First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dear Colleagues:  



I've been waiting for this week to arrive! Our plans began early last fall, and we've been working continuously since then to get it all done. I knew everything would work out, but we had to be patient, take our time, stay focused, and be positive.


It all started when Dr. Stanley Vermilyea told me he would be retiring after more than 20 years of service to the college, the last ten of which he served as our clinic dean. A few weeks after that, we made a commitment to reinvest in our student support systems. Within days of these significant decisions, we announced searches for an associate dean for clinic administration and patient care, and a director of admissions. We formed committees composed of students, staff, and faculty. In the case of our search for a clinic dean, we included a representative from the practicing dental community and our own medical center. We put ads in all the major dental journals, and we announced these opportunities to every dental school in the U.S. Within weeks, we received applications from all over the country.


The search committees invited their best applicants to campus for an interview, and each candidate made a noontime presentation that was open to everyone in our college. One applicant from each search was identified as the strongest, and with no time wasted, we made competitive offers to these two remarkable candidates. Now, months later, I am so pleased to tell you that we recruited Annette McMurry, JD, the former associate director of admissions at Capital University Law School as our new director of student admissions.  Fonda Robinson, DMD, formerly the associate dean of clinic affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, is now our new associate dean of clinic administration and patient care.


Both of these new recruits began their careers in our college on the same day. That's right, on Tuesday, May 1st, Annette McMurry and Fonda Robinson began their first day on the job. And how glad we are to have them here!


For these outstanding hires, I thank our search committee members who worked so hard to identify and recruit these great additions to our college community, and I thank everyone in our college for showing these candidates that ours is a great place to care for patients, educate students, and conduct research. I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Georgia Paletta and Dr. Henry Fischbach, both of whom supported our college as interim appointees during this transition period. Their efforts allowed us to carry on with business so our prospective students and patients continued to receive the attention and care they deserve.


As we continue building our ranks during the months and years ahead, I look forward to many more fulfilling weeks like this one!


College News

Post College Assembly is Right Around the Corner! 


The 68th Annual Post College Assembly (PCA) will be held May 17-18. 


This event continues a tradition of educational excellence by offering continuing dental education sessions on an array of topics for today's dental practitioner. Participants can earn as many as 14 continuing education units (CEUs) -- in one convenient on-campus location!


This year's event features nationally-renowned speakers from across the U.S. 


There's still time to sign up! 
Register Now!

First Yardley Family Scholarship Winner Announced


Kelsey Galyk, a pre-dental hygiene student at The Ohio State University Lima, is the first recipient of the Yardley Family Scholarship.

The scholarship fully funds tuition, books, licensure, and examination fees for one student in the Division of Dental Hygiene for three years. 


Ohio State's SNDA Receives Community Service Programming Award

The Ohio State chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) received the Student Organization Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming for the work they've done with Faith Mission, which serves the homeless community.


Faith Mission provides those in need with shelter, food, and clothing, and it also helps individuals with long-term assistance in the form of housing, medical, dental and vision care, counseling, employment assistance, and support groups.


Read on...

Pelotonia Courtyard BBQ Fundraiser


The OSU College of Dentistry Student Peloton is hosting a BBQ fundraiser Friday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Come out and support the Student Peloton!


Burgers ($2)

Hotdogs ($1)

Chips (gratis)

Bottled Water ($1) 

College of Dentistry Convocation 2012 

The College of Dentistry's convocation ceremony will honor the Classes of 2012 June 3 at 2:00 p.m.


The event will take place in the Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


47th Annual Boucher Prosthodontic Conference Held

The 2012 Boucher Prosthodontic Conference was held April 13 and 14 at the University Plaza Hotel in Columbus.


The Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference was established to provide continuing education in the art, science, and practice of prosthodontics, and it brings prosthodontists from across the nation.  


During the conference, the Carl O. Boucher Student Award was presented to David A. Rhodes, D4.

Division of Endodontics Receives $100,000 from American Association of Endodontics Foundation   
The Division of Endodontics received $100,000 from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation in support of the endowment in the name of Dr. Al Reader.   

This addition to the A.W. Reader Endowed Professorship allowed it to reach the $750,000 mark, which means a faculty member may now be named to the endowment and funds will be available to support their salary and research. 


Dentistry Partners with New Center for Regenerative Medicine

The College of Dentistry is one of seven colleges at Ohio State collaborating with the new Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies (CRMCBT).


"The CRMCBT was created in the OSU Wexner Medical Center to stimulate research in the relatively new field of regenerative medicine," said Dr. John Sheridan, College of Dentistry associate dean of research. 


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Dean Patrick Lloyd Gives College Update

College of Dentistry Dean Patrick Lloyd gave a presentation, his Dean's Update, to faculty, staff, and students over the course of a week (April 23, 24, and 26) to inform them about events and initiatives in the college. View the full presentation here.


College Welcomes Dr. Fonda Robinson and Ms. Annette McMurry

A reception for Dr. Fonda Robinson, Associate Dean for Clinic Administration and Patient Care, and Annette McMurry, Director of Admissions, will be held Monday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the student lounge.


Both officially joined the college May 1.  

College Alumnus Speaks about OMFS in the Developing World


Dr. Timothy Bartholomew is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a board member of the Free to Smile Foundation.



Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1187, Postle Hall


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Dentistry Supports Operation Feed April 16-May 18


The College of Dentistry is again supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank's Operation Feed program. For 31 years, Operation Feed has raised food and funds that provide assistance to individuals and families in need. 


The Mid-Ohio Foodbank joins forces with local businesses, schools, civic groups, and individuals to raise critically needed resources through this community-wide initiative. 


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Research Lunch & Learn: May 9


The Office of Research at the College of Dentistry will host a  Lunch & Learn Wednesday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Postle Hall, room 3123. (Lunch will be provided.) 

Title: IRB Protocols 101 - From the Reviewers' Perspective   
Presenters: Dale Kanner, DDS and Stephen Rosensteil, DDS, College of Dentistry Institutional Review Board Members
Campus Campaign 2012 Wraps Up

The Ohio State University Campus Campaign, an annual, campus-wide fundraising initiative, came to a close April 30.  

Several events were held at the college to encourage faculty and staff members to participate, the latest of which was an event in the courtyard with special guest, Brutus Buckeye!


Click here for photos. 


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