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ATSU Arizona Still Wellcome Week 2012ATSU Arizona Still Wellcome Week 2012 Kicks Off

The Arizona Still Well Committee kicked off Still Wellcome Week 2012 on the ATSU Arizona campus Monday, September 17 with a duck race and lunchtime program by Jeff Alexander, Associate Professor, titled “Why Sit When You Can Stand (or Walk)?”

Still Wellcome Week 2012 activities continue all week (see schedule, below).

Dr. Alexander’s presentation will be available for viewing on Blackboard.

Check back each day for updated photos!

ATSU’s Still Well program is where students learn the value of balancing graduate education with other parts of their lives. ATSU’s Still Healthy program is for employees (accessible via the ATSU Portal).

Tuesday, September 18

Take a moment to reflect with a meditation session starting at 7 a.m. on the front lawn.

Employee Fitness Assessments at the YMCA. Register with Human Resources.


Wednesday, September 19 (National Talk Like A Pirate Day)

Free Student Fitness Assessments. RSVP online. The assessment will be held in one of three time blocks in the student lounge: 6:30-9 a.m., 11-1:00 p.m., and 4 – 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 20

Kick start your day with a core workout and complimentary breakfast for those that participate provided by Country Inn and Suites. Be ready to break a sweat at 7 a.m. on the front lawn.

Get Involved! Learn about involvement opportunities at ATSU at the annual student organization fair from 11 – 1:00 p.m. in the Main Building Lobby.

Join President Phelps for a Root Beer Float from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. also in the Lobby.

Campus-wide water balloon fight on the South Lawn at Noon.

Learn about an exciting opportunity to participate in an inter-professional case competition here at ATSU at the SCIPE social beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the student lounge.


Friday, September 21

Dress to impress – pirate costume day.

Dr. Tracie Rogers will cap off the tides long events with a discussion on the importance of motivation at Noon in Ironwood. At the conclusion of her presentation the winner of the week’s raffle will be announced.

ATSU Arizona Still Wellcome Week 2012 Kicks Off



A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management held its 10th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8, at Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall on Truman State University’s campus in Kirksville, Mo.

A total of 133 online students earned masters or doctoral degrees. Forty-three men and 90 women, representing 36 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces, received degrees in health education, health administration, public health, or public health with a dental emphasis. For many students, this was their first visit to Kirksville.  Stephen Wilson Wyatt, DMD, dean, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, gave the commencement address.

“If serving others gets your attention, if a career worth counting is in your direction, I am confident in your destination,” said Dr. Wyatt.


The Legislative Committee of the American Student Dental Association, ASDOH chapter, is proud to announce that Congressman Paul Gosar, representing Arizona’s First Congressional District (AZ-01), is coming to A.T. Still University on Sept. 24. Dr. Gosar is one of two dentists currently serving in Congress, and he is visiting ATSU to speak with faculty members, staff, and students about his leadership roles in the healthcare community and his current involvement in reforming healthcare.

Congressman Gosar serves on numerous committees and caucuses dedicated to issues like increasing access to healthcare and improving federal healthcare policies.

All ATSU Mesa campus is invited to attend this interprofessional FREE event. If interested, please RSVP to this event at: https://docs.google.com/a/atsu.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dGF4alA3b0pzUzUtQS1tcWlKRGlYQlE6MQ . For more information, please contact: Angela Lee, ahlee@atsu.edu.

Event details:

Monday, September 24, 2012 , 5-8 pm, Jack and Jamie Learning Center, ASDOH Administration Building, 5835 E. Still Circle

Refreshments and BBQ Dinner will be served to RSVP’d guests.

**This event will have limited capacity, therefore, only confirmed guests will be able to attend. Confirmation emails will go out no later than one week in advance. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, that means you are on the wait list. We will do our best to accomodate everyone.**


Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH

ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, has been named the 2012 East Valley Fresh Start Man of the Year. The East Valley Man and Woman of the Year award is an honor given to two individuals each year that have made a difference in the lives of women in the community.

According to East Valley Fresh Start, “Dr. Dillenberg has initiated numerous programs to improve the oral health of disadvantaged women in the Phoenix area and beyond.”

Dr. Dillenberg and Linda Hunt, CEO for Dignity Health Arizona and 2012 Woman of the Year, will be recognized at the East Valley Fresh Start “A Night of Heroes” dinner on November 1 at the Hilton Phoenix.


Left to right: Erin Aying, Sarah Usher, Dr. Abbas Fazel, Nadia Fazel, Nipa Patel, Abrahim Caroci

For 10 days in July, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) students provided oral healthcare for special needs children at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania, a town which sits near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Many of the children have albinism or an inherited skin condition, xeroderma pigmentosa , which can lead to early skin and oral cancers and a shorter life span.

ATSU-ASDOH D3 students, Sarah Usher, Nadia Fazel and Erin Aying, and D4 students Abrahim Caroci and Nipa Patel treated seventy-five children, some orphans, who are boarded at the school.  “For most of these children, ranging in age from 5 to 18, it was the first time they had ever seen a dentist,” said ATSU-ASDOH adjunct faculty member Abbas Fazel, DDS who accompanied students on the trip.

Most of the dental work provided by the students involved fillings and extractions.  Dental fluorosis from exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development is an oral health problem in the region.

The ATSU-ASDOH trip was carried out in partnership with K2 Adventures Foundation which had set up a medical and dental clinic at the school. K2 Adventures Foundation’s mission is to care for children, adults and families with special needs and or life-changing medical circumstances by providing services, support and funds that will be used for educational and medical enrichment.

“It was an enriching experience that touched our hearts much more than we could ever touch them with a toothbrush,” said Sarah Usher, D3.

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