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Special Place in UTSD History for Class of 2013

Graduates of the Class of 2013 turn to look at the audience.

From left: Alexandra Aponte, Evan Cettie, Leah Collison, Cynthia Corral, Jenny Crow and Olufemi Fadahunsi and their classmates follow Dean John Valenza's request that they turn to look at the audience in Cullen Performance Hall, during UT School of Dentistry's graduation ceremonies May 24. Photo by Brian Schnupp. SEE PHOTO ALBUM.

More than 150 graduates honored at the 108th Graduation Convocation of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston on May 24 celebrated both the beginning of new careers and their special status as the first class to graduate from the school’s new state-of-the-art building.

The milestone commencement, held at the University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall, also featured American Dental Association President Robert Faiella, DMD, MMSc, as the keynote speaker.

The Class of 2013 included 86 DDS graduates and 35 students who earned bachelor’s degrees or certificates in dental hygiene. Another 36 dentists were awarded postgraduate certificates or master’s degrees in dental specialties.

These students lived through a historic transition, having started school in the old Dental Branch Building where UTSD was located for nearly 60 years before moving to the new facility in 2012. To mark this distinction, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, announced that graduates would receive a special challenge coin commemorating their special role in forging a new era for UTSD. Read more


UTPD Installs Additional Emergency Phones on Campus

Emergency phones like this one are located throughout the UT campus.

Additional emergency phones like this one have been installed in UT Research Park near the School of Dentistry.

Three new blue emergency phones have been installed in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Research Park, which includes the School of Dentistry.

The tall blue stanchions call directly to the 24-hour dispatch center of the UT Police Department, which provides security for UTHealth and the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

When the dispatcher answers, callers should provide a full name, location and the nature of the emergency, said UTPD Security Risk Mitigation Manager Laura Oswalt. 

Many of the stanchions are near cameras, so if possible callers should stay in camera view and not leave the area since police will be dispatched to that location, Oswalt added.

The new emergency phones are located at the intersection of East Road and Bertner, at the south entrance to the Smith Research Building garage, and at the south entrance to the parking lot across the street from the UTHealth Recreation Center.  Read more


Warren-Morris wins Esther Wilkins Award

Angela Harvey (left) and Mark Harty of Procter & Gamble present the Esther Wilkins Award to Donna Warren-Morris at the May 7 meeting of the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society.

Angela Harvey (left) and Mark Harty of Procter & Gamble present the Esther Wilkins Award to Donna Warren-Morris at the May 7 meeting of the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society.

The Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society has awarded the 2013 Esther Wilkins Award to Professor Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd, of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas School of Dentistry.

The award is presented annually to a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and GHDHS for outstanding contributions to the dental hygiene profession. The award includes a plaque and $250 from Procter & Gamble.  Read more


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