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Fall 2014

The Regular Checkup, Summer 2014, featuring news items from the spring of 2014

Spring 2014

The Regular Checkup, Winter 2014, featuring news items from the fall of 2013

School of Dental Medicine Serves More Than 180 Children at Give Kids A Smile Day

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The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted more than 180 children during this year’s Give Kids A Smile Day. This full-day, community service event at SIU SDM was held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the School’s main clinic in Alton.

Children between the ages of 3 and 13 received free dental care – including examinations, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions—throughout the day. The total dental treatment provided was valued at nearly $75,000.

The dental care was offered by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff and students; members of the Madison and St. Clair district dental societies; Lewis and Clark Community College dental assisting and dental hygiene faculty and students; and faculty and students from the Missouri College dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. Professionals and volunteers from the community also participated.

“What sets us apart from other programs around the country is that we provide a full range of comprehensive treatment at no cost,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. “Also exciting is the fact that we have genuinely become a dental home for many children. There was a child here today who has come to this event for six years in a row.”

Give Kids A Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. The event promotes community awareness of the need for dental services among the underserved.

Fun activities for children took place throughout the event. First-year dental students from the SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted a “Smile Station” featuring fun, educational activities and games to help children learn the importance of a good diet, oral hygiene and the connections between their mouths and bodies.

Photo Captions: Left - Year I dental student Kyle Horcher with children attending the 2014 Give Kids A Smile Day; Middle - Year III dental student Brittany Scanlon providing dental care for a child; Right - Year III dental student Jacob Bleyer reviews a digital radiograph with new SIUE Provost Parviz Ansari, who was attending the SIU SDM Give Kids a Smile Day for his first time.

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Watch a video of the 2014 Give Kids A Smile Day on You Tube

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A Tradition Begins: School of Dental Medicine Hosts Dean's Scholarship Gala

2014 Dean's Scholarship Gala
2014 Dean's Scholarship Gala

On October 4, 2014, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a Dean's Scholarship Gala at The Westin St. Louis. The event attracted nearly 100 guests.

Proceeds from the Gala topped $100,000 and will support student scholarship assistance efforts at the SIU SDM. As a result, the first Dean’s Scholarship Awards will be presented to deserving dental students in the spring of 2015.

"Our sincere thanks to the alumni and guests who helped us raise money to support our students," said Dr. Bruce Rotter, dean of the SIU SDM. "The evening was a wonderful tribute to the past and reinforced our dedication to our current and future students."

Ultimately, the SIU School of Dental Medicine has a goal to grow the SIU SDM Student Scholarship Endowment Fund into a compelling promise to support our students through scholarship in a manner befitting our distinguished legacy of excellence in dental education.

“This scholarship fund will directly and positively impact student achievement, as we continue to ensure that the SIU School of Dental Medicine remains affordable and accessible to talented and motivated students,” said Dr. Rotter.

The School of Dental Medicine is proud to celebrate 40 years of graduating outstanding dentists. The School celebrated its first graduating class in 1975. The graduates of the Class of 2015, who will celebrate their Commencement on June 6, 2015, represent our 40th class of graduates.

Photo Captions: Right, Top - The Mighty Class of '76 made a magnificent entrance to the Dean's Scholarship Gala; Right, Bottom - The SIU SDM Class of 1989 celebrated their Silver Anniversary during a celebration of the School of Dental Medicine's 40th Anniversary; Below - Dr. Christopher Larsen and Dr. Kathy Shafer, both SIU SDM Class of 1988 graduates, enjoyed an evening at the Gala.

2014 Dean's Scholarship Gala

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The White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2018 and the “Art of Giving”

I want to ask you –the Class of 2018 – from this day forward to: Try giving YOURSELF – from the heart!

--Dr. Keith Dickey, from his Keynote Address at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony

2014 White Coat Ceremony
On October 4, 2014, the students of the Class of 2018 received a formal introduction to the profession of dentistry at the annual Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony. In addition to welcoming the fifty newest students to the School and the profession, one of the goals of the annual ceremony is to foster a sense among them that they have entered a profession with the unique set of expectations and responsibilities that come with patient care.

