Students, family, friends, faculty and staff gathered on May 13 to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the School of Dentistry's 127th Commencement Ceremony held at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. A total of 177 candidates were recognized: Doctor of dental surgery (109); Advanced dentistry education and oral biology programs (38); Master of dental therapy (6); Master of science in dental hygiene (3); and Bachelor of science in dental hygiene (24).
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has recognized the varied and significant contributions of three School of Dentistry faculty members. The Regents approved promotions for the following individuals who were recognized at the University's Promotion and Tenure Reception on May 17 at McNamara Alumni Center. Our sincere congratulations to:
Kimberly Johnson is a ‘can do’ and ‘will do' educator, clinician, researcher and volunteer whose commitment to professionalism serves as an example to those who know her.
A three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota, Johnson is an alumna of the School of Dentistry GDA, BS and Master’s degree programs in dental hygiene.
Jorge Perdigão, DMD, MS, PhD, was named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry's 2015 Century Club Professor of the Year on April 29, 2015. The award is the school’s highest honor and is presented annually to one faculty member in recognition of outstanding service as a teacher and for significant contributions to the education, research and service mission of the school. The award was presented at the dental school's Celebrating Dentistry reception at the St.
Dr. Louis B. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited the School of Dentistry on April 14 to meet with dental therapy students and educators and tour the school's team care clinic. The visit followed his testimony on April 13 before the North Dakota interim Health Services Committee about the importance of dental care and overall health, dentist workforce shortages in that state, and the licensure of dental therapists to enhance patient access to care.
The William J. Gies Foundation has named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, as recipients of the 2016 ADEAGies Award for Vision by a Public or Private Partner, in recognition of their combined efforts to develop dental therapy education in Minnesota.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D. will receive the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Award). Presented annually by the American Dental Education Association Gies Foundation, the Gies Awards are the profession’s preeminent recognition of exceptional contributions that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and service.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry second-year student Aaron Henderson was recently elected vice president of the American Student Dental Association. Henderson previously served as ASDA district trustee, chapter publications co-chair, and chapter licensure chair. Additionally he served as student district delegate to the Minnesota Dental Association's House of Delegates in September 2015 and was, for two years, his class representative to the association's New Dentist Committee.
The University of Minnesota Dental Clinics have earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. The award marks the fourth time Angie's List honored the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics in the last five years.