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UTHealth’s Game Changer Initiative Doubles Hoopingarners’ Gift

They say timing is everything, and that sentiment has never been more true than this year, when certain gifts to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are being matched for double impact. You heard it right. UTHealth is offering to match donations made through its new Game Changers Initiative. To qualify for matching, the gifts must be between $50,000 and $1 million and come from individual donors. It’s a program that makes a good investment even better. The most recent contributors to the program are Gayla and Charles Hoopingarner, DDS, who just gifted $50,000 to advance the future of general dentistry.“In my 41 years of providing general dentistry care and education, I’ve seen massive changes in techniques, tools and understanding within our profession,” said Charles Hoopingarner, a Class of 1973 alumnus and clinical associate professor at UTHealth School of Dentistry. “We just wanted to be able to continue that progress.”

UTSD Elective Explores Geriatric Oral Health Care

Before an audience of faculty, staff and classmates earlier this summer, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston students described their spring-semester experiences with “Service Learning Opportunity:  Geriatric Oral Health Care Needs in the Community (DBEC 2202),” an elective course and fellowship extension for second- and third-year dental students. Associate Professor June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH, leads the course with assistance from “student faculty” who have already taken the course. This spring, third-year students Mary Glasheen and Francisco Nieves fulfilled that role, accompanying second-year students on site visits.

The students worked in groups at three locations:

-- Bellerive Senior Living in Houston:  Marian Chen, Mayleen Lee, Tomas Tran-- Lyerly Apartments in Houston:  Austin Anderson, Sarah Arafat, Alex Barerra-- Telephone Road Apartments in Houston:  Natalie Carrizales, Chad Fruithandler, Maryam Khazaeizadeh and Justin Odette.

Dean Hosts Annual Reception for New Faculty

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, welcomed new faculty members at a get-acquainted reception in their honor May 12 in The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center.  It was a chance for them to meet each other as well as department chairs and key staff members, he said, noting that some of the new faculty have been at UTSD since summer 2014, while a few have been here less than a month. "We like to hold these receptions when we get a sort of critical mass of new people," he added.More photos from the event are posted at A list of new faculty invited to the reception includes: