Sunday Highlights from Midwest Dental Conference 2019

Midwest Dental Conference 2019 concluded with the annual Dental Alumni Trustees/Alumni Past President’s Breakfastup followed by three Scientific Sessions. The last of nearly 3,000 attendees exchanged goodbyes and headed home with full hearts and heads after their weekend of “Celebration and Education.

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienist’s Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry extend a most heartfelt thank you to all who helped make MDC 2019 such a great success.

Photos from Sunday’s events.

DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next year’s meeting is scheduled for April 16-19, 2020.

Saturday Filled with Honors, Reunions, Education at MDC 2019

Saturday’s activities started with the annual Rinehart Foundation Alumni and Friends Recognition Breakfast, which honored outstanding alumni as well as the reunion classes celebrating 60, 50, 40 and 25 years in dentistry. Milestones in individual giving were also recognized with the awarding of Rinehart Philanthropy Medallions and Benefactor Pins to milestone donors. The day’s scientific sessions addressed a wide range of topics, from medical marijuana considerations in dentistry, advances in endodontics and implants, and eradicating stroke and heart attacks to managing offices’ digital workflow and creating a cohesive office culture. Hospitality suites gave milestone-year alumni additional opportunties to reminisce, and reunion dinners capped the day for several classes.  Find Saturday photos here.

MDC 2019 Continues Friday, March 22nd With More Learning, Fun And Camaraderie

Friday began by welcoming MDC’s more than 3,000 attendees to the meeting. Day two of this four-day conference offered attendees 100 top-notch technical exhibits and a dozen Continuing Education sessions on topics ranging from office communication, insurance management and disaster preparedness to advances in endodontics and implant prosthetics. Students in dentistry, dental hygiene and master’s programs presented research posters in the afternoon — and some of them took a fitness challenge at a nearby exhibit hall booth. Luncheons for hygienists, the KDA and others provided more chances to connect, as did a special happy hour before the always-popular Friday-night Welcome Party. The Class of ’94 reunion was a big hit, along with several classes’ hospitality suites.  Find photos here from Friday events.

2019 Midwest Dental Conference Off To A Special Start

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Associations on Thursday welcomed 2019 Midwest Dental Conference attendees to the first of four days of meetings, reunions, celebrations, technical exhibits and scientific sessions at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and Westin Hotel at Crown Center. Old friends and new met at registration and throughout the day, whether by chance between sessions or by design at planned meetings, breakfasts or lunches for the Dental Alumni and Rinehart Foundation, Kansas Dental Assocation, Fedi patrons and orthodontist groups. The conference’s wealth of Continuing Education offerings began, too, with four entertaining daylong sessions packed with expert information each focused on a specialty: periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery or pediatrics. Please enjoy these photos from the day’s many activities. And look for a separate post and photos from Pouring From the Heart, the annual fund-raising gala that capped a great first day of the Midwest Dental Conference.  Photos from Thursday here.

New Members Inducted Into Honor Societies

The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Rho Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor society, and Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, a national dental hygiene honor society, held their annual awards banquet Wednesday evening at the Sheraton Crown Center hotel. The evening’s festivities included the initiation of new student, faculty and honorary members. OKU presented DDS students the William S. Kramer and the Richard Ackerman Scholarship Awards. Sigma Phi Alpha presented the R. Lois Scott Award to a dental hygiene student. Congratulations to all those recognized! The dinner occurred on the eve of the Midwest Dental Conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday.  Photos from the event here.

Here is is list of those recognized.

