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Showing #ATSUPride at Founder’s Day 2023

Arizona campus students play cornhole during the annual Founder's Day celebration.

Every year, the ATSU community gathers to celebrate Founder’s Day and honor the life and legacy of the University’s founder, A.T. Still, DO. The 2023 all-campus celebration began in Kirksville, Missouri, from Oct. 12-14, then in Mesa, Arizona, on Oct. 19, and Santa Maria, California, on Oct. 25. ATSU alumni, students, faculty, and staff reconnected with one another and enjoyed a variety of activities showcasing their pride in the University’s history and enthusiasm for the future.

Dr. Roger Beaumont speaking

Tinning Founder’s Day Osteopathy Lecture
Roger W. Beaumont, DO, C-ONMM, AOBFP, ’69, delivers the Fred C. Tinning, PhD, DOEd (hon.), ’14, Founder’s Day Osteopathy Lecture. In his lecture, “The New Era of Body, Mind, and Spirit Medicine,”
Dr. Beaumont says, “Remember, every moment matters. Never forget, every choice matters.”

alumni getting on bus for city tour

Community bus tour
Alumni and guests participate in a bus tour of the Kirksville community and see how the town has changed since their days as students.

alumni and students at tables

Alumni and student breakfast
ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-MOSDOH alumni and students meet for breakfast, spending valuable time talking with and learning from each other.

Gold Medallion members posing

Reunion Banquet and Alumni Recognition Ceremony
At the Reunion Banquet and Alumni Recognition Ceremony, ATSU welcomes back the class of 1973, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary and joined the Gold Medallion Club. Gold Medallion members in attendance include (left to right, front row) Paul Haight, DO, ’68; Kenneth Harris, DO, ’68; Roger W. Beaumont, DO, C-ONMM, AOBFP, ’69; William Stanley, DO, ’73; Randal Sparks, DO, ’73; (second row) James “Mike” Ritze, DO, ’73; George Kessler, DO, ’73; Dennis Smallwood, DO, ’68; Floyd Stevens, DO, ’63, (back row) D. Kent Mulford, DO, ’73; Daniel Moore, DO, ’73; and Michael Murphy, DO, ’73. Not pictured: Nils Olson, DO, ’73

student running with football

Women’s flag football
The second-year ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-MOSDOH flag football team defeats the first-year squad, 21-13, during the annual game at the Thompson Campus Center field.

student making tie-dye shirt
students at bonfire

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their families enjoy Still-A-Bration with dinner, a bonfire, s’mores, and live music with Truman State University’s a cappella group, True Men.

student riding mechanical bull

Arizona campus celebration
Featuring a dunk tank, carnival games, pie-eating contest, mechanical bull, and more, the Arizona campus holds its annual Founder’s Day celebration for students, faculty, staff, and their families.

person rock climbing

Rock climbing
Students, faculty, staff, and family members attending the Arizona campus celebration have the opportunity to practice their rock-climbing techniques.

students playing powderpuff football
fans at Arizona campus powderpuff game

Powderpuff games
Throughout the week, powderpuff teams on the Arizona campus compete for the Super Puff Championship. The Physical Therapy team wins 26-12 against the Occupational Therapy/ Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology team. The Occupational Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology/ Audiology team wins the coveted Spirit Stick.

See more photos from Founder’s Day 2023 on ATSU’s social media pages. #ATSUPride


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