The stats

This was the 16th year that the Arizona campus celebrated Founder’s Day. More than 100 faculty, staff, students, and their families attended Dec. 9 at the Red Mountain Community Center in Mesa, Ariz.

The food

An array of Mexican food, along with holiday cookies and root beer floats, kept the crowd happy.

The fun

Children enjoyed board games and dancing to holiday tunes, while students and staff participated in the annual dodge ball tournament. The intense competition consisted of 11 teams. The physical therapy student team took home gold, followed by the osteopathic medical student team for silver, and the all-girls doctor of physical therapy team received bronze.

This dodge ball team proves that beauty, brawn, and brains reside at ATSU.

“Dodge ball is an amazing stress buster and comes at a great time for the students as they wrap up the first half of the academic year,” said Beth Poppre, assistant vice president for student affairs.

The charity

Cash and other donations for admission were requested in support of Sunshine Acres Children’s Home (, PACC911 (, and the Boot Campaign ( Approximately $10 was raised, as well as two boxes of canned goods and a box of recyclable ink cartridges. 4