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.”
Photo Caption: The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Class of 2014
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.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients! (For more information about each award, please click here.)
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!
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
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
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.
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.
Dr. Sue Rieken (SIU SDM Class of 1995) has agreed to assume responsibility for a newly created position, “Director of Curriculum Development”. In this position, Dr. Rieken will work directly for and in close cooperation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Some of the duties assigned to this position include: creating, managing and evaluating new curricular programs to meet school needs, as well as Commission on Dental Accreditation requirements; fostering faculty development opportunities; and generating educational schedules in cooperation with the faculty.
In addition, Dr. Rieken will continue her duties as a Team Leader for a patient management team in the clinic. She will continue to lead the Treatment Planning course, as well as work with Dr. Kathy Shafer and the Evidence Based Dentistry curriculum.
Dr. Kathy Shafer (SIU SDM Class of 1988) has agreed to assume responsibility for a newly created position, “Director of Clinical Education.” In this position, Dr. Shafer will work directly for and in close cooperation with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Some of the duties assigned to this position include: directing clinical teams; maintaining the clinical rotation schedule; creating and managing affiliations with external clinics; monitoring overall student clinical progress; monitoring staff assignments; and assuming responsibilities for the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in his absence.
In addition, Dr. Shafer will assume the duties of Section Head of Practice Management in the Department of Growth, Development and Structure. She will also continue to teach Evidence Based Dentistry.
SIU School of Dental Medicine student Patrick Farrow won Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research at the 2013 Hinman Student Research Symposium on October 27, 2013. Farrow, a Year III dental student, conducted research on developing rodent behavioral models as an inexpensive and unbiased method to measure orofacial pain.
Farrow’s project was directed by Dr. Kevin Rowland, Associate Professor and Section Head of Physiology at SIU SDM.
"Patrick's dedication for research stems from a sincere desire to help people, especially individuals suffering from pain," said Dr. Rowland.
The Hinman Student Research Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental and graduate students from dental schools across the nation. At this year's Symposium, 104 students represented 47 dental schools in 29 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces. Eight awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, four in clinical research and four in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research.
The Symposium is sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society. Support is also provided in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.
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Photo Caption 1: Dr. Timothy L. Hottel, Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and Dr. Jane C. Puskas, President of the Hinman Dental Society, present the Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research Award to Patrick Farrow.
Dr. Poonam Jain presented at the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD) in Budapest, Hungary from October 9-13, 2014.
A Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine , Dr. Jain delivered the results of her survey of dental schools in the United States and Canada. The survey’s objective was to examine the inclusion and integration of information on soft drinks in dental curricula.
Consumption of sugared beverages contributes to several non-communicable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dental caries, and has become a major public health issue.
“It is critical that health care providers are trained well on the oral and systemic effects of consumption of these drinks,” Dr. Jain said. “My survey revealed that much more needs to be done to ensure this is occurring.
“It was interesting to discover that dental educators from various parts of the world agreed that the same problem exists in their pre-doctoral curricula as well.”
One of the major foci of the conference was to examine the inequalities in health outcomes based on social determinants.
“It was truly wonderful to interact with professionals from all over the world and learn their perspectives,” Dr. Jain said. “Attending the WCPD and visiting Budapest were both beneficial experiences for me. I am grateful for the support of (SDM) Dean Bruce Rotter and the University to attend that event.”
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine served 118 children at our Give Kids A Smile Day on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the School’s Main Clinic in Alton. The total dental treatment provided was valued at $47,362.
Free dental care—including examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions—were provided by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff, students and residents; members of the Madison and St. Clair District Dental Societies; SIU SDM alumni; Lewis and Clark Community College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene faculty and students; and Missouri College of Assisting faculty and students. Professionals and volunteers from the community also participated. Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs.
“Parents are pleasantly surprised with the comprehensive treatment that they receive at no charge,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. “It is what sets us apart and is extremely rewarding.”
