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Unable to attend ATSU-SOMA and ATSU-ASDOH graduation ceremonies?

The ATSU-SOMA and ATSU-ASDOH commencement ceremonies will be web-streamed LIVE from Comerica Theatre on June 8, 2012, beginning at 3 p.m. for ATSU-SOMA and 6 p.m. for ATSU-ASDOH.
You will be able to access the streaming video from the ATSU website at http://www.atsu.edu/videostream/

PLEASE NOTE: The streaming video will not be available once the ceremonies conclude. However, a DVD of the ceremony will be available for purchase ($15) approximately eight weeks after graduation.

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Mesa, Ariz., Mayor Scott Smith, Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall, and ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg as well as other guests were present for the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Arizona Diamondbacks Pediatric Dental Suite held on June 4.

ATSU-ASDOH is a recipient of the Arizona Diamondbacks premier Grand Slam award given to non-profit organizations serving Arizona. The $50,000 award establishes the Arizona Diamondbacks Pediatric Dental Suite at ATSU-ASDOH’s dental clinic in Mesa. The dental suite consists of two child-friendly rooms that offer a warm, nurturing environment for children to receive care.

“We are taking our young patients out to the ball park without leaving their dental chair thanks to the generosity of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “Our pediatric patients will receive the best dental care in a fun environment with mascot Baxter and views of center field.”

Added Mayor Scott Smith, “The work that is done at ATSU-ASDOH impacts people not only in their childhood but for a lifetime.”
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Pictured from left are Corbin Popp, Roberta Kerr, Hemali Rajyaguru, Dr.Herb Kaufman, Shane Clark, Lindsay Godfrey, Monica Song, Alissa Borda, Dwayne Gentry and Steven Prince

The ASDOH chapter (Beta Alpha) of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) national dental honor society held its annual convocation and induction on May 15 at Superstition Springs Golf  Club in Mesa, Ariz. Eight members from the class of 2012 (see photo) were elected into the society as well as faculty inductee, Herb Kaufman, associate dean, Clinical Operations, ASDOH.

The Kramer award was presented to student inductee Corbin Popp, D3.  ASDOH Inaugural Dean Jack Dillenberg, an OKU member, gave the welcome address. The guest speaker for the evening was OKU member Roger Cooper, DDS, PhD, associate professor, ASDOH.


ATSU’s physical therapy orthopedic residency program has received notification of credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedics.

“The residency curriculum is designed to elevate the professional’s clinical skills and knowledge from a general practitioner to that of a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy,” said Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, director, orthopedic residency program. Upon completion of the residency program residents are prepared to take the orthopedic board certification exam with the APTA and practice patient-centered, evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy at the competence level of an orthopedic clinical specialist.

There are only 11 other university-based orthopedic residency programs in the United States.


Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L

Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor and chair, Occupational Therapy department, has been selected for the editorial board of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT).

OJOT is a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high-quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession.

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