Dancing the Night Away in Support of Diversity

The 4th Annual Hospital Hill Harmony Gala

The UMKC Hospital Hill Diversity Council hosted its fourth annual Health Sciences Diversity Scholarship Dinner and Dance, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the UMKC Student Union located at 5100 Cherry. The goal of the event is to raise funds to support an endowed scholarship dedicated to attracting and retaining students of color in the four UMKC health professions schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy).

Tamica L. Lige, School of Pharmacy student and Hospital Hill Diversity Council Chair, served as the evening’s master of ceremony. In addition to the dinner and dance portions of the evening, four healthcare providers from dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and medicine were recognized and honored for their contributions to the community. The recipients of the Health Care Provider Diversity Awards were:

School of Dentistry: Clarence E, Simmons, DDS, presented by Chanelle Roberts, 2nd year DDS student;

School of Medicine: Stanley Augustine, MD, and Daphne Bascom, MD, PhD, presented by Taylor Carter, 5th year BA/MD student;

School of Nursing and Health Studies: Emeka Jacob Ogwudile, MS NM, PNHNP-BC, presented by Michael Baker, senior BHS student.

School of Pharmacy: No awardee.

Alaa Abdelhakiem, 3rd year PharmD student, as well as the aforementioned health professions student representatives shared their opinion on the benefits of the Hospital Hill Diversity Scholarship. John L. Cottrell, director of School of Dentistry Minority and Special Programs, delivered the evening’s closing remarks. Armando Diaz, School of Dentistry, provided photography services. Music was provided by Myron D, KPRS Hot 103 Jamz, and the program design was created by Jason Yates

The planning committee included co-chairs Tamica L. Lige, MA, and Jennifer Santee, PharmD, School of Pharmacy, and committee members John Cottrell, MA, School of Dentistry; Derek Williams, DDS, School of Dentistry; Michael Weaver, MD, Saint Luke’s Health System; Gabriel Flores, BA, MSM., Children’s Mercy; Susan Wilson, PhD, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; E. Nathan Thomas III, PhD, School of Medicine; Fariha Shafi, MD, School of Medicine; Viannella Halshall, MPH, CHES, School of Nursing and Health Studies; Susan Garrett, MPH, School of Nursing and Health Studies; Sally Ellis-Fletcher, PhD, RN,FNAP, School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Thanks to all who participated and supported this worthwhile and necessary endeavor.

Enjoy photos from the festivities.

Talent Takes the Stage

The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Student National Dental Association and Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA/HSDA) hosted their annual Talent Show, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.The event is in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, celebration of African American History month and the spirit of diversity and inclusion at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Students, staff and faculty packed a lecture hall to spend their lunch hour enjoying some amazing entertainment.

The talent featured:

Cory Hasen: Singing and playing a Guitar
John L. Cottrell: Solo
Erin Gilmore: Solo
Monica Rolf: Poem
Timothey Albright: Drumming
The Tooth Pickers Duet & Band Performance
Ashley Johnson
Sam Zimmer
Calvin Eastwood
Robert Blundell, DDS
Coleton Caldwell
Samantha Ackerman

Master & Mistress of Ceremony
Anthony Spates & Teresa Nguyen

SNDA/HSDA Officers
President: Brandon Jackson
Vice President: Arianna Jackson
Secretary: Rashin Alipour
Treasurer: Teresa Nguyen
Social Chairs: Chanelle Roberts
Brittany Daniel
Anthony Spates
Fundraiser Chair: Brianna Thompson
Historian(s): Michelle Burton
Shan Ao
SNDA/HSDA Advisors
Derek Williams, DDS
Tanya Gibson, DDS
John L. Cottrell

Photos from the event found here.

Smiles All Around

Each February, the UMKC School of Dentistry participates in the annual Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the American Dental Association. This year UMKC dental students delivered free dental care to 27 children from three Kansas City Schools:  Garfield, Wheatley, and Wendell Phillips. The children received restorative care on Friday, February 2, and Tuesday, February 6. Three private practitioners from the Greater Kansas City Dental Society, Dr. Neena Patel, Dr. Nelson Farney, and Dr. Ellen Sheridan graciously donated their time delivering care on Friday. The remainder of the care was delivered by UMKC dental students also delivered care.

