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Give Kids A Smile Day - February 1, 2014

 

Creighton University School of Dentistry will provide free dental exams, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and dental education plus some new services to more than 100 metro-area children on Saturday, February 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The University is working with several community groups, not only to offer additional health-related services, but to get the word out about the program.

As a University, Creighton instills in its students, faculty and staff the importance of service to others.
More than 120 dentists, dental students, dental hygiene students and other volunteers are expected to participate in "Give Kids a Smile Day," held in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month. Similar events are planned at more than 2,000 locations across the country. This is the eleventh year for the Creighton event.

Children between the ages of 3-14 years are eligible and must be accompanied by an adult. Each child will also receive a bag of dental supplies.

The event will be held at the Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2802 Webster St. To register, call Creighton's Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at (402) 280-2863.






World-Renowned Dental Manufacturer Sponsors Industrial Research Scholar at Creighton

 

A Japanese dental materials scientist will spend the next 12 months as a Visiting Industrial Fellow/Research Scholar at the dental school.  It's one part of an ongoing collaboration between the school and Shofu Inc., a world-renowned dental materials and equipment manufacturer based in Kyoto, Japan.

"This is the first time Shofu Inc. has sponsored a research fellowship at a university in the Americas," explains Brian Melonakos, president of U.S.-based Shofu Dental Corporation (SDC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Shofu Inc. "We are excited to work with Creighton University and Dean Latta on such an exciting endeavor and look forward to further collaboration to benefit dentistry."

Read more about this exciting collaboration.


 

 

Frank J. Ayers DDS'69 receives 2013 Alumni Merit Award

Dr. Frank AyersFrancis J. "Frank" Ayers, DDS'69, received the 2013 School of Dentistry Alumni Merit Award.

Since joining Creighton's faculty in 1972, Ayers has served as a part-time clinical instructor, an associate dean of student affairs, director of admissions, director of the Dental Auxiliary Utilization Program and the dental director of the ILAC program, as well as interim chair of Pediatric and Orthodontic Dentistry.

Read more about this honor and his accomplished career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Student Honored with Reinsch Humanitarian Award

Creighton dental student Andrew R. McDonald was the recipient of the Dr. David A. Reinsch Humanitarian Award.  This award, being presented by the dean, Dr. Mark A. Latta, is given to a senior dental student who embodies the spirit of humanitarianism, believing in the equality and the welfare of others demonstrated through community service, advocacy, and leadership.

 

 

 

 


 

Student Earns Fauchard Scholarship

Creighton dental student Eric M. Lomas was the recipient of an annual scholarship award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation for outstanding academic achievements in dentistry.  Mr. Lomas is pictured with the dean, Dr. Mark A. Latta.

 

 

 

 


 


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Creighton Connection to Native Americans: Remarkable

Native Americans have been a part of the historical, service and cultural foundations of Creighton University. And, quite literally, the foundation itself. The university, located in Omaha, Neb., is situated on the ruins of an Oto earth lodge.  From the 1730s to the 1760s, there was an immense village that extended from the current campus to downtown Omaha. The village was so large that Lewis and Clark remarked about its ruins while on their famous journey.

In more recent history, however, this Catholic, Jesuit institution has enjoyed an even stronger and successful relationship with Native American populations. Creighton is the only Jesuit college or university that has a Native American Studies program of study. Yearly events, such as the All-Nations Pow Wow, help students celebrate their heritage. Since 2000, Creighton has also coordinated service immersion trips during the fall and spring break to reservations in Nebraska, South Dakota and Arizona serving the tributes of the Navajo, Winnebago, Rosebud, Oglala and Cheyenne River. The University also provides health services and free income tax preparation support at reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota. However, the most telling measure of Creighton's dedication and close relationship with Native Americans can be seen in the numbers of students that study at the University and receive degrees.

Graduation Success

This year Creighton University will reach a milestone with this population by graduating the largest group of Native American students in the history of the university - 23 at its May 18 commencement. The graduates include 12 from the undergraduate schools and colleges, four from the graduate school, one pharmacy student, three dental students and three medical students.  

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Dr. Neil Norton Elected President of National Association

The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) elected Neil S. Norton, Ph.D., director of admissions, associate dean for student affairs and professor of oral biology in the Creighton University School of Dentistry, as president of the organization. He will transition into the role in July and will serve a six-year term which includes two years as president-elect, two years as president and two years as past president. Norton has been AACA treasurer for the past seven years.

