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On May 12, the Arizona Still-Well Program held a kayak trip down the Salt River. The outing included 24 happy kayakers including students, staff, and faculty.

“Only one kayaker went overboard, but quickly made it back to her kayak,” said Beth Poppre, assistant vice president, student affairs, and Still-Well Program co-chair. The kayaker’s husband, DPT student Spencer Despain, lost his wedding ring while hanging on to her kayak. The couple joked that this was the second ring he has lost in the water.

Wildlife sightings included wild horses that live near the protected river, blue herons, eagles, and trout. After a two-hour float down the Salt River, the crew enjoyed a picnic lunch. “This will definitely become an annual event for Still-Well’s physical team,” said Poppre.

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 Lindsey Shepherd, AT ,’13, received the Warren Lee Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA District Seven), from the NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee. Shepherd will be recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast at the NATA’s 63rd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis on June 27-29.

Daisuke Yamada, AT ’13, received the Gary Delforge Scholarship, sponsored by the Friends of Gary Delforge, from the NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee. Yamada will also be recognized alongside Shepherd during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast.

 

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(l-r) Cheryle Singer, Dariene Lazore, Cat Guerrero, Dr. Blue Spruce, Dr. Dillenberg, Dr. Bell, Leeann Welch

The Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) student chapter, along with George Blue Spruce, DDS, MPH, assistant dean, ATSU-ASDOH, and alumni DezBaa Damon, DMD, ’07; Gwen Werner, DMD, ’08; and Nicole Gore, DMD, ’09; gathered for a graduation party on May 12. The celebration was held to honor ASDOH’s American Indian dental students as they transition from dental school into their professional careers.

“The SAID graduation party gave us the opportunity to let the graduates know that we are very proud of their accomplishments, dedication, and perseverance,” said Lisa Begay, D2, president, SAID student chapter. “It is truly incredible to have six American Indian dental students graduating in one class from one dental school. We are thankful to Dr. Blue Spruce, ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, and ASDOH Vice Dean James Bell for attending the event and being supportive of SAID. They have been an integral part of our organization, and their dedication to American Indian dental students has been paramount to increasing the number of American Indian dental students.”

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Trevor Rice, AT, ’13, is the recipient of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Training Association (OATA) Student Leadership Award. Rice began his involvement with OATA in 2010 and is also an OATA student representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Senate. He currently serves as head athletic trainer at Westview High School in Avondale, Ariz.

On being awarded this honor Rice said, “This award is the greatest recognition of my young career. To be recognized by your peers as a student leader is the ultimate honor. I want to thank the OATA for this opportunity. Without these opportunities the leaders of tomorrow can never be found, and our future as a profession cannot be secured.”

Rice received his honor at the 2012 OATA state meeting and symposium on May 11-12 at the Fairlawn Hilton in Ohio.

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The fifth annual ATSU Free Community Health and Wellness Day (FCHWD) was held at Chandler CARE center on April 28 in cooperation with the Chandler Unified School District. This event is student driven and was originally started by a group of ATSU students interested in becoming involved in the community and providing services to individuals in need. Since the first year, FCHWD has continued to grow, becoming one of the largest community service events sponsored by the University. This year, more than 250 individuals were provided with free healthcare services.

Students from all ATSU Arizona campus programs participated by offering free services related to their respective programs. Provided were physical exams given by the PA and SOMA students; hearing assessments by audiology; balance assessments by PT; vision screenings by OT; obstacle course and nutrition information by AT; and dental sealants, screenings, and oral health education by ASDOH students.

“The event has become a great tradition that aligns with the University’s mission of community- mindedness, interprofessional education, and serving the underserved,” said Taylor Metcalf, D2, Student Government Association (SGA) and FCHWD co-chair. Tesa Renteria, OMS I, SGA, also served as FCHWD co-chair.

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