Dr. Keith Dickey—President of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation and Emeritus Associate Professor and Director of Alumni Services and Continuing Education at the SIU School of Dental Medicine—provided the Keynote Address at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony. His remarks focused on “the art of giving.”

“A giving heart is a common characteristic of all members of the dental profession,” said Dr. Dickey. “The art of giving is simple -- Try giving YOURSELF -- from the heart.

“Of all the reasons for giving that we might acknowledge individually, the common thread we share is a desire, and often a passion, to make the oral health of our community a better place. Every day there are opportunities to give a part of yourself to someone who needs it. The important thing about any gift is the amount of yourself you put into it. The best gift is one that is tied with your heart strings.”
2014 White Coat Ceremony
Following the Keynote Address, the fifty new dental students were individually invited to the stage to accept their white coats. Robed in the traditional coat of medical professionals, the students signed and recited the Professional Oath.

The White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2018 was made possible by the following sponsors: the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry; the American College of Dentists, Illinois Section; the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation; and the International College of Dentists, Eighth District. The SIU School of Dental Medicine genuinely appreciates the support of each of these sponsors.

Photo Captions: Right, top - Jessica Green receiving assistance with her White Coat from Dr. Steven Hoffman; Right, bottom - Jeffrey Chin signing the Professional Oath; Below - The Class of 2018, reciting the Professional Oath

2014 White Coat Ceremony






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Dr. Keith Dickey Earns ISDS Distinguished Member Award

On September 19, 2014, Dr. Keith W. Dickey of Edwardsville was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS)—the Distinguished Member Award. Dr. Dickey was honored to be only the 24th recipient of this Award, which was presented during the 150th Annual Session of the ISDS at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.

Dr. Keith Dickey

The ISDS presents the Distinguished Member Award to a member who has tirelessly contributed to the service of mankind by extending the profession of dentistry into civic, cultural, religious, and humanitarian areas. This award recognizes a member who has exceeded the ordinary with outstanding contributions, thus enhancing the image of organized dentistry.

Presently, Dr. Dickey is serving the Southern Illinois University School Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) as an Emeritus Associate Professor and Director of Alumni Services and Continuing Education. As a dental educator at SIU SDM for the past 33 years, Dr. Dickey has carried the torch for an unparalleled dental education system that will continue producing a strong dental profession and provide the highest level of oral health care for the public.

Dr. Dickey is a Past President of the Madison District Dental Society. He has served at the state level as a delegate and alternate to the ISDS House of Delegates; ISDS Central Western District Trustee; member of the DENT-IL-PAC President’s Club; and member of ISDS Committees on Governmental Affairs, Dental Education, Dental Auxiliary Education and Duties of Dental Auxiliaries in Illinois.

Dr. Dickey is a Past President of the ISDS. During his presidential year, Dr. Dickey highlighted the numerous challenges suffered by dental education that may potentially jeopardize the well-being of the public’s oral health and place dentistry at risk of becoming a trade profession.

Dr. Dickey now serves as the President of the ISDS Foundation, a philanthropic organization with which he has been actively involved for 17 years. He is also the Executive Director of the Xi Psi Phi International Dental Fraternity, an organization with which he once served as Supreme President.

In addition, Dickey has served nationally as a delegate and alternate to the ADA Annual Sessions House of Delegates; a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs; and a consultant to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Dickey is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Until recently, Dr. Dickey maintained a private practice of general dentistry in East Alton, IL.

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Team Smile partners with SIU SDM’s Give Kids a Smile and the St. Louis Rams

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) in partnership with Team Smile and the St. Louis Rams provided dental services to underserved students at Miles D. DavisDr. Roucka and SIU SDM Volunteer at 2014 Team Smile Event Elementary School in East St. Louis, Ill. earlier this month.

SIU SDM students, alumni and faculty, along with local dentists, joined together to provide free comprehensive dental care and screening to more than 300 kindergartners. The range of treatment included examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions.