The AACA is one of the largest professional anatomical organizations in the world. Its vision is to advance the science and art of clinical anatomy and promote the personnel and resources associated with its practice, to encourage research and publication in the discipline and to maintain high curricular and professional standards in the teaching of anatomy. Clinical Anatomy, the official journal of the AACA, is also the official journal of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists.

Norton, who joined the Creighton faculty in 1996, has received over 25 teaching awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement and the GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Teaching Award, the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association. His most significant scholarly work, Netter's Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, has been translated into eight languages and is in its second edition.

 

Dr. Ben Kutler Memorial Golf Classic - Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The 10th Annual Dr. Ben Kutler Golf Classic will be held at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland, Nebraska on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  Check in will be at 12:30.

There will be a Scramble Format, with each foursome selecting the “best” location from which to play their next shot. This format is fun for golfers of all abilities and mixed foursomes offer the advantage of using the forward tees. You can enter the foursome of your choosing or you can sign up as an individual and be placed with a group. There will be hole prizes on every hole and fabulous hole-in-one prizes.  After golf there will be an excellent meal, awards and raffle. You can even come to socialize and dine without playing golf.

The best part is the knowledge that the proceeds from this event will be used to help improve access to quality dental care for many adults and children whom otherwise could not afford it.  Also a portion of your entry fee is tax deductible and you will receive documentation.  Golfers will also be treated to flag and team prizes, gift bags and two drink tickets to be used on the course or at dinner.

There are various ways you can participate in this Golf Classic - be a hole sponsor, participate as a golfer, come for dinner, purchase raffle tickets or make a donation. 

Click here to view a tri-fold information packet.

Click here to register.


Questions?

     Contact:  Karen Farias or Beth Stinebrink
    
     Phone:  (402)280-5039; (402) 280-5054
      
       E-mail:  karenfarias@creighton.edu or bethstinebrink@creighton.edu


To purchase raffle tickets (3 for $10):

     Contact:  Beth Stinebrink

     Phone:  (402) 280-5054

     E-mail:  bethstinebrink@creighton.edu




 

Student Honored with Reinsch Humanitarian Award

 

 

Creighton dental student Erin K. Crawford was the recipient of the Dr. David A. Reinsch Humanitarian Award.  This award, being presented by the dean, Dr. Mark A. Latta, is given to a senior dental student who embodies the spirit of humanitarianism, believing in the equality and the welfare of others demonstrated through community service, advocacy, and leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Earns Fauchard Scholarship

 

 

 

Creighton dental student Rory B. Manke was a recipient of an annual scholarship award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation for outstanding academic achievements in dentistry. He is flanked by the dean, Dr. Mark A. Latta, left, and Dr. Gary H. Westerman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creighton Expands Efforts to Give Kids Healthier Smiles - February 4, 2012

 

Creighton University School of Dentistry will provide free dental exams, x-Rays, cleaning, fluoride and dental education plus some new services to more than 100 metro-area children on Saturday, February 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The University is working with several community groups, not only to offer additional health-related services, but to get the word out about the program.

"As a University, Creighton instills in its students, faculty and staff the importance of service to others. Many community groups are helping us get the word out and make sure those who may not have access to dental care, get it and know how important it is," said Gary Westerman, D. D.S, professor and Oscar S. Belzer Endowed Chair in the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry.

More than 120 dentists, dental students and other volunteers are expected to participate in "Give Kids a Smile Day," held in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month. Similar events are planned at more than 2,000 locations across the country. This is the ninth year for the Creighton event.

Children between the ages of 3-14 years are eligible and must be accompanied by an adult. Each child will also receive a bag of dental supplies.

The event will be held at the Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2802 Webster St. To register, call Creighton's Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at (402) 280-2863.

 

 

 

Creighton Awarded Third Place Small Chapter of the Year Award at SNDA 39th Annual Convention

 

Founded in 1970, the Student National Dental Association mission remains promoting and encouraging the increase of minority enrollment and retention in dental schools; educating its members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of dentistry; promoting a viable academic and social environment for minority students; and committing to the improvement of the delivery of dental health to all people, with an emphasis on minorities and the underserved.  The SNDA is committed to its mission through the creation and advancement of The Oral Cancer walk, The SNDA Impressions Program, and Brushtime Bunny. SNDA is an auxiliary of the NDA (established in 1913) and together the two organizations continue to work together to continue to place emphasis on oral health care for minorities and the underserserved.

