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    Faculty News of Note

    VESNA FERRER
    Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    Received the 2017 Michael Matlof Memorial Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award, which will support her research project "Curriculum Content in Clinical Skills Development in Orthodontics for Predoctoral and Advanced Education Programs." Dr. Ferrer is working with Associate Dean Cindy Amyot and Assistant Research Professor Chris Van Ness on this project.

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    Introducing Our Newest Faculty Members

    CARYN BAKER (DDS '02) joins the Dept. of Restorative Clinical Sciences as an assistant clinical professor.

    Dr. Baker’s previous employment includes owning a general dentistry private practice in Kansas City, Kan., for nine years; operating Miles of Smiles portable dental care for children in North Kansas City, Mo., for three years; and serving as an associate dentist in a general dentistry practice for two years. “In the fall semester of 2015" says Baker, “I began working one day a week in the Team 2 clinic and found my calling in the teaching profession.”

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    A Legacy Grows

    On Friday, May 13, 2017, Abdulrahman Saleh crossed the stage at the UMKC School of Dentistry’s graduation ceremony and became the first Doctor of Dental Surgery student from the second generation of participants in the UMKC-Kuwait Dental Student Program. The original program began in 1989 as an agreement between the curators of the University of Missouri, the State of Kuwait and its Ministry of Higher Education. The original Kuwait program graduated 48 dentists between 1995 and 2008. All but two of those graduates have gone on to specialties, and 14 have taught at the Kuwait University Faculty of Dentistry.

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    Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates

    The UMKC School of Dentistry celebrated its 2017 graduates with plenty of pomp and circumstance during the commencement ceremony held Friday, May 13. Graduates and well-wishers alike were moved to tears and cheers as students crossed the stage at Swinney Recreation Center to receive their diplomas and certificates. The School conferred 107 Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees, 35 Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degrees (including two BSDH degree completion students), and 15 Advanced Education Dental Certificates. The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences conferred five Master of Science degrees and the Division of Dental Hygiene conferred four MS degrees in Dental Hygiene Education. Two graduates received military commissions.

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    One (Giant) Step Toward Becoming a Practitioner

    Members of the DDS Class of 2019 and the DH Class of 2018 were welcomed to the clinica phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning into the Profession Ceremony, held Friday, June 2, 2017, at Paseo Academy of Fine Arts. Dr. Craig Whitt, Rinehart Professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Dean Marsha Pyle, welcomed everyone before introducing the keynote speaker, Dr. Jake McGuire, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine. The members of the DH Class of 2018 and the DDS Class of 2019 took turns reading their respective Code of Ethics, which were then signed by each class member before he or she crossed the stage to receive a white coat (DDS students) or scrubs (DH students). Dental hygiene students were individually presented with scrubs by UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association President Angelika Skulavik Brown and class faculty advisor Professor Sally Elledge. Dental students donned “white coats” provided by the UMKC Dental Alumni Association and presented by their team coordinator. Following the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned School of Dentistry for a reception.

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    UMKC Times Three

    Like father, like sons and daughters is an appropriate saying for the DeForest and Greaves families!

    Bret DeForest, (DDS ’85) is a twice proud papa. He celebrated his daughter’s, Whitney (DeForest) Hewett (DDS ’14, MS Ort ’16), graduation from the UMKC Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Then he celebrated another graduation in May 2017 when his son, Aaron, crossed the stage at the School’s commencement ceremony.

    Dr. David Greaves, also a member of the DDS Class of 1985, can boast of two of his brood following in his UMKC footsteps. One son, Michael Greaves (L), donned graduation regalia in May, crossed the commencement stage and joined his father among the ranks of UMKC dental alumni. Another son, Matthew Greaves, earned his UMKC DDS degree in 2014 (coincidentally with Whitney (DeForest) Hewett).

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    STA Hosts Annual March Madness Fundraiser

    Students Take Action (STA) held its annual March Madness fundraiser, featuring a "Minute to Win It" themed competition. Each class nominated a representative to compete for a cookie party and a "surprise" reward. All proceeds from the competition were donated to the Dunlap Indigent Care Fund, which supports patients who cannot afford their treatment.

    Minute to Win It competitors included: Fred Drummond (D1), Teresa Nguyen (D2), Paul Riddle (D3), Tess Kornacki (D4), Chelsea Lear (DH), and Stormy Huntly (Staff/ Faculty). Drew Link (D3) served as master of ceremonies. D2 students raised the most money ($461), and the event raised a total of $2,200 to support the Indigent Care Fund!

    Visit the School's Facebook page to enjoy photos of just how silly the contestants were willing to be to support this worthy cause.

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    Gone (Competitive) Fish'n

    Class of 2018 dental students, Coleton Caldwell (left) and Grant Oserowsky, spent their spring break representing the UMKC School of Dentistry Fishing Team at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Midwest Conference Regional at Osage Beach, Mo., in the Lake of the Ozarks, March 29-31, 2017. This year's field of collegiate competitors was the biggest ever: 280 anglers comprising 140 two-person teams from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Coleton and Grant finished in the middle of the pack at 69th place (six fish totaling 16 pounds, five ounces). They wish they could have finished higher, but they are proud of the fact that they were the only team representing a professional school, instead of a college or university. Coleton has been hoping to return to this event ever since he participated in it as an undergraduate at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. However, his busy life as a dental student has stood in his way — until this year. He was so excited to learn that for the first time the tournament aligned with his spring break that he and Grant went before UMKC's Student Government Association in January and gained recognition as a sanctioned student organization. As for the future of the UMKC School of Dentistry Fishing Team, Coleton says they'll continue fish'n, recreationally and competitively as their schedules allow.

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    Student News of Note

    AUDREY BUXTON (DDS Class of 2017) was selected as a 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient. The program recognizes exceptional students who have maintained high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community leadership and service activities outside of the classroom. Buxton was nominated by Dr. Rebeca Weisleder Urow, clinical associate professor of Endodontics.

    DAVID CASTEEL (DDS Class of 2018) was elected as the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) District 8 Trustee, a national leadership position.

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    Going For (And Getting!) a Guinness World Record

    Fourth-year dental students, Paul Harris, Seth Prochaska, Nick Reinagel, Paul Hechler, Elisabeth Wilkinson, and five of their friends (pictured below) filled out a dragon costume to set a Guinness World Record for the “World’s Fastest Marathon in a 10-Person Costume.” They set their record at the 2017 Garmin “In the Land of Oz” Marathon on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Olathe, Kan.

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