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					                                                                                                                    Fall 2001 Issue
                                                                                                                    Vol. VII, No. 1


   Dean’s Message
School prepares for
centennial celebration
    The Creighton
School of Dentistry
enrolled a bright
and diverse group
of 84 freshmen this
fall. This group
holds a unique dis-
tinction. The class
will graduate in
2005, which marks
the centennial of
the School.
    The School of
Dentistry was
established in 1905
when Creighton acquired the Omaha
Dental College. The first class in the
Creighton School of Dentistry was         Nearly 200 children received care at Creighton through ÒBright Smiles, Bright Futures.Ó
held Oct. 2, 1905, at the newly con-
structed Creighton Institute, which
was located across from OmahaÕs
                                          Creighton shines with Bright
City Hall. Creighton benefactor and
Omaha businessman John Creighton
donated $140,000 for the establish-
                                          Smiles, Bright Futures Program
ment of the Institute, which also
                                             The Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental     non-profit community organization coordi-
housed the Creighton School of Law.
                                          outreach effort, hosted by the Creighton        nates the volunteer delivery of health care
    The graduating class of 1906 had
                                          University School of Dentistry, had partici-    to homeless, indigent, uninsured and
one student. By 1908, there were 31
                                          pants and caregivers smiling.                   underinsured adults and children in the
graduates. This past May, the School
                                             Nearly 200 children from the Omaha area      Omaha area.
graduated 83 students. Since its hum-
                                          received needed dental care at the                 The children received complete dental
ble beginning, the School of Dentistry
                                          Creighton Dental Clinic during three            exams and cleanings, along with informa-
has graduated nearly 4,200 dentists
                                          ChildrenÕs Dental Days in June and              tion on oral hygiene. Follow-up care, if
who have gone on to serve their com-
                                          September.                                      needed, was also provided.
munities and their profession.
                                             The Colgate-Palmolive Company under-
    In 1921, the School of Dentistry
                                          wrote the program. The Creighton School of
moved into its own building on
                                          Dentistry provided the facility. In addition,
CreightonÕs main campus. That struc-
                                          about 30 Creighton students and eight
                                                                                           SPRING DENTAL ASSEMBLY
ture now serves as the Humanities
                                          Creighton faculty members provided care at                          WHEN: Thursday-
                                          each session. They were joined by students
    The School of Dentistry moved to                                                                           Saturday, April 18-
                                          from the SchoolÕs cooperative Dental
its current location, the Dr. Harry N.                                                                          20, 2002.
                                          Hygiene Program with Iowa Western
and Maude Boyne School of Dental                                                                                 WHERE:
                                          Community College, dental hygienists from
Science, in 1973. Construction was
                                          Central Community College in Hastings,                                  Creighton
made possible by a federal grant pro-
                                          Neb., residents from the University of                                  University cam-
gram, University endowment funds,
                                          Nebraska Medical Center and volunteer                                   pus and Omaha
and a major gift from Harry N.
                                          dentists and hygienists from the local area.                          area.
                                          Children were selected for the program by
                 Continued on Page 2      the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition. This
  Dean’s message
      Continued from Page 1

  Boyne, DDSÕ13, MDÕ32, a Council Bluffs
  oral surgeon, and his spouse, Maude
  Boyne. Dr. Boyne holds the distinction of
  being the first person to graduate from
                                               private dental schools in the United
                                               States. The generosity of donors has
                                               allowed Creighton to provide a high-
                                               quality dental education to students from
                                                                                              Faculty News
                                                                                                   Notes  &
                                                                                                Dr. Gary H. Westerman was recently
                                                                                              appointed as a consultant to the
                                                                                              Commission on Dental Accreditation. His
  both the School of Dentistry and the         all socio-economic groups in a building
                                                                                              one-year term began in October. Dr.
  School of Medicine at Creighton. He          noted for its contemporary design and
                                                                                              Westerman is a Professor and Chair of the
  served on the faculty of these two schools   outstanding facilities. Today, we continue
                                                                                              Department of Community and Preventive
  for 38 years, retiring in 1962. Today, the   to update this facility so that our stu-
                                                                                              Dentistry and holder of the Dr. Oscar S.
  Boyne Endowment continues to support         dents can have a quality environment in
                                                                                              Belzer Endowed Chair in Dentistry. In
  the School and students seeking a high-      which to learn.
                                                                                              addition, a paper co-authored by Dr.
  quality Creighton dental education.             Over the last couple of years, we have
                                                                                              Westerman received the 2001 George W.