"For most of the kindergartners, this event served as their first dental exam. The exciting and stress-free environment made for an exciting day for both the children and our students," said Dr. Roucka, associate dean for academic affairs at SIU SDM. "Our students gained valuable experience by providing service to a local community in need. Without their dedication to service, this event would not have been possible."

Throughout the day, all 425 kindergarten students were educated on proper oral health and wellness. St. Louis Rams mascot, Rampage, and former wide receiver, Brandon Williams, attended the event to ease anxiety and explain the importance of oral hygiene and staying healthy.

"The Team Smile concept of adding the sports element to a dental outreach program has proven powerfully successful in bringing children a positive connection to dental health," said Kellie Reneau, executive director of Team Smile. "The success of the concept has been outstanding, and its growth nothing short of phenomenal." 

The one-day event was successful through the collaboration and partnership of more than 20 oral health care professionals, volunteers and students.

Photo Captions: Right, Dr. Roucka at the Team Smile event; Bottom, SIU SDM Volunteers at the Team Smile event

SIU SDM Volunteers at 2014 Team Smile Event

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IL State FairSIU SDM at the Illinois State Fair

Year IV dental students- Mark Hobbie and Vance Knauer- provided oral health screenings for about 20 children during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL on August 15, 2014.  Dr. Poonam Jain, Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at SIU SDM, also participated in the excursion to the State Fair. 

For four of the children who received dental care at the Illinois State Fair, the occasion marked their first ever dental exams.  For several other children (and the parents of those children), the community dentistry event at the Illinois State Fair provided a convenient opportunity to fulfill the State of Illinois School Dental Exam Requirement.  (All Illinois children in kindergarten and Grades 2 and 6 are required to have an oral health examination.)

Dr. Samantha Arnold—SIU SDM Class of 2011—worked with the SIU SDM students at the Illinois State Fair until Dr. Jain and the students departed for the day,  and she continued to work after their departure.  Dr. David Miller—Chief of the Division of Oral Health at the Illinois Department of Public Health—also enjoyed the opportunity to attend the community dentistry event in Springfield, IL. 

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Introducing the Class of 2018!

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine is pleased to introduce the Class of 2018.  The annual Orientation Program at the SIU SDM was held on the last day in July and the first day of August in 2014.  During the intensive, two-day program, the 50 new dental students, representing the Class of 2018, received a thorough introduction to the upcoming four-year dental education program.

The students of the entering class at the School of Dental Medicine have clearly worked hard to date, according to the marks they achieved on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and during their undergraduate programs, respectively.  The Class of 2018 earned an average score of 19.1 on both the academic section and the perceptual ability section of the DAT.  The average cumulative grade point average for the entering class was a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). 

The SIU SDM Office of Admissions received 554 applications for the 50 available positions during the application cycle.  The students of the entering class represent many distinguished undergraduate institutions.  Among this group, ten students graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and ten students graduated from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

Procter & Gamble (Crest + Oral B), the Illinois State Dental Society, the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, GlaxoSmithKline, and the U.S. Air Force served as sponsors for the 2014 Orientation Program.  Each sponsor provided a meal for the Class of 2018 during the two-day program.

2014 Orientation

Photo Caption: Introducing the Class of 2018, posing for their first class photo in front of the Robert Wadlow Statue on the Alton Campus.

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Anchorage Alum

Anchorage Alum Receives AGD Fellowship Award

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine was pleased to learn that Dr. Marriner Russell Morrell  - SIU SDM Class of 1990 - recently received the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship Award during the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, which took place June 26 to 29, 2014 in Detroit. Dr. Morrell currently practices dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska.

The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. Morrell completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled at least three years of continuous membership in the AGD.

As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Morrell joins more than 6,400 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Morrell for his commitment in reaching this lofty goal,” says
AGD President W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD. “He has distinguished himself professionally among his peers and is a role model for both his fellow dentists and the Anchorage community.”

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists.

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50 Receive Degrees at SIU School of Dental Medicine Class of 2014 Commencement

Fifty students received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Commencement on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The ceremony was held in SIUE’s Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center.

