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President's Perspective, from the desk of Craig M. Phelps, DO

 
Hello, spring!
Spring is finally here. You can tell by the sale of antihistamines, spring training in Mesa, and the sighting of front yards in Kirksville. You can also tell by students and faculty eagerly anticipating spring and summer graduations. It won’t be long until the next graduating classes will be following in the footsteps of our alums and blazing new trails in healthcare. We wish all graduates well as they begin their next life adventure.

Strategic planning update
What will ATSU look like in 2020 and beyond? This is the next big question and opportunity facing ATSU as we begin our 2016-20 strategic planning process. Each of you will have an opportunity to help ATSU envision its future.

Soon to celebrate 125 years, ATSU must continue developing its signature identity, embrace a strong interdisciplinary culture, foster health professions education innovation, and maintain its reputation as the “go-to” national and international authority on osteopathic medicine— whole person healthcare.

Among the questions we must ask ourselves:

  • How will ATSU accomplish its vision of preeminence?
  • Which skills and resources will our faculty and staff need to continue successfully educating students?
  • What experience will our students need to be post-graduate, market, and patient-care ready?
  • What can ATSU do to best prepare for America’s changing demographic and economic future?

Megatrends facing America’s economy, higher education, and health professions education will be considered. Colleges and universities failing to confront tomorrow’s rapidly changing environment will find themselves uninformed and unprepared. ATSU will not find itself among the uninformed or unprepared as we prepare a bold and encompassing strategic plan.

An inclusive group of internal and external stakeholders will discuss these questions and trends, and many more, while contributing to the design, refinement, and shepherding of the strategic plan. The strategic planning committee already has been established (see below), with Drs. Norman Gevitz and Michael McManis leading the charge. In 2015, the new plan will be shared with ATSU’s Board of Trustees for comments and approval.

I look forward to hearing from you during the planning process.

2016-20 Strategic Plan Committee
Steering Committee
Michael A. McManis, PhD, vice president, planning, assessment, & institutional effectiveness, ATSU
Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president, academic affairs, ATSU
Lori Haxton, MA, vice president, student affairs, ATSU
O.T. Wendel, PhD, senior vice president, strategic university initiatives, ATSU
Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, associate professor, microbiology/immunology, KCOM, university faculty senate, ATSU

Members
Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, associate professor, health sciences, ASHS
Lee Bonnel, academic success coordinator, SHM, staff council, ATSU
Annlee Burch, PT, EdD, MPH, MS, vice dean and associate professor, ASHS
John George, PhD, director, planning, assessment, & institutional effectiveness, ATSU
Monnie Harrison, CPA, vice president for finance, ATSU
Mary (Liz) Kaz, EdD, MS, associate dean, MOSDOH
Bryan Krusniak, MBA, assistant vice president, information technology & services, ATSU
Clinton Normore, MBA, director, diversity, ATSU
Klud Razoky, BDS, assistant dean, ASDOH
Randy Rogers, CFP, vice president, university advancement, ATSU
Greg Rubenstein, MA, interim co-vice president, communication & marketing, ATSU
Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, associate dean, curriculum, KCOM
Gaylah Sublette, MBA, associate vice president, sponsored programs, ATSU
Alison Valier, PhD, ATC, associate professor, athletic training, ASHS
Sharon Obadia, DO, director, SOMA

Students
Addison Roberts, OMS II, KCOM
Alison Kapchinske, OT, ’15, ASHS

Focus area updates
Advancement success
Thanks to a successful annual campaign, new donor participation is up 20 percent! Once again, thank you to all employees who made a gift to ATSU. Your support goes a long way with encouraging outside donors to invest in our University.

Research and scholarship
John Heard, PhD, vice president, research, grants, & information systems, continues to work with faculty and staff across the University to develop ATSU’s research agenda for assimilation into the 2016-20 strategic planning process.

Learning centered education
Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president, academic affairs, has been working with deans and faculty on a common definition and strategy to further incorporate learning centered practices into all University experiences.

Online programs to realign
Beginning July 1, SHM will join with ASHS’ Doctor of Health Science and Master of Science in Human Movement programs to become the College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS). As part of the realignment, ATSU is combining non-discipline specific online programs to gain efficiency and improve quality, access, and affordability for its students.

St. Louis groundbreaking
On April 25 ATSU will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony for the ATSU-MOSDOH dental education and oral health clinic. Upon completion, the facility will provide state-of-the-art oral healthcare for some of Missouri’s most underserved and a “home” for MOSDOH’s third- and fourth-year student clinical experiences.

Physician Assistant program
ASHS’ Physician Assistant program has been granted accreditation-continued status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Congratulations to PA program Chair Bert Simon, DHSc, and faculty and staff for receiving the maximum accreditation of seven years.

ASHS spring commencement
ASHS held its spring commencement ceremony for six online programs March 7 at the Mesa Arts Center. More than 150 students earned a master’s or doctoral degree in human movement, occupational therapy, advanced physician assistant studies, audiology, health sciences, and physical therapy. The keynote was given by Donald M. Pederson, PhD, PA-C, professor, family and preventive medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Congratulations to ATSU’s newest graduates!

ATSU ASHS Graduation - March 2014

ATSU ASHS Graduation – March 2014

Dr. Still is a Famous Missourian
ATSU founder Andrew Taylor Still, DO, was selected for induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Dr. Still received the most support in a public nominating and voting process, receiving nearly 38 percent of more than 34,000 votes. A bronze bust of Dr. Still will be inducted at an April 16 ceremony in Jefferson City.

ATSU launches diversity web page
ATSU recently launched its diversity web page. Because diversity is so important to the University, this content is a priority on the website, with top-level navigation on the home page. I encourage you to visit this section of the website, if you haven’t done so already, to see how the ATSU educational experience is shaped by diverse experiences, beliefs, and perspectives.

ATSU is Fit-Friendly
ATSU was named a 2013 Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. Elite gold-level recipients are awarded for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace for employees and taking steps to create a culture of wellness. For example, ATSU employees have the option of participating in the Still Healthy Lifestyle and Still Fitness programs.

ASDOH honored with prestigious innovation award
ASDOH was awarded the Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by the American Dental Education Association at a presentation held March 17 in San Antonio, Texas. The Gies Awards honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of March 1, 2014)
Congratulations on recent promotions
Verna A. Burkett , AS, clinical education coordinator, SOMA
Cailee McCarty, PhD, ATC, assistant professor, athletic training, ASHS
Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, professor and director, athletic training, ASHS
Robin Michela, assistant curriculum coordinator/administrative assistant, SOMA
Katie Moore, educational specialist, MOSDOH
Tracie Rogers, PhD, chair, human movement, ASHS

Accomplishment kudos
Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, associate professor, health sciences, ASHS, presented twice at the American Society on Aging, Aging in America Conference in San Diego, Calif., in March.

Donna Allen, PhD, assistant professor, SHM, will co-present on positive psychology and wellness at the National Wellness Conference in June in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Allen also had a proposal selected for presentation at the National Wellness Conference, also to be held in June, and two proposals accepted for presentation at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology Conference in Paris, France. She also was appointed to the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity editorial board.

Amanda Barstow, senior administrative assistant, Advanced Care Clinic, ASDOH, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Annlee Burch, PT, EdD, MPH, MS, vice dean and associate professor, ASHS, was a member of the Women in Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education, held March 6-8.

Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, associate professor, microbiology/immunology, KCOM, reapplied for an additional five-year fellowship in his original submission category and was named an AACOM 2014-19 fellow for its National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators.

Lori Dewald, EdD, assistant professor, SHM, had three presentations accepted at the American College Health Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, to be held in May. Dr. Dewald also was published in the Journal of Athletic Training.

Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ASDOH, received the 2014 AEEDC Dubai Personality of the Year Award.

James Farris, PT, PhD, chair and associate professor, physical therapy, ASHS, was accepted into the 2014-15 cohort of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship.

Deanne R. Fay, PT, DPT, MS, PCS, ’07, associate professor and director of curriculum, physical therapy, ASHS, will attend the International Classifier Programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in April to become an international classifier for paralympic track and field events.