 

SNDA 39th Annual Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland.  At this convention SNDA celebrated with the Maryland Dental Society on their 100th anniversary.  This year the Creighton University chapter was the recipient of the 3rd place Small Chapter of the Year award.  This award is much deserved as the Creighton chapter has done numerous dental screenings in the north Omaha community, oral hygiene instructions for over one hundred children at the Boys & Girls Club in north and south Omaha, hosted the 2nd Annual Impressions Program this past academic year.  Upcoming events for the Creighton University chapter include the 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk in October and the 3rd Annual Impressions Program in November.

 

 

Left to right: Adele Newell (SNDA President), Crystal Hayes (VCU President), Chandra Minor (University of Mississippi President), Toni-Ann Hylton (Creighton University President)

 

 

Toni-Ann Hylton and Eric Lomas with award

 

 

 

 

 

Higginbotham Named Dr. Raymond W. Shaddy Endowed Chair in Operative Dentistry

 

The associate professor of General Dentistry has been a member of the Creighton faculty for 38 years and received the Dr. Raymond Shaddy Memorial Award as outstanding clinical faculty member in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2010.

Higginbotham completed his undergraduate studies at Creighton University in 1963 and his doctor of dental surgery from the Creighton School of Dentistry in 1967. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and focusing on patient care in the areas of fixed prosthodontics and oral surgery, he joined the Creighton faculty in 1972 as clinical instructor in fixed prosthodontics. He has held various administrative positions in the School of Dentistry including director of clinics, assistant and associate dean for clinical affairs and acting chair of the Departments of Comprehensive Dental Care and General Dentistry. He has been in his current position since 2000. 

He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit national honor society.  He is also a fellow in the American College of Dentists and has held membership and leadership positions in the Council Bluffs Dental Society, the Southwest Iowa Dental Association and the Iowa Dental Association. He received Creighton’s Outstanding Service Award and received the Dr. Ann M. Garred Memorial Award for Outstanding Dedication in Providing Dental Education three times. He was named Omicron Kappa Upsilon Teacher of the Year in 2008.

The Dr. Raymond W. Shaddy Endowed Chair in Operative Dentistry was established in 1994 in honor of Dr. Raymond W. Shaddy, a 1964 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Academy of General Dentistry. Higginbotham succeeds W. Thomas Cavel, D.D.S., professor of General Dentistry and inaugural chair holder.

More information can be found here.





Dr. Ben Kutler Memorial Golf Classic - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

 

The 8th Annual Dr. Ben Kutler Golf Classic will be held at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland, Nebraska on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.  Check in will be at 12:30.

There will be a Scramble Format, with each foursome selecting the “best” location from which to play their next shot. This format is fun for golfers of all abilities and mixed foursomes offer the advantage of using the forward tees. You can enter the foursome of your choosing or you can sign up as an individual and be placed with a group. There will be hole prizes on every hole and fabulous hole-in-one prizes.  After golf there will be an excellent meal. You can even come to socialize and dine without playing golf.

 

The best part is the knowledge that the proceeds from this event will be used to help improve access to quality dental care for many adults and children whom otherwise could not afford it.  Also a portion of your entry fee is tax deductible and you will receive documentation.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Click Here for Registration Form

 

Contact Dr. Tom Meng:
              Phone:  (402) 280-5083
              E-mail:   trmeng@creighton.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Frank Ayers Honored at Annual SAID Meeting - May 25, 2010

 

Frank Ayers, D.D.S., Creighton University’s School of Dentistry’s associate dean for student affairs and director of admissions, was honored at the 20th annual national meeting of the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) on Creighton’s campus May 21-22.  Ayers, who is retiring in June 2010, has been a passionate advocate in recruiting Native American dentists and served as the principal investigator for a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline program for that purpose.  Creighton University has the highest number of Native Americans in the nation in its dental program—11 first and second year students are enrolled in academic year 2010-2011.

 

Dr. Ayers received a traditional American Indian blanket as a symbol of honor from SAID and is pictured here with George Blue Spruce, D. D.S.., the first American Indian dentist and a 1956 Creighton dental graduate.