“I had three different sets of parents say that they were amazed that we could provide all of these services on the same day without all the red tape. We had one single mom, who could only bring three of her five children in the morning. We told her to bring the other two later, and she did.”
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 is organized to promote community awareness of the need for dental services among the underserved. State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton was among the community leaders in attendance at the event this year.
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. The Smile Station was hosted next door to the Main Clinic in the Gym on the Alton Campus.
“The Smile Station offers many fun activities for the children. It is also a fun day for our dental students, and they truly enjoy it,” Dr. Jain said.
Photo Caption 1: Dr. Poonam Jain (left) and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe (right with sunglasses) visit with tooth fairies at SIU School of Dental Medicine’s Give Kids A Smile Day. The tooth fairies were Year I dental students (left to right), Sara Frerichs, Mikal Bell, and Shaina Rennegarbe.
Photo Caption 2: Tyler Crews, SIU SDM Class of 2013 and current AEGD Resident, poses in the Main Clinic with a young, happy patient
Photo Caption 3: Lindsey Mason, Year IV dental student, providing dental care during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 4: Drew Evans, Cody Gass, and Bailey Eilering—Year I dental students—entertain and educate a young guest (and his mother) at the Smile Station
Photo Caption 5: Dr. Daniela Reigel, SIU SDM Class of 2013, returned to campus and volunteered at the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day, featured here with a young, happy patient
Photo Caption 6: Elizabeth Moore, Year III dental student, and Nicholas Feller, Year IV dental student, providing dental care during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 7: Sean Crawford, Year I dental student, entertains and educates a young guest at the Smile Station
Photo Caption 8: Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of SIU SDM, and State Rep. Dan Beiser enjoy a light moment during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 9: Mikal Bell, the Tooth Fairy and Year I dental student, made the rounds in the Main Clinic, bringing smiles to kids wherever he went
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The Main Clinic of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine was truly a sight to see on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, as faculty, staff and students donned pink scrubs and other pink attire in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff and students continued to recognize the awareness campaign by wearing pink on every Tuesday during October.
Breast cancer has affected the School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff and students, directly and indirectly, and the SIU SDM community has chosen to actively participate in the efforts to find a cure. Through our campus awareness campaign, we are hopeful that greater knowledge of the disease will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for breast cancer will produce a reliable, permanent cure.
Photo Caption 1: SIU SDM faculty, staff and students donned pink scrubs and other pink attire in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On October 5, 2013, the SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted the 7th Annual SIU SDM Alumni Homecoming. The 2013 Homecoming successfully welcomed back many alumni and friends to the School of Dental Medicine’s Alton Campus.
The day started for many of the guests with a picnic lunch on the lawn in front of the Science Building. Students provided campus tours and everyone enjoyed a good meal.
Lunch was followed by an exciting and well received Continuing Education program format, featuring lecture and clinical presentations by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty members. Alumni and guests enjoyed the “Build Your Own CE Program,” which allowed them to choose between nine different CE presentations—three hosted during each of the three educational sessions. The diverse range of educational topics offered alumni and guests an opportunity to learn from some of our amazing faculty and experience some of the new technology available to our students.
After the CE program, alumni, faculty and friends gathered to share an enjoyable evening with classmates and colleagues at the Alumni Homecoming Reception. The SIU SDM Alumni Council once again hosted a Silent Auction and a Wall of Wines in support of the SIU SDM Alumni Association. The two events continue to contribute to the excitement of the Homecoming atmosphere.
The 2013 Alumni Homecoming Reception also served as a welcome party for two Class Reunion events this year. The Class of 1988 and the Class of 2003 were both well represented at the event. Following the reception, the two classes enjoyed dinner with their respective classmates.
Thank you to all the alumni, faculty and friends who helped to make the 2013 Homecoming special.
“I shall at all times and in all places conduct myself with honesty and integrity.”
--Excerpt from the Professional Oath of the Class of 2017
On October 8, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted its annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017. Fifty new dental students were joined by hundreds of family and friends, as well as many SIU SDM faculty members, to celebrate the distinguished occasion.
