Members of the Dental Class of 2021 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 Honored as they “Transition into the Profession”

The DDS Class of 2021 and DH Class of 2020 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning into the Profession Ceremony, held Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. Dr. Aparna Naidu, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, master of ceremonies, along with Dean Marsha Pyle welcomed everyone. The keynote speaker was Dr. Bill Busch, founder of the Team Smiles children’s charitable care program and practicing dentist in North Kansas City, MO. Representatives of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and the Dental Class of 2021 took turns reading their respective Code of Ethics, which were then signed by each class member as they crossed the stage to be presented with a white coat (DDS students) or scrubs (DH students). Following the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned to the School of Dentistry for a reception and informal tours.

Photos from the event here.

Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and Dental Class of 2021 Transitioning Portraits here.

Watch the video of the ceremony here.

Playing for a Good Cause at the 2019 Annual Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament

It was a fantastic day for participants Friday, May 31st, at Shoal Creek Golf Course, for the annual UMKC Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament. Attendees enjoyed food, fun, and some antics, putting contests, and of course a few mulligans.

Now in its 19th year, the, the event has awarded over $230,000 in individual scholarships to UMKC School of Dentistry students. The steering committee was led by Dr. Joe Spalitto and included Dr. Chad Barth, Dr. Reese Graue, Dr. Michael McCunniff, Matthew Muir, Joel Piper and Michael Rehme.

Find photos from the outing here.

Faculty and Staff Retirees Honored

Nearly 60 years of loyalty and service to the school was honored at a faculty and staff retirement reception, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the School of Dentistry.  Honored by colleagues, students, family and friends were, Dr. Robert Blundell for 9 years of service, Addie Malove, 39 years of service and Patricia Webb, 9 years of service.  Each received a commemorative photo of the school personalized with wishes from their colleagues.  Photos here.

Dr. Azeez Butali Presents OCS-Donald R. Brown Speaker Series Joint Seminar

Dr. Azeez Butali of the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics was the presenter at the annual Dr. Donald R. Brown Speaker Series, jointly hosted by the school’s Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. His topic was Dental and Craniofacial Anomalies: Driving Discovery Through Basic-Translational Genetics Research and Capacity Building. Dr. Butali was formally welcomed at a reception the day preceding his lunch time seminar presentation. Find photos here.

Dental School Grads Recognized at Senior Sendoff

The UMKC Hospital Hill Diversity and Inclusion Council hosted a senior sendoff for underrepresented students at Diastole recently to recognize the 2019 Graduates from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. School of Dentistry grads acknowledged included Camden Tokunaga, Rashin Alipour and Ronnie Marquez. The graduates, along with faculty and staff from the schools enjoyed food catered by Two Guys and a Grill, an opportunity to identify respective practice locations as well as games and a photo booth.  Photos from the event.

The Hostpital Hill Diversity and Inclusion Council incluses Micheal Weaver, St. Luke’s Health System, Jeffrey Primos, UMKC School of Dentistry, Jennifer Santee, UMKC School of Pharmacy Gaby Flores, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Willy Pegues, Truman Medical Centers, Nate Thomas, UMKC School of Medicine, John Cottrell, UMKC School of Dentistry, Derek Williams, UMKC School of Dentistry, Vianella Halsall, School of Nursing , Susan Garret, UMKC School of Nursing, Tanya Gibson, UMKC School of Dentistry, Sally Fletcher, UMKC School of Nursing, Fariha Shafi, UMKC School of Medicine and Rachel McCommon, UMKC School of Medicine.  School administrators supporting the event inlcuded Marsha Pyle, Dean of the UMKC School of Dentistry , Richie Bigham, Associate Dean, UMKC School of Dentistry and Russell B. Melcher, Dean, School of Pharmacy.

Seniors Honored at SNDA/HSDA Send Off

On Sunday, April 28, the Student National Dental Association /Hispanic Student Dental Association hosted its annual “Senior Send Off” for the graduating SNDA/HSDA members. The celebration is in recognition of fulfillment of academic and clinical requirements for the Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. The event also was also an expression of appreciation for the senior’s outstanding community service and leadership.