 

Dental and pre-dental students  from SAID drape the American Indian blanket on Dr. Ayer’s shoulders, honoring him on his retirement and ongoing commitment to working with Native American dentists.  Dr. George Blue Spruce looks on.

 

 

 

 

 

Creighton Attends ADEA and AADR - May 20, 2010

Faculty and students presented abstracts at the American Dental Education Association Meeting (February 27 – March 3, 2010) and the American Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting (March 3-6, 2010).  Both meetings were held in the Washington, DC area.  Pictured at the right is Kelly Gould, BS, MA, Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Dentistry, presenting a poster at the ADEA meeting on the Jesuit Dental School Recruitment Collaborative for Native American Students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donor Honors Creighton Dental Faculty Member with Scholarships - April 24, 2010

 

Twenty years ago, Adam Diasti formulated the concept for a full service dental services company while studying dentistry at Creighton University. Helping him to succeed as a student was mentor and faculty member Frank Ayers, D.D.S., current associate dean for student affairs, director of admissions and associate professor of pediatric dentistry in the School of Dentistry. Today, alumnus Adam Diasti, D.D.S. and his wife Chrischelle have donated funds to provide scholarships to dental students in Ayers’ name. A 1990 graduate of Creighton University, Diasti is the president of Coast Dental Services, Inc., the leading provider of dental services in the Southeast, with nearly 120 dental practices in Florida and Georgia.


“Creighton is blessed to have alumni and friends like the Diastis who understand the vision of the University and its commitment to students,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., president. “But it is especially significant when alumni honor a faculty member who had profound impact on their educational experience.”


The annual scholarships will provide financial support to worthy students in the School of Dentistry.


“Dr. Ayers was always there for students in good times as well as challenging moments.  I owe much of my successful career to him.  Chrischelle and I feel privileged to be able to help students attend Creighton University School of Dentistry for the most rewarding experiences of their lives,” said Diasti.


Ayers, who will retire from Creighton’s School of Dentistry this spring after 38 years, recently received the University’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award.  Students have also honored him by establishing the Dr. Frank J. Ayers Spirit of Creighton Award. Dr Ayers received the inaugural award and this award is now presented annually by the graduating class to a deserving faculty member.  

 

Creighton University Meeting Needs for Native American Dentists - April 20, 2010

 

OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton University is meeting a crippling need for Native American dentists and addressing a persistent health disparity head on.  There are over 4.5 million Native Americans in the United States but fewer than 150 Native American dentists to serve this population.

“The key to providing better access to dental care in underserved populations is to recruit students from the communities themselves.  If a student has a strong tribal affiliation when they enter a profession, they are much more likely to return to the reservations to provide health care to their people,” said Frank Ayers, D.D.S., associate dean for student affairs and director of admissions.

Creighton’s School of Dentistry has enrolled four, first-year Native American students  this year, and four have already been accepted for next year. With only 30 Native American dental students enrolled in 56 dental schools in the United States, Creighton’s dental program has the highest number of first-year Native American students enrolled in the nation. 

In spring 2008, Creighton and two other Jesuit, Catholic universities, Marquette and Gonzaga, received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline program to assist with recruitment of Native American students into the nation’s dentistry.

According to Ayers, the grant’s principal investigator, Creighton’s program offers Native American college and high school students an opportunity to attend a month-long summer enrichment program that exposes them to a career in dentistry. Creighton also expanded its pre-dental, post-baccalaureate program for disadvantaged students to include three Native American students each year. After completion of the 13-month program, these students enter dental school. Both efforts provide scholarship money to boost enrollment.

Creighton’s leadership in recruitment of and outreach to underserved populations emanates directly from Jesuit, Catholic values and principles. This year, 69 Native American students are enrolled as full-time students at Creighton in its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools and colleges. The University also provides medical, dental, pharmaceutical and other health services programs at reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota.  And the University recently established a Native American Center to coordinate advocacy outreach programs and resources to support this work.

 

 

Delta Dental Provides Support for School's OneWorld Evening Clinic - March 19, 2010

 

Delta Dental of Nebraska’s District Manager, Barbara Jensen, presents Dr. Wayne W. Barkmeier, Dean of Creighton University School of Dentistry, with a check for $10,000 in support of the School’s OneWorld Evening Clinics.  Two evenings each month the School provides dental care to adult patients identified through the OneWorld Community Health Center as those being most in need of dental care.  Delta’s donation will greatly assist the School is continuing to provide dental care during these evening clinics to those less fortunate.
 
