Dear Colleagues:
Last week, I welcomed our new dental hygiene and dental classes to our college. They all seemed pleased to be here and I sensed their eagerness to get started with classes and pre-clinical courses. There was an air of excitement in the room, and it took me back to my own first days in dental school.
I told our new students that we worked hard to select them from the many applicants who wanted to be where they are now. I said we had chosen them because they excelled in college, did well on their entrance exams, wrote convincing letters about their desire to join the profession, and they demonstrated a high degree of social consciousness. I added that they were selected by our admissions committee because we knew "they had what it takes to be successful."
Near the end of my remarks, I said they were embarking on an educational journey that would be filled with experiences and new technologies that I had dreamed of when I was a student. Their education will include course materials that are accessible online, video recordings of lectures, and 3D scanners for evaluating typodont preparations -- all available just by pressing a few buttons. In the clinic setting, there will be electronic patient charts, intraoral cameras, chairside digital devices to make impressions, and CAD/CAM machines to conveniently create restorations for patients. Although I didn't say it, there was a part of me that wished I was a member of these new classes.
These are amazing times to be a dental hygiene or dental student. And these are exciting times to be a dental faculty member. Our new teaching tools allow us to provide students with ways to learn faster, solve problems more quickly, and retain information longer than ever before. Our new patient care technologies improve efficiencies while offering a level of precision and predictability that will allow our clinical operations to provide dental care in ways that we were previously unable to do. For faculty members, these technological advances give them opportunities to be more creative, engaging, and inspiring both in the classroom and the clinic settings.
When all these technologies are combined, our students benefit from learning in new ways, with new tools, and at any time and place they wish -- evenings, weekends, at home, on the road here in Ohio, or even around the world. Oh, how things have changed since I was in dental school. I am grateful to be involved with such innovations and opportunities that benefit us all in these very special times.

September 2017 Edition
College Hosts Reception for Alumni and Friends, "Building on Strong Foundations," Phase I of Postle Hall Replacement: Friday, September 8 

Dean Patrick M. Lloyd invites you to join fellow alumni and friends to learn about Phase I of the plans to replace Postle Hall.

The event will include a high-tech video tour and artistic renderings of the new facility. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary valet parking are provided.

Date: Friday, September 8  
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Postle Hall; 305 W. 12th Avenue  RSVP: Please RSVP by calling 614-247-4105/800-678-6011 or register online at:
More information: Get details at
Homecoming Weekend and Post College Assembly: October 6-8  

The College of Dentistry's Homecoming Weekend and Post College Assembly (PCA) events will be held October 6-8. Please join us for this scarlet-and-gray-packed weekend that offers CE presentations and alumni celebrations! 

Friday, October 6:  Post College Assembly 
This year's  continuing education event 
features expert speakers who will present information about opioid use in Ohio as it relates to dental practices and prescription drug abuse. 

Class Reunions: Join us for alumni reunion events for the Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. Find out more from your class chair.

Class of 1967: 50th Reunion Luncheon 
Members of the Class of 1967 are invited to a reunion luncheon at the Ohio Union from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join us for this event that will reconnect you with friends and former classmates! 

Saturday, October 7: Buckeye Tailgate Our family-friendly Buckeye Tailgate will be held in the Postle Hall courtyard  from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Let's root for the home team as Ohio State's Buckeyes take on the Maryland Terrapins! 

Sunday, October 8: Ohio State's Classes of 1967 Luncheon; The university's Alumni Association will host its annual 50-Year Class Celebration. (Event is by invitation only.) To find out more, please visit Ohio State's Alumni Association website

Questions? Get details at our College of Dentistry  Homecoming Weekend   web page!
White Coat Welcomes New DDS and DH Students 

The College of Dentistry welcomed its new dental hygiene and dental students at the White Coat Ceremony held August 21. 

Nearly a thousand friends and family members attended the event at the Mershon Auditorium. Speakers included Dean Patrick Lloyd; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Darryl Hamamoto; Dental Alumni Society President Larry Hutta; Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association President Beth Bielecki; and Ohio Dental Association President Kevin Laing. 
The annual event marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the dental hygiene Class of 2019 and the dental Class of 2021. This year's DDS class includes 110 students: 95 from Ohio; 51 female students; and 59 males. The dental hygiene class is made up of 32 female students, all of whom are from Ohio. 
Welcoming the new students, Dean Lloyd said, "We are so pleased that you chose our college for your education. You are our top priority and we are committed to helping you accomplish your goals as you prepare to become dental professionals. I look forward to getting to know you better in the years we will spend together, and I urge you to make the most of every opportunity during this remarkable time."

Click here to view White Coat photos.
ODA Foundation Awards Student Scholarships

The Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Foundation recently awarded scholarships to13 College of Dentistry students. Scholarship recipients must engage in volunteer activities, have financial need, and demonstrate academic excellence. Most are active members of the American Student Dental Association, and they are also committed to continued involvement in organized dentistry.

Throughout 2017, ODA scholarships totaling $43,500 were given to the following College of Dentistry students: 
Justine Bednarski (D4); Erica Bockhorst (D4); Kyle Boyd (D4); Veronica Bruns (D3); Adel Hasan (D3); Robert Laing (D2); Anthony Matteotti (D2); Bailey Myers (D2); Mattie Stowell (D4); Michael Vieth (D4); Ayanna Williams(D4); Emma Wise (D2); James 
Zimmerman (D4).
Alumni and Friends Reception at AAP, September 11

Alumni and Friends Reception at ODA, September 15 

We invite you to join Dean Patrick Lloyd, college faculty, and the Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors for our annual alumni and friends' reception held September 15 in conjunction with the 2017 Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Reconnect with former classmates and fellow Buckeyes at this event that will include the most recent news about Phase  I of the plans for a partial replacement of Postle Hall. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Date: Friday, September 15 
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location:  Hyatt Regency Columbus Hotel; Franklin CD Room 

Questions? For more information or to RSVP, please call 614-292-1891 or send an email to:
Baby Boomers and Beyond: Treating Geriatric and Special Needs Patients: Friday, November 3    

Join us for this course that 
addresses the challenges associated with providing dental care for geriatric and special needs patients.

By 2030, more than one-fifth of Americans will be over the age of 65. Older patients are more likely to experience heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and different oral disease patterns. Their risk of cancer and other health issues also increases, along with issues related to polypharmacy. 

These and other topics will be discussed in addition to case presentations. Dentists, hygienists, and assistants who treat geriatric and special needs patients will gain valuable knowledge about ways to provide care for today's geriatric and special needs patients.

Date: Friday, November 3    
Location: Biomedical Research Tower (Ohio State campus)
Presenters:  Tanya Gure, MD; Patrick M. Lloyd, D DS, MS; Joyce Palik, DDS, MS; Michael Strayer, DDS, MS;
Course summary: Please click here.

Brutus D.D.S. 
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