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Clubs present check to food bank

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine students presented a check for $500 to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri on Jan. 18, 2014.

The Winnerfest Multi-Sports Tournament was held January 10-11, 2013 at the Thompson Campus Center on the Missouri campus. The event was a fundraiser for Emily Ryan-Michailidis, OMS II, who was injured during a Founder’s Day powderpuff football practice, as well as the food bank.

The event was sponsored by the Biomedical Sciences Club and Sports Med Club.


A.T. Still University Memorial Library on the Mesa campus and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are sponsoring two rapid e-learning workshops March 11 and 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Saguaro A and B on the Arizona campus. The workshops will feature nationally-known speaker and rapid e-learning blogger, Tom Kuhlmann, who will be presenting the following sessions: Become a rapid e-learning pro and Getting started with Articulate Storyline.

Kuhlmann has developed hundreds of hours of e-learning and training projects at Capital One, Washington Mutual, and Weyerhaeuser. He earned a master’s in education technology from Pepperdine University and currently serves as the user community manager of Articulate.

The workshops are open to the public, faculty, staff and students from ATSU and Grand Canyon University (GCU), as well as members of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Early-bird registration fees are available before Feb. 21, 2014. After that date, only ATSU and GCU faculty, staff and students and ASTD members will have registration discounts available to them.

Learn about complete workshop information, continuing education credits and registration. Additional questions can be addressed to James Burkett, MS, PA-C, DFFAAPA via email or phone at 480.265.8033.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, officers from the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Rotaract Club presented a check for $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Kirksville to be used for Rotary Park improvements. The check represented the proceeds earned from the 4th Annual Plastic Pumpkin Klassic disc golf tournament held on Oct. 12, 2013 in Rotary Park. There were about 50 participants at the  event, 20 of whom competed in the tournament.

The National Center for American Indian Health Professions (NCAIHP) at A.T. Still University (ATSU) honors William C. Blueskye, DO, as the first* American Indian to graduate as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from its medical school in MO.

William C. Blueskye was born on July 13, 1922 and was raised on the Cattaraugus Reserve, New York. His parents were Bertram and Harriet (Hattie) May (Halftown) Blueskye. He had one sister, Matilda (Tillie) John. Dr. Blueskye married Dorothy T. Schopp (Feb. 12, 1923-Feb. 10, 2001) of Kirksville, MO. They had one daughter, Karen L. Blueskye, who passed away on April 17, 2002. Dr. Blueskye died on Jan. 1, 2004 in Lakewood, Ohio. He and his wife are buried in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

The name Blueskye (sometimes written Bluesky) is a well-known name in Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca Indian) history. The first mentioned was a warrior from Buffalo Creek during the War of 1812. Dr. Blueskye’s grandfather, Albert, fought in World War I, and Dr. Blueskye also served as a Technician Third Grade during World War II. His great grandfather was likely the William Blueskye who translated the The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet by Edward Cornplanter in the early 20th century. His father Bertram was one of the Onöndowa’ga:’ with whom Arthur C. Parker chose to participate in the depression-era Indian Arts Project (IAP) at Cattaraugus, New York in 1935. Several of his silverwork pieces can be seen in the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s IAP collection.

Although Dr. Blueskye’s collegiate career was no doubt aided by the post-WWII GI Bill, higher education was not an alien concept in his family. His mother attended Hampton Institute in Virginia, and his father Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Blueskye graduated from ATSU in 1954 and eventually set up practice in Mentor, Ohio. While he was at ATSU, he became a member of the Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, which now has chapters on more than 350 campuses across the United States.

Dr. Blueskye’s educational achievement in the 1950s is significant. College attendance was not as common as it is today for the Onöndowa’ga:’. We all share in honoring him for his pioneering and enduring legacy.

Guest article by Nathan Lefthand, NCAIHP, project coordinator, who wishes to thank the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine for their assistance in the NCAIHP’s research on Dr. Blueskye. This information on Dr. Blueskye was in an exhibit from the NCAIHP.

