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    Fall Explorer 2016: Student News

    Ceremony Celebrates Students’ Transition to Clinical Care

    Members of the DDS Class of 2018 and the DH Class of 2017 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning into the Profession Ceremony, held Friday, June 3, 2016, at Pierson Auditorium, located in the Student Success Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus. Dr. Craig Whitt, Rinehart Professor and Chair of the UMKC Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, welcomed everyone before introducing the keynote speaker, Brenda Sharp, President and CEO of the REACH Healthcare Foundation. The members of the DH Class of 2017 and the DDS Class of 2018 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 Ms. Kelly Dold and class faculty advisor Professor Marsha Voelker. Dental students donned “white coats” presented by their team coordinator. Following the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned to the School of Dentistry for a reception.

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    School Shines in Innovation Competition

    The UMKC School of Dentistry was awarded second place at the 2016 ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation conference in New Orleans, La. This year’s meeting, titled “Thinking Innovatively,” hosted a competition among the 34 schools in attendance to creatively present an innovation from the attendee’s school.

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    School of Dentistry News of Note

    Richie Bigham, assistant dean of Student Programs, is serving as a workshop trainer for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Holistic Review Workshop program, which aids dental institutions in addressing and reviewing admission policies, procedures and practices.

    Robert Blundell (BS ’75, DDS ’79), clinical assistant professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics, was honored with the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award in Dentistry at the 2016 UMKC Celebration of Excellence Faculty and Staff Awards event on Tuesday, April 26, in Pierson Auditorium.

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    Proud to Be an American . . . Finally

    On Thursday, August 11, 2016, Dr. Rebeca Weisleder, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Endodontics, stood before a judge in the Kansas City Municipal Court and swore her allegiance to the United States of America and officially became a naturalized citizen, thus bringing one chapter of her life to a close while beginning another.

    “Before the ceremony,” said Dr. Weisleder, “I was very excited to see that a journey that took me 11 years to complete was coming to an end. During the ceremony I felt that I was blessed to have been able to accomplish this, especially since so many people are not able to. I was also very happy that the whole Department of Endodontics was there to support me. I am proud to be an American!”

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    Plan Your Educational Development with UMKC Continuing Dental Education

    Extended Care Permit III Training Course – Online & Lab
    Cindy Amyot, RDH, EdD, and Kylie Austin, RDH, MSDH
    Spring Semester: January – May 2017
    Deadline to Enroll: January 20, 2017

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    Fall Explorer 2016: In Memoriam

    Kenneth William Blomeyer (DDS ’53)
    William (Bill) Clifton (DDS ’51)
    J. Howard Downs (DDS ’68)
    John B. Flickinger (DDS ’54)
    Ronald E. Gier (faculty)

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    Fall Explorer 2016: Class Notes

    Classes of the 2000s
    Terry (Storey) Gonzales (DH ’12) got married in 2012. She has a grandson born in August 2015 and a granddaughter in September 2016!

    Katie (McCaa) Hiegert (DDS ’12) married Aaron Hiegert (DDS ’10) on June 8, 2012, right after graduating from dental school. They now have two sons: Aaron and Jacob. Katie is a pediatric dentist and Aaron is dental director of Denver Health.

    John Poston (DDS ’12) and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Grant Brown Poston, into the world on May 1, 2016.

    Nicole Boxberger Christie (DDS ’07) was married June 25, 2016, in New Orleans, La., where she and her husband, Josh Christie, reside.

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    A Woodworking Wonderland

    Paul Kincaid (DDS ’45) has had many loves in his lifetime:  his wife, Mary Bess, who was also his high school sweetheart; his two sons; his five grandchildren; his profession; his patients and virtually anyone he meets. But since the passing of his beloved wife in January 2011, Dr. Kinkaid has rekindled another love — woodworking. He specializes in transforming exotic woods from around the world into stunning wooden bracelets. However, creating these objets d’art is only half the fun, the other half is the delight he takes in giving them away. He has given away hundreds of his creations to relatives, friends, patients and even random strangers whose day Dr. Kincaid thinks might need brightening with a random act of art and kindness.

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    Alumni Achievement Award Winners

    Dr. Jane Atkinson (DDS ’81)

    2017 Alumni Achievement Award – Dental
    Dr. Atkinson’s nominee writes, “[Dr. Atkinson] has had an impressive career with the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., where she has treated significantly ill patients, gained tremendous knowledge of their diseases, and supported future research to one day alleviate these maladies affecting our nation’s youngest patients. She is indeed worthy of this distinguished honor.

    She began her studies at the UMKC School of Dentistry, where she graduated with her DDS degree in 1981. She then attended the University of Maryland, where she spent a year serving a general practice residency at the University of Maryland Hospital. Following a four-year period in private practice, she began her affiliation with the National Institute of Dental Research as a dental staff fellow. As she continued her work there, she realized its necessity and had the desire to further her knowledge and skills. She attained her certificate in Oral Medicine in 1988 and a certificate with commendation in Clinical Research in 2004.

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    Alumni Paying It Forward

    Through  Philanthropy

    Victor Wood (DDS ’33)
    Dr. Wood graduated from the Kansas City-Midwest Dental College in 1943, completing the program in three years. He served three years as a dentist in the U.S. Navy during WWII and then returned to his home town of Nixa where he opened his own practice and worked until 1973. As a regular attendee of the Recognition Breakfast at the Midwest Dental Conference and a consistent annual giver to the Rinehart Foundation, Dr. Wood and his wife of 73 year, Lavinia continue to show their love of dentistry and desire for others to have the same experience. Dr. Wood is living proof that consistent giving makes a big impact over time. In recognition of his years of generosity, Dr. Wood was awarded the Rinehart Medallion, named for Dr. Roy J. Rinehart, dean of the School from 1928-1957. All donors are important to the school and we couldn’t continue to our work without alumni like Dr. Wood.

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