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Students enjoy participating in the ATSU's annual 5K run/1 mile walk on October 17

Students enjoy participating in the ATSU's annual 5K run/1 mile walk on October 17

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends joined in celebration of A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) annual Founder’s Day Celebration, held October 15-17.

Festivities included the inaugural Tinning Founder’s Day Osteopathy lecture presented by Edward G. Stiles, D.O. “I was overwhelmed when I was selected to give this lecture,” Dr. Stiles said. “I enjoy teaching and have had a ball in my career. I hope the same for these students.”

President Jack Magruder led the annual graveside ceremony honoring University founder A.T. Still, M.D., D.O. The first memorial ceremony took place December 2, 1919, and each year a wreath is placed on his grave. “(Still was) humble, intellectual, and spiritual in his thinking. He had an honest desire and the competence to treat people and alleviate pain and suffering,” Magruder said. “He gave all he had, all the time. And people loved him for it.”

ATSU Board of Trustees Chair Pete Detweiler and President Magruder kicked off the all-campus meeting by discussing the University’s financial stability and growth during the economic downturn.

Associate Vice President of Admissions and Alumni Services Lori Haxton, M.A., recognized alumni from the classes of 1984 and 1959, awarding gold medallions and pins for 50th anniversary honorees.

School of Health Management (SHM) Interim Dean Kimberly O’Reilly, D.H.Ed., M.S.W., discussed SHM’s past, talked about the present, and outlined the future. She hopes to further develop SHM’s partnership with the A.T. Still Research Institute, is looking forward to other joint initiatives within the university, and moving each program within SHM toward further accreditation.

Closing out the meeting, Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., recognized Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) students and staff for their accomplishments, including the outstanding devotion KCOM students give towards community service. In the past year, students have given more than 1,000 volunteer hours to the City of Kirksville.

ATSU and the Still National Osteopathic Museum unveiled the Dr. Thomas Quinn, D.O., Reading Room, research center, and new artifact storage area. This marks the third museum move due to growth of the collection and helps to consolidate facilities for researchers and staff duties. Dr. Jamie Archer, Brit. Osteopath, of Ulna, England, signed over the first artifact to the museum’s new collection space— a hand built useable replica of Dr. Still’s treatment chair designed in the 1900s. Dr. Archer built two of the artifacts using Dr. Still’s notes, photographs, and references by significant D.O.s of the time. These are the only two devices known in existence. Dr. Archer later demonstrated the chairs use at the continuing medical education program on Saturday.

Friday night was filled with food and fun at Still-A-Bration 2009, where faculty, students, staff, family, and friends enjoyed games, food and dancing.

The annual 5K run/1 mile walk on Saturday capped the weekend’s festivities with more than 60 participants. Second-year KCOM student Tyler Hill took home the men’s 5K title with a time of 16:36. First-year student Cara Lucas led the women with a time of 23:48.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Apr. 18, 2008 ) – Dr. Stephen Kardos, D.O., chairman of the ATSU Board of Trustees has announced that the Board has named Dr. Jack Magruder as the 10thPresident of the University. Magruder replaces James J. McGovern, Ph.D., who retired from ATSU on April 1.

According to Dr. Kardos, “Dr. Jack Magruder is absolutely the right man and the right educator for ATSU.  The Board of Trustees was unanimous in its decision to ask Jack to take on this leadership position.”  Kardos explained that ATSU is now preparing for an upcoming institutional accreditation visit and “Dr. Magruder’s past experiences as a Higher Learning Commission Board member and President of Truman State University uniquely qualify him to lead ATSU as the University prepares for the accreditation visit.

In addition to the upcoming accreditation, Magruder will be focusing his energies on streamlining and strengthening the University’s governance structure, with a special emphasis on bringing faculty and students into the process. “We have such terrific faculty and students; we need to solicit their input and opinions.  I want us all to communicate well,” said Magruder.

Magruder, who has been Acting President since February, also said his initial focus will be on student-learning and university-wide assessment.  According to Pete Detweiler, president Alliant Bank in Kirksville, MO and a member of the ATSU Board of Trustees, “ATSU has been in Kirksville for over 115 years – but is a relatively new University, having grown rapidly over the last ten to fifteen years. We need to make sure we have University-wide processes and procedures in place to ensure our long term success and the success of our students.”

When asked for the top three reasons he agreed to become President of ATSU, Magruder said “That’s an easy one – the top three reasons are: Students, Faculty and Staff.  This is a great institution full of great people and I am proud to be a part of ATSU.

Magruder began his career at Truman State University in 1964 as an assistant professor of chemistry.  During his 22 years on the faculty, he achieved the rank of professor before serving as head of the Division of Science from 1986 to 1989.  In 1989, Magruder was named acting dean of instruction and was later given the permanent appointment of vice president for academic affairs.  On July 1, 1994, Magruder was named the 13th president of Truman State University.  Magruder was honored in 1999 by having Truman’s Science Hall building renamed Magruder Hall, and he was granted the emeritus title of President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in May 2003, before retiring from the University on June 30, 2003. 

Magruder attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics.  He has a master’s degree in chemistry and science education from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate in chemistry and science education from the University of Northern Colorado. Magruder is a 1992 graduate of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management.  He was honored in 1999 by the University of Northern Colorado as the recipient of the Administration Achievement Award, and was granted an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002.  Magruder was honored most recently by receiving the 2003 Hall of Fame Award from the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Magruder serves as a member of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Board, and the Community Advisory Committee to the Missouri Foundation for Health.  He is past chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Accountability, Credibility and Efficiency for the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  During his time at Truman, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, past chair of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education Committee on Transfer and Articulation, past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, past president of the Council on Public Higher Education for Missouri, and past president of the Board of Directors of the Truman State University Foundation. Prior to becoming ATSU’s President, Magruder served as a member of the Board of Trustees for ATSU, as well as chair of the Board’s Education/Research Committee.

ATSU enrolls over 4,000 students in its Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the online School of Health Management.  The University has campuses in Kirksville, Missouri and  Mesa, Arizona.

The University offers graduate degrees in Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, Human Movement, Athletic Training, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant Studies, Health Administration, Health Education, Public Health, Geriatric Health, Health Science, and Occupational Therapy.

Originally established as the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, ATSU is the founding school of osteopathic medicine begun by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O.  in 1892.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Apr. 18, 2008 ) – A.T. Still University Acting President Jack Magruder, together with ATSU Board of Trustees Chair Steve A. Kardos, D.O., and Board member Pete Detweiler, hosted a special presentation and community dinner and discussion at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine on April 17.

Community partners attended by special invitation and were greeted by Acting President Magruder and his wife, Sue, Dr. Kardos, and Mr. Detweiler in KCOM’s Connell Information Technologies Center. During an address by Dr. Kardos, nearly 100 attendees heard his message loud and clear, “ATSU is here to stay.”

Dr. Kardos, a 1964 graduate of KCOM, also shared with the evening’s attendees healthcare data from ATSU, Truman State University, and the Kirksville School District’s employee population, noting insufficiencies in many areas of each population’s preventative healthcare. “Last year’s statistics show only 18 percent of individuals with diabetes received a yearly eye exam. Eye care is extremely important to individuals managing diabetes,” Dr. Kardos said, adding that Kirksville is uniquely positioned to help itself reach 100 percent in all areas of preventative healthcare.

Last night’s dinner and discussion demonstrate ATSU’s continued commitment to the Kirksville community. Acting President Magruder echoed Dr. Kardos in his closing remarks, “ATSU is here to stay forever.”


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