Each year, the White Coat Ceremony underscores the unique ethical responsibilities of health care professionals espoused through the Professional Oath. The ceremony also serves to formally welcome the entering class into the profession of dentistry.
Dr. J. Barry Howell, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Dental Society, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. During his tenure as the President of the ISDS, Dr. Howell served as an Ex-Officio member of the ISDS Foundation Board. Dr. Howell is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, DENT-IL-PAC and ADPAC, and is currently serving on the American Dental Association’s Council of Governmental Affairs.
Following Dr. Howell’s remarks, Dr. Cornell Thomas, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services at the School of Dental Medicine, called the new dental students individually to the stage. Following tradition, two alumni and faculty members of the SIU School of Dental Medicine—Drs. Susan Rieken (Class of 1995) and Kathy Weber (Class of 1995)—helped the students don their white coats.
Once each student was fitted with their respective white coat, they proceeded to sign the Professional Oath. With all the members of the Class of 2017 assembled on the stage, Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, led them in the recitation of the Professional Oath.
Erin Syzdek, a Year III dental student and President of the Student Body, offered closing remarks. Following the ceremony, family and friends in attendance were invited to the
SIU School of Dental Medicine, Alton Campus, for lunch and campus tours.
The Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Eighth District of the International College of Dentists, and the Illinois Section of the American College of Dentists served as sponsors for the event. The SIU School of Dental Medicine is sincerely grateful for the generosity exhibited by each of the sponsors.
Photo Caption 1: The Class of 2017, reciting the Professional Oath
Photo Caption 2: Jasmine Abdullh was proud to be the first member of the Class of 2017 to receive her white coat.
Photo Caption 3: Tucker Smith, signing the Oath
Photo Caption 4: Dr. J. Barry Howell, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Dental Society, offered the keynote address at the White
Photo Caption 5: Katie Wilson received help donning her white coat from Dr. Kathy Weber.
Photo Caption 6: Members of the SIU SDM Class of 2017 with members of the SIU SDM faculty
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 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
On September 13, 2013, Dr. Toni Roucka assumed responsibility as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Roucka most recently served as an Assistant Professor and the Predoctoral Program Director for General Dentistry at the Marquette University School of Dentistry
Dr. Roucka has had extensive experience administering the curriculum for the Department of General Dental Sciences, including design, direction and remediation plans for the predoctoral curriculum at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. She has been intimately involved in the development of a team-based curriculum; critical thinking and ethics curricula; and formal grand rounds programs; among others.
Dr. Roucka also has experience in faculty development and calibration. She has also been a key leader in the planning and execution of Marquette’s Commission on Dental Accreditation Self-Study under the new 2013 Commission guidelines.
“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,” said Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
“Dr. Roucka possesses these qualifications and is well suited to assist us in continuing to build educational excellence.”
Dr. Roucka reports directly to the Dean. Her responsibilities will include oversight of the curriculum, student academic and clinical progress, faculty development, outcomes assessment and accreditation, among others. She will also hold teaching responsibilities as a member of the SIU SDM faculty.
Dr. Toni Roucka is a 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Her undergraduate work was in Nursing at the College of DuPage, where she received her RN in 1982. She worked as a Registered Nurse—first at the Loyola University Hospital and later at the University of Illinois Hospital—for seven years, including the first couple of years of her dental education.
Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Roucka served three years of active duty in the United States Navy, stationed at Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, IL. After completing her active duty service in the Navy, Dr. Roucka has spent most of her career in public health and dental education.
Dr. Roucka helped found the Spang Center for Oral Health, the first clinic dedicated exclusively to the treatment of HIV positive individuals. She is also a co-founder of Compassionate Dental Care International, a non-profit organization started in 2004 with the hope of bringing dental care to the places in the world that need it most.
Dr. Roucka served the Marquette University School of Dentistry in a full-time capacity from 2004 until 2013. She served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Johnston and Parkway Dental Clinics—community outreach clinics at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. She also served in the Advanced Care Clinic and as a Comprehensive Patient Management Group Leader during her time at Marquette.