Irwin Feinberg, DDS, associate director, periodontics, ASDOH, received the 2013 Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Award by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Carolyn Glaubensklee, PhD, associate professor, SOMA; Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, Cert. THE, ’06, director, interprofessional education, ATSU; and Mara Hover, DO, associate chair, family and community medicine, SOMA, were accepted for a poster presentation at the All Together Better Health VII conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 6-8.

Colleen Halupa, EdD, assistant professor, ASHS, was named to the editorial board as a reviewer for the International Journal of Higher Education.

John Heick, PT, DPT, associate professor, physical therapy, ASHS, was appointed as the federal affairs liaison to represent Arizona for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Lynda N. Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, ’08, assistant professor, SHM, was selected to serve a three-year term on the Journal of College and Character editorial review board. Dr. Konecny also will co-present on positive psychology and wellness at the National Wellness Conference in June in Minneapolis, Minn.

Michael Kronenfeld, MBA, MLS, AHIP, university librarian, ATSU Memorial Library, Arizona campus, was selected as one of 50 top alumni over the past five decades by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.

Richard LaBaere II, DO, MPH, associate dean, Still OPTI, was recognized as a Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association.

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, professor and director, athletic training, ASHS, was named to the board of advisors for MomsTEAM Institute. Dr. McLeod also was featured in the February issue of Athletic Business magazine.

The residency team, Thomas E. McWilliams, DO, ’76, associate dean – graduate medical education development, SOMA; Lisa Watts, DO, director, medical education, SOMA; and Brian Ebersole, Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, presented their residency model at the Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership conference in Austin, Texas, in January as part of a keynote panel

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontics, ASDOH, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Arizona State Orthodontic Association.

Corey Sanford, production specialist, academic technologies, ATSU, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, professor and chair, interdisciplinary health sciences, ASHS, was accepted to the Harvard Macy Institute’s 2014 Program for Leading Innovations in Healthcare and Education.

The Virtual Community Health Center (VCHC) team presented at the Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership conference in Austin, Texas, in January. The team includes Frederic Schwartz, DO, FACOFP, associate dean, clinical education and services, SOMA; Thomas Bennett, DO, director, VCHC project, SOMA; Monica Fernandez, PA-C, MMS, assistant professor, VCHC continuity and educational specialist, SOMA; and Lise McCoy, EdD (ABD), MTESL, curriculum specialist, SOMA.

Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, associate dean, curriculum, KCOM, reapplied for an additional five-year fellowship in her original submission category and was named an AACOM 2014-19 fellow for its National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators. Dr. Sexton also is the KCOM – NAOME fellows chair.

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones
5-year anniversary
Stephen Emlund, web developer, administrative computing, ATSU
Jim Farris, PT, PhD, chair, physical therapy, ASHS
Lise McCoy, EdD (ABD), MTESL, curriculum specialist, SOMA
Michael A. McManis, PhD, vice president, planning, assessment, & institutional effectiveness, ATSU
David Owens, manager, A.T. Still Memorial Library, Missouri campus
Sarah Pecorelli, MS, specialist, sponsored programs, ATSU
Tracie Rogers, PhD, chair, human movement, ASHS
Misty Seidel, online financial service coordinator, student financial assistance, ATSU
Billy Strait, DO, associate professor, OMM, KCOM
Pedro Torres, DA, sim lab coordinator, ASDOH
Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L, assistant professor, occupational therapy, ASHS

10-year anniversary
Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, Cert. THE, ’06, director, interprofessional education, ATSU
Kenneth Pamperin, MS, director, research support, ATSU

15-year anniversary
Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, director, occupational therapy, ASHS
Kathleen Hall, rotation site coordinator, Michigan region, KCOM
Jane Johnson, MA, senior biostatistician, research support, ATSU
Bryan Krusniak, MBA, assistant vice president, information technology & services, ATSU
Mary Sims, MA, technical services librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, Missouri campus
O.T. Wendel, PhD, senior vice president, strategic university initiatives, ATSU

20-year anniversary
Robert Ehrlich, director, facilities/plant operations, Missouri campus

25-year anniversary
Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, associate professor, microbiology/immunology, KCOM
Michael Evans, print technician, communication & marketing, ATSU
Lori Haxton, MA, vice president, student affairs, ATSU
Patricia Sexton, DHEd, associate dean, curriculum, KCOM
RaElla Wiggins, animal caretaker, KCOM

30-year anniversary
Norine Eitel, MBA, assistant to president & secretary to the board, President’s Office, ATSU
Bonnie King, lab technician, physiology, KCOM

In conclusion
Thank you to each of you and congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students for their many wonderful accomplishments!

Yours in service,
Craig M. Phelps, DO

 

 

 

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President's Perspective, from the desk of Craig M. Phelps, DO
Perspective No. 7 – Giving thanks

This week’s Thanksgiving holiday offers each of us a few moments to reflect upon a successful fall and spend precious time with family and friends. Around the world, students, faculty, and staff will be hosting or visiting friends and relatives, reconfirming the importance of giving thanks for our health, relationships, and opportunities.

Over the past 90 days there have been many reasons for ATSU to be thankful: the hiring of our first diversity director, inauguration of a new dental school, formal opening of an advanced care dental clinic, completion of KCOM’s accreditation visit, and successful research and IPE events, to name a few.

Focus areas 2013-14
Research and scholarship
John Heard, PhD, vice president, research, grants, & information systems, is coordinating efforts with deans, chairs, faculty, and staff to develop an ATSU research agenda appropriate for our vision, mission, and resources. For those involved in supporting or participating in research and scholarly activity, your input will be very helpful.

Advancement
Thank you to everyone participating in ATSU’s annual fund campaign. Your contribution allows funding of many priorities, including scholarships, research activity, personnel, and equipment. When ATSU reaches out to donors, grantors, etc., often the first question asked is “What level do your Board of Trustees and employees support ATSU?”

I am happy to report ATSU’s board, president’s staff, and deans participate at the 100 percent level. I am also happy to report the Missouri campus (KCOM and SHM) reached an all-time high in both percentage participation and dollars pledged. The Arizona campus is still conducting its pledge drive. If you have not pledged yet from either campus, please consider supporting ATSU by year’s end. Make your pledge today.

Learning-centered
Senior Vice President – Academic Affairs Norman Gevitz, PhD, is calling together faculty and staff to participate in a symposium exploring learning-centered education and additional relative topics. Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning initiative, the symposium is tentatively scheduled for February 2014, with final dates to be determined.

Strategic plan update 2016-2020
It is hard to believe it has been five years since planning began for the A.T. Still University 2011-15 Strategic Plan. During ATSU’s last strategic planning activities, the Affordable Care Act, the great recession, MOOCs, and Twitter were nonexistent or relatively new. While the next 2-10 years will also offer many new and unexpected twists and turns, it is time to come together as a University and begin thinking about tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. All ATSU stakeholders will have an opportunity to contribute and comment on a new plan. Strategic Plan 2016-2020 will shape how we prioritize efforts, resources, and activities across the University.

Arizona campus update
The majority of non-clinical space leases on the Arizona campus will mature by December 2017. Deans are analyzing potential new programs and enrollment growth. Once all deans have completed projections, financial modeling will determine revenue for supporting additional and improved facilities.

MOSDOH update
After receiving initial accreditation in August, 42 students were accepted into MOSDOH’s inaugural class. It has been an eventful couple of months, with student orientation and the White Coat Ceremony in September and the first day of classes and the inauguration ceremony in October.

Plans are moving forward—literally—on MOSDOH’s third- and fourth-year dental clinic in St. Louis, scheduled to open in late spring 2015. Ground breaking will occur in February or March 2014. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 12 months.

ATSU's new mascot Bucky, the Ram of Reason

The Ram of Reason

Meet Bucky, the Ram of Reason
ATSU’s mascot, Bucky, the Ram of Reason, made a surprise debut appearance at the Missouri campus Founder’s Day. Bucky was named after Francis “Bucky” M. Walter Jr., MA, BS, DOEd (Hon.), KCOM emeritus dean of students, who passed away Aug. 24. An anonymous ATSU alumnus donated the professional quality mascot costume to be used during school and community events to promote ATSU, healthy eating, physical activity, preventative healthcare, and education. The Ram of Reason will soon be at an event near you!

