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Vol. 2 No. 11Kansas State University
college of veterinary medicine
2007 Early Admit Scholars honored
Dr. Ronnie Elmore addresses the group of Early Admit Scholars and their parents.
Dave Adams prepares the students for a group photo.
The reward for hard work is more hard work. The College of Veterinary Medicine honored 22 K-State freshman students this month for acceptance in the Early Admissions Scholars program. The first hurdle is now behind these students, although there is still plenty of hard work ahead. Since it was established in 1999, the Early Admission Scholars program has recruited the best and brightest undergraduate students
who want to study veterinary medicine. After acceptance into the program and completion of 64 hours of preprofessional requirements, the scholars are guaranteed admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine. "This is the top 5 percent of K-State students according to their college
acceptance test scores
," said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, Associate Dean
for admissions and diversity programs. "Qualifying for this program is a big deal because there are hundreds of applicants for only a limited number of positions. The program helps these students bypass the regular admissions process, which is already highly competitive" The College of Veterinary Medicine assigns each scholar a faculty mentor and student mentor to stimulate career and academic development
and to provide orientation and access to college activities. The preveterinary students attend regular meetings during the academic year to develop a sense of community and share their progress.
Congratulations! Jessyca Allen, Walkerton, Ind. Maura Cornell, Omaha, Neb. Teal Culbertson, Arkansas City Jenna Dockweiler, Encinitas, Calif. Kelsey Fiddes, Eagle, Neb. Paige Girard, Clyde Megan Haney, Lincoln, Neb. Abby Jennings, Leawood Michele Kerns, Olathe Haley Marceau, Wichita Allison Melia, Prairie Village Rebecca Miller, Olathe Jessica Rodriguez, Overland Park Lauren Schiller, Brookfield Conn. Lance Schmidt, Monroe, Neb. Kelsey Schnoebelen, Lewis Natalie Schreyer, Mankato, Minn. Amy Sents, McPherson Douglas Shane, Louisburg Miles Theurer, Wellington Jennifer Wright, Argyle, Texas Alecia Zimbelman, St. Francis.
Get more lifelines online! Additional stories and photos are posted online @ http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/lifelines/0711.htm · Dr. Hodgson's homecoming · More American Royal photos · German exchange students · and more!
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Workshop encourages interaction
between students, practitioners
The CVM and College ofbusiness administration
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tunities Workshop Nov. 2-3.
The workshop featured
Drs. Brad White and Bob Lar-
son from the CVM and
Drs. David Andrus, Kevin
Gwinner and Bruce Prince from the College of Business. Topics included skills related to improving the business,
Students participate in speed interviews with practitioners at the workshop.
designing good job descriptions, understanding student
expectations, and finding and hiring new associates.
The conference was attended by 15 practitioners who
visited with CVM students and graduates interested in
associate positions and externships at their practices. Thirty-
five students participated in the speed interviews to explore
the types of positions the practitioners were looking to fill.
The workshop was supported, in part, by contributions
from Schering-Plough Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health
and Intervet. For more information on upcoming K-State
Veterinary Medical Continuing Education
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Family medical history
By Carol Elmore Since the holidays are near and families get together to visit and share meals, this is an excellent time to discuss family medical history. Grandparents can be queried about medical conditions
that they know about in the family history, and other family members
could be encouraged to contribute what might be known about
family health conditions. The U.S. Surgeon General thinks that this is so important that a special Web site has been created called My Family Health Portrait (www.hhs.gov/familyhistory) that can be used to generate a family health history report. The director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis S. Collins, says that family history can give insight into
the glitches and susceptibilities to common illnesses that a person's genes carry. This information can be used to track illnesses that are passed down from one generation to another and can help in Risk assessment
and formulation of personalized disease-prevention plans. Many people have one or more family members who are actively researching
genealogical records to find information about their family's ancestry but may not realize that this can help locate medical history as well. Even if family members are deceased, death certificates can often be ordered using some of the genealogical information that their family genealogist has uncovered. Both of my grandparents on my father's side died before I was born, but I ordered copies of their death certificates, which listed their causes of death
. Although this is not always totally accurate, it can be a start when combined with oral history
in piecing together a family health portrait.
Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Editors are Joe Montgomery, [email protected]
, and Amy Jo Wright, [email protected]
Dr. Hodgson comes home CVM visits American Royal
After five months teaching veterinary medicine in Afghanistan, Dr. David Hodgson received an enthusiastic and emotional welcome back party on Nov. 19 in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He returned home a few days earlier, having utilized a grant through the United States Agency for international development
(USAID) to work in the veterinary program at Kabul University. During his time away, he e-mailed weekly updates to the CVM staff and educated readers about the many challenges he faced. During the welcome back party, Dr. Hodgson expressed his gratitude for the supplies, support and encouragement during his time in Afghanistan and then presented a slide show to demonstrate the conditions at Kabul University.
