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A number of Kirksville residents voiced their concerns regarding the new Alternate Route 63 to the Traffic Safety Commission last Tuesday. However, not all the talk was about vehicles. Bicyclists also had some opinions of the new highway, one of which was Rachel Ruhlen, ATSU research assistant professor. Ruhlen is an avid bicyclist, who not only rides a bike for health and exercise.

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1st place:
 Pat Rigby (Town)
2nd place: James Potter (D.O. Class of 2013)
3rd place (tie):Vineet Singh (Faculty), Scott Templeton (Town)High intermediate division
1st place:
Brennen Kerr (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Chris Martinez (D.O. Class of 2015)
3rd place: Neil Sargentini (Faculty)

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1st place:
 Giovanni Crosland (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Jeff Walker (Town)
3rd place: Daniel O’Loughlin (DO Class of 2015)

Low intermediate division
1st place:
 Duat Bui (D.O. Class of 2015)
2nd place: Deepak Agarwal (D.O. Class of 2015)
3rd place: Sandra Raduta (D.O. Class of 2015)

Beginner’s division
1st place:
Ryan Keith (D.O. Class of 2014)
2nd place: Monica Lifferth (Town)

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Andrea O’Brien, M.S., associate director, residential admissions on ATSU’s Missouri campus didn’t know just how much a simple act could impact so many lives. In early August, O’Brien’s former colleague from Truman State University, Stephanie Chrissotimos, sent O’Brien and others a note requesting book donations for her classroom library. Chrissotimos is a high school English teacher with the Teach for America program, in Crossett, Ark., a significantly underserved school district.

“Her students are on average reading three grade levels below their current age, with some reading at a sixth-grade level,” said O’ Brien. She found out that Chrissotimos’s goal was to provide reading materials for students so that their reading levels could be improved by at least two grade levels within the next year. However, her school library was significantly lacking recent, interesting books for students to read, and her classroom library was furnished with only 30 books that Chrissotimos supplied from her personal library for 79 students.

“My husband John and I brainstormed on about how we could obtain enough books to ‘stuff our van’ so that we could drive them down to Stephanie’s classroom in Arkansas over Labor Day weekend,” said O’Brien. “We didn’t go through another organization to get the idea or to plan it. We just saw a need and wanted to help.”

The O’Brien’s asked friends and family to donate books. In addition, they called upon colleagues, church members, and Rotarians to clean off their personal book shelves or go online to donate to the cause by buying a book directly for her classroom library. They committed to bringing 500 books to Chrissotimos’ classroom. In the end, they collected more than 2,000 books over four weeks.

The O’Briens and their son, Zane, drove the 12-hour trip to Crossett to personally deliver the books to Chrissotimos’ classroom September 3. “There were students who volunteered to help us unload two vehicles, and their excitement was uncontainable!” said O’Brien. “The books we delivered lined the side of the classroom wall in two to three rows, stacked about three boxes high, and there was a wide selection of nearly every reading genre and reading level.”

O’ Brien remarked that “Needless to say, the 24 hours driving to Arkansas and back in two vehicles was worth every penny in gas and time spent behind the wheel. It was a wonderful trip!”

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Michelle Gross-Panico, M.A., R.D.H., associate director for Dentistry in the Community, ATSU-ASDOH, was presented with the Commitment to Underserved People award by the Arizona Public Health Association on September 22.

Panico has been a member of the ATSU-ASDOH faculty since 2006 and is dedicated to administering programs that meet the oral health needs of the medically underserved. “I appreciate this honor and thank the Arizona Public Health Association for the award and the great work they do for Arizona,” Panico said.

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ASDOH faculty and students provided free dental healthcare to more than 75 community members at the Mesa Check Fair, in Mesa, Ariz., on Nov. 5.

Dental screenings, fluoride, and oral health education was provided at the event.

Don Altman, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A., program chair, master of public health – dental emphasis, attended the fair, as well as Josh Payne, D4, Emily Harry, D2, Henry Martinez, D3, Daniel Winokur, D2, Nadia El-Hillal, D2, Irina Nenova, D2, and Eric Bjerke, D2.

 

 


 

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