November is national American Indian Heritage Month
National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates native peoples, culture, traditions, music, dance, and concepts of life. ATSU is the proud home of a growing number of American Indians in healthcare professions. In celebration, numerous events have been held on the Arizona campus to honor the American Indian heritage. Dr. George and Patricia Blue Spruce donated a beautiful sculpture by American Indian Artist Upton “Greyshoes” Ethelbah for display in the Arizona campus lobby.

Interprofessional education research and collaborative case competition update
On Nov. 2, ATSU held its fifth annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium on the Missouri campus. Students, residents, faculty, and regional researchers presented current research activities, which helped promote collaboration among the groups.

The event was hosted by the Still Research Institute, who presented awards for Outstanding Research Posters: Nick Musso, OMS II, KCOM ($200-Overall); Jessica Lapinski, academic fellow, KCOM ($100); Joshua Moody, MS, ’14, KCOM ($100); and Paul A.J. Baillargeon, DO, ’09 ($100). Sigma Xi also awarded $200 to Nelson Ugwu, student, Truman State University, for best Research Poster presented by an undergraduate.

Thank you, Brian Degenhardt, DO, director, Still Research Institute, and Neil Sargentini, PhD, chair, microbiology/immunology, KCOM, for putting together such a well-received interprofessional event.

ATSU also hosted its second annual Interprofessional Education Collaborative Case Competition (IPE-CCC) on Nov. 2. IPE-CCC offers students an interprofessional teamwork experience and reveals the complexity of healthcare delivery and the need for collaboration among healthcare professionals to reach the best health outcomes for clients/patients.

This year’s competition brought students together from four universities, representing 14 programs and 11 different professions. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams. The Dr. William McKinney Award for first place went to Mimi Bankiewicz, D1, ASDOH; Christine Burris, AuD, ’15; Bethany Galbraith, OT, ’16; and Josie Harding, AT, ’15.

Second place went to Pam Barnes-Palty, psychology student, Argosy University; Jennifer Garbarini, AuD, ’16; AJ Hortin, PT, ’15; Amanda Peterson, OT, ’15; and Michelle Smith, nursing student, Grand Canyon University. Third place went to Jeremy Berger, OMS II, SOMA; John Crum, psychology student, Argosy University; David Lifferth, D2, ASDOH; Caroline Lindsey, AuD, ’16; and Katherine Rolston, OT, ’16.

Congratulations also to KCOM students Christine Beeson and Gabriel Eljdid and Truman State University students Ashley Anderson, Cody Campbell, Victoria Caskey, Emma Hosman, Alaina Kramer, Rachel Krauss, Alicia Kimberlin, Nikki Jerowski, Jessica Ray, Stephanie Thomas, and Kendra Woolman, who were recognized for their respective team presentations.

ATSU student recognized for IPE efforts
Adam Bennett, D4, ASDOH, was recognized for his commitment in enhancing interprofessional education by University of Minnesota faculty and members of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE). Bennett spent six weeks in June and July working at NCIPE, an organization aimed at strengthening the advancement of collaborative, team-based health professions education and patient care. He served in a student consultancy role developing a strategic vision to involve future students.

Day for Special Smiles
ASDOH hosted its third annual Day for Special Smiles on Nov. 8, providing free dental care to 44 people with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities, including athletes from Arizona Special Olympics. More than 50 ATSU students participated.

Advanced Care Clinic now open

Dr. Workman attends Advanced Care Clinic grand opening

Dr. Rick Workman

ASDOH celebrated the official opening of its newest addition, The Center for Advanced Oral Health on Sept. 18. The Center is comprised of two specialty dental clinics: The Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic and ASDOH Orthodontic Clinic. The Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic is Arizona’s first to offer expertise and equipment necessary to treat patients with complex dental needs. The clinic also specializes in comprehensive oral healthcare for patients whose physical and developmental disabilities require dentists with advanced training.

 

Arizona governor supports ATSU fall prevention program

Caroline Lindsey and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Lindsey and Gov. Brewer

Caroline Lindsey, AuD, ’16, met with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in September to discuss ATSU’s Still Standing Fall Prevention Outreach, a community health education program conducted by ATSU’s Aging Studies Project to alleviate falls among older adults. ATSU holds a nine-year association with the Governor’s Office on Aging and has been a part of the Arizona Fall Prevention Coalition since its inception.

 

 

Students participate in Community Health Center Expo
SOMA faculty and students were successful in including 13 posters accepted for presentation during the National Association of Community Health Center’s Community Health Institute & Expo, held Aug. 25-27 in Chicago. Each of ATSU’s 11 community health center partner sites participated, and of the more than 100 student participants, six of the 13 poster teams were chosen to advance with their posters through an oral presentation. Each presentation was related to the social determinants of health and issues affecting their community health center community. Project Faculty Adviser Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, associate professor, family and community medicine, SOMA, and ATSU Board of Trustee Member Isaac R. Navarro, DMD, ’08, were faculty moderators and presenters. Read more about SOMA students’ participation in the Community Health Center Expo

AuD White Coat Ceremony
Audiology students in the class of 2016 crossed the stage Oct. 5, to receive their white coats. Congratulations! Andrea Ruotolo, AuD, ’05, adjunct assistant professor, audiology, was the keynote speaker.

Audiology students receive white coats

AuD class of 2016

Orthodontic residents graduate
ASDOH’s Postgraduate Orthodontic program celebrated the graduation of its fifth class of residents at the Arizona Country Club in Phoenix on Aug. 15. Orthodontic class of 2013 residents Blake Hillstead, DMD, DHSc; Trent Cox, DMD, DHSc; Shruti Shastry, DDS, DHSc; Ryan Bullen, DDS, DHSc; and Bradley Milde, DMD, DHSc, gave presentations at the event. Graduates received a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

ASDOH Orthodontic residents graduate

Orthodontic class of 2013

Normore to lead ATSU’s diversity initiative
Our first director of diversity, Clinton Normore, MBA, joined ATSU this summer and will serve in a strategic role to assess, promote, and increase diversity and diversity of service among the University’s students and workforce. Normore will work with key leadership to collaboratively develop and oversee a comprehensive plan to implement diversity goals to support ATSU’s mission and vision. ATSU is committed to continued progress in the area of diversity.

AOF recognizes ATSU students, advocates
Congratulations to our students and student advocates who were recognized by the American Osteopathic Foundation as 2013 Honors recipients. The following were honored at a celebration in Las Vegas on Sept. 29.

KCOM

  • Philip Hall, OMS II – Rossnick Humanitarian Grant ($1,123)
  • Rebecca M. Jordan, OMS III – Welch Scholars Grant ($2,000)
  • Alan Miner, OMS IV – Rossnick Humanitarian Grant ($1,800)
  • Natalie Shurtz, spouse of Joe Shurtz, OMS IV – Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award

SOMA

  • Kyle Bohan, OMS II – HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, Coachella Valley, Calif. ($875)
  • June C. Chapin, OMS IV – Welch Scholars Grant ($2,000)
  • Jill Haggerty, spouse of John Haggerty OMS IV – Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award

ATSU is a 2014 Military Friendly School®ATSU is a Military Friendly School
ATSU ranks in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

ATSU is a Health at Work Award winner
ATSU is a Silver winner of the ninth-annual Health at Work Awards sponsored by ComPsych, honoring organizations who promote employee health and wellness. Winners were selected based on their wellness program’s comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates, and results achieved. ATSU boasts two health and wellness programs to its employees: Still Healthy Lifestyle & Still Healthy Fitness.

