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.
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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Commencement 2013: Esteemed Alumni, Past and Present
On June 1, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine celebrated Commencement for the Class of 2013. The 2013 Commencement Ceremony recognized 46 new graduates-46 new alumni. The ceremony embraced the nostalgia of the moment and the excitement for the future.
The Class of 2013 distinguished themselves throughout the four year dental education program at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. As students, they excelled on the National Board Dental Exams (NBDE), Parts I and II. The Class of 2013 earned a 100 percent first time pass rate on the NBDE Part I and a 98 percent first time pass rate on the NBDE Part II.
The Class of 2013 Commencement Ceremony also featured 12 new alumni graduating with honors. Among this distinguished group of honors graduates, Dr. Peter Lotowski earned Magna Cum Laude.
During the ceremony, five past alumni played a special role in the ceremony, hooding relatives among the new graduates. Dr. Christopher Balda was hooded by his father, Dr. Brian Balda (Class of 1986). Dr. Graham Beard was hooded by his father, Dr. Darryll Beard (Class of 1983). Dr. Kellen Bosma was hooded by his spouse, Dr. Ramona Bosma (Class of 2008). Dr. Anthony Elger was hooded by his spouse, Dr. Nicole Elger (Class of 2011). Dr. Kendall Schumacher was hooded by his brother, Dr. Ryan Schumacher (Class of 2001).
Another past alumnus, Dr. Wilbert H. "Bert" Milligan (Class of 1979) was invited to offer the Key Note Address during the ceremony. Dr. Milligan noted that 34 years ago, he had served as the Class of 1979 Speaker at his own Commencement.
After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Milligan began his career as a faculty member at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He helped develop the curriculum and played a role in the education of the first graduating classes. Unique to Dr. Milligan's story, while serving as a faculty member, he entered the School as a student and earned his D.M.D.
After serving SIU SDM for eight years, Dr. Milligan spent 25 years practicing general dentistry, lecturing part-time, and giving continuing education courses at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He was recruited and served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and presently serves as the Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education.
"You are the future of our profession," remarked Dr. Milligan. "That is an awesome responsibility. Do what is right for your patients and be ethical and honest in all you do. I wish you every success and reward. Your rewards will be many."
Dr. Tyler Crews served as the Class of 2013 Speaker, representing the new alumni.
"One thing is for certain," said Dr. Crews. "For all we experienced, we went through it together, and as a class, we became very close. I am not only proud to share in the profession of dentistry as colleagues, but also as my friends."
Dr. Dean Drake, President of the SIU SDM Alumni Council and an alumnus from the first SIU SDM graduating class-the Class of 1975, welcomed the new alumni into the profession.
"From this day forward, the SIU School of Dental Medicine will serve as the tie that binds us in fellowship with a common educational and professional heritage in dentistry," said Dr. Drake.
The 2013 Commencement was hosted in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center on the main campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A reception honoring the Class of 2013 was held in the Goshen Lounge immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.
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On May 17, 2013, the outstanding achievements of the Class of 2013 were recognized at the annual SIU SDM Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet. Each year the event offers the administration and faculty of the SIU School of Dental Medicine the opportunity to bid farewell to the graduating class. The students, faculty and guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner reception and celebrated excellence in dental education.
The highlight of the Senior Farewell Banquet is traditionally the Awards program, which serves to recognize those students who demonstrate exemplary qualities in specific areas of the dental school curriculum. During the Class of 2013 Awards & Honors program, 26 different students earned 37 awards in honor of their accomplishments.
Peter Lotowski, Dominic Philpott, and Alec Rice shared the distinguished Alpha Omega Award, awarded to the senior dental student who has attained the highest grade point average for four years of study at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Earning a total of six awards during the evening Peter Lotowski clearly demonstrated clinical excellence, especially in restorative dentistry, as a student at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. He earned the American College of Prosthodontists Award; the James R. Schmidt Award for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry; and the Hanau™ Best of the Best Prosthodontics Award. Lotowski also earned the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Award.
Additionally, Lotowski, along with classmate Rima Mounsef, earned the Delta Dental of Illinois Award. The award recognizes two outstanding dental students who have demonstrated a commitment to oral health in Illinois and are among the top 25 percent of the Class of 2013 academically and/or clinically.
Jillian Rigert earned four awards during the Class of 2013 Senior Farewell Evening. She earned the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award, presented to an outstanding dental student who has exhibited leadership and dedication to the advancement of dental literature.
Rigert also earned the American Student Dental Association Award for demonstrating the spirit of volunteerism and providing leadership in service to the School and the community. She also earned the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Implant Award.
Also of note, Amanda Coyle and Brandon Dreier each earned three awards. Coyle earned the American Association of Women Dentists Award for demonstrating an enthusiasm for her career in dentistry; the Odontographic Society's Walter E. Dundon Memorial Award for demonstrating leadership and clinical ability; and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award.
Drier earned the Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry; the Academy of Osseointegration Award; and the Dentsply Removable Prosthodontics Award.
The SIU dental school was honored that Dr. Susan Bordenave Bishop, Deputy Regent for the Eighth District of the International College of Dentists, was able to attend the Class of 2013 Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet. Dr. Bishop presented the International College of Dentists Award and the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award.
The Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet was held in the LeClaire Room of the N.O. Nelson Campus of the Lewis & Clark Community College. Dr. Cornell Thomas, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services at SIU SDM, hosted the Presentation of Awards.
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On May 3, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted the 18th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament. To suggest that the weather failed to cooperate with the event would be a considerable understatement. Nonetheless, a surprising number of teams persevered in the cold and rain and challenged a difficult course.
A Special Thank You to the Gold Sponsors of 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament :
"We are immensely grateful for all the sponsors and participants who made the golf tournament a success, despite the weather," said Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. "We genuinely appreciate everyone making the best of a bad situation in support of a worthwhile cause."
"Thanks to your support, proceeds from the event will allow us to make yet another sizable contribution in support of our faculty recruitment and retention efforts at the SIU School of Dental Medicine," Dr. Rotter added. "In this light, the forecast for this event is rather bright."
With the collective contribution from all the sponsors of and participants in the 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament, the SIU SDM faculty recruitment and retention fund -supported exclusively by proceeds from the golf tournament-will exceed $200,000. This fund remains critical to the success of our immediate and enduring goals for faculty recruitment and retention at the SIU dental school.
With your support, the School can continue to pursue faculty members of the highest caliber who will add to the growing reputation and impact of the School. Your contribution will ensure that our tradition of excellence in dental education continues and that our graduates are positioned to become regional and national leaders in the field.
The cold and wet weather effectively narrowed the field of challengers for the coveted Prophy Cup. The persistent rains also forced course officials to end the golf tournament after nine holes of play, as some of the greens became unplayable.
Two teams managed to shoot an impressive 6 under par. By comparing the holes that both of the teams completed during the abbreviated tournament, the course officials declared the team of Tyler Crews, J.R. Keller, Jake Higginson and Sean Thoms-all Year IV dental students-the 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Champions. The same team won the event as Year I dental students at the 2010 Prophy Cup Challenge.
The team of Nick Baker (Class of 2008), Dan Lovell (Class of 2008), Joel Lovell (Class of 2012) and Steve Workman (Class of 2008) placed second. Nick Baker and Steve Workman were both part of the team that won consecutive championships in 2005 and 2006. Joel Lovell won a championship trophy in 2009.
In other contests at the rain-soaked event, Joe Sokolowski earned the trophy among the men in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest. Jake Higginson added a second trophy to his day by winning the Longest Drive contest among the men.
Gina Orland earned the trophy among the women in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest. The marker for the Longest Drive contest among the women remained blank at the end of the tournament.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine genuinely appreciates the support we received from the sponsors and participants of the 18th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament.
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The Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study and to SIUE in general. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dan Welch as one of the 2013 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awardees.
Dr. Dan Welch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Growth, Development and Structure at the School of Dental Medicine, joined the faculty in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside. Welch currently serves as the course director for neuroanatomy and has two peer-reviewed articles submitted for publication. Welch has previously published in the Journal for Experimental Biology and has presented research findings at several neuroscience conferences.
Welch’s current research project, “Underlying Central Nervous System Etiology of Bruxism,” lays a foundation for research on bruxism, the involuntary gnashing and grinding of teeth. According to Welch, untreated bruxism can lead to worn teeth, lost fillings, fractures, headaches, and numerous types of temporomandibular disorders.
As a pathway to understanding bruxism, Welch is examining the physiological mechanisms underlying mastication. He hypothesizes that the network of nerve cells involved in regulating muscles during mastication might be shared with those that produce bruxism and that certain pathological conditions can affect the regulation of those movements. Welch will use intramuscular electromyogram (EMG) recordings and sonomicrometry measurements to create a detailed analysis of jaw movement in rats during mastication and bruxism. The results will create a behavioral assay to observe (in detail) jaw movement. These results will further Welch’s research toward determining the mechanisms involved in the etiology of bruxism.
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Year II Dental Student, Adam Fritzgerald, successfully represented the best of student research at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine throughout the spring of 2013.
Fritzgerald's tour of success began at the 2013 American Dental Education Association's Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, WA. At the meeting, Fritzgerald enjoyed the opportunity to present his research at the ADEA Poster Board Session on Monday, March 18. He presented a poster entitled "Use of Spatial Analysis to Inform Community Outreach Activities."
Two weeks later, on Tuesday, April 2, Fritzgerald presented at the 2013 SIUE Graduate School Student Research Symposium. The Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi presented the awards for Best Graduate Student Paper Presentation and Best Graduate Student Poster. Fritzgerald was one of the three Graduate Students who received a monetary award for Best Poster.
The 2013 SIU School of Dental Medicine Research Day was held on Tuesday, April 9. As is tradition, the annual School of Dental Medicine Student Table Clinic Competition highlighted outstanding student research during the event. Adam Fritzgerald earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2013 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition.
As the overall winner of the 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 2013 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in New Orleans 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.
Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, served as the guest speaker at the 2013 Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Research Day and Table Clinic Competition on Tuesday, April 9.
Dr. DiPietro is also a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the UIC College of Dentistry.
During the SDM Research Day, Dr. DiPietro offered two lectures: "Tissue specific differences in the response to injury" and "Regenerating lost tissue: How advances in oral science will help us grow." The lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. DiPietro's research, which has received continuous funding from the National Institutes for Health since 1994, focuses on how wounds heal. Her ultimate goal is to develop therapies that will allow humans to regenerate perfect tissue after injury.
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!