KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 14, 2008 ) A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) will honor several individuals at their annual meeting which will be held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in Las Vegas on October 27.

Each year, the KOAA recognizes outstanding alumni and friends with various awards. “The individuals honored ensure the continued reputation of excellence at our University,” said the KOAA Board of Directors. “At the same time, these individuals set a high standard for the aspiration and goals of KCOM. We are proud to honor their leadership, service, and commitment.”

The Alumnus of the Year Award, established in 1982, recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions to the College and the osteopathic profession. Robert Kromer, D.O., ’52, of Longboat Key, Fla., is the 2008 Alumnus of the Year.

The Living Tribute Award was established in 1969 and honors outstanding faculty and administration. ATSU’s Arizona Campus Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, ’84, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the 2008 Living Tribute Award recipient.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1991, recognizes alumni and friends who have provided outstanding service and/or financial support to ATSU-KCOM. The 2008 honorees are Lex C. Towns, Ph.D., of Yakima, Wash., and Roland P. Sharp, D.O., ’43, of Marlinton, W. Va.

The Honorary KOAA Membership was established in 1948 to recognize individuals who rendered meritorious service to osteopathic education. The 2008 honorees are Doug Wood, D.O., Ph.D., of Mesa, Ariz.; Brian Degenhardt, D.O., of Ridgway, Colo.; Fanchon “Fancy” Funk, Ed.D., of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Robert Basham of Kirksville, Mo.


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ATSU President Jack Magruder and Chair Pete Detweiler

ATSU President Jack Magruder & Chair Pete Detweiler

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2008 ) – Peter W. Detweiler was named chair of the ATSU Board of Trustees at its October meeting.

Detweiler has served on the board since 1998 and has acted as chair of the finance committee since 2003.

“I am extremely pleased that Pete now leads ATSU’s board,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder. “He is a community leader and a leader to this University. With his guidance, both will continue to thrive.”

Chief executive officer of Alliant Bank for four years, Detweiler is treasurer of Kirksville Regional Economic Development Incorporated (K-REDI) and received the Center of Influence Award during a Freedom Celebration recognizing local National Guardsmen and their families.

“I am proud, honored, and humbled to be chosen as chair of ATSU’s board,” Detweiler said. “I consider ATSU board members and employees my friends and colleagues. My ambition is to look back a year from now and know this was the best year the University has ever had. I look forward to working with President Magruder and the board to accomplish that goal.”

Detweiler graduated from Northeast Missouri State University – now Truman State University – in 1981. In addition to his role at Alliant Bank, he is a member of Noon Rotary, the Kirksville Country Club, Shrine Club, Moose Club, and First United Methodist Church.

Pete has three children: Abby Collins, Ashley Detweiler, and Jesse Detweiler.


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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

MESA, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2008 ) – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., noted scientist, author, and stroke survivor, will join A.T. Still University (ATSU) to keynote a luncheon celebrating the launch of ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program on November 18 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. Dr. Taylor, recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, will share her personal story of survival and discovery during her presentation entitled “How to Get Your Brain to Do What You Want it to Do.”

A Harvard-educated neuroanatomist, Dr. Taylor dedicated her career to the study of severe mental illness when she discovered her brother suffered from schizophrenia. At age 37, Dr. Taylor suffered a rare form of stroke, hemorrhaging the left hemisphere of her brain and causing her to lose her speech, sense of motion, and memory.

As the stroke was occurring, Dr. Taylor found herself living what she had studied for so long. She was acutely aware of the shift between the right and left hemispheres of her brain – from a disconnected, quiet place where she couldn’t walk, talk, read, or write, back to a re-connected state of awareness.

It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain following the stroke. Because of the injury to the left hemisphere, the right blossomed during her recovery, releasing a creative energy that she feels brought with it a better, more enlightened quality of life. She became an artist as well as a scientist. Dr. Taylor shares her story in her book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” and also as the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast.

ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program provides educational opportunities to the public and develops a collective of women focused on improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them. For more information about the program or the luncheon, contact Gretchen Buhlig at 480.219.6105 or gbuhlig@astu.edu.


