Donations are being collected now for the 16th Annual Silent Auction benefitting TAWD, the Texas Association of Women Dentists. The event will be held Thursday, March 13 outside the Fullerton Classroom (4310) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Past donations have included gift cards, gift baskets, paintings, jewelry, services, etc., but organizers say the options are endless.This year, the auction proceeds will benefit both TAWD and the Mina Rosenthal-Eames Fund, which was created in memory of a UT School of Dentistry student who was a victim of domestic violence. The fund provides means for women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse to receive needed dental care they might not be able to get otherwise.
Students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry are supporting a growing national effort to stop use of the “R-word.” Wednesday, March 5 is national “Spread the Word to End the Word Day,” and the students will set up a table outside the Fullerton Classroom (4310) to share information about ways you can help. “We’d love for you to stop by our table and take the pledge to end the use of this hurtful word,” said Jenni Griffith, president of the DDS Class of 2016. “The table will be set up all day, and there will be people there during lunch time to answer any questions you may have.”The effort gained local momentum when MHMRA, the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, recently announced that it will change its name this year to exclude what has become a derogatory term. The agency has hired a brand consulting firm but also seeks the public’s help.
Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, hosted a reception Thursday evening for more than 30 new faculty members and two key staffers of The University of Texas School of Dentistry to welcome them to the school and help them get to know each other. The event was co-sponsored by the UTSD Alumni AssociationTo see more photos, visit our New Faculty Reception Album. The reception honored the following new employees:
Happy Go Texan Day! It’s rodeo time in Houston, and that means denim, boots and, best of all, barbecue. In the spirit of the season, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, invites all School of Dentistry faculty, staff, students and residents to enjoy a free barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the Cooley Center patio and lobby. Western attire is encouraged. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, set for March 4-23, has been an annual event for more than 80 years, with approximately 27,000 volunteers contributing time, resources and talent to stage the world's largest livestock exhibition, the world's richest regular-season rodeo, and the Southwest's premier entertainment event.
Video from this month’s Texas Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile combined events is now available online, thanks to Edgar Veliz of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Office of Media Relations. Veliz is the media relations assistant assigned to the School of Dentistry and School of Nursing. He was instrumental in securing media coverage for TMOM/GKAS, but also took time to interview event leaders. The 4:26-minute video has been posted on UTHealth’s YouTube channel. Additional still photos will be featured in an upcoming edition of "Discover UTSD" magazine.
Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, was an invited speaker and panelist at the University of Houston College of Optometry’s Ocular Surface Wellness Symposium Feb. 7-8 in Houston. The event was designed for key opinion leaders in optometry and ophthalmology throughout North America. Valenza discussed dentistry’s evolution from a profession predominately focused on fixing problems, to a profession that embraces preventive care and wellness. He joined dermatologist Lucile White, MD, and psychologist Clayton Neighbors, PhD, in a panel discussion of “creating a wellness mindset.”
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston dental hygiene faculty and students won big earlier this month when the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators Association and the Student Chapter of American Dental Hygienists (SCADHA) met in San Marcos for an annual gathering hosted by the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association. Fourth-year dental hygiene student Esmeralda Diaz was named Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student in Texas for 2014, and Assistant Professor Joanna Allaire, RDH, MDH, won the 2014 Procter & Gamble Teaching Excellence Award.Other students won first- and second-place awards in a statewide table clinic; three won scholarships; another was elected to serve as a delegate; and two others won third place in a whimsical “Dental Product Fashion Show.”