October 2017: From the Desk of the President

By Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO Oct 16, 2017

From the Desk
of the President 
October 2017

Marc B. Hahn, DO
President and Chief Executive Officer

Greetings KCU Family:
 
Last month, our university welcomed 307 alumni and guests to campus for KCU's 2017 Homecoming and Update in Medicine. Attendees enjoyed three days of activities and events to reconnect with fellow colleagues
and classmates, and take part in another exceptional continuing medical education conference. Alumni arrived from 33 different states, representing 50 different classes - including as far back as the Class of 1945.
Of particular note this year was the outstanding participation by our alumni in our annual fundraising challenges. The Reunion Challenge raised $244,225 - up 38 percent over last year. The Class of 1977 won
both the Butterworth Challenge, with 24 percent of the class making a gift, and the Strickland Challenge, representing the class with the highest fundraising total: $85,000 from 33 alumni, more than double the amount raised through the Challenge last year. A heartfelt thanks to all of our alumni who are our finest ambassadors and whose generosity ensures KCU continues to provide excellence in osteopathic medical education for generations to come. Read more about this year's Homecoming and check out our Facebook photo album for a glimpse of this year's activities.
Honoring Dr. Mike Johnston
 
Alumni attending this year's Homecoming business luncheon witnessed the surprise recognition of Dr. G. Michael Johnston, vice dean for the KCU Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and professor of more 20 years. Honoring Dr. Johnston's dedication and service to KCU, we were pleased
to officially dedicate "Johnston
Way," recognizing both Dr. Johnston's positive impact on students and the actual walkway he travels daily between the Strickland Education Pavilion and our administration building. We are grateful to 
Dr. J for his longstanding commitment to our university.

 
Dr. Ronnie Martin Joins KCU as Joplin Campus Interim Dean
 
Ronnie Martin, DO, has been appointed interim Joplin campus dean, following the resignation of Dr. Paula Gregory last month. Dr. Martin brings significant experience as a clinician, educator, administrator and national leader in the osteopathic profession. He comes to KCU from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served as the founding dean from 2012 to 2017. He also held positions as interim dean for Medical Education for Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia, and vice dean for Post Graduate Affairs for Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Martin has been a professor of Family Medicine and an academic consultant. He has also served as a commissioner for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and on COCA's Committee for College Accreditation Training. KCU will be performing a national search for a permanent dean for our Joplin campus.
 
KCU Named 'Healthy KC Certified Company'

KCU has been recognized by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce as a Healthy KC Certified Company at the highest Platinum Level for fostering a culture of health and wellness in the workplace. This is based on our performance in five key areas: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Tobacco Cessation, Work-Life Integration and Design/Built Environment. The University will be formally recognized at an annual event in the weeks ahead. Learn more.


 
 
Congratulations Alumni Award Winners 
 
Also announced during the 2017 Homecoming were this year's alumni award winners. Congratulations to the following alumni for their outstanding contributions to our university and our osteopathic profession. Learn more.
 
Alumni Awards
 
Dr. Joel Corn, COM '45, Alumni Service
Dr. Molly Menser, COM '07, Young Alumni Achievement 
Dr. Robert Mannino, COM '71, Alumni Achievement 
Dr. Michael Frayser, COM '03, Star Spangled Medallion 
Dr. Joel Feder, COM '75, Alumnus of the Year
Ms. Marilyn DeGeus, Distinguished Service
 
KCU continues to be busy with upcoming events and activities. Keep in mind the following important date. 
 
 
Stay connected with your university! Follow me @KCUMBpresident to learn more about the latest KCU initiatives and updates in the osteopathic profession.  

Introducing 'Community KCU'
 
Last month, KCU launched our new alumni engagement and communication platform, Community KCU. This new website interacts with our Advancement database, allowing alumni to update their records, stay in touch with classmates and other alumni, live chat with friends and colleagues, see and share photos, select their preferences for the information they receive from KCU and more. Access the site to learn more and register. 
KCU Researcher Identifies Possible Biomarker for Early Detection of Alzheimer's
  
Abdulbaki Agbas, PhD, has published research that may take us significantly closer to detecting the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The exploratory study, which appears in Future Science OAsuggests that a blood platelet screening with a specific antibody has the potential to be a useful tool for diagnosis. The study was initiated at KCU and received a pilot grant award from the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center. KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine students also participated in the research. Read more.

COM Student Helps With Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
 
Fourth-year medical student Maaheen Ahmed recently devoted many hours volunteering with hurricane recovery efforts in her hometown of Houston. Maaheen was back in Houston doing clinical rotations and documented her experiences in writing and video. A blog about her work appears on the KCU website, and the online publication, Inside OME, featured a video submitted by our Community Engagement team.
New Video Tells Story of Joplin Campus
 
See how KCU-Joplin became a reality and the growing impact our second campus is having on the communities in the southwest corner of the state. This video captures the remarkable dedication of Joplin community partners to raise more than $30 million in 18 months and work with KCU to build a state-of-the-art osteopathic medical school. 
  
We have more exciting news than ever before at KCU! In addition to the important updates included in this month's e-newsletter, be sure to check out the current issue of KCU Magazine and visit KCU News for other stories, such as: