Remembering Dr. Carole McArthur

It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce that Dr. Carole McArthur passed away on Friday, May 20th after a brief illness. Carole retired in 2019 after 28 years of service to UMKC and the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine. Carole was originally from New Zealand and still maintained a home there. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Otago and her MD from the UMKC School of Medicine. Over her career she published over 200 original articles, book chapters and abstracts and received over 70 grants and contracts from Federal, State and Local Agencies as well as International Foundations and Pharmaceutical companies. She was internationally renowned and notably for the past 2 decades, she was at the cutting edge of HIV/AIDS and TB diagnostic system development and evaluation in Cameroon, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she established treatment clinics that have served millions of people. In 2019 she discovered the first new strain of HIV in 20 years. Shortly before her retirement she was recognized by Otago University as a “Life-Changer”, an award given to alumni that recognizes the sum total of their career achievements; in her case for advancing scientific research and humanitarian aid in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Throughout her career in science, medicine and education she also maintained several recreational passions, most notably the Olympic sport of Dressage. She bred and trained horses for many years and competed with them, winning several competitions. Upon her retirement she was appointed an Emeritus Professor and received an Olson Professorship. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and many friends. She touched the lives of countless individuals, and it was a true privilege for those of who knew her to call her colleague and friend.


Hooding Ceremony Honors 2022 Dental Grads

Presiding, Dr. Steven Haas, Dean of the School of Dentistry noted “the Hooding Ceremony, this afternoon, and the Commencement Ceremony, on Sunday morning, are important moments for our dental school community to celebrate and recognize the successes and accomplishments of our graduates. This is especially true for the graduates before us today whose education has been so different, on a daily basis, for the last two years due to the worldwide pandemic – a major disruptive force in all our lives but especially in dental education.” Dean Haas acknowledged the numerous commendable class accomplishments, leaders of our student organizations, represented the school at regional and national meetings, volunteered in the local and regional community, participated in oral health outreach through opportunities like Give Kids a Smile, Mission of Mercy, Team Smile, JayDoc, and provided COVID vaccinations through our school dental clinic and the “Our Healthy Eastside Project”. He further notes “you’ve worked hard to fulfill degree requirements, pass boards, jurisprudence exams, and clinical licensure exams. Most importantly, you’ve cared for patients through extramural rotations across the state and while in our school clinic where you treated 7,906 patients. To be at this point in your journey has required a great deal of dedication, sacrifice, resilience, effort, humbleness, stretching, care, and accomplishment. I know that everyone here is in agreement when we say we are so proud of you!”

The class will be heading off for new challenges Missouri, Kansas, throughout the U.S., and even across the globe in Kuwait! Your plans include:

5 graduates who will be serving in the military
12 graduates who will be entering positions in public health clinics
49 graduates entering private practice
27 graduates entering a specialty/residency program
7 Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency
9 General Practice Residency
7 Pediatric Dentistry Residency
1 Periodontics Residency
2 Orthodontics Residency
1 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
2 Oral Surgery Fellowship Residency

The ceremony included the special tradition honoring graduates entering the United States military upon graduation. The commissioning of the 2 uniformed dental graduates and oath were administered by Dr. Derek Williams, Commander, United States Navy Reserves, and Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences.

Dean Haas shared a bit of the history, tradition and significance of the regalia, the cap, gown and hood before each graduate was called forward by name.

The hooding was performed Dr. Eric Gottman, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences and Team 2 Coordinator or a family member that is a dental alum or dentist.

The Dean’s Academic Distinction Award was presented to Dr.) Katherine Hayes, honoring the graduate who completed the dental curricula with the highest academic rank.
Each year the graduating class recognizes a faculty member whom they selected as the most influential to their development as dental professionals. (Dr.) Nicole Kurlbaum, Class President, offered remarks and presented the 2022 Teacher of Excellence Award to Dr. Becky Smith, Clinical Professor, Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences and Team 1 Coordinator.