*There may have been earlier American Indian(s) that graduated; this is the first recording on record.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Ariz., and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (MWU) in Glendale, Ariz., are each hosting events for potential students thinking about a career in osteopathic medicine. Each Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA) reception will feature a tour, conference and opportunity for interested pre-doctoral students to find out information about the respective schools as well as other Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. The events are collaboratively sponsored by ATSU, MWU, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, Ariz.

Join us Friday night, March 7, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz., for an evening reception with current medical school students, admissions officers, an address from the medical school dean, a guided tour this of innovative campus, and the opportunity to mingle with admissions officers from other Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine! Plus, engage with current DO students, learn about life as a medical student and what it takes to be a successful applicant to be admitted.

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Glendale, Ariz.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m., the Pre-SOMA Medical Conference continues on the campus of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. A light breakfast will be served, and students will have the opportunity to mingle with admissions officers from many of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine throughout the event.

Presentations, speakers, classes, admissions and student panels, tours and more will be featured during the course of the day, which will run from approximately 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be catered by Pork on a Fork BBQ, so come hungry! Registration for the conference includes a light breakfast and BBQ lunch (vegetarian option available) and full access throughout the event!

Please direct questions to Otto Shill, president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association at

For more information and to register for the conference at either campus, visit the





James Farris, PT, PhD, department chair, Physical Therapy program, and associate professor, has been accepted into the into the 2014-15 cohort of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship.

The ELI Fellowship is a shared collaborative between the Academic Council, Education Section, Physical Therapist Assistant Educators Special Interest Group, and the APTA. Participation in this program is by application and selection only.

The year-long blended learning program is designed to develop physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education program directors with leadership skills to facilitate change, think strategically, and engage in public discourse to advance the physical therapy profession.

“I hope to share the knowledge and skills learned through this fellowship with others at ATSU interested in educational administration and leadership in addition to improving my own abilities,” said Dr. Farris. “I’d also like to thank Arizona School of Health Science’s Dean Danielsen for his letter of support and assistance in designing a project that will be of benefit to the University – both of which were part of the application that I submitted.”

SafeZone for All is a program designed to reassure students, employees and community stakeholders that A.T. Still University is a safe and welcoming campus for everyone regardless of any human condition, characteristic, identity or circumstance with which they may identify.

If you are interested in learning more about SafeZone for All on the ATSU campus, or if you are a current ally who needs to renew your SafeZone for All certification, consider attending one of our Spring 2014 Basic Orientations. We have also scheduled Communication Skills trainings for current Allies.

If you have any questions about SafeZone for All or you would like to provide feedback, please contact Art Matthews, counselor, Learning Resources, Mary Voytek, assistant professor, Occupational Therapy, or Marsha Presley, academic success coordinator, School of Health Management.

Students on the Missouri campus had the opportunity to take part in a movie and pizza night on Jan 16, 2014. Rolling, a diversity film by Gretchen Berland, MD, a physician and documentary film maker, was featured. The film explores societal perceptions of disability.

Movie night was supported by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. It was sponsored by the Diversity Enrichment Team – Missouri Campus.

A.T. Still University’ Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) D4 students are in need of patients for upcoming licensure exams. The students are looking for specific types of cavities and patients requiring ‘deep cleaning’ that will be performed by the students and graded by licensure officials.

The exam takes place on Sat., March 15 at the ATSU-ASDOH dental clinic, and time slots will assigned closer to that date. Treatment for the licensure exam is free for patients!

There are also ‘mock’ exams taking place on Thurs., Jan. 30 and Thurs., March 6 at 8 a.m.

If you are interested in setting up a screening exam and x-rays please contact or call 402.440.1369.

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is sponsoring a University-wide event on the Arizona campus focusing on “How to advocate at a health policy level and where to start”, Friday, Jan. 24 at noon in the Jack and Jamie Learning Center (Building 5835). A healthcare panel of distinguished guests will participate including:

  • Arizona Senator Kelli Ward, DO
  • Joe Abate, American Osteopathic Medical Association Lobbyist
  • Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
  • Alice Chen, OMM Fellow, OMS-IV

The panel will be asked questions created by students at ATSU.

RSVP and reserve your seat and your lunch. There is a limited seating.