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Dr. Patrick M. Lloyd Is Appointed as Next Dean of Dentistry

On May 4, 2011, Executive Vice President and Provost of The Ohio State University Joseph A. Alutto announced the appointment of Patrick M. Lloyd, D.D.S., M.S., as dean of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective on August 1, 2011.

Dr. Lloyd is currently dean of the School of Dentistry and professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Since his appointment as dean in 2004, Dr. Lloyd has led the way for numerous changes and improvements for the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota that included establishing a new hospital-based general practice residency in dentistry. He also initiated a promotion process for clinical/research track faculty and advocated support for the school’s robust research in virology, biomaterials, bone biology, and the relationship between oral health and systemic health. He has also developed local partnerships to promote and finance community-based dental education.

Dr. Lloyd is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow, Clinical Medicine Section, of the Gerontological Society of America. Click here to read more.


2011 Graduates Celebrate at Convocation!

The College of Dentistry’s convocation ceremony was held June 5th in the Mershon Auditorium. The traditional ceremony honored the achievements of the Dental Hygiene and the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) classes of 2011.

College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson presented awards and certificates of honor to members of the classes of 2011, which included 104 D.D.S. graduates and 40 Dental Hygiene program graduates.

In her farewell remarks, Dean Anderson said to the newly graduated students, "This is both an end and a new beginning for you. Your days as students are over, and you're embarking on new careers as dental professionals. As you move forward to achieve your personal and professional goals, you have my heartfelt wishes for a future that includes a wonderful life and a career that is both successful and rewarding!"
Click here to view the convocation slideshow.
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Moritz Ransom Endows Inaugural Full Tuition Dental Hygiene Scholarship

1958 graduate Lou Ann Moritz Ransom recently made a gift to the College of Dentistry in support of the Division of Dental Hygiene by establishing the Yardley Family Scholarship in Dental Hygiene.

The scholarship will fully fund tuition, books, licensure and examination fees for one student in the Division of Dental Hygiene each year. "My late husband, Michael Moritz, and I have been supporters of the College of Law at Ohio State, and I felt it was time to support the College of Dentistry, specifically the Division of Dental Hygiene," said Ms. Moritz Ransom. "I graduated from Dental Hygiene, as did my sisters Jeanne (Yardley) Bogen and Mary (Yardley) Giannola, so I decided to create a scholarship in our family name. We're hopeful that by establishing this scholarship, others will be inspired to follow our lead in supporting the College of Dentistry and the Division of Dental Hygiene."
Click here to read more.
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2011 Volpe Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the biennial Volpe Prize competition were announced at a reception and dinner held May 20th. Sponsored by the College of Dentistry’s Division of Periodontology and the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Volpe Prize recognizes the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry, and the competition draws participants from Canada, Mexico, and the continental U.S.

This year’s winners were Dr. Sangeetha Chandrasekaran, the first-place prize winner from the University of Illinois at Chicago; the runner up was Dr. Matthew W.C. Chan from the University of Toronto. Competition finalists receive a $500 travel grant, and the winner receives the Volpe Prize trophy, a certificate of recognition, and a cash prize of $3,500.
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Omicron Kappa Upsilon Presents Awards and Welcomes New Members

The College of Dentistry’s Theta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society for dental students welcomed this year’s new members at a banquet that included the presentation of two student awards for excellence, scholarship, character, and service to humanity.

Sophomore dental student Douglas DeMille received the Orville E. Russell Award of Excellence, and D.D.S./Ph.D. student Heidi Snider received the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence.

The College’s most recent student members were also introduced and welcomed at the event that included Class of 2011 graduates Brett Anderton, Brian Beckstrom, Jonathan Draney, Robert Haddad, Tam Issa-Abbas, Matthew Lemke, Megan Miller, Jeff Price, Kyle Reynolds, Michael Ray Richards, Garrett Seghi, and Lindsay Williams.
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Sigma Phi Alpha Welcomes New Members

The Sigma Phi Alpha national honor society for dental hygiene students was founded in 1958 to recognize the highest achieving students in dental hygiene programs throughout the U.S.

Continuing this tradition of honoring students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic excellenc
e, the College of Dentistry’s Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha welcomed its newest alumni members (shown left to right above) Caylee Ashcraft, Sarah VanSchoik, and Casey Zmudzinski at a ceremony on June 2nd.

The event included a special welcome for Sigma Phi Alpha’s new honorary member from the Division of Dental Hygiene,
Ms. Brenda Kennedy.