A record 12 alumni participated in the Hooding Ceremony. The School allows an alumnus who is an immediate family member of a graduate to hood their family member as they walk across the stage. 

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe congratulated the graduating class. “While we know higher education is heavily promoted today, an advanced professional degree is over and above the typical level of achievement,” said Chancellor Furst-Bowe.

Keynote speaker Dr. Paul F. Kattner, an orthodontist with Kattner Orthodontics in Waukegan, Ill., addressed the Class of 2014 at the Commencement Ceremony.   Dr. Kattner acknowledged that the class is absolutely positioned for success, but urged them to live a life of significance.

“Use great care when you choose your measure of success,” said Dr. Kattner. “The choice that you make is going to shape you.

“Pursuing significance smoothes down the sharp edges of pursuing success.  It requires the adoption of a radical notion that your goals are not necessarily the most important things in every one of life’s transactions. Choose to take notice of the needs of people around you. It requires a conscious decision to walk toward that person’s needs.”

At the highest designation of achievement, Dr. Kattner has obtained Fellowship status with the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the World Federation of Orthodontists. He is a lifetime member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, as well as the Illinois State and Chicago Dental Societies.

Dr. Kattner has been an active member of organized dentistry at the national, state, and local levels and is proud to have served in various leadership roles.  Dr. Kattner has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions during his years of involvement in organized dentistry.

SIU SDM Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter provided five points of advice for the graduates.

“Strive to perform the best dentistry that you can and continue a life-long pursuit of knowledge and excellence,” said Dr. Rottter. “Treat both your patients and your staff with utmost respect.

“Maintain a moral compass, striving to do what’s right. Maintain a social conscience and share your expertise with those less fortunate, who may need your help.

“Return the love and support to your family which they have given to you and which they so richly deserve.”

SIU SDM Class of 2014

Photo Caption: The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Class of 2014

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Watch the 2014 Commencement on YouTube

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SIU SDM Senior Farewell Evening Recognizes Outstanding Achievement from the Class of 2014

2014 Senior Farewell

While the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 serves to highlight the successes of the class as a whole, the Senior Farewell Evening offers the opportunity to recognize individual student achievement.  On May 23, 2014, at the annual Senior Farewell Evening and Awards Program, SIU SDM dental students were duly recognized for demonstrating exemplary proficiency in specific areas of the dental school curriculum.

The SIU dental school was honored by the attendance of several specials guests during the evening.  Dr. Susan Bordenave Bishop, President of the Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, presented the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award.  Dr. Peter Paulson, Regent for District 8 of International College of Dentists and an alumnus of the SIU SDM Class of 1978, presented the International College of Dentists Award.  Dr. John Markarian, Member of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Grants Committee and an alumnus of the SIU SDM Class of 1977, presented the Delta Dental of Illinois Award.

Dr. Gary Fischer, Director of the SIU SDM Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program and an alumnus of the SIU SDM Class of 1982, hosted the Presentation of Awards.  The 2014 Senior Farewell Evening was held in the LeClaire Room on the N.O. Nelson Campus of the Lewis & Clark Community College. 

Photo Caption: Eric Castle was presented with the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award by Dr. Gary Fischer.

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Congratulations to all of the award recipients! (For more information about each award, please click here.)

