School Welcomes Dr. Daniel Barwick to Spearhead Philanthropic Efforts as Roy J. Rinehart Foundation Executive Director

Daniel Barwick, Ph.D., has joined the UMKC School of Dentistry as director of philanthropic giving and executive director of the school’s Rinehart Foundation.

Dan brings 20 years of fundraising experience to this new role and over 30 years of experience in higher education. He will focus on the school’s philanthropic efforts to assist students, research, community care and the construction of the new interprofessional health sciences building on the Health Sciences Campus.

Read more about Dr. Barwick here.

Recognizing Generous Benefactors and Deserving Recipients

The Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner for 2022

It was more than a million…. dollars, that is.

The UMKC School of Dentistry distributed more than 400 awards to more than 200 dental hygiene, dental, and advanced education students from 182 endowed scholarship funds plus outside regional and national awards, totaling more than $1,200,000, a 10% increase over 2021. These scholarships and awards recognize student accomplishments in academics, diversity, leadership, clinical skills, patient care, and desire to give back to others.

Assistant Dean Richard H. Bigham welcomed the audience, and Dean Steven E. Haas presided over the recognition of the scholarship donors and recipients. In his remarks, Dean Haas noted “scholarship support is extremely important for students for many reasons:
Scholarships provide an opportunity for people to earn an education.
Scholarships help students have more time to focus on their studies.
Scholarships help fill gaps for those who cannot totally afford school costs and those who do not qualify for need-based financial aid.
The cost of education has significantly increased over time. Today our graduates are faced on average a staggering debt when completing the dental hygiene program and dental program. These amounts are significant and impact their practice and life decisions. UMKC School of Dentistry is lucky to have such strong supporters through the Dr. Roy J. Rinehart Foundation, the Dental Alumni Association and Dental Hygiene Alumni Association to help our students lighten this burden, allowing UMCK to offer a quality education at an incredible value.”

This year’s new scholarships also were announced: the GEHA Solutions Diversity in Dental Hygiene Scholars & GEHA Solutions Diversity in Dentistry Scholars, Dr. Robert G. Marx Scholarship, and the Dan Root Memorial Scholarship.

The proceedings included comments from Danial Canady, DDS Class of 2023 and Shairry Lene, Dental Hygiene class of 2023 who offered reflections on how scholarships have impacted finances during school and their plans after graduation. Dr. Nick Rogers, Alumni Donor and Chair of the Roy J. Rinehart Foundation shared the history of the foundation, the role and responsibility of alums and donors and they many ways they can give back.

Photos from the event and candids.

Group photos.

Past AEP Participants

Five 2022 Graduates of the UMKC School of Dentistry participated in the school’s Admissions Enhancement Program, which has been expanded and renamed Students Training in Academia, Health, and Research, or STAHR. This year’s graduates included Samvid Desai (2016), Rukevwe Erhenede (2017), Zaynab Hussam (2017), Taylor Johnson (2016) and Mahaam Qadeer (2017).

Military Commissioning Ceremony

Thomas Lawlis, Captain, Army National Guard
Stationed at: Kansas Army National Guard, Lenexa, Kansas

Tevin Renken, Captain, U.S. Army
Stationed at: Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia

Gerald Lutz, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Stationed at: Naval Branch Health Clinic,
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California

Joseph Zelasko, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Stationed at: Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia