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Department of Grain Science and Industry Newsletter

February 2011
Science in Kansas-
150 Years & Counting

The Ad Astra Kansas Initiative is sponsoring a project for the Kansas Sesquicentennial-Science in Kansas: 150 years and counting.

They have created a series of "trading cards" highlighting Kansas scientists of accomplishment with the goal of inspiring young Kansans to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Dr. Charles O. Swanson, former head of KSU Milling Department, is featured on one of the trading cards. More info available at this link-         Adastra events  

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  • C.W. Brabender´┐Ż Instruments Inc. has named Shuping Yan their Laboratory Manager, Food Division. Shuping earned her M.S. in Grain Science & Industry from KSU.           News release 
  • Dr. Faqir Muhammad, Pakistan, is the winner of APO  National award. Dr. Anjum did his PhD in GSI with Prof. Ponte, Drs. Walker and Lookhart, with collaboration of Agronomy & USDA in 199. His dissertation title was: "Electrophoretic Identifcation & Technological Characterization of Pakistani Wheats".  Read the complete story by clicking here
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  • Elisa Karkle successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on Feb 9, 2011. She will start
    work at J.R. Shorts as a research manager later this month.
    Congratulations, Elisa!  


Atlanta 2011                                        Adam Fahrenholz

A number of our Feed Science undergraduate students were able to attend the 2011 International Poultry & Feed Expo.  In addition to completing interviews for internships and full-time opportunities and walking the floor to check out the latest and greatest the feed industry has to offer, each of the students spent time manning the Department's booth.  They were all more than willing to answer questions about our program, and we received numerous complements regarding their professionalism.


From the students' perspective, there are many reasons for them to consider working the show a genuine opportunity.  They get to show off their knowledge and represent to the feed industry the high quality of students we have here at K-State.  It also provides them the opportunity to learn new things about the feed industry, as they stand a good chance of speaking with someone who is an expert in a part of the industry that they may know little or nothing about.  But, as is the case for many of those who attend the Expo, the most important thing for the students is the opportunity to network.  And, just like everyone else, they were each collecting business cards, sharing ideas, and hopefully connecting with people and companies that will be parts of their careers for many years to come.

Dirk's Corner                                              Dirk Maier

Before classes started this semester, our faculty had a day-long retreat that included a discussion about our departmental goals for 2011. We have quite a number of important priorities and specific goals on our agenda and fortunately most of them are being worked on and moved forward by our outstanding faculty, staff and students working together on various committees. As a result, our faculty challenged me to identify "my" key priorities that I should focus on for the year. Upon giving this further thought I will concentrate on: (1) refilling our two open faculty positions and filling the NAMA Instructor position by this fall; (2) completing fund raising for the new feed mill and getting construction under way this summer; and (3) completing the department's "2025" Strategic Plan before end of the year. I'll address the second item in this e-newsletter.  

All of you have heard about the fantastic $500,000 gift

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Mr. Rob Payne, Director of Nutrition & Technical for Evonik Degussa handing Dr. Maier a $50,000 check as part of the $100,000 sponsorship for the new O.H. Kruse Feed Mill & Biorefinery Teaching & Research Facility. Joining them are Mr. John Thompson, Director of Technical Sales for Evonik Degussa & Mr. Gordy Gingras, Director of Feed Additives, FSM alumni & member of the FSM Advisory Board

Cargill is providing that will name the Cargill Feed Safety Research Center located within the new feed mill and biorefinery. The announcement of this gift created much excitement ahead of last month's International Poultry & Feed Show in Atlanta where our department and especially the Feed Science & Management faculty, staff and students were well represented. Our booth looked fantastic, was well staffed and attracted many visitors. Kudos to all who made this happen!!! Our KSU luncheon was well attended and provided an excellent venue to provide an update on the feed mill project and to launch our final fundraising phase. Three of our stakeholders spoke about why they are supporting this project including Bill Barr, an FSM alumni and incoming chair of the AFIA Board of Directors who recently gave $25,000 to name the Dr. Keith Behnke Emeritus Faculty Office in the new Feed Science & Education wing, Mr. Rob Payne representing Evonik Degussa on whose behalf he made a $100,000 commitment to name the third floor multi purpose room, and Mr. Mark Knief who represented Cargill. Currently, our feed mill planning committee is busy following up and securing the promised equipment commitments from various companies which we hope to complete before end of March. Additionally, we are working closely with a number of other interested parties on additional funding commitments and sponsorship opportunities. Last but not least, in partnership with our colleagues in Animal Sciences much communication is taking place with administrators at the college and university levels, KSU Architect's Office, and the KSU Foundation to finalize the financing and building plans and assure a timely summer 2011 construction start. So stay tuned and anticipate the rising excitement as we move forward with this ambitious project!

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