ATSU earns four marketing awards
ATSU received four top nods from MarCom Awards 2013, an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Platinum Awards (the highest honor) recognized Still Magazine Cover Summer 2012 in the Design (Print)/Magazine Cover category and Still Magazine Online in the Alumni Magazine Website category. Gold Awards recognized Still Magazine in the Magazine/Alumni Magazine category and Still Magazine in the Design (Print)/Magazine category. Admissions recruitment suite materials and First Impressions magazine received honorable mentions in their respective award categories.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of Nov. 1, 2013)
Congratulations on recent promotions

  • Patty Hester, lead rotation site coordinator, Arizona region, KCOM
  • Ali Kittleson, supply room assistant, dental clinic, ASDOH
  • Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, professor, physical therapy, ASHS
  • Barbara Maxwell, DPT, director and professor, IPE, ATSU
  • Donna McBride, clinical education project coordinator, SOMA
  • Lise McCoy, MTESL, curriculum specialist and assistant director, faculty development, SOMA
  • Ian McLeod, MEd, assistant professor and director, didactic education, ASHS
  • Amanda Murphy, front office support, ASDOH
  • Seena Patel, DMD, MPH, associate director, oral medicine, Dental Care West, ASDOH
  • Bartly Rust, PA-C, adjunct professor, physician assistant studies, ASHS
  • Alan Schalscha, DO, MS, associate professor, SOMA
  • Stephanie Sullivan, administrative support, anatomy, KCOM
  • Lisa Watts, DO, director, graduate medical education, SOMA, and regional director, Oregon

Accomplishment kudos
Katherine M. Adler, DHA, FACHE, associate dean, academic success and assessment, SHM, will serve on the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives Communication Committee.

Azra Baab, BS, coordinator, program and global oral health, ASDOH, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2013.

SHM faculty Joshua Bernstein, PhD, assistant professor, and Lynda Konecny, DHEd, MS, CHES, assistant professor, presented their poster entitled “Influence of Availability of Comprehensive Wellness Resources on Online Student Wellness” at the 38th Annual National Wellness Conference in Stephens Point, Wis., in July.

Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ASDOH, was inducted into the Incisal Edge Dental Innovator Hall of Fame. He also was featured on the cover and in an article on innovation in dentistry in the winter 2014 issue of Incisal Edge.

Tim Flores, online enrollment counselor, ATSU, was honored as an outstanding Native American employee for 2013 at the AZ American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards by the Phoenix Indian Center.

Jason Haxton, MA, director, Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, presented the 2013 Mary Burnett, DO, FACOFP dist. lecture during the OFP Fellows Semiannual Business Meeting at the ACOFP/Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition on Oct. 2 at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

SOMA Dean Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVS, FACOFP, was featured in a one-page article in the Arizona Republic in conjunction with her nomination to the 2013 Who’s Who in Business’ colleges and universities category.

Peter Kondrashov, PhD, anatomy chair, KCOM; Tatyana Kondrashova, PhD, assistant professor, family medicine, KCOM; Jane Johnson, MA, senior biostatician, ATSU; Karl Boehm, OMS III, KCOM; and Daris Rice, OMS III, KCOM, won Best Poster Award for their Anatomy in Ultrasound poster, “Impact of the clinical elective course on retention of anatomical knowledge by second year osteopathic medical students in preparation for board exams,” at the Second World Congress Ultrasound in Medical Education conference, held Sept. 27-29 in Columbia, S.C.

Greg Loeben, PhD, associate professor, SHM, presented twice at the Arizona Psychological Association Annual Convention on Oct. 11. Dr. Loeben also was selected to serve as a board member of the Arizona Bioethics Network.

Jennifer Magruder, project coordinator, academic affairs, KCOM, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2013.

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, professor, athletic training, and director, interdisciplinary research laboratory, ASHS, was elected to the United States Brain Injury Alliance board. Dr. McLeod also was invited to the national conference on youth sports safety in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7-8. Additionally, Dr. McLeod contributed as an expert reviewer of the draft report highlighting sports-related concussions in youth by The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

Susan Miedzianowski, MS, adjunct professor, SHM, has been appointed to the editorial board of CSA Journal. She also published an article in the summer 2013 edition of the journal, “The Changing Face of Primary Care.”

Adam Moore, MS, manager, Gutensohn Clinic, completed the Certified Medical Practice Executive certificate program with the Medical Group Management Association.

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontics, ASDOH, was selected as an American Board of Orthodontics examiner and was voted as new chief editor of the Journal of the Pacific Coast Orthodontic Society.

Kelly Rogers, photographer, communication & marketing, ATSU, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2013.

Karen Snider, DO, chair, OMM, KCOM, reported on the results of a pilot study of osteopathic manipulative treatment on nursing home residents during an OMED presentation at the AOA Conference on Sept. 30. Her report was highlighted in The DO magazine.

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones
5-year anniversary

  • Annlee Burch, EdD, MPH, PT, vice dean, ASHS
  • Carlo Caroli, library technician, A.T. Still Memorial Library-Missouri, ATSU
  • Khanh Chu, DDS, director, ASDOH
  • Michael Haynie, MBA, sponsored project coordinator, sponsored programs, ATSU
  • Matthew Heeren, JD, vice president and general counsel, ATSU
  • Ronni Jones, administrative assistant, facilities/plant operations, Missouri campus, ATSU
  • Donald Lee, BS, online enrollment counselor, ATSU
  • Barbara Magers, research coordinator, research support, KCOM
  • Matthew Midkiff, DPT, adjunct professor, physical therapy, ASHS
  • Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontics, ASDOH
  • Milton Pong, PhD, assistant professor, SOMA
  • LaTrisha Riggins, MAT, associate director, student financial assistance, ATSU
  • Catherine Ryczek, library assistant, ASHS
  • Sarah Spencer, MPH, associate director, ATSU
  • Thomas Turner III, DDS, adjunct professor, ASDOH
  • Demetrius Washington, DA, dental assistant, Dental Care West, ASDOH
  • Gene Winfield, DO, chair, SOMA

10-year anniversary

  • Marcia Arbizu, MBA, associate director, ICSP, ASDOH
  • Geri DeWaard, lab assistant, occupational therapy, ASHS
  • Harvey Summers, coordinator, development, ATSU

15-year anniversary

  • Kathy Krog, administrative assistant, microbiology/immunology, KCOM
  • Dean Maag, manager, academic technologies, ATSU
  • Jim Sharp, security officer, security, Missouri campus, ATSU

20-year anniversary

  • Jerry Bell, security officer, security, Missouri campus, ATSU
  • Brian Degenhardt, DO, director, Still Research Institute, ATSU

25-year anniversary

  • Janet Head, EdD, MS, RN, program specialist, AHEC, KCOM
  • Julia Ousterhout, PhD, assistant professor, pharmacology, KCOM
  • William Sexton, PhD, professor, physiology, KCOM

35-year anniversary
John Heard, PhD, vice president, research, grants, & information systems, ATSU

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and may your holiday season be a wonderful time filled with family, friends, smiles, and warm hearts.

Yours in service,
Craig M. Phelps, DO

 

 

 

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Perspective No. 6 – Meeting our mission

With each new graduating class, ATSU is making a statement. Since 1892 we’ve proclaimed a new paradigm in healthcare. Our students are learning it. Our graduates have earned it. Our alumni are experiencing it—and continuing to shape it. In celebration of our newest healthcare professionals (à la SHM and ASHS), let’s together make a statement that our nation’s healthcare system cannot ignore—our mission statement:

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences serves as a learning-centered university dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs with a commitment to continue its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations.

We must remind ourselves daily of our mission, keeping the goal in sight. After all, it is a statement worth making.

Welcome, new Board of Trustees members

Each of us can be proud of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by our board members. Every 90 days, on average, our 18-member board leaves their work, families, and homes to offer guidance and shoulder the responsibilities of governing ATSU. This work is done without compensation and at their expense.