In 2007, Dr. Roucka received her MA in Population Health / Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Class of 2017 Arrives On Campus!
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Class of 2017 arrived on campus on August 1, 2013 for the first day of the annual Orientation Program. Upon arrival, the class was introduced to the dental school through an intense two-day program. Each year, the Orientation Program provides the entering class of dental students with an overview of the educational curriculum, financial aid, student services, organized dentistry, and professional ethics, among other topics.
This year’s entering class totaled 50 enrollees, including 30 male and 20 female dental students. The class had an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.65. They earned an average score of 19.2 on the academic section of the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and an average score of 19.6 on the perceptual ability section of the DAT. A strong pool of 585 applicants completed the application process to become an entering student this year at the SIU dental school.
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 2013 Orientation Program. Each sponsor provided a meal for the Class of 2017 during the Orientation.
SIU SDM Introduces New Department
Beginning July 1, 2013, the Department of Graduate Education will join the Departments of Restorative Dentistry; Applied Dental Medicine; and Growth, Development and Structure as the fourth Department on the SDM campus. The creation of the new department represents the first restructuring of the School of Dental Medicine since 1993, when the School adopted the three-department structure.
The Department of Graduate Education will take on primary responsibility for all activities related to the graduate programs on our campus, including admissions, scheduling, curriculum development, and evaluations, among other activities. Dr. Robert Blackwell, Director of Implant Dentistry at SIU SDM, has been appointed to serve as Interim Chair of the new Department.
In addition to Dr. Blackwell, the Department of Graduate Education will include Dr. Gary Fischer, SIU SDM Class of 1982 and Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry; Dr. Douglas Miley, SIU SDM Class of 1983 and Director of the Graduate Periodontic Program, and Dr. John Hatton, SIU SDM Class of 1982 and Director of the Graduate Endodontic Program. Additional full or part-time faculty will be added to this roster as appropriate.
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The SIU School of Dental Medicine once again celebrated National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February. The SIU SDM Community and Preventive Dentistry Program invited local elementary schools to send children to the Alton Campus for free oral exams, as well as a fun, interactive oral health education program.
Traditionally, elementary school students from Kindergarten through Second Grade are invited to participate. New this year, the NCDHM program was expanded to include students in the Fifth Grade. The Fifth Graders clearly enjoyed the experience and presented our dental students with the challenge of adjusting the oral health education program to meet the intellect of the older and wiser elementary school students.
The elementary schools that participated in our NCDHM program this year were Lovejoy Elementary from Alton, West Elementary School from Alton, South Roxana Elementary School from South Roxana, and Central Elementary from Roxana.
All of our Year III and Year IV dental students were involved with the NCDHM program this year. We had a total of 488 children visit the SIU School of Dental Medicine during the one-month program. All of the children that brought signed parental consent forms received a free oral exam, conducted by our students under faculty supervision. Our dental students screened 331 elementary school children.
The elementary school children enjoyed five interactive, hands-on learning centers, hosted by SIU SDM dental students. The learning centers focused on oral-systemic connections, appropriate dietary and beverage choices and oral hygiene.
At the end of each session, all participating children received an oral health kit. Also, each participating teacher received a set of educational resources for follow up oral health instruction.
Midwinter Alumni Reception in Chicago!
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception in Chicago was attended by over 130 guests, including over 75 SIU SDM alumni. The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile on February 22, 2013.
Alumni representing 24 of the 37 graduating classes from the SIU School of Dental Medicine were at the reception. The Class of 2007 was the best represented class at the event with 9 members in attendance.
The School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception is held each year on the Friday evening of the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting. Each year, the event is co-sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.
Please plan on joining us next year at the annual Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception. We will return to the Hotel InterContinental Chicago on Friday, February 21, 2014. We hope to see you there!
50 Receive Degrees at SIU Dental Medicine Commencement