Mrs. & Dr. Tinning

KIRKSVILLE,Mo. – A.T. Still University is proud to announce that Fred C. Tinning, Ph.D., Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) president emeritus, is a recipient of the  American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) 2011 Great Pioneers Award.

Great Pioneers must have made strides in the growth of osteopathic medicine and devoted at least 25 years to the profession.

Dr. Tinning is also the 2011 winner of the American Academy of Osteopathy’s 11th annual Academy Award for his osteopathic philosophy, principles, and practices. This award is presented to individuals who are not D.O.s, but have significantly contributed to the advancement of osteopathy.

Dr. Tinning served as president of ATSU-KCOM from 1984-1996. He is also a 2003 winner of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute Award for his outstanding service and achievements in the osteopathic field. ATSU-KCOM’s Tinning Education Center was named in the doctor’s honor in 1994, two years before his retirement.

Other accomplishments include winning the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University in 1999 for excellent community, state, and national service.

Dr. Tinning currently resides in Michigan with his wife, Janet.


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Krog pictured with ATSU President Jack Magruder

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- A.T. Still University is pleased to announce Kathy Krog as the 2nd quarter Employee Excellence Award recipient.

Krog has been an employee of ATSU since 1998 and is currently the administrative assistant in  Microbiology/Immunology.

“Kathy has been in the Department of Microbiology/Immunology for 10 years and during that time has done an excellent job. She is always ready to do whatever she can to help our department accomplish its mission. She is always ready to lend a hand to faculty, staff, and students. Kathy is the friendly face students and visitors see when they first come to our department,” said Neal Chamberlain, Ph.D., professor, microbiology/immunology.

Recipients must have one year of employment and be a non-supervisory hourly or salaried employee. They must also display courteous, pleasant, and professional behavior at all times and treat patients, students, visitors, and co-workers with care, concern, and respect.


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KIRKSVILLE,Mo. The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met October 1 on Founder’s Day weekend in Kirksville, Mo., to elect new members and appoint officers at its quarterly meeting.

New board members are Reid W. Butler of Phoenix, Ariz., James Cannon, D.H.A., PA-C, ’97, of Chesapeake, Va., Chester W. Douglass, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of Newton, Mass., Stanley E. Grogg, D.O., FACOP, FAAP, ’71, of Tulsa, Okla., and Dorothy M. Munch, D.O., ’85, of Williamsville, Mo.

The following continuing board members were appointed as officers: Clyde H. Evans, Ph.D., of Needham, Mass., chair, Robert W. Uhl of Phoenix, Ariz., serves as vice chair, and Cynthia D. Byler, D.O., ’85, M.P.H., ’04, of St. Louis, Mo., secretary.

The following will also continue on the board: Carl G. Bynum, D.O., M.P.H., ’75, of Jefferson City, Mo., Manuel C. Bedoya, D.M.D., of Tucson, Ariz., Daniel L. Biery, D.O., FACOI, FACG, ’72, of Phelps, N.Y., Kenneth A. Burdick, J.D., of Minneapolis, Minn., Robert L. King, J.D., of Lexington, Ky., Paul A. Lines, D.D.S., M.S., of Tempe, Ariz., John G. Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ronald W. Winkler of Kirksville, bringing the board of trustees to 16 members.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3-4, 2012 in Mesa, Ariz.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – At a meeting Saturday in Kirksville, the A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees approved a $26 million bond issue for constructing and equipping a new building on the Kirksville campus of ATSU to establish the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. This positive decision by the board is a critical step toward matriculating 40 students in the fall of 2013. The 61,000-square-foot facility, on two floors, will be an interprofessional education and dentistry school building to house not only the dental school, but also space for medical school students from ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition to approving the bond issue for construction and equipment, the board also endorsed a change from a dental program (distant-site branch campus) under ATSU’s highly successful Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) to a stand-alone school of dentistry and oral health. This new approach will allow the Kirksville school more flexibility and enhance the process of accreditation by CODA (the national Council on Dental Accredition), according to ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg.

Carl G. Bynum, D.O., M.P.H., board chair presiding over the meeting, called the decision “a major move forward in establishing a new ATSU dental school in Missouri that will have lasting benefits for the citizens of Kirksville and for the underserved population of the state. I am very pleased to be a part of this process and excited about the future as the school takes shape.”

Added Dr. Jack Magruder, ATSU President, “I am grateful to the board for their guidance and encouragement during the many months of developing the dental school and am extremely proud of what we have accomplished so far and will accomplish in the future. A dental school based in Kirksville will have a tremendous positive impact on the city and state and will graduate highly competent and caring professionals who will carry out our mission and vision to serve the underserved. This was a great weekend for all of us, and I look forward to construction of the facility with confidence and enthusiasm.”

Construction on the Interprofessional Education & Dentistry School Building is expected to begin in spring 2012, to be located on ATSU property facing Jefferson Street east of existing University buildings. The design and plans for the building have been developed by Cannon Design, an architectural firm based in St. Louis.

President Magruder thanked the many generous people and organizations who have contributed funds to help make the school happen, including Community Friends for ATSU Dental, the Missouri Foundation for Health, and the numerous individual faculty, staff, and friends of ATSU who believe in the project.

The next step for the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health will be accreditation from CODA, a process that the University will begin right away. No students can be recruited or admitted until accreditation is achieved. Dean Dillenberg has “a high level of confidence that accreditation will occur in a timely fashion.” In addition, ATSU will continue to work on establishing partnerships with community health centers for clinical training of the dental students.

View the proposed architectural drawings.


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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) celebrated commencement ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 6 at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz. 433 students received either master of science or doctoral degrees at the dual ceremonies.

Over 2,400 family members and friends of the graduates attended the two separate ceremonies. 256 online graduates celebrated at the 9 a.m. ceremony, and the 11:30 a.m. ceremony was for the 177 residential program graduates.

Graduates received degrees in human movement, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, audiology, doctor of health sciences, physical therapy, and athletic training.

“In September 2010 we adopted a new university mission to be the preeminent university for the health professions, quite a lofty aim for a small private school,” said ATSU-ASHS Dean Barbara Maxwell, PT, D.P.T., M.Sc., Cert, THE, ’06. “So what is it that will make us preeminent? I would argue that what leads us to preeminence is our graduates. They will lead the way.”

As part of the commencement ceremonies, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree was awarded to keynote speaker Dianne V. Jewell, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D., CCS, FAACVPR, founder and CEO of The Rehab Intel Network located in Ruther Glen, Va.

During her commencement addresses, Dr. Jewell lauded the graduates for their career choices and accomplishments. “You could have chosen a different, less challenging path. Instead, you found your calling in service to others who are vulnerable and often surprised by the situations in which they find themselves,” she said. “They will depend on your knowledge, skill, expertise, compassion, and empathy. They will trust you to put their interests ahead of your own and to persevere when the odds against you appear to be overwhelming.”

Dr. Jewell holds a doctoral degree in health services research and organization. She is a board certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Her current clinical interests include the application of fitness principles across the continuum of care and alternative delivery models for physical therapy services to patients without health insurance.




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