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Veterinary Medicine announces new executive associate dean

The College of Veterinary Medicine recently found a new executive associate dean in Bonnie Rush, the K-State Veterinary Health Center’s interim director.

Rush, also a professor of equine internal medicine and department head of clinical sciences, has worked at K-State for the past 23 years. According to the Little Apple Post, Rush began in 1993 and served as the head of clinical sciences since 2006. She is a core course coordinator, has led curriculum reform and maintains responsibility for clinical outcome assessment.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Rush join our leadership team in this new role,” Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said to the Little Apple Post. “Her expertise and dedication to the mission of the college is unparalleled and I am looking forward to working with her to continue to advance the goals of the college.”

Rush’s area of clinical expertise is equine respiratory disease with an emphasis on respiratory physiology, immunology and aerosol drug therapy. According to the Little Apple Post, she has authored or co-authored more than 20 manuscripts in the Journal of Veterinary Education on effective communication training, instructional practices and student welfare.

“I look forward to serving professional students, faculty and staff as we identify and implement new goals in our pursuit of excellence,” Rush said to the Little Apple Post.

K-State Polytechnic to host summer aviation program

For three days this summer, Kansas State Polytechnic is opening its campus to recently-graduated high school seniors who dream of navigating the skies for Fly K-State Academy.

The academy is a three-day piloting program where, according to K-State Today, participants “will complete four missions and earn three and a half hours of flight time while staying overnight on campus and participating in group activities and outings around the city.”

From June 27-29, the Kansas State Polytechnic Flight Team will host the academy – which was a developed by the team after assisting with other aviation programs on campus that only were offered to youth in elementary and middle school.

According to K-State Today, “team members believe a flight program for high school students is essential to their growth as aviators and is a valuable opportunity to experience a college atmosphere.”

“As a part of K-State’s aviation program, I’ve witnessed firsthand the passion our faculty and students have for mentoring other pilots and teaching them how to fly,” Austin Bally, junior in professional pilot and flight team captain, said to K-State Today. “We want to share that knowledge and enthusiasm with future aviators to help them jumpstart their college career. This academy is an excellent introduction to the aviation industry, rules and regulations, flying techniques and technology, and general curriculum that is studied in our professional pilot degree program.”