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Lee Daniels, academic support coordinator

Lee Daniels, academic support coordinator at ATSU’s School of Health Management for the public health program, received the 3rd quarter 2010 Employee Excellence Award. Daniels has been with the University since 2008.

According to her co-worker who nominated her, “She is always upbeat and cheerful, even under trying circumstances. She relates very well to students; even the difficult students have expressed respect for the way she has dealt with them.Lee is an asset not only to the M.P.H. program, but also to the School of Health Management and A.T. Still University. She presents the institutional image that supports and enhances the image of ATSU.”


KCOM Acting Dean Jeffrey Suzewits, D.O., '88

On December 10, ATSU President Jack Magruder appointed Jeffrey Suzewits, D.O., ’88, as acting dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine until June 30, 2011.

Dr. Suzewits has been with ATSU since June 2006 serving as associate dean for Clinical Educational Affairs and OPTIK. He is an associate professor in the department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health. Prior to coming to KCOM, Dr. Suzewits served in many capacities at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Suzewits is a 1988 graduate of KCOM, completed his residency at the Springfield Family Practice Residency Program at the SIU School of Medicine, and is a fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also completed a master’s in public health from the University of Illinois – Springfield.

“I am confident that Dr. Suzewits will carry out his new duties in an exemplary manner,” Dr. Magruder said. “Please join me in welcoming him to his new role as acting dean of KCOM, the founding institution of osteopathic medicine.”

Dr. Suzewits began his duties December 13.


On December 6, President Jack Magruder announced the appointment of Janet Head, Ed.D., to the position of director of the ATSU Aging Project for the Missouri campus and the appointment of Elton Bordenave, M.Ed., to the same position on the Arizona campus.

Janet Head, Ed.D.

Elton Bordenave, M.Ed.

Drs. Head and Bordenave are responsible for coordinating outreach programs and activities linking students with community elders and establishing links to community agencies that serve older populations in their respective communities.

The new directors are also responsible for inter-disciplinary training for team approaches to elderly healthcare, as well as coordinating the campuses’ annual Lecture on Aging. Both will report to Michael Creedon, D.S.W., ATSU chairman for aging programs.

The ATSU Board of Trustees established a Geriatrics Initiative several years ago to foster activities and training in the realm of elderly care, in response to the aging American population. These positions will provide additional leadership to continue to grow the program.

“It is my pleasure to appoint Dr. Head and Dr. Bordenave as directors of the ATSU Aging Project,” Dr. Magruder said. “Much has been achieved over the years, but a stronger leadership capability is needed as we continue to develop our programs in this field. The appointment of these directors signals our commitment.”

Advanced division
1st place:
Pat Rigby (Town)
2nd place: Vineet Singh (Faculty)
3rd place: Chris O’Neill (D.O. Class of 2013)

High intermediate division
1st place (TIE):
Matt Heeren (ATSU Staff), Neil Sargentini (Faculty)
2nd place (TIE): James Potter (D.O. Class of 2013), Drew Zimmer (Faculty)

Intermediate division
1st place:
Jeff Walker (Town)
2nd place (TIE): Brian Bentele (D.O. Class of 2013), Daniel Diaz (D.O. Class of 2014), Alex Swan (D.O. Class of 2014)

Low intermediate division
1st place:
Levi Strube (D.O. Class of 2014)
2nd place: Meegan Hand (Town)
3rd place: Gregg Anderson (Town)

Beginner’s division
1st place:
Kali Webb (D.O. Class of 2014)
2nd place (TIE): Caitlin Molloy (D.O. Class of 2014), Jinlin Wang (D.O. Class of 2014)

Henry Trahan, Au.D.; Tabitha Parent-Buck, Au.D.; and Thomas G. Rigo, Ph.D.

Thomas G. Rigo, Ph.D., associate professor, ATSU-ASHS Audiology program, was recently presented with The Academy of Doctors of Audiology’s (ADA) Joel Wernick Award at the ADA conference held in San Antonio, Texas, November 4-6. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding educational contributions within the professions of audiology or hearing science. Dr. Rigo was nominated by audiology’s graduating class.

The award honors Joel Wernick, Ph.D., who was an active supporter of the ADA from its inception. He was a prominent scientist, teacher, author and industry executive that exemplified service through his commitment to dispense education and his willingness to share his own knowledge for the benefit of his peers and the profession.

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