First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dear Colleagues:
What began as a Board of Trustees' concept for a more effective use of University resources to better engage our alumni and community partners has resulted in a new model for organizing Ohio State's colleges and coordinating their external relations activities. Known as the "advancement model," this concept is gradually being adopted across campus, and I wholeheartedly endorse it.
Although there are slight variations in implementing the advancement model, there is a core structure that will soon be common at all OSU colleges. It involves having the offices of alumni, development, and communications linked together as one administrative unit and overseen by one senior staff member. This structure capitalizes on the natural synergies that exist among these important units, and it ensures a coordinated effort for their activities and initiatives. All these improved efficiencies are critical in today's challenging economic environment.  
Key to the model is a chief advancement officer (CAO) whose efforts focus on building a cohesive and dynamic team, while also staying closely connected to both the college dean and the head of the University Foundation. This dual reporting structure facilitates the college's strategic alignment with the University's goals, and it reinforces the concept of  "One University."
Last spring, we began the process of adopting the advancement model in our college. First, we studied the plans made by colleges that had already implemented the model --Engineering, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine. Then, working closely with University Foundation staff, we solicited applicants for a CAO, interviewed several qualified candidates, and were successful in hiring our first choice.
Gareth Gwyn joined our college as a senior administrative staff member and as our CAO early in August. He's got just what we need to make the advancement model work for us. He comes to us with substantial expertise drawn from his career in the private sector. He appreciates the value of strategic thinking, and he has broad corporate experience in business and health care industries.
I'm a great supporter of the advancement model. It makes sense to me, and I know it will benefit our college as we move forward to accomplish our goals. I believe you'll soon see its effectiveness in action. 



College News
Alumni Reunion Weekend and Tailgate Coming Soon: 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! 


On Friday evening, October 5, our Reunion Class Receptions and Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Columbus with private cocktail receptions for each class, followed by a gala dinner and a special recognition of our newest Golden Buckeyes. On Saturday, October 6, the college will host its annual tailgate party at the Ohio Union, preceding the OSU vs. Nebraska football game, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m.!  


Questions? Call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254 or email us at

For more Game Day information, visit OSU's football game day web page that provides information on stadium policies, parking availability, transportation options, and more.
First Annual Dental Hygiene Alumni Tailgate: September 15

On Saturday, September 15, the College of Dentistry and the Dental Alumni Society will host the first annual dental hygiene alumni tailgate.


Join us as we kick off the OSU vs. University of California football game at noon. Help us cheer the Buckeyes to victory as they battle the Cal Bears in the Shoe! The tailgate features music, special guests, and catering by German Village favorite Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant, famous for its world-class brats, cream puffs, and more.


Come back to campus, reconnect with classmates and colleagues, and meet new friends!

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Join Us for the ODA Annual Session and Alumni Reception: September 13-16


Join College of Dentistry Dean Patrick M. Lloyd and faculty and staff members at the 2012 ODA Annual Session held September 13-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  

Booths, Raffles, and More: We're hosting booths in the exhibit area this year to share information about our Offices of Admission, Outreach and Community Education, Alumni Affairs, Continuing Education, and our Sterilization Monitoring Service. Visit our booths and sign up for our OSU memorabilia raffle!


Meet the Dean: Dr. Patrick Lloyd will join us in the exhibits area Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Come by and meet the dean!

Attend Our Alumni Reception: Join Dean Lloyd, college faculty, alumni, and colleagues at our annual reception held Friday, September 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin D Room at the Columbus Hyatt Regency Convention Center. 

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Gareth Gwyn Joins College as Chief Advancement Officer


On August 6, Mr. Gareth Gwyn joined the College of Dentistry as Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). He will serve as a senior leader with duties that include supervising the Offices of Development, Alumni Affairs, Continuing Education, and Marketing and Communications - all of which comprise the advancement team.  

Gareth holds a B.S. degree in microbiology from Dalhousie University in Canada. His professional career includes having served as the senior director of corporate affairs for Actelion Pharmaceuticals and, more recently, he was the managing director of PHARMACOM, an international pharmaceutical consulting firm.

As CAO, Gareth brings to the position a wealth of experience in medical and healthcare management that includes strategic planning, medical marketing, and financial resource management.

Donald Gray is New Director of Continuing Education


Mr. Donald Gray is the College of Dentistry's new Director of Continuing Education. He joined the college August 20 as the first full-time CE director for the program in four years.

Don received his B.S. degree in business adminstration from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business. Prior to joining our college, he served as the senior program manager for executive education at the Fisher College of Business, a position he held since 2004. His primary focus was creating and producing customized executive development programs, two of which won international awards for innovation and excellence in leadership development. 

College of Dentistry Professor Emeritus Billy Culbertson is Fellow of ACS



Dr. Billy Culbertson, College of Dentistry Emeritus Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


In his work at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. Culbertson directed graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in obtaining their advanced degrees or advancing their careers in the synthesis of new or improved high performance materials.


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Pediatric Dentistry Professor Dennis McTigue Receives ODA Achievement Award

On September 14, the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) will present an Achievement Award to Dr. Dennis McTigue, a pediatric dentistry professor at the College of Dentistry. The award will be presented at this year's Callahan Celebration of Excellence held in conjunction with the ODA Annual Session, September 13-16. Dr. McTigue's award honors his "contributions to the dental profession, to clinical dentistry, and to dental education."  

Dentistry Alumnus Dr. Dominic Bitonte Receives ODA Achievement Award


College of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Dominic Bitonte will receive an Achievement Award from the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) on Friday, September 14 at the ODA Annual Session. The award recognizes Dr. Bitonte for his philanthropy, his dedication to supporting the needs of the local community, and for his "professional conduct, his leadership strength, his respect for dentistry, and his personal ethics."



College Hosts Give Kids a Smile Day: October 13


Dentistry's pediatric dentists, residents, and dental hygiene and dental students will join together on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the college's inaugural Give Kids a Smile Day event, which offers free dental exams and dental treatment to children in need.


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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Dental Hygiene and Dental Students


On August 20th, the College of Dentistry welcomed new dental hygiene and dental students at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

More than 700 friends and family members attended the ceremony at the Mershon Auditorium. Guest speakers included dentistry's Dean Patrick M. Lloyd; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs John Kalmar; Dental Alumni Society President Darrel L. Scott; Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association President Deborah Tennyson; Ohio Dental Association President Mark Bronson, and President Gee.   


To view the 2012 White Coat Ceremony Facebook album, click here.

Faculty Retreat Survey Shows Success


The college's recent faculty retreat featured guest speakers that
included Dr. John Valenza, Dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry; Dr. Christian Stohler, Dean of the University of Maryland College of Dentistry; Dr. Denis Lynch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Marquette University School of Dentistry; and Dr. Robert Weyant, Associate Dean of Dental Public Health and Community Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

The retreat was attended by a record number of faculty members whose post-event survey responses showed strong approval for the external speakers' presentations and the information and new knowledge provided at the event.

To view the faculty retreat Facebook photos, click here.

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