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Class of 2015 Honored for Outstanding Achievement!

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On May 15, 2015, the outstanding achievements of a number of senior dental students were recognized at the annual Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Awards Program.  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 SIU SDM Awards Program is traditionally the Presentation of Awards segment of the evening, when individual dental students who demonstrate exemplary qualities in specific areas of the dental school curriculum are recognized. During the Class of 2015 Awards Program, 36 distinct awards were presented.

The SIU dental school was honored by the attendance of several specials guests during the evening.  Ms. Cindy Smalley, a member of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Board of Directors, presented the Delta Dental of Illinois Award.

Representing the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois as the Immediate Past President, Dr. Susan Bordenave-Bishop presented the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award.  Representing the International College of Dentists as the Deputy Regent of District 8 (Illinois), Dr. Bordenave-Bishop also presented both the International College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists-Humanitarian Awards.

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 SIU SDM Class of 2015 Awards Program was held in the LeClaire Room on the N.O. Nelson Campus of the Lewis & Clark Community College in Edwardsville, IL. 

Photo Caption: TOP, Alexandria Hawkins was presented with the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Surgery Award by Dr. Art Misischia; BOTTOM, Caleb King was presented with the American Student Dental Association Award by Dr. Cornell Thomas

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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:  Caleb King and Jennifer Worner
  • Academy of Operative Dentistry Award:  Eric Flesher
  • American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award: Jennifer Worner
  • Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry:  Andrea Diaz
  • American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Award: Patrick Farrow
  • American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Award:  Megan Oldridge
  • American Academy of Oral Medicine Award: Ana Biscontine
  • American Association of Oral Biologists Award:  Alexandria Hawkins
  • Quintessence Award for Research Achievement:  Patrick Farrow
  • Academy of Osseointegration Award:  Carly Joehl
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry Award: Bradley O'Reilly
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Implant Dentistry Award: Alexandria Hawkins
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists Award:  Vance Knauer
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award: Lucas Steele
  • American Association of Orthodontists Award: Erin Syzdek
  • American Equilibration Society Award:  Michael Neal
  • Odontographic Society/Walter E. Dundon Memorial Award: Trevor Hamm
  • American College of Prosthodontists Award:  Matthew Shaughnessy
  • Dentsply Removable Prosthodontics Award: Brian Hamel
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry Fixed Prosthodontics: Kevin Thesis
  • James R. Schmidt Restorative Dentistry Award:  Vance Knauer
  • Hanau Best of the Best Prosthodontics Award:  Eric Flesher
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award: Caleb King
  • American Academy of Periodontology Award:  Matthew Shaughnessy
  • Quintessence Award in Periodontics:  Brian Hamel
  • American Association of Endodontists Award: Ana Biscontine
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons - Surgery Award:  Alexandria Hawkins
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology/ Horace Wells Memorial Award:  Joshua Heimerdinger
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Award: Alexandria Hawkins
  • American Association of Women Dentists/Eleanor Bushee Memorial Award:  Stephanie Grider
  • Special Care Dentistry/Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Award: Brian Hamel
  • American Student Dental Association Award: Caleb King
  • Dental Lifetime Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award:  Mark Hobbie
  • International College of Dentists Award: Matthew Shaughnessy
  • International College of Dentists - Humanitarian Award: Caleb King
  • Delta Dental of Illinois Award: Ashley McNealy and Sarah Tien
  • Alpha Omega: Alexandria Hawkins (Award presented at Commencement)

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Five from the Class of 2015 Inducted into OKU

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Congratulations to Caleb King, Ana Biscontine, Vance Knauer, Jennifer Worner and Alexandria Hawkins, who were elected as Alumni Members of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), Class of 2015.  The five new members were inducted into the OKU, Nu Xi Chapter at a reception held on April 29, 2015 at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Illinois. 

Election to Omicron Kappa Upsilon is one of the highest honors earned by members of a dental school graduating class.  To be considered for election, 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. 

Photo Caption: Congratulations to the Five Newest Members of OKU, Nu Xi Chapter - Caleb King, Ana Biscontine, Vance Knauer, Jennifer Worner and Alexandria Hawkins

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Celebrating 20 Years of the Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament!

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A Special Thank You to the Gold Sponsors of the 2015 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. Jim Schmidt and Dr. Christa Hopp
        Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dr. Christopher Sehy
  • Dr. Dennis Wagner
        Custom Dental Care

*Lunch and dinner (including a commemorative cake) served at the 20th Annual Prophy Cup Challenge was sponsored by Delta Dental of Illinois!

On May 1, 2015, the Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge celebrated 20 years of fun on the golf course in support of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  The event enjoyed an absolutely perfect day, as well as great attendance. 

Sadly, the 20th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge represented the first year that the namesake of the event, Mac McKenzie, was no longer with us.  Mac passed away in July 2014.  Nonetheless, Mac was there in the hearts of all who knew him.  He was remembered by many who participated in the tournament this year.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will again support faculty recruitment and retention at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.  This support genuinely offers the School the best opportunity to continue to find innovative ways to attract and retain faculty with the latest knowledge, skills, and passion to motivate and engage our students. 

Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) sponsored the championship team this year.  In fact, the team was led by Bruce Colgin, CEO of DAL.  He was joined by Ty Milner and Micah Roberts, both graduates of the SIU SDM Class of 2012.  The DAL Team played an excellent round of golf to earn the coveted Prophy Cup title, topping the leaderboard with an outstanding 16 under par.

Chris Sehy (Class of 1982) led a team including dental students Robert Huey (Year 3), Zach Rodeffer (Year 3), and Brett Haarmann (Year 2) to make a competitive run for the championship title.  Sehy’s team also finished the day at 16 under par, but they were undone by the playoff hole and finished in second place in the championship flight.

In other contests held during the tournament, Vanessa Keller (Class of 2002) earned the trophy among the women in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest.  Gina Orland (Class of 2007) won the Longest Drive contest among the women. 

Drew Bradley (son of Rebecca Bradley-Class of 1989) earned the trophy among the men in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest.  Bill Seaton (faculty at SIU SDM) won the Longest Drive contest among the men. 

Thank you to all those who played in 20th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge.  We appreciate your support of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, our faculty, and our students.

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Photo Captions TOP (left to right): The 2015 Prophy Cup Challenge Championship Team - Ty Milner, Micah Roberts and Bruce Colgin; Brian Hamel, Jon Owen, Andrew Martens and Courtney Morgan, clearly carrying the team; Deb Schwenk, Deb Dixon, Kathy Ridley and Sara Whitener enjoyed the day on the course

Photo Captions Bottom (left to right): Randy Parmlee, Keith Dickey, Lucas Steele and Randall Markarian having fun at the 20th Annual Prophy Cup Challenge; Bob Schorsch, Tim Theobald and Jordan Simonovich read the green, as Zach Middleton shows his team the line; Jeromy Dixson, Theron Waisath, Tyler Shoemaker and Nathan McGuire had fun at the annual SIU SDM golf tourney

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Dental Students Earn Grant Funding for Dental Care for Homeless Veterans
   Treatment at SIU SDM for Homeless Vets to Begin Soon

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A team of five dental students, led by Year 4 dental student Travis Cripps, recently earned a grant award from the SIUE Meridian Society to support dental care for area homeless veterans. During a luncheon held on April 9, 2015, hosted by the SIUE Meridian Society, three of the dental students—Travis Cripps (Year 4), Patrick Farrow (Year 4) and Mikal Bell (Year 2)—accepted the $5,000 grant award on behalf of the School and the Tri-Service Military Dental Club.

Dental students Alexandria Hawkins (Year 4) and Vance Knauer (Year 4) were also instrumental in securing the grant. The Tri-Service Military Dental Club is a new organization on the Alton Campus for dental students who have a military background and or plan to serve following graduation from dental school.

The “Dental Care for Homeless Veterans” grant proposal was a collaborative effort, led by the Tri-Service Military Dental Club at SIU SDM and supported by Gateway 180 and Operation: Reveille –a pair of St. Louis-based organizations committed to eradicating homelessness. The effort was also supported by the Student Professional and Ethics Association and the Illinois State Dental Society.

The homeless veterans who will receive dental treatment have been identified through Operation: Reveille in St. Louis. Operation: Reveille hopes to provide these veterans with services that include housing assistance, employment opportunities, health and mental health treatment, transportation, food, and related social services. The ultimate goal is to help make it possible for these veterans to begin to lead stable and productive lives once again.

The School of Dental Medicine and Tri-Service Military Dental Club have a shared goal to fulfill the oral health component of Operation: Reveille’s mission. Over time and with sufficient resources, the School and the Tri-Service Military Dental Club plan to provide comprehensive oral health treatment for all of the homeless veterans identified through Operation: Reveille.

With the recent grant award from the SIUE Meridian Society, the School and the Tri-Service Military Dental Club have secured $17,000 in donations to support the effort to provide free dental care for homeless veterans in the area. The initiative to provide free dental care for veterans at the School started with a generous gift from John Simmons, a prominent attorney in Alton.

This spring, the School will provide treatment for the first six homeless veterans identified through the program. Following the first round of dental treatment, the School hopes to begin the process for additional homeless veterans.

The Tri-Service Military Dental Club presently includes 30 chapters throughout the country. The organization has a stated philanthropic goal of providing free dental care for homeless veterans.

The SIUE Meridian Society is a group of women who provide leadership through philanthropy. Through the pooled resources of their membership they help assist SIUE projects that provide direct services in the community. Since 2003, the Meridian Society has distributed more than $225,000 in awards to more than 118 community projects.

Photo Captions: Travis Cripps and Patrick Farrow (Year 4 dental students) with Dr. Bruce Rotter (Dean at SIU SDM) and Mikal Bell (Year 2 dental student), accepting the SIUE Meridian Society grant award on April 9, 2015

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Year 2 Dental Student Casey Ritchhart Earns Top Award at SIU SDM Research Day

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The 2015 Student Table Clinic Competition at SIU SDM was held on Tuesday, April 6-7, 2015. The two-day event featured research presentations from more than 25 students. The overall winner of the competition was announced early in the afternoon of April 7, following a presentation by Dr. Ricardo Teles, Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Guest Speaker for the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day.

Year 2 Dental Student Casey Ritchhart earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2015 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition. As the overall winner, Ritchhart will enjoy a recognition plaque and monetary award. Moreover, Ritchhart earned the opportunity to represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2015 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in November.

Ritchhart presented on the topic, “Reversal of drug-induced gingival overgrowth by UV-mediated apoptosis.” She was mentored in her research by Dr. Anita Joy, Section Head of Anatomy at SIU SDM.

Photo Captions: Ritchhart; Ritchhart with Dr. Joy; Student researchers at SIU SDM who presented at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day

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SIU SDM Research Day Features Guest Speaker, Dr. Ricardo Teles

The SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted our Annual Research Day on April 7, 2015. The School and the Office of Research were honored to host Dr. Ricardo Teles as the Guest Speaker at the event.

Dr. Ricardo Teles is Principal Investigator of the multi-center National Institutes for Dental and Craniofacial Research study, Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression. His research goal is to gain an understanding of the cause and develop a cure for periodontal disease.

Dr. Teles visited SIU SDM not only as a distinguished guest and speaker, but also as a collaborator, since SIU SDM is one of five dental schools participating in the Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression project. He was introduced by Dr. Nathalia Garcia, Assistant Professor in the Section of Periodontology at SIU SDM, who is Principal Investigator of the SIU SDM Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression study.

Dr. Teles takes a unique approach to understanding periodontal disease by studying microbial and host-derived biomarkers in patients as they progress to periodontal disease. His long term vision is to enable the development of a point-of-care diagnostic test to help clinicians identify sites and/or subjects that are susceptible to periodontal disease progression.

During the SDM Research Day, Dr. Teles offered two lectures: “Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression” and “The Relevance of Research to Periodontology.” The lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Teles recently joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry as Distinguished Professor. Prior to that, he held positions as Senior Research Investigator at the Forsyth Institute in the Department of Applied Oral Sciences and Clinical Instructor in Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Photo Captions: Dr. Teles during his afternoon lecture at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day; Dr. Teles during his afternoon lecture at the 2015 SIU SDM Research Day; Dr. Teles with Dr. Jane Gillespie (left), Director of Research at SIU SDM, and Dr. Garcia (right)

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Year 2 Dental Student Spencer Blackham Earns Research Recognition

The SIUE Graduate School hosted the 19th Annual Spring Symposium on March 31, 2015. Over 50 students from across a wide-range of academic disciplines at SIUE presented at the research event.

Year 2 Dental Student Spencer Blackham earned recognition as the winner in the Biological Sciences/Dental Medicine category. Blackham presented on the topic, “An evaluation of novel bone filling materials with the calvarial defect model in rodents.” Blackham was mentored in his research by Drs. Anita Joy, Nathalia Garcia, Adriana Marcuzzi and Keven Rowland.

Five SIU SDM dental students presented at the 19th Annual Spring Symposium.  The research event was held in the Morris University Center on the Edwardsville Campus of SIUE.

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SIU SDM Student Erin Syzdek Earns American College of Dentists' Award

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Year 4 student Erin Syzdek has received the American College of Dentists' Outstanding Leader Award. The award is given to a senior dental student whose dental academic record most exemplifies a combination of both outstanding scholastic performance and demonstrated leadership, the latter evidenced by direct involvement in student government and similar leadership endeavors.

