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Sowa, Frnka Featured as Students of Distinction

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:52pm

Associate Dean Phil Pierpont, DDS, reads the new “Students of Distinction” exhibit, which was updated Jan. 23.

Associate Dean Phil Pierpont, DDS, reads the new “Students of Distinction” display, updated Jan. 23.

The “Students of Distinction” display outside the Library and Learning Commons on the 4th floor of UT School of Dentistry has been updated to honor third-year dental student Katie Sowa and senior dental hygiene student Kellie Frnka. The display includes brief biographical information and photos of both students, who were nominated by the faculty.  

The display was started after the School of Dentistry moved into its new building in summer 2011. Former ASDA National President Adam Shisler, now a pediatric dentistry resident, was the first student honored.

Katie Sowa

Katie Sowa

Katie Sowa of Houston is a leader at the local, state and national levels. She is national editor-in-chief for the American Student Dental Association’s “ASDA News” and contributes to ASDA’s blog, “Mouthing Off,” having served as ASDA’s first-ever “electronic editor” in 2012-13.   She is the only student editor on the editorial board of The Journal of the American Dental Association, and also serves as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association.

Sowa is president of ASDA Houston Chapter and is student liaison to the Greater Houston Dental Society. She is a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. 

A graduate of Jersey Village High School, Sowa served as mascot for The University of Texas at Austin while earning two bachelor of science degrees

Kellie Frnka

Kellie Frnka

there:  one in human development and family services, and the other in radio, television and film.

Kellie Frnka of Bellaire is the daughter and granddaughter of UTSD alumni:  Mark Frnka, DDS ’87 and Milford Frnka, DDS ’50, respectively. She is a graduate of Bellaire High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences from Baylor University. She worked as a child life specialist in a pediatric hospital before enrolling in the Dental Hygiene Program,

Frnka is 2013-14 president of the Christian Dental Fellowship and is active as a participant and leader for student dental mission trips to San Raymundo, Guatemala. She also participated in the 2013 Summer Research Program at UTSD.