A  reception followed and UMKC’s Commencement ceremony was held at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.

Find photos from the hooding event and reception here.

Portraits of the dental grads from the hooding ceremony are here.


Senior Scholarship Day Celebrates Accomplishments of Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

The Annual Senior Scholarship Day celebrated the accomplishments of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2022 with awards and special presentations recently. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!

Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Award
Alexmarie Davis

American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Grace Williams

Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals Star Award
Alyssa Supter

Golden Scaler Award sponsored by the Hu-Friedy Co.
Abby Eskina

Missouri Dental Hygienists’ Association Award
Emily Ramsey

UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association Sherry Burns Outstanding Clinician Award
Alex Tucker

Sigma Phi Alpha National Honor Society Inductees
Alex Tucker
Brandie Simonsen
Ryann Flax

R. Lois Scott Scholarship
Tawnya Guthrie

Annual Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship recipient
Kennedy Bauer

Proctor and Gamble Crest Oral B Preventive Dentistry Hygiene Award
Kara Collier

Dean’s Academic Distinction Award
Brandie Simonsen

Faculty Award
Prof. Julie Sutton

Find photos here.

2022 School of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award Winners Honored

Each year, the University and School of Dentistry recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for lifelong commitment to the profession, the community, and the School. We are privileged to recognize Dr. Brenda Bohaty and Jo Ann Weatherwax as this year’s honorees.

Dr. Brenda Bohaty is Chair of the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and concurrently the Director of the Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. During her nearly 35 years of service to the School, Dr. Bohaty has accomplished a long list of academic and research endeavors including her instrumental role in initiating and running the Dental Clinic at Operation Breakthrough. This program allows children who attend day care at Operation Breakthrough to receive comprehensive dental care at no cost to their care providers. An impactful experience for both the children in the community and dental students. Dr. Bohaty serves as one of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry representatives on the Commission for Dental Accreditation Review Committee as a site visitor, she received a national appointment to serve as a member of the Review Committee member for the National Commission on Dental Specialties, she serves as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Graduate In-Service Examination Committee and as an expert consultant on the Council of Pre-Doctoral Education. She also serves on the Rinehart Foundation Board.

Jo Ann Weatherwax serves as the founding Dental Program Director for the Volusia County Health Department in Daytona Beach, Florida and has dedicated her career to help solving the national issue of access to oral healthcare services. Jo Ann, the first dental hygienist to serve as a dental director at a county health department in Florida, developed a clinical program, added an additional clinic to serve the western area of Volusia County, and established a county-wide school sealant and oral health education program. Her dedication to the Health Department and safety net programs in Volusia County has resulted in the delivery of oral healthcare services to countless children and families. Along with her work in public health, Jo Ann has served in numerous leadership roles including most recently as the President of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association.

Both awardees will be recognized at the UMKC campus-wide celebration on April 29th

Photos from the reception honoring the awardees here.

Midwest Dental Conference Wraps Up with Encore – Sunday Events

The Midwest Dental Conference’s “live tour” concluded Sunday after four days of long-awaited in-person reunions and lessons on the latest in dental education. On the morning of the final day, the annual Dental Alumni Trustees’ and Alumni Past President’s Breakfast was followed by three more scientific sessions. The last of the more than 2,500 attendees exchanged farewells after getting the band back together and hit the road to put into practice all the lessons learned over the course of the conference.  Sunday photos here.

Rockin’ Saturday Filled with Honors, Reunions and Education

Saturday’s activities started with Orthodontics meetings over breakfast at the Sheraton. Courses took up much of the morning at MDC 2022, before the Alumni Recognition Luncheon. The highlight of the event was a generous donation from GEHA to the UMKC School of Dentistry. The luncheon also honored outstanding alumni, including the class of 1972, which is celebrating its 50th reunion this year! The day’s scientific sessions addressed a wide range of topics, from emerging trends in periodontics to the lessons learned in dental care during two pandemics: HIV and COVID-19. The day’s events wrapped up with the annual Presidents’ Reception, where they honored donors atop the Westin at Benton’s.  Saturday photos here.

