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News Release

Date: 4/12/2006

4th Annual Crystal Awards honor Arizona individuals, profit and non-profit organizations for community service

Public invited to recognize and congratulate those making a difference in Arizona

MESA, Arizona – Arizonans from across the state will be honored for their commitment and dedication to improving Arizona health care by making a difference through creative and innovative problem solving as A.T. Still University (ATSU) hosts its 4th Annual Crystal Awards on Friday, April 21, 2006 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

ATSU-Mesa is comprised of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Arizona’s only dental school, and the Arizona School of Health Sciences. The Mesa campus was founded on serving the needs of the Arizona community, and the Crystal Awards established in 2002 recognizing those who were doing the same.

Each of ATSU-Mesa’s programs: Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant studies, have selected honorees in their field (complete list of honorees on attached fact sheet). In addition, honorees have been selected from the following areas: Individual, Corporate, Nonprofit, Nonprofit-Faith Based and Public Agency.  

“A.T. Still University aspires to become a community resource for the community, health professionals, health information, and health professions educators,” says Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, provost of A.T. Still University’s Mesa campus. “Hosting the Annual Crystal Awards supports that vision. It is an honor to have a chance to thank individuals and organizations who are practicing what we are educating our students to do.”

Funds raised from the Crystal Awards will go to the ATSU scholarship fund for both the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Individual tickets for the event are $50.

For more information, contact Rodric Bradford, director of public relations for A.T. Still University – Mesa, at 480.219.6015 or  

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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.