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News Release

Date: 10/24/07

Meeting unites Campus

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A. T. Still University held an all-campus meeting on Friday, October 19, in observation of Founder’s Day. The meeting serves to enlighten alumni and students on the outstanding growth and development at the University’s Missouri and Arizona campuses.

President James J. McGovern, Ph.D., presented the state of the University address, reporting that ATSU is in the top 10 of doctoral degree-granting universities in the United States and enrollment has increased nearly 25 percent in 2007, jumping from 2,437 enrollments in 2006 to 3,072 enrollments this year.

Jon Persavich, Ph.D., dean of the online School of Health Management, said the number of online students has doubled in the last year. Enrollment currently stands at 400 online students who are working toward doctoral and master’s degrees via online courses.  

Dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philip Slocum, D.O., received a standing ovation following the state of KCOM address in which he acknowledged the hard work of faculty and staff in many accomplishments. Dr. Slocum shared words of wisdom with the Kirksville Campus from author Jim Collins: “Greatness is a matter of choice and discipline.”

Lori Haxton, M.A., associate vice president of ATSU admissions and alumni services, directed the Gold Medallion and Alumni Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony honors visiting alumni of the 50th anniversary class with a Gold Medallion and 50 year pin. Attending members of the 1987, 1967, and 1962 classes were recognized, receiving a pin representing the number of years since graduation. Members of the President's Gold Medallion Club were also acknowledged.

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A.T. Still University is the leading institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary healthcare education founded on the principles of whole person care. It boasts Arizona’s first and only dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,and the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also provides osteopathic medical education through its newest school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In addition, it offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.