of two Kansas State University graduate students who received statewide recognition at the 11th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit on Feb. 13.

Lance and Joseph Holste, doctoral student in civil engineering, were the two Kansas State University winners. Lance received a $500 scholarship from BioKansas and Holste received a $500 scholarship from the university's Graduate School.

"Lance joined our research group last year because of his desire to work on an animal-related research project for his MS degree," said Dr. Nagaraja, who is a University Distinguished Professor of microbiology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. "Lance has developed and validated a novel molecular technique, in collaboration with Dr. Jianfa Bai in the KSVDL, to quantify E. coli O157:H7 in cattle feces. This has significant food safety implication because the extent of carcass contamination in a slaughter plant is directly related to the concentration of the pathogen in the feces."  

Lance's poster was "A four-plex real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantification of Escherichia coli O157 in cattle feces."

Lance is studying preharvest food safety in beef cattle, specifically on developing techniques for detecting pathogenic E. coli. He has developed and validated a molecular assay that can detect and quantify four major E. coli genes. The assay is novel, rapid and less labor-intensive than existing detection methods and has the potential for automation, Lance said. The research is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Coordinated Agriculture Project grant.

"Beef cattle production is a major industry in Kansas and Kansas State University has a rich tradition in the research on beef cattle production and beef safety," Lance said. "As a graduate student in veterinary biomedical sciences, I am proud to be a member of a multidisciplinary team in the College of Veterinary Medicine that aims to make beef a safe product for the consumers."

"We are proud of Joseph and Lance and the eight other graduate students who represented Kansas State University at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit," said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School. "All of our graduate students were outstanding in sharing their research with legislators, regents and the public. The judges commented that all of our excellent presenters made it a challenge to select two scholarship winners."

The Capitol Graduate Research Summit at the State Capitol building in Topeka is a statewide event that features current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Wichita State University. A university professor and two industry representatives judged the student posters and presentations. The top two presenters from each university received awards.

 

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‘Pet Friendly’ License Plate

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a new way to support Kansas Shelter Medicine. The Pet Friendly license plate is available to Kansas residents statewide. For information, see www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/license.htm, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail: petplate@vet.k-state.edu.

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Illinois CVM honors Dr. Ronnie Elmore

This past September, Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for Academic Programs, Admissions and Diversity programs was recognized by his veterinary alma mater as a recipient of the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award, named for a professor and associate dean of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Elmore, who earned his DVM from Illinois in 1972 was recognized for being a leader and mentor for more than 4,500 veterinary students. He has also become an ambassador for diversity within the veterinary field, challenging students to appreciate the differences among cultures. Dr. Elmore was cited for creating an elective course while at K-State, “Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society,” that continues to serve as a model for other colleges.

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Dr. Ronnie Elmore accepts an alumni award from Illinois’ veterinary medical alumni president, Dr. J.B. Bruederle, and the dean, Dr. Herb Whitley. (Photo by University of Illinois.)

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Andrew Dame becomes CVM's Interim Director of Development

The KSU Foundation has appointed Andrew Dame as the interim director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Andrew has been the CVM’s associate director of development for a year. He replaces Darin Russell, who is now the senior director of development in the College of Business Administration at K-State. Any questions regarding development and fundraising in the College of Veterinary Medicine can be directed to the Development Office in 103 Trotter Hall.

Champagne's next big assignment

By Dr. Patricia Payne

  Champagne  

WHOOO HOOO! Champagne has passed his OFA and his eye certification at K-State's Veterinary Health Center. He is moving on to his next step to becoming a service dog. Some, but not all, of the KSDS pups take this route to success.

Champagne made the move to the Topeka Ladies Correctional Facility, where he will spend 60-90 days with a team of ladies fine tuning his obedience and will begin to learn and refine some of the basic service dog skills such as retrieving specified items, and tugging to open drawers and doors.

While at TCF he will be with someone 24 hours a day. KSDS has worked with a group of women called Pooches and Pals (P&P), in the facility, to teach them the skills needed to work with the dogs. P&P members must pass written and practical tests to participate in the program. Belonging to this group is a privilege that must be earned by the inmates and may be taken away. 

