First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dear Colleagues: 


What a terrific week it's been! In addition to all the scheduled meetings I had with students, staff, and faculty, there were unexpected visits from colleagues who stopped by to congratulate me on my first anniversary at Ohio State. As so many said to me, and as I said to them, "It's hard to believe a full year has passed."


Yesterday, August 1st, marked the day exactly one year ago that I joined OSU. Beginning early in the morning, there were congratulations cards left on my desk, and I received emails from people throughout the college, all of whom found some special way to let me know they remembered this was The Day.


As the day went on, I thought about the events, programs, and projects I've been involved in and about which I was most pleased and proud. I also thought about the  places I've visited in Ohio and around the country, and the dozens of meetings I've attended on campus and in other states. I even recalled the lasting impressions made by prospective faculty and senior staff members I've interviewed these past twelve months.


When I thought about what was really important this past year, I realized it was the number of people I've gotten to know. I like walking through the clinics and hallways, recognizing people by name. Whether they're our staff, faculty, or one of our 600 students, what matters is that I know many of them and their jobs in the college, and I even know what some of them do for fun. If they happen to be alumni, I know the year they graduated and where they practice. If they're senior leaders on campus, I know the ways they help our college, and I know what they value and expect from us.


To those who congratulated me on my inaugural year as dean, I thank you. It's never been more clear to me that truly great institutions are made by the people who work in and support them. And to those whom I haven't come to know yet, I look forward to learning about you during the months and years ahead.




College News

College Welcomes New Students at White Coat Ceremony: August 20


On August 20, the College of Dentistry's new dental hygiene and dental students will celebrate the beginning of their path to becoming dental professionals at the annual White Coat Ceremony.


The event serves as an official welcome to the college, and it marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the dental hygiene Class of 2014 and the dental Class of 2016. The white coats students wear at the event symbolize their newfound commitment to dentistry.


Click here for photos of the 2011 ceremony. 

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Faculty Retreat Scheduled for August 16-17


The College of Dentistry's faculty and senior staff members will attend a two-day retreat at Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center located near Oxford, Ohio.     

This year's agenda features guest speakers from Ohio dental organizations and other  schools of dentistry, including the deans of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry and the University of Maryland College of Dentistry; and David Owsiany, JD, Executive Director of the Ohio Dental Association, who will speak about the Affordable Care Act and its implications for Ohioans.  


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Dr. John Kalmar is New President-Elect of AAOMP


Dr. John Kalmar, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, and a Clinical Professor in the College of Dentistry's Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology, was recently chosen as president-elect of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), which represents oral and maxillofacial pathologists within the profession, in the dental and medical communities, and to the public at large.

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Office of Research Hosts Lunch and Learn Event: August 8


The college's Office of Research will host a "lunch and learn" seminar August 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 3123.


Guest presenter Kenneth Anderson, MBA, is an Ohio State staff member and the program director of The Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. His presentation topic is titled, "Using Project Management Tools in Research Administration."


Lunch is provided with RSVP to or call 614-292-2352.


DSDC Hosts Meeting with Huntington Bank Representatives


To learn more about The Ohio State University's partnership with Huntington Bank and the benefits offered to university employees, the Dentistry Staff Development Committee(DSDC) will host a meeting on August 22nd with Huntington Bank guest presenters. The informational session will include a presentation about banking-related options that are now available.  


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College Recognizes Staff Members with Appreciation Week Events: August 14-15


Dentistry's Staff Appreciation Week events will be held August 14-15, providing lunchtime activities for staff members in recognition of their contributions to the college.


Events will include frozen treats, a photo booth, gifts presented to all staff members, and a Buckeye luncheon served by staff and faculty volunteers.


Special thanks to the Dentistry Staff Development Committee for organizing these events!


Check out the 2011 Staff Appreciation Week photo album here


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College of Dentistry Joins Fight to End Cancer through Pelotonia Bike Tour

Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Members of the College of Dentistry Student Peloton Team will join this year's 102-mile ride from Columbus to Kenyon College, Ohio. 

Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center's James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute. In its first three years, Pelotonia  has raised more than $25.4 million for cancer research.


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Save the Date! Alumni Tailgate and Reunion Weekend: October 5-7

The College of Dentistry's alumni reunions and tailgate are coming October 5-7, and we hope you'll join us for this scarlet-and-gray-packed weekend! 

We welcome you back to campus while we root for the home team as Ohio State's Buckeyes take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers!


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