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ATSU President Jack Magruder and second-year master’s student Heather Martin cut the ribbon at the Mother’s Nursing Suite ribbon cutting ceremony September 2.

ATSU President Jack Magruder & second-year master’s student Heather Martin.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 7, 2008 ) – After several years in the idea phase, A.T. Still University opened its doors to the Mother’s Nursing Suite at its open house September 2, in the Gutensohn Health and Wellness Center. The one-room suite provides a comfortable, convenient space with appropriate amenities for nursing mothers, and is designed for use by ATSU students, employees, area alumni residents, and their spouses and partners.

“A private nursing area on Campus has been a need for some time,” said Vice President for Student and Alumni Services Ron Gaber, Ed.S. Together with Human Resources and second-year master’s student Heather Martin, the idea came to fruition. To date, seven moms have signed up to use the suite, and the number is expected to grow.

With funds allocated by the university the Mother’s Nursing Suite offers many amenities including full furnishings, a changing station, lockers, refrigerator, sink, and two private nursing areas separated by curtain partitions. Large black-and-white photos of students’ newborns decorate the walls. “It [the suite] offers all the comforts of home,” Gaber said. “Because ATSU encourages a family environment for students and employees, the suite further enhances our services to them.”

Martin, a mother of two, had a vested interest in making the suite a reality. She said she is proud to be a part of the suite’s success and the ATSU-KCOM family. “The suite further demonstrates ATSU’s dedication and compassion for its students and families,” she said. Martin had the honor of welcoming guests and cutting the ribbon with ATSU President Jack Magruder at the suite’s ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

The suite is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is accessed by key code only. With privacy and safety a priority, individuals must register to receive access to the room. “To make sure the suite was totally private and tranquil, the key code system was selected so our nursing mothers and their babies will have complete comfort and privacy,” said Director of Student and Alumni Projects Janet Bunch, who manages the suite and its registration process.


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MESA, ARIZ. (Sept. 12, 2008 ) – A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) has been awarded funding for two projects that will further enhance efforts to train students in rural and underserved areas in Arizona.

SOMA students spend their second through fourth years learning at community health center campuses throughout the nation, giving them an opportunity for hands-on learning in a small group setting while at the same time helping to provide healthcare services to many underserved populations. Three of those community health center campus locations are in Arizona.

The Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) awarded SOMA $75,000 to fund the Arizona Rural and Underserved Health Workforce Training Project, and another $25,000 to fund the American Indian Rural Service (AIRS) Training and Northern Arizona Rural Service (NARS) Training Projects.The Arizona AHEC Program is administered through the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

“We are honored to work in partnership with the AHEC central office and the three regional AHECs to train medical students in local community environments that provide exceptional care to underserved populations,” said Thomas E. McWilliams, D.O., FACOFP, associate dean of bio-clinical sciences at SOMA. “These grants allow students to be exposed to didactic and clinical materials in context; that is, in an environment where the knowledge can be applied and services rendered.

“We believe that this type of learning is more effectively recalled and that such experiences will promote the selection of specialty careers that are needed by underserved communities and populations,” he continued. “The grants also allow us to better prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals to provide culturally appropriate care and to work effectively as part of a healthcare team.”

The Arizona Rural and Underserved Health Workforce Training Project gives students an opportunity to assist in the delivery of medical services to underserved populations served by AHEC centers. As part of this project, ATSU will establish “classrooms in a box” at SOMA’s three Arizona community health center campuses: Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, North Country Community Health Center in Flagstaff, and El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson. The classroom in a box includes a computer, network connection equipment, and audio, video, and graphics components that together form a system that will enable remote lecture presentations, conferences, and workshops at the community campus sites. Funds will also help facilitate inter-professional experiences with ATSU peers from the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and fund a consultant who will present a workshop on cultural competency and cross-cultural communication.

The AIRS Training Project partners SOMA students with the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center and allows them to become an integral part of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center healthcare team that provides quality primary care to approximately 153,500 American Indian patients. Similarly, the NARS project partners students with the Northern Area Health Education Center to observe patient care and gain an understanding of the local healthcare system. Funds from AIRS and NARS projects pay for students’ travel expenses to remote training sites as well as provide portable equipment for effective training at those sites.


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