Delta Dental of Missouri also assisted with their generous financial support for the two days!

Photos from the event.

Help Us Recognize Our Amazing Alumni!

Nominations for the 2019 UMKC Alumni Awards are open. Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association and the campus celebrate the outstanding achievements of UMKC graduates through the Alumni Awards.

Do you have a classmate or colleague that exemplify outstanding service to their community and has notable success in the profession? We want to hear about it. Nominate them for an Alumni Award here.

UMKC Announces Two New Reduced-Tuition Programs

UMKC has developed two new reduced-tuition programs designed to ease the burden for certain non-Missouri residents.

For more than a decade now, people have been recognizing the unique things UMKC and Kansas City have to offer. And with that, UMKC has seen steady enrollment growth. Not surprising, most of that growth has come from the two-state Kansas City metro area, and from our home state of Missouri.

Now, UMKC is looking to expand its horizons to keep that momentum growing. UMKC has developed two new reduced-tuition programs designed to ease the burden for certain non-Missouri residents who enroll here – one for students from Kansas, and the other geared to students from a 15-state Midwestern region that stretches from Ohio to Texas, the Dakotas to Tennessee.

Please see the center tile on our home page www.umkc.edu for the full story and details. Also you can find more details on https://www.umkc.edu/kansas-rate/ and https://www.umkc.edu/heartland-rate/ as well as https://www.umkc.edu/tuition-discounts/.

UMKC recognizes that paying for college can be a struggle, even though it’s a sound investment that pays for itself many times over as you build a career. For students throughout the heartland of America, UMKC is doing something about it.

UMKC invites you to take a good look at our campus and our community. For people in the Midwestern region, UMKC and Kansas City are both close to home and a whole new world. Now UMKC has made it even easier for you to seize the future with us. Let UMKC how you all it has have to offer.

Free Dental Cleaning Offered

Need a deep cleaning? UMKC Dental Hygiene Students are screening patients for the Clinical Licensing Exam. You must be available May 4th, 5th, or 6th

To Qualify:
• 18 years or older
• Good overall health
• No braces
• Most of teeth present
• No dental cleanings in past 3-4 years
• Not needing immediate dental services (such as extractions) or experiencing intense pain

When/Where:
• March 3, 2018
• 9:00am – 12:00pm
• University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
• 650 E 25th Street
• Kansas City, MO 64108

How to Sign Up:
• Call (913)-229-5946 or email umkcdhscreening@gmail.com
• Please call or email ahead to help speed up your screening
• If you can’t come March 3rd but are still interested, please call or email.
• If you qualify as a Board Exam patient, free x-rays will be taken; you will be contacted later to schedule an appointment.

UMKC Delegation Participates in Annual Legislative Day

On Wednesday January 24th, 2018, UMKC School of Dentistry students and faculty traveled to the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., to attend the Annual Legislative Day, sponsored by the Missouri Dental Association. This event, which is attended by dentists throughout the State of Missouri, gives our students the opportunity to speak with their legislators about issues affecting the dental profession.

The faculty members who participated included: Dr. Connie White, Dr. Lance Godley, Dr. Jack Nelson, Dr. Brenda Bohaty, and Dr. Jared Gerhardt. The junior and senior dental students who attended the event included: D3 students, Celeste Roberts, Rachel Karabas, Karlton Smith, Mohammad Alshaye, and Parth Patel; and D4 students, Paula Rodriguez, Julianna Harman, Michael Silva, Matthew Buswell, David Casteel, Drew Nuckolls, Ryan Riggs, Sharon James, and Tareq Abdulresoul. The UMKC delegation also include two pediatric dental residents from Children’s Mercy Hospital: Dr. Brett Zobell and Dr. Maha Sidhom.

The University and School are Closed for the Winter Break

New this year, the University will be closed for winter break from Dec. 26 until Jan. 2, 2018. This includes the Alumni and Development Office. If you or someone you know still needs to make a year end gift to the Rinehart Foundation there is still time! Checks must be post-marked by December 31st or skip the crazy mail lines and make your gift online here.

As the year draws to a close, we want to thank you for all you do for the students, faculty, and staff here at the School. We are so thankful for the generous and supportive alumni we have and get to interact with every day.

Happy Holidays!