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LLUSD faculty recognized at commencement #55

Sunday, May 24, 2015, was a stellar day for 206 students from 34 countries who graduated during the LLU School of Dentistry’s 55th commencement.

But at the beginning of the ceremony, four faculty who have played pivotal roles in the success of so many oral healthcare professionals received awards for their dedicated service as educators, researchers, and practitioners. The words (and some images) that accompanied the presentation of their honors appear immediately below.
 

Legislative fellowship sends Gregory Olson to Capitol Hill

Gregory Olson, DDS’96, MS’11, assistant professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; Department of Pediatric Dentistry; and Oral Diagnosis, Radiology, and Pathology, has been awarded the 2015 ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship.
 

Graham Stacey consolidates administrative functions

The administrative duties of D. Graham Stacey, PhD, have been expanded to match his new title, associate dean, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, LLU School of Dentistry.

Not long after the December 2014 retirement of Fred Kasischke, PhD, then associate dean for Admissions and Service Learning, Dean Ron Dailey, PhD, asked Dr. Stacey, PhD, associate dean for Student Affairs, to assume oversight for admissions and service learning as well.

LLUSD researchers take Boston

Just days after the grand opening of the large and pristine addition to LLU School of Dentistry’s Center for Dental Research (CDR), a significant contingent of four student and twelve faculty researchers from the School and its CDR, led by Yiming Li, DDS, PhD, MS, associate dean for Research, assembled at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood (March 8-14) to display posters and make oral presentations at the IADR/AADR/CADR annual meetings.
 

Murray Jacob's day on the Hill

Murray Jacobs, DDS, assistant professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, attended the 15th Annual AAOMS Day on Capitol Hill, organized by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons that took place March 17-18, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.
 

Third time charm

Raeleen Whitt’s cancer saga began eight years ago, in January 2007. As a sixteen-year-old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She underwent nearly three years of chemotherapy (much of the time under hospitalization) and missed her junior and senior years of high school; nevertheless, she completed her secondary education through the Corona/Norco school district’s home/hospital program.
 

A Healing Hands first

Wesley Okumura, DDS’94, MS, assistant professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is the first School of Dentistry faculty clinician to receive the Healing Hands silver pin awarded to LLU Health care providers and support staff whose patients have made a point formally and tangibly to acknowledge their appreciation for their compassionate care.
 

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