Student and patients of the School of Dentistry also benefit from the generosity of Delta Dental Plan of Nebraska through Delta’s support of student scholarships.  Delta has established an endowed scholarship fund, the Delta Dental Plan of Nebraska Endowed Scholarship Fund which awards a $1,000 scholarship to a junior student based on academic merit and financial need.   Endowed funds provide scholarships in perpetuity and increase over time.
 
In addition, Delta Dental Plan of Nebraska provides an annual $5,000 gift for the Dr. Ben Kutler Memorial Golf Classic.  Proceeds from this annual event help defray the cost of dental care for disadvantaged patients at the School of Dentistry.

 

 

Creighton Expands Efforts to Give Kids Healthier Smiles - January 17, 2010

Creighton University School of Dentistry will provide free dental exams, x-Rays, cleaning, fluoride and dental education plus some new services to more than 100 metro-area children on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The University is working with several community groups not only to offer additional health-related services but to get the word out about the program.

"As a University, Creighton instills in its students, faculty and staff the importance of service to others. Many community groups are helping us get the word out and make sure those who may not have access to dental care, get it and know how important it is," said Gary Westerman, D. D.S, professor and Oscar S. Belzer Endowed Chair in the Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry.

More than 120 dentists, dental students and other volunteers are expected to participate in "Give Kids a Smile Day," held in conjunction with National Children's Dental Health Month. Similar events are planned at more than 2,000 locations across the country. This is the ninth year for the Creighton event.

Children between the ages of 3-14 years are eligible and must be accompanied by an adult. Each child will also receive a bag of dental supplies.

The event will be held at the Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2802 Webster St. To register, call Creighton's Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at (402) 280-2863.

 

 

Creighton Honors Former Dental Dean - April 27, 2009

The late Benjamin L. Lynch, D.D.S., former faculty member and dean of Creighton University's School of Dentistry, was honored during a reception at the University's School of Dentistry Reunion Weekend and Spring Dental Assembly on April 23.

A plaque of his likeness was placed on the Faculty Wall of Honor at the Boyne Dental School. Attending the ceremony were members of his family, dental school faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as colleagues that knew him over the years.

Lynch, a graduate of Creighton, received his Bachelor of Science in dentistry in 1945, his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1947 and a Master of Arts in education in 1953, all from the University. In 1954, only six years after his initial appointment as assistant instructor in oral surgery, he became dean. During his seven-year tenure, Lynch focused on elevating the local and national reputation of Creighton's dental program.

He received Creighton University's Alumni Merit Award in 1978 and was very active in dental alumni activities, including serving on the Dental Alumni Advisory Board. Active in many professional organizations, he was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, past president of the Omaha District Dental Society and founding member of the American College of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons, to mention a few.

He had six children, several who attended Creighton University.

 

Creighton Offers Life-Saving Oral Cancer Screenings - April 15, 2009

Creighton University's School of Dentistry will offer free oral cancer screenings in observance of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week on Wednesday, April 29 from 8-10 a.m.

Dental students and faculty will conduct these 10-minute, painless, life-saving screenings. The event at the Boyne Dental School, 2802 Webster St., is open to the public. Participants will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis.

More than 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with oral cancers of the head and neck last year; with about 20 percent dying from these diseases. Unfortunately many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases.

 

 

Creighton Dental Faculty Member Receives Teaching Award - January 23, 2009

Creighton University's Nicole Kimmes, D.D.S., assistant professor of general dentistry, has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Omicron Kappa Upsilon Charles Craig Teaching Award. This award recognizes young dental educators who have demonstrated new and innovative teaching techniques in teaching the art, science and literature of dentistry.

Candidates must be full-time dental educators in an American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental school and a dental educator for no more than seven years.

Kimmes received her bachelor's degree from Northern State University in 1997 and her D. D. S. degree from Creighton University in 2001. In addition to her teaching duties, she maintains a private practice in Omaha and has served as a clinic volunteer at the Indian-Chicano Health Center. She also received the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis Award in 2001.

Kimmes is the fourth Creighton faculty members to receive this award in the past eight years. The recipient receives a certificate and a $1,000 cash award. She will be recognized at the OKU Supreme Chapter's Annual Business Meeting on March 15.