A bright and sunny 87-degree day greeted more than 400 staff, faculty, alumni, students, and their families at this year’s Founder’s Day, held Nov. 6 at ATSU’s Arizona campus.
The day began with a successful 5K run/1-mile walk, with participation from 40 students and faculty. Throughout the afternoon children raced on the inflatable obstacle course, played Frisbee, received sticker tattoos, and enjoyed fresh popcorn and cotton candy. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni enjoyed the warm weather and buffet lunch, which included grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, and pulled pork sandwiches.
Attendees also could step inside to cool off and listen to a live presentation from Jason Haxton, director of The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM. Haxton made a special trip to attend Founder’s Day to share his knowledge and artifacts of Dr. A.T. Still with the Arizona campus.
The day concluded with a dodgeball tournament, where students and faculty battled head-to-head for the title of first place. Seven teams participated in the tournament: URMAMA, D.P.T.s, Los Scorpions, Oral Specialists, Slow Moving Targets, The Au.D. (odd) Ones, and Really Awesome (Future) Dentists. The D.P.T.s came out on top, followed by the Really Awesome (Future) Dentists, and Oral Specialists. First, second, and third place teams all received a medal and bragging rights.
“Saturday was a beautiful day for Founder’s Day,” said Kamila Scott, assistant director, alumni services. “The food, cotton candy, popcorn, and root beer floats were enjoyed by all! The kids had a great time in the bounce house and arts and crafts area, while the adults were able to enjoy a fantastic presentation by Jason Haxton. Thank you to all those who helped set up the event and to everyone for attending.”