Dodge City Community College Foundation and the Puzzle Piece Ranch – Autism Southwest Kansas are bringing Dr. Temple Grandin to Dodge City, July 23rd and 24th, for a two-day conference on animal welfare and autism advocacy.
Dr. Grandin, who has an autism diagnosis herself, holds a doctorate in animal science and is a professor at Colorado State University, a bestselling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.
“We have had a tremendous response,” said Jeanie Zortman, founder of Autism Southwest Kansas. “The community has been extremely supportive and we are immensely grateful. I also appreciate all of the support that Dodge City Community College has provided, giving us the opportunity to grow and set the
pace for beef production and autism awareness nationwide.”
“We have had amazing feedback on both events,” said Ashley Ewy, Assistant to the DCCC Foundation Director. “We have approximately 140 people signed up for the Cattleman’s Workshop, and 245 for the Autism Conference. I think it has helped that DCCC is able to offer one continuing education credit hour
for attendance each day of the event as many people need that for their profession.”
The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 Magouirk Conference Center in Dodge City. It will kick off with the Cattleman’s Workshop luncheon on Tuesday, scheduled to begin at 11:30. Speakers will include Governor Sam Brownback, Secretary Pat George, Dr. Chris Reinhardt,
Dr. Don Woodburn, President of Dodge City Community College, and a featured presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin on the aspects of cattle handling and behavior. In addition, Dodge City Marshal Allen Bailey will be on hand to officially deputize Dr. Temple Grandin as a Dodge City Deputy Marshal.
The Autism Conference will begin with registration at 7:30 on Wednesday, July 24th. Dr. Grandin will be the featured speaker along with John Ketron, Lee Stickle, Jeff Hiers, and Donna Beauchamp.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host such an incredible event, and hope to bring Dr. Temple Grandin back for future conferences. This is only one of the great things happening we are doing at DCCC. Danny Gillum, Associate
Dean of Technical Education, is working hard to start new technical programs, as well as, improve our existing programs.” Ewy said. “We are moving forward with our building plans for the Activity Center and our new football practice field is nearing completion! It is an exciting time to be on campus.”
For information about what’s going on at DC3, check out our website at www.dc3.edu and keep an eye on our marquee located on 14th Avenue!