First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dear Colleagues:


Happy New Year!


I hope you're looking forward to the possibilities in this new year as much as I am! This is one of the most exciting times in my life, and it seems as if everywhere I turn, there's something new to see, hear, or read about that's never happened before. We're truly living in unprecedented times!


As a college, we must be prepared for this new era of rapid changes, if for no other reason than to ensure that we don't miss any opportunities. And that's what we'll do this upcoming year as we focus on getting prepared.


What's on our slate for the year ahead? For starters, we have seven faculty searches underway now, with three more to launch before the year's end. That's more than 10% of our entire faculty who will be new members of our college community. Based on the reception we've had so far, we've got some amazing recruitment opportunities.


Another change on the horizon comes this June as we say good-bye to quarters and welcome semesters. The process of changing a scheduling system that's been in place for decades has required significant planning. Nearly every course in our college had to be restructured to accommodate the semester format, but these changes have provided opportunities for our faculty to revise and upgrade their courses. We've worked hard on this project, and our college is one of the best prepared on campus. 


At the same time, we've been getting prepared for our 2013 accreditation site visit, which takes place once every seven years and culminates with a comprehensive self-report. This offers a great chance to "fine tune" our programs, and we know we'll keep getting better as we set a new standard for success during the accreditation process.


As we continue to improve and innovate throughout the college, we're rebuilding our support programs for students. With new directors in the offices of student affairs and admissions, we'll begin identifying ways to best serve our students -- from the moment they're accepted into our college to the day they graduate.


Getting reconnected with alumni is another priority for 2012. Our loyal alumni are important members of our college community, and we want to share with them all the good news about our students, staff, and faculty, so they too can feel the excitement!


In addition to these important projects, we'll begin -- and finish -- numerous facility upgrades throughout the year. Some of these will address infrastructure issues, such as replacing weak pipes and refurbishing old electrical connections. Other upgrades will involve lab, classroom, and clinic enhancements to make our staff, students and patients more comfortable in our various environments. 


We have so many opportunities ahead that I can hardly wait to get started. Here's to a most rewarding and productive new year!


College News
College of Dentistry Outreach Gives Gift of Time


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The College of Dentistry offered free dental exams at the "Gift of Time" event hosted by the 

Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Head Start December 3.


This annual event, held at Lancaster High School, allows families to enjoy a day of cost-free activities. Free dental exams were added to this year's event, and free oral health care was provided by the college's mobile dental clinic, or "H.O.M.E. Coach."

Dr. Canise Bean Receives Cheryl Boyce Award


Dr. Canise Bean, Director of Community Outreach at the college, was presented with the Cheryl Boyce Award at the 4th Annual Excellence in Health Care Banquet November 29.


The Cheryl Boyce Award recognizes leading professionals whose work improves health care for minorities.


"To receive an award named after a local longtime advocate of minority health care is quite humbling," Dr. Bean said. "I have admired Cheryl Boyce for many years. She is the former director of the first state agency in the nation created exclusively to actively address minority health disparities. Receiving this recognition as a leading professional in African American health care is a great compliment."

Dr. Vermilyea Retires After 20 Years of Service to the College


A retirement reception was held for Dr. Stanley Vermilyea, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, December 22.
Speakers included Dean Patrick Lloyd, Dr. Carole Anderson, former dean of the College of Dentistry, and Ms. Cheryl DeVore, former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Comments offered at the reception attested to Dr. Vermilyea's caring and genuine character, as well as his outstanding work at the college.

An engraved rocking chair was given to Dr. Vermilyea as an expression of thanks for his years of service. 

Click here for photos.
Dean Lloyd Interviewed in ODA Today


The Ohio Dental Association interviewed Dean Lloyd for the December issue of its monthly newsletter, ODA Today. The interview covered the dean's move from maroon and gold to scarlet and gray, goals for the college, and more.


Read the full interview here on pages one and two.

College Hosts 28th Annual Research Day: February 29


Research Day at the College of Dentistry is an annual event that showcases research conducted by dental and dental hygiene students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and residents. The event also features a distinguished lecturer from among the world's leading oral health researchers. 

Date: February 29, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lecture: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. Jill Helms
Location: Ohio Union 

Read on...

Research Lunch & Learn Series Begins January 11



Title: Finding Funding Workshop


Description: Learn strategies for finding funding for your research and other activities through this hands-on workshop. You'll also learn how to use the COS Funding Opportunities database, set up email alerts, and build a profile of expertise to facilitate networking and promotion of your research activities.


Facilitator: Ohio State University training and development coordinator Jeff Agnoli is responsible for education, funding, and research development for the Office of the Vice President for Research. 

Questions? Contact

Lindsey Park Receives Mark Dawson Staff Award for Excellence at Dean's Appreciation Party

Lindsey Park, College of Dentistry pre-clinic lab coordinator, was named the recipient of the Mark Dawson Staff Award for Excellence during the Dean's Appreciation Party December 15.  


The Mark Dawson Staff Award for Excellence is given to provide recognition within the College of Dentistry for outstanding contributions made by a full-time regular Classified staff member or an Administrative and Professional staff member who significantly facilitates the mission of the college.


Click here to view photos of the Dean's Appreciation Party.


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Susannah Turner Joins College as New Director of Student Affairs: January 17


Ms. Susannah Turner will join the college as the new Director of Student Affairs January 17.


Turner comes from Ohio State University Residences and Dining Services where she currently serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life. 


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Michael Pappas Receives ASDA Scholarship


Michael Pappas, a second-year dental student, has been chosen by the ASDA Board of Trustees as the recipient of the Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship. 


Along with the $1,000 scholarship Pappas will be awarded, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry ASDA chapter will receive $500 in support from the national ASDA chapter.  


Read on...

Beau Meyer and Ross Gordon Receive ADA Scholarships 


Beau Meyer and Ross Gordon, both second-year dental students, have received scholarships from the American Dental Association Foundation for the 2011-2012 academic year. Each received $2,500.

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