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2007


MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 28 2007) – A.T. Still University will open a state-of-the-art six-chair dental facility in Glendale, Ariz., this January. Dental Care West will serve as a real-world instructional opportunity for fourth-year dental students while providing faculty-supervised dental and oral healthcare to underserved seniors and adults with physical or behavioral special needs in the West Valley. Clinical personnel will provide diagnostic services including exams, digital X-rays and cleanings, as well as restorations, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery and prophylactic and periodontal care.

 

To help reach and care for those in need, patient costs for services at Dental Care West are approximately 50 percent of private dental care fees. “A.T. Still University’s mission is to educate caring dentists and other health professionals who will give back to the community,” said Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.“We are excited to offer excellent dental care at a reduced cost to underserved patients while providing our students an opportunity to serve the community.”

 

Lack of affordable dental care for special populations and seniors can have devastating consequences. The relationship of oral health to overall healthcare is an essential component of the mission, teaching and clinical experiences of A.T. Still University. The mouth is often described as the “gateway” to the body and good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums can have a positive impact on a person’s overall heath.

 

Access to dental care for underserved populations and communities is gravely insufficient in the United States, particularly the Southwest. The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health educates caring, technologically-adept dentists who become community and educational leaders serving those in need. The school promotes the delivery of optimal patient care and the transfer of newly-acquired knowledge, skills and technology to the dental profession and community.

West Valley patients who are unable to afford full cost care and who don’t have a regular dental care service provider can call Dental Care West for an appointment at 480-219-6112.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 11, 2007) – Peter Detweiler, Alliant Bank CEO and member of A.T. Still University’s Board of Trustees, presented two checks totaling $3,500 to ATSU’s President James J. McGovern, Ph.D., on Friday, December 7. Detweiler presented a $2,500 check as the first gift of a $12,500 five-year pledge from Alliant Bank to ATSU. “Alliant is pleased to be able to make this gift to ATSU’s annual campaign. Our bank’s mission is to be partners with the communities we serve. We are proud to be associated with such an outstanding University as ATSU, and we appreciate the leadership of its President, Dr. James McGovern,” Detweiler said. The second check of $1,000 was a personal gift from Peter and Sally Detweiler.

Both gifts are unrestricted and allow the University to use the funds where needed most. Improving the University’s educational programs is priority for most unrestricted funds, as well as improving facilities. According to Bob Basham, C.F.R.E., vice president of institutional advancement, Detweiler’s contribution is important for improving education while keeping costs low for students. “Our University is a champion at keeping tuition realistic for students. Asking others to help with the cost of that education makes the education better and less costly for our students.”

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2007) – Patch Adams, M.D., is the June 2008 School of Health Management commencement speaker.

Dr. Adams, the real person behind the hit movie starring Robin Williams, is a nationally known speaker and author on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with zestful exuberance. Dr. Adams believes that the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2007) – Ron Gaber, vice president and dean of students is a passionate student advocate. For his leadership and dedication, the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association awarded Gaber the Living Tribute Award on October 1 at the KOAA Luncheon during the American Osteopathic Association Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Gaber has spent nearly 20 years as the leader of Student and Alumni Services. He is an associate professor in the department of family medicine, preventive medicine, and community health at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a certified death educator and co-author of “The Death of Adult Children.”  In addition, Gaber co-founded ATSU’s Still Well Program and is a member of the Admissions Committee.  He is a faculty admission interviewer and faculty advisor to the KCOM Student Government Association.

“I genuinely like, enjoy, and respect students. We bring wonderful people to KCOM and ATSU,” Gaber said.  “The saddest part is that while I get to know the majority, there are always some I don’t get to know, and I feel I have missed someone great!”

As the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association’s Living Tribute Award recipient, Gaber feels an enormous responsibility to live up to the award and those honored in the past.

“This is the most significant honor of my career, because it comes from our alumni, the very people I have been honored to serve,” he said. “For me to be included among the past recipients is like being on an all-star team.”

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2007) – Jack Magruder, Ed.D., was awarded the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award on October 1 at the KOAA Luncheon and Assembly Meeting during the American Osteopathic Association Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Magruder became the 13th president of Truman State University on July 1, 1994, after serving 22 years as a Truman faculty member. Dr. Magruder currently serves on the ATSU Board of Trustees and is a past Board of Trustee for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. He is the past president for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Council on Public Higher Education for Missouri, and Board of Directors of the Truman State University Foundation. Dr. Magruder is the past chair for the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education Committee on Transfer and Articulation and is the chair for the Blue Ribbon Panel for Accountability, Credibility, and Efficiency for the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. He is also past president and continuing member of the Science Teachers of Missouri.

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