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John N. Butts (B.S. ’70 poultry science, M.S. ’73 food science), Land O’Frost Inc.’s vice president of research, received the NSF International Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Food Safety Summit. 

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association named Kendal Frazier (B.S. ’73 agricultural economics) its new chief executive officer. Tracy Brunner (B.S. ’78 agribusiness, MAB ’02) serves as NCBA president.

Ray Bartholomew (B.S. ’77 agricultural economics) received the 4-H Distinguished Service Award for his work with the Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Program.


Bob Goodband (M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89 animal sciences) was selected as the 2016 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus by the Pennsylvania State University Department of Animal Science, where he received his B.S. 


Kouassi Kouakou (M.S. ’90, food science, Ph.D. ’95 grain science) was granted U.S. Patent D 730,618 S, a design patent for a unique pasta/noodle, while working as a senior research scientist for the Campbell Soup Company. He now is director of technical services/R&D for Philadelphia Macaroni Company. A native of the Ivory Coast, he has worked in the U.S. since graduation.

Jerold Schlegel (B.S. ’91 milling science and management) is director of manufacturing quality at MillerCoors, with responsibility for 10 North American breweries. Previous positions include senior director at Kerry Ingredients developing and implementing the Global Quality Management System, as well as chief food safety officer for Otis Spunkmeyer and several leadership positions throughout the Pepsi/Gatorade and Quaker Oats divisions. He and wife Julie will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this fall. 

DeLoss Jahnke (B.S. ’94 agricultural journalism), Illinois Farm Bureau, was recognized in the American Farm Bureau Federation annual communications competition. He earned Best Audio Feature for a story on a farm family that has exhibited for 75 years at the Illinois State Fair and Best Audio Program for being anchor/editor of the team that contributes to RFD Today talk show on RFDRN and on FarmWeekNow.com.

Angie Stump Denton (B.S. ’95 agricultural journalism) joined the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry as communications coordinator. 

Casey Niemann (B.S. ’96 agribusiness), president and founder of AgriSync, a mobile application that connects farmers to advisors in a live video session to more efficiently resolve equipment problems, was featured in an Iowa Farm Bureau article.

Linda Albers Sleichter (B.S. ’99 agricultural journalism/animal sciences) and Jay Sleichter (B.S. ’99 animal science, B.S. ’03 elementary education) and their five children were featured in the June 20 edition of Kansas Living.  


Jill Arensdorf (B.S. ’00 agricultural economics, Ph.D. ’09 curriculum and instruction) received the K-State 2016 Richard E. Mistler Outstanding Blue Key Alumni award. She is chair of the leadership studies department at Fort Hays State University.

Shane Tiffany (B.S. 01 animal sciences), co-owner of Tiffany Cattle Company near Herington, was named Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development 2016 Leader of the Year in the Value-Added Agriculture Category. 

Gaea Hock (B.S. ’03 agricultural education, M.S. ’06 curriculum and instruction) is an assistant professor of agricultural education in the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education.

Bob Kohman (B.S. ’06 agricultural education) is executive extension agricultural economist for Kansas Farm Management Association, North Central, in Abilene.

Michelle Beran (B.S. ’03 agricultural communications and journalism) joined the K-State Research and Extension, Midway District as the 4-H Youth Development agent.

Derrick Mein (B.S. ’08 animal sciences) won the FITASC world championship sporting clay competition in Italy and was a member of the gold medal USA team in July 2016.

Mindy Young (B.S. animal sciences/agricultural communications and journalism) and husband Matt (B.S. ’06, M.S. ’07 agricultural economics), agricultural and natural resources agent for K-State Research and Extension – Brown County, announced the birth of their daughter, Maci, March 28, 2016. 


Dalton Henry (B.S. ’10 agricultural communications and journalism) was promoted to vice president of policy for U.S. Wheat Associates. He joined USW in March 2015 after five years with Kansas Wheat as director of governmental affairs. 

Joseph Hubbard (B.S. ’11 animal sciences), manager of the Sheep and Meat Goat Center for the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and wife Shelby announced the birth of Adeline Jo on May 29, 2016. 

Jenni Wright (B.S. ’11 animal sciences), fourth-year veterinary student, is one of two nationwide winners of a $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship, which is administered by the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Leah Scott (B.S. ’13 horticulture), and husband Ryan announced the birth of their daughter, Robin Michele, on
April 4, 2016.  

Katie Rohling  (B.S. ’14 agricultural communications and journalism, M.S. ’16 agricultural education and communications) joined K-State Research and Extension – Wildcat District as a 4-H Youth Development agent. 

Hannah Anderson (B.S. ’15 agricultural education) joined K-State Research and Extension–Harvey County, as a 4-H Youth Development agent.

Taylor Bivins (B.S. ’16 wildlife and outdoor enterprise management) and Kyle Alsop won the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, finishing the tournament with 36 lbs., 4 oz. — the only team to bring in more than 10 pounds a day. Both are members of the K-State collegiate team. Three K-State teams qualified for the event. 

State FFA honors 

Four alumni earned Honorary State FFA degrees at the 88th Kansas FFA State Convention on the Manhattan campus. Jason Ellis (B.S. ’98 animal science/agricultural journalism), associate professor of agricultural education, coordinates the Ag Communications Career Development Event (CDE). Ellis also helps the Kansas National FFA Officer candidates improve writing and written communication skills.

Bill Disberger (B.S. ’00 animal science/agricultural education, M.S. ’03 secondary education), K-State admissions representative, worked with transfer students and coordinated the Veterinary Science CDE. 

David Lehman (B.S. ’89 agricultural economics) is an instructor in the Department of Marketing and coaches the K-State National Agri-Marketing Association competition team. He coordinates the Agricultural Sales CDE.

Bill Johnston (B.S. ’83 agricultural education) has taught agricultural education for many years and serves as president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators. 

In memoriam

Philip “Phil” Finley (B.S. ’51 agricultural education, M.S. ’59 adult and occupational education), 86, Colby, died April 17, 2016. He was a teacher, principal, county agricultural agent, rural development extension specialist, area extension director. He served as the Adjutant General of Kansas under Gov. Mike Hayden and retired from the Kansas National Guard at the rank of Major General.

Ronald F. Scranton (B.S. ’68, M.S. ’69 horticulture), 70, Larned, died June 15, 2016. He owned and operated the Larned Greenhouse, Flower Shop and Nursery from 1972 to 2010. 

Sexy research saves billions

Raymond C. Bushland’s research on the sex life of the screwworm fly may sound frivolous, but it laid the novel groundwork to eradicate one costly pest, manage many others, and now may help combat the Zika virus.

Bushland (Ph.D. ’53 entomology), standing, along with his friend and colleague Edward F. Knipling developed the “sterile insect technique,” that spurred an international effort to eliminate the screwworm fly.  After determining that female screwworm flies only mate once, they experimented with x-rays and radioactive cobalt to sterilize male flies. By releasing enough sterile males to overwhelm the fertile males, they believed the sterile flies could be used to exterminate the pest.

They successfully tested their theory first on screwworm flies on the island of Curacao, and the program was upscaled and used to eradicate the screwworm fly from the United States. The principle has been used to manage other pests globally, including the Zika-virus vector Aedes aegypti.

Knipling and Bushland earned the 1992 World Food Prize for their innovative research. They posthumously received the 2016 Golden Goose Award, which honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered unusual or frivolous but greatly benefited society. 

Bushland also received several awards from the U.S. livestock industry for saving U.S. and Mexico livestock producers billions of dollars.