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events, and sponsoring students to attend CE courses and national conferences. To see the College’s HSDA chapter’s video, log on to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbaq-l6kJPQ. Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, is the College’s HSDA chapter Faculty Advisor, and she received a Colgate/ HDA Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes faculty who are members of the HDA and who have contributed toward enhancing the overall quality of oral health for the Hispanic population. “In my position as faculty advisor, I feel committed to provide support to our students to meet our mission and assist them on enhancing their knowledge and clinical experiences that will expose them to current techniques and interventions that will help improve the health of the community,” Dr. Semprum explained. “I feel so proud to work with this exemplary group of students who have a bright future in front of them,” she continued. “This award is a reflection of their commitment. I love working with our dedicated students toward the HDA mission of providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership—SEAL—to the Hispanic community and our surrounding communities in need.” At the meeting, “we had the opportunity to network with students from HSDA chapters from across the nation, including New York University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Oregon, and the University of Texas at Houston,” Carrera said. While in New York, the students decided to sample New York-style pizza and visited “the famous Joe’s Pizza with some other HSDA chapter members from other schools following the meeting,” Carrera said. “We thoroughly enjoyed tasting the quintessential New York slice. However, it’s safe to say that Chicago style pizza is way better.” In 2016, the College’s HSDA chapter won the HDA’s Nuestros Niños contest, sponsored by Colgate, for developing a program that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits, and good diet. The College’s HSDA chapter “has been actively
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working with the underserved communities in Chicago,” Dr. Semprum noted. “Among those activities, students provide Spanish classes to the College community, attend a variety of community service activities providing oral health information, diet counseling, and oral health education to families.”
College #1 in Dollars, Quintuples #Giving Tuesday Donations
In November, #GivingTuesday closed at UIC with $140,012 in giving from 830 donors. The College of Dentistry was a key contributor to the campaign’s success, quintupling its giving numbers from last year as the College raised $24,190 from 54 donors—18% of the overall campus total of dollars raised, and the leading dollar total on campus. This year, #GivingTuesday featured several “challenges” at the College. In the Department Challenge, the highest percentages of people in each department who donated were, in order, Administration, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Periodontics, Endodontics, Oral Biology, Restorative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In the College Challenge, the highest percentages of people in each category who donated were, in order, staff, faculty, and students. “Thank you to everyone who contributed to the IGNITE Campaign through this year’s #IGNITEGivingTuesday,” said Dean Clark Stanford.
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Sparky Award Winners Named; Nominate a Colleague
Several members of the College community were named Sparky D. Dragon UIC College of Dentistry Customer Service Award recipients over the last few months. They are Minnie Delgado, Prosthodontics Customer Service Representative (November); Michael Martin, Senior Information Systems Manager, IT Help Desk Manager, and Desktop Support Technician (December); and Dr. Wendy Cerny, Director, Office of Faculty Affairs, (January). The award is presented to a person who shows excellence in care, concern, and support for patients, students, faculty, and alumni; a high degree of professional conduct; exceeds expectations; promotes the missions of the College; supports diversity; and treats people with great respect. To nominate a member of the College community for the Sparky Award, log on to https://dentistry.uic.edu/ sparky-award, or contact Janette Guzman at jguzma32@ uic.edu.
Minnie Delgado, with Dean Clark Stanford and a little Sparky; Mike Martin with colleagues; Dr. Wendy Cerny with colleagues.
Ortho’s Dr. Lauren Gordon Earns King Scholarship
Orthodontics resident Dr. Lauren Gordon received a Professional Student Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award from the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. “I am extremely honored and grateful to have been selected for this award,” Dr. Gordon said. “I am a thirdyear orthodontic resident in the College of Dentistry. My May 2019 graduation date is swiftly approaching!” Upon graduation, Dr. Gordon said she plans to return to Atlanta, GA, which Dr. Lauren Gordon. was her home as well as Dr. King’s. “In order to practice in Georgia, I must complete an additional dental licensing examination,” Dr. Gordon explained. “This scholarship will afford me the means to take this required examination this year. The award will also aid in my relocation expenses upon graduation. Again, I am very thankful and honored to have been selected.” Dr. Gordon earned her BS in biology and DDS from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor
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Society and has conducted salivary gland research at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The King Scholarship is awarded to students and residents who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the well-being of others through community and campus service. J. Rex Tolliver is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Jordan Franklin Receives Arcolian Dental Arts Society Scholarship
The Arcolian Dental Arts Society, a social and educational organization predominantly composed of member dentists of Italian heritage, presented D-2 Jordan Franklin with a $2,500 scholarship at its annual Christmas Party at the Park Ridge Country Club on Dec. 11. Dr. Rosella Spadoni-French, a 1984 Loyola School of Dentistry alumna, conferred the check to Franklin. “The scholarship means so much to me because I have felt so extremely welcomed by all the members—all of whom readily share their knowledge and support with me whenever they can,” Franklin said. “This scholarship, to me, means so much more than the money—it means building a closer relationship with an organization that has so kindly welcomed me with open arms ever since I attended my first meeting as a prospective dental student.”
