New Researchers, New Hope for All Ages

Meet three new faculty on the UMKC School of Dentistry team who are making an impact

By STACY DOWNS

The UMKC School of Dentistry has proven itself as an internationally known research powerhouse in the past decade, especially when it comes to studying bone and muscle deterioration as we all grow older, as well as possible remedies.

Three new researchers are studying what can make all ages heal — starting from in the womb — and treatments that could span the generations. Continue reading

Endowed Class Scholarships

Class of 1943 – Sept Scholarship $17,134.93
Class of 1947 Scholarship $21,305.05
Class of 1949 Scholarship $24,516.55
Class of 1950 Scholarship $19,715.94
Class of 1955 Scholarship $10,000.00
Class of 1956 Scholarship $15,986.44
Class of 1957 Scholarship $28,645.75
Class of 1958 Scholarship $18,439.72
Class of 1959 Scholarship $43,171.63
Class of 1960 Scholarship $39,541.82
Class of 1962 Scholarship $61,836.53
Class of 1963 Scholarship $24,706.62
Class of 1964 Scholarship $23,401.97
Class of 1965 – David L Moore Award $21,009.76
Class of 1965 Scholarship $57,773.30
Class of 1966 Scholarship $42,527.73
Class of 1967 Scholarship $74,374.55
Class of 1968 Scholarship $79,156.06
Class of 1969 Scholarship $38,243.17
Class of 1970 Scholarship $155,571.56
Class of 1972 Scholarship $83,170.09
Class of 1973 Scholarship $59,346.28
Class of 1974 Scholarship $18,437.93
Class of 1975 Scholarship $21,453.10
Class of 1976 Scholarship $28,583.33
Class of 1977 Scholarship $75,560.77
Class of 1978 Scholarship $19,638.22
Class of 1979 Scholarship $51,694.17
Class of 1980 Scholarship $26,847.07
Class of 1981 Scholarship $38,394.06
Class of 1982 Scholarship $19,854.81
Class of 1983 Scholarship $41,031.11
Class of 1984 Scholarship $49,658.26
Class of 1985 Scholarship $35,042.43
Class of 1986 Scholarship $33,217.81
Class of 1987 – Dr. Daniel Cruz Memorial Scholarship $83,643.33
Class of 1988 Scholarship $24,398.00
Class of 1991 Scholarship $15,958.00
Class of 1992 Scholarship $25,399.17
Class of 1994 Scholarship $11,649.49
Class of 1996 Scholarship $15,581.42
Class of 2000 Scholarship $23,356.78
Class of 2002 – Heidi Garren Everley Scholarship $13,070.37
Class of 2014 – Ji Blanchfield  Scholarship $29,898.24
Not yet endowed scholarships **
Class of 1951 Scholarship $1,000.00
Class of 1952 Scholarship $5,530.00
Class of 1953 Scholarship $2,220.00
Class of 1954 Scholarship $7,093.56
Class of 1961 Scholarship $4,925.00
Class of 1971 Scholarship $8,826.00
Class of 1989 Scholarship $6,310.00
Class of 1990 Scholarship $1,100.00
Class of 1993 Scholarship $6,050.00
Class of 1995 Scholarship $8,650.00
Class of 1997 Scholarship $1,200.00
Class of 1998 Scholarship $4,407.80
Class of 1999 Scholarship $7,625.00
Class of 2001 Scholarship $1,750.00
Class of 2003 Scholarship $3,785.00
Class of 2004 Scholarship $1,000.00
Class of 2005 Scholarship $4,200.00
Class of 2006 Scholarship $850.00
Class of 2007 Scholarship $3,550.00
Class of 2008 Scholarship $600.00
Class of 2009 Scholarship $1,700.00
Class of 2010 Scholarship $300.00
Class of 2012 Scholarship $2,921.57
Class of 2017 Scholarship $3,099.36
** When your class fund reaches $10,000, we look forward to making your first award.

 

The Power of Giving

Generous support from scores of individuals, foundations and alumni combines to make a difference and improve educational programs

By Patricia O’Dell

Shanon Black first became interested in the UMKC School of Dentistry while attending Haskell Indian Nations University. She had considered pursuing a medical degree, but once she learned of the impact of dentistry on overall health, she changed direction. Continue reading

Scholarships Top a Record $1 Million; Banquet Honors Generous Donors

At the 2019 Scholarship Recognition dinner Oct. 6, the UMKC School of Dentistry distributed 373 awards to 176 students totaling a record breaking $1,009,315. During the program, student speaker Victoria Ratcliffe (DDS Class of 2021) shared how dentistry changed her life as she was born with a cleft lip and palate. She has undergone 22 surgeries to date. After graduation, she plans to continue on to an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program with hopes to further specialize in craniofacial surgery to positively impact other cleft palate patients’ lives. “I would like to express my gratitude to all of you donors for making these scholarships available to us,” she said. “They are helping us tremendously lower our expenses so that we can pursue this incredible profession.” It is these meaningful connections made that make this event so special each year. Continue reading

Medallion and Pin Recipients

PHILANTHROPY MEDALLIONS

The Rinehart Medallion honors the memory of Dr. Roy J. Rinehart, longtime dean of the UMKC School of Dentistry. The Rinehart Medallion is bestowed on alumni and friends of the school who have distinguished themselves through philanthropy or service. Each year, Rinehart Medallions are given to recognize lifetime donors of $10,000 or more. Annual donations to the Rinehart Foundation provide the Schoolof Dentistry invaluable support that enables it to improve the quality and expand the scope of its educational, research, clinical and outreach programs. Continue reading

Message from the Dean

MEANINGFUL EVENTS, experiences and pathways leave indelible imprints on each of us. The impact of these rich encounters and experiences propels us toward our goals, and even our toughest experiences can have a positive impact by leaving us stronger, smarter and more ready to face each new day and challenge. Continue reading