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Dr. Peter Reiser's Research is Published in the Journal of Experimental Biology

Dr. Peter Reiser holds dual appointments as a professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, and as a professor of physiology and cell biology in the College of Medicine. Reiser's decades of research have included projects that examine various species' craniofacial (head and face) muscles, jaw muscles, and the proteins or “myosin” that comprise these muscles that allow mammals to consume and chew their food.

His most recent publication is in the Journal of Experimental Biology
, a leading international journal that publishes interdisciplinary research on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.
Click here to read more.
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Dr. John Kalmar is Elected as Vice President of AAOMP

Dr. John R. Kalmar, a Clinical Professor in the College of Dentistry's Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology, was recently elected as vice president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, which represents oral and maxillofacial pathologists within the profession, in the dental and medical communities, and to the public at large.

The newly appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies in the College of Dentistry, Dr. Kalmar is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Kalmar has also served on the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and he holds a position on the editorial Board of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics.

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Upcoming Alumni Events for 2011!

Save the date for Reunion Weekend – September 9th and 10th
On Friday evening (September 9th), the classes of ’61, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, 91, ’96 and 2001 will celebrate at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center with private class receptions and a gala dinner, where the newest Golden Buckeyes will be honored. Your class chairs will contact you with more details, and registration materials will be mailed in early summer.

On Saturday, the Alumni Tailgate will kick off at the new Ohio Union, as the Buckeyes host the Toledo Rockets. We’ve booked the South Courtyard AND the Performance Hall, so we’ll have plenty of great food and seating, and we’re arranging shuttle service to the Shoe. Make plans now to join your fellow graduates at this annual event! We hope to see you there!

Football Ticket Lottery: We're running a lottery again this year for Reunion Weekend football tickets to the OSU versus Toledo game!

All alumni who are members of BOTH the Dental Alumni Society and The Ohio State University Alumni
Association, and who do not receive tickets to the OSU-Toledo game from any other source (such as the President's Club, Buckeye Club, OSUAA ticket lottery, staff tickets, or longtime season ticket holders) will be eligible for this lottery.  Applications will be included in the next issue of the Dental Alumni Society (DAS) Newsletter, which will be sent to all lifetime and 2011 DAS members.  Please note: You must be a member of BOTH the Dental Alumni Society AND The Ohio State University Alumni Association by July 1, 2011 to qualify for the lottery.
Questions? Call 614-293-0571, or e-mail

Share News with Your Fellow Alumni!

Have you received an award?
Accepted a new position?
Are you newly married or proud new parents?

Please send your class notes and photos to: Be sure to include your full name and graduation year! [Class notes submitted may be used in future College of Dentistry marketing and alumni publications.]
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ADA Reception in Las Vegas: October 11th

On Wednesday, October 11th, please join our new Dean, Dr. Patrick Lloyd, along with faculty and alumni at the annual ADA College of Dentistry Alumni Reception. The reception will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Shell Seekers meeting room. Other ADA events will include continuing education courses, the World Marketplace Exhibition, and the ADA Health Screening Program.  Please let us know if you’ll be joining us, and we'll look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-293-0571, or send an e-mail to
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Alumni Reception at the ODA: September 16th

We invite you to join our new Dean, Dr. Patrick Lloyd, and other dentistry faculty and staff members, as well as the Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors for our Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the 2011 Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Alumni Reception will be held Friday, September 16th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin D Room at the Columbus Hyatt Regency Convention Center. Meet and mingle with your fellow Buckeyes, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a drink, and get caught up on the latest news from the College of Dentistry!

Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254 or email us at
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Dr. Ernest Svensson Wins Distinguished Alumni Award

The Dental Alumni Society honors a College of Dentistry alumnus each year with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented at Post College Assembly. The award is given to alumni who demonstrate good character, and who have given outstanding service or other contributions to the College of Dentistry, to the fields of art and science, or to organized dentistry.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Dr. Ernest Svensson, a graduate of the class of 1959, and a full-time faculty member in the College of Dentistry for more than 36 years.
Click here to read more.
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Continuing Education Courses

July 21-31:
CE at Sea: Gems of the Baltics Cruise
[12 CEUs]

August 6:
Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Hygienist
[6 CEUs]

August 6:
Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Assistant
[6 CEUs]

August 8:
EFDA Review -- Clinical
[14 CEUs]

August 20:
Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist
[29 CEUs]

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