He noted that the scholarship will relieve both monetary obligations and stress, as he was just about to take the National Board Dental Examination. “The Arcolians perform an immense amount of charity throughout the year through fundraising and giving the money they raised back to their communities and individuals within,” Franklin said. “I Dr. Rosella Spadonihonestly feel so humbled to French presents the be in the presence of a group Arcolian Scholarship to that gives back and wishes Jordan Franklin. for nothing but the best for all individuals within the dental profession.” Although the Arcolians do not have a membership as large as some other dental groups, “sometimes the smallest societies perform the most genuine and heartfelt acts within their communities, as they truly feel a sense of family amongst each other,” Franklin said. “I also believe that it is very important to never allow your heritage to be lost,” he added. “The Arcolians are a group that has a strong focus on staying connected with Italian traditions and takes pride in everything that those with Italian ancestry have been able to achieve within the
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UIC Honors Dr. Ron Milnarik through Lighting of the Flame
Longtime faculty member Dr. Ron Milnarik, Clinical Assistant Professor, Endodontics, was honored by UIC Advancement and UIC Athletics by being chosen to be the Torch Bearer for the Lighting of the Flame at the Dec. 1 men’s basketball game between the UIC Flames and the Loyola Ramblers. Dr. Milnarik felt that the accolade was particularly meaningful because, along with being a current UIC faculty member and having also taught at Loyola, he is alumnus of both institutions. From UIC, he earned his BSD in Dentistry in 1965 and his DDS in 1967. From Loyola, he earned an Endodontics Certificate in 1975 and an MS in Oral Biology in 1977. During the current IGNITE Campaign, he and his wife, Pauline, endowed a Professorship in Endodontics at the College named for his mentor, Dr. Franklin S. Weine, who taught at both Loyola’s and UIC’s dental schools. Dr. Ron Milnarik with “And my dad, Dr. Marshall Sparky D. Dragon at the Milnarik, went to Loyola’s Lighting of the Flame. dental school, so that made it mean more, too,” Dr. Ron Milnarik said. “It was a great honor.” Dr. Milnarik took the Lighting of the Flame so seriously that he prepared ahead of time. Dr. Dave Kumamoto, a College alumnus and former faculty member, had been a previous Torch Bearer “because of his decades of service as team dentist, so I asked Dave if he had any tips,” Dr. Milnarik explained. “He told me, ‘Watch out, that flame really flares up.’ That was a good tip, because it sure did.” To “even be in the same category as previous Torch Bearers from the College of Dentistry, such as Dr. Kumamoto and Dr. Irwin Robinson, was a great honor,” Dr. Milnarik said. “It’s great for the University to include the College of Dentistry in this tradition.” February 2019
Dr. Milnarik also attended a game earlier in the season so he could observe the flame being lit—except it turned out that the ceremony was not performed at that game. “However, the cheerleaders were throwing UIC t-shirts into the audience and I was surrounded by fans from the visiting team, so since I was the only UIC fan in the area, the cheerleader noticed and threw me the shirt,” he said. “As the Torch Bearer I was supposed to wear UIC red, so I ended up wearing that actual UIC Flames shirt that the cheerleader provided at the earlier game.” At the game where he lit the flame, Dr. Milnarik was accompanied by Pauline; sister, Jean; niece, Pam; and her husband, Nathan. Because of the local connection, the UIC Flames-Loyola Ramblers game also is a big social event. “There was a pregame reception in the Dragon’s Den; the College of Dentistry had one for Loyola and UIC dental alumni; UIC alumni had a reception across the street—and I didn’t even get to finish eating because a half hour before the Lighting of the Flame, they wanted me to practice,” Dr. Milnarik said, laughing. “Everyone was very helpful, and there even was a man on the court to tell me when to light the flame—right when the school song ends,” Dr. Milnarik said. “It was hard to hear the song, but with his assistance we managed to get the timing right.” The concentration and detail the Lighting of the Flame required made Dr. Milnarik think of a story from his Loyola student days when he was concentrating too much. “As a student, you’ve got a lot of things to concentrate on, and how you got to school isn’t one of them,” he said. “One day after school at Loyola it was
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raining really hard. I went to where I thought I parked my car, got really wet, and found it wasn’t there. So I thought I might have parked somewhere else, got even more wet, and found the car wasn’t there either. “Then I realized I had taken the bus that day—I could have waited right at the door and not gotten wet at all,” he said. “That taught me to put things in perspective.” Even though he is a dual alum, he viewed the game from a UIC perspective. “I was definitely rooting for UIC to win the game,” he said, but the Ramblers topped the Flames 73-64. “It was really an honor to be the Torch Bearer,” Dr. Milnarik concluded. “Fun, too.”
Clinic and Research Day to be Held Feb. 19
Get the latest update on dental sciences at the 32nd annual Clinic and Research Day, set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the College. The event will take on the appearance of a national dental meeting and coincides with the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting.
Dr. Sara Chen Wins Sharry Competition
Dr. Sara Chen, who graduated from the Department of Restorative Dentistry’s Advanced Prosthodontics program in 2018, was honored for her work as a resident by winning first place in the John J. Sharry National Competition for Original Research in Prosthodontics by a resident at the American College of Prosthodontists 48th Annual Session in Baltimore, MD, in October 2018.
Drs. Bin Yang, Kent Knoernschild, Sara Chen, and Stephen Campbell.
The competition requires individuals to submit an abstract to the Sharry Research Award Committee, which identifies up to 12 individuals for submission of a complete manuscript for consideration. From these manuscripts, six finalists are identified to present as part of the final competition at the ACP Annual Session. Sponsored by the ACP Education Foundation, the Sharry competition is held to stimulate and acknowledge original research in Prosthodontics by residents. This is the highest research award honor for Prosthodontics residents nationally. Dr. Chen’s winning research topic was “Fracture Resistance on Minimal Thickness e.max CAD Crowns.” Her mentors were Drs. Bin Yang, Stephen Campbell, Cortino Sukotjo, Kent Knoernschild, and Judy Yuan. The Department of Restorative Dentistry has had finalists and first or second place winners in the competition every year since 2014. 6
Clinic and Research focuses on research presentations and features a nationally known keynote speaker.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presentations cover a range of students through postdoctoral fellows. Clinic and Research Day will include faculty research, and features a nationally known keynote speaker. Continuing Education credit will be available for attending the poster and keynote presentations. “Our students, postgraduates, and faculty members will present approximately 100 posters highlighting their current research,” said Dr. Linda Kaste, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, and Chair of the 2019 Clinic and Research Day Committee. “They cover a wide range of topics in the basic, clinical, translational and public health sciences. Predoctoral, postgraduate, and graduate students will be competing for awards. Additionally, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and faculty members will share their research accomplishments.” Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kimon Divaris, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry and Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina. His talk will be, “Scientific Advances Transforming Dentistry towards Precision Oral Health and Care.” Dr. Divaris’s research focus is on proximal and distal determinants of oral health and disease, ranging from genomics of oral health traits and behavioral sciences to health disparities and dental education. “There will be research presentations, vendors’ exhibits, and networking,” Dr. Kaste continued. “In addition to the College of Dentistry community, our colleagues from other health care professions and anyone interested in dental research are welcome to attend to learn more about scientific activities at the College. We also are interested in volunteers to help judge the students’ and residents’ presentations, as well as to assist with logistics at the event.” For information, contact Amsa Ramachandran at (312) 413-1160 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or log on to https:// dentistry.uic.edu/research/clinic-and-research-day.
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Marietta D. Burns, who was Head Radiology Tech at the College for more than 40 years, passed away on Dec. 13. “So many of us learned to take radiographs from her,” said Dr. Judy Johnson, ’79. “After she retired she always said she missed her job at UIC. She was very kind and patient and loved the College, her colleagues, and especially the students.” She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children Thomas (husband of Maureen); Noreen Kimelman; Mary Pat Witkowski; and Margaret Westmeyer (wife of Mark); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Dr. John Cleall, who was Head of the Department of Orthodontics from 1974 to 1994, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018, at age 84. “Dr. Cleall maintained the highest standards for his residents over his 20 years as department Head,” said Dr. Vince Arpino, ’93, MS Orthodontics ’96. “Dr. Cleall has contributed immensely to the field of Orthodontics and particularly to the University of Illinois at Chicago.” Dr. Cleall is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons Wayne and Dean, and their wives, Beth and Anne; and granddaughter Micaela. “He enjoyed his tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry even during the turbulent years of budget cuts in the 1990s,” Patricia Cleall said. “His objective for the department was to have the students develop a high standard for clinical expertise and also an interest in research. He had a wonderful group of faculty members during his tenure.” She added that Dr. Cleall always said that “the one memorial he would like from his graduates is that when using techniques in treating a patient that they remember the instructor who taught him.” Dr. Cleall also enjoyed sailboat racing and exploring the western coast of Canada in his cruising boat. Condolences may be sent to Patricia Cleall at cleallpatricia@ gmail.com.
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