This partnership between KSDS and TCF is a win/win /win situation that has been in existence since 1996. Champagne gets to have his own personal trainer, the P&P member gets to give back to society, learn responsibility, and have unconditional love of a dog, while KSDS gets additional trainers who are very dedicated to the task at hand.

VHC's HR director is featured in story on the Division of Continuing Education's "On Track" website

  Robyn Dreher  
  Robyn Dreher is the VHC's director of human resources. She is getting her K-State education back on track through special 'Evening College' classes. (Photo by Tommy Theis, Communications and Marketing at Kansas State University)  

Robyn Dreher, the VHC's director of human resources, is getting her K-State education back on track.

Robyn had gone to college after high school, but found it was difficult to work full time and continue her studies. She and her husband were working at a grocery store to pay for school, but eventually they purchased the store, and the added duties made it too difficult to continue schooling.

“We managed the store for several years but when our kids were in middle school we decided we needed to make a change,” Robyn said. “Going back to school was always on my mind. So once I came to K-State, I thought I had no more excuses.”

Robyn is working toward a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human services.

“My interest is in people and how I can help them and hopefully learn more about what makes them tick,” said Robyn. “I’m in HR now, and as far as my future, I think my degree will open up some doors. I would still like to be able to stay in some kind of service area. I really like K-State, so whether it’s here or somewhere else at K-State, I see myself in a position where I’m able to help students, faculty or staff.”

Robyn has two daughters who both attend K-State. She finds this has created a bond between them, and has made their home environment a place of study.

“Sundays are a study day at our house. It gets really quiet with everyone taking quizzes. We also chat with each other about our professors,” Robyn said. “My girls were very encouraging, and I figured if I am going to do this, I should do it while they are also here, for my own support.”

Robyn says she was a little apprehensive on her first day of Evening College classes.

“I went in and I sat down, and they spoke to the class like they had just gotten out of school, because it was Algebra, and I’m sitting there thinking ‘It’s been 25 years.’ But the nice thing about K-State and having the evening courses is that they are for all ages. They were all very welcoming and we all worked together as a team.”

She took several classes on campus through Evening College that were both eight weeks long. She could work during the day, and then go to her classes in the evenings. Now Robyn is taking advantage of the online classes offered by K-State to give her more flexibility with her schedule.

“Online courses are invaluable to me at this point to complete my degree,” she said. “You have to be a little more focused and make yourself do the work. If you ignore it, it’ll sneak up and bite you, but I tend to spend at least one weekend day, and my lunch hours to get course work done. That way I can stay ahead, and I can go home in the evening and have family time.”

Robyn has considered going for a K-State master’s degree after she completes her bachelor’s degree.

“Several of my classmates are my age or older taking classes, and we’ve all come to that conclusion that it’s never too late,” Robyn said. “If you want to do it, you can do it. I have coworkers here that I’ve been trying to encourage to just take baby steps, start with one class, just a training program and move up. Once you get started, you’re kind of hooked.”

(Story reprinted with permission from the Division of Continuing Education at Kansas State University - see the original story here.)

Other new items

Correction: Last month, we neglected to mention Dr. Diane Mason in a news ticker item. We regret the omission and have made the correction below.
Congratulations to Dr. David Biller and Dr. Diane Mason whose son, Jake, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. Jake is primarily a second-baseman and middle infielder. They've shared a link to Jake's recruitment video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV4ydEL7vhE.

In separate news, Dr. Diane Mason was selected to throw out the first pitch at the 2014 K-State baseball home opener as part of Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, March 7. Mason was selected from a large group of nominated professors from all over campus.
Dr. Diane Mason throws out the first pitch of the home opener for K-State baseball.
Dr. Diane Mason waves to the crowd during the cermonial first pitch at Friday afternoon's baseball game vs. the University of Iowa. K-State baseball catcher Brooks DeBord congratulates Dr. Mason. K-State beat Iowa 3-2 and went on to sweep the Hawkeyes in a three-game weekend series. (Photos by Phil Lewicki, K-State Athletics)

 

Dr. Judy Klimek gave a talk at K-State's spring teaching workshop in January and she is speaking at the AAVMC meeting in Alexandria, Va., March 14-16, on the topic: "Teaching Scientific Information Literacy Skills to Veterinary Students: The Missing Link."