     We are beginning the initial phase of     renovated and expanded our cafeteria,
                                                                                              Teuscher Silver Pen Award from The
  planning a celebration to mark the cen-      SaraÕs Place, and have established a new
                                                                                              American Society of Dentistry for
  tennial. The SchoolÕs Alumni Advisory        central sterilization area. In conjunction
                                                                                              ChildrenÕs Foundation for Excellence in
  Board has been asked for its guidance.       with this new sterilization area, students
                                                                                              Journalism. The article, which appeared in
  We also would like to hear from you, our     are now leasing (not purchasing) their
                                                                                              the May/June 2000 issue of the Journal of
  alumni, on how to best mark this auspi-      instruments, equipment and supplies.
                                                                                              Dentistry for Children, was titled ÒSurface
  cious occasion. You can contact me by        This has streamlined our clinic opera-
                                                                                              Topography and Enamel-Resin Interface of
  phone at (402) 280-5062 or by mail at        tions and ensures that all students have
                                                                                              Pit and Fissure Sealants Following Visible
  Creighton University, School of Dentistry,   the necessary instruments and materials.
                                                                                              Light and Argon Laser Polymerization: An
  2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE, 68178.        We plan to continue these renovations.
                                                                                              In Vitro Study.Ó
     Like John Creighton and Dr. Boyne,        Future plans include updating the bath-
  todayÕs generous benefactors of the          rooms, reception area, and record storage
  School of Dentistry are ensuring that a      area. We also plan to renovate treatment
  Creighton dental education will be avail-    suites in oral surgery and pediatric den-         Dr. Jos VM Welie was interviewed on
  able to generations of students to come.     tistry.                                        National Public RadioÕs news and public
     The School of Dentistry Annual Fund          Through your assistance, we will con-       affairs program, ÒTo the Point,Ó based in
  raised $257,389 from 868 donors in fiscal    tinue to provide a quality dental educa-       Los Angeles. He discussed the use of dental
  year 2001. The size of the average gift      tion in an outstanding facility. With your     amalgam. Dr. Welie is an Associate
  was up significantly, from $242 in 2000 to   help, we look forward to remaining a           Professor in Creighton UniversityÕs Center
  $297 in 2001. Membership in the              leading provider of outstanding dental         for Health Policy and Ethics and the
  Creighton Society also increased, from 76    education for the next 100 years and           Department of Community and Preventive
  in 2000 to 89 in 2001. Membership in the     beyond.                                        Dentistry.
  DeanÕs Club stayed relatively steady at
  118. For more information on how you
  can support the School, contact
  CreightonÕs Office of Development at 1-                                                       Dr. Frank Ayers, Associate Dean for
  800-334-8794.                                                                               Student Affairs, and Dr. Randall Ellis,
     Creighton University School of                    Wayne W. Barkmeier, DDS, MS            Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
  Dentistry is one of the most affordable                   Dean, School of Dentistry         and Orthodontics, were inducted into the
                                                                                              American College of Dentists (ACD) during
                                                                                              the ACDÕs annual meeting in October in
                                                                                              Kansas City.

Volunteer dentists needed in China
                                                                                                 Dr. James H. Howard has been promoted

D    entists are being sought to volunteer
     their professional services in China.
Dentists are needed at Meihekou and Aimin
                                               lab procedures. For more information, e-mail
                                               Sr. Michael Marie Rottinghaus, OSB, at
                                      or Creighton alumnus Dr.
                                                                                              to Associate Dean for Clinical Services and
                                                                                              Director of Clinics. Dr. William P. Kelsey
                                                                                              III has been promoted to Associate Dean for
hospitals, which are operated jointly by the   Ralph Herrman, DDSÕ54, at      Academic Affairs.
City of Meihekou (pop. 600,000) and the
Missionary Benedictine Congregation, head-
quartered in Norfolk, Neb. The hospitals
                                               Dr. Latta receives $157,000 for research project
include a dental department. Volunteers are      Dr. Mark Latta, Associate Dean for           about $96,000, which will be used for a
needed to educate Chinese dentists on the      Research, has received $157,000 in             major equipment purchase. An estimated
full use and operation of American dental      research funds and support for his proj-       $50,000 will come in the form of in-kind
equipment. Most of equipment at the hospi-     ect titled ÒFactors Affecting the              support from private industry, and the
tals was donated by the Creighton School of    Microstrain of Composite Resin                 balance of the research funds are being
Dentistry. Dental professionals also are       Restorative Dental Materials.Ó The             provided by the School of Dentistry for
needed to demonstrate various clinical and     Health Future Foundation has provided          miscellaneous materials and supplies.
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School welcomes three new faculty members
Drs. Parrish, Sheets
are Air Force
veterans; Dr. O’Meara
is a Creighton alumnus
T   he School has welcomed three new fac-
    ulty: Dr. Lawrence C. Parrish, Associate
Professor of Periodontics; Dr. James L.
Sheets, Associate Professor of
Prosthodontics; and Dr. James D. OÕMeara,
BAÕ82, DDSÕ86, Assistant Professor of
General Dentistry.
                   Dr. Parrish
   Dr. Parrish is a 24-year veteran of the               Dr. Parrish                       Dr. Sheets                     Dr. OÕMeara
United States Air Force Dental Corps. He
was most recently Periodontist and Chief of      Health Science Center and Wilford Hall Air       state of Iowa. Prior to that, he was working
the Department of Periodontics for the 55th      Force Medical Center in San Antonio, where       as a general practice dentist in Des Moines.
Dental Squadron, 55th Medical Group at           he earned a certificate in prosthodontics. Dr.   Dr. OÕMeara earned a bachelorÕs degree
Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. Dr.      Sheets has received the Meritorious Service      from Creighton in 1982 and his D.D.S. from
Parrish received his D.D.S. from Loyola          Medal and two oak-leaf cluster commenda-         Creighton in 1986. He has served as an
University in Chicago and his M.S. in            tions from the Air Force. He served as the       Adjunct Instructor at the University of Iowa
Periodontics from the University of Texas        Vice President of the Nebraska Section of        School of Dentistry, and was President of
Health Science Center in San Antonio,            the American College of Prosthodontists          the Hawkeye Dental Study Club. His pro-
Texas. Dr. ParrishÕs professional affiliations   from 1997 to 1998. His other professional        fessional affiliations include: American
include: American Academy of                     affiliations include: American Dental            Dental Association, Iowa Dental
Periodontology, American Board of                Association, American College of                 Association and Des Moines District Dental
Periodontology (Diplomate) and the               Prosthodontists (Fellow), American Board         Society.
Nebraska Society of Periodontology.              of Prosthodontics (Diplomate), Omicron
                   Dr. Sheets                    Kappa Upsilon and Psi Omega.
   Dr. Sheets is a 29-year veteran of the Air                      Dr. OÕMeara                    Students excel on
Force. He also comes to Creighton from              Dr. OÕMeara, a Creighton alumnus, joins
Offutt Air Force Base, where he was Chief        the faculty after serving as Vice President of   Western Regional Boards
of Prosthodontics. He earned his D.D.S.          Provider Relations for the Delta Dental Plan
                                                                                                    Creighton School of Dentistry graduates
from the University of California at San         of Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines.
                                                                                                  continue to excel on the Western Regional
Francisco and did post-graduate prostho-         Delta Dental Plan of Iowa is the largest
                                                                                                  Examining Boards. Ninety-four percent of
dontics training at the University of Texas      administrator of dental benefit plans in the
                                                                                                  the SchoolÕs graduates who took the test in
                                                                                                  May passed the examination. That com-
                                                                                                  pares favorably to the national average pass
                                                                                                  rate of 88 percent. Creighton students have
                                                                                                  enjoyed an average pass rate of nearly 95
                                                                                                  percent over the last seven years.

                                                                                                  Creighton featured in
                                                                                                  dental education bulletin
                                                                                                     The Creighton University School of
                                                                                                  Dentistry was featured in the September
                                                                                                  issue of the American Dental Education
                                                                                                  AssociationÕs Bulletin of Dental Education.
                                                                                                  The article states: ÒCreighton University
Students feast on National Boards success                                                         School of Dentistry, through its activities
                                                                                                  involving education, service, research and
Dr. W. Thomas Cavel, Chair of the Department of General Dentistry, hosted a record 54 stu-        patient treatment, supports the goals of the
dents at his home for a special recognition dinner party. The students scored 90 or better on     university mission of being Catholic, Jesuit
the Dental Anatomy Section on Part I of the National Boards. Dr. Cavel, who has been host-        and comprehensive, through programs that
ing these parties for 10 years, said he was pleasantly surprised with CreightonÕs scores. In      operate locally, regionally, nationally and
previous years, Dr. Cavel has hosted as many as 35 students.                                      internationally.Ó
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    he following articles, authored and co-
    authored by School of Dentistry faculty,
were recently published: Wilcox CW,
Wilwerding TM, Watson P and Morris JT.
Use of Electrosurgery and Lasers in the
Presence of Dental Implants. International
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants;
16(4):578-582, 2001. Rodgers KD, Barrit L,
Miner JH and Cosgrove D. The Laminins in
the Murine Inner Ear: Developmental
Transitions and Expression in Cochlear
Basement Membranes. Hearing Research;
158(1-2):39-50, 2001. Mattson JS and
Cerutis DR. Diabetes Mellitus: A Review of         Students take oath
the Literature and its Dental Implications.
                                                   Students of the Class of 2003 take a ÒStudent Dentist PledgeÓ at the SchoolÕs first White
Compendium; 22(9):757-773, 2001. Latta
                                                   Coat Ceremony held this past May. The White Coat Ceremony marks the completion of
MA. Assessment of Factors Affecting
                                                   their preclinical education and the beginning of their clinical treatment of patients.
Current Approaches to Dental Education.
Operative Dentistry; Supplement 6:67-74,
2001. Barkmeier WW, Latta MA,
Wilwerding TM and Blake SM. Wear                   Graduated seniors honor faculty and staff
Assessment of High Viscosity and
Conventional Composite Restorative                   The Department of Prosthodontics, Dr.            * Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award
Materials. Operative Dentistry; 26(2):152-156,     Jared H. Smith, Chair, was named the            for Outstanding Dedication to Preclinical
2001.    Barkmeier WW and Latta MA.                ÒDepartment of the YearÓ at the 2001 Senior     Education Ñ Dr. Neil S. Norton, Assistant
Laboratory Evaluation of a Metal-Priming           Awards Banquet in April. In addition, the       Professor of Oral Biology/Pharmacology.
Agent for Adhesive Bonding. Quintessence           following honors were presented at the             * Outstanding Clinical Instructor Ð Dr. Di
International; 31(10):749-752, 2000.               Banquet.                                        Lorenzo.
Powell LG and Blankenau RJ. Laser Curing of          * Dr. Raymond W. Shaddy Memorial                 * Outstanding Part-Time Clinical
Dental Materials. Dental Clinics of North          Award for Outstanding Member of the             Instructor Ð Dr. Gregory L. Davis, Adjunct
America; 44(4):923-930, 2000.                      Clinical Faculty Ñ Dr. Scott C. Di Lorenzo,     Instructor of General Dentistry.
                                                   Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics.             Instructors of the Year Ñ Dr. Norton,
                                                     * Sara K. Susman Memorial Award for           freshman class; Dr. Achterberg, sophomore
School hosts retreat                               Outstanding Dedication by Support Staff Ñ       class; Dr. Di Lorenzo (academic) and Dr.
  The School held its annual faculty retreat in    Debbie Anderson.                                Charles W. Wilcox, Associate Professor of
October. Speakers and topics included Dr.            * Dr. Anne M. Garred Memorial Award           Fixed Prosthodontics (clinical), junior class;
Ann Boyle, Associate Dean for Academic             for Outstanding Dedication in Providing         and Dr. Achterberg (academic), and Dr.
Affairs at Southern Illinois School of Dental      Dental Education Ñ Dr. Robert J.                Terry Lanphier, Assistant Professor of Oral
Medicine, ÒCompetencies and AccreditationÓ;        Achterberg, Associate Professor of General      and Maxillofacial Surgery (clinical), senior
Captain Alfred Haynes, pilot of the airliner       Dentistry.                                      class.
that crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989,
ÒUnited 232: Luck, Communication,                            New alumni website:
Preparation, Education and CooperationÓ;
and Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J., CreightonÕs
Vice President for University Ministry, and           Creighton University                                              Non-Profit Org.
Maureen McCann Waldron, Associate                     2500 California Plaza
Director of Collaborative Ministry, ÒOur                                                                                 U.S. Postage
Mission as a Dental School at a Jesuit, Catholic
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University.Ó                                                                                                            Permit No. 227
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Newspaper earns award
   The SchoolÕs student newspaper, The
Extractor, was named the most improved
dental student publication in America by
the American Student Dental Association
(ASDA). The paper was awarded the dis-
tinction at the ASDAÕs annual meeting in
Orlando on August 31.

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