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Differences Celebrated, Barriers Challenged during SIUE’s Inaugural Diversity Day

17 October 2018, 12:54 PM

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members of varying ethnicities, ideologies, gender identification and sexual orientation took part in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Inaugural Diversity Day 2018 on Tuesday, Oct. 16 on the University’s Edwardsville, East St. Lois and Alton campuses. 

SpeakersThe Diversity Day theme was “From Awareness to Action, SIUE Shaping a Changing World.” The kickoff event for community stakeholders on Monday, Oct. 15 feat...

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SIU SDM Provides More Than $60,000 in Free Care During Give Kids a Smile Day

9 October 2018, 8:15 AM

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) hosted its 13th annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Monday, Oct. 8.

Nearly 110 children between the ages of 3-13 received free comprehensive dental care valued at approximately $61,000 while also enjoying fun education activities highlighting the importance of oral health.

Ebonee Strong, of St. Louis, brought her three-year-old to Give Kids a Smile Day, because she understands the importance of oral health.

“I’ve n...

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SIU SDM Students Receive Traditional White Coats

8 October 2018, 12:55 PM

SIU SDM White Coat Ceremony 2018Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) first-year students, along with students in the International Advanced Placement Program (IAPP) received the traditional coat of medical professionals, during the School’s 18th annual White Coat Ceremony held Friday, Oct. 5.

The first-year cohort of 50 students, and eight IAPP students, took the professional oath of ethics and committed to uphold the School’s values of service, respect, integrity, compassion and compet...

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SIUE Inducts Eight to Alumni Hall of Fame during “A Night Among the Stars”

2 October 2018, 1:40 PM

(L-R) (back) Dr. Roderick Nunn, Hon. David Herndon, Angela Heise, Dr. James Campbell, Lisa Klaustermeier, (front) Dr. Patricia Nihill, Dr. Fredna Scroggins and Tania Seger.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville honored eight remarkable graduates at the 2018 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, “A Night Among the Stars,” on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Morris University Center. The impressive alumni have made exceptional contributions in their chosen fields, in their communities and at SIUE through their leadership, character and hard work.

“Those selected for the Alumni Hall of Fame represent the best of SIUE,” said Alan Kehrer, SIUE Alumni As...

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LIBERTY Dental Recognizes SIU School of Dental Medicine as Center of Excellence

26 September 2018, 2:50 PM

SDM Liberty AwardLIBERTY Dental Plan has recognized the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) with its Center of Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. Judy Bowlby, LIBERTY senior manager of government programs, presented the award on the SDM’s Alton campus Tuesday, Sept. 25.

During the past three years, LIBERTY has worked closely with community dentists, who consistently have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to quality care, and recognizes outstanding den...

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SDM’s Garcia Appears at Opioid Briefing on Capitol Hill

12 September 2018, 11:40 AM

Dr. Nathalia GarciaNathalia Garcia, DDS, MS, associate professor and section head of periodontics in the Department of Applied Dental Medicine at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine appeared at a congressional briefing on July 19 hosted by the American Dental Education Association. The session examined how Title VII funding of the Public Health Services Act is critical to dental education in the fight against the opioid epidemic in rural areas.  

 “Rural Communities and...

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SIU SDM Alumnus Earns 2018 Distinguished Award from Illinois Wesleyan

7 September 2018, 9:05 AM

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine commends Steve Doran, DMD, for earning the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Doran achieved his doctor of dental medicine at the SIU SDM in 1983, and is an oral surgeon in Bloomington.

Details on his alumnus recognition are available at IWU.edu.

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Brings Oral Health Awareness to India

22 August 2018, 10:15 AM

Kimiya Khatwani at lecternSouthern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine student Kamiya Khatwani spent three weeks in India presenting oral health awareness sessions to more than 2,400 individuals from July 15-Aug. 5.

Along with her brother, Dr. Nikhil Khatwani, a general dentist and a budding endodontist practicing in India, Kamiya visited multiple schools across two states, Gujarat and Maharashtra, in India. 

With Kamiya’s family in India and as a partner in her brother’s dental pra...

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Free Dental Care at Annual Give Kids A Smile Day at SIU School of Dental Medicine

16 August 2018, 10:25 AM

Tooth FairySouthern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) invites parents of qualified children between the ages of 3-13 to attend the 13th annual Give Kids A Smile Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8 at the School’s main clinic in building 263, 2800 College Ave. in Alton.

Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs. Pre-registration is not required. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in th...

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SIU SDM’s Dr. Keith Dickey Honored with IU Distinguished Alumni Award

9 August 2018, 11:15 AM

Dr. Rob Eversole, president of the IUSD Alumni Association presented the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Keith Dickey.Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) Director for Continuing Education and Alumni Services Keith W. Dickey, DDS, MBA, has been presented the Indiana University (IU) School of Dental Medicine 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dickey accepted the award in May during the Indiana Dental Association/IU School of Dentistry Alumni Weekend in French Lick, Ind.

“I never expected to receive this tremendous honor,” Dickey said. “I received this award exactly 4...

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SIU SDM Kicks Off its Fall Semester with Entertaining Resource Fair

8 August 2018, 3:05 PM

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) students received a warm, upbeat welcome to campus for the fall semester during the School’s inaugural Resource Fair held Tuesday, Aug. 7.

SIU SDM students, faculty, staff and administrators were treated to free pizza, live DJ entertainment and massages. They also had the opportunity to visit with campus representatives who provided helpful information about resources available to them, such as Campus Recreation, the Caree...

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Delta Dental Donates $1-Million to SIU School of Dental Medicine

7 August 2018, 2:25 PM

SIU School of Dental MedicineThe Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has given $1 million to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) to annually serve hundreds of additional southern Illinois children.

“Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation believe every Illinois child deserves a healthy smile and good oral health,” said Bernie Glossy, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “Oral hea...

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SIUE to Induct Eight to Alumni Hall of Fame

24 July 2018, 5:10 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will honor eight remarkable graduates at the 2018 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, “A Night Among the Stars,” on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Morris University Center. The impressive alumni have made exceptional contributions in their chosen fields, in their communities and at SIUE through their leadership, character and hard work.

A cocktail reception in the Meridian Ballroom will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards presentati...

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SIU SDM Students Honored as Dean’s Scholars

2 July 2018, 8:40 AM

SIU SDM Dean’s Scholars (L-R) Jordan Ha, Tanner Brown, Brandon Cesario and Kelsie Vandergriff.The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) has honored four distinguished students with its annual Dean’s Scholarship.

Recipients include Tanner Brown, of Bethalto, Brandon Cesario, of Naperville, Jordan Ha, of Bloomington, and Kelsie Vandergriff, of Granite City. Each has been awarded $5,000 for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Dean’s Scholarship was created with the goal of rewarding academic merit, assisting with financial need and increasing student dive...

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High School Students Explore the Possibilities of a Future in Healthcare during SIUE’s Collaborative Healthcare Diversity Camp

28 June 2018, 8:40 AM

Students had the opportunity to work in SIUE’s nutrition lab as they learned about the work of registered dietitians.Healthcare is an expansive and continuously evolving industry, which benefits from a diverse workforce. That’s why Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted 32 high school students from Illinois and Missouri during its collaborative Healthcare Diversity Camp held June 18-22.

Campers explored career possibilities in a variety of healthcare fields through hands-on activities and mentorship sessions hosted by the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy (SOP) and Nursing (SON), the SIU School of Dent...

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