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Jack Daniels, PhD

Jack Daniels, PhD, associate professor, Human Movement program, knows what it takes to train and win in the Olympics. Dr. Daniels is a former Olympian who competed in modern pentathlon at two Olympics (1956 in Melbourne, Australia; and 1960 in Rome) and three World Championships (Stockholm, Sweden, London, and Mexico City). He won the Silver Team Medal at Melbourne, Bronze Team Medal at Rome, and Bronze Team Medal at Mexico City. He was also twice a US National Champion.

“In my day, modern pentathlon involved 5,000-meter cross-country horseback ride over 28 obstacles, (riding a horse you selected by draw so a horse you had ever seen before), epee fencing, pistol shooting, swimming, and cross-country running,” said Dr. Daniels. “I was also the first foreign athlete to win the Swedish Pentathlon National Championship in more than 50 years.”

Since that time Dr. Daniels is passing on his expertise through teaching at ATSU and coaching other Olympic runners. “I have coached several Olympic runners,” says Dr. Daniels. “The best was Lisa Martin, an Australian who won the Silver Medal in the 1988 Olympic marathon race.  Dr. Daniels also coached Penny Werthner, Canadian Olympian in the 1,500-meter event.

Today, he is coach for runner Janet Cherobon-Bawcom who placed 12th in the women’s 10,000-meter race in the London 2012 Olympics. “I really enjoy coaching young athletes because they always improve so much at the early years, and that is encouraging for them and for me.”

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Allen W. Rohe, AuD, FAAA

Allen W. Rohe, AuD, FAAA, ‘05 was a recent guest on a nationally syndicated CBS radio show, People of Distinction. The interview focused on Dr. Rohe’s work in the Phoenix metro area with his practice, Tri-City Audiology, Ear Candy, a music charity focused on bringing music education to youth, and the American Tinnitus Association through the Arizona Walk to Silence Tinnitus.

“I am trying to raise awareness and get people involved in raising money for better research,” said Dr. Rohe. “I want to help people understand what a significant problem tinnitus has become with our troops returning from war.”

Dr. Rohe is also chair for the 2013 Arizona Walk to Silence Tinnitus.  The radio show is set to air Friday, August 3 on http://www.live365.com/ at 12:00 pm mountain standard time, 3 pm eastern.

 

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Albert “Bert” F. Simon, DHSc, PA

After careful consideration by the ASHS search committee of all eligible applicants for the position of ASHS chair of physician assistant studies, Albert “Bert” F. Simon, DHSc, PA, has been appointed chair effective August 6.

A member of the SOMA faculty since 2005 (the last few years as SOMA vice-dean), Dr. Simon currently serves as special assistant to the SOMA dean and special assistant to the ASHS dean. Prior to working at SOMA, Dr. Simon was chair of physician assistant studies at ASHS and has chaired two other very successful PA programs (Baylor College of Medicine and Saint Francis University). He is well known in the PA education community for his expertise in the areas of program accreditation, quality improvement, faculty development, and strategic planning.

“Dr. Simon’s excellence in all of the above areas will serve the PA program, the School, and the University well,” said Randy Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, dean, ASHS. Dr. Danielsen also extended a special thanks to Bob McMullen, who served as interim chair over the last few months.

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Patricia Sexton, DHEd

Patricia Sexton, DHEd, has been named the new associate dean for curriculum for KCOM. Dr. Sexton will be working closely with faculty and the curriculum committee in oversight and development of the predoctoral curriculum, years one through four.

“Dr. Sexton brings a wealth of experience in osteopathic medical education and is recognized nationally as a leader in the field,” said Margaret Wilson, DO, dean, KCOM. “She has worked diligently at this campus in curricular development, faculty development, and service to the osteopathic profession.”

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ATSU’s School of Health Management (SHM) held its Residential Learning Institute (RLI), Affordable care act and soft skills for a hard core career, on the Missouri campus July 26-28.  RLI’s are held four times per year, twice on the Arizona campus and twice on the Missouri campus. The focus of the RLI is to present applicable topics and use them as the foundation for team-building exercises. Six master of health administration students attended.

“It is great fun having students on campus, said Kimberly O’Reilly, DHEd, dean, SHM. “Watching students bond with faculty and peers while learning and growing in their team and health administration knowledge is exciting. We had a great group of individuals, and they created a really positive vibe in our hallways and classroom. I’m really looking forward to our next RLI and spending face-to-face time with students and faculty!”

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