  • Academy of General Dentistry Award:  Ryan Beelman and Brittany Timmermann
  • Academy of Operative Dentistry Award:  Alexander Hutnik
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award: Heather Hruskocy
  • Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry:  David Wells
  • American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Award: Christopher Safranski
  • American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Award:  Alexander Hutnik
  • American Academy of Oral Medicine Award: Blake Imam
  • American Association of Oral Biologists Award:  Eric Castle
  • Quintessence Award for Research Achievement:  Eric Castle
  • Academy of Osseointegration Award:  Maggie Schaefer
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry Award: Ryan Goergen
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Implant Dentistry Award: Brendan McGraw
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists Award:  Angela Siterlet
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award: Leah Rippy
  • American Association of Orthodontists Award: Eric Castle
  • American Equilibration Society Award:  Angela Siterlet
  • Odontographic Society/Walter E. Dundon Memorial Award: Lindsey Mason
  • American College of Prosthodontists Award:  Nicholas Doll
  • Dentsply Removable Prosthodontics Award: Maggie Schaefer
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry Fixed Prosthodontics: Anne Bollmeier
  • James R. Schmidt Restorative Dentistry Award:  Mariel Cotton
  • Hanau Best of the Best Prosthodontics Award:  David Wells
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award: Britly Barton and Robert Schorsch
  • American Academy of Periodontology Award:  Leah Rippy
  • Quintessence Award in Periodontics:  Angela Siterlet
  • American Association of Endodontists Award: Patrick Mitsos
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Surgery Award:  John Stinauer
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology/ Horace Wells Memorial Award:  Maria Garcia
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Award: Eric Castle
  • American Association of Women Dentists/Eleanor Bushee Memorial Award:  Britly Barton
  • Special Care Dentistry/Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Award: Maria Garcia
  • Dental Lifetime Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award:  Ryan Goergen and Myung Park
  • American Student Dental Association Award: Eric Castle
  • International College of Dentists Award: Leah Rippy
  • Delta Dental of Illinois Award: Britly Barton and Maggie Schaefer

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Fun for All at the 2014 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament

2014 Golf Tournament
The SIU SDM / Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament once again featured fun for all, while supporting a worthwhile cause.  The 2014 Golf Tourney enjoyed a field of many familiar faces and past tournament champions; participants enjoyed some additional contests during the tournament; and the cause of the day—faculty recruitment and retention at SIU SDM—passed another milestone.   

Past champions, Keith Bryant (Class of 1994); Jeffrey Dougherty (Class of 2002); Courtney Kanive (Class of 2004); and Aaron Pieper (Class of 2002) found a way to top the leaderboard on the Championship Flight again this year.  The team earned a score of 13 under par, which was certainly worthy of the championship title. 

However, a team of alumni representing the Class of 2008—Nick Baker, Ben Hite, Jacob Schuette, and Steve Workman—matched the score and won the playoff hole to earn the 2014 Prophy Cup Challenge Championship.   Nick Baker and Steve Workman are past champions, winning consecutive tournaments in 2005 and 2006 as dental students.  The win this year represents their first title playing as alumni.  Benjamin Hite and Jacob Schuette each enjoyed earning their first title this year.

Rob Hamm (Class of 1982), Bruce Mason (Class of 1987), Paul Mason (Class of 1982) and Scott Mason won the Competitive Flight this year.  The team earned a score of five under par. 

The Duffer Flight winners included a fun loving team of dental students—Brian Hamel (Year III), Andrew Martens (Year II), Courtney Morgan (Year III), and Jon Owen (Year II).  The team earned a score of even par for the day.  Collectively, the scoring from the field was remarkably competitive this year.

In other contests during the tournament, Chris Havlik won the Closest-to-the-Pin contest on Hole 16 among the men.  Due to a course error, the women participating in the tournament enjoyed two Closest-to-the-Pin contests.  Vanessa Keller (Class of 2002) earned a trophy for her shot on Hole 12.  Renee Doyle (Class of 2010) won the Closest-to-the-Pin contest for her shot on Hole 16.

Gina Orland (Class of 2007) won the Longest Drive contest among the women on Hole 3.  Eric Castle (Year IV student) shot the Longest Drive on Hole 2 to win the contest among the men. 

A Special Thank You to the Gold Sponsors of the 2014 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament!

  • Delta Dental of Illinois
  • Dental Arts Laboratories
  • Dentsply International
  • Dr. Jeffery and Mrs. Kimberly Harmon
  • Dr. Randy Parmlee
  • The Procter & Gamble Company /
    Crest + Oral B
  • Dr. Kathleen Renner
  • Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Diane Savoca
  • Dr. Jim Schmidt, Dr. Christa Hopp and
    Dr. Krista Cayo
  • Dr. Christopher Sehy
  • Dr. Dennis Wagner / Custom Dental Care

New this year, the SIU SDM Alumni Council sponsored a $1,000 Hole In One Contest on Hole 16. SIU SDM Alumni Association memberships, as well as the contest fees for this hole, directly support the SIU SDM Alumni Association.

