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News Release

Date: 5/19/2006

ATSU Receives The Kresge Foundation Challenge Award

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – James J. McGovern, Ph.D., A.T. Still University (ATSU) President announced the receipt of The Kresge Foundation’s $225,000 check toward construction of the University’s newest facility, the Connell Information Technologies Center. ATSU has satisfied the conditions of The Kresge Foundation’s challenge grant by raising the remaining $778,973 by June 1, 2006. The Connell Center is a $10.25 million facility located on the campus of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a college of A.T. Still University. To date, $10.7 million has been raised including over $180,000 from the Kirksville Community. 

“We are grateful for the generous donations of the ATSU Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations, and friends who have contributed to ensure the University met and received funding from The Kresge Foundation,” President McGovern said. Based in Troy, Michigan, The Kresge Foundation is committed to providing grant funding to promote stronger non-profits and stronger communities.

The Connell Center is an investment in the Kirksville community, which will revolutionize the way medical students are educated and maintain the University as a national leader in the training and development of compassionate physicians. The state-of-the-art facility will include such features as an advanced library, patient simulation models, osteopathic manipulation/clinical examination skills lab, computer labs, student breakout rooms, study rooms, and a new, enlarged space for the Multimedia Department.

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Home of the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University is at the forefront of whole person healthcare education. It boasts the nation’s newest – and Arizona’s first – dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, 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.