August 2018
A high 'steaks' competition for beef producers

K-State Olathe once again hosted the American Royal Association's Steak Contest -- an annual contest for top beef producers to produce the tastiest steak in America. Dozens of entry steaks were prepared in an identical manner in the research kitchens, then served to a panel of restaurateurs, food bloggers and beef council representatives, who samples the steaks and assigned points for flavor, juiciness and texture. Results help determine what breeds, feeding methods and other practices consistently produce the best steak for American consumers. The winners will be announced later this fall by the American Royal.

Antibiotic stewardship is the central theme of a Sept. 19 seminar for the animal health industry. Thought leaders in industry, government and academia will discuss and provide multiple perspectives on the past, current and future issues related to antibiotic stewardship, regulatory implications and how the industry may adapt in response. 

K-State Olathe names acting associate dean for academic affairs

Jackie Spears has been named as the acting associate dean for academic affairs at K-State Olathe, effective Sept. 9. She will oversee and guide the undergraduate degree completion and graduate programs at the campus. She also will direct enrollment and recruitment efforts. 

Join Kansas State University,  BioNexus KC  and  BioKansas  for Kansas City One Health Day. The event is from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe. It features activities about a One Health approach to antibiotic stewardship. 

Faculty Profile: Ellen Lowery

Dr. Ellen Lowery, D.V.M. and MBA, is a professor of practice in animal health. She shares how a doctoral project on a pet food that improved the dental health of dogs and cats turned into a 20 year career at Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and later led her back to higher education.

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Upcoming events
  • Webinars -- Spend 30 minutes of your lunch hour getting an in-depth look at some of K-State Olathe's graduate programs from the faculty who instruct them. Each webinar is over the lunch hour and questions are welcome. Attend a webinar and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Upcoming sessions are:
    • Master of Agribusiness - Animal Health Cohort, Sept. 19 -- From noon to 12:30 p.m., learn about the MAB degree and how its animal health cohort emphasis supports the Animal Health Corridor and a variety of animal health and food related careers. Register now
    • Veterinary Biomedical Science Webinar, Oct. 3 -- From noon to 12:30 p.m., discover how this program advances students' knowledge in animal health, and provides research opportunities in state-of-the art labs. Graduates also learn how to be the next generation of leaders in the growing animal health industry. Register now
    • Professional Science Master's in Applied Science and Technology webinar, Oct. 3 -- From 12:30-1 p.m., find out how this unique program helps students pursue advanced training in the sciences while gaining professional skills highly valued by employers. Register now
  • Information session about academic offerings, Sept. 19 -- Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19 to learn about our many personalized academic programs that fit around working professionals' schedules. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School. Register now
Around the campus

Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Doug Alvey and members of his staff hosted a group of K-Staters, including President Myers, for a tour of KCK and a discussion of opportunities in which they can work together -- from recruiting and mentoring Kansas City, Kansas, students, to regional economic development, workforce development and community engagement.

Jackie Spears, acting associate dean for academic affairs, welcomed recruiters from Kansas State University's Manhattan campus. The recruiters met at
K-State Olathe to learn about the campus, academic offerings and recruitment strategies in Greater Kansas City. 

Eric Racki, IT support specialist at K-State Olathe and recent inaugural graduate of the campus' professional science master's in applied science and technology program, is featured in the PSM Alumni and Graduation Chronicle. The e-newsletter is published by the National Professional Science Master's Association, a membership association for the professional science master's initiative. The  industry-focused degree is designed for students to pursue advanced training in the sciences, while simultaneously developing professional skills highly valued by employers. 

Twenty-six middle school students spent a week of their summer at K-State Olathe learning about animals as part of a STEM-centric summer camp. Students learned about  zoonotic diseases, animal nutrition, careers that work with animals, communicating with the public about animals and more. They got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kansas City Zoo, made pet treats in the test kitchens and set live animal traps -- catching a mother vole and her newly born baby voles, which they released into the wild.

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