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Message from the Dean



Dear Colleagues:


I'm often asked, "What keeps you motivated every day?" I get that question from many people, but no matter who asks, I always tell them, "I have the most rewarding job in the world. That's what keeps me motivated."


Sometimes the rewards are obvious, but more often than not, they're just things that happen on any given day that show we're doing things right. In the last couple of weeks, two students' communications let me know things are moving in the right direction. One came in the form of a letter, and the other was an email from a D1 student.


The email caught my eye as I scrolled through my inbox and saw that a new dental student had asked to meet with me. He gave no reason for the request, but his email was succinct and polite, and my assistant set up the appointment. Before we met, I asked our academic dean and director of student affairs if they knew of any difficulties this student was having. Neither knew of any concerns or problems.


A few days later, we met. I asked this student about his background and what got him interested in dentistry. All of his answers were thoughtful and well explained. After about ten minutes, I asked him, "Well, what caused you to want to see me?" Without hesitation, he replied, "I just wanted to thank you for accepting me into dental school, and I wanted to let you know how glad I am to be here." He told me more about himself and his plans that include a future career working in public health. After our meeting, I thought to myself, "We picked a good one."


A day or two later, I received a letter from one of our D3s. I could tell at a glance that this student was serious about the content of his letter. I read it slowly to make certain I didn't miss a single thought. The message centered around a recently retired part-time faculty member who had influenced this student's decision to enter dental school, and who also had been especially helpful as a pre-clinic lab instructor. The student told me how much he will miss that instructor's enthusiastic and positive approach to teaching students, and he let me know about "the joy this faculty member had instilled in him during his short time in dental school."


Although different in origin and content, both of these communications showed me that we'd made some good choices in our dental student selection process. These items also reminded me that what we do each and every day matters, perhaps more than we can ever imagine. It's these stories and these moments -- when I know we're doing it right -- that help keep me motivated.


College News

College of Dentistry Joins 100th Ohio State Homecoming Parade!     

The College of Dentistry will join this year's Homecoming Parade that celebrates Ohio State's 100th homecoming event. Please join our faculty, staff and students as we cheer on the college's homecoming court -- with our Crown King and Tooth Fairy Queen -- and the dentistry float!


When: Friday, October 5, 2012: The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Stadium and ends at the Ohio Union.

Where: We'll gather at the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street near the southeast corner of the Ohio Union, close to the grandstand. Keep an eye out for the College of Dentistry banner!

Please join us at this fun-filled Buckeye celebration!


Parade map: click here!

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Alumni Reunions and Tailgate: Registration is Still Open!

The College of Dentistry's alumni reunions and tailgate are coming this weekend, October 5-7, and there's still time to register for our events. We welcome you back to campus while we root for the home team as Ohio State's Buckeyes take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers! 


This Friday evening, October 5th, our Reunion Class Receptions and Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Columbus, with private receptions for each class followed by a gala dinner and a special recognition of our newest Golden Buckeyes. On Saturday, the 6th, 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

Dr. Henry Fields is Chair of ADA Council on Government Affairs


Dr. Henry Fields, professor and Chair of the Division of Orthodontics, will serve as Chair of the American Dental Association's Council on Government Affairs in the coming year, his last of a four-year term. 


The committee is made up of one member from each of the 17 ADA districts, plus liaisons from New DDS, the ADA Board of Trustees, the American Student Dental Association, as well as the ADA Alliance, and the American Dental Political Action Committee.

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Dr. Angelo Mariotti Joins Fellows of Pierre Fauchard Academy


Dentistry professor and Chair of the Division of Periodontology Angelo Mariotti was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. This international honorary dental society focuses on influencing the dentistry profession by recognizing the highest levels of achievement as demonstrated by professional excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior.  

Ted Backus is New Senior Director of Development


Mr. Ted Backus is the College of Dentistry's new Senior Director of Development. He joined the college in this capacity in August, after serving in professional development positions in the Columbus area for more than twenty years. Most recently, he was the vice president, chief operating officer and director of development for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, revenue management and fiscal planning, and operations oversight.

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Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Dr. Luisa DiPietro


The College of Dentistry's Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Director of the University of Illinois Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. 


Dr. DiPietro holds a D.D.S. degree and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on the study of how wounds heal and the discovery of potential therapies that may allow humans to regenerate perfect tissues after injuries.


Please join us for this lecture titled, "Tissue Regeneration: Lessons Learned from the Oral Mucosa," Tuesday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 1183 Postle Hall. 

D4 Student Daniela Canache Receives Scholarship Award from Pierre Fauchard Academy


Daniela Canache, a fourth-year dental student, received the 2012 Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Award from the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, given in the amount of $1,500.


This international honorary dental society focuses on influencing the dentistry profession by recognizing the highest levels of achievement as demonstrated by professional excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior.

Alumni Reception at ADA Annual Session in San Francisco: October 20


On Saturday, October 20, please join Dean Patrick M. Lloyd, along with faculty and alumni, for the College of Dentistry alumni reception, held at the ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. We'll gather at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco Hotel, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Nob Hill C&D meeting room.

Please let us know if you'll be joining us, and we'll look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254 or email us at

ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo Held October 16


The College of Dentistry's chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) invites faculty and staff, students and alumni, and all ASDA members to attend the annual ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo on Tuesday, October 16.


Held at the Ohio Union on the OSU campus, this event features a vendor fair, a reception with complimentary refreshments, and raffles for prizes that include a grand prize worth more than $20,000. Please join us for this event! 

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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 Give Kids a Smile Day event, which offers free dental exams and dental treatment to children in need.


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