Scholarship Awards
William S. Kramer Award
Matt Bryant
Richard Ackerman OKU Scholarship Awards
Charlotte Donaway
Frederick Drummond
Henry Hoffman
Casey Prester
Scott Sullivan
Brianna Thompson
Jane Witt
Erin Yoshida

Dana Adachi
Mahshid Farahani
Michael Gulley
Kayla Hanna
Summer Issa
Michael Lee
Graham Naasz
BriAnna Phillips
Angelyn Rosenberger
Michelle Royle
Johnna Thomas
Max Uyeda

Faculty Initiates
Dr. John Ball Dr. Rebeca Weisleder


Scholarship Awards
Annual Chapter Award
KeShawnda Frisby
R. Lois Scott Award
Abbey Hartley

Madi Hirschler
Emily Rhew
Savanna Weiner

MSDH Education
Cheri Fritz, RDH

Faculty Initiate
Tara Allen, BSDH, RDH

Honorary Initiate
Dr. Neal Bilyeu

Certificate of Appreciation
Lynn Prine

Welcoming the Dental Hygiene Class of 2021

The Office of Student Programs and the Division of Dental Hygiene hosted incoming dental hygiene students at its annual Welcome Reception on Friday, March 15, 2019. Members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2021, guests, and the UMKC School of Dentistry community had an opportunity to come together and celebrate the students’ acceptance to the UMKC Dental Hygiene Program. This event offers information to students about next steps, includes time for incoming students to meet their future classmates and faculty, and provides the opportunity to hear from a financial aid advisor about paying for dental hygiene school and managing student debt.

Over 80 percent of the incoming students were in attendance at this optional program. The incoming class will return to the School of Dentistry August 14 to begin their first year of the dental hygiene program. The geographic distribution of the 30 new students includes the following states: Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, California, and Nebraska. Their average science GPA is 3.45. They all possess dental experience through observation and assisting, as well as extensive community service participation.

Photos from the event.

Students Take Action Celebrates a “Night to Shine”

Night to Shine, a prom experience for young people 14 and older with special needs, is one of many community events dental students get involved in. For this year’s Kansas City event, about 25 UMKC School of Dentistry students volunteered through their service group, Students Take Action. Nationally, it was the fifth annual Night to Shine, in which more than 650 churches and 200,000 volunteers celebrated with 100,000 honored guests.

Enjoy photos from the event.

School of Dentistry MLK Day of Service ‘Exceeds Expectations’

Students, faculty, staff from the School of Dentistry, UMKC and local community joined together to deliver 1,000 dental hygiene kits to local service organizations.

Dental student Chanelle Roberts knew she wanted the inaugural UMKC School of Dentistry MLK Day of Service to be big.

“All of this definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Roberts, motioning with her head to the crowd of nearly 100 volunteers assembling 1,000 oral hygiene kits in the school canteen.

She and about 20 other students were joined by the school’s staff and faculty including Dean Marsha Pyle and internationally recognized researcher Sarah Dallas as well as members of St. James United Methodist Church.

The kits of toothbrushes and toothpaste, donated by Colgate-Palmolive, GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble, were delivered to children and adults at St. James, the Ronald McDonald House, City Union Mission, Restart Inc., American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Hope Faith Ministries, Jackson County Family Court and the Kangaroo Food Pantry at UMKC.

Roberts is part of the School of Dentistry diversity task force, which was looking for a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and demonstrate the core value of compassion, taking a genuine interest in the needs of those we serve in order to help them live healthy and productive lives through the services we deliver.

“Since we are not able to provide dental care on this day we decided to provide hygiene kits to stress the importance of oral health and make the community aware of the role the UMKC School of Dentistry plays in improving oral health in Kansas City and the state of Missouri and Kansas,” said Jeff Primos, director of business administration at the School of Dentistry. “Health and wellness is important for everyone, and the mouth is the gateway to overall health.”

Because of all of the helping hands, the task of assembling such a large number of oral hygiene kits was finished more than hour ahead of schedule.

“This feels really good,” Roberts said.

Find photos from the event here.

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-article by Stacy Downs, UMKC MCOM.

Enjoying a Holiday Celebration

The School of Dentistry Staff Council and Dean Marsh Pyle welcomed staff, faculty and retirees to the school’s the annual holiday lunch on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Decked out in their most festive holiday wear, all enjoyed games and a traditional holiday lunch  The event ended with a raffle for door prizes and numerous very popular gift baskets donated by departments. The UMKC Kangaroo Pantry, a charity providing food assistance for those in need within the UMKC community, benefited from generous donations of non-perishable food items. Find photos from the festivities here.