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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2007) – A. T. Still University held an all-campus meeting on Friday, October 19, in observation of Founder’s Day. The meeting serves to enlighten alumni and students on the outstanding growth and development at the University’s Missouri and Arizona campuses.

President James J. McGovern, Ph.D., presented the state of the University address, reporting that ATSU is in the top 10 of doctoral degree-granting universities in the United States and enrollment has increased nearly 25 percent in 2007, jumping from 2,437 enrollments in 2006 to 3,072 enrollments this year.

Jon Persavich, Ph.D., dean of the online School of Health Management, said the number of online students has doubled in the last year. Enrollment currently stands at 400 online students who are working toward doctoral and master’s degrees via online courses.  

Dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philip Slocum, D.O., received a standing ovation following the state of KCOM address in which he acknowledged the hard work of faculty and staff in many accomplishments. Dr. Slocum shared words of wisdom with the Kirksville Campus from author Jim Collins: “Greatness is a matter of choice and discipline.”

Lori Haxton, M.A., associate vice president of ATSU admissions and alumni services, directed the Gold Medallion and Alumni Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony honors visiting alumni of the 50th anniversary class with a Gold Medallion and 50 year pin. Attending members of the 1987, 1967, and 1962 classes were recognized, receiving a pin representing the number of years since graduation. Members of the President’s Gold Medallion Club were also acknowledged.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Sept. 20, 2007) – A. T. Still University held its grand opening ceremony for the Connell Information Technologies Center (Connell Center) Thursday, September 20, 2007. Nearly 300 people including State Representative Rebecca McClanahan and Mayor Martha Rowe were in attendance at the event which included a traditional ribbon cutting and dinner.


The 55,748 square foot Connell Center is a high-tech medical education facility boasting a new osteopathic manipulative medicine laboratory with 100 patient tables; six human patient simulators; a wireless library with video-audio center and a student study complex. More than 80 miles of fiber optic cable were used in the building.


“Without the help and financial contributions from the citizens of Kirksville this $12 million state-of-the –art facility would not have been possible,” said President James J. McGovern, Ph.D.


The building of the Connell Center was a genuine partnership between the good citizens of Kirksville and ATSU. Kirksville residents contributed nearly $800,000 far exceeding the requirements of a generous matching grant from the Kresge Foundation.


“The high-tech equipment we will get to use in the Connell Center played a big role in my decision to attend ATSU,” said Christina Hirt, first year medical student.

“The Connell Center is a remarkable resource and a symbol of what can be accomplished when we all work together,” said President McGovern.


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Many SHM students visit Kirksville for the first time to receive their degrees

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (June 7, 2007) – On June 9, A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management graduates its latest class of degree recipients in geriatric health (M.G.H.), public health (M.P.H.), and health administration (M.H.A.) at the University’s Thompson Campus Center.

“When the school opened in 1999, we knew that the demand for healthcare professionals nationwide was going to lead to a greater demand for administrators, managers, and teachers in healthcare settings,” SHM Dean Jon Persavich, Ph.D., said. “The demand for qualified healthcare professionals in positions of leadership is indeed rising, and our enrollment and expansion reflects that increase.”

Jason Haxton, M.A., director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum, will provide the keynote address and familiarize the graduates with the osteopathic tradition of A.T. Still University. Each student will also receive a signed copy of “The First School of Osteopathic Medicine” by Georgia Warner Walter. Haxton’s address will focus on the “life and times” of Dr. Still and discuss the events and inspirations that led him to establish and develop osteopathic medicine.

Since most of the students have not visited the campus, ATSU President James McGovern, Ph.D., felt it was appropriate that they come to the campus to understand the vision of University founder Andrew Taylor Still and the history of A.T. Still University.

“We want all of our students to understand the osteopathic tradition and demonstrate the principles of whole-person healthcare regardless of their specific occupation,” Dr. McGovern said. “Bringing them to Kirksville, the home of osteopathic philosophy and practice, for graduation should be a very valuable experience as we send them out to represent ATSU in the workforce.”


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Founding college of osteopathic medicine celebrates 154 new d.o.s

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 30, 2007) – The 15,000th student to receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree will walk the stage at Truman State University’s Baldwin Auditorium on June 2, 2007, during the 115th Annual Commencement Ceremony for A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

ATSU President James J. McGovern, Ph.D., said while the 15,000th graduate was a special occasion, it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that every KCOM graduation is an extraordinary event.

“For more than 100 years, KCOM and its graduates have helped change America’s perspective on what it really means to be well,” Dr. McGovern said. “We are sending these new physicians into the field, armed with the principles of osteopathic medicine, confident that they will carry on this tradition and help us make whole-person healthcare a reality for Americans and the world.”

ATSU-KCOM, founded in 1892 by university namesake Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, is the oldest osteopathic institution in the world. Consistent with ATSU’s award-winning practice of producing competent primary care physicians, 40% of the 154 graduating D.O.s will go on to residencies in family practice or internal medicine. A majority of the graduates will complete their residency training in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Arizona.

The ceremony also features honorary degree awards: Frederic William Hafferty, Ph.D., professor of medical sociology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine, in Duluth, Minn., will receive an honorary Doctor of Human Letters (D.Hu.L.) degree; and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell, J.D., will receive the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree.

ATSU-KCOM Class of 1949 alumnus Ralph L. Willard, D.O., will receive the honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education (D.O.Ed.) degree. Dr. Willard is a former administrator and dean with ATSU-KCOM, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. A World War II and Korean War combat veteran, Dr. Willard is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.


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University one of few nationwide to receive American Heart Association recognition

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 3, 2007) – On April 28, representatives from the American Heart Association visited the headquarters of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., to recognize the institution for its outstanding efforts to create a fitness- and wellness-friendly environment on its campuses in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz. ATSU is the only institution in Arizona to receive any level of recognition, and one of only four in Missouri.

Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center and the university’s unofficial “fitness guy,” said recognition from the American Heart Association was especially important because of the Association’s reputation nationwide as a health information and policy resource.

“When the American Heart Association says something, from CPR techniques to blood pressure management to exercise routines, people take it as fact and act immediately,” Martin said. “That they have recognized ATSU as the gold-standard for fit-friendly work and education environments is a great endorsement of our university and an incentive to work everyday to make them even better.”

The Association evaluated organizations based on physical activities offered or encouraged; nutrition policies, alternatives, or incentives; and institutional culture.

“At A.T. Still University, our core values, which are derived from the principles of osteopathic medicine, include a strong focus on personal wellness and fitness and prevention over treatment,” said James McGovern, Ph.D., president of ATSU. “Providing wellness and fitness options to our faculty, staff, and students not only follows our institutional mission, but it’s good common sense when you’re talking about the bottom line of a business and controlling costs.”


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