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A.T. Still University (ATSU) held it’s Day of Compassion ceremony outside the Interprofessional Education Building (IPE). This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy. Staff, faculty, students, community members, and distinguished guests were on hand to honor the 13 lives lost on Oct. 19, 2004 due to the crash of Flight 5966. The passengers of that flight were on their way from St. Louis, Mo. to Kirksville, Mo. for a conference focused on developing a compassionate campus.

The only two survivors of the plane crash were in attendance. John Krogh, PhD, and Wendy Bonham. Dr. Krogh, a former faculty member of ATSU, spoke during the ceremony to share his thoughts and deepest sympathies not only for the lives lost that day, but for the families and friends of those lost as well. Dr. Krogh also spoke about the importance of compassion and humanism, and how integral both are to the mission of ATSU.

ATSU President, Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, FAOASM, was also on hand to speak, along with ATSU Board of Trustees Chair G. Scott Drew, DO, ’87, and University Student Association Vice President, Addison Roberts, OMS III.

The emergency responders for Flight 5966 presented a Wreath of Remembrance honoring those lives lost that day.

In addition, the flag pole in front of the IPE Building was dedicated as a symbol of the University’s strength and resolve to educate compassionate, humanistic healthcare professionals who will treat patients within communities spanning the globe.


ATSU0102George Blue Spruce, DDS, MPH, spoke at A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Kirksvlle campus recently as part of the University’s annual Founder’s Day activities and events. Dr. Blue Spruce spoke about the trials and tribulations he faced while growing up and how he overcame them to become the nation’s first American Indian Dentist. His commitment to serving underserved communities, continued goodwill toward several minority-education programs, and ongoing mentorship of students, led to the rededication of the Hero Healer Speaker Series in his name.

ATSU’s series of inspirational guest lectures will now be known as the George Blue Spruce Hero Healer Speaker Series. Dr. Blue Spruce was recognized by ATSU Board of Trustees Chairman G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM, ’84, and Vice President of Strategic University Partnerships Gary Cloud, PhD, MBA.

Dr. Blue Spruce also participated in ATSU’s new Whole Person Healthcare Exhibit through the Shawnee reading and translation session.

To see Dr. Blue Spruce’s video segment on Kirksville’s ABC broadcast news affliate click here

Dr. Blue Spruce, Gary Cloud, Paige White and Jason Haxton Dr. Blue Spruce, Paige White





DentalA.T. Still University (ATSU) received gifts in kind valued at almost $325,000 from Sirona Dental Systems LLC.  Having long been a leader and innovator in the dental industry, Sirona Dental Systems LLC is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental technology

ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) plans to use the equipment to enhance and further educate the students during their first and second years in Kirksville. This will prepare them for their third and fourth years at the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic.

“The CEREC equipment from Sirona will allow MOSDOH dental students to learn the most updated technology in dental ceramics while in a pre-clinical setting, working hands-on with digital impressions, computer-assisted design, and chair side milling of final dental restorations,” said Allison Crutchfield, DMD, ’09, director, pre-clinical education and simulation clinic.

Sirona Dental Systems LLC also provided gifts in kind to ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz. Students are able to utilize the newer technology for their pre-clinicals before they work on an actual patient.

“The advanced technology gives us the opportunity to educate the students and better prepare them to compete for future job opportunities,” said Klud Razoky, BDS, associate dean, pre-clinical education & operations.

ATSU will continue to utilize the gifts in kind from Sirona Dental Systems LLC to provide the most advanced dental education for the students.


photoA.T. Still University (ATSU) welcomed representatives from Hawaii’s Chaminade University to the Missouri campus. Brother Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD, president of Chaminade University, was joined by associate provost, Patricia Lee-Robinson. Brother Ploeger and Robinson gave a presentation about Chaminade University and its mission to Hawaii, its commitment to preparing health care professionals, and the similarities between the missions of ATSU and Chaminade University.

Their speaking engagement was a part of A.T. Still Memorial Libary’s open house entitled “A Voyage to Health”. Brother Ploeger and Robinson were introduced by Jaquelynn Pratt, OMS II (KCOM). Pratt is a graduate of Chaminade University.

ATSU President, Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, FAOASM, met with Brother Ploeger, and Robinson to sign three separate articulation agreements between the two Universities to further develop the relationship between ATSU and Chaminade University. These agreements centered on the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and an over-arching agreement between Chaminade University and ATSU as a whole.

The Universities share a common mission of serving the underserved.


shineIn preparation for the new student population coming to Kirksville, Mo., A.T. Still University (ATSU) students partnered with ATSU staff members and other key community leaders to help clean up the downtown area of Kirksville. The community-wide beautification event was created to help showcase downtown. Although this event has taken place for years, Kirksville’s City Council signed a proclamation recognizing Aug. 2, 2014, as the first official Make Kirksville Shine day.

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and then went to work. Volunteers were provided with gloves and trash bags to aid in the cleaning efforts.

“They’re the small things we can do to make the property look more neat and tidy and reflect better on what we really are,” said Annette Sweet, Make Kirksville Shine committee member.

ATSU has been a part of this downtown cleanup for several years running. With the City Council now making it official, the amount of volunteers for next year’s event looks to be trending upward.

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