July 15, 2005


 K-State celebrates centennial anniversary

Photo history book, Centennial Plaza plans unveiled

Posted July 1, 2005


The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine marked its 100th anniversary with a celebration June 5-8, held in conjunction with its 67th annual Conference for Veterinarians. The event took place on the college's campus in Manhattan, Kan.

"We look at this period in the life of our college as an opportunity to build upon the shoulders of those who have gone before us and to strive for excellence in all that we do," said Dr. Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Highlights from the event included the debut of "A Century of Excellence," a 240-page book about the history of the college. The book features more than 200 photos illustrating the history of the college and its faculty and students. Dr. Ronnie G. Elmore, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Howard H. Erickson, a K-State professor of physiology, wrote the book. The authors anticipate that the publication will encourage continued documentation of the college's heritage.

Meanwhile, the centennial celebration, also titled "A Century of Excellence," included the "virtual" unveiling of the Centennial Plaza, an outdoor classroom between Mosier and Trotter halls that will soon be renovated. The area will boast engraved bricks and plaques purchased by faculty, alumni, and students. Proceeds from the sale will help support K-State's veterinary medical programs.

Dr. Bruce W. Little, AVMA executive vice president and a 1965 K-State graduate, was on hand at the celebration. During his speech, Dr. Little attributed his success as an AVMA officer for 19 years to his K-State education. "I have met and interacted with thousands of veterinarians worldwide, and my Kansas State education always serves me well," he said.

Established in 1905, the College of Veterinary Medicine was first known as the Division of Veterinary Medicine and, in 1919, was separated from the College of Agriculture. In 1942, the name Division was changed to School. In 1963, the school was designated a College. Beginning with its first seven-member graduating class in 1907, the college has graduated more than 6,000 veterinarians. All of the graduates were men at the beginning, with the first woman graduating in 1932. In comparison, women outnumber men nearly 2-to-1 in the class of 2008.

Looking forward, the college will focus on the launch of its Biosecurity Research Institute in 2006. The institute will serve as a comprehensive biosafety level 3 facility, providing an environmentally safe and secure location for K-State scientists to study pathogens that threaten humans, livestock, and crops. Scientists will also work on ways to stop these pathogens from spreading, threatening the national food supply, and harming the national economy.