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.

A Sweet Time at the 2018 Annual “Cookie Crunch”

School of Dentistry Staff and Faculty hosted the school’s annual “Cookie Crunch” on December 6, 2018, a many year an annual tradition to thank students and wish them well for upcoming final exams.  The event is organized by the school’s Staff Council and includes a friendly competion where students select favorites among the many donated baked items resulting in “sweet” prizes for winners.

Photos from the event.


2018 Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduates

The following 4 students completed the requirements for the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences MS degree. Congratulations!

Thesis Projects:
Dr. Jerad Divine- The Effect of Resection on the Sealer-Dentin Interface in Roots Obturated with Tricalcium Silicate Sealer: A Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy and India Ink Penetration In Vitro Pilot Study
Dr. Brad Chun- Effect of Highly Filled Light-Cured Resin Sealant on Bracket Shear Bond Strength in Demineralization Conditions
Dr. Alicia Griffin- Knowledge of Dental Students with Respect to Orthodontic Diagnosis and Clear Aligner Therapy in Conjunction with a Study of Predoctoral Orthodontic Curricula
Dr. Kevin Kaiser- Association of Nasal Septum Area and Deviation with Anteroposterior Maxillary Position and Facial Skeletal Asymmetries

Photo from their thesis defenses here.

Scholarship Recipients and Donors Honored

The UMKC School of Dentistry held its annual Scholarship Recognition dinner Monday evening October 1, 2018, at Student Union on the Volker Campus. Assistant Dean Richie Bigham welcomed the audience and then Dean Marsha Pyle presided over the recognition of the scholarship donors and recipients. The School distributed 349 awards to 188 students from 171 endowed scholarship funds, totaling more than $993,000, an 8.17% increase over 2017. Additionally, 19 students received 25 awards from 15 regional and national scholarship funds. This year’s new scholarships included the Brown-Thompson Military Award Fund; Dr. S.V. Hanna Scholarship Fund; Jerome E. and Joan Holtzman DDS Scholarship; Bert W. Oettmeier, Jr., DDS and Mrs. Pamela G. Oettmeier Scholarship Fund; Dr. Ralph E. Younger and Mrs. Lynda L. Younger Scholarship Fund; The UMKC Class of 2002 Heidi Garren Everley Scholarship Fund, UMKC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association Diamond Scholarship.  Find photos from the event here.

School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Honored

Dozens of awards and achievements, along with hundreds of years of service, were honored September 18, 2018 at the UMKC School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony.

At the annual event at the Diastole Scholars Center, Dean Marsha Pyle said its people were what made the school great, so it’s important to pause and recognize them. She took the time to announce the 155 recognitions. You can see them all here. By the numbers, they break down this way:

— 384 years of service among the 15 people retiring
— 440 years of service among 33 faculty and staff recognized at milestones of 5 to 35 years of service
— 29 new faculty and staff members
— 12 faculty promotions or achievement awards
— 3 staff awards
— 21 distinguished teaching and recognition awards
— 21 service recognitions
— 27 journal publications and 1 book chapter by 9 faculty members
— 12 research grants in excess of $50,000

Find the program from the event here.

Enjoy photos from the event.


School Welcomes Newest Students

The School of Dentistry welcomed its newest students, the DDS Class of 2022 and the DH Class of 2020, on Wednesday-Friday, August 15-17. As part of their orientation, the incoming students were issued their clinic scrubs: DH students ceil blue and DDS students hunter green. Presentations and activities included student panels, faculty panels, get to know you activities, tours with mentor groups, a pancake breakfast, and an ice cream social.

The 31 females in the new DH class includes students from Missouri, Kansas, & Arkansas. Their average science GPA is a 3.34 and cumulative GPA is a 3.45.

The geographic distribution of the 109 new DDS students includes the following states: MO (73), KS (20), HI (4), AR (2), LA (1), MD (1), MN (1), TX (2), & Kuwait (4). The class includes 55 females and 54 males. Their average science GPA is 3.67 and their DAT academic average is 19.8. The age range is 21-43.

All these students possess extensive dental experiences through observation and assisting, as well as extensive community service participation.

We welcome them to our family at the School of Dentistry.

Enjoy photos from the first day.

Find photos from the second day’s events, here.

Photos from Friday’s events.



Celebrating Accomplishments Of 2018 AEP Participants

On Thursday, July 26, the School of Dentistry gathered to celebrate the accomplishment of students participating in the 2018 Admissions Enhancement Program (AEP). The AEP is an intense, ten-week summer program designed to support prospective DDS students as they get ready to apply to dental school. The program helps students study for the Dental Admissions Test through eight weeks of online modules led by UMKC faculty, incorporating supplemental instruction, practice DAT tests, and access to the online CE Webinar. In addition, students spend two weeks onsite where they learn valuable study and test-taking skills, receive personal statement feedback, practice interviewing with faculty, engage with panels of dental professionals, and participate in hands-on learning experiences in the clinic and pre-clinical lab. The AEP is committed to partnering with students from underrepresented, rural, and disadvantaged backgrounds who are motivated to attend dental school.

This year’s AEP group consisted of twelve students from nine states including Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

The UMKC School of Dentistry wishes the 2018 AEP students the best of luck as they take their DAT and apply for dental school!

Enjoy photos from the event.