Hole 5 continued to serve as the site for a $50,000 Hole In One Contest.  We are grateful for Delta Dental of Illinois for sponsoring the contest this year.

Proceeds from the 2014 golf tournament will again support the Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Faculty Recruitment and Retention Endowment Fund.  Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, was pleased to note that the fund reached another milestone this year. 

“We are excited to announce that proceeds from the Prophy Cup Challenge in recent years have allowed us to grow an endowment fund that now totals nearly a quarter of a million dollars,” said Dr. Rotter. 

We remain grateful for all of the sponsors and participants of the 19th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge.  Thank you for your support of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, our faculty, and our students.

Photo Caption: Congratulations to the 2014 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament Champions - Nick Baker, Steve Workman, Benjamin Hite, and Jacob Schuette

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2014 OKU

Five New Members Inducted into OKU

On April 30, 2014, five new members were inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), Nu Xi Chapter at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  The induction of the Class of 2014 Alumni Members included Ryan Beelman, Eric Castle, Lindsey Mason, Leah Rippy, and Maggie Schaefer.

To be considered for election to OKU, graduating students must rank among the highest in scholarship for the entire period that they have been in attendance at the dental school.  In addition to scholarship, students must demonstrate exemplary traits of character and potential qualities of future professional growth and attainment.  Election to OKU is one of the highest honors earned by members of the graduating class. 

Photo Caption: Congratulations to the Five Newest Members of OKU - Ryan Beelman, Eric Castle, Leah Rippy, Lindsey Mason, and Maggie Schaefer

2014 SIU SDM Research Day and Student Table Clinic Competition: Fritzgerald Wins Second Consecutive Title; Dr. Clarkson Shares Insights

The SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted our annual Research Day and Student Table Clinic Competition on April 7-8. The two-day Student Table Clinic Competition featured award-winning student research.

Among the competitors in the student research event, Adam Fritzgerald (Year 3 dental student), Alexandria Hawkins (Year 3 dental student) and Nicholas Varney (Year 2 dental student) all had received national attention for the content and quality of their research earlier in the year. In total, 19 students participated in the 2014 SIU SDM Research Day. Nine of the student presentations were eligible to earn the top prize and be named the Overall Winner of the 2014 Student Table Clinic Competition.

For the first time in recent history, a student earned the top prize for two consecutive years. Adam Fritzgerald was named the overall winner of the 2014 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition for the second consecutive year for his poster presentation, entitled "Use of Spatial Analysis to Inform Community Outreach Activities."

As the overall winner of the SIU SDM Student Table Clinic Competition, Fritzgerald will enjoy a recognition plaque and monetary award. Moreover, Fritzgerald earned the opportunity to represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2014 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in San Antonio in October.

Fritzgerald was mentored in his research by Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine was honored to present Dr. Brian H. Clarkson, Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, as the Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Research Day. Dr. Clarkson served as the President of the American Association for Dental Research from 2007 to 2008 and served on the International Association for Dental Research Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. He has over 35 years of experience in Dental Research.

Dr. Clarkson offered two lecture presentations during Research Day. In the morning, Dr. Clarkson offered a presentation entitled, "The Synthesis of Bioactive Apatite Crystals and their Application in Clinical Dentistry and Medicine." In the afternoon, he presented the topic: "Redefining Cariology in the 21st Century."

Both lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Clarkson highlighted his research at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and proposed some novel technologies for the non-invasive treatment of caries.

2014 SIU SDM Research Day Photos: 1 | 2

Photo Caption 1: Adam Fritzgerald-First Place Overall Winner of the 2014 Student Table Clinic Competition.

Photo Caption 2: Dr. Clarkson, during the afternoon session at the SIU SDM Research Day

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Welcome Back, Dr. Milligan

On January 16, 2014, Dr. Bert Milligan assumed responsibility as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Milligan comes to the SIU SDM from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for eight years.

