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SIU School of Dental Medicine Students Achieve Dean’s Scholarship

13 July 2017, 9:05 AM

(L-R) SIU SDM Dean’s Scholarship recipients Austin LaMay, Evelyn Nord and Kevin Wolf.Three outstanding year-four students have been honored with the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s (SIU SDM) Dean’s Scholarship. Recipients Austin LaMay, of Bethalto, Evelyn Nord, of Galesburg, and Kevin Wolf, of Springfield, have each been awarded $5,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.

“These students will surely make a significant impact on the field of dentistry and the communities they serve upon completion of their doctor of dental medicine degrees,&#...

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SIUE’s Online Healthcare Informatics Program Ranked #6 Nationally

27 June 2017, 11:35 AM

Frank LyerlaThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville online master’s in healthcare informatics has been ranked sixth in the nation by affordablecolleges.com.  

Healthcare informatics professionals integrate the worlds of medicine and technology by combining their expertise in data management, patient care and information technology systems. The master’s in healthcare informatics emphasizes the application of state-of-the-art computing technologies to healthcare.

“The combi...

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SIUE Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp Empowers High School Students to Pursue Careers in the Health Sciences

26 June 2017, 9:30 AM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 8th annual Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp, held June 19-23, opened high school students’ eyes to the many career paths within pharmacy, nursing and dental medicine.

The camp is a collaborative effort, organized by the Schools of Pharmacy (SOP) and Nursing (SON) and the SIU School of Dental Medicine (SDM). It focuses on exposure, experience and enrichment as students gain an understanding of the ample opportunities that exist within each ...

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SIU SDM’s Garcia to be ADEA Scholar in Residence

16 June 2017, 9:25 AM

Dr. Nathalia GarciaSouthern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s (SIU SDM) Dr. Nathalia Garcia will participate in the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence program. The award was announced at the March 2017 ADEA Annual Session in Long Beach, Calif.

To obtain the award, Garcia had to propose a research project related to women issues in a dental academic career. She is studying “Gender and Faculty Research Productivity in Academic Dentistry...

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SIU SDM Students Recognized for Meritorious Achievement

8 June 2017, 8:30 AM

SIU SDM Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter (R) presents the Oral Health Foundation Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship for 2017 to third-year student Kevin Wolf (L).The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine has honored two students for their significant contributions to research and emerging leadership in the profession and community.

Fourth-year student Joshua Welborn, of Harrisburg, earned The Odontographic Society of Chicago Dr. Irwin B. Robinson Student-Researcher Award for 2017. Kevin Wolf, of Springfield, a third-year student, achieved the Oral Health Foundation Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship for 2017.

“It is important th...

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Confers 51 Degrees to Class of 2017

5 June 2017, 8:55 AM

Erin Grunderson-Dean Bruce RotterSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook delivered the commencement address at the SIU School of Dental Medicine commencement ceremony Saturday, June 3, in the SIUE Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. Fifty-one students received their doctor of dental medicine degrees during the ceremony that can be viewed online.

Pembrook encouraged the graduates to utilize their time wisely in the future as they ponder replacing daily hours of courses, study, practice and re...

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Partners with Lewis & Clark Community College for Community Dentistry Event

31 May 2017, 10:50 AM

SIU SDM students participated in a community dentistry event in Hardin.The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) partnered to provide oral health care for underserved patients in Calhoun County, a rural area that has not benefited from a local practicing dentist since the start of 2017.

The institutions offered a community dentistry event on Friday, May 19 at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Hardin, supported by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration...

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Chancellor Pembrook to Speak at SIU School of Dental Medicine Commencement

23 May 2017, 2:55 PM

Randy Pembrook CommencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will deliver the commencement address to 51 students receiving their doctor of dental medicine degrees at the SIU School of Dental Medicine commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, in the SIUE Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Pembrook became the ninth chancellor in SIUE’s history on August 1, 2016 as the Metro East native returned to the campus where he had earned both bachelor’s and master&#821...

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SIU SDM Emeritus Professor Honored with Outstanding Educator Award

11 May 2017, 1:20 PM

(L-R) Dr. Doug Miley, director of Graduate Periodontics at the SIU SDM, Dr. Neal Roller, Dr. Nathalia Garcia, and SIU SDM Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter.Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Section of Periodontics Emeritus Professor Neal Roller, DDS, MS, has been honored with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.

According to the AAP, the award is presented at each dental academic institution to a periodontal educator, who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of periodontics and relays that enthusiasm to students.

SIU SDM administ...

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Therapy Dogs Comfort SIU SDM and SIUE Students During Finals

5 May 2017, 11:10 AM

(L-R) SIU SDM students Dallas Pineda and Maggie McCarthy enjoy a visit from therapy dog, Elsa, a Portuguese Water Dog.Newman, Kylie, Elsa and Wrigley were a comforting site for students at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) on Thursday, May 4. The four are therapy dogs with CHAMP Assistance Dogs, whose relaxed temperament offered students a bit of lightness amidst the stress of finals.

“I’ve always been a dog lover,” said Michael Hawk, a second year dental student, while petting Elsa. “They are all incredibly calm and willing to let us pet them.”

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SIUE Selected as Peace Corps Site

25 April 2017, 9:55 AM

peacecorpspreplogoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.

 “This program provides an opportunity for students at SIUE to contribute to international peace, social justice and the development of full human potential,” said Mary Weishaar, executive director of International Affairs. “It su...

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Dedication to Emeritus Professor Enhances Picturesque SIU SDM Campus

18 April 2017, 9:05 AM

Dr. David Jenkins expresses his appreciation for the dedicated landscape features in his name during a surprise ceremony held Tuesday, April 11.An emeritus professor of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM), known for his significant contributions to teaching, professional development and leadership, and devoted support of campus beautification efforts, now has a scenic dedication settled in front of one of the unique campus’s historic buildings.

The family of Dr. David Jenkins, with the support of SIU SDM Dean Bruce Rotter, DMD, and Director of Development Stephen Schaus, surprised their father wit...

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Hosts Research Day

14 April 2017, 8:31 AM

SDM1The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) highlighted the important role research plays in the daily practice and continued advancement of the dynamic profession of dentistry during its 2017 Research Day held Tuesday, April 11.

“Our profession is constantly improving treatment alternatives and introducing new and better options,” said Bruce Rotter, DMD, dean of the SIU SDM. “The dental practitioner must often make choices regarding which are the best...

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SIU SDM’s Martin Land Receives Moulton Award for Fixed Prosthodontics

24 March 2017, 10:15 AM

land-martinDr. Martin F. Land, professor of fixed prosthodontics at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM), was awarded the George M. Moulton Award for outstanding achievement in the Art and Science of Fixed Prosthodontics at the 66th Annual Scientific Session of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics in Chicago.   

The prestigious award is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy and recognizes members who have made a significant impact and contributions to ...

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SIU SDM Recognized as Center of Excellence by LIBERTY Dental Plan

9 March 2017, 9:07 AM

(L-R) Dr. Kathy Shafer, Dr. Eric Langenwalter, State Rep. Dan Beiser, Dr. Cornell Thomas, SIU SDM Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dr. Bert Milligan, SIUE Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook, Mr. Ken Holbert and Dr. Kenneth Rawson.The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) has been honored as a 2016 Center of Excellence by the national dental management firm LIBERTY Dental Plan. A special award presentation was held Monday, March 6 with LIBERTY representatives and State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) in attendance. Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) also extended his support for the School’s recognition.

LIBERTY’s Center of Excellence Award is presented to community den...

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