Syzdek has served as the Student Body President at the SIU School of Dental Medicine for two consecutive years. She has been instrumental in highlighting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the Alton Campus, encouraging all students, faculty and staff at the School to wear pink, including pink scrubs in the patient clinics, on every Tuesday in October. She also helped to host an annual Red Cross Blood Drive on the Alton Campus.

The mission of the American College of Dentists is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry. The American College of Dentists is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists.


Photo Captions: Syzdek with Dr. Toni Roucka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at SIU SDM, and Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean at SIU SDM.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month at SIU SDM

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The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine once again provided free oral health exams throughout the month of February as part of its celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). 

The SIU SDM Community and Preventive Dentistry Program invited local elementary school children to the Alton campus throughout the month for free exams and comprehensive, fun and interactive oral health education. The SDM has conducted the program for more than 20 years. 

In 2015, SIU SDM held a total of six sessions to celebrate NCDHM.  (Eight were scheduled, but were regretfully cancelled due to inclement weather.) The elementary schools that participated included Lovejoy Elementary from Alton, South Roxana Elementary School, and Central Elementary from Roxana.  A total of 253 local school children attended the month-long celebration and 216 of those children received free oral health exams.  

SIU SDM Year III and Year IV dental students were involved in the NCDHM program. The interactive oral health education learning centers focused on oral-systemic connections, appropriate dietary and beverage choices and oral hygiene. 

“The experiment table uses eggs and chicken bones immersed in soda and teaches about the effects of acids in drinks on teeth and bones,” said Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, director of SIU SDM Community and Preventive Dentistry. “The children simply love our spinning wheels that have questions about diet, hygiene and connections of the mouth to the body.” 

At the end of each session, all participating children received an oral health kit and each participating teacher received a set of educational resources.

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Photo Captions: TOP - Morgan Harding (left), Year 3 dental student, asks a group of children a question from the spinning wheel; Beth Hagen (center), a Year 3 dental student, explains the effects of acids in soft drinks on teeth and bones; Dr. Jain (right) starts each session during NCDHM with a few questions about oral health; BOTTOM - Blake Ferando (left), Year 3 dental student, discusses appropriate dietary and beverage choices; Josh Heimerdinger (center), Year 4 dental student, provides an oral health exam during NCDHM; Bryce Evans (right), Year 3 dental student, explains oral-systemic connections

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SIU SDM Celebrates 40th at Midwinter Alumni Reception

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On February 27, 2015, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine continued celebrating 40 years of graduating outstanding dentists at our annual Midwinter Alumni Reception in Chicago. Nearly 150 guests, including over 90 SIU SDM alumni, attended the event at the InterContinental Chicago Hotel.

The event marked one of the largest gatherings of SIU SDM alumni under one roof. Including the Class of 2015, representing the 40th class of graduates from the SIU SDM, the event was attended by class members from 26 different graduating classes.

The SIU SDM Classes of 2000, 2011, 2013, and 2015 were all well represented this year. Nonetheless, the Class of 2014 was the best represented class at the event with 13 class members in attendance.

The School of Dental Medicine’s Midwinter Alumni Reception is held each year on the Friday evening of the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting. The event is co-sponsored each year by the SIUE Alumni Association.

We are already making plans for the 2016 SIU SDM Midwinter Alumni Reception. We will return to the Hotel InterContinental Chicago on Friday, February 26, 2016. We hope to see you there!

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Photo Captions: Top - (left)  David Steinwedel, Robert Schorsch, Alexander Hutnik, Jacob Voyles, Maggie Schaefer, Jordan Simonovich, Rachel Goldberg, and Bryce Miller were among the alumni in attendance from the Class of 2014; (right) Lisa Baines (Class of 2007), Katie Kosten (Class of 2009) and Deb Schwenk (Class of 1985) - all SIU SDM Alumni Association members - enjoyed the evening; Bottom - (left) SIU SDM continued a year-long 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Midwinter Alumni Reception; (right) Jeff Dougherty and Spencer Zaugg (both of the Class of 2002) were joined by Chris Bulnes (Class of 2000)

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Fall 2014 News Items


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

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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.

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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

[IMAGE: 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.”

[IMAGE: 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

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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.

[IMAGE: 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. Davis[IMAGE: Dr. 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

[IMAGE: SIU SDM Volunteers at 2014 Team Smile Event]

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[IMAGE: IL State Fair]SIU 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.

[IMAGE: 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 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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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 (kdickey@siue.edu), 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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