Dr. Milligan also served the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry; a Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry; an Interim Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences; and, most recently, as the Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education.

While Dr. Milligan has served the Pitt School of Dental Medicine for many years, his first academic position was at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.  After earning his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Milligan began his career as a faculty member at SIU prior to enrollment of the first class of the School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He helped develop the curriculum for the SIU SDM and played a role in the education of the first graduating classes.

During his eight years as a faculty member, Dr. Milligan earned his D.M.D. degree from the
SIU SDM. He is a graduate of the SIU SDM Class of 1979. 

Dr. Milligan has extensive experience in teaching, research and administration. In addition, he has been actively involved with the JCNDE National Board Test Construction Committee; is a consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation; and is a Councilor for the Business, Financial and Clinical Affairs Section (BFACA) for the American Dental Education Association.

Among his honors are election into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists, ADEA Presidential Citation and 2012 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

Qualifications such as teaching, research, administrative and leadership experience, and knowledge of clinical dentistry and dental curriculum planning are all essential for moving our efforts forward successfully.  Dr. Milligan possesses these qualifications and is well suited to assist us in continuing to build on a foundation of clinical educational excellence.

Dr. Milligan reports directly to the Dean. His responsibilities will include management and oversight of our clinic educational system, clinic personnel, patient intake and assignment, student rotation assignments, the quality assurance process, maintenance of supplies, instruments and equipment, and compliance with various regulatory requirements.

Dr. Milligan will also serve as Chair for the Quality Care Council, the Faculty Clinic Advisory Committee and the Student Clinic Advisory Committee.  Dr. Milligan will retain some teaching responsibilities as well.

Photo of Dr. Milligan

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SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Award Honors Dr. William Schmidt

Each year, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Hall of Fame honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field.  Dr. William “Bill” Schmidt, SIU School of Dental Medicine Class of 1976, was recognized as a member of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2013 for his contributions in the field of dental medicine. 

The SIUE Alumni Association honored the members of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2013 at an awards dinner held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Conference Center in the Morris University Center on the main campus of SIUE.  Dr. Schmidt traveled from Seattle to attend the event, and he was joined by his wife, Alicia.  The mighty Class of 1976 was also well represented at the event.

 “As I reflect on this recognition, what comes to my mind, first and foremost, is a sense of gratitude.  I am grateful to the SIU School of Dental Medicine to have had the trust in me to accept me into the program and to invest in my training,” Dr. Schmidt said. “The dental school saying ‘yes’ to me has made it possible for me to have a fulfilling career.”

 The SIU SDM Alumni Council is charged with the task of reviewing all alumni nominations from the School of Dental Medicine and, ultimately, selecting a candidate for the award.  If you are interested in submitting a nomination for the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Keith Dickey (, Director of Alumni Services at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. William Schmidt graduated from SIUE in 1973 with a B.A. degree in Biology.  He received his D.M.D. degree from SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1976.  He was awarded membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.  After completing a General Practice Residency with the US Public Health Service, he continued his education at the University of Washington where he received his M.S.D. degree in Prosthodontics.  

Dr. Schmidt has lectured nationally and internationally on various prosthodontic, restorative and implant topics.  He is a past president of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the Washington State Society of Prosthodontists.  As a member and advisor for several study clubs and dental organizations, he continues to work toward enhancing the level of dental excellence locally and nationally.  For over thirty years Dr. Schmidt has enjoyed his private practice in Seattle specializing in fixed and removable prosthodontics and implant restorations. 

Dr. Schmidt and his wife, Alicia, have three grown sons.  Their youngest son, Nathan, has Cystic Fibrosis.  Dr. Schmidt and Alicia volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for this disease.  They have been past presidents and have served on the Washington Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board for over 20 years.

Photo of Dr. Schmidt

Photo Caption 1: Photo of Dr. Schmidt with the Mighty Class of '76: Dr. Glenn Parker, Dr. Bob Stelfox, Dr. Dale Claussen, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Kevin Kays, Dr. Mark Porter, and Dr. Tom Riley

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