The board met in Newport, R.I., on July 26-27 to conduct its quarterly meeting, including selecting new members and appointing officers. The board welcomed five new trustees, ushering in a new era of diversity and opportunity. Please help me welcome new members:

  • Lisette Dottavio, PhD, CPA, Stephenville, Texas, is a senior tax accountant with Boucher Morgan & Young, working with corporate clients, high-wealth individuals, and non-profit organizations on tax compliance, planning, and business growth.
  • Tisha Kice-Briggs, DDS, Kirksville, Mo., is a partner with Kirksville Dental Group and has practiced dentistry in private practice for 11 years. She is also a trustee on the Missouri Dental Association Board.
  • Paulina Vazquez Morris, JD, MBA, MHSA, Phoenix, Ariz., has a distinguished career in both public service and private industry. Most recently she sought election to the United States Congress in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. Prior to her campaign, she served as deputy director and general counsel for the Arizona Department of Administration.
  • Ann Thielke, RN, JD, Houston, Texas, is senior vice president, general counsel, compliance officer, and corporate secretary of VHA Inc., previously serving as vice president and general counsel with St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston.
  • Gary Wiltz, MD, Franklin, La., is chief executive officer of Teche Action Clinic and chair-elect of the National Association of Community Health Centers. Teche Action Clinic is frequently referred to as the model for the state, and possibly the nation, for delivery of healthcare in a community health center setting.

Board members also honored Paul A. Lines, DDS, MS, for completing nine years of service—the maximum board term. Thank you, and congratulations, Dr. Lines, for being a steadfast supporter and contributor to ATSU.

Thanks also to Clyde H. Evans, PhD, for his two years of service as board chair. Thankfully, he will be around for several more years as a board member.

G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, will serve as incoming chair; James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, MS, ’97, as vice chair; and Dorothy M. Munch, DO, ’85, as secretary. Congratulations.

Members named to serve on the Audit Team include: Robert W. Uhl, chair, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ’71, of Tulsa, Okla.; and James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, MS, ’97, of Chesapeake, Va.

These members will also continue their service on the board: Manuel C. Bedoya, DMD, Tucson, Ariz.; Daniel L. Biery, DO, FACOI, FACG, FASGE, ’72, Phelps, N.Y.; Reid W. Butler, JD, Phoenix, Ariz.; Chester W. Douglass, DMD, PhD, MPH, Newton, Mass.; Clyde H. Evans, PhD, Needham, Mass.; Robert L. King, JD, Lexington, Ky.; Isaac R. Navarro, DMD, ’08, Visalia, Calif.; and Ronald W. Winkler, Kirksville, Mo.

Faculty and staff will have several opportunities to meet new board members during gatherings on both campuses, Oct. 24-26 in Kirksville and January 2014 in Mesa.

Upcoming board meeting: Founder’s Day, Oct. 25-26, in Kirksville, Mo.

Strategic Plan focus 2013-14

Scholarly activity and research, learning-centered education, and University Advancement are areas of focus for the 2013-14 academic year.

Across academia, funding of scholarly activity and research has undergone, and will continue to undergo, tremendous change. ATSU has an opportunity to redefine and refine an appropriate plan for its size, mission, and vision.

Learning-centered education is integral to both ATSU’s mission statement and strategic plan. How do faculty, schools, and programs define and value this concept? How can the ATSU community better support this? These are questions to explore and answer together during the next year.

Moving from a “tuition driven” to a “mission driven” university will not be easy. ATSU’s board is committed to supporting advancement efforts and developing new revenue sources across both campuses, including new programs. Faculty and staff will be encouraged to offer ideas and participate in an “advancement culture change” through a series of discussions and initiatives facilitated by University Advancement.

Building upon 2012-13 faculty and staff input, continuing support of IPE, diversity, and the Center for Teaching and Learning will remain institutional priorities.

Graduations
SHM commencement was held Saturday, July 13, in Baldwin Auditorium on the Truman State University campus in Kirksville. A total of 63 graduates received degrees, including master of health administration (nine), master of public health (13), master of public health – dental emphasis (26), and doctor of health education (15). A total of 17 graduates walked the stage. Seven students were inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta honor society, while six students, one alumnus, one faculty member, and one honorary member were inducted into the Alpha Tau Sigma Upsilon honor society. The keynote speaker was Janice Probst, PhD, director, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina. Dr. Probst received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

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SHM graduates and faculty following commencement

 

On Friday, Aug. 2, ASHS held its summer commencement ceremonies for online and residential students at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix. Graduates received degrees in human movement, occupational therapy, advanced physician assistant studies, audiology, doctor of health sciences, and physical therapy. A total of 132 online and 193 residential students earned ATSU degrees. Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, professor and chair, occupational therapy education, University of Kansas, was the keynote speaker at both ceremonies. Dr. Dunn received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

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Degree candidates at ASHS graduation

 

I sincerely thank all ATSU faculty, staff, and commencement volunteers who helped make these events successful and memorable.

White coat ceremonies

Summertime has been filled with white coat ceremonies on both campuses. A total of 483 students have earned white coats, including 62 DPTs (ASHS class of 2014), 64 PAs (ASHS class of 2015), 280 DOs (108 in SOMA’s class of 2017 and 172 in KCOM’s class of 2017), and 76 DMDs (ASDOH class of 2017). ASHS’ DPT and PA, as well as SOMA and ASDOH’s, white coat ceremonies were held July 15 at the Mesa Arts Center. KCOM’s ceremony was July 13 at Truman State University. Congratulations to all our students who have taken this symbolic step in their professions.

Steil, OMS I, and family at SOMA’s White Coat Ceremony

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of July 31, 2013)

Congratulations on recent promotions:

  • Donald Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA, dean, SHM
  • Kerry Anderson, lead dental assistant, ASDOH
  • Brittany Beeler, payroll clerk/scanner, human resources, ATSU
  • Jonathan Brennan, MD, DMD, MPH, dental informatics director and assistant professor, ASDOH
  • Lloyd Cleaver, DO, assistant vice president, continuing education, ATSU
  • Gary Cloud, PhD, vice president-strategic university partnerships, ATSU
  • Roger Cooper, DDS, PhD, MEd, director, periodontics, ASDOH
  • Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Michael Cramberg, lab manager, surgery, KCOM
  • Jay Crutchfield, MD, FACS, anatomy chair, SOMA
  • Elizabeth Curran, CDT, DT, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, professor/director, occupational therapy, ASHS
  • Keith Elmslie, PhD, professor, pharmacology, KCOM
  • Monica Fernandez, PA-C, virtual CHC continuity & educational specialist and assistant professor, SOMA
  • John Heick, PT, DPT, associate professor, physical therapy, ASHS
  • Laura Hendricks, RDH, MEd, non-surgical periodontal director and assistant professor, ASDOH
  • Mara Hover, DO, community medicine associate chair, clinical education CHCs director, and associate professor, SOMA
  • Heather Johnson, RDH, MEd, coordinator/instructor, dentistry in the community, ASDOH
  • Jonathon Kirsch, DO, OPP/OMM chair, SOMA
  • Peter Kondrashov, PhD, professor, anatomy, KCOM
  • Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, associate professor, SOMA
  • Timothy Lukavsky, DDS, assistant director, special care, and assistant professor, ASDOH
  • George Magnus, CDA, MPH, radiology tech/instructor, ASDOH
  • Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP, associate professor, doctor of health sciences, ASHS
  • Kathleen Moralez, special care senior dental assistant, ASDOH
  • Edward Moticka, PhD, basic medical science education chair and microbiology professor, SOMA
  • Sharon Obadia, DO, faculty development director and assistant professor, SOMA
  • Michelle Gross-Panico, DHSc, RDH, MA, dentistry in the community director and assistant professor, ASDOH
  • Candy Phillips, records coordinator, registrar, ATSU
  • Lorree Ratto, PhD, medical simulation & standardized patients director, medical humanities & healthcare leadership chair, and assistant professor, SOMA
  • Randy Rogers, CFP®, interim vice president, university advancement, ATSU
  • Wesley Ryle, MD, assistant professor and residency supervisor, KCOM
  • Leslie Schmeltz, AuD, associate professor, audiology, ASHS
  • Lisa Watts, DO, associate professor, SOMA
  • O.T. Wendel, PhD, senior vice president-strategic university initiatives, ATSU
  • Gene Winfield, DO, clinical science education chair and associate professor, SOMA
  • Janet Woldt, PhD, associate professor, ASDOH

Kudos on these accomplishments:

  • Thomas Bennett, DO, director, SOMA, represents SOMA on the University Faculty Senate.
  • Denice Curtis, DDS, DHSc, MPH, adjunct faculty, SHM, was honored as Instructor of the Year by the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), where she also teaches in the MPH program.
  • Helen Ewing, DHSc, RN, director and associate professor, ASHS, was awarded the 2013 ASHS Alumni Board Living Legacy Award.
  • Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, assistant professor, SHM, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Research and Development and has been invited to be the editor of a special issue.
  • Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVS, FACOFP, dean, SOMA, ranked as a top-10 candidate in The Arizona Republic’s 2013 Who’s Who in Business nominations.
  • Kenneth Lam, ScD, ATC, interdisciplinary sciences assistant professor, ASHS, received the ASHS Scholar of the Year Award.
  • Melanie McAuley, DHEd, MA, ’13, curriculum & assessment analyst, academic affairs, KCOM, graduated with her doctor of health education from SHM on July 13.
  • Warren McDonald, PhD, associate professor, SHM, was appointed to the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center board of trustees for a three-year term.
  • Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, athletic training professor, ASHS, received the ASHS Distinguished Service of the Year Award.
  • Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontic program, ASDOH, was appointed an editor for the Journal of Investigative Dental Sciences.
  • Sarah Spencer, MPH, ’13, associate director-admissions, SHM, graduated with her master of public health from SHM on July 13.
  • Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, adjunct professor and course director of clinical medicine and pharmacology, ASDOH, and adjunct clinical instructor and course director of pharmacology, Audiology program, ASHS, received the Charlotte J. Sullivan Award given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Andrew Then, facilities manager, Arizona campus, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
  • William Woods, DDS, director, ASDOH, was appointed to the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners.
  • ASHS faculty Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, interdisciplinary sciences chair; Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, athletic training professor; Kenneth Lam, ScD, ATC, interdisciplinary sciences assistant professor; and Alison Valier, PhD, ATC, athletic training associate professor, received the Clint Thompson Outstanding Clinical Practice Advancement Manuscript Award from the Journal of Athletic Training.

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones:

25-year anniversary

  • Tammy Kriegshauser, MBA, assistant dean, clinical educational affairs, KCOM

15-year anniversary

  • Tracey Lantz, MBA, assistant director, SHM

10-year anniversary

L. James Bell, DDS, vice dean, ASDOH

5-year anniversary

  • Bart Anderson, MS, ATC, assistant professor, athletic training, ASHS
  • Kellie Bliven, PhD, ATC, associate professor, human movement, ASHS
  • Lee Bonnell, academic success coordinator, SHM
  • Lynn Daniels, MA, program development specialist, sponsored programs
  • Michele Fiore, senior administrative assistant, ASDOH
  • Colleen Halupa, EdD, assistant professor, SHM
  • J. Hamblin, DHSc, MPA, clinic coordinator, physician assistant, ASHS
  • John Heick, PT, DPT, associate professor, physical therapy, ASHS
  • Andrew Kottwitz, instructional designer, SHM
  • Dawn Lende, manager, ASDOH
  • Scott Myers, DMD, director, ASDOH
  • Candy Phillips, records coordinator, registrar’s office, ATSU
  • Kelly Richardson, academic technology specialist, academic technologies, ATSU

ATSU supports fitness

Following Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon’s ATSU visit July 18, I was fortunate to join him as a guest at a press event to promote the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville and hike more than one mile through the park. If you are interested in the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge, you may find more information and sign up at www.100missourimiles.com.

In Arizona, a fitness initiative is moving forward through the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. ATSU will have an opportunity to participate through contributing ideas and best practices for a healthier Arizona.

Remember—ATSU promotes and rewards healthy lifestyle choices and fitness through employee incentive programs. Contact Human Resources for more information.

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Dr. Phelps (left) supports Gov. Nixon as he promotes the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health update

The Missouri campus’ Interprofessional Education and Dental School (IPEDS) building is complete and will host a sneak preview for donors Aug. 16. The grand opening is planned for Oct. 24. Be on the lookout for an email summarizing accreditation recommendations Aug. 8-9.

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IPEDS

Wishing everyone a successful, rewarding academic year

As we begin the 2013-14 academic year at ATSU, thank you to all who make this a wonderful place to work and learn.

Yours in service,
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Craig M. Phelps, DO
President

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President Phelps' Perspective - ATSU Celebrating Accomplishments - July 2013

Graduation is always a special time at A.T. Still University, and 2013 spring and summer commencement ceremonies were no exception. As ATSU students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate across both campuses, we are reminded of the important role this institution fulfills in our nation’s healthcare system.

More than 120 years ago A.T. Still, MD, DO, encouraged a new paradigm in healthcare. A paradigm perhaps more important today than any time in ATSU’s history as America and other countries look toward prevention and population health as means to provide quality care.

Preparing students

Today’s healthcare provider needs additional knowledge, skills, and talents to merge prevention with treatment, technology with touch, teamwork with sub-specialization, analytics with personalization, and management with leadership. Patients, employers, and payors want (demand) professionals committed to providing the very best quality care, at a fair price. ATSU is committed to graduating students with abilities to lead in delivering care in this new paradigm incorporating whole person healthcare and osteopathic tenets.

As ATSU embarks on updating its strategic plan for 2015-2020, focusing on preparing graduates for tomorrow’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment will be forefront. While it will be challenging, our faculty and staff understand the necessity and are up to the challenge.

Graduations

KCOM commencement was held Saturday, May 18, in Baldwin Auditorium on the Truman State University campus in Kirksville, Mo. A total of 185 graduates received master of biomedical sciences degrees (7) or doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees (178). The keynote speaker was J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP, ’93, principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs and deputy chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Polk received the honorary doctor of science in osteopathy degree; and Paul M. Williams, DO, ’64, and Michael K. Willman, DO, ’65, received honorary doctor of science in education degrees.

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Dr. Willman, Dean Wilson, and Dr. Williams

ASDOH held commencement exercises Friday, June 7, at Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. Graduates received the doctor of dental medicine (64), doctorate of health sciences (5), and master in public health degrees (23), as well as certificates in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics (5). The commencement address was delivered by Claude Earl Fox, MD, MPH, professor emeritus in the department of epidemiology and Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, adjunct professor at Florida Atlanta, University, and founding director of the Florida Public Health Institute. Dr. Fox received the honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Monica DiGiovanni; Robert DiGiovanni, DO, ’82; President Phelps; Rachel DiGiovanni, DMD, ’13, MPH, ’12; Ernest DiGiovanni; and Leonard G. DiGiovanni, DO, ’63
Monica DiGiovanni; Robert DiGiovanni, DO, ’82; President Phelps; Rachel DiGiovanni, DMD, ’13, MPH, ’12; Ernest DiGiovanni, DO; and Leonard G. DiGiovanni, DO, ’63

SOMA commencement was held Friday, June 7, at Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., with 98 graduates receiving the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Thomas E. McWilliams, DO, FACOFP, ’76, associate dean of graduate medical education, delivered the commencement address.

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Dean Kalousek

A big thank you to all ATSU faculty and staff and commencement volunteers.

Upcoming commencements: SHM on July 13 in Kirksville, Mo., and ASHS on Aug. 2 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Facilities update

ATSU recently purchased approximately two acres for MOSDOH’s third- and fourth-year dental clinic in St. Louis. Located on the southeast corner of Truman Parkway and Park Avenue, the site offers many amenities including housing and convenient public transportation access for patients, students, faculty, and staff.

Arizona campus construction of the Center for Advanced Oral Health is complete.