Midwest Dental Conference Welcomes Alums and Friends – Friday Events

Friday began by welcoming MDC’s more than 2,500 attendees to the learning sessions. Day two of this four-day conference offered attendees 70 top-notch technical exhibits, as well as Continuing Education sessions with topics like digital impressions and new 3D technology, better ways to give personal and customized care to patients, and even how to spot obstructive sleep apnea and save lives. As the evening began, a special happy hour gave attendees more chances to connect, followed by the ever-popular Friday night Welcome Party. This year, the party served as an opportunity for many to meet the new dean, Steven E. Haas, D.M.D., J.D., M.B.A.  Photos from the day here.

Pouring from the Heart Turns 22 in 2022

Pouring from the Heart celebrated its 22nd year in 2022. We were back in-person at the Westin Century Ballroom Thursday evening for an evening filled with delicious food and wine pairings. While the food and wine made it an evening to enjoy, this party was also filled with purpose. Pouring from the Heart raises money to provide crucial funding to help care for those in need. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious three-course meal put together by the Westin staff with a wine pairing for each dish. Silent auction items ranged from a getaway to New Orleans, to a Caribbean Vacation in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel or Isla Mujeres.  Enjoy photos from the Gala  Find the selfies taken by the Photo Bus here

2022 Midwest Dental Conference Ready to Rock – Thursday Events

The band is back together, live in Kansas City! The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Associations welcomed 2022 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, happy to be back seeing each other face-to-face, met up at registration and throughout the day. The conference’s wealth of Continuing Education offerings began, with four sessions in the morning and four sessions in the afternoon, separated by the Fedi Patron’s luncheon. Please enjoy these photos from the day and look for more photos from our Pouring from the Heart event, the annual fundraising gala that capped a rock-n-rollin’ first day of the Midwest Dental Conference.  Thursday photos here.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Sigma Phi Alpha 2022 Inductees Honored

UMKC Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), Rho Chapter and Sigma Phi Alpha (SPA) Alpha Gamma chapter, 2022 inductees and scholarship recipients were honored April 20th, at a joint dinner and induction ceremony, an annual school tradition, at the Grand Street Cafe in Kansas City.  OKU President, Dr. John Ball presided.  The “charge” was delivered by Dr. Steven Haas, Dean of the School of Dentistry and the officers-elect for both organizations were inducted.

Sigma Phi Alpha
Alpha Gamma Chapter Officers, 2021-2022
President  Julie Sutton
Past President  Tamra Hoffman
Secretary-Treasurer  Katie Baker

* Scholarship Awards *
Annual Chapter Award
Kennedy Bauer

R. Lois Scott Award
Tawnya Guthrie

* Initiates *
Ryann Flax
Brandie Simonsen
Alex Tucker

* Degree Completion *
Kaylynn Stratton

*MSDH Education*
Vicky Kishinevsky

Rho Chapter Officers, 2021-202
President  Dr. John Ball
President Elect  Dr. Rebeca Weisleder Urow
Vice-President  Dr. Ken Frick
Secretary-Treasurer  Dr. David Thein

* Scholarship Awards *
William S. Kramer Award
Jacky Lung

Richard Ackerman OKU Scholarship Awards
Lane Anderson
Maria Bieber
Blake Clarke
Josie DuBois
Nathan Gamache
Katie Jehle
Alyssa Ly
Naiya Patel
Alec Piwowarczyk
Nathan Romme
Claire Simon

* Initiates *
Megan Bearden
Sam Bertholf
Bryce Boyd
Megan Ching
Ryan Greenway
Katie Hayes
Stephanie Kubik
Samantha Mahaffey
Taylar Morgan
Molly Petrie
Mikayla Stevens
Devon Whyte

* Faculty Initiates *
Dr. Juliana Redford

Photos from the event here.