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Faculty and staff were honored at A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Missouri and Arizona campuses during ATSU’s Employee Recognition Ceremony. Employees were recognized for years of service ranging from five to 45 years.

On the Missouri campus, Valerie Hamlin, curriculum coordinator; Ruth Chronister, administrative assistant; Brian McCarty, support specialist; and Judy Funk, graphic designer, were recognized as the 2014 Quarterly Excellence Award Recipients.

Rita Clem, printing tech, was presented with the Annual Distinguished Service Award.  With more than 29 years of service, employees noted Clem as being incredibly knowledgeable and always willing to uphold a strong and reliable work ethic. Employees also noted that Clem’s valuable insight, expertise, and attitude contributed to her being recognized with the award.

On the Arizona campus, Robin Michela, ATSU-SOMA; Courtney McCormack, Admissions; Michael Chang, University Advancement; and Erlinda Cisneros-Johnson, ATSU-ASHS (OT), were recognized as the 2014 Quarterly Excellence Award Recipients.

Ryan Yontanza, desktop analyst, Information Technology Services, was presented with the Annual Distinguished Service Award. Yontanza  has been with ATSU for 10 years and brings excellent knowledge, expertise and exceptional service to every client.

Congratulations to all!

ATSU Emp Rec 2015


Skills Lab with KCOM & MOSDOH-1545A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) launched a new student elective course that focuses on primary care and diagnostics for dentists. The interprofessional course was designed to provide basic preventative primary care education to dental students to improve detection and management of chronic disease, as well as expand their physical examination skills and diagnostic capabilities.

The course also includes 10 weekly modules to be completed online and three labs to be held during evenings. The course will culminate with a standardized patient encounter that will allow ATSU-MOSDOH students to apply the diagnostic, evaluative, and treatment skills they learned.

“As our dental students move forward into their practice, they will be able to understand the breadth of the evaluation process from the perspective of a dentist and a physician,” said course director Dale DeWan, DMD, MS.

Dr. DeWan will be joined by medical education fellows from ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in teaching the course.

There are currently 20 students registered in the elective course. Kimberly Nguyen, D2, enrolled because of her interest in overall health and how it pertains to oral health.

“I wanted to have a better understanding in terms of taking vitals and really seeing the medical side of things,” states Nguyen. “This course is a prime example of how our school encourages interprofessional education. That’s something that drew me to ATSU to begin with, and courses like this really set us apart.”


Marsha_Ham_(2)Marsha Ham, PhD, has been selected as the inaugural university director of the Teaching and Learning Center and will join ATSU beginning August 1, 2015.

Dr. Ham comes to ATSU from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where she currently serves as associate vice president and dean of the College of Lifelong Learning and eLearning. Prior to joining the University of New Haven in 2011, she was executive director for Lifelong and Distance Learning at Ohio University.

Dr. Ham obtained a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University, an MA from the University of Alabama, and a PhD in higher education organization and administration from the University of Arizona, where she also worked in several faculty development roles over 14 years. It is because of her previous time in Arizona that she has elected to be based in Arizona.

“Dr. Ham’s experience in faculty development, administration, online learning and technology should serve us well as she builds our Teaching and Learning Center to provide support and resources for innovative pedagogical methods, new software and technology for teaching, and scholarship in the area of teaching and learning,” said Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president-Academic Affairs.


A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health partnered with the Kirksville Primary School  to present the Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Fact About Snacks™ program. All second grade students were provided lunch boxes designed exclusively to teach elementary school children about dental health and healthy diets, and to encourage interest in careers in the dental profession.

The brightly colored orange lunch box includes a color coordinated carrot case with a rinse cup top designed to store a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.  The Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks™ program was developed by The Children’s Oral Health Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Maryland. The program is supported through generous donations from many dental companies and  associations. It  was created to help children to begin learning early, throughout grade school, about taking care of their teeth, eating healthy and considering career options in dental medicine.



Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, were part of a select group of community and public health leaders invited to the U.S. Surgeon General’s House Calls Listening Tour held on January 29 at University of Kansas Medical Center. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, is hosting the tour at selected locations across the country to discuss healthcare challenges and work with healthcare organizations to improve the nation’s health.

“Dr. Murthy opened the meeting by giving brief remarks about the importance of increasing access to care and decreasing health disparities then proceeded with inviting the representatives for questions and comments,” said Dr. Halliday. “Although Dr. Phelps and I were unable to ask our prepared questions, due to time running out, it was a great opportunity for us to represent ATSU and network with other academic and healthcare organizations as well as federal healthcare leadership.”


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