Missouri campus Interprofessional Education and Dental School (IPEDS) building is nearing completion and occupancy.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of June 30, 2013)

Congratulations to the following on recent promotions:

  • Kristin Blunk, director of academic services and support, MOSDOH
  • Elizabeth Curran, DT, CDT, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Wayne W. Cottam, DMD, MS, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, professor, ASHS
  • Bradley Downing, DO, assistant professor, SOMA
  • Mellissa Eisenmann, executive assistant, ASHS
  • Keith Elmslie, PhD, professor, KCOM
  • Lesley Gilmer, PhD, director/assistant professor, ASHS
  • Christina Griffin, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, emeritus professor, ASHS
  • Virginia Halterman, interim co-vice president, communication & marketing, ATSU
  • John Heick, PT, DPT, OCS, associate professor, ASHS
  • Mara Hover, DO, associate professor, SOMA
  • Angela James, assistant director of admissions, ATSU
  • Peter Kondrashov, PhD, professor, KCOM
  • Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, associate professor, SOMA
  • Barb J. Magers, research coordinator, ATSU
  • Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, associate professor, ASHS
  • Carolyn McCarty, coordinator of student financial services, ATSU
  • Ruth Michaelis, MD, clinical associate professor, SOMA
  • John Olson, PhD, professor, SOMA
  • Eric Parsons, MD, clinical associate professor, SOMA
  • Greg Rubenstein, MA, interim co-vice president, communication & marketing, ATSU
  • Leslie Schmeltz, AuD, associate professor, ASHS
  • Tessa Tibben, MS, assistant professor/clinical coordinator, ASHS
  • Dustin Usher, network security analyst, ATSU
  • Lisa Watts, DO, associate professor, SOMA
  • Katelyn Wiggans, executive assistant, ATSU
  • Gene Winfield, DO, associate professor, SOMA
  • Janet L. Woldt, PhD, MS, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Meghan Woolbright, conservator, ATSU
  • Ryan Yontanza, desktop analyst, ATSU

Kudos to the following on their accomplishments:

Darien Belluomini, senior administrative assistant, ASHS dean’s office, received the Arizona campus Employee Excellence Award for the first quarter of 2013.

Annlee Burch, PT, MS, MPH, EdD, vice dean and associate professor, ASHS, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Research Group on Disparities in Health, Teachers College, Columbia University in N.Y.

Yingzi Chang, MD, PhD, assistant professor, received the 2013 KCOM A.T. Still Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Joseph C. Creech, Jr., DDS, associate professor and director of pediatric dentistry, ASDOH, was elected president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, dean, ASHS, was appointed by the Physician Assistant Education Association to their Pulse of the Profession Panel.

John Fick, EdD, FACHE, associate professor, SHM, was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

John Grider, DO, assistant professor, received the 2013 KCOM A.T. Still Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ’71, ATSU trustee, received the 2013 Outstanding Physician of the Year award from the Osteopathic Founders Foundation.

Jason Haxton, director, and Debra Loguda-Summers, curator, Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, were inducted into the honorary status of “The Compagnons” by the Collége d’ Études Osteopathiques in Quebec, Montreal.

Joyce Haynie, MEd, administrative coordinator, ATSU, received her doctorate of health sciences from SHM.

Kevin Marberry, MD, associate professor and chair of surgery, KCOM, was accepted for the International Cartilage Repair Society Traveling Fellowship.

John Robert “Bob” McMullen, MS, PA, associate professor, ASHS, received his doctorate of education in healthcare education from Nova Southeastern University.

Scott G. Myers, DMD, assistant professor, ASDOH, was selected as an American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute Fellow for 2014.

Dan Panico, safety coordinator, Arizona campus, received his associate in applied science degree in occupational safety and health technology from Gateway Community College.

Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, professor and chair, audiology, ASHS, received the 2013 Oticon Focus on People award.

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director, postgraduate orthodontic program, ASDOH, was appointed an editor for Edorium Journal of Dentistry. Dr. Park has also been appointed an examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics.

Randy Rogers, CFP, interim vice president – university advancement, received the annual Distinguished Service Award.

Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, MS, PT, NCS, associate professor, ASHS, is working on her doctorate degree from Trident University and successfully defended her dissertation.

Jean Sidwell, MALS, director of the A.T. Still Memorial Library, Missouri campus, and adviser for American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians Club, received the 2012-13 Excellence in Advising award.

Yvette Thornton, RDH, participation coordinator, ASDOH, received the Maricopa County Oral Health Leaders Advocates and Resources Member of the Month Award for March 2013.

Roy Turner, technician in the KCOM instrumentation shop, received the Missouri campus Employee Excellence Award for the first quarter of 2013.

Arizona campus Student Government Association presented faculty awards to: John Payne, DDS, ASDOH; Jay Crutchfield, MD, SOMA; Andrea Ruotolo, AuD, audiology, ASHS; Melissa Clark, MS, OTR/L, CES, CHT, occupational therapy, ASHS; Monica Fernandez, MMS, PA-C, physician assistant, ASHS; Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT, physical therapy, ASHS; and John Parsons, PhD, ATC, athletic training, ASHS.

ASDOH received the Outstanding Education Program Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

ATSU Communication & Marketing staff received three 2013 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA – Still Magazine online, for the Student Connect logo used in the Still-Well Newsletter, and for the 2011 Annual Report.

KCOM Microbiology and Immunology Department received the 2013 AACOM Society of Osteopathic Medical Education Innovation in Medical Education Award.

Newly elected to University Faculty Senate: Grace Stewart, MD, assistant professor, SOMA; Roy Holexa, DDS, assistant professor, ASDOH; and Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, professor, ASHS.

ATSU faculty who presented at the 2013 AACOM annual conference:

  • Deborah M. Heath, DO, associate professor, SOMA, and Malinda Hansen, MS, OMS II, SOMA, “Pair and Share: Employing Discipline-Specific Screening Exams to Find Common Ground in an Interprofessional Experiential Program.”
  • Daniel B. Hilton, OMS III and anatomy fellow, KCOM, “A Medical Student-driven iPad Initiative.”
  • Jonathan R. Kirsch, DO, associate professor, SOMA, and Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, associate dean of curriculum, KCOM, “Learning Communities to Enhance Medical Education Across the Continuum.”
  • Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, associate professor, SOMA, “Simultaneous Auscultation Using Electronic Stethoscopes and Mobile Applications for Community-based Medical Student Education.”
  • Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, associate professor, SOMA, and Lise McCoy, MTELS, curriculum specialist, SOMA, “Factors Related to Medical Student Selection of Primary Care or Needed Specialty Residencies.”
  • Frederic N. Schwartz, DO, FACOFP, associate dean for community campuses and professor, SOMA, “The Games People Play: Live Demonstrations of Deliberate Practice and Contextual Learning” and “THC GME Consortium to Increase Primary Care Provider Base.”

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones:

15-year anniversary

  • Clyde Potter, environmental services, ATSU

10-year anniversary

  • Kimberly Blackman, director of continuing education, ATSU
  • Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS, associate professor, ASDOH
  • Linda Wheelis, manager, advanced physician assistant program, ASHS

5-year anniversary

  • Colette Beck, patient services coordinator, ASDOH
  • Patricia Beré, MBA, senior director of development, ATSU
  • Megan Bonham, assistant director–admissions support, ATSU
  • Gary Brandeberry, boiler plant operator, ATSU
  • Rachael Casey, residential student account coordinator, ATSU
  • Helen Ewing, RN, DHSc, associate professor, ASHS
  • Philip Grunder, rotation site coordinator, KCOM
  • Laura Harvey, MBA, academic success coordinator, SHM
  • Douglas Hill, DDS, CCU director, ASDOH
  • Brooke Kelsey, MBA, associate director of development, ATSU
  • Lisa Kulkami, CDA, lead dental assistant, ASDOH
  • Terra Lee, instructional coordinator, KCOM
  • Scott Levy, support specialist, ATSU
  • Robert Long, technician, ATSU
  • Dianna Mullinix, patient service coordinator, KCOM
  • Daniel Ochoa, general maintenance assistant, ATSU
  • Anna Self, MBA, director sponsored programs, ATSU
  • Tiana Toovey, dental assistant, ASDOH
  • Jennifer Tuttle, supervisor of curriculum, KCOM
  • Amie Waldemer, MBA, associate director, ATSU
  • Lisa Watts, DO, assistant professor, SOMA
  • Cathy Wood, administrative support, KCOM

Welcome Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president – academic affairs
Dr. Gevitz began July 1, 2013. We are pleased and excited to welcome him to the ATSU family.

Summer and family
For many, summer offers a few weeks to spend time with family and friends. Just as importantly, being off-campus or off–line can renew our enthusiasm for ATSU and those we serve and work with each day.

