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Faculty, staff, students, and their families are invited to participate in ATSU’s first Relay for Life event being held May 4 -5 on our Mesa campus.

Teams will camp out on the front lawn of the main building, and members of each team will take turns walking – relaying for life! Participants will also remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer during the Luminaria Ceremony on Saturday evening.

Food, games, and entertainment will start on Saturday and continue through Sunday.

To donate, start a team or join a team – visit ATSU’s site: relayforlife.org/atstillu. Please contact Bridget Spooner with questions.

We hope you’ll consider helping us make this a huge success!

Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society (ACS). All proceeds raised will benefit cancer research, treatment and other critical services provided by ACS.


A full-day cerumen (ear wax) management workshop was held on Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for audiology students. In addition to lectures presented covering case histories and ear canal anatomy, students — who were faculty supervised — provided ear exams and wax removal when needed.

“Ear wax is protective, but too much wax can cause discomfort, itching or ringing in the ears (known as tinnitus),” said Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, professor and chair of the Department of Audiology. Wax build-up can also interfere with hearing aid use and audiological test procedures.”


A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) students and staff were part of an annual fundraiser for Hope’s Kitchen in Kirksville, Mo. The soup kitchen serves more than 400 meals a month, in addition to delivering meals to homebound and disabled residents. The latest fundraiser brought in more than $9,000.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service fraternity from ATSU-KCOM, is a sponsor of Hope’s Kitchen and one of several groups to staff the kitchen throughout the year. APO provides two officers, board president, and a volunteer coordinator for Hope’s Kitchen.


There will be an all-campus lockdown at the Mesa campus on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9:00 a.m. This drill should take approximately five minutes or less to conduct. Campus buildings (5850, 5845, and 5835) will be participating in the drill. Dental and orthodontics staff will notify patients of the five-minute drill. Anyone working with patients will continue to do so during this drill. Again continue patient treatment during this drill.

Emergency drills are conducted to prepare our campus in the event of a lockdown situation.

“In conjunction with the lockdown drill, all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up for the Emergency Text Message alert so that you can be notified in the event of a campus emergency,” said Dan Panico, ATSU safety coordinator, Mesa campus. In the event of an emergency on the Arizona campus, a text message will be sent to your cell phone notifying you of the emergency, your immediate action, and where to find additional information.”

To sign up to receive emergency notification text messages, go to http://www.atsu.edu/911optin/optin.asp. Fill in your cell phone number, name, and email, then press submit.


The annual “Baby Lab” for the PT students enrolled in Human Development will be held on Jan. 28. Deanne Fay, PT, MS, DPT, PCS, director of curriculum and an associate professor of physical therapy, is leading the initiative.

“For these labs, we need several babies for the second-year PT students to get a chance to observe real life development,” said Dr Fay.” If you, or a friend, family member, or neighbor, has a baby between the ages of birth and 14-15 months (can be older if he or she has only been walking for one to two months), we would love it if you would help us out!”

There are three labs being held, and nine to 10 babies are needed for each lab. The labs are scheduled at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m. Each lab will last 1-1.5 hours.

During the lab, the students will work with partners, so that only two students will be with a baby at one time. “If your baby is young and not yet crawling, we will have your baby up on a blanket on an individual mat table in the room,” said Dr. Fay. “It will be completely up to you whether the students will handle your child or not. If you are not comfortable with this, we will simply ask you to put your baby into different positions (lying on his or her tummy or back, etc.) so the students can observe movements in those positions.” If the baby is older and is crawling or walking, toys will be placed around the room, and the students will watch the movements each child uses as he or she plays.

If you, or someone you know, would be willing to bring in an infant, email Dr. Fay at dfay@atsu.edu or call 480-219-6064. Please tell us which lab you will be able to attend and the age of the child on the day of the lab.

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