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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.


With the St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic well underway, A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health is pleased to announce the kick-off of Missouri Smile Forward. Smile Forward is an uncompensated care fund designed to raise funds for patients with little or no dental insurance benefits and who demonstrate financial need within the new St. Louis dental clinic.

Program funding is provided through the generous support of donors, civic organizations and corporate partners. Smile Forward will grant services to hundreds of individual patients, community programs serving children, women at risk, and medically-compromised patients.

A goal of $75,000 has been put in place, and $5,000 has already been raised. Funds are raised online at www.atsu.edu/stlclinic.

Missourians, a particularly high-risk populations, continue to struggle in terms of accessing dental care services. The state ranks 41st in the nation relative to adults who visit a dentist annually. By offering funding assistance for those most in need of oral healthcare services, ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health students will obtain the variety and number of patient encounters needed to become the best and brightest dental professionals of tomorrow, while also increasing the overall health and wellness of the greater St. Louis community.



US Bank in Kirksville, MO, recently donated $500.00 to A.T. Still University (ATSU).  Half of the amount was donated to the Kirksville Preferred Merchants endowed scholarship fund, and half to the ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) general fund.

Wayne Blackman (center) from US Bank in Kirksville presents a check to ATSU's Brooke Kelsey (left) and Cheri Coin (right)

Wayne Blackman (center) from US Bank in Kirksville presents a check to ATSU’s Brooke Kelsey (left) and Cheri Coin (right)


9LGuTafHF3jFX6RgUWXaglFsmj0-1Kbmk0_rhFpaPjcVd6q_IrIXQNbIsp4fMc9lgXpqZA=w1713-h793More than 300 ATSU students confirmed their professional commitment at the annual white coat and pinning ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on July 14, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.

The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ASDOH) class of 2018, the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOMA) in Arizona’s class of 2018, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences physician assistant (PA) class of 2016 and physical therapy (PT) class of 2015 were presented white coats in four separate ceremonies. The PA class of 2015 participated in a pinning ceremony, representing the completion of a didactic year of study and entry into the clinical phase of the program. Overall, the numbers of students who received their white coats or pinning were: 61 (PT); 109 (SOMA); 76 (ASDOH); 52 (PA white coats); and 50 (PA pinning).

On July 12, 2014, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) class of 2018 and the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) class of 2018 celebrated their white coat ceremonies with 172 KCOM and 42 MOSDOH students receiving their white coats at Baldwin Hall Auditorium, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.


imagejpeg_3 (1)First-year A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry& Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) students participated in the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) event on May 2-3 at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University. Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, and Dennis Thousand, DDS, assistant professor, attended the event with 33 ATSU-MOSDOH students.

MOMOM is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. MOMOM events across America have been providing free dental services for the underserved since 2000. All together, volunteers served 1, 616 patients and delivered $915,995 in free dental care.



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