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Dear Alumni,

I want to thank you for your continued support of the Dental Hygiene Program. I want to extend special “thanks” to the individuals who attended the student Table Clinic presentations on July 29.  This event provided me with the opportunity to catch-up with old friends and share the exciting educational initiatives of the Program.  As evidenced by the schedule of events that appear in this newsletter, we have planned another extremely active year.  I hope to see many of you during Homecoming Weekend, October 9. 

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association CLL 2016 Annual Session, June 8-14, 2016.  We, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and Western Pennsylvania component, are honored to host this event in our beautiful city.  As chair of the 2016 Annual Session Planning Committee, I strongly encourage your participation in this event.  The ADHA members will witness Pittsburgh’s beauty, friendliness, and character of its residents.  We are planning an alumni reception and hope that many of you will be able to attend.  Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I look forward to seeing you during the White Coat Ceremony or at one of the many scheduled events.

Angie Riccelli
Dental Hygiene Program Director

Evidenced Based Research: Current Trends in Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene student table clinic presentations took place on July 29. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni were invited to support the students as they presented their topics. Julia Burner and Erika Mohr won first place with "The Light of the Future: UV Robot Disinfection." Second place went to Stephanie Secoda and Jessica Yonek for their project on "Clinical Application of Botox in Dentistry" and third place was awarded to Carli Jakiel and Christine Vruwink for "Same Goal, Different Scope."

Transforming the Profession:
Preparing Students for Inter-professional Care

Friday November 6, 2015 - 4 CEUs - 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dental Hygiene Program Director Angelina E. Riccelli, hygiene faculty member Antonia T. Ambrosino, and Pitt Nursing faculty member Dr. Ann M. Mitchell will present a course at the Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Association (PDHA) Annual Session at the Keystone Dental Health Conference. This course will expose dental hygiene educators to the benefits of developing and integrating inter-professional (IP) education within their curricula. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please visit the PDHA website.

White Coat Ceremony 2015
August 31, 2015 3 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditoriums 5 and 6

During this tradition, incoming students are welcomed into the School of Dental Medicine family and receive their first white coats, signifying the beginning of their careers in dental medicine and dental hygiene. Family members, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and alumni are invited to attend this ceremony.  

Your donation of $50 or more supports the School of Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony and gives a warm welcome to the newest members of our family. In addition to supporting the 2015 White Coat Ceremony, you may wish to write a dental hygiene student some words of encouragement as they embark on a time of intense study and personal growth. Donations can be sent to Ms. Nancy Poe in Suite 440 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, and donations received by August 25 will be acknowledged in the white coat program. Checks may be written out to the University of Pittsburgh.

If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch a live-streaming broadcast on the school's Web site. Please visit our Web site for details and directions for viewing this exciting event. For questions about the White Coat Ceremony, please contact Ms. Nancy Poe via e-mail at poen@pitt.edu or by phone at 412-648-8910.

Homecoming 2015 – Friday, October 9, 2015

The Dental Alumni Association invites you to come home to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for homecoming. Join fellow alumni from the dental school for a dynamic weekend.

Homecoming isn’t just for those classes celebrating a reunion; we welcome all members of our alumni community to come back to campus. The homecoming continuing education course will be in room 355 Salk Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. Kick off the evening at the Dental Alumni Association Homecoming Reception at the University Club at 5:30 p.m. After the reception, classes ending in 0 and 5 will hold individual class reunion dinners at 6:30 p.m.; you are welcome to join these classes for dinner regardless of your class year.

To attend a dental hygiene reunion dinner, or if you would like to coordinate a reunion dinner for your classmates, please contact Ms. Alycia Maltony via email at aam111@pitt.edu or by phone at 412-648-5096. Visit the homecoming Web site for the most up-to-date information.

Class Reunion Organizers

CLASS OF 1975: 40-YEAR REUNION DINNER
• Ms. Barbara Hemler Egnot, egno@juno.com, 518-689-4384
• Ms. Terry Pescatore Windle, windle71@comcast.net, 724-495-3350

CLASS OF 1980: 35-YEAR REUNION DINNER
• Ms. Susan Ban, sub26@pitt.edu, 412-364-3926
• Ms. Nancy Keeler Zeckowski, nzeckowski@gmail.com, 724-309-4316

CLASS OF 1990: 25-YEAR REUNION DINNER
• Ms. Tina Keffer-Cunningham, tina_cunningham@colpal.com

CLASS OF 2000: 15-YEAR REUNION DINNER
• Ms. Betsy Herrmann, betsy1973@yahoo.com

Homecoming Continuing Education Course - October 9, 2015
Drugs in Dentistry Update, Including Conventional Drugs, Herbals, and Natural Supplements
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 355 Salk Hall, 6 Credit Hours

CE Cost:
Dentist: $200 
Auxiliary or Spouse: $125
School of Dental Medicine Alumni Discount: Dentist: $125
Auxiliary or Spouse: $85

Seating is limited. To secure your space in this exciting continuing education course, you must register for this event separately from other homecoming events online. For more information or to register for this course by phone, please contact Ms. Diane Fleishman or Ms. Lori Burkette at 412-648-837. Breakfast will be served near the registration table outside of 2148 Salk Hall, The Edward J. Forrest Center for Continuing Dental Education.

Call for Distinguished Alumni Nominations

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the 2016 Dean’s Scholarship Ball. The nomination deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015.

A one-page biographical sketch of each nominee must accompany the nomination. Please send your nomination and biographical sketch to:
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee
440 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

93rd Annual Dental Hygiene Association Annual Session

In 2016, the American Dental Hygienists Association’s Annual Session will take place in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center June 8–14. We are planning a reception for Pitt dental hygiene alumni and friends, so mark your calendars and plan to join us. Look for details in the upcoming months.

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