Dr. Angie Rake

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS ’97, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Dental Alumni Award at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

A Message from the Dean

One of the high points of being an academic is the feeling one gets when an editor sends the email that says, “It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript…” Having a manuscript accepted in a peer reviewed journal is a great accomplishment in and of itself. Every now and then, some level of additional recognition comes with these publications, such as "Article of the Year," or other additional measure of honoring your work. As Dean, it is always special when our students, staff or faculty publishing manuscripts are honored in this manner.

Laurie Strand, DDS

Laurie Strand, DDS, is the 2020 Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Year awardee, announced earlier this summer.

Chosen each year based on a student vote, the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Year award recognizes one adjunct instructor who serves in the clinics each year for their excellence in teaching and clinical expertise.

When Strand found out she had received the award, she was surprised and delighted. Having been on leave for the summer, she heard from a colleague that a large package had been delivered for her. She opened it, and inside was her plaque.

Dental Hygiene awards

On Thursday, July 22, the Dental Hygiene class of 2021 gathered for a senior banquet to recognize and celebrate the graduates and to present fifteen awards. These awards honored students for their academic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, and more.

Kendall Bast, RDH, BSDH and Alyssa Olson, MSDH

Two Dental Hygiene alumnae received the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s prestigious Sigma Phi Alpha Excellence in Journalism awards, the organization announced in June.

Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH and Patricia Angela Rake, DDS

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Distinguished Dental and Dental Hygiene Alumni Awards.

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS ’97, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award, and Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH ‘09, is the Dental Hygiene Alumni Award recipient.

Andrew Glover, DDS

Andrew Glover, DDS, Class of 2021, is one of 92 students within the University of Minnesota to receive the 2021 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award.

School of Dentistry Commencement

The School of Dentistry is proud of all our graduates from the Class of 2021, who surmounted immense challenges to complete their degree programs. Our faculty and staff took a few moments to share their own messages of congratulations. See what they had to say.

DDS Senior Awards

On May 14, 202 students will celebrate their graduation from the School of Dentistry, including 121 students who will cross the stage and become dentists.

The School of Dentistry is immensely proud of this group of students who succeeded in completing their programs despite unprecedented challenges and obstacles. And while we’re disappointed that we can’t celebrate a fully-attended commencement, we’re committed to honoring and celebrating these graduates and their success in every way we can.

Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH

Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH, director of the division of oral medicine, received a number of accolades recently in recognition of his distinguished work with oral medicine and oral cancer.

Rhodus was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, became an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the Philippine Dental Association, all within one week.