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DDS White Coat Ceremony Launches Health Careers

First-year dental student Bonner Morren and other students get their white coats from UTSD Alumni Association Executive Director Tricia Fullerton before the ceremony Saturday. See more photos on Flickr. Photos by Brian Schnupp.

First-year dental student Bonner Morren and his classmates get their white coats from UTSD Alumni Association Executive Director Tricia Fullerton before the ceremony Saturday. See more event photos by Brian Schnupp on Flickr.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston welcomed a new class of dental students to their new roles as health care professionals in the traditional White Coat Ceremony Aug. 10, sponsored by the UTSD Alumni Association, the UTSD Family & Friends Association and the American College of Dentists.

The nearly 100 students and their families filled the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, with an overflow audience watching the ceremony via streaming video in classrooms at the adjacent dental school.

Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, encouraged the students to embrace the challenges before them.  “Your white coats – which display the emblem of The University of Texas School of Dentistry – represent your place alongside the faculty, staff and other students of this institution as we continue our pursuit to be the best,” he said.  Read more

 

White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Dental Hygiene Students

The UTSD Dental Hygiene Class of 2015.

A white coat ceremony for the Dental Hygiene Class of 2015 welcomed the 40 new students to careers in health care. See more photos on Flickr. Photos by Brian Schnupp.

Forty new students entering the Dental Hygiene Program at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston were treated to a White Coat Ceremony Aug. 9 at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center.

The annual event is sponsored by the UTSD Family and Friends Association and the University of Texas at Houston Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association to celebrate the beginning of the students’ careers in health care.

Nikola Angelov, DDS, PhD, chair of the UTSD Department of Periodontics, congratulated the students on choosing careers in dental hygiene, which recently ranked 10th on a U.S. News and World Report list of the top 100 jobs in America. Read more

 

UTSD Family & Friends Association Wants You!

New officers of the UTSD Family & Friends Association include (sitting, from left) Dr. Regina Lewis, member at large; Dr. Linda Sierra, vice president; and Claire Dill, secretary; (standing, from left) Dr. Bruce Smith, treasurer; Pam Sowa, president; Carol Nelson, vice president; and Dr. Gary Frey, member at large. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

New officers of the UTSD Family & Friends Association include (sitting, from left) Dr. Regina Lewis, member at large; Dr. Linda Sierra, vice president; and Claire Dill, secretary; (standing, from left) Dr. Bruce Smith, treasurer; Pam Sowa, president; Carol Nelson, vice president; and Dr. Gary Frey, member at large. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Dental and dental hygiene students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston can count on the UTSD Family & Friends Association to make school a little more enjoyable. The organization is open to parents, spouses or friends of UTSD students. New members are always welcome.

The association’s new officers for 2013-14 include Pam Sowa, president; Dr. Linda Sierra, vice president (newsletters); Carol Nelson, vice president (fundraising); Claire Dill, secretary; Dr. Bruce Smith, treasurer; at at-large board members Dr. Gary Frey and Dr. Regina Lewis.  Read more

 

New Funding Opportunities Open for UT Faculty

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Two new funding opportunities sponsored by The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education and The University of Texas System have opened for faculty members: the Innovation in Health Science Education Award and the Health Science Education Small Grants Program. The strict deadline for both applications will be 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.

Continue reading for more information and how to apply.
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Dr. Velasquez Awarded ADEA/AAL Scholarship

Gisela Velasquez, DDS, MS

Dr. Velasquez

University of Texas School of Dentistry Assistant Professor Gisela Velasquez, DDS, MS, has been selected as one of four recipients for the American Dental Education Association/Academy for Academic Leadership Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarship for Professional Development for the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning — the premier teacher-training program for full- and part-time dental and dental hygiene educators, and private practitioners embarking on new careers in academia.

The scholarship provides a full waiver of the $4,950 tuition for the program, which is offered in two phases in August and October in Atlanta, Ga.

Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, congratulated Velasquez on the award and thanked her for representing UTSD. She is a member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and currently serves as interim clinical director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry. Read more

 

UTSD’s Hispanic Dental Students Guide Visitors from Mexico

HSDA officers served as tour guides for 40 students visiting from Mexico. Pictured with Dr. Phil Pierpont (front from left) are Endodontics Preceptor Maria Messing, Gabriela Pita, Patricia Lopez, Daniel Lira (Mexico student representative) and Paola Salazar. Back row from left are Pierpont and students Diana Reyes, Ruby Salinas, Lourdes Tavarez and Sean LaRue.

HSDA officers served as tour guides for 40 students visiting from Mexico. Pictured with Dr. Phil Pierpont (front from left) are Endodontics Preceptor Maria Messing, Gabriela Pita, Patricia Lopez, Daniel Lira (Mexico student representative) and Paola Salazar. Back row from left are Pierpont and students Diana Reyes, Ruby Salinas, Lourdes Tavarez and Sean LaRue.

Forty college students from Universidad de Potosi in San Luis Potosi, Mexico came to The University of Texas School of Dentistry in June to tour the school and learn more about the dental and dental hygiene professions.

For the second consecutive year, members of UTSD’s Hispanic Student Dental Association served as hosts and tour guides for the Mexican visitors at the request of Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Phil Pierpont, DDS. The HSDA students also provided facts about UTSD and the school’s mission and goals, as well as available programs.  Read more

 

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