Dean Pyle Leaves Lasting Legacy

SHORTLY AFTER the opening of the School of Dentistry’s state-of-the-art Pre-clinical Lab in 2019, Marsha Pyle, DDS, MEd, announced she would be stepping down as dean in 2020. She had spent nearly 12 years leading the dental school and securing its reputation as a leading academic program. Rather than coast to retirement, however, Pyle oversaw multiple challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of almost all school facilities in March. Pyle and her team worked tirelessly to shift classes online, shut down the school’s dental clinics, revamp them with new safety equipment and procedures, and then reopen slowly and carefully. Continue reading

Greens for Green!

AFTER BEING RESCHEDULED from the original May date, golfers enjoyed fantastic weather and a fun, but safe, day of golf on Oct 1, a Thursday, at Shoal Creek Golf Course for the annual UMKC Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament. The 68 golfers and 11 hole sponsors enjoyed food, fun, putting contests, a few mulligans, and the new best dressed team prize. Continue reading

Connecting and Caring

Faith, gratitude lead to unique careers and a focus on serving


Alumni of the UMKC School of Dentistry share a passion for excellent patient care, but that can play out along many different paths,
from private practices and community clinics to research and academia, and from military service to missions overseas. Here’s a look at two alumni whose unique practices flowed from their faith and from living out the school’s dedication to service to society. Continue reading

Planning for a Bright Future

By Stacy Downs

The UMKC School of Dentistry and the dental profession are thinking and moving forward. The COVID-19 pandemic made tomorrow’s plans happen right now.

The forecast for the UMKC School of Dentistry and the profession itself: bright, and something to smile about. To get a glimpse into the future, we caught up with current profession leaders. By the way, we couldn’t help but notice how many prominent
national organizations are led by UMKC School of Dentistry alumni. We also learned that even during the challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, those training future oral health professionals are demonstrating how to adapt, evolve and thrive. Going above and beyond Continue reading