The celebration was held over breakfast at the Eggtc. Restaurant at 51st and Main. Approximately 36 students, faculty and family members were in attendance. Among the twelve senior honorees were: Arianna Jackson (DDS class of 2019), Camden Tokunaga (DDS class of 2019) , Hai Ping Sun( DDS CLASS OF 2019), Joanna Barnes (DDS class of 2019), Katherine Dumbell ( DDS class of 2019), Mohammed Nuru (DDS CLASS OF 2019), Rashin Alipour (DDS class of 2019), Ronnie Marquez( DDS class of 2019), Teresa Nguyen (DDS CLASS OF 2019), Tiffany Nguyen (DDS class of 2019), Summer Issa (DDS class of 2019) and Mohammad Alshaye (DDS class of 2019) who received plaques and pen sets.

The SNDA/HDSA graduation seniors reciprocated by recognizing several individuals for moral support, encouragement and student advocacy. Derek Williams, DDS, Tanya Gibson, DDS and John L. Cottrell were recognized for exceptional efforts as SNDA/HSDA Faculty Advisors. Dr. Jack Nelson was recognized for his support and active engagement with the Dental Research Explorer Post and Jeff Primos was honored for on-gong efforts and contributions toward diversity and inclusion.

Before departing, the new SNDA/HSDA leadership was introduced: President, Njeri Penda (DDS class of 2021), Vice-President, Kim Kha (DDS class of 2021), Secretary, Lena Adams (DDS class of 2022), Treasurer, Shurouk Allkharabsheh (DDS class of 2021) Social Chairs, Rukevwe Erhenede (DDS class of 2022) , Yasmeen Qadi (DDS class of 2021) and Taylor Johnson (DDS class of 2022). Historians, Carlos Criss (DDS class of 2021) , Meredith Gomez (DDS class of and Shan Ao ( DDS class of 2020. Fundraisers, Yiou Gio (DDS class of and Drew Chatter (DDS class of 2020), Community Chairs, Jodi Nguyen (DDS class of 2021) and Shannon Black (DDS Class of 2022).

Outgoing officers were also recognized: President Anthony Spates and Chanelle Roberts, Secretary, Stephanie Zarrasola (DDS class of 2020), Treasurer, Yiou Guo (DDS class of 2021), Fundraising, Brianna Thompson (DDS class of 2020) and Luxi Swisher ( DDS class of 2020) , Social Chairs, Amber Arshad (DDS class of 2020) , Brittany Daniel (DDS class of 2020) and Yona Rasynouvong (Class of 2020), Historians, Shan Ao (DDS class of 2020) and Nejeri Penda (DDS class of 2021).

Photos from the event.

Annual Students Take Action Minute to Win It Benefits Dr. Jacob McGuire Scholarship

Last Thursday, April 18, 2019, representatives from the whole school came together for the annual Students Take Action (STA) Minute to Win it Lunch. Donations collected during this event will be given to the Dr. Jacob McGuire Scholarship. A total of $1,466 was donated across all classes, faculty, and staff! It was awesome to see everyone come together to support a Scholarship in honor of Dr. Jacob McGuire, who has had an endless impact on us all as a doctor, mentor, teacher and friend. The Minute to Win it consisted of a series of 5 games, resulting in the DDS Class of 2022 claiming first place, DDS Class of 2019 second place and Staff coming in third place. A cookie party will be given to Class of 2022 May 2nd, 2019 for celebration of their first-place finish!

Below is a listing of the team representatives that volunteered their athleticism and innate skills for everyone’s enjoyment and entertainment.

Staff Team: Breana Boger
D1 Team: Shannon McCaul and Kalei Wilson
D2 Team: Jourdan Kilthau and Jacob Young
D3 Team: Jane Witt and Ashley Stevenson
D4 Team: Teresa Nguyen
Dental Hygiene Team: Kyleigh Campbell

Enjoy photos from the event.