Fall 2001 Issue
Vol. VII, No. 1
School prepares for
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 of
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
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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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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
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: www.creighton.edu/alumni
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
Omaha, NE 68178 PAID
University.Ó Permit No. 227
Omaha, NE. 68178
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.