Yours in service,
Craig M. Phelps, DO
President

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President Phelps' Perspective - ATSU Celebrating Accomplishments

This winter co-workers frequently traveling between Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz., faced some unique weather fluctuations to say the least. I can recall one morning waking with single digits outside followed by landing in 80° weather later in the day. One week it snowed in Phoenix and Kirksville. Classes on the Missouri campus were canceled for a day – a rare occurrence. Regardless, it always feels like home when stepping on either campus. Thank you to all who warm the hearts and minds of our students, faculty, and staff.

Strategic initiatives

Thank you to everyone who contributed to ATSU’s three strategic initiatives for 2012-2013. Many useful and thoughtful comments were received and incorporated into each final white paper draft.

Diversity in health professions education brings many challenges and opportunities. ATSU will soon begin searching for a director of diversity, with a goal date of employment July 1, 2013.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence initiative also received many exceptional comments. Funds will be budgeted for the upcoming fiscal year, and ATSU’s new vice president for academic affairs will be leading the center start-up.

Thanks to many engaged faculty and students, interprofessional education (IPE) has made excellent progress during this academic year. ATSU’s deans continue to work with faculty, students, and staff regarding IPE’s role in their respective program(s) while also visioning opportunities across schools and programs and with other institutions. Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, will be leading IPE at the University level as interim director of interprofessional education.

Team makes history

Creating new primary care residencies for graduating DO and MD students is a national priority. A team of ATSU-SOMA faculty, staff, and administrators accomplished the unbelievable in record time, when their efforts combined with those from The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education resulted in funding exceeding $4 million to launch 29 first-year primary care residencies per year in community health centers. If successful, this model may provide an additional mechanism for graduate medical education funding.

Congratulations and thank you to Thomas E. McWilliams, DO, FACOFP; Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP; Fred Schwartz, DO; and Lisa Watts, DO.

Give Kids a Smile® Day (GKAS) sets record

Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) sets record

On February 15, 2013, ATSU-ASDOH students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community volunteers provided oral healthcare to a record 364 children. If not the nation’s largest GKAS Day, it is in the top 2-3. ASHS physical therapy students and faculty also provided safe backpack use tips and postural education.

Congratulations and thank you to all participants especially co-chairs Charlie Brown, D3, and Jessica Lecy-Hunter, D3.

ATSU Board of Trustees

ATSU’s governance model allows meaningful interaction between trustees and ATSU constituencies. Last October trustees participated in Founder’s Day activities across the Missouri campus. On February 15 and 16, 2013, on the Arizona campus, members attended Give Kids a Smile® Day; reviewed posters on IPE; and interacted with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and former trustees. Future board meetings will continue featuring University schools, programs, initiatives, faculty, and students. Trustees deeply enjoy and appreciate these interactions.

AFA Balance and Hearing Institute grand opening

AFA Balance and Hearing Institute grand opening

The grand opening of ATSU’s Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) Balance and Hearing Institute was held on March 1, 2013. David Goldstein, PhD, and Deborah Price, AuD, from the AFA attended the opening and ribbon cutting. Congratulations to Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, audiology chair; Troy Hale, AuD, FAAA, director; and audiology faculty and staff. Thank you to the AFA for its generous gift to establish the institute.

ASHS commencement

Saturday, March 2, 2013, ATSU-ASHS winter commencement was held at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, Ariz., with a total of 164 graduates receiving master’s degrees in advanced physician assistant studies (20) and human movement (14), transitional doctorates in audiology (60) and physical therapy (50), and doctorates in health sciences (20). Keynote speaker was Michael R. Milner, DHSc, PA-C, rear admiral, assistant U.S. surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service (retired), dean and professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science School of Physician Assistant Studies, Boston, Mass. Dr. Milner received an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters. Thank you ASHS faculty and staff and commencement volunteers.

Communications and marketing

ATSU’s website development is rapidly progressing, and new pages will be unveiled for our home page and online programs before the end of this fiscal year. Social media plays an important role in ATSU’s branding strategy, and we are also preparing to launch initiatives on LinkedIn and Facebook where our communities (stakeholders) can connect. I’m excited with what I’ve seen so far; and I know you will be, too.

Faculty and staff

Congratulations to the following on his/her recent promotion through February 28, 2013:

  • Martina Allen, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor, ASHS
  • Melynda Blackburn, clinical affairs unit manager, SOMA
  • Jacqueline Forsythe, MBA, vice president of communication & marketing, ATSU
  • David Koenecke, DC, assistant vice president of admissions, ATSU
  • George Magnus, CDA, MPH, radiology technician II, ASDOH
  • Donna McBride, clinical education coordinator, SOMA
  • Ian McLeod, MEd, assistant professor, ASHS
  • Brooke Robinson, educational specialist, MOSDOH
  • Sondra Sanford, MSW, career center associate, SHM
  • Eric Snider, DO, acting chair of neurobehavioral sciences, KCOM

Kudos to the following:

Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences – doctor of health sciences programs, received the 2012 ASHS Scholar of the Year Award.

Carolyn Baber, administrative assistant for ASDOH, received the Employee Excellence Award on the Arizona campus for the fourth quarter of 2012

Mary Carter, payroll coordinator, received the Employee Excellence Award on the Missouri campus for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Sandy Catlett, administrative assistant in KCOM anatomy, received the Employee Excellence Award on the Missouri campus for the third quarter of 2012.

Tom DiDonna, DHSc, MSN, RN, adjunct professor, ASHS, received the ASHS Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Michelle Gross-Panico, RDH, MA, assistant professor, ASDOH, received her doctor of health sciences degree with an emphasis in global health from Nova Southeastern University.

Dan Panico, safety coordinator, received the Employee Excellence Award on the Arizona campus for the third quarter of 2012.

Wayne Smith, PT, DPT, SCS, CMT, ATC, associate professor, ASHS, received his musculoskeletal ultrasound credentialing from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Tim Tucker, MSPH, director of learning resources, KCOM, received the Fall 2012 Above and Beyond Humanitarian Award for KCOM.

In partnership with San Ysidro Community Health Center, ASDOH leadership dedicated the Adult Special Needs Dental Clinic at King-Chavez Health Center in San Diego on February 23.

Communication & Marketing received the following Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards:

  • College and University General Interest Magazines (circulation <29,999):  Still Magazine(Bronze)
  • Print Periodical Publishing Improvement – Magazine Publishing Improvement:  Still Magazine (before and after, Gold)
  • Excellence in Design – Covers:  Still Magazine, summer 2012 (Gold)
  • Web Magazines:  stillmagazine.atsu.edu (Gold)
  • Individual Student Recruitment Publications – Recruitment Search Publications, Miscellaneous Flyers, and Brochures:  rural + urban – One university, two unique campuses brochure (Silver)

ATSU faculty and staff celebrating 5-, 10-, and 15-year anniversary milestones.

5-year anniversary

  • Eppie Tillotson, MA, coordinator, ATSU
  • Cynthia Kaye, senior executive assistant, ATSU
  • Noel Carrasco, MD, professor, SOMA
  • Yenping Kuo, PhD, professor, SOMA
  • Philip Williams, network technician, ATSU
  • Edward Moticka, PhD, professor, SOMA
  • Robert Bowman, MD, professor, SOMA
  • Miguel Castaneda, general maintenance assistant, ATSU
  • Tresa Moralez, administrative assistant, ASHS
  • Zhiping Jia, research technician, KCOM
  • Keith Trisilla, technician, SOMA

10-year anniversary

  • Robert Ligorsky, DO, associate regional dean, KCOM
  • Julie Bauer Cook, MA, director, ATSU

15-year anniversary

  • James Roush, PhD, PT, ATC, ATL, professor, ASHS
  • Carolyn Stanley, clerical support, ATSU

Sorry if I missed you. It seems this time of year we are so busy with our programs/departments and University duties it is easy to miss many of our colleagues’ wonderful accomplishments. With over 3,183 students, 717 full-time and 1,124 part-time faculty and staff, there is a lot happening every day at ATSU. If someone you know was missed in this “Perspective” and deserves a special mention please, forward her/his name to cphelps@atsu.edu; and I will “get the word out.”

Yours in service,
Craig M. Phelps, DO
President

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