The CVM sponsored a birthing center at the American Royal in Kansas City, Oct. 17-27. The center featured a sow, piglets, baby chicks, radiographs and anatomical displays. The purpose of the annual birthing center is to educate the public about veterinary medicine: what we do, what the opportunities are, and how veterinary medicine impacts both public and livestock health. Faculty and residents in agricultural practices
and equine medicine took senior veterinary students each day to be present in our display and visit with the public.
Message from SCAVMA by SCAVMA president, Nicolette Dudley Hello! Wow, it seems that this semester has truly flown by as usual! Who can believe it is already after Thanksgiving? I hope everyone is hanging in there these next few weeks until Winter Break. We have lots of events in the spring to look forward to. On Jan. 28, we will be hosting our 2nd annual SCAVMA talent show. This year it will be held in Forum Hall at the Student Union! This is a great location equipped with just about anything you would need to present talent. Be thinking about what talent you can show off! We also have several unique speakers lined up for the spring, including a veterinarian from Sea World, a Hollywood veterinarian (Dr. Peddie) and possibly Dr. Lila Miller (ASPCA). For the Christmas season, we are hosting a giving tree which will benefit children from K-State Child Development
Center. To participate, pick an ornament off of the tree in the lobby of Trotter and purchase the item listed. Bring your unwrapped gift to the dean's office (101 Trotter) by the first week in December, and SCAVMA will hold a wrapping party to prepare the gifts for the children at the K-State Child Development Center. This project is a great cause for this great season! Hang in there through finals, and I wish everyone the best of luck!
A golden recovery Meet Midas Hall, a golden retriever
who was hit by a car. His injuries included belly wounds, a penetrated abdominal cavity and a sheared off ankle with loss of all supporting structures. He also developed pneumonia, infection in his wounds, Urinary tract infection
and pancreatitis. Following an intense team effort involving almost every small animal faculty member
, Midas pauses with owner Lori Hall and veterinary students Irene Vanderweff and Sonya Wesselowski for a picture on his way home. BCI meeting scheduled for Dec. 10 Join us for a BCI meeting in the Practice Management Center on Monday, Dec. 10, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Roger McHaney will be speaking on how distance education, the Internet and globalization impact teaching in Kansas. After the lecture, join us for Call Hall ice cream with all the fixings.
Under the microscope: Kevin Crain human resources
Director, VMTH Place of birth: Murray, KY
. Family Information: One son and one daughter, both a little crazy! Pets: A pug, named Pug. Favorite day of the year: The first day of fall. If you could go back in time and spend a day with anyone, who would you choose? Abraham Lincoln
. Favorite Joke: Best thing to say if caught sleeping at your desk: "Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!" How would you spend a million dollars in 24 hours? I'd give it to Frito Lay, as an incentive to bring back the X-13d Dorito. Favorite game as a child: Football. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? Time manipulation! Office presents silvery surprise
CVM News Ticker Dr. Ken Harkin presenTED TALKS
on leptospirosis on Oct. 17, 18 and 25 in Bonita Springs and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and San Antonio. He also spoke Nov. 7 to area veterinarians in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area on the topic of canine leptospirosis. Drs. Michael Apley and Rhonette Gehring spoke Nov. 8 at the American Chemical Society
's 42nd Midwest Regional Meeting in Kansas City. Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the Milwaukee VMA on Nov. 13 on the use of NSAIDs in dogs with liver and kidney disease. Dr. Mike Dryden gave a presentation to a capacity crowd at St. Joseph's Hospital in Kansas City on Oct. 25. Dr. Dryden was invited to speak at the Greater Kansas City Lyme disease
Association's monthly meeting by CVM alum, Dr. Jack Dunham (1967). Dr. Roman Ganta was recently elected vice-president of the American society
for Rickettsiology, where he has been the secretary/treasurer since 2003. Congratulations!
When Lisa Duer returned to her office on Friday, Nov. 9th, after being out for a work-related conference, she opened the door to a silver surprise -- someone had covered all of the surfaces in her office with foil. "I was quite surprised when I returned to see the `bling' in my normally plain office," Lisa said. "It took me and a co-worker (who is also one of my prime suspects) about 10 minutes to unwrap everything. I believe she was feeling somewhat guilty. I would not like to divulge their names, though paybacks are due."
new arrivawlse l c o m e Lisa Pohlman - DM/P Lin-Hua Wang - A&P Tiffany Loving - Dean's Business Office t h arnekcesnt departures Christa Linsenmeyer -A&P Stefan Yates - Library Brae V. Surgeon - DM/P Lin-Hua Wang - DM/P Mrinal K. Ghosh - DM/P