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2015-04-22_Vikki-Driving-Hawk_01ATSU’s National Center for American Indian Health Professions (NCAIHP) is now under the leadership of Student Affairs. NCAIHP’s mission is to inspire, support, educate, and retain American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) students in the health professions to improve the health and wellbeing of their tribal communities by incorporating the osteopathic principles of body, mind, and spirit along with traditional healing. “The Center is dedicated to recruiting AI/AN students and provide support services during their academic and professional careers,” says Beth Poppre, associate vice president-Student Affairs and supervisor for the Center.

Vikki Driving Hawk, MEd, has been selected as director for the NCAIHP. She holds a master’s degree in education for counseling and human relations from Northern Arizona University. Driving Hawk worked previously at ATSU’s Arizona campus as the associate director for residential admissions in 2007. Driving Hawk also worked in Student Affairs since 1992 in financial services, admissions, recruitment, and retention services. She has worked with several tribal communities in both Arizona and Wisconsin. “Driving Hawk has already represented ATSU and NCAIHP at student recruitment events for AI/AN students and is getting to know the current ATSU AI/AN students,” said Poppre.

NCAIHP is assisted by an advisory council chaired by ATSU alumnus Ron West, DPT, ’04. The council, which represents five AI cultures, includes George Blue Spruce, DDS, MPH, founding chair; Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health; Dr. Wayne Mitchell; Gwen Werner, DMD, ’08; and Rowin Begay, DO, ’14. The advisory council helps the Center network with tribal communities and provides mentoring for ATSU’s next generation of AI/AN healthcare professionals.

NCAIHP is located in Building 5835 on the Arizona campus. For more information on NCAIHP and events, contact Vikki Driving Hawk at vdrivinghawk@atsu.edu or at 480-219-6108.

Website: www.atsu.edu/american-indian
NCAIHP Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATSUAmericanIndian
NCAIHP Twitter: https://twitter.com/ATSUNCAIHP

Trudy Banta, EdD

Trudy Banta, EdD

The ATSU Office of Assessment & Accreditation and the University-wide Assessment Committee will be sponsoring the Inaugural Assessment Week virtually and on both campuses, April 13-16. Dr. Lisa Ncube, director of Assessment and Accreditation at ATSU, said that Assessment Week will be held annually, and the 2015 event will be broadcast via Zoom as well as recorded on Zoom. The theme of the inaugural event is Growing a culture of assessment across the University.

Some of the highlights include: a Town Hall panel with Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president, Academic Affairs, and Ann Boyle, DMD, MA, associate vice president for academic innovation, discussing the core professional attributes; a keynote address by Trudy Banta, EdD, professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; a poster showcase; and a virtual resource fair with discussions regarding Higher Learning Commission and Tk20.

Dates and times of  events during Assessment Week can be found on the Inaugural Assessment Week flyer.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ncube at lncube@atsu.edu or 480.219.6132.


Employee-Recognition-Ceremony-7403-300x200Faculty 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!



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.

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