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From the Dean

March 2014

Dean Kassebaum

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I hope that your March is off to a great start. As we anticipate Spring, March means different things to different people in the dental school family, to include March Madness, National Nutrition Month, Spring Break, WREB Dental Boards, and the acceleration of May Graduation preparations, to name a few. We are fortunate to be on this academic health center campus with an internationally recognized Health and Wellness Center. Realizing the important role that nutrition plays in oral and systemic health, the School has been including nutrition and oral health tips on our Facebook page at where we’re throwing a shout out to the upcoming NCAA March Madness Tournament by posting our “Unsweet 16” nutritional tips.

As I am certain all of our students know, Spring Break is less than two weeks away, March 17 – 21, so please remember that our Team Care Clinic will be closed during the break.

This is certainly one of the busiest times of the year because of key activities in all of the School’s mission areas of: Student Success, Collaborative Research, Transformative Clinical Care and Community Engagement. Several faculty and staff are also working on the ADA Accreditation Self-Study for our upcoming site visit in 2015. In future newsletters I will announce opportunities for your participation on surveys that will inform these accreditation subcommittees.

Let me highlight one important topic that is integral to all we do at the School. A faculty committee on professionalism has been meeting along with a student sub-committee on professionalism. In the near future, a sub-committee of our staff will also discuss professionalism. The hard work of these groups will result in documents that describe our School’s commitment to professionalism and define codes of conduct for all. I look forward to providing the links to these statements as soon as they are completed. Thank you to all of the faculty, student and staff participants who are completing this important work; it will help define the culture of our School.

In considering highlights of Student Success, I would like to offer congratulations to our recent orthodontics graduates, and thank the orthodontics faculty for their efforts in supporting this amazing group of new dental specialists. I would also like to congratulate the 4th year students who passed their CRDTS Licensing Examination; this is a major professional milestone. Let’s all send good wishes to other 4th year students challenging the upcoming WREB examination on March 13-16, 204.

Our current amazing students, and the graduates who we are proud to call our alumni, are a result of dedicated faculty and staff whose collective contributions support our students throughout the educational pathway. Let me give a sincere thank you to the faculty members of our Dental Admissions Committee and our dedicated admissions staff, led by Sr. Associate Dean Samantha Moreno, for their ongoing efforts to recruit and admit our next great DDS class. Thank you in advance also to the faculty and staff who are actively engaged in the ISP Admissions process under Dr. Beth Towne’s leadership. 

As Dean, I am excited to see the constant change in our busy environment as we work to continually enhance programs and patient care. Your personal and team contributions are essential to our success.


Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS
Dean of the School of Dental Medicine

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