From Feb. 22 to 27, Drs. Frank Blecha, Jishu Shi, Ronnie Elmore and Lei Wang and Dean Ralph Richardson traveled to Beijing, China. They interviewed applicants for the Pre-Vet and DVM program. They selected seven applicants to begin the program in the Fall 2014 semester.

Xiangdong Li, doctoral student in Dr. Jishu Shi’s lab, along with Dr. Amy Beckley, Research Assistant Professor, were part of the following publication: X. Li, A. Beckley, L. Pappan, et al. Comparison of Host Immune Responses to Homologous and Heterologous Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Challenge in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated pigs. BioMed Research International (2014), Accepted.

Dr. Dan Thomson is on the cover of Meatingplace magazine. His research program was the featured article on page 45 entitled, “For beta or worse.” http://library.meatingplace.com/publication/?i=195014

Dr. Dave Rethorst gave four presentations at the Western Veterinary Conference on Feb. 18.

Dr. Kelli Almes presented pathology cases and perspectives in the veterinary medicine to students and parents at K-State-Olathe.

CAPS students from the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park were hosted in the KSVDL on Feb. 26. Dr. Almes completed a bovine necropsy with the students, they visited the Clinical Microbiology lab and discussed potential careers and application to veterinary school with Drs. Almes, Gregg Hanzlicek, Brian Lubbers and Gary Anderson.

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Continuing Education events

March 30: 31st Annual Frank W. Jordan Seminar — Feeding Your Practice: A Focus on Nutrition. March 30. Frick Auditorium, http://www.k-state.edu/vet/fwj14/

 

 

Department of Anatomy and Physiology Seminar Series

Seminars begin at 3:30 p.m., Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall

March 17: Spring Break-No Seminar

March 24: Dr. Yongming Sang, Kansas State University

March 31: Dr. David Volkin, University of Kansas, hosted by Dr. Jishu Shi

April 7: Xiangdong Li/Jie Ren, Kansas State University

April 14: Dr. Michael Neely, University of Southern California, hosted by Dr. Ronette Gehring

April 21: Dr. Butch KuKanich/Dr. Ronette Gehring/Dr. Michael Apley, Kansas State University

April 28: Dr. Tommy Huang/Dr. Mengjie Li/Dr. Keith DeDonder, Kansas State University

May 5: Ryan Broxterman/Clark Holdsworth, Kansas State University

 

 

Instructional Technology and Design:

The following workshops will be offered for the CVM faculty and staff in the Mara Conference Center. Please watch for email announcements for more information about each workshop.

Microsoft Office 2013, presented by Gina Scott, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesday, March 12.

Two Tools You’ll Ever Need: Facilitating File/Note Management and Sharing, presented by Hong Wang, 3:30-4:30 pm, Tuesday, April 8.

 

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New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Dr. Vijay Kumar Eedunnuri, Unclassified, Fellow (Post Doc), DM/P
Dr. Nicholas Haley,
Research Assistant Professor, DM/P
Dr. Laxmi Uma Maheswar Rao Jakkula,
Fellow (Post Doc), DM/P
Zhen Li,
Research Technician, DM/P
Michele Smith,
Public Service Administrator, Dean Office
Jeni Davis,
Veterinary Technician I, VHC
Adryanna Siqueira Drake,
Counselor, Dean's Office
Lana Barkman,
Program Assistant, Dean's Office
Dr. Ziaojuan Zhang,
Fellow (Post Doc), A&P
Dr. Sivasai Balivada,
Fellow (Post Doc), A&P


Farewell to:

Abaineh Endalew, Research Assistant, KSVDL
Gina Jensen, Veterinary Specialty Technician, VHC
Wrenn Pacheco, Project Coordinator, Dean's Office
Dr. Leshuai Zhang, Research Assistant Professor, A&P

 

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Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu.