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The American Heart Association (AHA) recently recognized ATSU as an organization that achieved its Gold level Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition for July 2012-June 2013. This is a huge accomplishment which reflects the hard work and commitment to improving ATSU employees’ health.

According to the AHA, in the 11-state AHA Midwest Affiliate region 258 worksites were recognized, which impacts over 474,000 employees.

“The American Heart Association recognizes corporate work places that create an environment and culture that supports employee health and fitness,” said Dan Martin, MA, director, ATSU Wellness Programs. “Our Human Resources Still-Healthy promotion and campus fitness facilities are a great fit with the goals and objectives of the AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition program.”


Dr. Michelle Gross-Panico

Michelle Gross-Panico, RDH, MA, DHSc, participated in the commencement ceremony at Nova Southeastern University on August 25, 2012 to celebrate her accomplishment of earning a Doctor of Health Sciences degree with an emphasis in Global Health.

Dr. Panico is the associate director of Dentistry in the Community at A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.


Nine ATSU teams representing athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, audiology, and physician assistant studies participated in the 2012 Arizona Bowl for Brain Injury event. Bowl for Brain Injury is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) which allows participants to raise money for a special cause while having a great time with friends and family.

Funds from Bowl for Brain Injury go towards many BIAAZ programs including Kamp Kan Do, support groups, educational symposiums, professional networking meetings, and others. This year’s event raised $106,606.25 for BIAAZ. ATSU teams, which comprised students, faculty and staff members, raised close to $5,000.

The ATSU participants were able to enjoy a great day with raffle prizes, a silent auction, and mingling with students from other disciplines and other participants.

Dr. McLeod, professor, Athletic Training program, wishes to extend thanks all those who participated, purchased raffle tickets, or supported the bake sale on the Mesa campus. “A special thank you goes out to Richelle Mayfield, AT ’13, for her efforts in organizing the ATSU participation,” said Dr. McLeod.


In a recent article in Medscape News focused on the problem of access to oral healthcare in the United States, ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health  (ATSU-ASDOH) was cited as addressing the issue through their program which focuses on preparing graduates to practice in under served communities.  According to ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, one-third of ASDOH graduates practice in under served communities.   Read the full article.


Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Arizona Student Government Executive Board:

Mariam Ter-Stepanian

Aubrey Yanda

Financial Chair
Caroline Lindsey

Programs Chair
Stephen Leonard

Activities Chair
Rebecca Tansey

Judicial Chair
Patrick Zimmerman

IPE Chair
Adam Bennett

Free Community Health and Wellness Chair
Sarah Usher

Free Community Health and Wellness Co-Chair
Angela Lee

Mykel Estes

A big thank you to the 2011-2012 outgoing leadership: Juliette Drohan, Bill Harjes, Sean Carlsen, Nilofar Sanaiha, Tesa Renteria, and Taylor Metcalfe.



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