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Honor Roll

ATSU is named to the President's Honor Roll with distinction.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognizes colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

“Congratulations to A.T. Still University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face.”

ATSU was named to the Honor Roll based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

In 2009, nearly 60 percent of ATSU’s student body spent more than 13,000 volunteer hours serving the University’s local communities near its two campuses in Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.

Students and faculty at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine organized and participated in outreach projects including the Court Appointed Special Advocacy program, which advocates for abused and neglected children in the justice system. The program has been so successful that it has recently moved into adjacent counties to serve even more at-risk youth.

At ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), the Give Kids a Smile® project provided free dental care to local underserved children. At the one-day event, more than 200 children received care with the cost of the donated treatment totaling more than $100,000.

ASDOH students and faculty also participated in the Special Smiles project, during which they provided oral health screenings, referrals, and education for Special Olympic athletes; the American Indian Oral Health & Dental Career Outreach project where they educated American Indian high school students about oral health and careers in dentistry; and the Project Challenge Oral Health & Drug Prevention program where they worked with troubled teens to raise awareness about methamphetamines’ effect on oral health and other issues relating to teenage oral health.

At ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, students and faculty provided full physical exams to underserved Hispanic children and adults.

“I am proud of our students, faculty, and staff who always come together in a common cause and contribute generously and often to serve the needs of others,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder.

The University partners with numerous organizations that support student community service activities. These organizations include local elementary schools, state universities, hospitals, Women Infant Children centers, Head Start centers, Special Olympics, Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, county health departments, community centers, community health centers, senior centers, and nursing homes.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.


The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.


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MESA, Ariz. (Apr. 9, 2009) – Recent reports indicate 43 percent of Arizona’s children have never seen a dentist, and 38 percent do not have dental insurance – numbers that are likely growing due to the current economic downturn.

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF) plan to help by bringing more than 200 underserved elementary school children from the Mesa Public School District to the ASDOH Dental Clinic in Mesa on Friday, April 17, to receive free dental care as part of Give Kids a Smile®. This is the fourth consecutive year that ASDOH and the ADF have collaborated on the event.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., ASDOH dental students and volunteer dentists will provide basic dental services to children including cleanings, fillings, and more complex procedures, all at no charge. In addition to dental care, kids will experience dental education, costumed entertainment, and organized games, including inflatables provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Children needing more comprehensive follow-up care will have an opportunity to receive it thanks to an upcoming fundraiser with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Money from ticket sales to a Diamondbacks game in September will help pay for children to return to the ASDOH Dental Clinic at a later date for follow-up procedures.

Give Kids a Smile® is organized and executed by ASDOH students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of ADF, who recruit volunteer dentists from the Arizona Dental Association to help provide services. According to Ginger Froncek, executive director of the ADF, the April event at ASDOH is the single largest Give Kids a Smile® program in the state in the number of children treated, value of services provided, and volunteer participation.

“Give Kids a Smile® is a way that [ASDOH dental students] can focus on an underserved population in our community and provide awareness and care to help treat the most prevalent disease process in children – cavities,” said third-year ASDOH student Erik Smith, chair of the ASDOH Give Kids a Smile® committee.

“ASDOH is delighted to again be a major sponsor of Give Kids a Smile®, providing free dental care to some of the Valley’s most vulnerable children. Our faculty and students alike thoroughly enjoy meeting and caring for these children and their families,” said ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Give Kids a Smile® was established by the Greater St. Louis Dental Society in 2002 when a group of dentists set up a temporary full-service clinic that treated nearly 400 children over two days. With the support of the American Dental Association, the program has grown to approximately 1,900 locations and treatment of 480,000 children in 2008.


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